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Fashion Group International’s Night of Stars

Cipriani Wall Street. October 22, 2009. By Bennett Marcus

Tonight’s theme is storytelling. What is your ultimate fashion fantasy? “Oh God, I’m going to get killed for saying this, but [to wear] Princess Diana’s wedding dress. Because it was truly glamorous and just pure gorgeous aristocracy.” —Emmy Rossum

Gwen Stefani

What is your ultimate fashion fantasy? “I’d like to play a gig at a Victoria’s Secret show. That’s what I want to do. I want to be at the end of the runway so they walk toward me.” —Jamie Burke

Mary J. Blige

James Franco

Do you have any other fashion fantasies now that you designed sneakers for Gucci? “That was my dream! Now my dreams are over.” —Mark Ronson

Eva Mendes

Now that media jobs are dwindling, are you happy that you kept your job at Barneys as you took on freelance writing gigs? “Yes! For years, all my writer friends would say to me, ‘What the fuck are you doing working in a store every day?’ And now they’re saying to me, ‘How can I get a job in a store?’” —Simon Doonan

Evan Rachel Wood

Oscar de la Renta

If you could pick any fashion figure to star in a reality show, whom would you pick? “We’d love to persuade Marc Jacobs to do one.” —Frances Berwick “That’s what I was just going to say. We are desperate for Marc, to get him on Bravo.” —Andy Cohen

Frida Giannini

Other than designing, what creative talent do you wish you had? “If I could do anything, I would be a singer. And I was a skater and a dancer, and you can admire that, but I think as an audience, sound moves your soul and your spirit.” —Vera Wang

Tyson Beckford

Michael Kors

What is your favorite accessory? “When I was a little girl, my mother used to give me vintage hats she’d pick up at the flea market, and that’s what I would play with. So I guess I understood the power of a hat at an early age. People get really funny around people wearing hats.” —Dita Von Teese

Jon Bon Jovi

Kenneth Cole

If you could devise any beauty product, what would it be? “I would love a sunscreen that you just put on once and you never had to reapply. And, I would love my red lipstick to be indelible and never, ever come off. Those are my two things.” —Catherine Walsh, Senior Vice-President, Coty, Inc.

Stephen Jones


What is your ultimate fashion fantasy? “The old masters, the Vionnets and, you know, Schiaparelli. It would be nice to have them, and be photographed by Man Ray. That would be nice.” —Iman

Grace Coddington

What are you planning to be for Halloween? “A group of friends is trying to get me to be part of their reimagined Wizard of Oz tableau. And it’s my understanding that Dorothy is unspoken for. So I’m hoping to find a Jeff Koons puppy to take along with me.” —Hamish Bowles

Paula Wallace, President, Savannah College of Art and Design

Renzo Ross

What’s your favorite fashion story this season? “We just opened a Fifth Avenue store, and that was a story, and a dream, come true.” —Tommy Hilfiger

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