The Accessories Council celebrated 20 years with their best foot forward.
The annual Ace Awards, held at Cipriani 42nd Street, welcomed an impressive crowd of designers and celebrities, with equally impressive footwear styles to match.
Kerry Washington caused a commotion as she entered, with “Scandal” costume designer Lyn Paolo — who Washington also called her best friend. The duo was honored with the Influencers Award.
“We are twins: We both have Louboutin shoes, Prada bags and dresses,” Washington said. “We have such a good time together.”
And the red-hot designer proved to be a fan favorite on the red carpet — Nicky Hilton was also spotted in a simple black style by Christian Louboutin. But in her everyday life, she prefers to stay more grounded.
“I love ballet flats, I like to be practical. I love Repetto and Steve Madden,” she said. “And I know I’m a little late to the party, but I love the over-the-knee Stuart Weitzman [50/50] boots. I’ve had my eye on them for a while and recently bought a pair.”
Meanwhile, Liz Rodbell, president of Hudson’s Bay and Lord & Taylor, donned a style by Sergio Rossi. The executive was on-hand to accept the Retailer of the Year Award for L&T.
Accessories Council President Karen Giberson chose a platform pair by Palter DeLiso for the event, where she mingled with Style Ambassador honoree Flo Rida.
“I probably own over 1,000 pairs of shoes,” said Flo Rida. “I love Giuseppe [Zanotti], I love Versace, [Nike’s] Jordan and YSL.”
Brand of the Year went to Kate Spade. Deborah Lloyd, president and chief creative officer, dazzled in a shiny pair of pumps by her own brand, of course.
“As a kid, I always wanted a pair of sparkly shoes growing up, so my partners at Schwartz & Benjamin made them,” she said, while adding that she’s also excited about more laid-back styles for spring ’15.
“It’s about the casualization,” she said. “We have some amazing flatforms and some casual sandals that I’m obsessed with.
“I love my high shoes, but my feet are going to get a break from running around the city,” she added.