Women’s Wear Daily celebrated the second annual WWD Honors at The Pierre in New York City on October 24, 2017. Featured awards distinguished outstanding company performance, executive leadership, and social responsibility. Recipients were recognized in front of more than 250+ c-level executives on the opening night of the WWD Apparel + Retail CEO Summit.
Miles Socha (Editor in Chief, WWD) took the stage to present awards to this year’s honorees, including:
o Karl Lagerfeld (John B. Fairchild Honor)
o Marco Bizzarri (Edward Nardoza Honor for CEO Creative Leadership)
o Remo Ruffini on behalf of Moncler (Best-Performing Company, Large Cap)
o Rick Ridgeway on behalf of Patagonia (Corporate Citizenship)
o Julie Wainwright on behalf of The Real Real (Best-Performing Company, Small Cap)
Bridget Foley (Executive Editor, WWD) joined Socha on stage to bestow Lagerfeld with the John B. Fairchild Honor and introduced a video package highlighting his success spanning across spheres of fashion, photography, and interior design.
Following the awards presentations, Foley held a conversation with Karl Lagerfeld discussing his relationship with John B. Fairchild, career history, and takes on the current state of the fashion industry.
During the conversation with Karl Lagerfeld, Foley spoke about how earlier in the day at the Summit, during Kris Jenner’s conversation with Tommy Hilfiger, Jenner noted that the moment that crystallized the Kardashian family’s success was when Kendall Jenner walked in the Chanel fashion show.
When asked about what made Chanel the gold standard that it is, Lagerfeld reminisced, “When I took over Chanel, everyone said ‘don’t touch it, it’s dead.’”
In response to a question asking for advice for young designers, Lagerfeld replied, “I don’t believe in advice. When I was young I got no advice and the advice I got was not good… It’s so simple, you have to know what you want, you have to ask yourself questions, and if you are honest you know the answers.”
Earlier in the day, Kris Jenner (CEO, Jenner Communications) spoke on stage for a conversation with Tommy Hilfiger (Principal Designer, The Tommy Hilfiger Group) at the WWD Apparel + Retail CEO Summit.
Anna Sui (Fashion Designer), Vera Wang (Fashion Designer), Anna Ewers (Model), Audrey Marnay (Model), Brad Kroenig (Model), Hari Nef (Actress / Model), Anastasia Soare (CEO & Founder, Anastasia Beverly Hills), Rick Ridgeway (VP of Environmental Affairs, Patagonia / Accepted Corporate CitizenshipAward on behalf of Patagonia), Remo Ruffini (CEO of Moncler / Accepted Best-Performing Company, Small Cap Award on behalf of Moncler), Julie Wainwright (Founder and CEO, TheRealReal / Accepted Best-Performing Company, Small Cap Award on behalf of TheRealReal).