FGI Night of Stars Honors Fashion’s Protagonists, Including Oscar de la Renta

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Last night, a stylish group of entertainment and media personalities gathered at Cipriani Wall Street for The Fashion Group International’s 31st Annual Night of Stars event, honoring the creative contributions of about a dozen fashion designers and executives. This year’s theme was “The Protagonists: Those who play the leading roles in their own lives,” which could certainly describe the life of the late Oscar de la Renta. Among the evening’s highlights was a touching tribute to de la Renta by Superstar Award winner Diane von Furstenberg. Upon receiving her award, the designer recalled a tradition she had with her good friend:

Every Saturday night, Oscar would come to my house to have Saturday night chicken… And then we would watch a movie… Two Saturdays ago, it was getting harder and harder for him to do it, and that day he had driven from Connecticut, to come to the hospital here and get a blood transfusion. And he went back, and [his wife] Annette said, ‘You know, we can’t come.’ But he wanted to come. And he did come, and when he sat down on the sofa, he said, ‘I’m so glad I made it again.’

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The Fashion Star awards went to Joseph Altuzarra, Sarah Burton, Peter Copping and Brunello Cucinelli. And the night’s other honorees were Elie Tahari, Roger Schmid, William Sofield, Carol Hamilton, Caroline McCall, Tom Kennedy, Lisa Paulsen and Glenda Bailey.

Also in attendance was Katie Couric and her husband John Molner, Matt Lauer as well as our own Lunch columnist, Diane Clehane, who’s been on the event’s planning committee for the past 20 years.