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AND THE WINNER IS: J.Mendel will be this year’s fashion design award winner at the 12th annual National Design Awards of The Smithsonian’s Cooper-Hewitt National Design Museum in New York. Gilles Mendel’s designs for J. Mendel beat out Prabal Gurung and Jason Wu, and he will pick up the award at a dinner at Pier 60 on Oct. 20.
Mendel is just one of several designers and design firms being honored this year. Others include Knoll for corporate and institutional achievement; Continuum for product design; Shelton, Mindel & Associates for interior design, and Matthew Carter for lifetime achievement.