Industry News. It's Award Open Season. FGI Rising Star Nominees Named.

Can you smell it? Fall Fashion Week is nearly here! Anyone who knows me personally knows I far prefer Fall clothes to Spring so I am getting excited for New York Fashion Week February 2-9. From today’s WWD, the Fashion Group International (FGI) is getting ready to bestow their awards of distinction.

The organization has finalized the list of nominees for its 10th Annual Rising Star Awards. The ceremony, to take place Jan. 25 honors emerging talent.

Sari_gueron Sari Gueron
Nominees for women’s ready-to-wear:
Brian Reyes; Erin Fetherston; Tia Cibani of Ports 1961; Lyn Devon; Sari Gueron; Victoria Bartlett of VPL by Victoria Bartlett, and Stacey Bendet of Alice & Olivia.


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Claudine_gumbel1 Claudine Gumble of Caravan
Nominees in the retail category:
Fraser Conlon of Amaridian; Dori Rootenberg of Jacaranda; Lindsey Wieber and Gwen Whiting of The Laundress Inc.; Claudine and Brian Gumbel of Caravan, and Angelique M. Graux and Susan Bartholomew of Zoomies.

Amrita_singh_1 Amrita Singh Cuff

Nominees for accessories:
Lesley Armstrong and Anke Fox of Armstrong Fox Textiles Inc.; Lora Sappenfield of Mark; Farrah Delauney and Margaret Karner of Massivesilver, Inc. Fine jewelry finalists are Amrita Singh; Christine J. Brandt; Coomi Bhasin of Coomi; Chhaya Kapadia of Maya Jewels; Ceava Kats of Soho Enamel, and Yupadee Kobkul-Boonsiri of Grunberger Jewelers.

Nominees in beauty:
Fragrance corporate nominees are; Monica Rastogi of Estée Lauder; Anahita Mekanik of IFF; Shirley Dong of Avon Products, and Adriana Medina Baez of Givaudan Fragrances Corp.

Fragrance entrepreneur nominees are;
Steven Victor of Victor Cosmeceuticals; Pauline Ashworth and Ruth Stern of Colour Revolution Inc.; Maziar Aghalarpour of Berjang USA Inc.; Shizuka Bernstein of Shizuka New York Inc., and Kristen Becker and John Eshaya of Becker Eshaya Inc. (I LOVE be!)

This year’s awards, which are sponsored by Target, Cosmopolitan and Solstiss Bucol, will feature Joseph Abboud as the keynote speaker. Award presenters include Carolina Herrera for women’s ready-t0-wear; Nicole Fischelis of Macy’s for retail; Cosmopolitan’s Donna Kalajian Lagani for accessories, and Gerard Yosca for fine jewelry.


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