The Fashion Group International held the 28th Annual Night of Stars “The Luminaries” at Cipriani, Wall Street last night.
The room was packed with celebrities including: David Byrne, of the Talking Heads; Isabella Rossellini, Amar’e Stoudemire still on basketball lockout and actresses Jessica Biel and Leelee Sobieski. Fashion celebs included: Franciso Costa; Oscar de la Renta; Olivier Theyskens; Anna Sui; Michael Bastian; Lazaro Hernandez & Jack McCullough (of Proenza Schouler); Isabel & Ruben Toledo and FGI Rising Star winner in the menswear category, Loris Diran. Glenda Bailey, Linda Fargo, Linda Wells, Hal Rubenstein, Cathy Horyn, CFDA’s Steven Kolb and FIT Museum’s Valerie Steele and Patricia Mears.
Jessica Biel walked the red carpet with Giambattista Valli, while wearing a couture gown made by the designer. Biel presented the star honoree for fashion with his award proclaiming, “I’m happy to be a Valli girl.” Other star honorees in the fashion category were Kate and Laura Mulleavy (Rodarte) and Raf Simons (Jil Sander). Oscar de la Renta presented the Superstar Award to Steve Sadove and Ronald Frasch for Saks Fifth Avenue, Arthur Gensler took home the award for Architecture, Francois Nars was presented with the Beauty Award by Isabella Rossellini and Wanda Ferragamo was the winner of the Board of Directors Legend Award. The award was accepted on behalf of Ms. Ferragamo by her children (and one grandchild) who said, “My mother is ninety, although she’d never admit it!”
Dr. Valerie Steele (Director and Chief Curator, FIT Museum) presented Daphne Guinness with the Fashion Provocateur Award. Guinness wore a vintage Alexander McQueen.
We interviewed Anna Sui and Daphne Guinness about the rise of Asian designers and what Asian countries we need to keep an eye on in the fashion world. Sui says to watch out for India and Guinness still loves her Japanese designers.