For Immediate Release

Patricia Field Named Keynote Speaker for Fashion Group International 2023 Rising Star Awards

FGI Rising Star Awards Presenters to Include Nigel Barker, Laquan Smith, and more
FGI Rising Star Awards Presenters to Include Nigel Barker, Laquan Smith, and more

New York (March 30, 2023) – As Fashion Group International (FGI) gears up for its 27th annual awards ceremony, the fashion industry advocacy group and career incubator is proud to announce the event’s keynote speaker, renowned fashion icon Patricia Field, and a glittering roster of star presenters. The annual awards ceremony has also revamped its awards categories for the 2023 edition with a new slate of gender-inclusive categories recognizing finalists in fashion, accessories, fine jewelry, beauty, sustainability, retail, collaborations, and related categories. The ticketed red-carpet luncheon will take place in New York City on May 8, 2023, from 11 a.m. to 2 p.m., at The Lighthouse at Chelsea Piers.

Keynote Speaker:
Patricia Field, Costume Designer, Entrepreneur,
ARTFashion Founder  


Stefano Tonchi, Palmer  

Andrew Kwon, Andrew Kwon 
Bach Mai, Bach Mai 
Kate Barton, Kate Barton  
Terry Singh, Terry Singh 
Manuel Tiscareño, Tiscareno  


Laquan Smith, LaQuan Smith

Autumn Adeigbo, Autumn Adeigbo 
Stephen Mikhail, Atelier Cillian 
Kelsey and Cassidy Tucker, Deviate 
Marrisa Wilson, Marrisa Wilson New York 
Alex and Michael Toccin, Toccin


Constance White, Journalist

Marusya Tamboura and Burkindy, Jahnkoy 
Nicholas Raefski, Nicholas Raefski 
Joseph DeAcetis, Potro 
Teddy von Ranson, Teddy von Ranson

Beauty Entrepreneur

Jessica Maitlin, Moda Operandi, “Fat Mascara” podcast

Stephanie Miklosvary, Lucky Chick
Michael and Diana Wilson, Saints & Sinners Haircare 
Raquel Riley Thomas, Raquel Riley Thomas Beauty 

Accessories – Hard and Soft Goods Categories

Edmundo Castillo, Stuart Weitzman

Celia Torvisco, Celia Torvisco 
Chris Donovan, Chris Donovan Footwear 
Jennifer Rose Smail, Cuddigan Leather 
Megan Key Campos & Nick Lucio, Oncept 
Rowell Concepcion, Binata Millinery 
Metri Holliday, Metri Holliday LLC 
Lei Li / Yiren Zhou, Monsecret New York 

Fine Jewelry

Paul Morelli, Paul Morelli

Hakan Orrling, Arild  
Burkindy, Burkindy 
Ritika Ravi, Ivar Jewelry 
Maika Rivera Tanpoco and Melizza Jaune Tanpoco, Jaune Pearls


Nigel Barker, Photographer, Film Maker, Author, Creative Director

Collab Name: Jared Jewelers x NBA Cleveland Cavaliers “Junkyard Dog Chain”
Dan Hines, Marketing Director, Jared

Collab Name: Wolverine 1000 Mile x Old Rip Van Winkle
Scott Schoessel, VP, Global Marketing – Wolverine, Bates & Hytest, Wolverine Worldwide

Collab Name: AMER_ICAN and various designers
Vesna Cremona, Founder, AMER_ICAN

FGI Special Awards for 2023

The Hilldun Business Innovation Award

Gary Wassner, Hilldun Corporation
Recognizing Marcelo Guimarães and Jordana Guimarães, Fashinnovation

FGI Rising Star Entrepreneur of the Year
Presenter: Kai Milla, Global Green
Recognizing Kimberly Carney, The Wires

Presenter: Mickey Boardman, Paper Magazine
Awardee to be announced

“It is our honor to welcome the fashion industry to the FGI Rising Star Awards each year as we gather to celebrate some of the most promising new talents in the fashion, beauty, and business sectors,” said Maryanne Grisz, FGI President and CEO. “FGI has always sought to support the industry and our members, whether well-established or emerging talent. Over the years, past FGI Rising Star honorees have risen to become some of the leading voices in the business, and I cannot wait to cheer on our finalists in their next successes.”

The annual awards event, now in its 27th year, is a vital extension of FGI’s ongoing mission to connect and support the global fashion diaspora with vital career resources and connections for long-term success. In many cases, the competition offers first-time brand exposure for finalists. In order to be nominated, participants must not have been in business longer 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.

2023 FGI Rising Star Awards Sponsor – Hilldun Corporation

Confirmed RSVP required for event entry and on-site coverage.
When: May 8, 2023, 11 a.m. – 2 p.m.
Where: The Lighthouse, Pier Sixty-One on the Hudson
Press RSVP:

Byron Lars speaks onstage during Fashion Group International Rising Star Awards 2022 at The Lighthouse at Chelsea Piers on May 10, 2022 in New York City. (Photo by Sean Zanni/Patrick McMullan via Getty Images)


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Founded in 1928 by a group of seventeen women leaders, with original charters including Helena Rubenstein, Eleanor Roosevelt, Edith Head, and other renowned fashion icons, Fashion Group International (FGI) was established as an industry forum for career advancement. Today, the non-profit organization remains dedicated to connecting and supporting fashion professionals at every level, from startups to seasoned professionals. By providing access, education, and connection, FGI seeks to spark creativity, fuel innovation, and advance the business of fashion.

FGI maintains a headquarters in New York City, chapters in numerous regions worldwide, and a roster of over 5,000 active members in fashion and related design sectors including apparel, accessories, beauty, retail, and lifestyle. Vital member benefits offered to FGI members include ongoing professional development opportunities, forums for discussion and networking, market insights, mentorship opportunities with industry leaders, business directories and resources, and high-profile event platforms for professional recognition.

The Fashion Group Foundation is the philanthropic arm of Fashion Group International and is dedicated to nurturing the fashion talent of tomorrow through education, scholarships, internships, and career counseling services. The FGI Foundation also promotes charitable partnerships and impactful public service initiatives.

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