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8 May

Rising Star Awards Recognize Top Emerging Brands in a

Rising Star Awards Recognize Top Emerging Brands in a

NEW YORK — The style industry is understood for its willingness to mentor the subsequent generation of creatives, so it was no surprise that Fashion Group International’s 27th Rising Star awards drew a full house to the Lighthouse at Chelsea Piers on Monday afternoon to anoint the most-promising emerging brands.

Past recipients have included Jason Wu, Tory Burch, Phillip Lim and Thom Browne, so the trail to success for those lucky enough to take home the crystal award is well established.

This time around, FGI established categories arrange by sector somewhat than gender, including eveningwear, ready-to-wear and energetic/casualwear where men’s, women’s and gender-neutral brands vied for the awards. It also introduced a recent award, one for collaborations, that recognized that popular fashion category.

The event began with FGI’s president and chief executive officer Maryanne Grisz, revealing the launch of a mentorship and learning program for emerging brands. This system will address topics corresponding to business plans, sales and distribution, design and production, legal issues and other potential pitfalls that may sink a young business.

Bach Mai

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This system, which is open to finalists in addition to winners, will pair the emerging designers with industry executives including Gary Wassner of Hilldun Corp.; Edwina Kulego of Informa Markets Fashion; Behnaz Ghahramani of Brother Vellies; Caroline Fabrigas of Scent Marketing; Carlos Campos of his eponymous collection; Nicole Fischelis, a fashion forecaster and former Saks Fifth Avenue executive, and Douglas Hand, a fashion attorney.

But while the nominees were desperate to join to take part in the mentoring program, it was the awards that took center stage on the luncheon.

Former Rising Star winner Patricia Field was the keynote speaker and chronicled her journey from NYU’s liberal arts program to clothier, costume designer and now curator of ArtFashion Gallery, a Lower East Side location in Latest York where she selects handcrafted apparel and accessories from a bunch of artists.

Field said that in her opinion, “fashion is an art form,” one which “depicts the mood of the time.” So whether it was her work as costume designer for “Sex and the City” starting within the late ’90s, or the 1987 film “Lady Beware” with Diane Lane, her outfits spoke to the times during which they were set.

Next up, Field said, is a documentary about her profession, “Pleased Clothes: A Film About Patricia Field,” that might be a part of the upcoming Tribeca Film Festival.

Field ended her speech with some advice for the emerging designers within the room: don’t be in a rush since “all profession successes take time,” and “look inside, not out” in quest of success.

Marrisa Wilson

Marrisa Wilson

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Turning to the awards, the accessories award wound up in a tie with shoe brands Oncept, a group from Megan Key Campos and Nick Lucio, and Chris Donovan Footwear sharing the honors. For Donovan, being in front of a room stuffed with fashion executives was a far cry from the 25 years he spent as a telephone repairman — and way more satisfying, he said.

The sweetness award went to Michael and Diana Wilson of Saints & Sinners Haircare, while the high-quality jewelry award was won by Burkindy, a line from Burkindy Faso, an immigrant artist from West Africa, who said the glory would represent a “recent birth” for his brand.

The collaboration award was won by Wolverine 1000 Mile x Old Rip Van Winkle, a bourbon whiskey distillery. Although Tom Kennedy, group president of Wolverine Work, joked that as a 140-year-old brand his company didn’t necessarily fit the mold of an emerging business, he made sure to indicate that 100% of the proceeds from the capsule are donated to organizations that support young people pursuing careers within the trades.

The sustainability award was given to Autumn Adeigbo of the brand of the identical name, The Hilldun Business Innovation award was presented to Marcelo and Jordana Guimaraes of Fashinnovation, and Kimberly Carney of The Wires was named Entrepreneur of the 12 months.

Teddy von Ranson of the Teddy Vonranson brand won for energetic/casualwear. The designer, who spent 15 years at Ralph Lauren, thanked his “small but mighty team,” and credited his husband for supporting him when he got here up with the crazy idea to turn into an entrepreneur. Now that his business is established, von Ranson said he’s hoping to assist “construct a recent layer of American designer with all of you,” he told the room.

Teddy von Ranson

Teddy von Ranson

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Marrisa Wilson Latest York took home the ready-to-wear award and said the creation of her business was a part of a “strategic plan” she got here up with within the second grade.

And at last, Bach Mai was awarded the eveningwear trophy.

To be nominated for an FGI award, participants must not have been in business longer than six years. 

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