Today in Paris, before unveiling her Fall ’17 collection, Vera Wang was presented the insignia of Chevalier of the Legion of Honor by Gérard Araud, the Ambassador of France to the United States, in a ceremony at Les Invalides. It’s the most prestigious award given in recognition of contributions to France. Ralph Lauren, whom Wang worked for early on, is among the handful of American designers who have received the honor.
“Today we celebrate Vera Wang’s lifelong friendship with France in the name of our deepest shared values: beauty, fraternity and humanism,” said Araud during the ceremony. “French culture has been a strong inspiration throughout her life, and has influenced her work as both a designer and an accomplished and independent business woman.”
“Paris has always been a place that I’ve run to — it’s always been my escape,” she recently told The New York Times, and it’s inspiration that’s certainly served her well. Right after receiving the honor, Wang released a short film online showing her Fall 2017 collection, which serves as both a love note and a thank-you to Paris. Check out the video here and see the full collection, below.