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Fashion Stars

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Yesterday afternoon, leaders in the fields of fashion, beauty, and interior design braved the bitter cold to attend the Fashion Group International’s 16th annual Rising Star Awards. Held at Cipriani 42nd Street, the ceremony served to recognize the brightest emerging talents in a range of creative industries. Ralph Rucci, the event’s keynote speaker, kicked things off, joking that he was “happy to take a little vacation” from preparing his Fall 2013 collection. “You have to switch gears sometimes if you work in a profession where you’re seeking to beautify the planet,” he said. Paper magazine’s Mickey Boardman kept things light when he gave the Accessories Award to socialite-cum-handbag-designer Cornelia Guest. “Since I’m presenting accessories, I couldn’t decide if I should bring my Stella McCartney handbag on stage with me,” he laughed (in the end, he decided not to). Alexandra Mor took home the Fine Jewelry Award for her eponymous collection, which presenter Marion Fasel described as “the emeralds of my dreams.” And in the hypercompetitive retail category (Moda Operandi and Fivestory were among the nominees), Hayley Barna and Katia Beauchamp captured the award for their members-only beauty site, Birchbox.

The highly coveted womenswear awards (presented by Derek Lam) were won by Tia Cibani and Norman Ambrose (pictured with Lam above) for their respective lines. Tim Coppens received the Menswear Award, beating out Andy Hilfiger and Todd Snyder, and Meggan Crum and Mandy Tang were given the Karen Harvey Business Innovator Award for their site TheRunthrough, which connects fashion editors and stylists to product samples. “When we heard about this, there were major eighties dance moves going on in our office,” said Crum. And why not? The big winners deserve to disco.

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Tamara Mellon Leaves Big Jimmy Choo Shoes To Be Filled, Cornelia Guest Ditches Her Fur For PETA, Feng Shui Jewelry, And More…

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Tamara Mellon, who founded the Jimmy Choo company along with Choo in 1996, has announced her resignation from the brand. Mellon is set to leave her position at the end of the month and reportedly, “Mellon’s position is unlikely to be replaced.” [Vogue U.K.]

Elle Macpherson, Stella McCartney, and Helen Mirren are asking people in the U.K. to lend a hand—and a coat—to help keep the elderly warm this winter. As part of Age U.K.’s “Donate a Coat” initiative, the trio is hoping people will donate a coat to help prevent the estimated 200 deaths that take place in Britain every year due to the chilly temperatures. [Telegraph]

Cornelia Guest, the daughter of C.Z. Guest and polo champion Winston Frederick Churchill Guest, is PETA’s newest pinup girl. Guest has exchanged her fur coats in favor of animal-friendly clothes and accessories, like her new business venture, a collection of vegan handbags. [WWD]

Stylist and author of Feng Shui Chic, Carole Shashona, has created a line of good-energy jewelry. In the collection, there’s a chi-om, “meant to be a ‘portable energizer,’ and the turtle is ideal for urbanites who tend to carry their lives on their backs.” Her line is available on her site and her candle collection is set to go on sale at Barneys this winter. [WWD]

Photo: Billy Farrell / BFAnyc.com

Blasblog: Flower Power

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As he himself will tell you, when Carlos Mota put together his first book, Flowers: Chic & Cheap, he was hoping that some of his decoration-loving friends would be willing to host a few fêtes for the tome. Well, he got what he asked for: Since the tome came out in May, Mota has done parties uptown and downtown and even across the ocean. “In the end, I think I’ll be promoting this thing for longer than it took me to put it together,” he joked. “Not that I’m complaining. You know me: I love a good party.” And apparently, a good party loves him. Last night, John Demsey (pictured, left, with Mota) hosted a sit-down dinner for Mota in his Upper East Side town house, bringing the likes of Marjorie Gubelmann, Stefano Tonchi, Cynthia Rowley, Anne McNally, Rachel Roy, Adam Lippes, and Cornelia Guest. Dinner was served at three tables on the second floor, with each seat bearing its own personalized arrangement. Many people, including Tonchi, mistook them for artificial. “But he does amazing fake arrangements,” W‘s new editor in chief protested. This one, at least, was more chic than cheap.

Photo: Dimitrios Kambouris