On the evening of October 24th, Cipriani South Street hosted the highly anticipated WWD 2023 Honors, a dazzling event that brought together the titans of fashion and entertainment. It was more than just a night of glitz and glamour; it was a reminder of the industry’s profound impact and the individuals who make it all possible.
The venue, nestled by the Staten Island Ferry with a breathtaking view of the New York Harbor, set the stage for an unforgettable evening. Attendees arrived in style, embracing the night’s theme that seemed to revolve around Dior. The unmistakable presence of Dior bags and insignia paid homage to Maria Grazia Chiuri’s influence, a designer who has brought a unique touch to the fashion house. Grazia Chiuri has broken a long-standing tradition by being the first woman to helm the Dior women’s line, succeeding a line of male creative directors.
The annual WWD Honors Gala is a celebration of trailblazers who have left a mark on the fashion industry over the past year. WWD recognized outstanding designers, fashion brands, beauty houses, and retail companies for their contribution to the space. Notable guests included: Madelyn Cline, Thomas Doherty (Wearing B57 Dior by Kim Jones shoes), Christopher Briney, Lola Tung, Kathryn Newton, Myah’la Herrold, Melissa Roxburgh, Carolina Herrera, Wes Gordon, and others.
One of the luminaries of the evening, Dries Van Noten, arrived to accept an award, dressed in his own creations, confidently stating, “I’m wearing me.” Notably, some designers chose to step away from the Dior camp, such as honoree Jaques Agbobly, a talented designer from Togo & Ghana. Agbobly sported a jacket from his Agbobly line and a striking Neon Telfar bag, exuding the vibrant spirit of Black fashion. His braided hairstyle, skillfully done by Hairstylist Helena from Slayed In Braids, perfectly complemented the look, reflecting a harmony of colors and a shared appreciation for cultural aesthetics.
Among the distinguished guests, Jennifer Lawrence graced the event in a Dior Spring 2024 black wool dress, presenting the John B. Fairchild Honor for Lifetime Achievement Award to Dior Creative Director Maria Grazia Chiuri. This honor recognized Grazia’s illustrious career, solidifying her status alongside fashion icons like Tommy Hilfiger.
We asked honoree Gucci Westman, Co-Founder & CEO of Westman Atelier, who accepted the Best Performing Beauty Company, Small-Cap Award what advice she would give her younger self, Gucci responded, “Be brave, stretch yourself, be grateful, and soak it all in.” In a similar vein, Thomas Doherty conveyed the essence of the event, saying, “It’s fashion; it’s always chic; it’s great; enjoy.”