On Tuesday, October 22, The Fashion Group International hosted its annual Night of Stars Gala at Cipriani Wall Street's gorgeous venue. FGI is a non-profit, professional organization whose mission it is to not only be the pre-eminent authority on the business of fashion and design, but also to help its members become more effective in their careers.
Posing on the red carpet at FGI's 2013 Night of Stars
plaid corset: Stacy Lomman, Fall '13
high/low skirt with leather yoke & crinoline: Stacy Lomman, Fall '13
spiked dog collar: Stacy Lomman
booties: Gianfranco Ferre
Photo Credit: Randy Brooke
Fashion Group Int'I. is a brilliant organization founded by some extraordinary women such as: Eleanor Roosevelt, Elizabeth Arden, Helena Rubinstein, Edith Head and Claire McCardell (give me a sec. while I bow down to her... ). I am proud to be a member and a Rising Star Finalist in the womenswear category in 2012.
Wendy looking stunning!
dress: Moschino, vintage (from Shrimpton Couture)
faux ostrich vest: Stacy Lomman, fall 2012
shoes: Miu Miu
jewelry: Wendy Brandes
So, when my "sistah from another mistah," Wendy Brandes suggested that she get us tickets for the Gala, I was more than happy to accompany her. Wendy happens to be a Fashion Group Int'l. Rising Star Winner in the fine jewelry category (2012). If you're not familiar with her, you need to be. She's got the best bling this side of Texas! Actually, her work trumps every famous jeweler I can think of -- this side of Texas and the other.
Back to the Night of Stars. This was FGI's biggest one yet. Certainly, Marc Jacobs can pack a house but I think the late announcement that twerking Miley Cyrus would present Jacobs and his business partner Robert Duffy with the 'Superstar Award', pushed it to capacity. There were other big stars in attendance as well -- Kate Upton, Mayor Bloomberg, Carine Roitfeld, Alexa Chung, Alexander Wang, Hamish Bowles, Simon Doonan, DVF and Christopher Kane -- to name a few!
Wendy and I dressed for the occasion, of course. I wore an outfit from my fall 2013 collection and Wendy wore vintage (as she often does) along with a custom vest I did for my fall 2012 collection. Just when I was feeling proud that I was able to squeeze myself into the corset and skirt worn on the runway last month at the Chicago Gold Coast Awards Show, along came Miley Cyrus to knock me off my high horse.