NEW YORK — A new year, a new crop of emerging talent in the spotlight.
The Fashion Group International named the finalists and confirmed presenters for its 15th annual Rising Star Awards, which will be given during a luncheon at Cipriani 42nd Street here on Jan. 26.
In women’s ready-to-wear, the Rising Star finalists are Wes Gordon; Nary Manivong and Alexandria Hilfiger of Nahm; Elene Cassis; Joel Diaz and Christina LaPens of Jolibe; Norman Ambrose; Nara Paz of Nara Paz Design Internationale; Misha Nonoo of Nonoo; Stacy Lomman of Stacy Lomman: New York, and Steven McDermott of Stevie Mac New York. Ralph Rucci will present the award.
For men’s apparel, the nominees are Simon Spurr; Rob Magness of Grown & Sewn; Ian Velardi, and Luis M. Fernandez of Number: Lab. Thom Browne will serve as presenter of this award.
The accessories award, to be presented by Rami Kashou, will be decided from among Deborah Sawath of Thale Blanc; Ron Donovan; Katherine Kim of Roman & Sunstone; Michelle Vale; Blythe Harris of Stella & Dot; Serra Turker of Misela Inc.; Adriana Castro, and Michelle Watson of Mimi & Lu. Fine jewelry finalists are Jessica Kagan Cushman of Jessica Kagan Cushman Studio; Wendy Brandes, and Torrubia & Torrubia sisters Yolanda Torrubia and Amaia Torrubia.
The retail award will be decided from among Randi Jacobson of Realm; Tom Wilscam of Hommage Atelier by Julien Farel, and Vasken Demirjian of Vasken Demirjian Salon.
As in previous years, there will be two awards for beauty. In the fragrance corporate category, which will be presented by Elle magazine’s Emily Dougherty, the finalists are Remi Pulverail of Givaudan Fragrances; Donna Ramanauskas of Robertet Fragrances; Celine Barel of International Flavors & Fragrances Inc., and Sue Saadat of Nars Cosmetics. The nominees for fragrance entrepreneur are Kelly Van Gogh of Kelly Van Gogh Hair Colour Cosmetics; David Moltz of D.S. & Durga; Kaya Sorhaindo of Six Scents Parfums, and Worker B’s Michael Sedlacek and Liesa Helfen. Finally, the home/interior design award will be chosen from Tamara Eaton of Tamara Eaton Design; Joe Manus of Shiner International, and Coco of Cococozy.
Isabel and Ruben Toledo will serve as keynote speakers at the event, and Saks Fifth Avenue, In Style and Bebe are sponsors.
“I think what’s so interesting about the #MeToo movement and this whole new wave of feminism in general, is that women are finally seeing, ’Oh I can start my own company, oh I can lear to code, oh I can leave my nine-to-five job and do the thing I want to do,” said @brooklyndecker ahead of her @sxsw talk for @createcultivate. The former model took the stage to share wisdom about networking and female-driven entrepreneurship. #wwdeye #sxsw (📷: @jgreenery)
“I was making the guacamole when my scout saw me,” says model @stuckinteenage on being discovered just six months ago while working at @chipotlemexicangrill. Since then Williams has signed with @dnamodels, walked in her first show at @calvinklein and landed on the cover of @vogueitalia – a high point of any model’s career. To read @lisajlockwood’s full interview with the model on her experiences thus far, head to WWD.com – link in bio. (📷: George Chinsee)
“I love the idea of dialogue, period. It’s where I’ve always gotten my inspiration from: hearing other women speak, their journeys and their paths,” said @hereisgina, who delivered the keynote speech at the @sxsw conference for @createcultivate, the online platform and conference series for women. For her two panels, Rodriguez chose female empowering, female-led and female entrepreneurs to focus on. Head to WWD.com to read more about her thoughts on Time’s Up, growing up in a family of women and why we “need a girls’ club.” #wwdeye #sxsw (📷: @jgreenery)
Leading luxury brand are shaking things up to keep up with streetwear. Case in point: the arrival of @mrkimjones as artistic director of @diorhomme. Jones, who succeeds @Kris_Van_Assche, is seen as one of the handful of designers who can actually straddle the luxury and streetwear worlds — which could lead to even more changes at established brands. What could this mean for the rest of the menswear landscape? Head to WWD.com to find out what experts predict #wwdfashion (📷: @franckmura)
“It’s like buying groceries. You’re going to buy the best mango, the best mozzarella, the best things. You have to, or others are going to take it all,” said @gabrielahearst on why she uses only the finest fabrics. Last week, Hearst received her first @cfda nomination for Womenswear Designer of the Year, and earlier this month she opened a permanent showroom in Paris. To read @jessiredale’s interview with the designer and find out why this is shaping up to be a big year for her, head to WWD.com. #wwdfashion (📷: @francoisgoize)
“It’s an interesting thing, playing a younger version of your mother. It’s an interesting concept. I adore my mom and love her in every capacity, but it was just something that had never crossed my mind,” says @anniemstarke on playing a young Joan Castleman in “The Wife.” The same role will be played by her mother Glenn Close. Read more about her growing up in the film industry as the daughter of producer John H. Starke and Close and what she has planned for the future #wwdeye (📷: @nataliamantini)
@asics is launching a new streetwear sneaker inspired by its latest ambassador, @steveaoki. The Hyper-Kenzen x Aoki, which will launch at @footlocker stores exclusively tomorrow, is a slip-on style that incorporates the brand’s proprietary Gel technology through beads integrated into the midsole for comfort and endurance. Read the full story on WWD.com.