AAFA HONORS INDUSTRY LEADERS AT 2017 AMERICAN IMAGE AWARDS

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Paula Zusi, Alan Cumming, Rick Helfenbein. Getty Images for AAFA.

It was a star-studded industry evening as The American Apparel & Footwear Association welcomed executives and personalities from fashion and retail for its 39th AAFA American Image Awards held at the historic 583 Park Avenue. Emceed by award winning actor Alan Cumming, the event celebrated the industry’s finest while benefiting the Fashion Manufacturing Initiative, a program within the Council of Fashion Designers of America Foundation.

The AAFA American Image Awards celebrated: Andrew Rosen, Founder and CEO of Theory (Person of the Year); Marc Fisher Footwear (Company of the Year), accepted by Marc Fisher and Susan Itzkowitz; Stuart Vevers of Coach, Inc. (Designer of the Year); Nick Graham (Fashion Maverick); and Ed Nardoza (Lifetime Achievement Award).

“A true partner to the fashion industry, AAFA’s passion for influencing fashion and business were on full display at the American Image Awards. It is our opportunity to recognize the best of the best and to give back to the industry,” said Rick Helfenbein, president and CEO of the American Apparel & Footwear Association. “Last night brought together an exceptional group of personalities and professionals, all while supporting our industry.”

Carolyn Maloney, Rick Helfenbein. Getty Images for AAFA.

“Collaboration is essential during these uncertain times, and the American Image Awards showcases the many stakeholders that are essential to make the industry a success,” said Paula Zusi, chairman of the American Apparel & Footwear Association. “It was an honor to be able to bring all of these influencers together to recognize the best in the industry.”

Designers, fashion executives, and celebrities came together to celebrate the honorees. Kenneth Cole (who introduced Andrew Rosen), Ruthie Davis, Norma Kamali (who introduced Ed Nardoza), Stan Herman, Jeffrey Banks, Cynthia Rowley, Michelle Smith, and Stacey Bendet Eisner, along with retail executives from Neiman Marcus, Macy’s, Bloomingdales, TJX, Burlington, QVC, and Ross were in attendance. The event also drew stars from the world of entertainment including Emma Roberts, Evan Peters, Camren Bicondova, and Bill Nye “The Science Guy.” Models and fashion influencers included Nikki Taylor, Natalie Suarez, Dylana Suarez, and Dilone.

“The CFDA and AAFA are aligned on efforts to support the fashion and apparel industry,” said Steven Kolb, President and CEO of the CFDA. “Thanks to the AAFA and all those who attended last night, the CFDA will be able to further expand the Fashion Manufacturing Initiative (FMI) and build a more extensive ecosystem of manufacturing throughout the entire city of New York.”

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