c.2013 New York Times News Service

c.2013 New York Times News Service

NEW YORK — When you are the recipient of a Fashion Group International superstar award, lots of people show up wearing your clothes.

This was the case Tuesday night for Marc Jacobs, when the trade group, which was founded in 1928 to help women in fashion, held its annual ceremony at Cipriani Wall Street.

Miley Cyrus walked the red carpet in a backless beaded gown from the designer’s fall collection. Sofia Coppola arrived in a dark dress, from the spring/summer collection. Linda Wells, the editor of Allure, wore a fur-lined Jacobs coat, but there was an essential difference between her and the others, she said.

“I bought it with money,” she said. “It is not borrowed. Can you believe it?”

Jacobs arrived just as guests were taking their seats and (along with his business partner, Robert Duffy, who was also being honored) ran smack into Aretha Franklin. She was scheduled to sing later that evening, and Jacobs was thrilled to see her, even if she had shown up in Naeem Khan.

“We bow down,” said Jacobs, who showed up to the black-tie affair in a baseball cap and no tie.

As a dinner of steak and risotto was served, the awards ceremony, hosted by Simon Doonan, began. It was a long evening, which might explain why attendees like Jacobs and Alexa Chung kept sneaking out, either for cigarettes or conversation.

Diane von Furstenberg presented the brand vision award to Nadia Swarovski. Mayor Michael R. Bloomberg presented a corporate leadership award to Lew Frankfort, the chairman of Coach. And Stefano Tonchi of W magazine introduced Angela Missoni, who thanked her parents for inventing a new language. “It’s more than a zigzag,” she said of the Missoni motif.

Like the Emmys, there were a lot of awards. There were ones for the media (given to Carine Roitfeld and Deborah Needleman of T: The New York Times Style Magazine.) There were ones for humanitarians (Franca Sozzani, the editor of Italian Vogue). There was even an award for sustainability (Gilles Andrier, a perfumer from Givaudan).

Finally, around 10 p.m., Franklin took the stage and did a rendition of “Respect” that brought everyone to their feet.

Then Cyrus, who said she had known Jacobs since “I was like 16 or 17,” presented Jacobs and Duffy with their award. Cyrus told the crowd that before she got onstage, Franklin had asked whether she was going to twerk. “I said I didn’t know if tonight is the right audience,” Cyrus said.

Then she gave a speech about how simpatico Jacobs and Duffy are, and how important it is for creative people to find business partners. “Marc and Robert are a perfect pair because they’re extremely close, but then again, they’re very different,” she said.

Jacobs apparently agreed. “I am very grateful tonight, as I always have been, to have found my partner in every sense other than the biblical one in Robert,” he said. “We’ve never even kissed each other. I look forward to our partnership continuing as the most meaningful relationship I will ever know.”

And then he kissed Duffy.