So, I just took the long way around or the scenic route to simply say that I hate snow, but love New York! Suffice it to say that it takes a very special occasion to get me out of my sweatpants and warm, dry apartment and into sub-freezing temperatures, wicked winds and slushy puddles. Well, yesterday was one of those very special occasions. I risked the tundra and nearly got 'taxi splashed' all over my charmeuse to attend the Fashion Group International's Rising Star Awards. My very dear friend and talented jewelry designer, Wendy Brandes, was among the five finalists in the fine jewelry category. BRAVO!
Center: Rising Star finalist in the fine jewelry category, Wendy Brandes
Left to Right: me, BarbaraB, Christine, WendyB, Alyssa, Tina
Tensions were high in Cipriani's grand ballroom, but Team Wendy was confident. FGI President, Margaret Hayes, introduced host, Jamie Pallot of Conde Nast who cleverly joked, "Snow is the new black." Keynote speaker, Norma Kamali gave an inspiring speech and commended all of the finalists for achieving what only the most elite in the industry have. And that is not an understatement. Although WendyB may not have won (this time!), it was an extremely close race and she could just as easily have taken home the award yesterday. Congratulations Wendy!!!