The National Arts Club’s fashion committee honored quirky designer Betsey Johnson yesterday at with their Medal of Honor for Lifetime Achievement in Fashion. Held at 15 Gramercy Park in New York, the black tie event was all about Betsey. Johnson's longtime business partner Chantal Bacon introduced the designer along with International Fashion Syndicate editor Marylou Luther. Famed artist Dianne B. Bernhard created a portrait of the Johnson which was presented to her at the ceremony, but is slated to hang at the headquarters of the club. “I’m so excited, honored and thrilled. It doesn’t get any better than this,” Johnson said of the award.
In other other accolade news, Giorgio Armani may be gearing up for a slightly different role than he's used to—senator. Santo Versace, chairman of the Versace company and member of the
Italian Parliament with Silvio Berlusconi's People of Freedom party, reportedly wrote a letter to the President of the Italian Republic, Giorgio Napolitano, requesting that he consider Giorgio Armani as an Italian senator for life. The distinction of senator in Italy comes from achieving, "outstanding merits” in social, scientific, artistic or literary fields. "There is nobody that deserves it more or who better represents our country," Versace told WWD, adding that Armani truly manifests "the beauty of Italy, the country the way we would like to see it
represented around the world, and where meritocracy is fully applied.” Versace himself has a personal tie to Giorgio Armani's empire as the brother of the late Gianni Versace who helped build up Italy's fashion reputation with Armani for years. Santo and his sister Donatella Versace claimed they will do everything they can to promote the senator status for Armani, a distinguished title that will honor the memory of their late brother as well.
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