FASHION GROUP INTERNATIONAL OF DALLAS HONORS THE BEST IN EMERGING TALENT
AT 21ST ANNUAL RISING STAR AWARDS CEREMONY
WHAT: On Thursday March 1, 2018, Fashion Group International of Dallas (“FGI”) — a global, non-profit professional fashion organization, hosted its 21st annual Rising Star Awards Ceremony at the Design District’s Seven for Parties. The largely attended fete celebrated the extraordinary accomplishments of Dallas’ emerging talents in the areas of Women’s Fashion, Men’s Fashion, Photography, Art, Fashion Blogging, and MakeUp Artistry.
Rising Star Co-Chairs Holly Quartaro & Dr. Jason Stanford
Celebrity influencer Courtney Kerr of “Kerrently” returned for her fourth year as emcee, with pop-up men’s and women’s fashion presentations produced by Jan Strimple Productions. Art and media installations were vividly dispersed, reflecting the works of the nominees spanning MakeUp Artistry, Photography, Art, and Fashion Blogging.
Guests mixed and mingled throughout, enjoying cocktails by Kruto Vodka and light hors d’oeuvres. A surprise performance by local music artist, HANNA, rounded out the evening, making it one of the most buzzed about events for the week.
Emcee Courtney Kerr
Spotted in the crowd was Charles Smith (prior Rising Star Nominee and designer of Smith the 2nd), LeeAnne Locken (“The Real Housewives of Dallas”), Cynthia Smoot (Awards presenter and Influencer of “Oh So Cynthia”), Steve Kemble (Awards Presenter and Radio Personality), Larry g(EE) (Award-winning Musician), and Khanh Nguyen (prior Rising Star Nominee and designer of Nha Khanh).
Dawn Marie Mellon, Nha Khanh Nguyen, Abra Liberman Garrett, Jan Strimple, Dr. Jason Stanford
2018 Rising Star Award Winners are:
Rising Star Winner in Men’s Fashion:
Jason Simmons of DeadSoxy
Jason Simmons & Rebekah Allen
Rising Star Winner in Women’s Fashion:
Venny Etienne of Levity
Rising Star Winner in Photography:
Steve Visneau, Aaron Fairooz
Rising Star Winner in Art:
Rosa Langley, Lindsey Meyers
Rising Star Winner in Fashion Blogging:
Amber LaFrance of DFW Style Daily
Rising Star Winner in MakeUp Artistry:
Jo Franco and Jamie O’Banion
People’s Choice Award:
Jo Franco and Ken Weber
WHO: Fashion Group International of Dallas
WHERE: Seven for Parties
WHEN: Thursday, March 1, 2018
Photo Credit: Bob Manzano & William Neal
Whitney Kutch, Rochelle Rodriguez, Melissa Moore