On October 15, all was revealed in the 2015 CultureMap Stylemaker Awards, when six finalists competed for top honors at a fashion-filled party at Toosties in the Plaza at Preston Center. The fun started with food from R+D Kitchen, True Food Kitchen, Sprinkles, and Taco Diner; cocktails from New Amsterdam; and our requisite party tricks such as makeup touch-ups from Benefit, personalized sketches from Betchy Sketch, photo booth fun courtesy of 2014 Stylemaker finalist Jenny Kirtland, and Hair Bar braid bar.
But the hundreds of well-heeled attendees really were there to see finalists Nicole Bulcher, Javier Burkle, Kendall Eckerd, Nelson Huff, Nancy Koen, and Julian Leaver, who were tasked with putting together looks with clothes and accessories pulled from Plaza at Preston Center retailers.
In this video, you can watch the fashion show unfold and listen to the finalists explain their inspiration. They were asked to interpret a "Dallas look" and "date night," and they all impressed the crowd with their fashion know-how as their models strutted down the runway.
Burkle proved he deserved his nod as readers' choice winner — these six had reached the finalist stage after two rounds of public polls — and Koen won over the judges with her edgy yet fun approach. Both received $1,000 shopping sprees to the Plaza at Preston Center.
You can see more scenes from the scene here.