NEW YORK — Fashion Group International’s annual Rising Star Awards are taking shape with the disclosure of this year’s crop of finalists.
In women’s ready-to-wear, the nominees are Frank Tell; Tanya Taylor; Marissa Webb; Nary Manivong; Vengsarkar Budhu of Gavaskar; Julie and Jason Alkire of Haus Alkire; Charles Harbison of Harbison, and Giovanna Randall of Honor. In men’s wear, they are Kerby Jean-Raymond of Pyer Moss; Ian Velardi; Ernest Sabine of Ernest Alexander, and Matthew Orley, Alex Orley and Samantha Florence of Orley.
In the retail category, the award will be decided between Rachel Shechtman of Story; Katie Finnegan and Erica Bell of Hukkster, and Charlotte Neuville of The Fashion Chef.
The accessories nominees are Edmundo Castillo; Deborah Sawaf of Thalé Blanc; Melanie Lopez of Roman & Sunstone; Michelle Vale; Annette and Phoebe Stephens of Anndra Neen; Neil Blumenthal and David Gilboa of Warby Parker, and Annie Jaroszewicz of Equipt for Play. In fine jewelry, they are Lisa Black; Joseph Yushuva of Casa Reale; Margery Hirschey, and Amaia and Yolanda Torrubia of Torrubia & Torrubia.
In the beauty-fragrance corporate category, nominees are Eileen Ahasic of the Estée Lauder Cos. Inc.; Jean Michel Karam of IOMA Paris; Ruhi Patil of International Flavors & Fragrances, and Sara Zucker of Nars Cosmetics.
Finalists in the beauty-fragrance entrepreneur segment are Brian Wolk and Claude Morais of Ruffian Beauty; Nathan Motylinski of Le Cherche Midi; Belle Fleur’s Tony Perez and Meredith Waga, and Kelly Podorsek of Kelly & Jones. Finally, the home interiors award will be decided between Anna Karlin; Jon Call of Mr Call Designs, and Reinaldo Leandro and Ariel Ashe of Ashe + Leandro.
There will be a Karen Harvey Business Innovator award, which will be announced by Karen Harvey, whose consulting firm is the event’s lead sponsor.
The luncheon ceremony, scheduled at Cipriani 42nd Street on Jan. 28, will feature Simon Doonan as keynote speaker. Award presenters including Saks Fifth Avenue’s Lincoln Moore, Teen Vogue’s Amy Astley, Scalamandré’s Steven Stolman, Bloomingdale’s Brooke Jaffe, Kara Ross, Hal Rubenstein, Leslie Blodgett and Stephen Burrows.
Saks, a sponsor alongside Teen Vogue and Silver Lining, will host a cocktail party for the finalists Wednesday at its flagship store’s café on 8.
“Azzedine has been one of the biggest influences in my life. He has always been such a strong, loving, fatherly figure to me. I call him Papa. His designs are indescribably unique, they are pieces of art. He knew how to make the female form look its loveliest. I have so many memories of him; my favorite might be during my first show with him in Paris. He liked me and he wanted to help me get more work. He called all his friends at Kenzo and Comme des Garcons, and asked them to book me. They said, ‘But she can’t walk!’ And he said, ‘but she has such a great ass!' His friendship and support has been the great privilege of my career. I can't imagine life without him. Repose en paix mon Papa.” - @stephanieseymour tells @wwd. #wwdfashion (📷: @steveeichner) #alaia #azzedinealaia
Azzedine Alaïa, flanked by two of his closest friends, models Stephanie Seymour and Naomi Campbell.
He designed Seymour’s dress for her 1995 wedding to Peter Brant, and treated Campbell (who famously called him Papa), like a daughter. For more on the legendary designer, tap the link in bio. #wwdfashion #alaia #azzedinealaia
Azzedine Alaïa's “I-did-it-my-way” ethos stood out starkly at a time when brands are experimenting with consumer-facing fashion shows, coed formats and trans-seasonal collections – anything to perk up lackluster sales of ready-to-wear in an age of Insta-everything. “It’s not creation anymore. This becomes a purely industrial approach,” the late designer told WWD in an interview last year. “But anyway, the rhythm of collections is so stupid. It’s unsustainable. There are too many collections.” Read more about the iconic designer’s life and work on wwd.com, link in bio. #wwdfashion #azzedinealaia (📷: @WWD Archive, 1986) #alaia
Sneaker reselling app @goat’s latest exhibit, "The Greatest: New York," tells the story of New York's sneaker culture. To celebrate the exhibit, an intimate crowd gathered on Thursday night at the pop-up gallery space, located at Platform in Culver City, to hear guest speaker and illustrator @esymai talk about her own rise in streetwear and women in the business. "For me I'm just someone who is creative. I like to create things," said Chang. #wwdfashion
Azzedine Alaïa, one of the most iconic couturiers of the modern era whose body-con designs defined Eighties fashion, has died in Paris. The diminutive Tunisian-born designer, known for his structured knitted dresses with fitted waists and impeccably cut, figure-hugging second skin silhouettes was deeply admired by his peers, and counted supermodel Naomi Campbell - his adoptive daughter - among his inner circle, one of a gang of glamazons including Farida Khelfa, Carla Bruni and Stephanie Seymour who became ambassadors of his style. (📷: Alexandre Guirkinger) #wwdblast