By  on January 28, 2016

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.

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