Miuccia Prada, Angelina Jolie Pitt, Karl Ove Knausgaard, and more accept WSJ. Magazine's Innovators Awards: https://t.co/bKE2fMyIKf— Vogue Runway (@VogueRunway) November 5, 2015
“Why is it so moving to get an award? It’s proof that what you’re doing makes sense,” said Miuccia Prada. The luminary was talking about her WSJ. Magazine Innovators Award, which she accepted from her dear friend Francesco Vezzoli at the Museum of Modern Art last night. The humble sentiment seemed to be the theme of the evening, where such creative forces as Mrs. Prada, sculptor Richard Serra, Nike CEO Mark Parker, writer Karl Ove Knausgaard, designer Thomas Heatherwick, tech ingenue Stewart Butterfield, and writer-director-actor-mother-humanitarian (and current Vogue cover star) Angelina Jolie Pitt were honored for their inspiring achievements.
“I have a friend—a very dear friend. We spend a lot of time together, we talk about politics and art, we go to the beach together, we swim, we laugh, we argue all the time, we tease each other, I don’t know—we have a lot of fun. She’s reliable. She’s honest. She’s human. Her name is Miuccia. She’s the best friend I could really have,” beamed Vezzoli. “On another planet, in the city of Milan, lives Mrs. Prada—or La Senora, as we call her. She’s one of the most famous, acclaimed, respected, feared, adored designers in the world. Who gets the award?”
The night—which started with champagne and caviar in the museum’s sweeping entrance and gave way to a meal of fresh burrata and lamb and shrimp—was a celebration of both the friend and the admired. Thakoon Panichgul and Martha Hunt caught up over cocktails, as Robert De Niro greeted Angelina Jolie Pitt and Brad Pitt upon arrival, and Francisco Costa made his way in the hall. A lone 8-year-old (WSJ. Magazine editor in chief Kristina O’Neill’s daughter) stayed up after bed to meet Maleficent.
“I feel that to be innovative is to be willing to stand alone, to know that people may not always understand or like what you put forward, but if you’re prepared to work hard, if your intention is pure, and if you’re willing to fail, then you sometimes succeed,” said Jolie Pitt, as Anna Wintour, Danny Boyle, Tom Sachs, and Lauren Santo Domingo looked on. “When I was little, my mom used to say to me, ‘Let me see your soul.’ And I didn’t know exactly what she meant, but I understood that she wanted me to drop all pretense and just be. My children are innovative. All children are. All of us here tonight are being honored because the little kid in us didn’t really go away.”
After dinner, guests made their way upstairs for a little childlike admiration of the current Picasso sculpture exhibition. What better way to celebrate today’s innovation than by taking a momentary look back? And if you’re Mark Parker, perhaps taking a selfie in front of an early-era Picasso with new friend Karlie Kloss.
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