Fashion Group International Reveals Rising Star Awards Honorees; Tommy Hilfiger to Give Keynote

This year’s finalists for the Fashion Group International Rising Star Awards will have a chance to celebrate with their competitors at a cocktail party at the Tory Sport store on Fifth Avenue Jan. 16.
The main event will be held Jan. 24 at Cipriani 42nd Street with Tommy Hilfiger sharing his wisdom in the keynote address. His wife, Dee Ocleppo Hilfiger, will be on hand to present the Accessories award. Behno’s Shivam Punjya, Bobby Roaché, Genevieve Rose Atelier’s Genevieve Foddy, Jibs Life’s Natalie Kathleen, Lelet NY’s Sara Bieler Sasson and Lutz Morris’ Tina Lutz Morris will be vying for this year’s prize.
In the Fine Jewelry category, Amanda Pearl’s Amanda Pearl Brotman, Emmanuel Tarpin, Foundrae’s Beth Bugdaycay, Misahara Jewelry’s Lepa Galeb-Roskopp and Neha Dani Jewelry’s Neha Dani are the finalists. Alexandra Mor will present to the winner.
Phillip Lim will hand over the Womenswear award. Finalists include Cristina Ottaviano, Haus Von M’s Ludi Wang, Julianna Bass, Land of Distraction’s Danita Short and Christian Juul Nielsen, Laurence & Chico’s Laurence Li and Chico Wang, Sophia Is’ Sophia Tezel-Tzelepis and Victoria Hayes. The winner of this year’s Menswear award will receive that honor from Kerby Jean-Raymond. Don Morphy’s Daniel Mofor, éclectic’s Franck Malègue, Head of State’s

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Gabourey Sidibe to Keynote Fourth Annual TheCurvyCon

TheCurvyCon, the three-day consumer-facing convention celebrating the plus-size community, will return to New York Fashion Week on Sept. 6 to 8 at a new location, Center 415. Oscar-nominated actress Gabourey Sidibe will keynote the event.
Powered by retailer Dia&Co, the fourth annual edition will connect body positive and plus-size influencers, celebrities and tastemakers and their fans while focusing on the fashion community.
TheCurvyCon cofounders and lifestyle influencers — Chastity Garner Valentine of GarnerStyle.com, and CeCe Olisa of CeCeOlisa.com — raised the seed money for TheCurvyCon by selling the clothes out of their closets in 2015. Now after three sold-out years, they have more than tripled the size of the event in response to the consumer demand.
“This has been a grassroots movement from the beginning,” Olisa said. “We’ve created an in-person experience that reflects the powerful body positive movement happening online. At the same time, we continue to break down barriers in the fashion industry by aligning plus-size fashion with mainstream fashion during New York Fashion Week.”
Garner Valentine added, “Our goal is to facilitate change in the fashion industry. There is still much work to be done, but we are excited to see the conversation on size diversity and inclusivity more forward every year.”
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Hillary Clinton, Yara Shahidi Keynote Teen Vogue Summit in L.A.

“Thanks so much for all of your help,” Hillary Rodham Clinton said backstage at the inaugural Teen Vogue Summit on Saturday morning. As she posed for a photo with a large group of police officers at 72 and Sunny’s Playa Vista campus in Los Angeles, Clinton told the photographer, “This is a very important group. Take a good picture.” The former Secretary of State and presidential candidate had just completed the opening keynote conversation with activist and “Black-ish” actress Yara Shahidi.
While the question-and-answer session lasted 40 minutes, it took less than seven for the discussion to shift toward the previous night’s vote on tax reform. “In the last 24 hours, the Senate passed this absolutely horrible tax-cut plan,” Clinton said, as the crowd booed in support of her sentiment. “It’s great for Donald Trump and his family. It’s great for the billionaires who support him, but it’s going to make life much harder for middle-class families and poor families. It even cuts the tax deduction for teachers who buy supplies for their classrooms and their students.”

“Now it takes care of you if you have a private yacht or a private plane,” she continued, “but heaven forbid if you buy some

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Destiny 2 Director to Deliver PAX 2017 Opening Keynote

Luke Smith, the director on Bungie’s upcoming Destiny sequel, will deliver the opening keynote at PAX West 2017.

Before working on Destiny 2, Smith served as the creative director on Destiny: The Taken King, and was the lead designer for Destiny’s raids. He also worked as a systems designer on both Halo: Reach and Destiny. Don’t miss all of our exclusive Destiny 2 coverage for an in-depth look at Bungie’s shared-world shooter.

The panel lineup for PAX 2017 has also been revealed, and features a number of studios, including Gearbox Software, Monolith Soft and CD Projekt RED. You can check out the full lineup here.

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