A 300-plus sellout crowd celebrated the winners of Fashion Group International’s Rising Star awards Tuesday afternoon.
While success is always welcomed in life, regardless of the awards activities, the lessons of hardship and perseverance get the same payoff at the 26th annual event. Longevity, determination and reinvention were recurring messages throughout lunch at The Lighthouse in Chelsea Piers.
After FGI president and chief executive officer Maryanne Grisz welcomed attendees, Jason Wu kicked off the program by honoring Cole Wassner with the Entrepreneur of the Year award. Many presenters and dignitaries were thrilled to be back at a great personal event. Some focus on how the hands of the season finally recognized the unknown talent.
As Tracey Reese said in saluting Byron Lars at the President’s Award for Excellence, the honor is long overdue for the designer, who has been in the industry for three decades. In praise of Lars, Reese talks about how, among other things, he introduced plus-size clothing “before the industry was ready” and spent a year perfecting the fit and the standard to ensure the customer has exactly “the same unique experience. as a standard-size customer. ” Actress Lisa Arrindell also helped to honor and thank Lars, saying: “You’re not a designer or a guy telling a woman what she is. Instead you’re curious about us and you keep asking questions. and asking for love. ”
Lars spoke about the re-launch of his brand In Earnest and the importance of its name. “It’s insisting on a much larger scale that’s worse than ever. That’s very powerful to us as a credo, and also how we want our customer to live.”
Several presenters shared their own insights about the inspiration, including Elle’s editor -in -chief Nina Garcia, who before presenting the Womenswear award, noted that she presented the same award in 2016 to Brandon Maxwell . Making the point that the designer was creating a luxury global brand at the time, Garcia said, “I know that every nominee here has the same potential. You are the future of New York fashion.” – in American fashion. ”
Womenswear award winner Frederick Anderson happily thanked the audience. “I really like the fashion industry. I love what I do. I work 24 hours a day doing what I do. To recognize and see all of these amazing people who have contributed to my life, my work and my vision, and to give me this award, I am deeply [humbled] and highly esteemed. ”
Before presenting the 2022 Menswear award, Pyer Moss founder Kerby Jean-Raymond recalled how when he was honored by FGI in 2014, there were three brands that he failed after 10 years of trying.
“This group was the first to get to know me after a period of trying, trying, trying and non -stop,” he said. “… like Kelly [Cutrone] said, I’m so excited to have new people here and participate in this community. It’s so beautiful. ”
The winner of the 2022 Menswear award is Aknvas founder Christian Juul Nielsen, who started his business three years ago, first in womenswear and then added menswear soon after “somehow wear all. “
Before Cutrone gave the All Gender award to Stan’s Tristan Detwiler, he said, “There are a lot of amazing people in the fashion industry in New York, Paris, London, Milan, Peru and Hong Kong. They’re everywhere. And they’re not. It doesn’t matter who you are. It doesn’t matter how you identify gender or where you come from or how much money your family has. Honestly, when I entered the game, it was very blonde. “
He emphasized, “If you have something to say and your message is heartfelt and important, and you have talent whether it’s retail, sales, design, marketing, PR or whatever it is, you’re welcome here. And you get a front line -row passes through some of the strangest cities in the world with some of the strangest people and strangest consciousness.
Receiving the Hilldun Business Innovation award from Gary Wassner, Savitude chief executive officer Karen Williams spoke of the importance of helping support deficient body shapes and making sure people come in the door and want to buy something to suit them, see.
“Our opportunity is to make a difference not only for the inclusivity of the body, but for the industry – with all the challenges of waste and recycling – and for the environment,” Williams said. The Seattle-based company offers brands and retailers a design-focused, consumer-centric computer vision and analytics platform to maximize fit and reduce waste.
Giving the keynote address, Rebecca Moses said, “Creativity is a voice in the times in which we live. Yes, we live in wonderful times. We need to understand different cultures, different ethnicities, different lifestyles and different generations. Many of us here today are subjected to various isms – racism, ageism, sexism, classism. The list, sadly, is long, We must bury the isms that poison our world.
Ken Downing, the presenter for the New Retail award, recalls how in the early ’80s, new retail concepts mocked the hair of mannequins and silkscreening the name of a glass designer. “Wow – how far have we come now,” he said.
Trese Lune’s Nyakio Grieco and Volpe Beringer’s Nancy Volpe Beringer’s The Vault shared the New Retail award. Grieco explains how he creates more space for the founders of Black and Brown beauty who make products for everyone. With 157 brands, Thirteen Lune now opens 600 concept stores. Beringer tells how “whatever your ability or disability, you both have the right to use fashion and quick ways to express your personality.”
Andrea Rosso of Diesel presented the Diesel Sustainability award to Mimi Prober, who started her brand by working with people a lot of fashion doesn’t, like those in the fields, to make fabrics and natural dyes, products lace makers, hand weavers and garment production. “I hope this industry will continue to work to support them and make sure hand crafts and all things are not forgotten,” he said.
Presenter Freddie Leiba reminded the crowd of the importance of curiosity and knowledge and how “a good dose of ethics can help.” She gave Mia Becar’s Betzabe Gonzalez the Accessories award. Keira Moore announced that the Beauty winner was Moerie’s Mantas Butkus, who did not attend.
Graff North America president and CEO Marc Hruschka told attendees how enthusiastic the 82-year-old founder of the company was and how he was fired three times before achieving success. Hruschka presented the Fine Jewelry award to Julie Lamb.