FIT annual foundation gala honors Dr. Jay Baker, Linda Fargo and Joan Hornig

Tuesday, June 10, 2014
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Last night Avenue insider attended the annual foundation gala hosted by the Fashion Institute of Technology.

Galas chairs, FIT patrons and trustees, students and industry guests all gathered at the Cipriani’s, 42nd street. The official ceremony began at 7pm with an open bar, followed by a dinner. The evening commenced with talks by Liz Peek followed by Dr. Joyce Brown, and Alber Elbaz, creative director of Lanvin who had the pleasure to present an award Linda Fargo. As the dinner continued another speech was held by George Hornig who presented his wife an award Joan Hornig for her work and contributions. Mrs. Hornig was dressed in a stunning silver gown designed for her by an FIT Alumna Cristina Ottaviano. Each year the Gala has successfully raised money for the FIT scholars and facilities and this year was no exception. The last person to present the speech was Jay Baker, who with his generosity surprised the whole crowd when he announced a donation of one million dollars for the FIT. The interiors of Cipriani perfectly captured the essence of the event with the floral decoration and playful mix of bright colors.

Among the myriad notables we spotted: Diane von Furstenberg, Iris Apfel, Carolina Herrera, Adrienne Vittadini, Erika Bearman, Susan Sokol, Isabel and Ruben Toledo, Barbara Regna, Nina Garcia, Hamish Bowles, Alex Bolen and many others.


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