Glamour brought together a host of female luminaries for its 25th annual Women of the Year Awards at Carnegie Hall in New York City on Monday evening. Hosted by Editor-in-Chief Cindi Leive, the ceremony recognized designer Victoria Beckham, ballerina Misty Copeland, Theranos founder Elizabeth Holmes, transgender activist Caitlyn Jenner, Planned Parenthood President Cecile Richards, actress and producer Reese Witherspoon and the US women's national soccer team. Five women who lost loved ones in the massacre at Emanuel African Methodist Episcopal Church in Charleston, South Carolina, this summer were also recognized for their gun control advocacy.
"It's been amazing — the opportunity we have for change, for people to understand this issue because it's so difficult," Caitlyn Jenner said during her turn on stage, where she spoke about her efforts to change the conversation about gender identity. She wore a regal blue dress designed by Jeremy Scott.
"It's midnight blue, a custom Moschino gown that I designed for her with black satin lapels," said Scott on the red carpet. "Befitting for the woman of the year."
We asked Scott for his take on the creative burnout that has rocked some of Paris's biggest fashion houses, including Dior and Lanvin, in recent weeks. (Between Moschino and his eponymous line, Scott certainly understands the chaotic fashion schedule's effect on designers.) "I think about it as a conversation," Scott said of managing his workload. "Maybe it gets a little more sped up at one moment and you're talking a little bit faster, but sometimes it's a little slower, and then you continue that conversation. That's how I think of it from collection to collection in a sense, so I never let go, basically."
And if he needs to clear his head for creative inspiration? "I try not to think about the things that are needing that rejuvenation and think about something else, because it will always come to me if I'm just relaxed," said Scott. "I'm not a very good delegator, obviously, because I'm so microscopically attached to my work, but I love with working with my team."
During the ceremony, many of the presenters and honorees took the opportunity to speak directly to the many young girls invited to sit in the upper balconies — they were an enthusiastic group, screaming loudly for Selena Gomez and Brooklyn Beckham, who took to the stage to present his mother Victoria with her award. "We are all so proud of you and I'm so excited to be here with you tonight to present you with this award, I love you," he said, more nervously than one would expect from the child of superstars. Victoria Beckham wasn't too cool to acknowledge her girl group past and even flashed the signature Spice Girls peace sign during her acceptance speech.
At the ceremony, we caught up with writer and actress Tavi Gevinson, who was fresh off a cross-country book tour promoting "Rookie Yearbook 4." When asked how she manages her online brand while staying true to herself, she replied, "I guess any personal brand stuff I do, like this [red carpet] or social media or anything is really just to call attention to the real stuff I do," she said. "I think if you feel if you have something inside there, whether it is actual published work or projects, or just a sense of yourself that you can have in solitude, I think the other stuff is less stressful."
Gevinson was one of the many notable names in attendance who didn't have any formal role in the proceedings but was eager to meet Glamour's varied guests. (For Gevinson, the big draw was Copeland.) As everyone filed into their seats, J.Crew President Jenna Lyons warmly greeted UN ambassador Samantha Power; Jenner appeared to introduce herself to Vogue editor Anna Wintour; actress Sophia Bush gave Gomez a hug.
"If you’re going to make new friends this is the place to do it," said Schumer when she opened the show. "I really want to thank Glamour for introducing me to Hillary Clinton... I told her, 'I'm a huge fan and if there's anything I can do to help with your campaign, please.' And she was like, 'Ehhhh, you're good where you are.' I met Madeleine Albright [tonight] and we really hit it off so you've got squad competition, Hillary." Albright and Schumer for President?