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.
@tradesy is turning the concept of a showroom upside down with its new space in Santa Monica. Here, the company plans to hold events, art exhibits and a showcase rare fashion pieces like this Louis Vuitton boxing set. Get all the details on Tradesy’s first showroom on WWD.com. #wwdnews
Spotted last night at the @erdem x @hm launch event: Kate Bosworth, Rashida Jones, Kirsten Dunst and Selma Blair. The party, which took place in LA, also marked the opening of their pop-up shop. “I was interested in creating a collection that wasn’t in any way disposable. It was about pieces you’d create and keep forever, things that have a permanence to it,” designer Erdem Moralioglu said. #wwdeye (📷: Katie Jones)
Renee Zellweger in yellow in 2001 and again in 2017. Chosen as one of the 12 @pantone Leading Spring Colors (and dubbed “Meadowlark”), it only makes sense that the bright hue stands the test of time and is making a resurgence this season, seen already on stars like @blakelively and @gigihadid. (📷: Donato Sardello & @rexfeatures) #wwdfashion #tbt
Dior’s 70th anniversary celebration continues with a new exhibition at the Royal Ontario Museum in Toronto. “Christian Dior,” which is scheduled to run through March 18, takes a look at the founders tenure from 1947 to 1057 and feature 40 designs. Pictured here is an evening gown from the Ailée, fall 1948-49 haute couture collection. #wwdfashion (📷: Brian Boyle)
As one of the most recognizable models in the world, Christy Turlington Burns has an insider’s view of the fashion industry and the allegations of sexual harassment swirling around it. “I can say that harassment and mistreatment have always been widely known and tolerated in the industry. The industry is surrounded by predators who thrive on the constant rejection and loneliness so many of us have experiences at some point in our careers,” Turlington told WWD, along with her suggestions for how the modeling world should protect younger women and men. Read more on WWD.com. Link in bio. (📷: Tony Palmieri) #wwdnews
@asics America has tapped a new brand ambassador: famed DJ/record producer @steveaoki. This initiative is intended to set the tone for the new brand identity and philosophy and will include partnerships with influencers and in-store and off-line activations that will continue into next year. This is Asics’ most significant marketing effort in two decades, and is expected to attract younger consumers to the brand. #wwdfashion
24-year-old Jean Prounis is redefining the rules of jewelry. Formerly a studio assistant to Jemima Kirke and a design apprentice at Ghuran, she focuses on handcrafted subtleties and ancient goldsmithing techniques. “There was a really sterile feel in the environment and I wanted to have jewelry with character that shapes how you wear it everyday,” Prounis said. Each piece is hand made in New York, either by Prounis or three other jewelers in the district. #wwdfashion
“These collections continue to build on that vision, empowering differently abled adults to express themselves through fashion,” said @tommyhilfiger of his line of adaptive apparel, which launches today. The line consists of 37 men’s and 34 women’s styles based upon the pieces from the spring Tommy Hilfiger sportswear collection. #wwdnews