Matthew Ames, Dror Benshetrit Among Rising Star Award Finalists

Looks from Matthew Ames’s spring/summer 2010 collection (Photos: UnBeige)

It’s January, when the fashion world’s thoughts turn to awards and the imminent fall collections. On the platform heels of the latest crop of Ecco Domani Fashion Foundation award winners comes news of the finalists for the Fashion Group International‘s Rising Star Awards. We’re particularly pleased to see Brooklyn-based designer Matthew Ames (himself a 2009 Ecco Domani award winner) among the chosen ones in the women’s apparel category. His Ellsworth Kelly-style colorblocked silks (pictured above) were among the highlights of the spring collections. Ames has some tough—and awfully diverse—competition in fellow finalists Carly Cushnie and Michelle Ochs (Cushnie et Ochs), Joseph Altuzarra (Altuzarra), Prabal Gurung, Michael Angel, Bibhu Mohapatra, Nima Taherzadeh (Nima), and Brigitte Schwenner (Sievering). You’ll also be interested in the nominees in the home-interior design category: Dror Benshetrit (Studio Dror), Shawn Henderson, Joey Roth, and Luke Vahle (Fifth Season Design). The winners will be announced next Friday at a luncheon in New York. More nominees—in the men’s apparel and retail categories—after the jump.

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    Men’s apparel: Stefan Dahlvist, Simen Staalnacke, and Peder Borreson (Moods of Norway); Loris Diran; Anthony Keegan and Richard Christiansen (Commonwealth Utilities); and Paul Marlow (Loden Dager).

    Retail: John Bartlett, Edward Chai and Paul Birardi (Odin New York), Alexandra Galgano (Charm and Chain), Helena Greene (Swing Concept Shop), and Barbara Moore (B. Moore Designs).

    Update (January 22, 2010)
    The winners:

  • Joseph Altuzarra and Peter Hidalgo (women’s apparel)
  • Dror Benshetrit (home/interiors)
  • Anthony Keegan and Richard Christiansen of Commonwealth Utilities (men’s apparel)
  • Edward Chai and Paul Birardi of Odin New York (retail)
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