(...) Without further ado, Klein and Mara announced the names of those 2011 runners-up: Pamela Love and Creatures of the Wind (Christopher Peters and Shane Gabier). Accepting her award, Love said, a bit apologetically, “I didn’t prepare anything because I didn’t expect this—and I’m shaking!” while Gabier, who spoke on behalf of himself and his partner Peters (“Shane’s the eloquent one,” Peters later explained), said to the crowd, “You’ve made us really happy and we hope to make you really proud.”
At last, the moment arrived: the announcement of this year’s winner, Joseph Altuzarra. “I’m so grateful and humbled,” he said, clearly overwhelmed by the honor. But first things first: After being swarmed by well-wishers offering congratulations, the 27-year-old designer slipped into the hallway to phone his mother before rejoining the festivities.