NEW YORK — On Oct. 27, the Fashion Group International will stage its annual Night of Stars gala, and this year’s Superstar Award honor will go to Stephen I. Sadove for Saks Fifth Avenue.
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Sadove is president and chief executive officer of Saks.
The retailer is joining a list of previous recipients of the award, which includes Karl Lagerfeld, Donna Karan, Giorgio Armani, Valentino, Tom Ford and the Lauder family.
“With this year’s theme, ‘The Luminaries,’ Fashion Group has selected individuals and companies who reflect the very definition of the word luminary,” FGI president Margaret Hayes said. “Each of our honorees are clearly brilliant achievers and stars. Steve Sadove’s leadership at Saks Fifth Avenue has transformed the company into a retailing superstar.”
The event’s Star honorees include Raf Simons, Giambattista Valli and Kate and Laura Mulleavy for Rodarte in the fashion category; François Nars in beauty, and Julianne Moore in entertainment. Daphne Guinness, who raised quite a few eyebrows last year when she showed up at the gala in a sheer top that left little to the imagination, will receive a Fashion Provocateur award. Andrew Rosen will pick up the night’s Corporate Leadership Award, while Lauren Bush will be bestowed the Humanitarian Award. FGI is also honoring Wanda Ferragamo with the Board of Directors Legend Award.
Simon Doonan will reprise his role as host of the evening, which will take place at Cipriani at 55 Wall Street, and Ruben Toledo will once again provide the artwork for the awards. Lord & Taylor is the event’s lead sponsor, while Givaudan, Arcade Marketing and InStyle serve as participating sponsors.