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The Underfashion Club’s 2017 FEMMY Awards Recap

Thank you to everyone who attended the 2017 FEMMY Awards Gala on January 31st at Cipriani 42nd Street in New York City! You all looked so fabulous for the 59th annual celebration of this red-carpet-esque Intimate Apparel Industry event. A special thank you to our host Hal Rubenstein for his energizing presence, lending his talents for an evening full of love and support for fashion and education.

Hal Rubenstein is a writer, designer, critic and one of the founding editors at InStyle Magazine, where he served as fashion director for fifteen years, after being a style director at The New York Times Magazine for five years. Since 1995 he has been a frequent red carpet and fashion commentator for Good Morning America, The Today Show, Extra, E! and The View. His experience in the coverage of red carpet awards seasons in Hollywood made him a perfect fit for the FEMMY Awards Gala. Hal greeted each of the Honorees of the 2017 FEMMY Awards with warmth and enthusiasm, narrating an evening full of pride and joy for us all in the Intimate Apparel Industry.

Congratulations to the Honorees! We thank each of you for your dedication to excellence.

Retailer: Aerie accepted by Jennifer Foyle, Aerie Global Brand President.

Jennifer Foyle joined Aerie in August 2010 as Senior Vice President/Chief Merchandising Officer and has been instrumental in transforming the specialty retailer into an authority in the body positivity movement.

Manufacturer: Cupid Foundations, Inc. accepted by David Welsch, CEO, President and Marilyn Welsch, Secretary/Treasurer.

David started working part time at Cupid during the 1950’s. He joined the company full time after graduating LeHigh University in January, 1960 and has been President of Cupid since 1979. Marilyn graduated Summa Cum Laude from Boston University in 1962. She has been Cupid’s Corporate Secretary & Treasurer since 1982.

Supplier: Tianhai Lace Co., Ltd., accepted by Ning Yi Shen, General Manager.

As a responsible manufacturer, Tianhai is fully aware of the environmental impact of its operation and is continuously working together with selected partners and institutions to be ecofriendly at the highest standard. Ning Yi Shen graduated from Xi-An University, Textiles Department in 1982. He has worked at Tianhai Lace since it was established in 1988.

Innovation Award: Under Armour, Inc. accepted by Lisa Struble, VP, Technical Design

Lisa Struble is the Vice President Technical Design for Under Armour. She leads the technical design/product development group, pushing performance and innovation through fit and construction. Ms. Struble is responsible for product consistency and execution.

Lifetime Achievement Award: Norman Collier, Managing Director, Stretchline (UK) Limited.

Norman Collier has been involved in manufacturing elastic for 53 years, supported by his wife Janet, 2 children, Adam & Anna and 5 wonderful grandchildren. Over the last 20 years Stretchline has positioned itself in 7 countries producing 20 million mts/wk and supplying most of the world’s major brands and retailers.

The 14th Annual Student Design Contest

The 2017 FEMMY Awards Gala also hosted the 14th Annual Student Design contest, featuring designs by students from the Fashion Institute of Technology. The contest was themed “Athletic Allure.” With athleticism as a foundation, all designs emphasized support and movement as performance garments. The 5 guest judges were: Jos Berry, Concepts Paris / Jami Dunbar, Under Armour / Gill Heer, Lane Bryant / Angie Lau, Clover Group / and Helen Mears, Adore Me.

The scholarship winners are:

1st Prize Winner ($5000 + all expense paid trip to Mode City in Paris in July)
Katelyn Zawierucha, her design “Tres Sportive”
 
2nd Prize Winner ($4000)
Jennifer Monzon, her design “Obsidian”
 
3rd Prize Winner ($3000)
Mary Kate Kauffelt, her design “Instant Replay”
 

Finalists: Bonnie Chen, Diandra Howell, and Lara Tabak.

 

Victor Vega, president of the Underfashion Club, announced that he will be retiring in May. He thanked everyone that has been part of his career, as well as the Wacoal family, for contributing to his happy and wonderful life. “God bless America. Thank you!”

