LIFE ON THE FRINGE: "Tom Ford said my name and I nearly passed out," said 24-year-old London designer Andrea McWha, after learning she'd become a finalist in the annual Fashion Fringe contest. "It's a designer's dream come true." Ford, Christopher Bailey, Fashion Fringe founder Colin McDowell and other judges gathered at the Red Bull headquarters in London's Soho to reveal the four finalists who will stage a catwalk show during London Fashion Week in September. The winner will receive funding to produce future collections, business advice and the chance to sell a capsule collection on Net-a-porter.com. The scheme was launched four years ago with IMG to support emerging British fashion design talent. The finalists are Graeme Armour, Dejan Agatonovic, the duo Marcus Wilmont and Maki Aminara Lofvander and McWha.
MUSEUM MILESTONE: Tiffany & Co. Foundation is donating $2 million to New York's Museum of Art & Design to build a jewelry resource center and gallery at the museum's future home in Columbus Circle, opening next year. The Tiffany & Co. Foundation Jewelry Gallery will house the museum's permanent collection and host public programs and artist residences, allowing visitors to become engaged in jewelry-making processes and techniques. "The Tiffany Jewelry Gallery is more than just a presentation space for the museum's contemporary jewelry collection and special exhibitions," said museum director Holly Hotchner.
ARTISTS' NETWORK: His concierge company, Quintessentially, is expert at granting its members' last-minute requests — whether they be booking a restaurant or chartering a yacht — and now Ben Elliot is set to share his little black book with the art world. Elliot, who's also known as the nephew of Camilla, Duchess of Cornwall, has joined the advisory board of art and auction house Phillips de Pury & Co., and will collaborate with the company on an educational and event program to run alongside Phillips de Pury's selling activities, beginning in January. He's in good company on the board, whose members include Marc Jacobs, Juergen Teller and Lapo Elkann, who act as a creative network for Phillips de Pury's chairman, Simon de Pury. Meanwhile, Elliot is developing his company's own art advisory service, Quintessentially Art, which will run alongside the bespoke wine service, Quintessentially Wine, and luxury chauffeur service, Quintessentially Driven.