Fashion Group International held its annual Rising Star Awards luncheon yesterday at Cipriani. Last year, I won the Rising Star Award for fine jewelry, and designer/blogger/stylist Stacy Lomman was a finalist in the women’s apparel category. (To give you an idea of how prestigious the apparel category is: A past Rising Star winner in the apparel category is now Michelle Obama’s designer of choice, Jason Wu.) Stacy designed the red peplum dress I wore last January. You can see it in action in this video.
This time I wore a long faux-ostrich-feather vest from Stacy’s Fall 2012 collection; she wore a corset and skirt from her Spring 2013 collection.
As you can see, I convinced Stacy to stick her name tag in the usual place, even though the usual fabric wasn’t there.
We were happy to see Yolanda and Amaia Torrubia of the fine-jewelry company Torrubia & Torrubia.
The Torrubias were finalists for the second year in a row. When I won last year, they were so gracious and sincere in their congratulations to me. We have a lot in common, actually, because we all feel that great fine jewelry is about design and imagination. not just big, flashy gems in skimpy four-prong settings. I was rooting for the Torrubias, but this was Alexandra Mor‘s year. Next year will be your year, Torrubia ladies! Margaret Hayes, the president of FGI, emphasizes that many designers win after being in the running two, three or even four times. You gotta stay in it to win it!
Superstar hairstylist Julie Matos of Warren-Tricomi gave me a wild updo for the lunch.
She and I were initially inspired by rockabilly-style pompadours but quickly veered into Space Age/anime/Jim Carrey in Ace Ventura Pet Detective territory.
I loved it!
Here are the details for the whole look:
What Wendy Wore
Sleeveless vest: On loan from Stacy Lomman
Dress: Versace (pre-2005)
Boots: Céline (from Bergdorf Goodman’s 2012 pre-holiday sale)
Jewelry: All my own designs
Hair: Julie Matos
Lip color: Tarte LipSurgence matte lip tint in Lively (great staying power!)
Stacy might have a hard time getting her vest back from me. It’s cold in New York right now but I was nice and warm with that piece on under my coat. I wouldn’t have thought a sleeveless vest was practical winter wear, but it is!