NEW YORK — “The only reason a problem occurs is to challenge you for solutions. If you see it as a defeat, you’re finished.”
So said Ralph Rucci, this year’s keynote speaker at Fashion Group International’s Rising Star Awards luncheon here Thursday. Rucci, who is marking 31 years in business, had a few such nuggets of advice on hand for the nominees. “If you’re passionate and remain with what was ignited with you, you will be a great success,” he said. “You can’t look left or right. Just look forward and keep your head down while working.”
The annual event, which took place at Cipriani 42nd Street, drew a crowd that included John Demsey, Mark Badgley and James Mischka, Steven Kolb, Graziano de Boni and Jeffry Aronsson, as well as several presenters like Linda Wells, Laura Slatkin, Michael Boodro, Terron Schaefer and Derek Lam. Paper Magazine’s Mickey Boardman, who was also a presenter, lightened up spirits considerably, and not just for his all-over sequined T-shirt. “Please hold all applause until the end, unless it’s for me,” he said while listing the accessories nominees.
Cornelia Guest, who won that award for her line of cruelty-free handbags, recalled her first meeting with Bloomingdale’s Francine Klein and Brooke Jaffe a year and a half ago. “They taught me what an SLG is,” she said.
Other winners were Hayley Barna and Katie Beauchamp of Birchbox for retail, Alexandra Mor for fine jewelry, and Tim Coppens for men’s wear. In beauty/fragrance, the corporate award went to the Estée Lauder Co. Inc.’s Alana Hawawini, while the entrepreneur prize was handed to Carlos Huber of Arquiste Parfumeur. The home/interior design trophy was given to Gustavo Carmona Muñoz of Materia Arquitectónica, while the inaugural Karen Harvey Business Innovator Award went to Meggan Crum and Mandy Tang of Therunthrough.com. “When we heard about this, there were major Eighties dance moves going on in our office,” Crum told the audience. “This is just one of the best days of our lives.”
The women’s ready-to-wear prize went to both Tia Cibani and Norman Ambrose. “It’s just an honor to be recognized as someone that exists as part of an industry, a field,” Ambrose said afterwards. “Also, to be selected among the many talented candidates and nominees and then to win unto itself is an honor.”
Cibani, for her part, was “surprised” and “blessed” to be a winner. She didn’t have too much time to celebrate the honor, though. “I have to go back to the office now for fittings.”
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