Fashion Group International Dallas Celebrates Emerging Creative Talent

By Cynthia Smoot
Photography by Thomas Garza

THE SCENE: At Galleria Dallas, Fashion Group International Dallas (FGI of Dallas) celebrated the city’s most notable young talent in the world of fashion, art and design. Eighteen nominees were presented in the areas of Fashion, Accessories, Photography, Interior Design, Art, and Makeup Artistry. Event chair Carinthia Kishaba introduced the night’s emcee, blogger and radio host Courtney Kerr, and the fashionable evening began.

THE VIBE: The event kicked off with a fashion show produced by Jan Strimple, featuring pieces from the three fashion nominees and event sponsors: Banana Republic, Belk, Rangler, Express, BCBGeneration and Club Monaco. After weeks of voting, the 2016 Rising Star winners were announced. The big winners of the night were handbag designer Allison Mitchell (Accessories), La Toya Jones (Art), Binzario Couture’s Andre Yabin and Luis Nazario (Fashion), James “JT” Turner (Interior Design), Shane Monden (Makeup Design), and Jason Fitzgerald (Photography). In addition to the six honorees, the People’s Star award was voted on by the audience, and that award was presented to bow tie designer Jeremy Michael Calhoun.

THE CAUSE: Fashion Group International of Dallas is part of Fashion Group International, Inc., a global nonprofit professional organization with more than 6,000 members representing all areas of the fashion industry. Fashion Group International, Inc. provides a high-profile forum to promote the fashion business by hosting events that educate and facilitate the exchange of ideas by giving back to the community.

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