Cota Catches A Rising Star-------
“We really needed this,” said Christian Cota, the Manhattan-based, Mexican-born designer of elegant eveningwear, after receiving Fashion Group’s Rising Star Award for women’s apparel at the Rainbow Room today. (Carlos Campos and Sergio Davila were co-winners in the menswear category.) “This award is a real barometer of success,” said FGI president Margaret Hayes as she opened the ceremonies. Certainly the presence of past recipients Phillip Lim and Jason Wu—now household names—seem to bear her statement out. The crowd cheered at the mention of Wu’s name. The designer, who seems to be taking his newfound fame in stride, smiled warmly in response. “I’m used to being behind the scenes,” he modestly said over lunch. What price glory? The designer has to focus more of his energy on crowd control and security at his upcoming show. Keynote speaker Tory Burch, no stranger to the spotlight, admitted to being involved in every aspect of her business from design to the comfort of the couches in her boutiques. What’s the secret to her success at a tumultuous time? “Focus and a narrowed vision,” she said.