NEW YORK — In economic times such as these, up-and-coming talents can find themselves particularly challenged, and any recognition can help.
That sentiment was voiced by several of the finalists and winners at the Fashion Group International’s 12th annual Rising Star Awards on Thursday. “This is the best energy boost right before fashion week,” women’s apparel winner Christian Cota told the crowd at the Rainbow Room, adding, “As a young designer, you really need everyone’s support and advice.”
Sergio Davila, who tied in the men’s apparel category with Carlos Campos, seized the opportunity in different ways. “I hope to see you all at fashion week in Bryant Park. You are all invited.” FGI recognized emerging talents in eight categories, and this year’s other winners included Pantera’s Claudia, Laura and Alejandra Laviada for accessories, Ariane Zurcher for fine jewelry and The Dressing Room Boutique & Bar’s Alexandra Adame and Nikki Fontanella for retail. The organization also honored Julie Birns of Prescriptives/the Estée Lauder Cos. Inc. with the Rising Star award in the beauty/fragrance corporate field, and Cathy Gins of Aromawear LLC. as this year’s emerging beauty/fragrance entrepreneur.
The event brought out designers and industry executives like Jason Wu, Paul Morelli, Bergdorf Goodman’s Linda Fargo, Henri Bendel’s Ann Watson, Saks Fifth Avenue’s Joseph Boitano and former Saks vice president and women’s fashion director Michael Fink, who declined to disclose details about his plans.
Many designers had words of wisdom for the new crop, particularly when it came to survival in this climate.
“You have to step up to the plate and swing the bat as hard as you can,” said Phillip Lim, who was a presenter in the women’s apparel category. “Now, more than ever, it is our job to inspire and to give hope, and play in the game.”
Biba founder Barbara Hulanicki, who presented the retail award, took a more concrete approach. “Learn to pattern cut,” said Hulanicki, who is said to be returning to fashion this year with a special collection for Topshop. “Go on a survival business course,” she said, adding, with a laugh, “Learn about creative accounting.”
Keynote speaker Tory Burch, who took home the retail award at this event four years ago, said, “Considering the current economic environment, store closings and deep discounting, I think customers are looking for concepts that inspire them more than ever before.”
The designer admitted to the daunting nature of launching a new brand, and she found herself having to contend with a few naysayers in the beginning. “Many asked the question, Does the world really need another fashion label?” Burch recalled. “The most important thing that I can say to anyone considering a launch, or facing the tremendous task of growing a business, is that you have to have confidence in your vision, and have an incredibly focused point of view.”
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@imanshumpert is diving deeper into his creative endeavors and relaunching his clothing line, Post 90s, and is helping to raise money for the hurricane victims in St. Maarten with a jersey he’s designed with his brother. The Cleveland Cavaliers player talked to WWD about kneeling during the national anthem, working with fashion brands and how he wants to be more than an @nba player. Read the interview on WWD.com #wwdfashion (📷: George Chinese)
Not only does #TheProfit return to CNBC tonight, but @marcuslemonis has launched @shopmarcus, a new shopping and lifestyle retail experience in Aspen and Chicago, with more locations to come. The retail stores offer in-store stylists and a variety of contemporary womenswear selections.
“It’s life, I’m going to face it,” @mingxi11 sighed. “I fell, but you know, I think the most important thing is that I get back up. I had the love, the help from my sister — the girl next to me Gizele [Oliveira] — she’s so nice. When I went backstage everybody was trying to comfort me like ‘Oh Ming, it’s OK.’ I’m really, really touched. I think it’s them who gave me the courage to go back on stage for the finale,” Xi told WWD of her fall at the @victoriassecret fashion show. (📷: David Fisher) #wwdfashion #vsfashionshow #victoriassecret
@louisvuitton tapped @therealpeterlindbergh for its latest city-centric photo book, which is part of a series called Fashion Eye. The primarily black and white book captures the spirit of Berlin in 57 images shot between 1989 and 2019. “Berlin is an inspiration for me, more than a city. I mean @millajovovich is simply Berlin!” said Lindbergh. #wwdfashion
“You know, I think audiences expect a certain performance so I have to deliver to them what they’re expecting to a certain degree. But I’m also a different actor and a different person, I have my own spin on the character,” says @noahegalvin of his takeover of the leading role in “Dear Evan Hansen” following the departure of @bensplatt, who originated the role. Read WWD’s interview with the 23-year-old actor on WWD.com #wwdeye (📷: @jilliansollazzo)
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@kith is moving into children’s. The men’s and women’s streetwear brand has launched Kidset, a Kith kids line located in New York at 64 Bleecker Street. The line includes mini versions of staple Kith pieces like the Astor bomber jacket and the Kith box logo sweatshirts, along with a wall that can display up to 120 pairs of shoes from @adidas, @newbalance, @timberland and more. #wwdfashion
“I just wanted to create this fully rounded character, but I do think what excited me most was just the opportunity to give a group of people representation that I feel needs it. I like to do characters in projects that stand for something and Karolina definitely does, so that was really exciting to me,” @ginnygardner says of her new role in @hulu’s “The Runaways.” Gardner plays Karolina Dean, a queer superhero, which is a rarity for @marvel. Read more about Gardner’s character on WWD.com #wwdeye (📷: @dandoperalski)