Fashion Group Int’l Names 2012 Rising Star Finalists

New York—We all root for fashion’s rising stars, whether they’re discovered on a reality TV show like “Project Runway” or work their way up through the trenches working for another designer.

Either way, let’s make room for the latest crop of talent.

The Fashion Group International (FGI) is gearing up for its 15th annual Rising Star Awards, having recently announced the finalists.

The awards ceremony will be held January 26th at New York’s Cipriani restaurant.  Isabel and Ruben Toledo will deliver the keynote address.

The nominees are as follows:

Accessories Award, presented by Rami Kashou

  • 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
  • Michelle Watson of Mimi & Lu

Fine Jewelry Award

  • Jessica Kagan Cushman of Jessica Kagan Cushman Studio
  • Wendy Brandes
  • Torrubia & Torrubia sisters Yolanda Torrubia and Amaia Torrubia.

Retail Award

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

Womenswear Award, presented by Ralph Rucci

  • Nary Manivong and Alexandria Hilfiger of Nahm
  • Elene Cassis
  • Norman Ambrose
  • Nara Paz of Nara Paz Design Internationale
  • Misha Nonoo of Nonoo
  • Steven McDermott of Stevie Mac New York
  • Stacy Lomman of Stacy Lomman: New York

Menswear Award, presented by Thom Browne

  • Simon Spurr
  • Rob Magness of Grown & Sewn
  • Ian Velardi
  • Luis M. Fernandez of Number: Lab

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Lauren Parker, Accessories Magazine

Lauren Parker, Editor-in-Chief, Accessories Magazine &
As Editor-in-Chief of Accessories for the past 14 years, Lauren Parker has covered women's fashion accessories both from a retail business perspective and a fashion point of view. She frequently judges industry design competitions and loves seeing the next generation of designers come into their own. In previous full-time magazine jobs and freelance gigs, she’s written about practically every angle of fashion lifestyle living, including women's fashion accessories, fine jewelry, Caribbean travel, private jets, Hampton’s real estate, the New York art scene, the bridal industry, men’s lifestyle and being a mom. She loves meeting designers and seeing how their latest offerings capture the current zeitgeist and fit into the entire cultural and social picture.