The annual Femmy Awards pulled in 550 guests and also pulled no punches by serving up Carson Kressley as host of the Tuesday evening bash at Cipriani 42nd Street in Manhattan.
Kressley — who gained fame as a star of the Emmy Award-winning TV series “Queer Eye for the Straight Guy” and host of the “Carson Nation” makeover series on Oprah Winfrey’s OWN network — entertained industry executives with a litany of lively comments about lingerie.
“I’m more femmy than the Femmy [award statuette], because I’m wearing a lace bra, undies and my Spanx,” said Kressley, pointing out that the Venus de Milo-inspired statuette was braless.
The Femmys, which have been staged since the late Fifties, are bestowed upon innerwear executives, companies and retailers that have shown creativity and innovation in a highly competitive field. This year’s roster was no exception.
Rick Medlin, president and chief executive officer of Fruit of the Loom, accepted an award for the 160-year-old brand that has become a household name. The specialist of underwear, daywear, T-shirts and casualwear generates estimated annual wholesale sales in excess of $1.9 billion. Owned by Berkshire Hathaway Inc., FTL is known for its fruit logo and “fruit guys” that have a cult following.
Kenneth Wong, director of Top Form Brassiere Mfg. Co. Ltd. in Hong Kong accepted an award for the family-owned firm which produces over 40 million bras a year.
Victor H. Vega, vice president of inventory production and sales management at Wacoal America Inc., was bestowed the Lifetime Achievement Award. Vega started out as a warehouse employee and worked his way up through the Wacoal ranks, where he is celebrating his 40th year.
Penn Asia Co. Ltd. received the Innovation Award for development of a proprietary waterless dye process. Jimmy Yeh, group managing director of the Thailand-based Yeh Group unit of Penn Asia, accepted an award for the family-owned company.
Century 21 Department Stores was selected Retailer of the Year. Isaac Gindi, executive vice president, and Lisa Aquilino, divisional merchandise manager of intimates, sleepwear, legwear and women’s accessories, represented the off-price designer chain.
Meanwhile, three design students from the Fashion Institute of Technology won the Femmy Design Contest: Nina Trimble took home a $4,000 first-place cash award; Yecca Zeng came in second with $3,000, and Lauren Haron received $2,100 for third place.
The overall theme of the student designs centered on sultry ultrafeminine looks in a variety of laces and satin.
“Azzedine has been one of the biggest influences in my life. He has always been such a strong, loving, fatherly figure to me. I call him Papa. His designs are indescribably unique, they are pieces of art. He knew how to make the female form look its loveliest. I have so many memories of him; my favorite might be during my first show with him in Paris. He liked me and he wanted to help me get more work. He called all his friends at Kenzo and Comme des Garcons, and asked them to book me. They said, ‘But she can’t walk!’ And he said, ‘but she has such a great ass!' His friendship and support has been the great privilege of my career. I can't imagine life without him. Repose en paix mon Papa.” - @stephanieseymour tells @wwd. #wwdfashion (📷: @steveeichner) #alaia #azzedinealaia
Azzedine Alaïa, flanked by two of his closest friends, models Stephanie Seymour and Naomi Campbell.
He designed Seymour’s dress for her 1995 wedding to Peter Brant, and treated Campbell (who famously called him Papa), like a daughter. For more on the legendary designer, tap the link in bio. #wwdfashion #alaia #azzedinealaia
Azzedine Alaïa's “I-did-it-my-way” ethos stood out starkly at a time when brands are experimenting with consumer-facing fashion shows, coed formats and trans-seasonal collections – anything to perk up lackluster sales of ready-to-wear in an age of Insta-everything. “It’s not creation anymore. This becomes a purely industrial approach,” the late designer told WWD in an interview last year. “But anyway, the rhythm of collections is so stupid. It’s unsustainable. There are too many collections.” Read more about the iconic designer’s life and work on wwd.com, link in bio. #wwdfashion #azzedinealaia (📷: @WWD Archive, 1986) #alaia
Sneaker reselling app @goat’s latest exhibit, "The Greatest: New York," tells the story of New York's sneaker culture. To celebrate the exhibit, an intimate crowd gathered on Thursday night at the pop-up gallery space, located at Platform in Culver City, to hear guest speaker and illustrator @esymai talk about her own rise in streetwear and women in the business. "For me I'm just someone who is creative. I like to create things," said Chang. #wwdfashion
Azzedine Alaïa, one of the most iconic couturiers of the modern era whose body-con designs defined Eighties fashion, has died in Paris. The diminutive Tunisian-born designer, known for his structured knitted dresses with fitted waists and impeccably cut, figure-hugging second skin silhouettes was deeply admired by his peers, and counted supermodel Naomi Campbell - his adoptive daughter - among his inner circle, one of a gang of glamazons including Farida Khelfa, Carla Bruni and Stephanie Seymour who became ambassadors of his style. (📷: Alexandre Guirkinger) #wwdblast