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2013 Special Guests Fashion Panel and Featured Designers



Grammy Award Winner/Entertainer
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Résumé: Singer/Songwriter; Actor; Author; CEO of her own label, Written Entertainment; Director; Entrepreneur; Executive Producer; Philanthropist

Accolades: Grammy Award for Best Contemporary R&B Album, 8 Billboard Awards, 2 American Music Awards, Soul Train Aretha Franklin Entertainer of the Year Award, Multiple Soul Train Awards, Teen Choice Award, and others. Her feature film debut, Coach Carter,co-starring Samuel L. Jackson, was a #1 box office hit. Ashanti’s other films include other #1 box office hits, Resident Evil Extinction and John Tucker Must Die, andBride & Prejudice. As an author, her first book of poetry was through Hyperion titled Foolish/Unfoolish: Reflections on Love. Ashanti made her Broadway debut starring as Dorothy in the Tony Award-winning show, The Wiz.

Current Projects: She is currently in the studio recording her fifth studio album “Braveheart” to be released in 2013. The first single “The Woman You Love” features Busta Rhymes and is currently available for purchase from iTunes, along with her second single, "That's What We Do" featuring R. Kelly. She currently stars as LaTasha Montclair in the #1 Lifetime television series "Army Wives." The series premieres in March.



Antonio Azzuolo
Fashion designer
CFW Featured Designer & Fashion Panel

Résumé: Designer of custom, hand-tailored collection, a.a. antonio azzuolo (2008 – present), design director for Ralph Lauren Purple Label and Ralph Lauren Black Label (2006-2008), Hermés, Kenzo, Galeries Lafayette Paris

Press: GQ, WWD, i-D, The New York Times, The New York Times T Magazine,, Stylesight, Arcade44, Vogue, Paper, L’Uomo Vogue, Vogue Italia, Vogue Espana, New York, Details, Esquire, NYLON, Rolling Stone

Accolades: CFDA/Vogue Fashion Fund finalist (2011); FGI Men’s Apparel rising star award nominee (2011); CFDA Swarovski Menswear Designer of the Year Award nominee (2012), Louvre, Paris - items from collection selected as part of permanent collection (1999)

Lives: New York City


Anne Barge
Founder, Anne Barge Bridal Collection
CFW Featured Bridal Designer

RésuméFounder and president of Anne Barge Bridal Collection, founded in 1999. The brand features three distinct lines, Black Label, Couture, and La Fleur.  Designed and re-launched Bagdley Mischka Bride (2007). Debuted eveningwear collection in 2010, garnering a celebrity clientele including Eva Longoria, Julia Ormond, Selena Gomez, and Kristen Cavallari, among others.

Press: The Today Show, The New York Times, Brides, Martha Stewart Weddings, Town & Country Weddings,, Women’s Wear Daily, US Weekly, Life & Style, In Touch, InStyle, People, OK! Magazine

Appearances: Academy Awards (Oscars), SAG Awards, The Cannes International Film Festival, Mercedes-Benz Fashion Week, NYC Bridal Fashion Week

Lives: Atlanta, GA


Peter Davis
Editor-in-chief of SCENE magazine

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Lives: New York, NY

Résumé: Graduated from Bennington College; covered the club scene for Paper magazine; became editor-in-chief of “Manhattan’s society bible,” Avenue magazine, before launching elite lifestyle magazine SCENE in March 2012.

Accolades: Lauded by the blog Guest of a Guest as “quite possibly the most well-liked gentleman making the party rounds these days.”


Hannah Goff
Fashion designer
CFW Featured Designer

Résumé: M.A. Savannah College of Art and Design (2012), Designer and creator of her namesake collection, Hannah Goff (2012), which is available at Belk stores nationwide, freelance designer

Press: NYLON, WWD,,,, RE:Savannah, Charleston,

Accolades: Charleston Fashion Week Emerging Designer Competition: East winner (2012), Belk Southern Design Showcase (2013), Featured Designer at SCAD Fashion Show (2012), pieces selected to be part of curated display at SCAD Hong Kong (2012)

Favorite Designers: Peter Pilotto, Manish Arora, Tsumori Chisato, Simone Rocha

Lives: New York City



Arlene Goldstein
Vice President of Trend Merchandising and Fashion Direction for Belk, Inc.
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Résumé: VP of Trend Merchandising and Fashion Direction for Belk, Inc.; leads Belk’s special events department, instrumental in maintaining Belk’s image as leader in the retail industry. Prior to her tenure at Belk, Arlene served at Parisian as Director of Special Events and later as Fashion Director. Vice President of Trend Merchandising for Saks, Inc.

Press: regular contributor to The Huffington Post; Women’s Wear Daily, Yahoo, BusinessWire, and The Examiner

Lives: Charlotte, NC


Johnson Hartig, Libertine
Fashion designer
CFW Featured Designer & Fashion Panel

Résumé: Founder of Libertine (2000)

Inspired by: travel, revolutionizing the way we think of graphics; He has paved the way for what has become known as ecologically friendly fashion.

Collaborations: Damien Hirst, Goyard, and an influence in the broader market with a line for Target

Press: He has had over 300 press editorials during his career. Industry insiders, editors, celebrities and taste-makers seek Hartig not only for his witty take on the world of fashion, but for his view and contributions in all areas of art and design. Early champions include Anna Wintour, Karl Lagerfeld and John Galliano.

