Society Style Dallas 2018
Rising Star Awards

Fashion Group International fêtes top Dallas designers and artists

Fashion Group International fêtes top Dallas designers and artists

Whitney Kutch, Rochelle Rodriguez, Melissa Moore, Dallas_FGI Rising Star
Whitney Kutch, Rochelle Rodriguez, Melissa Moore Photo by WJNPHOTO
Holly Quartaro, Dr. Jason Stanford, Dallas_FGI Rising Star
Holly Quartaro, Dr. Jason Stanford Photo by WJNPHOTO
Jason Simmons, Rebekah Allen, and son, Dallas_FGI Rising Star
Jason Simmons, Rebekah Allen, and son Photo by WJNPHOTO
Cynthia Smoot, Chad Collum, Cynthia Smoot, Ken Weber, LeeAnne Locken, Steve Kemble, Dallas_FGI Rising Star
Cynthia Smoot, Chad Collum, Ken Weber, LeeAnne Locken, Steve Kemble Photo by WJNPHOTO
Venny Etienne, Esé Azénabor, Dallas_FGI Rising Star
Venny Etienne, Esé Azénabor Photo by WJNPHOTO
Neobantu, Dallas_FGI Rising Star
Neobantu Photo by WJNPHOTO
Nha-Khanh Nguyen, Aaron Fairooz, Loi Dang, Dallas_FGI Rising Star
Nha-Khanh Nguyen, Aaron Fairooz, Loi Dang Photo by WJNPHOTO
Courtney Kerr, Dallas_FGI Rising Star
Courtney Kerr emceed. Photo by WJNPHOTO
Jo Franco, Jamie O'Banion, Dallas_FGI Rising Star
Jo Franco, Jamie O'Banion Photo by WJNPHOTO
Ken Weber, Jo Franco, Dallas_FGI Rising Star
Ken Weber, Jo Franco Photo by WJNPHOTO
Hannah Fentriss, Dallas_FGI Rising Star
Hannah Fentriss Photo by WJNPHOTO
Steve Kemble & Jason Simmons, Dallas_FGI Rising Star
Steve Kemble, Jason Simmons Photo by WJNPHOTO
Daniel Mofor, Sonya Mofor, and family, Dallas_FGI Rising Star
Daniel Mofor, Sonya Mofor, and family Photo by WJNPHOTO
Cynthia Smooth, Amber LaFrance, FGI Rising Star
Cynthia Smoot, Amber LaFrance Photo by WJNPHOTO
Whitney Kutch, Rochelle Rodriguez, Melissa Moore, Dallas_FGI Rising Star
Holly Quartaro, Dr. Jason Stanford, Dallas_FGI Rising Star
Jason Simmons, Rebekah Allen, and son, Dallas_FGI Rising Star
Cynthia Smoot, Chad Collum, Cynthia Smoot, Ken Weber, LeeAnne Locken, Steve Kemble, Dallas_FGI Rising Star
Venny Etienne, Esé Azénabor, Dallas_FGI Rising Star
Neobantu, Dallas_FGI Rising Star
Nha-Khanh Nguyen, Aaron Fairooz, Loi Dang, Dallas_FGI Rising Star
Courtney Kerr, Dallas_FGI Rising Star
Jo Franco, Jamie O'Banion, Dallas_FGI Rising Star
Ken Weber, Jo Franco, Dallas_FGI Rising Star
Hannah Fentriss, Dallas_FGI Rising Star
Steve Kemble & Jason Simmons, Dallas_FGI Rising Star
Daniel Mofor, Sonya Mofor, and family, Dallas_FGI Rising Star
Cynthia Smooth, Amber LaFrance, FGI Rising Star

Dallas' most fashion forward recently stepped out for the Fashion Group International (FGI) of Dallas' 21st annual Rising Stars Awards Ceremony, which took place at Design District’s Seven for Parties.

The event, this year co-chaired by Holly Quartaro and Dr. Jason Stanford, honors the accomplishments of  the city's emerging talents in the areas of women’s fashion, men’s fashion, photography, art, fashion blogging, and makeup artistry.

Attendees, including Cynthia Smoot, Chad Collum, Ken Weber, LeeAnne Locken, Steve Kemble, Nha-Khanh Nguyen, Loi Dang, Whitney Kutch, Rochelle Rodriguez, and Melissa Moore, first were treated to pop-up men’s and women’s fashion presentations produced by Jan Strimple Productions. Art and media installations highlighting the nominees were displayed throughout the space. And a surprise music presentation by local artist Hannah Fentriss kept the room buzzing. Reality TV star Courtney Kerr emceed.

When it came time to present the awards, these were the 2018 honorees:

  • Rising Star Winner in Men’s Fashion: Jason Simmons of DeadSoxy
  • Rising Star Winner in Women’s Fashion: Venny Etienne of Levity
  • Rising Star Winner in Photography: Aaron Fairooz
  • Rising Star Winner in Art: Lindsey Meyers
  • Rising Star Winner in Fashion Blogging: Amber LaFrance of DFW Style Daily
  • Rising Star Winner in MakeUp Artistry: Jo Franco
  • People’s Choice Award: Jo Franco

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.

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