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Ready To Soar

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Last year, young designer Fabiola Arias’ entrance-making dresses snagged her a coveted Fashion Group International Rising Star Award, and she has continued to pick up steam ever since, landing her collection in numerous Neiman Marcus Couture salons and garnering attention from Chicago’s Ikram Goldman.

This season, the Cuban-born Parsons grad made the next natural step in a budding design career, unveiling her latest collection at the Hotel Americano with her first formal fashion show. “I was thinking about winged creatures and my signature style of rich colors and texture manipulation. I just wanted the dresses to look like birds,” she said of the cocktail dresses and gowns, embellished with meticulously feathered chiffon in rich ombré jewel tones. Arias kept the focus on her experiments with fabric, such as a distressed emerald brocade or nude organza scattered with delicate rosettes. Additional drama appeared via headpieces crafted by her mother, a costume designer, and furthered the avian theme with wild fans of exotic feathers. Such confident peacocking appeals to Arias’ ideal customer, “a woman who wants to look like nobody else. She wants to be unique, and is a vibrant and luminous person wearing the most fabulous gowns.”

Photo: Jay Marroquin

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?”