In This Issue


by AVENUE insider Photographed by Manolo Blahnik
Tuesday, September 1, 2015

Every fall, like a cultural alarm clock, New York Fashion Week hits and, with it, brings a wave of excitement and chaos back to the previously sleepy summer city. Much has changed about Fashion Week in the past decade—the move from Bryant Park to Lincoln Center, and for many designers off the stages all together; the rise of bloggers and social media stars as street style heroes having their photos snapped outside the entrances; and the celebrity draw have all been noted as cultural transformations. But one tradition remains entirely unabashed: the annual FIT Couture Council Artistry of Fashion Award Luncheon—the unofficial kickoff of fall Fashion Week. The designers, tastemakers, wearers, buyers, curators, journalists and photographers at the very top all assemble at the David H. Koch Theater at Lincoln Center to celebrate the achievements of one unequivocally talented and influential creator.  

This year, on September 9, the award goes to Manolo Blahnik. The committee looks at a designer’s lifetime of contributions to fashion and strive to give this accolade only to true paragons of the industry. Here, we look back at some of our favorite Manolo moments, and Dr. Valerie Steele, director of the Museum at FIT and chair of the Couture Council Advisory Board, explains what makes Blahnik an icon.

We congratulate Manolo Blahnik and thank him for the “magical totems of success and femininity” that always make us feel fabulous.

All Photos Courtesy The Museum at FIT


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