Over the years Stephanie Winston Wolkoff has earned the reputation of being a major player in the fashion scene and today she cemented that by revealing that she's going out on her own. This morning WWD confirmed that Winston Wolkoff is launching a new creative agency, SWW Creative, which 'seeks to forge new partnerships in fashion, beauty and entertainment.'
The new move works for several reasons. In the past she served as Vogue's special events director so was the mastermind behind the success of most of the Met Gala's up until 2010, along with all of the other events that come hand-in-hand with US Vogue. After leaving Vogue she headed over to the Lincoln Center to serve as their very first fashion director where she worked on New York Fashion Week's big move from Byrant Park and was responsible for big events like the recent 'Lincoln Center Presents Ralph Lauren in Conversation with Oprah Winfrey'. Naturally, then, if there was anyone who could bring production, collaborations and sponsorship together, it's her.
'After almost two decades in the fashion and arts world, I am ready to bridge the gap into the entertainment world as well,' she in a statement to WWD. 'The support from my mentors has been overwhelmingly positive and I am so fortunate to have had the ability to work with some of the most incredible people in all industries. Now I can create so many initiatives and productions and advise on so many levels.'
See, the job market isn't so bad! At least not for Stephanie Winston-Wolkoff, who served as Vogue's special events director until June and formerly planned fashion's biggest party, the Met Costume Institute Gala. Winston-Wolkoff has just been named Lincoln Centre's fashion week director. Not a bad transition, right?
The job duties include internal and external consulting for Lincoln Centre (which will host its first fashion week in September 2010) and fashion-industry players, including the CFDA, IMG Fashion and top designers. Winston-Wolkoff's new boss will be Reynold Levy, president of Lincoln Centre.
"Welcoming Fashion Week to Lincoln Center is an important part of our commitment to making the campus more open and accessible, particularly since design has played an integral role in the artistic life of our 12 resident organizations for many decades," said Levy. "Stephanie's understanding of the specific needs of the fashion industry in tandem with her experience in organizing high profile, logistically complex events, will be invaluable as a resource in ensuring that Fashion Week's presence at Lincoln Centre will be very special - exciting, convenient and efficient."
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