Be Discovered Judges

Adam Lippes, ADAM Designer
Monique Lhuillier, Designer
Paul Wilmot, Managing Partner of Paul Wilmot Communications
Vanessa Lefebvre, Divisional Merchandise Manager for the Contemporary Sportswear Division at Lord & Taylor
Tina Knowles, Celebrity Stylist & Designer
Alison Deyette, Director Style Bakery
Samir Arora, CEO Glam Media
Adam Lippes, ADAM Designer Monique Lhuillier, Designer Paul Wilmot, Managing Partner of Paul Wilmot Communications Vanessa Lefebvre, Divisional Merchandise Manager for the Contemporary Sportswear Division at Lord & Taylor Tina Knowles, Celebrity Stylist & Designer Alison Deyette, Director Style Bakery Samir Arora, CEO Glam Media
By India-Jewel Jackson December 20, 2007
A protégé of Oscar de la Renta, Lippes has quickly established a name for himself in the fashion world, thanks in no small part to his wearable designs making Oprah’s list of favorites. His ADAM collection is full of casual-yet-polished pieces for both men and women, a killer combination that appeals to a variety of style-savvy tastes. In addition to having a model fashion business, Lippes has invaluable words of advice for up-and-coming designers: “Be true to yourself and your vision while keeping an open mind.”
Known for her breathtaking bridal gowns and equally elegant separates, Lhuillier has perfected the image of modern femininity. A graduate of L.A.’s Fashion Institute of Design and Merchandising, she launched her first bridal collection in 1996, a line that has earned her countless fashion awards since. Cocktail frocks and gowns from her ready-to-wear collection are a favorite of Reese Witherspoon, Christina Aguilera, Jessica Alba, and many other Hollywood trendsetters. For those looking to follow in her fashionable footsteps, the Phillipine native advises “Always follow your gut: If you are passionate about your work it will come through.”
Wilmot is the founder and managing partner of the Manhattan-based powerhouse fashion press agency Paul Wilmot Communications. Before launching PWC, Wilmot was responsible for branding Calvin Klein and served as the director of public relations for both Vogue magazine and its parent company, Condé Nast Publications. With more than 20 years of experience, this man knows what it takes to make it in the fashion industry.
Vanessa LeFebvre has a gig many would envy: As a merchandiser for Lord & Taylor, LeFebvre is always on the hunt for the next big trend, a role that allows her to connect with everyone in the fashion world, from designers to sales gurus. For Be Discovered hopefuls looking to make their mark, LeFebvre suggests a mix of sensible and original style.
Tina Knowles’s contribution to the fashion field is twofold: Not only is she responsible for bringing us style icon Beyoncé, but she’s also the creative visionary behind many of her daughter’s distinctive looks. Today Knowles designs the widely popular label House of Deréon and recently began selling her own line, Ms. Tina, on HSN. And for the Knowles, fashion runs in the family: The label is named for Tina’s mother, Agnéz Deréon, who was also an accomplished seamstress.
“I am a dress fiend,” professes StyleBakery.com’s co-founder and style director Alison Deyette. “I had an entire wardrobe armoire built just to house my dresses, which is not easy for a New York City apartment.” As her interior decorating feats demonstrate, Deyette is familiar with all that’s flattering and chic—in the frock department and beyond. Need further proof? Check out Deyette’s sage style advice in her Ask Alison column.
Founder of fashion, beauty, and lifestyle hub Glam Media, Samir Arora is well versed in the sartorial scene. A dapper figure both at the fashion shows and in the boardroom, Arora is as stylish as he is successful: A tech-industry veteran, he was previously the chairman of Emode/Tickle, Inc., which was sold to Monster in June 2004. Prior to that, Arora was chairman and CEO of NetObjects, Inc., where he drove the creation of the first website-building product, NetObjects Fusion. Arora also currently serves as chairman of Information Capital LLC, a venture-capital fund based in Woodside, Calif.
Meet the esteemed judges who will weigh in on our Be Discovered Design a Dress contest. From fashion designers to store buyers, these are the folks you’ll want to know—and woo:
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