Former Supermodel Susan Holmes named "Swimwear Designer of the Year" at the Michael Awards in NYC
Susan Holmes,former Supermodel and now a top designer, was honored
as Swimwear Designer of the Year at the 15th Annual Michael Awards
for the Fashion Industry, held on May 7 at the New York Marriott
The annual awards ceremony, referred to by the media
as the "Oscars of Fashion," showcases and honors the best
and brightest of the fashion industry. Previous winners in different
genres include Cindy Crawford, Calvin Klein, Oscar de la Renta,
and Tommy Hilfiger.
As a senior in high school, surrounded by the San Diego surf scene, Susan Holmes made swimsuits just for fun. Unfortunately, for all the fans of her designs, she got sidetracked into another fashion field — modeling.
By the mid 1990's, Susan was one of the 20 highest paid fashion models in the industry modeling for such names as Valentino, Versace, Prada and Chanel. Not to mention her print and commercial work for everyone from Lagerfield and St. Laurent to Peugot and Revlon.
But it wasn't till years later, when she married Duff McKagan, (founding member of Guns n Roses and Velvet Revolver), and they began
a family, that she revisited her passion for creating fashion. Susan
has become equally successful with that, creating swimwear that
in her own words “exudes charm with rock n' roll inspiration
and attention to detail.
Holmes swimsuits are worn worldwide by celebrities such as Kate Hudson, Venus Williams, Elle Macpherson, Stella McCartney, Heidi Klum and many others. In a recent Sports Illustrated Swimsuit edition, she was the designer with the most suits featured in the spread.
One of the benefits she enjoys of having a successful business is the ability to give back over 10% of net proceeds to charities such as Project Angel Food, the only free meal delivery program in all of LA, the Surfrider Foundation, an environmental organization that works to protect the our oceans and beaches, and The Red Cross.
Even though she is mostly known for her modeling and designing it is her charity work and love of family that truly defines her success. It is clear that those years of modeling swimsuits gave her the instincts to know what women want in swimwear.
Susan is writing a book on successful "Hollywood Marriages"
and what makes a strong marriage partnership.
She has also appeared on numerous TV shows with her swimwear designs and she appeared on Fox News Channel as the American Idol commentating expert.
The Michael Awards, also known as the "Oscars of Fashion", is a star-studded black-tie gala event that honors the stars of the fashion world, highlighting fashion icons, top designers, hot new fashion trends, leaders in the world of entertainment, media stars and supermodels.
Previous Michael Awards ceremonies have honored such luminary fashion figures as Oscar de la Renta, Hugo Boss, Calvin Klein, Cindy Crawford, Naomi Campbell, Regis Philbin and many others.
The event was held in New York City at the Marriott Marquis. Proceeds from the evening benefit the National Children's Leukemia Foundation, an organization whose mission is to provide the cure for cancer and other life-threatening diseases throughout the world, and to insure that all persons, regardless of race, religion, ethnicity, gender, socioeconomic status or country of residence, have access to life-saving medical care.
The international acclaim and media coverage that this charitable event generates is tremendous. Most of all, this event helps make a difference in the lives of children suffering from leukemia.
The Michael Awards honorees were:
Kelly Ripa - Best Dressed Woman of the Year
Issac Larian - Entrepreneur of the Year
Dov Charney - Retailer of the Year
Rabbi Yechiel Ekstein - Philanthropist of the Year
John Varvatos - Men's Wear Designer of the Year
Joe Tremaine - Man of the Year
Lydia Hearst - Supermodel of the Year
Susan Holmes - Swimwear Designer of the Year
Keyshawn Johnson - Best Dressed Man
Burberry - Children's Wear Designer of the Year
The Michael Awards showcases and honors the best and brightest of the fashion industry in a black tie evening of glamour and style. It benefits the National Children's Leukemia Foundation (NCLF), a leading nonprofit in the fight against leukemia, cancer and other blood disorders.