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FGI Catches A Few Rising Stars

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“At one point in my career, I had $98, a mattress, and a floor,” Norma Kamali told us at the Fashion Group International’s 14th Annual Rising Star Awards luncheon, hosted by Condé Nast Digital editorial director Jamie Pallot. “There’s always going to be something that tests your ability, so get past it and then get over it.”

Kamali, the keynote speaker at the Cipriani 42nd Street event, offered similar words of wisdom to an audience that included Catherine Malandrino, Prabal Gurung, Eddie Borgo, Julia Restoin-Roitfeld, Maria Cornejo, and Lauren Bush, and rising stars Fabiola Arias and Bradley Scott Reisman (who tied for the womenswear award), and Loris Diran (who won for men’s). “To have this fabulous designer hand you the torch,” enthused Arias after Malandrino presented her with the trophy, “it’s just crazy.”

After a little carousing and a little networking—”I am leaving with a pocket full of business cards and a pocket full of promises,” Bergdorf Goodman’s Linda Fargo said—the designers, editors, and retailers reluctantly prepared to brave the snow and continue the workday. Well, most did. They may not have won the afternoon’s award, but the menswear nominees from Moods of Norway were still feeling celebratory. “We want to do Shirley Temple body shots and then go build a snowman,” designer Stefan Dahlkvist said. “Are you in?”

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