Karen Bromley, co-chair of the FEMMY committee, prompted a standing ovation for president Victor Vega for his service to the industry and community. Thank you all!

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Hal Rubenstein, Host of The Underfashion Club’s 2017 FEMMY Awards

The Underfashion Club, Inc. is pleased to announce that Hal Rubenstein will be hosting the FEMMY Awards Gala at Cipriani 42nd Street in New York City on Tuesday, January 31, 2017! Famous for his uplifting views of women and unique sense of style, Hal Rubenstein’s quick wit will be the foundation for a celebratory evening.

We are thrilled that Hal Rubenstein, with his unique combination of expertise and enthusiasm, will be our Host for the 59th Annual FEMMY Awards,” says Victor H. Vega, President of The Underfashion Club. “The FEMMY gala is the premier event of the intimate apparel industry and we are proud of the many ways we support the next generation of talent.”

Hal Rubenstein has earned his position among the most respected and influential figures in the fashion industry, sharing his invaluable insight for over two decades. He was one of the founding editors of InStyle Magazine , serving 15 years as Fashion Director and then Editor-At-Large for this immense resource to the fashion industry. InStyle’s popularity and embrace of hi/low fashion forever changed the way retailers regard and market to the American consumer.

In 2013, Hal launched his own very successful collection, which debuted on the Home Shopping Network. He’s now a regular on that network and is a frequent guest on TV talk shows including The View, Today and The Early Show, and regularly appearing on EXTRA’s red carpet coverage of award season in Hollywood as their fashion expert. His expertise is sought by brands that the modern fashionista knows and loves for consultation and advised marketing, impacting how we shop today.

Hal Rubenstein also lends his knowledge to fashion education and lectures at The Fashion Institute of Technology, Parsons Institute, The Savannah College of Art and Design and The Governor’s Conference on Women. He will be speaking at FIT in two upcoming seminars, March 1, (Fashion & Film: the 1960’s) and May 16th (Red Carpet Style). The information is at the FIT Museum, fitnyc.edu/museum.

With passion for fashion, business, and education close to his heart, Hal Rubentein will be a perfect fit as the host of the 2017 FEMMY Awards Gala!

HAL RUBENSTEIN TO HOST 2017 FEMMY AWARDS

FASHION AUTHORITY, DESIGNER & INSTYLE MAGAZINE FOUNDER

HAL RUBENSTEIN

TO HOST 2017 UNDERFASHION CLUB FEMMY AWARDS

New York, NY (January 4, 2017) – The Underfashion Club, Inc. is pleased to announce that one of the most respected and influential voices in the fashion industry, Hal Rubenstein, will be hosting the 2017 FEMMY Awards on Tuesday, January 31, 2017 at Cipriani 42nd Street, New York City. Famous for his uplifting views of women and unique sense of style, Hal Rubenstein’s quick wit will be the foundation for a celebratory evening.

The 2017 FEMMY Award Honorees include: Retailer: Aerie accepted by Jennifer Foyle, Aerie Global Brand President; Manufacturer: Cupid Foundations, Inc. accepted by David Welsch, CEO, President and Marilyn Welsch, Secretary/Treasurer; Supplier: Tianhai Lace Co., Ltd., accepted by Ning Yi Shen, General Manager; Innovation Award: Under Armour, Inc. accepted by Lisa Struble, VP, Technical Design and Kelly Cortina, VP, Women’s Apparel, Run & Accessories; and Lifetime Achievement Award: Norman Collier, Managing Director, Stretchline (UK) Limited.

“We are thrilled that Hal Rubenstein, with his unique combination of expertise and enthusiasm, will be our Host for the 59th Annual FEMMY Awards,” says Victor H. Vega, President of The Underfashion Club. “The FEMMY gala is the premier industry event and we are proud that this event is just one of the many ways we support the next generation of talent.”

