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Femmy Update ~ The Party


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We will leave all the official feedback from the Femmy Awards Gala held last night at Cipriani’s to the home page wrap.  You will be able to see it all;  and for sure with much more professional photos. But we attended this stellar party last night – hats off to Karen Bromley and Barbara Lipton who co-chaired the event. The preparations were flawless and it showed,  so we decided to give you a Femmy wrap up appetizer.

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First and foremost, were the terrific design submissions by the 6 finalists competing for scholarship money and to the winner, a free all expense paid trip to Paris Mode donated by Eurovet andCurvexpo. The results were an exceptional body of work guided by FIT mentor Alexandra Armillas and selected by the Saig committee.

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Winner:”Beauty Is Vein” by Cristina Ramos

Personally, we were caught up in the great networking opportunities with 600+ attendees.  But nothing makes the party more grand than the food, drink, flowers and music.

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Without a doubt, Roz stole the stage with her brief acceptance speech for The President’s Award.  A perfect combination of her wit and wisdom, it was a hard act to follow.

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And Seth Morris’ speech confirmed the stature of a great industry leader. Maybe we are biased as they both are on the board, but their authenticity shined through. They give The Underfashion Club the character it deserves.

Stay tuned for a total review. We just wanted to give you this quick flash while the sheen was still bright.  Ellen & Camille

FEMMY UPDATE – ROSLYN HARTE

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Roslyn joined the Underfashion Club in 1969, when it was an organization for women only and the membership was less than 30. She received a lifetime achievement Femmy in 1997.  Past officer, board member, co-chair of the program committee, and an active participant of the SAIG committee.  Born on the Lower East side, as were both of her parents; growing up and studying design at a Brooklyn high school (tough Brooklyn girl).  Her birthday is October 31, 1924, our Halloween witch.

Roslyn graduated in 1941, and worked at Vogue magazine until 1946, when she answered an ad in WWD and came into the industry as a designer of Lady Duff Trousseau Lingerie.  Started her own contract studio in April of 1954 (60th anniversary coming up).  Started the studio as Roslyn Harte Lingerie Originals, limiting to 3 non-competitive clients at one time.

Roslyn is very involved in the Intimate Apparel Square Club HUG awards, benefiting the pediatrics of RUSK NYU Medical Center.

Some of her favorite career highlights include:

  • Mentoring students from the High School of Fashion Industries
  • Hiring and helping entry level designers from FIT
  • Sharing her expertise with start up companies to help make their dreams come true

Role Models:

  • Beatrice Coleman of Maidenform
  • Marvin Beinenfeld of Bestform
  • Richard Murray of Wacoal

Still working, very involved, and loving every minute of it!

Femmy Update: The Contest

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The 2014 Femmy’s are less than a month away and we wanted to share with you a series of updates about this stellar event whose major purpose is to raise scholarship money for  students of the Lingerie Industry.  So first and foremost, the fashion contest staged by  F.I.T. design finalists each year.  Under the mentorship of Professor Alexandra Armillas, the SAIG committee has re-focused the goals from the ethereal to the practical. This year’s theme “Shaping The Future” is all about modern control shapewear. The six finalists will compete for $10,000 of scholarship money with their designs ranging from very embellished to strappy and sexy, to ultra-minimalist.  But all the contestants have added a fresh young twist.  Professor Armillas coaches them to new levels of technical skills and creativity.  This year they will be asked to demonstrate the practical side of development with attention to costing and production realities using a $400 allowance for materials.  All of the finalists must do this project while completing their full time course load.  Guests will vote at the dinner for first, second and third place on Feb 4 after meeting each student and viewing their creative efforts.