April 20 2014

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Shining Stars


“At least it’s not snowing this year” was a phrase heard repeatedly at Fashion Group International’s 15th Annual Rising Star Awards luncheon, held today at Cipriani 42nd Street. There were several FGI veterans in attendance, including Catherine Malandrino and past winners Thom Browne, Christopher Coleman, and Monica Rich Kosann (all three were also presenters today), who could remember prior years when the event was held on an especially chilly day. For the Rising Star nominees, however, it was a day full of firsts.

“I have been nominated for a few awards and not ever been in this situation,” Simon Spurr said, sounding quite surprised, as he collected his menswear award from Browne. “Obviously, this one is very special because, well, it’s my first one.” Before Nonoo designer Misha Nonoo picked up her womenswear award (she and Wes Gordon both won in the category in a tie), Nonoo joked, “If I end up having to give a speech, I am not nervous—I just had three bellinis,” she said. “Plus, they e-mailed us last night saying we absolutely had to keep our speeches under one minute.”

She might not have been nervous, but keynote speakers Isabel and Ruben Toledo were feeling the heat before they spoke (maybe that’s because they had more than 60 seconds to talk). “You know, we don’t do this [give speeches] for a living,” Ruben told as he snagged a bite of cake before heading to the stage. Meanwhile, his wife had lost her appetite for the moment. “I can’t eat now, but when I get back, I hope this steak is still waiting for me.” They had no reason to fret—they had plenty of wise words to offer the group. “When you have no budget, you learn to create out of thin air. Pragmatism becomes your best friend and you learn to do very much with very little,” Isabel said. “Whatever you love about what you do, keep on doing it. Don’t lose sight of that, no matter how hard things get.”

Photo: Ryan McCune /

Thom Browne Evolves


Tonight in Paris, Thom Browne presents his latest menswear collection. What to expect? Showmanship as usual, from the looks of things. Browne shared a preview sketch with, above. He declined to explain further than the word “Darwinian.” Look forward to a sartorial survival of the fittest.

Alber Elbaz Pens a Lanvin Tome, a Mom-and-Daughter Model Duo, Ryan McGinley’s Big Show, and More…


Early next year, Alber Elbaz will debut his “700-page bible” on creating and designing Lanvin collections. The Elbaz-written book will include “a mix of text and pictures—and blank page.” [Telegraph]

In the latest H&M news, Jerry Hall and her daughter, Georgia May Jagger, are the faces of the Swedish retailer’s new ad campaigns. Karen Elson also appears in the campaign, but her four-year-old daughter didn’t make the cut. [Huff Po]

This month, Ryan McGinley is set to show his first London exhibition in years at the Alison Jacques Gallery. The exhibit, opening November 24, will include seven works, all approximately six by nine feet in size. [Hint]

There’s a new Browne bag in town. Designer Thom Browne has teamed up with Dewar’s to create a limited-edition holiday gift bag for the whiskey label, available at select retailers. [WWD]

The New Kids On The Block: The Dorchester 2011 Semifinalists


To make a star, or perpetuate one? That was the question the judges of this year’s Dorchester Collection Fashion Prize asked themselves as they deliberated over a list of 77 contending designers at New York’s Le Bernardin on Wednesday afternoon. After two hours of discussion, this year’s panel of judges, which included Calvin Klein’s Francisco Costa (pictured, right), Thom Browne, Marchesa’s Keren Craig, Giovanna Battaglia, Elizabeth Saltzman Walker, Derek Blasberg, Shala Monroque, and Lauren Santo Domingo, had whittled the list down to five names in a miraculously seamless manner.

“Let me tell you, last year it was not that easy—there was definitely shouting,” said Bronwyn Cosgrave of the panel she assembled last year. (The group included the likes of Manolo Blahnik and Daphne Guinness, and gave the top prize to Thomas Tait.) “I’m excited by this year’s list because at the end of the day, I started this project to help young designers get their name out there and to support them.” That mission became a clear group initiative after judges repeatedly brought up familiar names like Cushnie et Ochs, Ohne Titel, and Jen Kao, and then eventually removed them from the running for the $40,000 prize and the opportunity to show during Paris Fashion Week. Instead, the group chose lesser-known names like jewelry label Anndra Neen, Sofia Sizzi’s womenswear line, Giulietta, Siki Im (pictured, left), and Setareh Mohtarez (an unknown who judges repeatedly mentioned for the beautiful sculptural work). The only debatable exception to the rule was the fifth finalist: Julian Louie. “He interned for me at Calvin and he’s extremely talented,” Costa said of the designer. In addition to working with Costa, he’s received guidance from Santo Domingo, and recently finished a shoe collaboration with Aldo. The winner will be announced in late October.

Photo: Mark Von Holden/ Getty Images

And Now, An Intriguing Little Preview From Thom Browne


Sunday evening in Paris, Thom Browne will present his latest collection. The New York-based designer plays his cards close to his chest where previews are concerned, but we did manage to pry a little hint about what’s to come out of him-in the form of a hand-drawn sketch. Those looking for exact pant lengths or silhouettes will be disappointed; cane enthusiasts, on the other hand…

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Spring 2012 Thom Browne collection, and of all the key Spring 2012 Paris menswear shows.

Illustration: Thom Browne