From left: Matthew Ames; Carly Cushnie; Michelle Ochs; Prabal Gurung; Bibhu Mohapatra.
But back to the Awards. A hoarse Nina Garcia — “I had no voice as of two hours ago” — was the keynote speaker and recounted how she landed her first fashion job in the public relations department at Perry Ellis, then designed by Marc Jacobs. Her timing couldn’t have been better; Jacobs was in the midst of working on his revolutionary 1992 grunge collection, which eventually led to his dismissal from the company a year later. “Be yourself, be daring, be bold and make fashion history,” she advised the designers.
From left: Joseph Altuzarra; Peter Hildalgo
As for the winners, the ever-talented Joseph Altuzarra and Peter Hidalgo, in a tie, took home the prize for women's apparel, while Anthony Keegan and Richard Christiansen won men’s honors. The retail nod went to Edward Chai and Paul Birardi’s Odin New York boutique; interior design, Dror Benshetrit; accessories, to Amanda Pearl Brotman and fine jewelry, Monica Rich Kosann. And here’s another scoop: Kosann is currently working on a book on heirlooms and collectibles, out by Clarkson N. Potter this April. And how could we forget the beauty/fragrance awards? Janet League-Katzin of Sphatika International won in the “entrepreneur” category while Juliette Karagueuzoglou of International Flavors & Fragrances did the same in the “corporate” arena. Karagueuzoglou had the added bonus of having her mouthful of a name introduced flawlessly by W beauty director, Jane Larkworthy. “I did my homework,” she quipped.
From left: Carly Cushnie and Michelle Ochs of Cushnie et Ochs; Frédéric Fekkai and Calvin Klein's Francisco Costa.