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.