The next generation of fashion talent was celebrated Tuesday afternoon at Pier 61 in New York City for Fashion Group International’s Rising Star awards. Attendees included Kerby Jean-Raymond, Jason Wu and Tracy Reese, who helped honor emerging designers.
Mia Becar’s creative director, Betzabe Gonzalez, won the award in the accessories category. “I’m so honored and blessed to be nominated and to have won. I love what I do. There have been tough times, but I have so much passion for creating shoes that are constantly evolving with quality, craftsmanship and inspiration,” she told FN after the win.
Mia Becar launched in 2018 as a direct-to-consumer brand and is known for its Italian-made embellished heels. The brand forgoes the traditional fashion calendar and releases capsule collections every few months. Most recently, Gonzalez’s shoes could be seen on the runway at Kim Shui’s Fall 2022 show at New York Fashion Week, as well as on celebrities like Isla Fisher, Lizzo and Hailey Bieber. On top of that, Mia Becar will be featured in an Aspen pop-up this summer.
The Los Angeles-based designer was nominated alongside Pam Seidman of BYBBA, Melissa and Kim Bentz of Bentz, Jennifer Rose Smail of Cuddigan Leather and Salone Monet.
Other FGI Rising Star winners included Byron Lars with the President’s Award of Excellence. The Entrepreneur of the Year award went to Cole Wassner of the Wassner Management Group.
Jean-Raymond, winner of this prize in 2014, presented the Men’s trophy to the creator of Aknvas, Christian Juul Nielsen. Christopher Lowman, Kenneth Nicholson and Terry Singh were also nominated in the category. Meanwhile, Elle editor Nina Garcia presented the Womenswear Award to designer Frederick Anderson in the category that also included Amir Taghi, Kelsey Randall, Junny Ann Hibbert and Mimi Prober. Prober won the Diesel Sustainability Award.
Late last month, Fashion Group International’s Rising Star Awards took over Diesel’s SoHo boutique for a pre-celebration. There, FGI CEO Maryanne Grisz told FN, “Sometimes the toughest times are when creativity is really embraced and arises, and in this case, I’m so inspired by the artistry of all the finalists,” she said. “This year’s finalists inspire hope. There are so many unique viewpoints and developments within the industry that they represent across the board.