ACE Awards: The Recap

Walking into the already gorgeous and extravagant Cipriani’s on 42nd street here in New York City, dressed up with a green carpet and glowing emerald lights the room sparkled and shined like the emerald city itself as the accessory elite gathered for the glamorous affair that was the 17th Annual ACE Awards this past Monday night.

Founded in 1997 and hosted by the Accessories Council, the ACE Awards Gala was created to honor those individuals who have helped contribute recognition and strides of growth towards the accessory industry.  Whether it be through design, celebrity, personal style influence, collaboration, journalism, retail, etc. these honorees (our very own Olivia Palermo included) are voted on by their peers in the accessory industry, retailers and council board members themselves proving that all the honoree’s are very deserving of the accolades they receive.  This years’ recipients included; Phillip Lim for “Designer of the year”, Alexis Bittar for “Brand of the Year”, Nordstrom for the Omni Channel Retailer award, and of course Olivia Palermo who received the “Distinguished Style” award.  Other honoree’s included Diane Sullivan of Brown Shoe Company, Kate Young, Leandra Medine, rag & bone, The Frye Company and Warby Parker.

The Accessories Council is a non-profit organization that was established in 1995 and is currently made up of over 185 corporations that include the world’s leading brand names, designers, publications, retailers and associated providers for the accessories, eyewear and footwear industries.  This council of amazingly talented individuals provide the accessory industry with tremendous support with a mission to stimulate consumer awareness and demand for fashion accessory products.

In celebration of the black tie affair, Olivia wore a gorgeous fringed dress by Willow paired with vintage jewelry, dazzling Aquazzura heels and a Rafe clutch:

OP at ACE Awards

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Jillian Magenheim is the Editorial Director and Director of Partnerships for She is also a digital media consultant for various fashion and beauty brands. You can follow her thoughts on Twitter @Magenhaz and on Instagram @jillianrose_m