The FEMMY Awards honor those individuals and companies that have significantly contributed to the Intimate Apparel Industry and its growth.  The Gala is recognized as one of the premier events in the Intimate Apparel Industry, and is the fundraising vehicle that enables The Underfashion Club to support its extensive Scholarship, Awards, Internship and Grants (SAIG) programs.  These efforts bring to life the Underfashion Club’s credo of “Education today for a better industry tomorrow.” 

The 2017 Femmy will proudly host the 14th Annual Student Design Contest featuring the designs of Fashion Institute of Technology students, with the contest theme of “Athletic Allure.” Contest winners will receive cash awards presented by SAIG Co-Chairs Suzanne Beck and Clelia Parisi. The Annual Student Design Contest is an integral part of The Underfashion Club’s mission to help educate, influence and attract new talent for the future of the industry. The design contest is being sponsored by Clover Group International Ltd., Regina Miracle International (Holdings) Ltd., and Stretchline Holdings Ltd.

2017 marks the 59th Anniversary of this not-for-profit 501(c)(3) charitable organization established to provide Intimate Apparel Industry leaders with a forum to exchange information and ideas, and support the Intimate Apparel market as a vital aspect of the fashion industry through its ongoing commitment to support the education of new talent.

FEMMY Awards 2017

THE UNDERFASHION CLUB ANNOUNCES 2017 FEMMY AWARDS
 
RETAILER OF THE YEAR AWARD: AERIE
INNOVATION AWARD: CUPID FOUNDATIONS, INC.
SUPPLIER OF THE YEAR AWARD: TIANHAI LACE CO., LTD.
INNOVATION AWARD: UNDER ARMOUR, INC.
LIFETIME ACHIEVEMENT AWARD: NORMAN COLLIER

The 2017 FEMMY Awards, presented by The Underfashion Club, Inc., the intimate apparel industry charitable organization dedicated to education, is scheduled for Tuesday, January 31st and will take place at Cipriani 42nd Street, New York City. Honorees include: Retailer: Aerie accepted by Jennifer Foyle, Aerie Global Brand President; Manufacturer: Cupid Foundations, Inc. accepted by David Welsch, CEO, President and Marilyn Welsch, Secretary/Treasurer; Supplier: Tianhai Lace Co., Ltd., accepted by Ning Yi Shen, General Manager; Innovation Award: Under Armour, Inc. accepted by Lisa Struble, VP, Technical Design and Kelly Cortina, VP, Women’s Apparel, Run & Accessories; and Lifetime Achievement Award: Norman Collier, Managing Director, Stretchline (UK) Limited.

The FEMMY Awards honor those individuals and companies that have significantly contributed to the Intimate Apparel Industry and its growth. The Gala is recognized as one of the premier events in the Intimate Apparel Industry, and is the fundraising vehicle that enables The Underfashion Club to support its extensive Scholarship, Awards, Internship and Grants (SAIG) programs. These efforts bring to life the Underfashion Club’s credo of “Education today for a better industry tomorrow.”

The 2017 Femmy will proudly host the 14th Annual Student Design Contest featuring the designs of Fashion Institute of Technology students, with the contest theme of “Athletic Allure.” Contest winners will receive cash awards presented by SAIG Co-Chairs Suzanne Beck and Clelia Parisi. The Annual Student Design Contest is an integral part of The Underfashion Club’s mission to help educate, influence and attract new talent for the future of the industry. The design contest is being sponsored by Clover Group International Ltd., Regina Miracle International (Holdings) Ltd., and Stretchline Holdings Ltd.

“It’s with great excitement that we announce the date and honorees for the 2017 FEMMY AWARDS. We are proud to say that this premier industry event is just one of the many ways we support the next generation of talent,” says Victor H. Vega, President of The Underfashion Club. Last year, the FEMMY Awards broke all records for money raised at $600,000.
2017 marks the 59th Anniversary of this not-for-profit 501(c)(3) charitable organization established to provide Intimate Apparel Industry leaders with a forum to exchange information and ideas, and support the Intimate Apparel market as a vital aspect of the fashion industry through its ongoing commitment to support the education of new talent.

