History


 
 

The Accessories Council Excellence Awards gala was created in 1996 to celebrate the contributions of designers and design houses that have made outstanding achievements in accessories design.

ACE Awards are given to designers, retailers, journalists, and celebrities. Recognition is also given to the accomplishments of journalists and publications, as well as individuals from the entertainment arena for their personal style and influence on fashion.

The event garners major multi-media attention at the consumer level as well as within the fashion and accessory industries.

 
 

2018 ACE AWARDS

Honorees & Attendees


 
 
 

Past Awards

Honorees & Attendees


 
 
 

2018


 

American Heritage Award

Brooks Brothers

Breakthrough Award

Allbirds

Business Excellence Award

The Jewelry Group

Retail Influencer Award

KITH

Business Leadership Award

Andrew Rosen, Theory

Hall of Fame Award

Sam and Libby Edelman

Legacy Award

Longchamp

Retail Innovation Award

Unibail-Rodamco-Westfield

Specialty Retailer Award

STORY

Style Ambassador

Tracee Ellis Ross

Style Influencer Award

Micaela Erlanger

President's Award

Lori Monaco

 

2017


 

Brand of the Year

Loeffler Randall

Breakthrough Award

Kendra Scott

Business Leadership Award

The NPD Group

Business Visionary Award

Jason Rabin, Global Brands Group

Designer of the Year

Joseph Altuzarra

Excellence in Costume Design

Jenn Rogien

Legacy Award

Polaroid

President's Award

Lynette Harrison Brubaker

Retailer of the Year

Shopbop

Style Ambassador

Eva Longoria

Style Icon Award

Betsey Johnson

Style Influencers

GrandMaster Flash and Jeriana San Juan

Sustainability Award

PVH Corp.

Trailblazer Award

Monica Rich Kosann

 

2016


 

Brand Launch

Paul Andrew

Brand of the Year

Ray-Ban

Brand Visionary

Sarah Jessica Parker

Business Leadership

Rosenthal & Rosenthal

Designer of the Year

Stuart Vevers of Coach

Humanitarian of the Year

Vera Bradley

Influencer Award

Jennifer Fisher

Media Award

Marie Claire

President's Award

Karen Giberson

Retailer of the Year

Bergdorf Goodman

Style Influencers

Daniel Lawson & Julianna Margulies

Sustainability Award

Kering

Trendsetter Award

MCM Worldwide

 

2015


 

Breakthrough Award

Ivanka Trump

Designer of the Year Award

John Varvatos

Evolution Award

Eddie Borgo

Influencers Award

Taraji P. Henson & Paolo Nieddu

Innovation Award

Nancy Gonzalez

Leadership Award

Claudio Gottardi, President & CEO of Marchon Eyewear

Legacy Award

Swarovski

Marylou Luther Journalism Award

Ariel Foxman

Retail Innovation Award

Moda Operandi

Specialty Retailer Award

Mitchells

 

2014


 

Brand Launch

Shinola

Brand of the Year

Kate Spade New York

Business Visionary

Oliver Peoples

Designer of the Year

Proenza Schouler

Fashion and Technology

Google Glass

Influencers

Kerry Washington & Lyn Paolo

Leadership Award

Rose Marie Bravo

Legacy Award

Bulgari (celebrating 130 years)

Marylou Luther Journalism Award

Robbie Myers

Retailer of the Year

Lord & Taylor

Specialty Retailer

Alex and Ani

Style Ambassador

Flo Rida

 

2013


 

Brand of the Year:

Alexis Bittar

Breakthrough Award:

Rag & Bone

Business Visionary

Diane Sullivan, Brown Shoe Company

Designer of the Year

Phillip Lim

Digital Influencer:

Leandra Medine

Distinguished Style:

Olivia Palermo

Hall of Fame:

Iman

Influencer:

Kate Young

Legacy Award:

The Frye Company (celebrating 150 years)

Marylou Luther Journalism Award:

Hamish Bowles

Omni-Channel Retailer

Nordstrom

Retail Innovation:

Warby Parker

Style Ambassador:

Stacy Keibler

 

2012


 

Brand Launch:

Theodora & Callum

Brand of the Year:

Fossil Inc.

Business Excellence:

American Express

Designer of the Year:

Calvin Klein Collection, honoring Francisco Costa, Italo Zucchelli, and Ulrich Grimm

Influencer:

Assouline

Marylou Luther Journalism Award:

Constance White, Essence

Retail Innovation:

Stella & Dot

Trendsetter:

Camila Alves

Visionary:

Vince Camuto

 

2011


 

Brand Launch:

Marchesa

Breakthrough Award:

Rebecca Minkoff

Business Visionary:

Frank Fialkoff

Designer of the Year:

Philip Treacy

E-Tailer:

HSN

Hall of Fame:

Temple St Clair

Influencer:

Nicole Richie

Magazine of the Year:

Marie Claire

Retailer of the Year:

Tourneau

Visionary:

Robert Marc

 

2010


 

Brand Collaboration

Maria Sharapova & Cole Haan

Brand Launch

RACHEL Rachel Roy

Business Visionary

Al Berg, Marchon

Designer of the Year

Alber Elbaz for Lanvin

E-tailer of the Year

QVC

Hall of Fame

Tiffany & Co.

