FGI Night of Stars Celebrates Most Stylish
By Cynthia Smoot
Photography by Shana Anderson and Thomas Garza
THE SCENE: The Fashion Industry Gallery was the setting for an evening of glitz and glamour as the fashion industry elite of Dallas gathered to pay homage to those who have helped place, and continue to keep, Dallas in the world fashion scene. As Fashion Group International of Dallas (FGI Dallas) hosted their annual Night of Stars gala they honored a select few for high achievements in art, fashion, jewelry design, and interior design. This year the gala co-chairs were Rachel Roberts and Britt Harless. Chuck Steelman was honored for the three years he served as Regional Director and Incoming Regional Director, Ken Weber, will lead FGI of Dallas this year.
THE VIBE: Guests were greeted with Champagne as they passed through a formal English garden vignette of live foliage and floral décor. Models posed in the garden environ wearing honoree Monique Lhuillier’s Spring 2017 collection. Dallas native, actor, and former fashion model, Greg Vaughn, emceed the event. Fashion designer Monique Lhuillier was honored with the Career Achievement in Fashion award for her work in fashion and recognized for her exquisite work in women’s eveningwear, particularly, bridal fashion.
Gonzales, Texas native and iconic model Jerry Hall was honored with the Lifetime Achievement Award, escorted by her new husband, Rupert Murdoch.. Allan Knight received the Career Achievement in Interior/Furniture Design award, Sue Gragg was bestowed the Career Achievement in Jewelry Design, and the award for Art Patron of the Year was Lynn McBee.
THE CAUSE: During the “Fund A Scholarship” portion of the evening, Nancy Rogers, philanthropist and past FGI of Dallas honoree, generously matched up to $100,000 raised by guests for a grand total over $200,000. This year’s gala broke the record for scholarship money raised at any Night of Stars, and will be presented to students during the FGI scholarship competition in April. The event is FGI Dallas’ largest fundraiser of the year and proceeds from the event fund FGI Dallas’ foundation scholarships.