With more than 75 million people employed in the global fashion industry (four-million-plus in the U.S. alone), guests at Thursday’s Fashion Group International’s Rising Star awards were reminded by Bergdorf Goodman’s Linda Fargo, “there’s room for all of you with an idea and a dream.”
Some — like Brandon Maxwell, Brett Heyman and Dee Ocleppo Hilfiger — had those ideas fast-tracked with wins at the Cipriani 42nd Street event. As Fargo noted, they follow in the footsteps of previous winners like Tory Burch, Thom Browne, Joseph Altuzarra and Cornelia Guest. “Fashion as a profession has probably overtaken sports as an international obsession and business. The tougher news is that it’s increasingly competitive,” Fargo said.
Ralph Lauren can add a new notch to his leather belt: Honorary Knighthood. A representative of Her Majesty Queen Elizabeth II will present the honor to the iconic American designer at a ceremony next year, reports @lisajlockwood . #wwdnews
Cosmetics entrepreneur Charlotte Tilbury came face to face with one of her inspirations when Queen Elizabeth handed her an MBE, or Member of the Most Excellent Order of the British Empire, at Buckingham Palace earlier today. #wwdbeauty
Stella McCartney has been designing wedding looks for customers, friends, family — and herself — for years.
And now, leveraging the success of the dress she designed for the Duchess of Sussex’s wedding reception in May, McCartney is launching, Made with Love, a bridal line including eight dresses and an ivory tuxedo, reports @natalietheodosi . “I feel very protective over the bride, because I know what it was like when I got married, and for me to do my own wedding dress. There are moments that are so personal and private, so emotional and loaded with many different issues,” McCartney told WWD in an interview in June. “I think we are really blessed to have the emotional trust with a woman. She’ll come in and feel the love that we put into everything. What she chooses can be conventional or unconventional. It’s a personal experience.” #wwdnews