Photographers will quite literally pace across a red carpet to capture a gleaming shot of Sarah Jessica Parker. And who could blame them?
That’s what a group of lens men did Tuesday night inside Manhattan’s Cipriani restaurant, where the former Sex and the City actress arrived in a white embellished ruffled Needle & Thread dress with matching silky blue ribbon shoes at the Accessories Council’s 20th annual ACE Awards, where, understandably so, she was being honored with the Brand Visionary Award.
“It’s just very encouraging. It’s very meaningful that your particular industry and your peers allow you to be proud tonight," said Parker, whose SJP shoe collection has been a hit. "We’re all aware of the other people tonight that were included. And so it’s a really nice piece of encouragement.”
For jewelry designer and Influencer Award recipient Jennifer Fisher, her date, Messing, on hand as a presenter, helped kick off the good vibes. “We’re friends. It was so much fun in the car on the way here," Fisher told us. "We just hung out and talked and got to catch up. That’s meaningful. That was the best way to start the night."
Other honorees included Coach’s Stuart Vevers (Designer of the Year), shoe creator Paul Andrew (Brand Launch), The Good Wife’s Margulies and the show's costume designer Daniel Lawson (Style Influence Award), as well as Rosenthal & Rosenthal Inc. (Business Leadership Award), who Rebecca Minkoff was there to present. “I just feel like nights like these are good to catch up with lots of people you want to see who you never have time to see,” Minkoff told us.
For model Dree Hemingway, the evening was all about catching up with her accessory memories. “I remember my first modeling job where I had saved up for that Balenciaga weekend bag in dirt brown," she recalled. "I wanted it so bad for years and years and it was the first thing I ever bought myself that was a brand and expensive.”
She also told us why she felt nervous to present longtime friend Vevers later in the show. “I’m scared that I’m going to mess up the speech. I get goofy and nervous, but maybe that’s OK.”