Prize Patrol

American Fashion Awards Itself

Which brings us to our last award, the prize that plays out in a larger area, the International Award, the only accolade non-Americans are eligible for. Our money was on Karl Lagerfeld, the legendary designer of Chanel and Fendi, but the prize went to Nicholas Ghesquière for Balenciaga. Though no trace of Balenciaga's austere signature remains in the line that bears his name, this didn't bother the folks at Women's Wear Daily, who lauded Ghesquière's most recent triumph as "a fleet of the sweetest disco dresses around, all in white, glistening with sugary pearls and fluttering with Chantilly streamers and strings of pom-poms." If you want to see them close up, some of these dresses, their streamers a bit bedraggled, their pom-poms pooped, are hanging like wallflowers on the sale rack at Barneys, where they've been waiting for suitors since February.

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