NEW YORK — Being a young designer or entrepreneur can be daunting, so any form of recognition goes a long way on the potentially bumpy road.
The Fashion Group International’s eighth annual Rising Star Awards luncheon on Thursday recognized eight emerging talents in categories such as women’s and men’s ready-to-wear, retail, accessories, beauty and home.
Keynote speaker Zac Posen had a heartfelt message to the nominees. “The business challenge we have, from design to having it made, is huge,” Posen said, noting how the local garment industry has faced particular difficulties. “But it’s a good time, with the strong euro, to support New York, because it is the most diverse city in the world….It’s so important for the press to support young talent in New York, for retailers to support young talent and for the banks and investors to support young talent in New York.”
Kathryn and Lindy Jones of Palmer Jones received the Movado-designed Rising Star award for women’s apparel, Simon Alcantara was cited for fine jewelry and Gabriella Zanzani for accessories.
“I was shocked to be honored,” said Tory Burch, who won an award for her retail venture, Tory by TRB. “I thought you sent the invitation to the wrong person.”
Awards also went to Paula Dorf of Paula Dorf Cosmetics for beauty/fragrance entrepreneur, Nicole Howard of Origins (The Estée Lauder Cos. Inc.) for beauty/fragrance corporate, Tomer Gendler of Tomer for men’s apparel and Jeffrey Hutchison of Jeffrey Hutchison & Associates for home and interior design.
Among the award presenters were Sandra Wilson, Neiman Marcus’ fashion director for accessories, Nautica founder David Chu and Patrick Robinson, who was in the city from Paris, where he is working on his first collection for Paco Rabanne. “In France, they would have wine on the table and no ice,” Robinson joked.
The event was sponsored by Select Communications, Gucci and Solstiss/Bucol.
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