The 13th annual Town&Country Couture Design Awards is a major highlight of the Couture event.
This year the voting system included an online first round of
judging that let nearly 5000 people view and vote on the 168
applicants. WOW! Talk about viral marketing.
After the first round online 80 designs were chosen to be displayed
onsite at Couture. Show attendees made the final votes during the first
3 days of the show. Winners and finalists were announced at a fab party
at Blush on Friday evening hosted by Jim Taylor, publisher of
As Couture’s consultant for the designer sector I was particularly
pleased (read: out-of-my-mind happy) to see that many awardees were
smaller, independant designers. This underscores that great design is
born at Couture and belies any conspiracy theories.
Here is the list of the winners:
Bridal Category Winner: Katherine James
Finalists: Sonya Ooten & Judith Conway
Colored Gemstones Category Winner: Sevan
Finalists: Marco Bicego & Rodney Rayner Ltd.
Diamonds Category Winner: Arunashi
Finalists: Kwiat & La Reina Collection
Gold Category Winner: Pamela Froman
Finalists: H. Stern & Calgaro
Haute Couture Category Winner: Valente Gioiellieri S.P.A.
Finalists: Yossi Harari & Kuwayama
Natural Color Diamonds Category Winner: Todd Reed
Finalists: Shamballa & Roberto Demeglio
Newcomer Category Winner: Blu by Betty Lou Moscot
Finalists: Christofle & Cresber
Pearls Category Winner: The Autore Group
Finalists: Mikimoto & Roberto Coin
Platinum Category Winner: Erica Courtney
Finalists: Tom Munsteiner & Podicko Diamonds
Silver Category Winner: Emily Armenta
Finalists: Robert Lee Morris & John Hardy
Some of the winning jewels: tri-color "crushed" gold cross by Pamela
Froman, black diamond ring by Erica Courtney, gold and moonstone ring
by Betty Lou Moscot, blackened silver bracelet by Emily Armenta,
colored diamond bracelet by Todd Reed and colored stone masterpiece by