On Oct. 23, the style elite — Donatella! J Lo! Prince! — came out for Fashion Group International’s 25th annual awards ceremony. Calvin Klein Creative Director Francisco Costa said he was thrilled to receive a fashion award from his industry peers. “Growing up in the fashion business, I always looked up to Karl Lagerfeld, so I am very happy that he is here,” he said. Attendee Isaac Mizrahi was also in a good mood, about having his couture footwear back in house. “The product is better quality,” Mizrahi said. Retailers were also well represented at the ceremony: Carla Sozzani, proprietress of 10 Corso Como, was recognized for her contributions to fashion, as was Natalie Massenet of Net-a-porter.com, who received an award for corporate leadership. Saks Fifth Avenue’s Stephen Sadove and wife Karen walked the red carpet and told Insider about their recent dinner in Paris with Christian Louboutin, where Mrs. S (in the designer’s handiwork) made one request: “I asked him to take the heels down a little,” she said. Louboutin, was also given a nod for fashion, trading awards with fellow Frenchman Philippe Starck, who took home the trophy for his use of architecture in his designs.
Thanksgiving may be right around the corner, but New York-based Nina Footwear and tween queen Hilary Duff are doing their part to help elementary kids in New York and California. Both have teamed up with Kentucky-based Blessings in a Backpack, a nonprofit that ensures kids using free lunch programs are also getting nutritious meals over the weekend. Every Friday, Nina staff head to their adopted school in Manhattan and spend the morning stuffing backpacks with healthy snacks, such as fruit, cheese sticks and ready-to-eat ravioli. “We moved to Union Square last year and wanted to give back to our community,” said Nina CEO Scott Silverstein. On a recent Friday, students got an unexpected treat when 21-year-old Duff, who also works with Blessings in California, stopped by New York to say hello and stuff a few backpacks. “The big thing for me is that this [program] is completely pure. All the money goes to the kids,” Duff said.