Posted by Beth Macri

Women's Wear Daily rising stars

Seven years after Jason Wu walked away with one of the Fashion Group International’s Rising Star awards, the designer candidly described his own ascent in his keynote speech at Friday’s annual luncheon.

In what was “somewhat of a homecoming,” because he was “kind of in the hot seat not too long ago,” Wu detailed his own unorthodox journey into fashion. However unrelated running a toy business from his Connecticut boarding school dorm room was, Wu said that experience helped prepare him for starting his fashion company. And he did just that in 2007 by opening a design studio — which was in his living room.

The accessories prize was presented to another jewelry designer, Beth Macri, who won over four handbag brands: Fairchild Baldwin; Jgeren; Jill Haber Design Group, and Yliana Yepez.