Lives: Los Angeles 


Fern Mallis
International Fashion and Design Consultant, Host of 92Y lecture series Fashion Icons with Fern Mallis
CFW Fashion Panel

Résumé: Widely credited as the creator of Fashion Week in NYC; IMG’s global fashion ambassador, creating and organizing fashion events around the world; CFDA Executive Director (1991-2001); host of lecture series, Fashion Icons with Fern Mallis, at NYC’s 92nd St Y, with guests such as Tom Ford, Marc Jacobs, and Diane von Furstenberg; host of Fashion Insiders talk show on Sirius XM, creator of globally-inspired jewelry line, FERN FINDS (2012)

Appearances: Project Runway, America's Next Top Model, She's Got the Look, and The Fashion Show. In January 2012, Fern made her stage debut in the Off-Broadway production of Nora & Delia Ephron’s Love, Loss & What I Wore.


Sarah Parrott
Fashion designer
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Résumé: head designer, Bow & Drape (2012), NBC’s Fashion Star (Season One), line has been sold at Swedish retailer, H&M (2012), CFW Emerging Designer Competition (2011)

Press: Rolling Stone, Life & Style, InStyle, Women’s Health magazines., E! News, Chelsea Lately

Accolades: CFW Emerging Designer Competition’s “People’s Choice” award (2011); each piece sold out at H&M within minutes

Lives: Marietta, GA


Nikki Poulos
Fashion designer
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Résumé: Head designer and founder of her namesake resort, ready-to-wear, and swimwear line 'nikki poulos' (2008-present), which are sold across the US, Canada, Mexico, the Caribbean, and the UK; design contestant on NBC’s Fashion Star (Season 1) - her line was bought by Swedish retailer H&M, and national retailers Macy's and SAKS Fifth Ave.

Collaborations: The 'nikki by nikki poulos' collection for the Home Shopping Network (HSN) is launching on May 9th, 2013.  

Press: Rolling Stone, Sports Illustrated Swimsuit Edition, WWD, Elle, Lucky, and Fitness magazines,  plus the hit TV show Next Top Model (Europe). 

Inspired by: graphic prints, bold colors, vintage-inspired styles, old Hollywood glamour

Lives: Delray Beach, FL


Cynthia Rowley
Fashion designer

Lives: New York, NY

Résumé: Graduated the School of the Art Institute of Chicago, where she launched her first collection; moved to New York and established The Cynthia Rowley Collection; expanded line to include menswear, accessories, shapewear, and wetsuits.

Awards: CFDA’s Perry Ellis Award for Womenswear Design Talent; CFDA nomination for the Perry Ellis Award for New Menswear Design Talent


Christian Siriano
Fashion designer
CFW Featured Designer & Fashion Panel


Résumé: Baltimore School for the Arts; studied fashion in London where he interned with industry legends Vivienne Westwood and Alexander McQueen; opened his first store in Nolita and announced plans for a fragrance

Accolades: Completed his 10th ready-to-wear collection this season, Christian is the youngest person ever to appear on Crain's 40 under 40 list. Christian published his first book in 2008; Fan Favorite/ youngest winner of season four Project Runway

Press: Vogue, Harpers Bazaar, ELLE, Marie Claire, InStyle

Clients: Christian has dressed stars of film, music, television, and fashion including Sarah Jessica Parker, Christina Ricci, Emily Blunt, Rihanna, Lady Gaga, Taylor Swift, Victoria Beckham, Carrie Underwood and Christina Hendricks.

Lives: New York City 


Cator Sparks
Editor in Chief,; fashion industry journalist
CFW Fashion Panel

Résumé: College of Charleston, American College in London; since moving to New York City in 1999 Cator has worked in both beauty and fashion PR, which lead to his transition to a full time journalist. 

In Print:, T Magazine, The Huffington Post,, ELLE Décor, Vanity Fair

Accolades: Cator has been featured for his own dandified style in Ike Ude’s Style File, The Daily Telegraph, and in Bill Cunningham’s section of The New York Times, Evening Hours.

Lives: New York City and Charleston


Brandon Sun
Fashion designer
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Résumé: designer of signature collection of women’s ready-to-wear and luxury fur coats, Brandon Sun (2011 – present), design director for fur division Oscar de la Renta (2009 – 2011), designer at fur division of J. Mendel (2007- 2009)

Collaborations: design director for re-launch of legendary mink brand, Blackglama, starring spokeswoman Janet Jackson (2010-2011)

Accolades: Parsons School of Design “Designer of the Year” and coveted Gold Thimble winner (2009); CFDA’s National Scholarship recipient, YMA’s National Scholarship.

Stockists: Bergdorf Goodman, Neiman Marcus, Hirschleifers, On Pedder, Joyce Boutique, 10 Corso Como, Boon the Shop

Lives: New York City



Robert Verdi
Lifestyle Expert

Lives: New York, NY

Résumé: Graduated from New York’s Fashion Institute of Technology; developed jewelry featured in Barneys, Bendel’s, Bloomingdale’s and Bergdorf Goodman; fashion reporter for Gay Entertainment Television; launched sunglasses line for HSN in 2012.

Appearances: Had cameos in The September Issue and The Devil Wears Prada.

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