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Posted by 02.01.13

Think awards season is just for actors and moviemakers? Think again, beauty and fashion standouts are getting their due too. Last week, at The Fashion Group International’s 16th Annual Rising Star Awards, three up-and-coming beauty stars were recognized for their innovation, vision, and talent.

Carlos Huber, a Beauty in the Bag fave, took home the Beauty/Fragrance Entrepreneur prize. He is the founder and creative force behind Arquiste Parfumeur, a niche fragrance brand that launched merely one and a half years ago. His latest creation is Boutonniere no.7, a gardenia scent blended with a masculine edge. Arquiste is available at Barneys New York and None other than Allure magazine’s editor in chief Linda Wells presented the award to Carlos.

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Alana Hawawini and Laura Slatkin. Photo Credit: Eric Michelson

Alana Hawawini, manager, global product development skincare at Estée Lauder received the Beauty/Fragrance Corporate award. She is the mastermind behind Lauder’s new Re-Nutrive Intensive Age Renewal Crème and Eye Crème. Featuring cell-boosting technology, this duo reduces the appearance of lines and wrinkles and gives skin an all over rejuvenated look.


Hayley Barna, Katia Beauchamp, and Terron Schaefer. Photo Credit: Eric Michelson

The third beauty honoree was a bit of surprise. The winner of the Rising Star Retail award was Birchbox, which beat out three other fashion and beauty retailers. Co-founded by Hayley Barna and Katia Beauchamp, Birchbox is one of the first—if not, in fact, the first—beauty sample box service. Both women attended Harvard Business School and started Birchbox in late 2010.

Of course, emerging fashion, home design, and jewelry talent were honored at the luncheon held at Cipriani 42nd Street in New York City, but that story is for another website. For more information about the 2013 Rising Star Awards, visit

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