Fashion’s Last ‘Walk of Fame’ Induction:
Speaking of Norma, the prolific and iconic designer was one of 8 fashion designers who were honored by the Fashion Center Business Improvement District at the well-attended (photo) and final ‘Fashion Walk of Fame’ unveiling ceremony, held at the Bryant Park Hotel. Kal Ruttenstein introduced her (photo), saying that she is “still enthusiastic after 33 years”, and she admitted that she is doing what she loves most.
Andre Leon Talley was there to present Stephen Burrows (photo) with his award, Lulu Johnson did the honors for her mom, Betsey, (photo) and Bridget Foley introduced Marc Jacobs – who was not present (he is “in Paris working on Louis Vuitton”, according to his business partner, Robert Duffy) who accepted for Marc (see Robert Duffy with Metro Channel’s Constance White and Vogue’s Andre Leon Tally (photo).
The four posthumous awards were given to Willi Smith (by sister Toukie), Lilly Dache (by daughter Suzanne), Perry Ellis (similarly honored by Isaac Mizrahi – who had worked for him), and ‘Man of the Moment’ Ralph Rucci (photo), who seems to be everywhere these days, was on hand to honor Mainbocher, someone who has admittedly been a tremendous influence throughout his career.