suzymenkes_iht20years.jpgHighly esteemed fashion journalist, Suzy Menkes will be honoured with the Fiorino d'Oro, a high-profile award conferred by the Municipality of Florence. The International Herald Tribune fashion editor will receive the award because of her contribution to "the society's social and cultural development," according to WWD.

For distinguishing herself as an international personality who has provided so much to the Italian city, Menkes will be bestowed the honour on January 9. The award ceremony will take place at Florence's 13th-century Palazzo Vecchio. It will be held during the international men's trade show Pitti Immagine Uomo.

Thanks to Fashion Roller here are some fun facts about Ms Menkes that you may or may not know...

  • She has written over 1.7 million words for the International Herald Tribune, where she been fashion editor since 1988.

  • Menkes attended her first couture show (it was Nina Ricci) while living in Paris and studying dressmaking during her gap year between high school and university.

  • While at university, Menkes would sneak into the Paris show venues at 5 a.m. and hide under the stage until she could creep out and watch the collections walk down the runway.

Read more titbits about one of our favourite fashion editors here.