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- Person of the Year award winner Christian Louboutin and his presenter Blake Lively
- Jessica Alba is really, really pretty
- Toms Shoes founder Blake Mycoskie and his personally selected presenter, Jessica Alba
- Jessica Alba's spiked Loubies
- Brian Atwood - he's so handsome
- Bryan Atwood and his mom
- Olivia Palermo walking the red carpet while supporting friend and shoe designer Charlotte Dellal
- Michael Kors and his blink and you missed it walk past the step and repeat
- Did you really buy 40 pairs of shoes at my sample sale?
- Christian's killer kicks
- Blake Lively and sister Robyn
The 24th Annual FN Achievement Awards kicked into high gear at the Museum of Modern Art in New York as a Dolce & Gabbana sparkly pantsuit-clad Jessica Alba arrived along with Brand of the Year honoree Blake Mycoskie, founder of TOMS Shoes. FN, the WWD of shoes, hosts a bevy of bold names from both the fashion industry and celeb-universe each year. Lucky man Blake Mycoskie is friends with Jessica and he personally asked the stunning movie star to present his award, thereby making him the most envied man at the event—possibly the world.
"I was touched and honored that he wanted me to present," gushed the as-gracious-as-she-is-gorgeous actress. "I believe in his brand and I think it’s totally groundbreaking and he’s certainly paved the way and shown that you can have a successful business that has a social relevance. The cause component to his company is that it’s heartwarming and people feel amazing when they walk around and they wear TOMS." At this point, we realized that despite presenting to TOMS Shoes, the actress was actually wearing a killer pair of spiked Louboutin stilettos.
Jessica's black sparkly genie pants were just screaming for a pair of sparkly TOMS. So, what did the TOMS founder think? "I showed up at her hotel to pick her up tonight, I saw the sequin pants and I thought, man, missed opportunity here," says Blake, who was rocking a Band of Outsiders suit and his own New York City themed TOMS. "I should have had a pair. But whenever we’re in LA hanging out and I see her wearing my shoes."
Next up on the red carpet was celeb-fave shoe designer Brian Atwood, who is just as dashingly handsome as his shoes are fiercely covetable. The charming designer, wearing a Dior suit, a Prada tie and Tom Ford shoes, came with his top presenter choice, his mom. "It’s the best way we can share this together," said Brian. As the designer works on his newly inked deal for a diffusion line with Jones Apparel Group, we also wondered if he'd ever consider a limited edition collab à la Jimmy Choo x H&M. "I think if it was the right fit. I always do things that excite me, so if that was something that I felt was really exciting and fun to do, why not? Definitely." As for who the ideal partner would be, the designer muses, "It seems like H&M is pretty big now. It would have to be the way we work together and if they really got it. Like the Lanvin was genius. And you know it would definitely have to be on that level." Seed, planted.
Despite the star wattage of Jessica Alba, Ivanka Trump (wearing her own designs), Michael Kors (who quickly posed and dashed to cocktail hour) and, uh, Olivia Palermo (who was there to support her friend and honoree Charlotte Dellal of Charlotte Olympia, but was taking questions anyway), the big wait of the night was for Blake Lively, who was presenting Christian Louboutin with his Person of the Year award.
Blake, showing miles of leg in a metallic peacock green ultra-mini Prabul Gurung and of course, Louboutin booties, rolled in about five minutes after the ceremony started. Like the it-girl that she is, she first huddled and chatted with her entourage, Christian Louboutin himself and her sister, Robyn (Nurse Faber from Doogie Howser, MD!). When asked how it felt to be Christian Louboutin's "shoe muse", the Loubie aficionado beamed and replied, "It’s like the biggest honor in the whole world for Christian Louboutin to say something like that. I mean, I love his shoes, so so so much. Just an absurd amount. So maybe that’s why he’s inspired by me because I’m inspired by him."
And off to the ceremony.
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