DALLAS — Stan Herman and Derek Lam will headline the Dallas Fashion Awards ceremony here.
Herman will receive the Fashion Excellence Award and Lam the Rising Star Award at the Oct. 29 event. A three-time Coty Award winner, Herman will be honored for his career in fashion design and efforts to promote the industry and raise money for charity. As president of the Council of Fashion Designers of America since 1991, Herman helped launch the 7th On Sixth runway shows and led CFDA campaigns that generated more than $12 million for AIDS education and $10 million for breast cancer research.
“We are pleased to honor Stan Herman’s legendary service to the fashion industry,” said Cindy Morris, chief operating office of the Dallas Market Center, which previously honored Diane von Furstenberg and Carolina Herrera, among others.
Herman, who has designed everything from bras to uniforms for companies from McDonald’s to Jet Blue, said in an interview he felt “very privileged, and I’m in very good company.”
He is now designing fall 2006 loungewear under his own label and serving as fashion consultant to Federal Express.
Lam is capping a year in which he received Swarovski’s Perry Ellis Award for Women’s Wear from the CFDA and was one of 10 designers nominated for the CFDA/Vogue Fashion Fund. The winners will be announced in November.
The Rising Star Award is “wonderful and a great honor,” he said.
“Derek Lam has created an amazing design business and gained favor with the critics in a very short period of time,” Morris said.
Marking his third anniversary in October, Lam expects to do $4.5 million in wholesale volume this year. He attributed part of his success to catering to women in the South and in Asia with plenty of seasonless dressing.
“I always concentrate on something that has a light hand and is versatile and not strictly urban or cocktail or evening,” Lam said. “It’s really about a modern lifestyle.”
Lam, who is working on a small clothing collection for Tod’s for next spring, said he was hopeful that his affiliation with the leather accessories firm might blossom into a shoe and handbag collection under his own label.
The gala will mark the 30th anniversary of the awards program, which is intended to spotlight global fashion leaders and top resources that exhibit to retailers at the Market Center. The winners of eight Dallas Fashion Awards will be revealed at the black-tie party set for the Great Hall of the International Apparel Mart. They will be determined by a poll of buyers.