Herrera Receiving Special Fashion Group International Award

There’s no doubt that Carolina Herrera is a superstar in the world of fashion… And, now she’ll have an award to prove it!

The 73-year-old Venezuelan-American designer, who has designed a limited edition T-shirt for this year’s Key to the Cure campaign, will be honored by the Fashion Group International this fall as the recipient of their Superstar award.

Carolina Herrera

Herrera—one of 24 noted designers creating a holiday collection for Target and Neiman Marcus— will receive the honor at the group’s annual Night Of Stars gala on October 25

“Carolina is an international icon and a brilliant businesswoman. For over three decades, she’s remained true to her elegant design aesthetic in everything — from her signature collection to her bridal, accessories and fragrance collections — while presiding over a global business with a singular focus on excellence,” says Fashion Group president Margaret Hayes. “She has an innate understanding of what smart, chic women everywhere want when it comes to style and beauty.”

Last fall, Herrera gained international attention from new generation of fashionistas and increased her star power when she designed the wedding dress Kristen Stewart’s character Bella wore in the The Twilight Saga: Breaking Dawn – Part I.

Past recipients include Giorgio Armani, Karl Lagerfeld, Oscar de la Renta and Donna Karan.

In addition to Herrera’s Superstar prize, Haider Ackermann, Gareth Pugh and Derek Lam will also be honored with special awards, and the Marmotti Family of Max Mara will receive the Brand Heritage Award.

Castro Nominated for Rising Star Award

Could the third time be the charm for Adriana Castro?

The Colombian designer has been nominated for the Fashion Group International’s Rising Star Award in the Accessories category.

Adriana Castro

This marks the third straight year that Castro, who recently received the 2011 Miami Award in the Women’s Handbags category, has received this nomination.

Castro, who recently participated in the 3rd Bogota International Fashion Week, has seen her accessories and handbags welcomed into the wardrobes of celebrities like Eva Longoria, Jennifer Lopez and Kim Kardashian.

Adriana Castro Handbags

Famed stylist Patricia Field even chose five of Castro’s handbags to accessorize the stars of Sex and the City 2.

Her designs, which include exotic animal skins like alligator, ostrich and python, have also been featured in Vogue.

Other Latino/a nominees include:

Fine Jewelry: Yolanda Torrrubia & Amaia Torrubia, Torrubia & Torrubia
Menswear: Luis M. Fernandez, Number: Lab
Women’s Ready-To-Wear: Nara Paz, Nara Paz Design Internationaie
Women’s Ready-To-Wear: Joel Diaz, Jolibe

Winners of the Fifteenth Annual Rising Star Awards will be announced at a special luncheon on Thursday, January 26 in New York City, which will include a keynote address by noted designer Isabel Toledo.

Click here for a complete list of nominees.

Design Superstar Toledo Receives Lifetime Achievement Award…

She’s one of the most popular Hispanic fashion designers in the industry… And, now Isabel Toledo is getting due recognition for her inspired work.

During a presentation of Toledo’s Spring-Summer collection this evening in Miami—her first major show in 10 years—the 50-year-old Cuban designer and her husband/collaborator Rubén Toledo received Lifetime Achievement Awards from Fashion Group International at an event sponsored by Vanidades magazine.

Toledo’s runway show was a treat for Miami fashionistas because the designer, feeling they’ve lost their essence, stopped doing them altogether.

“There was no intimacy, no connection between the woman [the model wearing the clothes] and the audience.” she told The Miami Herald in a recent interview, “It was all about who was sitting in the front row.”

Despite that 10-year hiatus from doing runway shows, the “designer’s designer” has continued to see tremendous success.

“We now have a four-story building and a staff,” says Toledo, a favorite of first lady Michelle Obama, who wore a Toledo original to her husband’s presidential inauguration. “And we do it all with fashion. All of it made in America. All of it very high quality. The big houses are shocked that we’ve been able to do this.”

Toledo’s latest collection is inspired by the Caribbean and the women of that region. Toledo showed feminine, flowing dresses in colors taken from the tropical scenery of the Caribbean, including the blue hues of ocean and sky.

“This collection is less New York; I was inspired by the sensuality of Caribbean style, the coloration,” says Toledo, who’s proud that her couture name is featured on a collection of shoes at Payless, where anyone can shop.

Along with keeping her designs accessible to all women, regardless of their income, Toledo and her husband also believe in helping the next generation of fashion designers. The dynamic duo fund the Isabel and Rubén Toledo Scholarship.

“It means a lot to us that a design student can get to go to school because of this,” says Rubén, who can’t help but be in awe of his wife’s work.

“It’s like being a scientist,” he says. “She keeps having breakthroughs.”

Breakthroughs that have resulted in this much-deserved Lifetime Achievement Award.