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Fashion Group International (FGI) Gears Up for 2022 Rising Star Awards Next Week

Featuring Keynote Speaker Rebecca Moses and Presenters Nina Garcia, Kerby Jean-Raymond, Jason Wu, Kelly Cutrone, Ken Downing, Freddie Leiba, Marc Hruschka, Gary Wassner, Tracy Reese, Lisa Arrindell, and Andrea Rosso

New York (May 4, 2022) – Next Tuesday, Fashion Group International (FGI) will reveal the winners of the 2022 Rising Star Awards at a luncheon on May 10, 2022, from 11 am-2 pm at The Lighthouse, Pier Sixty-One on the Hudson. As in years past, the ticketed, red-carpet event is expected to attract some of the biggest names in the New York fashion world to attend and celebrate fashion’s next great designers.

Iconic artist, author, and designer Rebecca Moses will offer keynote remarks, and the high-profile slate of presenters will include: ELLE Editor-in-Chief Nina Garcia (Womenswear), American fashion designer Kerby Jean-Raymond (Menswear),Publicist and author Kelly Cutrone (All Gender),Stylist and Creative Director Freddie Leiba (Accessories), Chief Brand Officer Hearst Luxury Collections E-commerce Ken Downing (New Retail), Marc Hruschka (Fine Jewelry), and Celebrity Makeup Artist Keita Moore (Beauty Entrepreneur), along with special award presenters Fashion Designer Jason Wu (Entrepreneur of the Year Award), Diesel Sustainability Ambassador Andrea Rosso (Diesel Sustainability Award),Fashion Designer Tracy Reese and actress Lisa Arrindell  (Co-presenters, President’s Award for Excellence), and Hilldun Corporation CEO Gary Wassner (Hilldun Business Innovation Award).

Maryanne Grisz, FGI President and CEO: “FGI has a mission and passion to support the next generation of creators, in apparel, beauty, and aligned industries. Emerging from our industry’s time of prolonged introspection and artistic evolution, we welcome new creativity and hope for an inspired future.”

The annual design competition event, now in its 26th year, is an extension of FGI’s ongoing mission to connect and support the fashion diaspora with vital career resources and connections for long term success. In many cases, the competition offers first time brand exposure to tastemakers and industry leaders, as finalists have been in business not more than six years. Past Rising Star Awards winners have gone on to great acclaim and success, including Jason Wu, Tory Burch, Joseph Altuzarra, Phillip Lim, Brandon Maxwell, Thom Brown, Bond No. 9, Warby Parker, Dylan Lauren of Dylan’s Candy Bar, and Jennifer Fleiss and Jennifer Hyman of Rent the Runway, to name a few.

FGI is proud to recognize this year’s President’s Award for Excellence honoree, Fashion Designer Byron Lars, whose new brand, In Earnest, exemplifies modern reinvention in today’s changing times. The award will be co-presented by Tracy Reese and Lisa Arrindell. Savitude CEO Karen Williams will receive the Hilldun Business Innovation Award, presented by Gary Wassner. The Entrepreneur of the Year Award is awarded to Cole Wassner, CEO of Wassner Management Group, in recognition of his unique brand partnerships encompassing fashion, film, retail, and art. The Diesel Sustainability Award winner will be announced at the luncheon, presented by Andrea Rosso.

Sponsors include Hearst Magazines, Hilldun Corporation, Diesel and Pullquest.

For press requests, RSVPs for on-site coverage, or to coordinate related interviews, please contact –

Confirmed RSVP required for event entry and on-site coverage.

When: May 10, 2022, 11 a.m. – 2 p.m.
Where: The Lighthouse, Pier Sixty-One on the Hudson
Press RSVP: Contact

2022 FGI Rising Star Awards Finalists

Brand: AKNVAS; Finalist: Christian Juul Nielsen 
Brand: Christopher Lowman; Finalist: Christopher Lowman 
Brand: Kenneth Nicholson; Finalist: Kenneth Nicholson 
Brand: TERRY SINGH NYC; Finalist: Terry Singh 

Brand: Amir Taghi; Finalist: Amir Taghi 
Brand: Frederick Anderson; Finalist: Frederick Anderson 
Brand: Kelsey Randall; Finalist: Kelsey Randall 
Brand: JUNNY; Finalist Junny Ann Hibbert 
Brand: Mimi Prober; Finalist: Mimi Prober 

Brand: Deviate; Finalist: Kelsey & Cassidy Tucker 
Brand: FRIED RICE; Finalist: Maya Wang 
Brand: Stan; Finalist: Tristan Detwiler 
Brand: William Frederick; Finalist: William McNicol 

Brand: Curl Daddy; Finalist: Edwin Borquez Pierrot 
Brand: Em & El Organics; Finalist: Emily Trower-Young 
Brand: GlossWire App; Finalist: Kimberly Carney
Brand: Kindra; Finalist: Catherine Balsam-Schwaber 
Brand: MOÉRIE; Finalist: Mantas Butkus 
Brand: Raquel Riley Thomas Beauty; Finalist: Raquel Riley Thomas 
Brand: Sparti Scents; Finalists: Abby Wallach and Caroline Fabrigas

Brand: BYBBA; Finalist: Pam Seidman 
Brand: Bentz; Finalists: Melissa & Kim Bentz 
Brand: Cuddigan Leather; Finalist: Jennifer Rose Smail 
Brand: Mia Becar; Finalist: Betzabe Gonzalez 
Brand: Salone Monet; Finalist: Salone Monet 

Brand: ScentFluence; Finalist: Caroline Fabrigas
Brand: The Vault by Volpe Beringer; Finalist: Nancy Volpe Beringer
Brand: thirteen lune; Finalist: Nyakio Grieco 

Brand: Julie Lamb NY; Finalist: Julie Lamb 
Brand: Mary Margrill; Finalist: Mary Margrill 
Brand: Sara Shala Designs; Finalist: Sara Shala


Fashion Group International is a professional membership organization of industry leaders in 26 global regions in the fashion, beauty, lifestyle and retail sectors.  FGI’s Mission is to provide our member network with a forum for discussion and connection across all sectors through programming focused on the industry’s most current and crucial topics, recognition of emerging talent and trends at the zeitgeist of innovation; and to open access to industry leaders by offering a platform of resources for business development and career advancement at all levels.

FGI believes that providing a forum for professional development and career advancement unleashes creativity, innovation and advances the business of fashion.

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