NEW YORK — Fashion Group International unveiled this year’s nominees for its Rising Star Awards, set for Jan. 24 at Cipriani 42nd Street with Ralph Rucci as the keynote speaker.
Finalists for women’s ready-to-wear are Nellie Partow, Giovanna Randall of Honor, Tia Cibani, Norisol Ferrari, Brandon Sun, Vengsarkar Budhu of Gavaskar, Loris Diran, Norman Ambrose and Rolando Santana. In men’s wear, they are Andy Hilfiger of Andrew Charles, Todd Snyder, Tim Coppens and Ariel and Shimon Ovadia of Ovadia & Sons. The accessories winner will be chosen from Cornelia Guest, Anndra Neen’s Phoebe and Annette Stephens, Adriana Castro, Dixie Dunbar Studio’s Soteria Kontis, Megan Papay and Cristina Palomo-Nelson of Freda Salvador, Manù’s Emanuela Frattini Magnusson, Max Kibardin and Swims’ Johan Ringdal. Fine jewelry’s finalists are Alexandra Mor, Jenny Klatt and Stephanie Wynne Lalin of Jemma Wynne and Torrubia & Torrubia’s Amaia and Yolanda Torrubia. Meanwhile, retail nominees are Fivestory’s Claire Distenfeld, Hayley Barna and Katie Beauchamp of Birchbox, Áslaug Magnúsdóttir and Lauren Santo Domingo of Moda Operandi and Shen Beauty’s Jessica Richards and Julie Stringer.
In beauty/fragrance, the corporate award will be decided between the Estée Lauder Cos. Inc.’s Alana Hawawini, Mane USA’s Yadira Perez, IFF’s Ruhi Patil and NARS Cosmetics’ Samantha Giordano. The entrepreneur nominees are Arquiste Parfumeur’s Carlos Huber, Vbeaute’s Julie Macklowe, Tony Perez and Meredith Waga of Belle Fleur New York, Kahina Giving Beauty’s Katharine L’Heureux, Lisa Hoffman of Lisa Hoffman Beauty and Joseph Quartana of Six Scents Parfums. For home-interior design, finalists are Materia Arquitectónica’s Gustavo Carmona Muñoz, Lindsey Adelman Studio’s Lindsey Adelman and Rachel Laxer Interiors’ Rachel Laxer.
Award presenters include Derek Lam, Chris Mitchell, Terron Schaefer, Laura Slatkin, Linda Wells, Marion Fasel, Mickey Boardman and Michael Boodro.
The event will also feature the first Karen Harvey Business Innovator Award, which, according to FGI president Margaret Hayes, “embodies the entrepreneurial spirit of Rising Star. Throughout her career, Karen Harvey has forged her own successful path through creativity and innovation and to have her recognize those same qualities in a Rising Star finalist with this award is very meaningful.” Karen Harvey Consulting Group is a sponsor of the awards, along with Saks Fifth Avenue and InStyle.
Harrods plans to remove the famous statue of Princess Diana and Dodi Al Fayed from the bottom of the Egyptian escalators and hand it back to Mohamed Al-Fayed. “We are very proud to have played our role in celebrating the lives of Diana, Princess of Wales and Dodi Al Fayed at Harrods and to have welcomed people from around the world to visit the memorial for the past 20 years,” said Michael Ward, Harrods managing director. “With the announcement of the new official memorial statue to Diana, Princess of Wales at Kensington Palace, we feel that the time is right to return this memorial to Mr. Al Fayed and for the public to be invited to pay their respects at the palace.” More on the news, with reporting by @loreleimarfil, at WWD.com. #wwdnews
@prada is introducing a new project at its men’s fall 2018 show this Sunday: “Prada Invites.” The fashion house invited four celebrated creative minds – @ronanaerwanbouroullec, Konstantin Grcic, @herzogdemeuron and @rem.koolhaas – to each create a unique item with its iconic nylon material. The designs will be unveiled on the runway show, which will take place at the company’s warehouse in Viale Ortles 25. #wwdfashion #mfwm (📷: @martinocarrera)
@kering_official is spinning off its stake in puma in an effort to focus on its luxury brands, the brand operator announced yesterday. “We are proud to have supported the turnaround of Puma, which now has unrivaled capabilities to take full advantage of the specific dynamics of its global markets and is poised to achieve substantial growth,” said François-Henri Pinault, Kering’s chief executive officer and chairman. Artémis will become a “long-term strategic shareholder” of Puma with a 29 percent stake. #wwdnews #wwdfashion (📷: @jilliansollazzo)
The fashion world mourns for celebrated street style photographer, Nabile Quenum, who died at age 32 in Paris.
Quenum, creator of the fashion blog “J’ai Perdu Ma Veste,” was a fashion week fixture, and regularly shot for New York magazine’s The Cut, among other outlets, and brands such as Louis Vuitton, Moncler and Adidas. He was also actively involved in the #NoFreePhotos initiative, which kicked off in the fall. Read more about Quenum in @kbsmoke's story on WWD.com. #wwdnews
@verwanggang and @maisonladuree have teamed up on a dessert collab called Vera Wang Pour Ladurée. The collection, which launched this week, features a specialty macaroon, as well as a wedding cake inspired by one of the designer’s gowns. “I could not imagine a more delicate or sophisticated creation to grace any couple’s celebration,” said Wang. #wwdfashion