2010 Critics

 

Fran Arazi (Children’s Wear)

Fran Arazi, who has been designing and manufacturing children’s wear for the past
20 years, is the designer for and president of Pastourelle, LLC. Pastourelle sells
under the labels Pippa and Julie’ and Marmellata’ as well as under a private label.

Jerry Dellova (Knitwear)

Fashion designer Jerry Dellova, an FIT alumnus, has spent more than two decades designing
for upscale men’s and women’s sportswear companies. Dellova has dressed Katie Couric
for The Today Show, consulted on clothing for movies and TV, lectured to consumers
on building a wardrobe, produced fashion shows, and written for many publications.
He is a board member of Fashion News Workshop, and a member of DIFFA, The Fashion
Group International, the FIT Alumni Association, and Standing Tall, a school for special
needs children.

Shani Grosz (Sportswear)

Based in New York City’s Fashion District, Shani Grosz’s Shani Collection features
an innovative and chic Women’s Bridge line sold at Neiman Marcus, Nordstrom, Lord
& Taylor, Dillard’s, and leading specialty stores across the country and in Europe.
She has had programs on QVC and HSN, and has dressed both celebrities and characters
in movies and television, including Charlotte in Sex and the City. Grosz focuses on
quality, luxurious fabrics and special details to create garments tailored to smart
shoppers with couture taste. She is a graduate of Parsons School of Design.

Sergio Guadarrama (Special Occasion)

Sergio Guadarrama established his label Celestino in 2005, while he was a full-time
student at FIT. Now 27, Guadarrama continues to expand his vision through Celestino.
His graceful evening gowns and cocktail dresses combine impeccable tailoring and refined
silhouettes to fit every woman’s shape. In addition to a degree from FIT, Guadarrama
graduated from the Fashion Institute of Design & Merchandising in Los Angeles. In
2008, he was awarded Best in Class Execution at the inaugural Supima Design Competition.

Carolina Herrera (Sportswear)

Born in Caracas, Venezuela, Carolina Herrera formed Carolina Herrera, Ltd. in 1981
in New York. Today, with sales extending around the world, Herrera oversees an international
design firm that encompasses her signature fashion collection, a bridal collection,
fragrances and accessories. The first Carolina Herrera flagship store opened in 2000
on New York’s Madison Avenue in a four-story landmark building, followed by boutiques
in Los Angeles, Dallas, Bal Harbour, and Las Vegas. In 2008, the Council of Fashion
Designers of America (CFDA) honored Herrera with the Geoffrey Beene Lifetime Achievement
Award. The CFDA also honored her in 2004 with its Women’s Wear Designer of the Year
award.

Calvin Klein (Sportswear)

Calvin Klein is recognized globally as a master of minimalism and has spent his career
distilling things to their very essence. Whether in fashion, fragrance, beauty, or
his collections for the home, his work is always subtle, sophisticated and possesses
a clarity that has redefined modern living. Born in New York in 1942, award-winning
fashion icon and marketing pioneer Calvin Klein honed his style at the Fashion Institute
of Technology. He launched his first collection in 1968, going on to revolutionize
the designer denim and underwear businesses with his overtly sexy ad campaigns.

Jean Kollof Jean Kolloff (Knitwear)

Jean Kolloff is an apparel executive with expertise in brand building and strategic
planning skills at all levels of the consumer markets. Prior to establishing contemporary
knitwear company Qi with her partner eight years ago, she was the general merchandise
manager of a $400 million dollar business at Limited Corp. and served as president
of the U.S. divisions for Burberrys, Yves Saint Laurent, and Hugo Boss. Additionally,
Kolloff spearheaded international and domestic licensed growth for Kenneth Cole and
was responsible for launching Kenneth Cole menswear.

Sarah Wolf Sarah Wolf (Intimate Apparel)

Sarah Wolf is creative design director at Betsey Johnson Intimates, a subsidiary of
the Carole Hochman Design Group. Wolf started her career as a design assistant at
Natori in 1992. Within five years she was designing the Josie sleepwear collection,
the Natori daywear/body collection and special items for the Natori Couture Collection.
Wolf went on to design all Glamour/Dressy Sleepwear at Victoria’s Secret for seven
years. She holds a BFA degree in fashion design from Parsons School of Design.

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