Yesterday the fashion elite trudged through the snow, changed out of their snow boots and slipped into their four-inch heels, to attend the Fashion Group International's 14th annual Rising Star Awards at Cipriani's in midtown.
While Fashion Group International's (FGI) annual celeb-saturated "Night of Stars" event tends to grab more column inches and flashbulbs, host Jamie Pallot, Condé Nast Digital’s editorial director, stressed the importance of "Rising Stars" for recognizing emerging talent that needs the exposure more than the established design stars feted on "Night of Stars." But Norma Kamali, who gave the opening remarks, questioned stardom. "What happens if you don't become a star?" she asked. "I never wanted to be a star...I'm just my own little constellation doing my thing and I love it a lot."
Whether yesterday's winners will become "stars" remains to be seen. But what is clear is that the winners and all the nominees in categories ranging from fine jewelry to interior design to men's and women's apparel are talented folks whose careers will hopefully benefit from their nods from FGI. The stars came in the way of presenters--Lauren Bush, Linda Fargo and Catherine Malandrino were all on hand to doll out awards.
So who took home a Rising Star award? There was a tie for women's apparel--Parson's alums Fabiola Arias and Bradley Scott split the award for their eponymous lines. (Though the award for the most touching moment of the ceremony goes to Bradley Scott's grandparents, who flew in from Florida to watch him win and stood up to cheer their grandson on.) Jennifer Fleiss and Jennifer Hyman of Rent the Runway took home the retail award. Other notable wins include Loris Diran for men's apparel, Betty Lou Moscot of Blu Betty Lou Moscot for fine jewelry, Marc Marmel for accessories and Harold Zimmerman of Votre Vu for beauty/fragrance entrepreneur (we've got a bottle of Votre Vu hand lotion sitting on our desk and it's saving our hands this winter.)