“I am freaking out,” said Kaia Gerber in her Southern California twang, her eyes gleaming with excitement. “So yeah, this is like my dream. I couldn’t ask for a more amazing night.”
It was a family affair for the young model with her parents Cindy Crawford, Rande Gerber and brother Presley in tow, as she was dubbed Female Model of the Year at the Daily Front Row’s Fourth Annual Fashion Media Awards inside New York’s Park Hyatt hotel on Thursday night.
“I’m honestly blown away that this is happening,” said the 15-year-old, who was recently announced as the new face of Marc Jacobs Beauty. It was only fitting that Marc Jacobs himself presented her with the award.
“I’m really excited for what’s to come,” said Gerber, who will soon grace the cover of the Daily Front Row, shot by Sebastian Faena – another of the night’s honorees.
“We’re like Montgomery Clift and Elizabeth Taylor, impossible love,” said Faena of his over-decade-long relationship with Carine Roitfeld, who awarded him with photographer of the year.
The two stayed close throughout the night, forming a trio with Miles McMillan, who received the award for male model of the year.
“It’s not like there’s a dearth of fashion media awards in the world,” said the night’s host, actor Alan Cumming, as he gave a playful side-eye glance towards the red carpet. “But I really like this one, because it’s really an industry award show, and it’s got a lovely feeling of comradery.”
Other recipients from the night included Calvin Klein’s Chief Marketing Officer Melisa Goldie for campaign of the year and Tommy Hilfiger for fashion visionary of the year. “It’s current for today,” said Hilfiger of his award. “I feel honored to be a part of all of these young, cool people, and I like to feel that I’m staying relevant.”
The designer was being introduced by Gigi Hadid, who turned heads, as she does, in a low-cut number when she arrived late to the intimate award ceremony. Karlie Kloss, Jordan Barrett, Nina Agdal, Hari Nef, Emily Ratajkowski, Devon Windsor, Adriana Lima and Jourdan Dunn were some of the many models who turned up.
A few hours later in Chelsea, Lima and Dunn could be found at Maybelline New York’s fête celebrating the unofficial kick-off of New York Fashion Week and all that is “beauty of fashion.” Guests entered the party via an industrial 6000-pound capacity elevator, getting off in a wide, open space, then led to another elevator to the building’s rooftop, where the night’s main action took place. Sweeping city views and neon detailings throughout, the event, featuring their newest collection, was full of Instagram-able moments, including a popular LED swing set.
As expected, both spokesmodels, Lima and Dunn, as well as Maybelline’s newcomer I-Hua Wu, shared nothing but praise for the beauty brand.
“I love my Maybelline family,” said Wu, who was seeing her ad for the first time. “They are so friendly and warm.”
“As a model, it really is an amazing company to work with,” said Lima, after posing for photographers in a midriff-baring top. “They represent women in such an amazing, graceful way.”
“We are legit like sisters,” shared Dunn, who was donning a leather jacket over her shoulders despite the blazing humidity. “Oh my God, I’m hot as hell, but I need this for the look,” she said with a smile.
By 9:30 p.m. it was packed, as David Bowie’s “Let's dance” played with Olympics gold medalist Chris Mears behind the turntable. Public School and DKNY Creative Directors Dao-Yi Chow and Maxwell Osborne made an appearance, as well as Rebecca Minkoff, Orange is the New Black's Jackie Cruz and the entire Gerber family yet again, this time, supporting son Presley, who was a host – with no known duties – for the night.
“It just sounded really fun,” he said of what attracted him to the event. “Yeah, just fun.”
And how was it seeing his younger sister being honored earlier?
“It was incredible,” he said of Kaia, who had made a wardrobe change. “It’s inspiring.”
Getting ready for Tom Ford's show with Cindy Crawford: