Fashion Group International Awards Newest Rising Stars
By Rob Giardinelli
Photography by Paul Go and Gregory Martin
THE SCENE: Galleria Dallas was the stage for an evening where hundreds of Dallas’ most fashionable VIPs turned out to honor the area’s newest and hottest talent sensations that are destined to have fabulously storied careers. This year’s Fashion Group International of Dallas Rising Star Awards showcased the incredible breadth of individuals taking the fashion world by storm, both in Texas and far beyond.
THE VIBE: The sophisticated chic attire of the high-style crowd was only surpassed by the incredible energy brought by patrons who created the fun and festive vibe that made everyone in the sold-out event feel so welcome. During the cocktail hour, guests were treated to the tunes of DJ Jennifer Miller as they sampled cocktails courtesy of Kruto Vodka as well as delicious bites from popular Galleria dining destinations Mi Cocina, Grill on the Alley, and Kabuki.
The evening then turned to honor the Dallas Rising Stars of Fashion, where producer Jan Strimple and emcee Courtney Kerr kept the evening moving effortlessly as winners accepted their awards, and the fashion designers showcased their latest talents and creations to the crowd. This year’s winners included Ese Azenabor for Women’s Fashion, Jason Simmons for Men’s Fashion, Thomas Garza for Photography, Gary Russell Walden for Hair and Makeup, Shelley Rosenberg for Interior Design, and Leah Frazier for Fashion Blogger.
THE CAUSE: The event, chaired by Holly Quartaro, raised funds for Fashion Group International which provides guidance on the business of fashion and design so up-and-coming designers may have long and effective careers.