Stars on the Rise

Fashion Group International fêtes Dallas' rising stars at rinkside reception

FGI fêtes Dallas' rising fashion stars at rinkside reception

Lucy Dang, FGI Night of Stars
FGI Rising Star award recipient Lucy Dang with models wearing her designs. Photo by Sylvia Elzafon
Ese Azenabor, FGI Night of Stars
Ese Azenabor poses with models wearing her creations. Photo by Sylvia Elzafon
Luis Nazario, Andre Yabin, FGI Rising Stars
Luis Nazario and Andre Yabin of Binzario Couture with models wearing their designs. Photo by Sylvia Elzafon
FGI Night of Stars
Fashion Group International of Dallas presented its 2015 Rising Star awards at the Galleria ice rink. Photo by Sylvia Elzafon
Dr. Naila Malik, Andre Yabin, Shona Gilbert, FGI Rising Stars
Dr. Nalia Malik, Andre Yabin, Shona Gilbert Photo by Sylvia Elzafon
Caitlyn Mullanix, Chelsea Brogdon, FGI Night of Stars
Caitlyn Mullanix, Chelsea Brogdon Photo by Sylvia Elzafon
Cynthia Smoot, Ese Azenabor, FGI Night of Stars
Cynthia Smoot, Ese Azenabor Photo by Sylvia Elzafon
Scott Kehn, Chuck Steelman, FGI Rising Stars
Scott Kehn, Chuck Steelman Photo by Sylvia Elzafon
Steve Kemble, FGI Rising Stars
Steve Kemble Photo by Sylvia Elzafon
Yvonne Crum, Britt Harless, FGI RIsing Stars
Yvonne Crum, Britt Harless Photo by Sylvia Elzafon
Brant McFarlain, Shay Geyer, FGI Rising Stars
Rising Star of Interior Design Brant McFarlain (left) and event chair Shay Geyer (right). Photo by Sylvia Elzafon
Brandon Lyon, Shay Geyer, FGI Rising Stars
Rising Star of Photography Brandon Lyon (left). Photo by Sylvia Elzafon
Megan Thorne, Shay Geyer, FGI Rising Stars
Rising Star of Jewelry Megan Thorne (left). Photo by Sylvia Elzafon
Shayema Rahim, Shay Geyer, FGI Night of Stars
Rising Star of Art Shayema Rahim (left). Photo by Sylvia Elzafon
FGI Night of Stars
Models set the tone for a fun evening of fashion at the Galleria. Photo by Sylvia Elzafon
Lucy Dang, FGI Night of Stars
Ese Azenabor, FGI Night of Stars
Luis Nazario, Andre Yabin, FGI Rising Stars
FGI Night of Stars
Dr. Naila Malik, Andre Yabin, Shona Gilbert, FGI Rising Stars
Caitlyn Mullanix, Chelsea Brogdon, FGI Night of Stars
Cynthia Smoot, Ese Azenabor, FGI Night of Stars
Scott Kehn, Chuck Steelman, FGI Rising Stars
Steve Kemble, FGI Rising Stars
Yvonne Crum, Britt Harless, FGI RIsing Stars
Brant McFarlain, Shay Geyer, FGI Rising Stars
Brandon Lyon, Shay Geyer, FGI Rising Stars
Megan Thorne, Shay Geyer, FGI Rising Stars
Shayema Rahim, Shay Geyer, FGI Night of Stars
FGI Night of Stars

Fashion-crazed Dallasites were out and about recently to support Fashion Group International (FGI) of Dallas and its annual Rising Stars event, which took place on Galleria Dallas’ famed ice skating rink. Event chairs Shay Geyer, Meredith Hite and Carinthia Kishaba welcomed guests to the magnificent mall fête for runway shows; silent auction; and sips and bites provided by Grand Lux Cafe, Mi Cocina and Nordstrom Marketplace Cafe.

First up was a fashion presentation from Aftershock London, BCBG, BCBGeneration, Belk, Karen Miller, Macy’s and Nordstrom. Attendees — including Chuck Steelman, Cynthia Smoot, LeeAnne Locken, Steve Kimble, Yvonne Crum, Britt Harless and Alex Small — took mental notes about each brand’s spring looks. 

Then it time to present the awards. These are the new recipients:

  • Rising Star of Interior Design: Brant McFarlain
  • Rising Star of Beauty: Dr. Naila Malik
  • Rising Star of Photography: Brandon Lyon
  • Rising Star of Jewelry: Megan Thorne
  • Rising Star of Art: Shayema Rahim
  • People’s Star Award: Shona Gilbert   

A finale runway show featured designs from nominees Lucy Dang, Binzario Couture and Ese Azenabor — a reminder to all in attendance the immense talent in our own backyard. The final award of the night was given to Dang, who humbly accepted the Rising Star of Fashion honor amid supporters and industry colleagues. 

FGI of Dallas is part of Fashion Group International, a global, nonprofit, professional organization with more than 6,000 members representing all areas of the fashion industry. FGI 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. Proceeds from the event funded FGI of Dallas’ foundation scholarships.