October 12th 2021, NYC: Fashion Group International Night of Stars Pre-party was hosted by Oscar de la Renta’s Co-Creative Directors, Laura Kim and Fernando Garcia, Fashion Vanguard award winners. It was a joyful gathering at the Oscar de La Renta boutique on Madison Avenue to celebrate the honorees of the Night of Stars Gala, held the following evening.

The event kicked off with a delicious cocktail inspired by Laura Kim, featuring St. Germain elderflower liqueur as well as cookies decorated with edible flowers while singer-guitarist Katie Boeck performed a mellow mix of Joni Mitchell and Stevie Nicks classics. Guests socialized while admiring Garcia and Kim’s upbeat and luxurious spring collection for Oscar de la Renta.

Attendees included an uptown-downtown mix of celebrities, designers, influencers, stylists, artists, press and FGI board members. Enjoy the cheerful vibes, captured in the photos below & stay tuned for Communiqué’s Night of Stars Gala Edition, coming soon!

Fashion Group President/CEO Maryanne Grisz wearing an Oscar de la Renta cocktail dress, co-hosting the evening with Laura Kim and Fernando Garcia, while Katie Boeck performs.

Black & white emerged as theme among party guests: Aurora Zen, Fashion Lawyer/Legal Commentator Elizabeth Kurpis, Actress Tina Leung and public figure Nicole Salmasi. Smiles were also a big trend for the night!

Laura Kim’s Instagram posts often feature her amazing culinary skills, so it makes perfect sense that Chef Jordan Andino stopped by to celebrate with her… Also in attendance was Night of Stars Honoree, designer Fausto Puglisi – this year’s Fashion Star, as well as luxury consultant Hallie Chrisman.

Stylish men sported new takes on the denim trucker jacket and an artisanal tie-dye shirt: Shaylan PatelVikrum Vishnubhakta, Designer/Creative Director Shannon Stokes, and publicist Dorian Braxton.

Harlem Fashion Row founder Brandice Daniel and fashion icon Fern Mallis came out to celebrate as Fernando Garcia thanked attendees and FGI for his upcoming honor, along with Aros Communications founder, Amy Rosi and Hearst Magazine’s Nancy Berger.

Fashion-forward menswear looks included a white shirt with exaggerated collar and a patterned tunic worn under a tailored jacket: Anuary PeñaDan (MILK from RuPaul’s Drag Race) DoniganPhilippe Guerrier and artist Louge Delcy.

Fashion Group International’s Maryanne Grisz with Oscar de la Renta’s Fernando Garcia, Location 8’s David Swajeski, publicist Ana Martins and stylist Nolan Meader.

Attendees looks ranged from edgy leather to classic tweeds to elegant layers: Alexa MillsteinRuben ChamorroNicky CampbellAfro ChildRebekah CohenCorey Mach and Ali Ehrlich.

Pre-party guests included Sharon Graubard of MintModa, FGI board members Nicole Fischelis and Hilldun’s Gary Wassner, and noted fashion illustrator Richard Haines.

Saks SVP Fashion Director Roopal Patel in the season’s bandeau bra top and tailored blazer, with famed stylist Freddie Leiba and fashion publicist/consultant PC Chandra.

Classic grey flannel and camel herald the fall season: Calvin Klein’s Enrico Bruni, influencer Zachary Weiss as well as Mastercard’s Raina Kamat and Macy Salama.