Humanitarian of the Year

Lauren Bush

Marylou Luther Award

Kim Hastreiter

Retailer of the Year

Henri Bendel

Style Evolution

Christina Ricci

Stylemaker

Kanye West

 

2009


 

Accessory Visionary

Diane von Furstenberg

Brand of the Year

Burberry

Designer of the Year

Tomas Maier for Bottega Veneta

Fashion Icon

Barbie

Humanitarian of the Year

TOMS Shoes

Influencer

Fred Allard

Magazine of the Year

V Magazine

Marylou Luther Award

Hal Rubenstein

Retail Innovation

Gilt Group

Retailer of the Year

Zappos

Stylemaker

Lady Gaga

 

2008


 

Brand of the Year

Jimmy Choo

Designer of the Year

Nicholas Ghesquiere for Balenciaga

Green Designer of the Year

Stella McCartney

Hall of Fame

Emilio Pucci

Influencer of the Year

Cate Adair

Innovator of the Year

Lorraine Schwartz

Magazine of the Year

ELLE

Marylou Luther Award

Sally Singer

Retailer of the Year

Banana Republic

 

2007


 

Accessory Brand Launch

Tory Burch

Brand of the Year

Nancy Gonzalez

Designer of the Year

Marc Jacobs

Fashion Influencer

Heidi Klum

Fashion Innovator

Mandy Moore

Hall of Fame

Valentino

Magazine of the Year

Harper's Bazaar

Marylou Luther Award

Bridget Foley

Retailer of the Year

Macy's

Specialty Retailer of the Year

Scoop

 

2006


 

ACE Award

Jennifer Lopez

Accessory Brand Launch

Tom Ford

Brand of the Year

Fendi

Designer of the Year

Michael Kors

Fashion Influencer

Rachel Zoe

Fashion Innovation

Coach

Magazine of the Year

O, the Oprah Magazine

Marylou Luther Award

Suzy Menkes

Retailer of the Year

Bergdorf Goodman

Specialty Retailer of the Year

Solstice Sunglass Boutique

 

2005


 

ACE Award

Mary-Kate and Ashley Olsen

Accessory Brand Launch

Juicy Couture

Fashion Icon

Jessica Simpson

Hall of Fame

Kenneth Cole

Lifetime Achievement

Betsey Johnson

Magazine of the Year

In Style

Retailer of the Year

NeimanMarcus.com

Designer of the Year

Oscar de la Renta

Fashion Influencer

Sean "Diddy" Combs

Marylou Luther Award

Teri Agins / The Wall Street Journal

 

2004


 

ACE Award

Kim Cattrall

Accessory Rising Star

Alexis Bittar

Designer of the Year

Gordon Thompson III for Cole Haan

Fashion Influencer

Kimora Lee Simmons

Hall of Fame

Hermes

"It" Accessory of the Year

Ugg Australia Classic Boot

Lifetime Achievement

Carlos Falchi

Marylou Luther Award

Marylou Luther

Retailer of the Year

Bloomingdale's

 

2003


 

ACE Award

The Women of Broadway

Best Advertising Campaign

Bottega Veneta

Designer of the Year

Reed Krakoff for Coach

Hall of Fame

Coach

"It" Accessory of the Year

The Eye Love Monogram Handbag by Takashi Murkami for Louis Vuitton

Retailer of the Year

Henri Bendel

Rising Star

Holly Dunlop for Hollywould

Special Recognition

Echo Design Group

 

2002


 

ACE Award

Debra Messing

Best Advertising Campaign

Christian Dior

Designer of the Year

Tom Ford for Yves Saint Laurent Rive Gauche

Hall of Fame

Burberry

Innovator of the Year

Jane Elfers of Lord & Taylor

"It" Accessory of the Year

Puma Sneakers

Retailer of the Year

Lord & Taylor / Neiman Marcus (tie)

Rising Star

Lulu Guinness

 

2001


 

ACE Award

Tina Knowles

Best Accessories Collection

Louis Vuitton by Marc Jacobs

Best Accessories Designer

Rafe Totengco

Best Accessories Licensing Program

Nine West

Best Accessories Retail Marketing

Target (Mass Market) / Bergdorf Goodman (Regional) / Saks Fifth Avenue (National)

Best Advertising Campaign

Louis Vuitton

Hall of Fame

Judith Leiber

Special Recognition

The Radio City Rockettes

 

2000


 

ACE Award

Patricia Field & Rebecca Weinberg

Best Accessories Coverage by a Consumer Fashion Magazine

InStyle

Best Accessories Visual Merchandising by a Retailer

Target (Mass Market) / Neiman Marcus (Specialty Store) / Bloomingdale's (Department Store)

Best Advertising Campaign

Coach

Best Licensing Program

Nine West

Best New Designer

Lambertson Truex

Best Website

KennethCole.com

Hall of Fame

Kenneth Jay Lane

 

1999


 

ACE Award

Linda Dano

Best Accessories Advertising

Kenneth Cole

Best Accessories Coverage by a Consumer Fashion Magazine

InStyle

Best Accessories Designer

Kate Spade

Best Accessories Licensing Program

Ralph Lauren

Best Accessories Visual Merchandising by a Retailer

Saks Fifth Avenue

 

1998


 

ACE Award

Linda Dano

Best Accessories Advertising

Kenneth Cole

Best Accessories Coverage by a Consumer Fashion Magazine

InStyle

Best Accessories Designer

Kate Spade

Best Accessories Licensing Program

Ralph Lauren

Best Accessories Visual Merchandising by a Retailer

Saks Fifth Avenue

ACE Award

Kathie Lee Gifford

 

1997


 

ACE Award

Joan Rivers