Couture Council Queens on a Starry Night

Friday, October 21, 2016

On Wednesday, October 20, socialite and philanthropist Yaz Hernandez hosted a party at the chic Robert Cavalli boutique on Madison Avenue to benefit an institution near and dear to her heart, the Couture Council of the Museum at FIT. Hernandez, who is a graduate of FIT, feels that she owes the school so much to her success, and is always happy to find ways to support and give back to her alma matter. The party was part of a series of events that AVENUE is organizing to celebrate the 20th anniversary of the Madison Avenue Bid.

Hernandez has spent over 20 years on FIT’s Board of Trustees. “I feel passionate about supporting the college so they can continue to educate and shape the leaders of so many of our creative industries,” she says.

Over ten years ago, Hernandez established the group with her co-chair Liz Peek. It’s been a fashionable endeavor that has become one of the most respected establishments of FIT. The Council makes it possible for the Museum to put on world-class exhibitions, acquire important objects from certain collections and organize public programs, such as the annual fashion symposium.

In addition to hosting parties with us here over at AVENUE, one of Hernandez’s most coveted events that the fashion crowd literally salivates over is her annual Couture Council Luncheon. Each September, the event kicks off New York Fashion Week, and is probably one of the last times editors and buyers will get a chance to eat before the circus of runway shows and presentations commences. The event has seen major growth over the past several years, and has had the privilege of honoring designers such as Karl Lagerfeld, Valentino, Oscar de La Renta and Carolina Herrera.

For the first time ever, the Council will also be hosting an event for Fashion Week in February.

For Hernandez, hosting a party on Madison Avenue with AVENUE was so fitting, as she is an Upper East Side resident herself and has always found Madison Avenue to be one of the best shopping streets in the world. “All the best and exclusive boutiques are on this famous street. When you have a store or a restaurant, you made it in New York. It is not crowded. You have the feeling of exclusivity. The service is just magnificent,” she says.

Other notable attendees at the party included AVENUE president Randi Schatz, Lara Meiland-Shaw, Azita Nejad-Ohl, Lucia Hwong Gordon, Lauren Day Roberts, Lauren Lawrence, Janna Bullock and Maria Estrany-y-Gendre.

Visit the Couture Council’s website at


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