The Fashion Group International’s 16th Annual Rising Star Awards

Fashion’s future was lauded at The Fashion Group International’s (FGI) 16th Annual Rising Star Awards, which were on 24th January at a gala luncheon at Cipriani restaurant on 42nd Street.

The Accessories award went to socialite Cornelia Guest for her eponymous line of animal-free handbags, which she launched two and half years ago. “I don’t think animals have to suffer for us,” she declared in her acceptance speech. Her bags are carried by Bloomingdale’s and have average retail price points of about $200.

Tim Coppens picked up another trophy for his mantel by winning the Menswear category. Coppens, who was born, raised and educated in Belgium but now works from New York.

Derek Lam presented the Women’s Ready-to-Wear Award. The result was a tie between Norman Ambrose and Tia Cibani.

The other Rising Star winners included Estée Lauder Companies’ Alana Hawawini for Beauty/Fragrance Corporate, Mexican lighting designer Gustavo Carmona Muñoz of Materia Arquitectónica for Home/Interior Design, Carlos Huber of Arquiste Parfumeur for Beauty/Frangrance Entrpreneur,

Alexandra Mor
Alexandra Mor

Alexandra Mor of Alexandra Mor New York for Fine Jewelry, Birchbox’s Hayley Barna and Katie Beauchamp for Retail and Meggan Krum and Mandy Tang of, the recipients of the first ever Karen Harvey Business Innovator Award.

Fashion veteran Ralph Rucci gave the ceremony’s keynote address and received rapturous applause when he noted that he has been in the business for more than 30 years.

Fashion Group International, founded in 1930, is a global, 5,000-member non-profit organization. Its goal is to be the supreme authority on the business of design and fashion