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Friday, January 25, 2013

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.

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As you can see, I convinced Stacy to stick her name tag in the usual place, even though the usual fabric wasn’t there.

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The more Bellinis I drank, the funnier this got!

We were happy to see Yolanda and Amaia Torrubia of the fine-jewelry company Torrubia & Torrubia.

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From left: WendyB, Yolanda, Stacy and Amaia.

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.

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Front.

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.

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Back.

I loved it!

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Side.

Here are the details for the whole look:

wendyvestWhat 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!

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37 Responses to “What Wendy Wore: Stacy Lomman to FGI’s Rising Star Awards”

  1. stacy says:

    I wish you could have won two years in a row! But if not, I was really hoping the Torrubia sisters would get it. Beautiful things and sweet girls. You looked simply smashing last year AND this year!! You could be my muse ;)

  2. Jet aka Punk Glam Queen
    Twitter: PunkGlamQueen
    says:

    The boots make an appearance! I shall now dub those your “bitch” boots! I love your hair, and of course Stacy’s designs always look fetching on you. Stacy looks amazing as well, love that silhouette! XXX

  3. mystyle says:

    Hi my dear! The vest is so stylish and looks amazingly cosy, no wonder you’re in no hurry to give it back!! Your hair looked awesome too xx

  4. Faux Fuchsia says:

    Luff it how you go all out for these functions! Hooray x

  5. Pam@over50feeling40
    Twitter: over50feeling40
    says:

    Thanks for posting the video …it is so much fun to see you accept your award and hear your voice!! That vest is so cool…love the whole look. Stacy is very talented as well.

  6. Performance and Cocktails
    Twitter: faultlessaplomb
    says:

    Whoa, your hair was AMAZING!

  7. déjà pseu
    Twitter: dejapseu
    says:

    That vest is one of my favorite pieces from Stacy’s collections! You both look smashing. Your hair is a sculptural masterpiece.

  8. Poochie
    Twitter: ShoeDaydreams
    says:

    Now I want those boots, even though they are not my usual style.

  9. Amanda says:

    Holy hell on a cracker, that is NOT a boring updo. It looks awesome. How long did it continue to say fuck you to gravity after the lunch? And how on earth did you coax it back down again?

  10. Sheila says:

    Wow, love the hair, Wendy, but Stacy’s vest steals the outfit for me! The booties are perfect with it!

  11. stacy says:

    By the way… look how freakin’ tiny your waist is!!
    beyotch.

  12. You ladies all look fabulous!

    I love that hairdo, and the shot of you in the salon. Very cool.

  13. Elizabeth says:

    Congratulations to all!

    I’m really glad you showed different views of your hair, because I’d never have understood how superb it was from the back and sides if you hadn’t.

  14. Megan Mae says:

    Your hair plus those boots are totally space age fabulous! I bet the vest feels totally luxe!

  15. Whoa, you and Stacy look amazing! The vest with its stripy lining and zippered pointy boots all topped with that stupendous updo is transcendent, and the colour, texture, and silhouette of Stacy’s ensemble is outtasite – but what I love most is the warmth, support, and hijinks that permeate your friendship.

  16. Tina says:

    That vest is super awesome!! And with those boots….You and Stacy are like fashion superheros!

    • WendyB
      Twitter: WendyBrandes
      says:

      Stacy was the one who realized those boots HAD to go with the vest. I don’t get dressed without her help anymore.

  17. Marla says:

    Love that outfit and your hair is so wild.

  18. Marti says:

    You look freakin GORGEOUS!! Love your hair too my fave are the two ponytails in the back. And the vest well I would have a hard time returning it to Stacy as well
    Marta