SPEAKING OF MACY’S: Macy’s group vice president and fashion director Nicole Fischelis was honored at the High School of Fashion Industries’ annual benefit and student fashion show in New York on Tuesday evening. The award was presented by former Burberry chief executive officer Rose Marie Bravo in the rather grand auditorium of the public school, which is decorated with dramatic murals dating to 1939 depicting the history of the garment trade. Bravo and Fischelis worked together at Saks Fifth Avenue from 1992 to 1997, when Bravo was president and Fischelis was European fashion director. “We were transported into another world,” said Bravo, painting a spellbinding picture of Fischelis’ seasonal trend presentations. “We could forget this season’s misses and markdowns, budget meetings and disgruntled vendors.”

“This school is magic. It does have a special vibe. I’m sure if you come at night, you hear voices,” said Fischelis, in her lilting French accent, to an audience that included IMG Fashion’s Christina Neault, chairman of the school’s advisory board; Kleinfeld co-owner Mara Urshel, and The Fashion Calendar’s Ruth Finley.

This story first appeared in the May 16, 2013 issue of WWD. Subscribe Today.

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