FGI Fetes ‘Modern Voices’ at Night of Stars Gala

NEW YORK — Voicing opinions is pretty much a competitive sport in these cacophonic days and Thursday night’s Fashion Group International’s Night of Stars lived up to its billing as “Modern Voices.”
Emcee Simon Doonan said, “In all the years I’ve been hosting this event, I cannot remember such a star-studded, talent-encrusted international group of awardees. It’s like the Oscars, the United Nations and the Eurovision song contest all mixed up together.”
From the heartfelt and succinct to the enough-about-you-let’s-talk-about me moments, there was much said during the four-hour-plus affair — which, even by FGI’s well-known habit of being a long evening of speeches and awards, was one of the longest. Doonan tried — but sadly failed — to keep the wheels rolling, even taking a straw poll only minutes into the program: “Raise your hand if you’re praying that people make short speeches. Right, short speeches por favor — short, short, short like me and Stan Herman,” he said to much applause.
Having flown in with her mother, Odette, and her husband, Eoin McLoughlin, Simone Rocha listened up — gracious and brief in her remarks (thankfully, since her introducer, W editor in chief Stefano Tonchi, did more than enough talking for them

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