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It was Pharrell Williams who was being honored as a fashion icon, but it was another music superstar who got a lot of the attention at the annual Council of Fashion Designers of America awards on Monday night.Introducing Pharrell, the producer-singer-songwriter who was receiving the evening's Fashion Icon award, Kanye West took the opportunity not just to praise his friend, but to express some frustration at the fashion industry – for, he suggested, its cool reception to his efforts to be a serious fashion designer.West called Pharrell "my style idol".The emotional highlight of the evening, which honors the year's top designers, was when Betsey Johnson, whose colorful, whimsical designs have been gracing the fashion world for more than 50 years, came onstage to accept her lifetime achievement award.The award for accessories went to British designer Tabitha Simmons.Also honored: Millard "Mickey" Drexler, CEO of J. Crew, with the founder's award, and Valentino designers Maria Grazia Chiuri and Pierpaolo Piccioli with the international award.
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