The High School of Fashion Industries’ kids surrounding their idol, honoree Nicole Fischelis of Macy’s
It’s always enlightening to be part of an event at the High School of Fashion Industries, whether it means speaking to the students and having them ask questions of you (I’m thinking Career Day here, which I have so thoroughly enjoyed being a part of for the past two years, thanks to friend and colleague Tom Julian). Or when said event involves catching up with colleagues at an industry cocktail gathering, viewing a clever student fashion show and celebrating a legendary industry exec. Triple whammy!
Last night’s Advisory Board festivities honored the retail fashion genius of Nicole Fischelis, she of former Saks fame and current Macy’s fortune.
We caught up with new and old friends prior to the awards ceremony and show, as fashion executives, designers and consultants packed the hallways of the high school.
Cocktail banter with fashion executives l-r, Tom Julian from The Doneger Group, Marketing consultant Mary Ellen Barone, ESP Trendlab’s Ellen Sideri, Design consultant Michael Arguello, ESP Trendlab’s Cathleen Sheehan, Jetsetter’s Leigh Crandall, Nikki Ridgway and Michael Crooks
Offering wardrobe choices for super heroes punctuated by those for prom and beach, with some creative outerwear and sportswear in between, the student designers gave their best on stage during their end-of-year fashion show. All while waiting – and working hard – to become the next great known name in the fashion industry.
Pre-fashion show cocktail party
Designer Rolando Santana
Principal Daryl Blanks with honoree Nicole Fischelis, advisory board chairperson Christina Neault and partnership program founder Robert di Mauro
Fashion show finale