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Alber Elbaz awards Linda Fargo at FIT foundation gala 2014

What a fabulous night celebrating The Fashion Institute of Technology (FIT) and the FIT Foundation. We joined Alber Elbaz who presented the award to Bergdorf Goodman’s Linda Fargo, saying, “Linda is a dreamer, but Linda is also a doer….You push all of us designers to design with no fear because you love original design.” The annual black-tie event was held on June 9th at Cipriani and hosted more than 600 guests raising $2.5 million.. $1.4 million in ticket sales, plus $1.1 million from two endowed scholarship gifts that were announced.

One of the highlights of the event was the speech Mr. Elbaz gave us.  Lots of love, smiles and well, we discovered Mr. Elbaz definitely has yet another talent – as a entertaining speaker… No wonder why he was Linda Fargo’s chosen one.   Giving us words that translated beautifully and poetically from French to English, without dragging on and on.. I was honored to be seated next to the Dean of the School of Art and Design, Joanne Arbuckle, and the VP of academic affairs, Mr. Jack (Giacomo) Oliva.  No doubt, I was seated with some serious scholastic company.  The fab décor was created by Devin Bruce and included mannequins transformed by FIT students into fanciful birds.

The gala’s chairs were Pamela Baxter, Joy Herfel Cronin, Victoria Elenowitz, Yaz Hernandez, Jane Hertzmark Hudis, Joshua Shulman, and Elizabeth T. Peek.  Fashion industry attendees included Amsale Aberra, James Aguilar, Dennis Basso, Erika Bearman, Hamish Bowles, Alex Bolen, Maria Buccellati, Lucrezia Buccellati, Alina Cho, Jeisa Chiminazzo, Jennifer Csengody, John Dempsey, Ken Downing, Richard Ferretti, James Gager, Caroline Geerlings, Prabal Gurung, Carolina Herrera, Naeem Khan, Steven Kolb, George Kolasa, Jacqui Lividini, Federica Marchionni, Tamara Mellon, Josie Natori, Cristina Ottaviano, P.J. Pascual, Stefano Tonchi and David Maupin, Isabel and Ruben Toledo, Adrienne Vittadini and Gigi Vittadini, and Diane von Furstenberg.

Honored to be invited and amongst this fabulous event, here are some highlights.. fdmLOVES Alber Elbaz awards Linda Fargo at FIT foundation gala 2014 selects by brigitte segura. More pics on FashionDailyMag Tumblr + Instagram!


Brigitte Segura dress: Nicole Miller

Brigitte Segura Hair + Make-up: Y Gallery SoHo

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Patrick McMullen | PMc

Andrew Werner | FashionDailyMag

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Janez Jeretic + Brigitte Segura

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