Fashion Awards Honor Emerging Talent: Who Made The Cut?

Awards season is upon us! While there are plenty of entertainment award shows coming up (Golden Globes! Oscars! Grammys!), there are also quite a few fashion awards to be given out. Today both the finalists for Fashion Group International’s Rising Star awards and the winners of the Ecco Domani Fashion Fund awards for emerging designers were announced.

The Ecco Domani recipients are each given $25,000 to be used towards producing collections for New York Fashion Week. This year’s winners are Correll Correll, Eighteenth, Haus Alkire, and Sunhee for womenswear, Tim Coppens for menswear, Dezso by Sara Baltrán for accessories, and Titania Inglis for sustainable design. Past winners have included the likes of Alexander Wang, Proenza Schouler, and Rodarte.

While the Ecco Domani awards are decided upon by an impressive panel of judges that includes the likes of Sally Singer and Kim Hastreiter, the FGI awards are voted on by the group’s 1200 members. Last year less than 10% of the membership cast their votes, so hopefully turnout will be a little higher this time around. In any event, here are the nominees:

Women’s ready-to-wear:
Wes Gordon
Nary Manivong and Alexandria Hilfiger of Nahm
Elene Cassis
Joel Diaz and Christina LaPens of Jolibe
Norman Ambrose
Nara Paz of Nara Paz Design Internationale
Misha Nonoo of Nonoo
Stacy Lomman of Stacy Lomman: New York
Steven McDermott of Stevie Mac New York

Men’s apparel:
Simon Spurr
Rob Magness of Grown & Sewn
Ian Velardi
Luis M. Fernandez of Number: Lab

Deborah Sawath of Thale Blanc
Ron Donovan
Katherine Kim of Roman & Sunstone
Michelle Vale
Blythe Harris of Stella & Dot
Serra Turker of Misela Inc.
Adriana Castro, and Michelle Watson of Mimi & Lu.

Fine jewelry:
Jessica Kagan Cushman of Jessica Kagan Cushman Studio
Wendy Brandes
Torrubia & Torrubia sisters Yolanda Torrubia and Amaia Torrubia.

Randi Jacobson of Realm
Tom Wilscam of Hommage Atelier by Julien Farel
Vasken Demirjian of Vasken Demirjian Salon.

Corporate fragrance:
Remi Pulverail of Givaudan Fragrances
Donna Ramanauskas of Robertet Fragrances
Celine Barel of International Flavors & Fragrances Inc.
Sue Saadat of Nars Cosmetics

Fragrance entrepreneur:
Kelly Van Gogh of Kelly Van Gogh Hair Colour Cosmetics
David Moltz of D.S. & Durga
Kaya Sorhaindo of Six Scents Parfums
Worker B’s Michael Sedlacek and Liesa Helfen

Home/interior design:
Tamara Eaton of Tamara Eaton Design
Joe Manus of Shiner International
Coco of Cococozy


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