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August 20 2014

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Work Hard, Play Hard

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“We call Jenne [Lombardo] the fashion fairy godmother—she’s amazing at putting creative people together,” said Nomia designer Yara Flinn last night at the W Union Square, where the hotel group was hosting its Fashion Next bash for Flinn and the rest of the designers in the program. Lombardo, W’s global fashion director and host for the evening, was on hand, along with the likes of Waris Ahluwalia and DJ Chelsea Leyland.

“Talent will only get you so far in this industry,” Lombardo told Style.com. “You also need a strong sense of business. We help them with that extra boost,” she explained of the program, which supports emerging designers. This week, they will host presentations for Fashion Next labels Suzanne Rae, Nomia, Haus Alkire, and Rochambeau. Bibhu Mohapatra, also a participant in the program, is set to stage his first runway show next week. “I’m ready to see things come to life,” he said. “We just did the second round of castings and I’m really excited—we have some beautiful girls walking the runway.”

As for post-show plans? The designers agreed market sales are first on the agenda, but that doesn’t mean all work and no play. “I’ll steal away to my little house upstate,” revealed Mohapatra. Meanwhile, Lombardo waxed pragmatic about fashion week’s parade of parties. “Every night we let loose and every morning we go to work,” she deadpanned. “It’s a high-stress, maximum-impact job, but you’ve got to take it with a grain of salt.”

Photo: Billy Farrell/BFAnyc.com

Ecco Domani’s 2012 Winners Announced

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Now in its 11th year of awarding $25,000 grants to emerging fashion designers, including past recipients Proenza Schouler, Alexander Wang, Altuzarra, and Rodarte, winemaker Ecco Domani announced the latest round of winners this morning. A team of fashion industry insiders, including T‘s Sally Singer, former Barneys fashion director Julie Gilhart, and Paper‘s Kim Hastreiter, judged the the womenswear, sustainable design, and accessories categories, while the menswear designer was selected by Barneys vice president Jay Bell, Park & Bond/Gilt Man style director Josh Peskowitz, and WWD‘s men’s fashion director Alex Badia. The women’s designers are Correll Correll by Vera and Daphne Correll, Eighteenth by Alexa Galler, Haus Alkire by Julie Haus and Jason Alkire, and Sunhee by Sunhee; the accessories winner is Dezso by Sara Beltran; the sustainable design category winner is Titania Inglis; the menswear winner is Tim Coppens. Each label, chosen from a group of 200 applicants, has $25,000 to use for their collections at New York fashion week.

Photo: WWD.com