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Live From New York: FGI Honors Rising Stars

By: Nancy Jeffries
Posted: March 5, 2008, from the March 2008 issue of GCI Magazine.
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On Jan. 24, The Fashion Group International (FGI) presented its 11th Annual Rising Star Award luncheon at New York City’s Rainbow Room overlooking Rockefeller Center. “The awards were created to recognize innovation and creativity and promote the career development of Rising Stars in the fashion and beauty industry,” said Margaret Hayes, president, The Fashion Group. She acknowledged the talent of the 110 nominees in the categories of Beauty and Fragrance Corporate, Beauty and Fragrance Entrepreneur, Accessories, Home and Interior Design, Fine Jewelry, Men’s Apparel, Retail and Women’s Apparel.

“FGI’s Rising Star Awards are the most fun in the industry, without a runway,” said keynote speaker, Catherine Black, president, Hearst Magazines, and author of Basic Black—The Essential Guide to Getting Ahead in Work and in Life.

Natasha Coté, Givaudan, Beauty Fragrance Corporate
Francesco Clark, Clark’s Botanicals, Beauty Fragrance Entrepreneur
Kara Ross, Accessories
Gilles-Fleur Boutry, Clodagh Design, Home/Interior Design
Christine J. Brandt, Fine Jewelry
Hisham Oumlil, Men’s Apparel
Jason Wu, Women’s Apparel
Charles Nolan, Retail

Sponsors of the 2008 event were Cosmopolitan, Bebe and Movado, which created and donated the Rising Star Award sculptures.