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Rising Star Awards Nominees Finalized

NEW YORK — Fashion Group International has finalized the nominees for its sixth annual Rising Star Awards on Jan. 30, where "Today" show news anchor Ann Curry is expected to appear as a keynote speaker.<br><br>Eight women’s apparel...

NEW YORK — Fashion Group International has finalized the nominees for its sixth annual Rising Star Awards on Jan. 30, where “Today” show news anchor Ann Curry is expected to appear as a keynote speaker.

Eight women’s apparel designers were named finalists in that category, one of eight awards that will be presented at the event, which is sponsored by YM Magazine and Solstiss Bucol and recognizes emerging talents in various fashion and retail categories.

The women’s nominees are Kathryn Jones and Rosalind Jones of Palmer Jones; Tani Keller of TK LLC; Julius Lumsden of Ice Room Fashion; Gary Graham; Hanii Yoon and Gene Kang of Y&Kei; Zac Posen; Jack McCollough and Lazaro Hernandez of Proenza Schouler, and Peter Som. Retail nominees this year are Karen Karch of Push; Heather Rich and Leah Forrester of DeCollage; John Sencion and Brad John from Flight 001; Maria Cornejo of Zero, and Tiffany Dubin for Tiffany Dubin’s Lair.

Designers nominated in the accessories category are Helen Barr of Barr + Barr; Anthony Luciano, Gabriella Zanzani, Pia Fleming of Bian, and Alyssa Graves. Gen Inomata of Boscia; Trae Bodge, Scott Catto and Chad Hayduk of 3 Custom Color Specialists, and Alden Pinnell and Russell Moon from Skinceuticals were nominated for beauty. In the fragrance category, nominees are Cecile Krakower of Givaudan, Albert Nichols and Michael Lindsay from E. Wightman & Co., Jennifer Lung of Parfums Givenchy, Jean Hessmer from Estée Lauder and Frank Voelkl from Dragoco.

Jewelry designers Mindy Lam of Mlady; Michael Spirito of Exhibitionist NYC; Saundra Messinger, and David Nakard Armstrong and Anthony Camargo of Anthony Nak were nominated in that category, while Anthony Caputo, Romain Kapadia, Carl Carter from Don Brotherz and Keanan Duffty were nominated in men’s wear.

Finally, in home and interior design, Susan Winberg of Zoma Design; Michael Davis of Michael Davis Architects & Interiors; John Robshaw of John Robshaw Textiles, and Matthew Amses and Deborah Czeresko of Site Specific Art Management were nominated.