Having wrangled celebrities for FGI’s “Night of Stars” for years, Clehane saw them eye-to-eye.
Instead of hosting a leisurely awards lunch at Cipriani 42nd Street, the event will be virtual.
The group’s Night of Stars recognized the legendary costumer and designer with its Lifetime Achievement Award.
In his new role as chairman of the board, D’Adamo will be advocating for inclusivity among other things.
Hayes died Thursday of complications from breast cancer.
Hayes made the switch from a successful retail career to Fashion Group International in 1994.
At FGI, Hayes oversaw such key programs as the group’s annual Night of Stars gala, a symposium series and a ready-to-wear trend forecast.
The designer had a conversation with Esquire’s Nick Sullivan for Fashion Group International.
Camaraderie was in style as several honorees singled out other designers in the room for their contributions to the fashion industry.
His numerous clients included Barbara Walters, Billy Joel, Mariah Carey and Gloria Schiff. Buatta never played favorites, though.
This year’s FGI Rising Star winners included Krammer & Stoudt for men’s wear, and a tie between Asher Levine and Jeffery Dodd for women’s wear.