What a pleasure it was to honor Thom Browne at our annual Couture Council luncheon earlier this month. The designer, whose innovative collections for men and women have been universally celebrated by his peers, accepted the Artistry of Fashion award with great humility from his long-time friend, Whoopi Goldberg. “This man brings joy,” she said—and she was right.
Across the David Koch Theater, where the luncheon was held, 500 people smiled broadly throughout the ceremony, both touched and charmed by Mr. Browne. It helped, of course, that his Hector handbag—a witty take on his beloved dachshund—perched on a podium nearby. Unlike the tailored Browne outfits so many admirers, male and female, wore that afternoon, Ms. Goldberg was dressed in a large bold and brilliantly colored robe, also designed by Thom Browne.
This year’s luncheon raised $943,000, the second highest grossing luncheon in our 12-year history, a tribute to the hard work of the Couture Council, its treasured beneficiary, the Museum at FIT, and of course to Thom Browne.