On the afternoon of Wednesday, Sept. 9, right on the heels of getting the CFDA’s International Designer of the Year award last year, the Belgian designer Dries van Noten received FIT’s Couture Council Award for the Artistry of Fashion at Cipriani 42nd Street. His presenter was the actress Maggie Gyllenhaal, who arrived in a lovely violet skirt and blouse in a myriad of floral and leopard prints (typical for Mr. van Noten).
Ms. Gyllenhaal was approached by a tabloid reporter who asked her if her little daughter, 2-year-old Ramona, likes rummaging through her closet.
“I’m sorry, who are you interviewing me for?” Ms. Gyllenhaal asked. The Transom couldn’t quite make out the answer, but then overheard: “Oh, you know, I’m sorry. The ones with the paparazzi pictures I just try to avoid,” she said, starting to move away. “I know it’s not your fault.”
Ms. Gyllenhaal told the Transom that she would not be attending Fashion Week because her daughter is starting school, but wanted to be here for Mr. van Noten. “I’m a huge fan of Dries’ clothes. I love them. I wear them all the time. I think he’s my favorite. I felt like he’s given me so many beautiful clothes and designed things for me and I really wanted to give something back to him.”
They’re not lunch buddies or anything. “I don’t think we’ve ever actually met! We always talk on the phone,” she said.
Nearby, the designer Phillip Lim was making the rounds. Mr. Lim is doing a men’s and a women’s show this year. “Being here is surreal right now. I just gussied myself up and ran from the fittings,” he said.