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FGI Announces Presenters for Night of Stars “LEGENDS AND LEADERS” Awards Gala

James D'Adamo, Chairman of the Board, Dionne Warwick, Maryanne Grisz, President and CEO attend the FGI Night of Stars Gala at Cipriani South Street on October 13, 2022 in New York City

One of the crowning events of the New York social calendar will soon roll out the red carpet on October 17, 2023, at The Plaza as Fashion Group International (FGI) presents its 39th annual Night of Stars gala and awards ceremony. Today, FGI is proud to reveal the illustrious list of presenters tapped for the event, who will recognize honorees and leading lights of the fashion, beauty, arts, culture, and entertainment worlds.

For nearly four decades, Fashion Group International has welcomed a chic crowd of fashion luminaries and celebrities to walk the red carpet for the annual event – a star-studded affair that includes a cocktail hour, seated dinner, and awards ceremony.

An illustrious list of presenters will take the stage at the 2023 FGI Night of Stars gala, honoring “Legends and Leaders” from the fashion, beauty, and entertainment sectors, including:

Andrew Bolton, 
Wendy Yu Curator in Charge, The Costume Institute at The Metropolitan Museum of Art
Presented by Eva Chen, Author and Director of Fashion Partnerships, Instagram

Jack McCollough 
and Lazaro Hernandez, Co-Founders and Designers, Proenza Schouler
Presented by Cathy Horyn, Fashion Critic-at-Large, The Cut

Marc Anthony, 
Global Music Star and Co-Founder of the Maestro Cares Foundation
Presented by Narciso Rodriguez, Designer, Narciso Rodriguez

Gail Boyé, 
Shiseido Americas
Presented by Ron Gee, President and CEO, Shiseido Americas

Antoine Phillips, 
Fashion and Culture Thought Leader
Presented by Bethann Hardison, Model and Activist

Dennis Basso, 
Designer, Dennis Basso
Presented by Martha Stewart, Businesswoman, Writer, and Television Personality

Whoopi Goldberg, 
Moderator of “The View,” internationally acclaimed EGOT-winning actress, producer, writer
Presented by Gary Wassner, CEO of Hilldun Corporation

Maryanne Grisz, FGI President and CEO: “We are so proud that, in its 39th year, FGI Night of Stars has become one of the year’s most-anticipated fashion and beauty events – while remaining true to our mission of celebrating professional excellence and fostering connections in fashion and related industries. The entire FGI team looks forward to gathering our peers, members, and supporters at the Plaza this October to recognize this year’s slate of illustrious honorees.”

FGI Night of Stars is Fashion Group International’s star-studded annual gala and the non-profit organization’s biggest annual fundraiser, established to recognize the achievements of outstanding individuals in fashion, beauty, entertainment, sustainability, arts, culture, and humanitarian communities. The glittering red-carpet celebration consistently commands the attention of global press with a high-profile guest list that includes well-known honorees, celebrities, tastemakers, thought leaders, and leading executives.

A highlight of each annual FGI Night of Stars gala ceremony, the Superstar Award, has been presented to Tommy Hilfiger, Michael Kors, Rick Owens, Diane Von Furstenberg, Donna Karan, Dries Van Noten, Marc Jacobs, Carolina Herrera, Riccardo Tisci, Giorgio Armani, and Valentino, and honorees and presenters, Anna Sui, Katie Holmes, Iman, Laverne Cox, Olivier Rousteing, Kim Kardashian, Nicki Minaj, and more.

The FGI Night of Stars is FGI’s largest and most important fundraiser to support the organization’s mission to provide essential education, business grants, scholarships and critical industry resources for professional development, mentorship, and career tools for success across all industries to our professional community and emerging talent.

In its 39th year, FGI Night of Stars is now one of the New York social calendar’s most anticipated annual events –and the headline event heralds the global organization’s two other significant regional Night of Stars galas to come in November, produced by FGI chapters in Dallas and Mexico City.


Founded in 1930 by a group of seventeen women leaders, with charters including Helena Rubenstein, Eleanor Roosevelt, Edith Head, and other renowned fashion icons, Fashion Group International (FGI) was established as an industry forum for career advancement. Today, the non-profit organization remains dedicated to connecting and supporting fashion professionals at every level, from startups to seasoned professionals. By providing access, education, and connection, FGI seeks to spark creativity, fuel innovation, and advance the business of fashion.

FGI is headquartered in New York City, with chapters in numerous regions worldwide, and a roster of over 5,000 active members in fashion and related design sectors including apparel, accessories, beauty, retail, and lifestyle. Vital member benefits offered to FGI members include ongoing professional development opportunities, forums for discussion and networking, market insights, mentorship opportunities with industry leaders, business directories and resources, and high-profile event platforms for professional recognition. Discover more at

The Fashion Group Foundation is the philanthropic arm of Fashion Group International and is dedicated to nurturing the fashion talent of tomorrow through education, scholarships, internships, and career counseling services. The FGI Foundation also promotes charitable partnerships and impactful public service initiatives.

FGI Celebrates Artists and Icons at 38th Annual Night of Stars

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