(Filed Under Event News). Despite icy weather, on February 1 industry executives crowded into New York City’s Cipriani 42nd for the annual FEMMY Gala, hosted once again by the Underfashion Club Inc. and sponsored by Regina Miracle International Ltd. and Stretchline Holdings Ltd.
The nonprofit organization—which funds intimate apparel education through scholarships, internships and other activities—honored Belk, whose award was accepted by Jacque Hall, GMM and executive vice president of feminine apparel; Groupe Chantelle, whose award was accepted by Patrice Kretz, chairman and C.E.O; and Clover International, whose award was accepted by Angie Lau, C.E.O.
The organization also granted Cupid Intimates the innovation award, which was accepted by Tony Angelino, chief operating officer, and Tom Richardson, executive vice president of sales and marketing. Jos Berry of Concepts Paris won the lifetime achievement award.
Once again, Intimate Apparel design students from the Fashion Institute of Technology (FIT) displayed their lingerie innovations, constructed under the tutelage of Alexandra Armillas, mentor and professor of fashion design and intimate apparel. This year’s design theme was “Dream of Ballet,” inspired by “Swan Lake,” “Giselle” and Ballet Russes.
In addition to staff members from the companies being honored, representatives from several other major companies also came out, including Macy’s; Nordstrom; Wacoal; Rago; Invista; Carole Hochman Design Group; Hanro and Lane Bryant’s Cacique brand. In spite of a foot injury, Sharen Jester Turney, C.E.O of Victoria’s Secret, was once again in attendance.
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