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Kim Hastreiter met Alber Elbaz when he was an assistant to Geoffrey Beene over 20 years ago, so of course their recent interview in Paper Magazine sounds more like two old friends chatting than a designer Q&A. Herein, the two talk about everything from being famous to reality television shows to making soup. (OK. That last one is more figurative than anything else, but it’s still a pretty great moment.)
Last night, fashion’s boldest and brightest came out to celebrate the honorees and recipients of the 2010 Accessories Council Excellence Awards which are also and more pithily known as the ACE Awards. And at a show where Alber Elbaz is awarded Designer of the Year, Paper’s Kim Hastreiter is given the Marylou Luther Award for Fashion Journalism, and Kanye West is dubbed Tastemaker of the Year, you can expect the red carpet to be off the chain. Let’s take a look!
If there was one reason we wished we could have been at the CFDA’s–besides maybe witnessing Marc Jacobs prance up to the podium to Justin Bieber’s “Baby,” it was to hear Paper editor Kim Hastreiter accept her Eugenia Sheppard Award. We’ve said it before, she’s a favorite of ours (and many for that matter) described by Guy Trebay as, “the coolest person in New York.”
She’s one of those names, you know the ones — first name only, dropped randomly into casual conversation to test you, to see if you can catch these sorts of oh-so-bohemian cultural references which indicate that the person doing the referencing is a person of Vast Knowledge and Infinite Connections. Hers gradually became ingrained in my media rolodex, but with no context in which to ground it. Which is why I really loved reading Guy Trebay’s piece on Kim (Hastreiter, if you’re not on a first name basis), the editor in chief of Paper magazine and, more importantly, “the coolest person in New York.”
To be inducted into the Council of Fashion Designers of America is like winning an Oscar. And just like the nominations for the Academy Awards, the fashion community waits breathlessly to discover who is to be honored and, more importantly, who is to be recognized as the latest and greatest in fashion.