W Hotels and Fashion Next

Friday, September 9, 2011
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Wednesday morning, JennéLombardo (W Hotels’ new Global Fashion Director), Eva Ziegler (Global Brand Leader of W Hotels) and Stephanie Winston Wolkoff (Fashion Director at Lincoln Center and Fashion Consultant at IMG) celebrated this year’s Fashion Next designers: Bibhu Mohapatra, Yara Flinn of Nomia, Juan Carlos Obando, Michael Angel, Leana Zuniga of Electric Feathers, and Joshua Cooper and Laurence Chandler of Rochambeau.

Lombardo hand-picked these six designers to be a part of the third season of W Hotels’ fashion initiative that fosters and supports emerging designers–Fashion Next.

Fashion forwards such as Waris Ahluwalia, Lombardo’s hubby Ric Pipino, Tara Subkoff, Mickey Boardman, Athena Calderone, Adam Glassman and Dan Ragone gathered at the W Time Square in support of Lombardo’s new gig and all of these emerging designers.

With Lombardo taking the reins, Fashion Next is bringing emerging talent to a global audience. Not only will the designers present in the Box venue at Lincoln Center but the W Hotels will also support additional local fashion talent at fashion week events in London, Moscow, and Bangkok.


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