Supima Design Competition New York City Mercedes-Benz fashion week

2013 Host & Judges

Rachel Zoe

Rachel Zoe is one of the most influential forces in fashion today. She started her career as a fashion assistant at a New York based fashion magazine and was promoted to senior fashion editor within two years. Seeking to diversify her experience, she began to work directly with top pop stars and actresses to create their images and continued to work as a contributing editor to numerous fashion magazines.

In September 2008, “The Rachel Zoe Project” debuted on Bravo and instantly made Rachel Zoe a household name. By welcoming audiences into her world, she provided access into the previously unseen worlds of fashion and jet set lifestyle. The show, which documented high profile fashion shoots, fittings with her top clients, encounters with her designer friends, and exclusive events and parties, enabled her to bring the fantasy of the fashion world into the homes of her audience. The show airs in fifteen countries around the world.

Janie Bryant

Douglas Hannant

Janie Bryant is an Emmy® Award Winning costume designer. Bryant received critical attention for her work on HBO’s western themed project, “Deadwood,” and numerous prestigious nominations and awards. She has received national and international praise for her work on the series "Mad Men" and has even caught the attention of many fashion designers who have designed collections inspired by the fashions from the show. She was included in the 2010 Vanity Fair 100 most influential people worldwide of the year.

Heralded as “Park Avenue Prince”, Douglas Hannant is the ultimate in American Luxury. Chic, modern, and sexy, his designs juxtapose day and evening, sportswear and couture, with a youthful disregard. Hannant has cultivated a devoted following from both socialites and a roster of A-list celebrities, including Beyoncé, Charlize Theron, and Sarah Jessica Parker.

Fern Mallis

Buxton Midyette

Fern Mallis was the Executive Director of the Council of Fashion Designers of America (CFDA) from 1991-2001, and created 7th on Sixth productions or NY Fashion Week as it's known today. She's currently President of leading international fashion and design consultancy - Fern Mallis LLC. Fern Mallis is credited as the creator of Fashion Week in New York City in 1993. The event organized, centralized and modernized the American runways, allowing American designers to compete head-on with Milan and Paris, forever changing the global fashion business.

Buxton Midyette is the Vice President of Marketing in the New York office for Supima. Buxton's work at Supima includes producing its recent ad campaigns as well as well as managing promotional activities that have ranged from organizing a Pop Up store in SoHo, collaborating with partners such as Brooks Brothers and Bloomingdale's to installing a cotton field under the High Line.

Rachel Roy

Jessica Stam

Rachel Roy is a designer, entrepreneur, philanthropist and mother. She creates designs to inspire women to feel smart and confident. Rachel is a member of the Council of Fashion Designers of America (CFDA) and continues to be actively engaged in the evolution and integrity of the fashion industry. Rachel has had the honor of dressing First Lady Michelle Obama, Eva Mendes, Kate Hudson, Jennifer Garner, Iman, and Halle Berry among other esteemed actresses, musicians and businesswomen.

Jessica Stam he has appeared on the cover of Italian Vogue an astonishing total of six times and regularly appears in top fashion magazines including Vogue (American, Italian, French, British, Japanese, Chinese) W, and Harper’s Bazaar, Numero, W, V, and Another. Jessica has had the opportunity to work with such noted photographers as Irving Penn, Mario Testino, Peter Lindbergh, Craig McDean, David Sims, and Terry Richardson. She has appeared in advertisements for Miu Miu, Marc Jacobs, Dolce & Gabbana, Dior, Prada, Atsuro Tayama, Emporio Armani, Roberto Cavalli, and Bulgari.

Shiona Turini

Alexandra Wilkis Wilson

Born and raised in Bermuda, this Hampton University graduate is a contemporary style icon and fashion editor extraordinaire. She’s held positions at YSL, W, Teen Vogue, to name a few. Turini was recently named Fashion Market Director at Cosmo and keeps a legion of fashion fans happy with Shoe of the Day Tweets, among other things. She is a marathoner to boot.

Alexandra Wilkis Wilson has over thirteen years of international experience in luxury goods and retail. She is Founder and Chief Merchandising Officer of Gilt Groupe, an innovative online shopping destination that launched in November 2007 and has revolutionized the fashion industry and ecommerce in general. She is excited to be judging the Supima Design Competition for the second year in a row.