My experience at the 2016 Handbag Awards


I had the honor over the past six years to be a judge for The Handbag Awards held in NYC in June.  Designers from all over the world submit their designs to be judged by 12 of us. When finalists are chosen, the likes of Michael Kors, Monica Botkier, and Trina Turk to name a few are among the esteemed panel of final judges.

Attending the awards is spectacular, including a who’s who at the cocktail party and attending the awards. This year my sister Denise Del Russo attended with me, along with my dear friend Oriana LaMarca. My sister left feeling inspired by the evening and wanting to know more about the judging process and designers.


As for my outfit of the night, I had planned to wear a floral Karen Millen dress, but switched when I found a perfect blush color asymmetrical dress at Bloomingdales Short Hills by Mustard Seed. I love the fit and cut outs in all the right places. I finished the look with my fav Jimmy Choo heels and Pinko chain bucket bag. Oh what a night. Stay tuned for my youtube vlog all about it.


Dawn Del Russo is an author and on-air TV style expert seen on Access Hollywood Live, Meredith Vieira, Extra TV, E News!, Glamour Mag Show Dress To Kill  and in print InStyle, Cosmo, Real Simple, Life & Style and US Weekly. She is NY’s 95.5 PLJ resident “What to Wear Weather” girl in the mornings. She attributes her designer taste from travel abroad while seeking unique pieces for her clients and Live The