Highlights from the 'Glamour' Women of the Year Awards

Including why Sarah Burton thanked Anna Wintour in her acceptance speech.
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Including why Sarah Burton thanked Anna Wintour in her acceptance speech.
Karlie Kloss, Sarah Burton and Karen Elson. Photo: Dimitrios Kambouris/Getty Images

Karlie Kloss, Sarah Burton and Karen Elson. Photo: Dimitrios Kambouris/Getty Images

The annual Glamour Women of the Year awards is one of the few fashion industry events that you simply can't make fun of or react snarkily to. It feels so purely altruistic and honors women so accomplished and inspiring that it's hard to do anything but sit there in amazement.

It felt surreal watching, from a box seat in Carnegie Hall, as Robin Roberts -- a survivor in every sense of the word -- took a chunk of her acceptance speech time to offer words of encouragement to the balcony full of young girls Glamour brings out each year; as Laverne Cox detailed her challenging journey and what it means to be where she is now; and as Natalia Vodianova and Lupita Nyong'o both nearly cried during their own acceptance speeches, overwhelmed by the recognition. There were lighter moments too, like Amy Schumer's hilarious and honest tribute to Joan Rivers, and when a group of adorable ballerinas came out to help Whoopi Goldberg present Chelsea Clinton with her award on Clinton's "first night out" since giving birth.

The event also offered a rare opportunity to hear Alexander McQueen creative director Sarah Burton speak. As presenter Karen Elson put it, Burton tends to "let the clothes speak for themselves." In an industry full of larger than life personalities, Burton prefers to be more anonymous and before she took over for McQueen after his death, outsiders had never heard of her. But Anna Wintour had, and as Burton explained in her acceptance speech, the Vogue EIC played a big role in her appointment. "I'd like to thank Anna Wintour for calling me at a time when my whole world was falling apart and giving me the confidence to believe I could even begin to take on this impossible job," she said.

And to think, after all that, Burton still lied to Wintour's face about Kate Middleton's wedding dress.

Check out more of the attendees below.