This Is What Virgil Abloh, Hailey Baldwin and Stan Smith Had to Say at the 2017 FNAAs

Between the red carpet walkway and the acceptance speeches, the 31st annual Footwear News Achievement Awards had plenty of quotable moments from celebs. Iconic tennis player Stan Smith joked about becoming a fashion icon at age 70, Steve Madden told a room full of people what he really thinks about Ivanka Trump, while Hailey Baldwin dished on where she gets ideas for her style.

Check out the most memorable quotes from the night below.

Virgil Abloh on staying humble:

“High-five your intern tomorrow and tell them they could win the Shoe of the Year award, too.”

[Virgil Abloh] 2017 Footwear News Achievement Awards
Virgil Abloh
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Stan Smith on becoming an unexpected fashion icon:

“When I jumped over the net at Wimbledon in these shoes, I didn’t think at 70 I would be a fashion icon.”

David Kahan, Birkenstock CEO, addresses the haters:

“Just a short while ago, every major media outlet said [Birkenstock] was the ugliest thing they’ve ever seen,” said Kahan after receiving his award. “Talk about fake news.”

Alexa Chung on unusual fashion trends:

“Probably a see-through dress with a thong isn’t my [thing] — I need to do a few more squats before that can happen.”

[Alexa Chung] 2017 Footwear News
Alexa Chung
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Steve Madden gets political:

“I thought [first daughter] Ivanka Trump was going to be here, but I’m glad she’s not.”

[Steve Madden] 2017 Footwear News
Steve Madden
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Coach CEO Victor Luis on being named Person of the Year:

“I’ve been in the bag industry for 25 years, and I never won a bag Oscar.”

Hailey Baldwin on sources of inspiration:

“I try my best to pay attention the culture that’s around me and young people especially. I’m very inspired by the youth.”

[Hailey Baldwin] 2017 Footwear News
Hailey Baldwin
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Designer Gianvito Rossi on the power of shoes:

“I truly believe the shoe is something special for a woman. It’s a really intimate expression of her personality, her mood. With my design, I wanted to take the opportunity to empower her with sexiness, confidence, elegance, strength, modernity and femininity for her presence, and I wish above all that my shoes continue to do that.”

Malone Souliers co-founder Roy Luwolt offers a challenge:

“Blahnik, Jimmy Choo, Louboutin, all the people who have come before us, I would ask you to be careful because we’re coming after you.”

Basketball player Skylar Diggins-Smith on Walt Frazier:

“I thought these gold pants would do something, y’all, but they still can’t do anything to his outfit.”

Walt Frazier, Skylar Diggins-Smith, 2017 FNAAs
Walt Frazier and Skylar Diggins-Smith.
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Kith’s Ronnie Fieg on being introduced by Tommy Hilfiger:

“Holy s**!”

Famous Footwear president Rick Ausick on being asked to join the footwear industry:

“The first thing that came to my mind was, ‘What did I do to piss them off?'”

Lord & Taylor president Liz Rodbell:

“I fell in love with the business of fashion because I always felt that when you look good, you feel good.”

[Liz Rodbell] 2017 Footwear News Achievement Awards
Liz Rodbell
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