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2016 FEMMY Awards Gala: Recap

The Underfashion Club, Inc. hosted the 2016 FEMMY Awards Gala on February 2nd at Cipriani 42nd Street in New York City, which was attended by intimate apparel industry executives from all over the world. In addition to record-breaking attendance, the event raised approximately $600,000 for this 501(c)(3) charitable organization and its mission of “Education today for a better industry tomorrow.”

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This year’s special host was the stunningly glamorous burlesque star and fashion icon, Dita Von Teese. Her personal warmth and innate grace made the evening a memorable event for both the award recipients and enthusiastic audience.

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Honorees included Amazon Fashion, accepted by Meredith Bunche, DMM Women’s Basics, Best Pacific / New Horizon, accepted by CEO Kane Haitao Zhang, and Richard Leeds International, Inc., accepted by Marcia & Richard Leeds.

Three special awards were given out. Lane Bryant / Cacique received the Innovation Award, accepted by CEO Linda Heasley. Martin Trust, Founder of Mast Industries received the Lifetime Achievement Award. Francesca Spinetta, Co-Owner and Editorial Director of The Best of INTIMA magazines, received the President’s Award.

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The 13th Annual Student Design Contest featured the work of Fashion Design students (with a specialization in intimate apparel) from the Fashion Institute of Technology. This year’s theme was “Artists as Muse,” and the six finalists drew their inspiration from either Georgia O’Keefe or Frida Kahlo. FEMMY Gala attendees voted for their favorite garment, and the winning designs were announced that night.

Special thanks to the design contest sponsors Clover Group International, Regina Miracle International and Stretchline Holdings for providing the cash awards that were presented to the FIT contestants.  In addition, Eurovet and Curvexpo generously provided roundtrip airfare, accommodations and complimentary admission to this July’s Interfiliere Paris/Salon International de la Lingerie for the winner of the Student Design Contest.

13th annual student design contest winners

1st prize – Kimberly Paley (Design no. 1) – $5,000
& A trip to Interfiliere Paris/Salon International de la Lingerie
2nd prize – Valerie Lopez (Design no. 6) – $4,000
3rd prize – Laura Leong (Design no. 2) – $3,000

Finalists: ($1,000 each)
Diana Betances
Dayra Galarza
Rebecca Victor

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Many thanks to the UNDERFASHION CLUB’S  supporters and attendees!!

More Media

FEMMY 2016 Red Carpet Photos: on.fb.me/1KDfrZh

FEMMY 2016 Awards Photos: on.fb.me/1O1AgIS

FEMMY 2016 Cocktails Photos: on.fb.me/1Q5yxDH

FEMMY 2016 Red Carpet Video: https://youtu.be/thaULgaFUYg

13th Annual Student Design Contest Interviews: https://youtu.be/VTPtBlmZYxc

Check out the 3 minute scan of the Femmy Gala: https://youtu.be/SoXyFWb4As4

Dita Von Teese, Host of the 2016 FEMMY Awards

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We’re delighted to have the legendary burlesque dancer, costume designer, and beauty guru Dita Von Teese join us to host the Underfashion Club’s 2016 FEMMY AWARDS GALA on Tuesday, February 2nd, 2016 at Cipriani 42nd Street in New York City!

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Dita Von Teese is frequently dubbed the “Queen of Burlesque” for driving the revival of burlesque performance since she began strip teasing in 1992. She had always been fascinated by the Golden Age of Cinema, pin-up imagery, and vintage lingerie. She grew to become the modern embodiment of Old Hollywood glamour. Dita is the performer of choice for high-profile events for influential fashion designers and she often tops best-dressed lists all over the world with her self-styled looks.

Dita has long had a fondness for lacy garments, stockings, and all things lingerie since before she even owned her first bra. She believes that every woman, no matter her style or the occasion, should feel free to indulge in the pleasures of luxe lingerie for no reason other than to celebrate being a woman. This passion inspired her to design her own collection, which debuted exclusively in the U.S. in March of 2014.

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Her presence is greatly anticipated at the FEMMY Awards, where intimate apparel business professionals, students, and designers gather to celebrate this year’s talents and innovations in our industry!