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Meet the Stylemaker Winners

Finalists prove prowess during sexy Stylemaker Awards at Plaza at Preston Center

Finalists prove prowess at fashion-fueled CultureMap Stylemaker Awards

Matt Alexander, Jenny Kirtland, Maleiah Rogers, David Goltl, Melissa Rountree, Kevin Lavelle at 2014 CultureMap Stylemaker Awards
Stylemaker finalists Matt Alexander, Jenny Kirtland, Maleiah Rogers, David Goltl, Melissa Rountree and Kevin Lavelle. Photo by Hoyoung Lee
2014 CultureMap Stylemaker Awards
Guests filled the first floor of Tootsies prior to the fashion show. Photo by Hoyoung Lee
Renee Zappa, Michael Vangeli at 2014 CultureMap Stylemaker Awards
Renee Zappa, Michael Vangeli Photo by Hoyoung Lee
Style sketch at 2014 CultureMap Stylemaker Awards
Artist Ben Vincent did fashion sketches of guests. Photo by Hoyoung Lee
Jennifer Passanante, Marci Waddle at 2014 CultureMap Stylemaker Awards
Jennifer Passanante, Marci Waddle Photo by Hoyoung Lee
Kevin Lavelle and his models at 2014 CultureMap Stylemaker Awards
Kevin Lavelle presents his looks, which incorporated pieces from Pockets and Jos. A. Bank. Photo by Hoyoung Lee
Melissa Rountrees looks at 2014 CultureMap Stylemaker Awards
Looks as styled by Melissa Rountree, with items from Lublu, Tootsies and Mal Malouf. Photo by Hoyoung Lee
David Goltl and his models at 2014 CultureMap Stylemaker Awards
David Goltl explains his menswear-inspired looks, pulled from Pockets, Mal Malouf, Riffraff, Tootsies, Occhiali, Modern Optics and Bachendorf’s. Photo by Hoyoung Lee
Maleiah Rogers' looks at 2014 CultureMap Stylemaker Awards
Era Salon owner Maleiah Rogers pulled together looks from Tootsies and Lublu and styled the models' hair herself. Photo by Hoyoung Lee
Matt Alexander and his models at 2014 CultureMap Stylemaker Awards
Matt Alexander introduces his looks, which incorporated pieces from Pockets, Bachendorf's, Occhali and Jos. A. Bank. Photo by Hoyoung Lee
Jenny Kirtland and her models at 2014 CultureMap Stylemaker Awards
Jenny Kirtland and her models, who sported outfits pulled together from Calypso St. Barth, Tootsies and Pockets. Photo by Hoyoung Lee
Maleiah Rogers and Melissa Rountree at 2014 CultureMap Stylemaker Awards
Editors' choice winner Maleiah Rogers and readers' choice winner Melissa Rountree. Photo by Hoyoung Lee
Crowd shot at 2014 CultureMap Stylemaker Awards
Guests mingled before and after the fashion show. Photo by Hoyoung Lee
Guests at fashion show at 2014 CultureMap Stylemaker Awards
Onlookers at the fashion show. Photo by Hoyoung Lee
Look from David Goltl at 2014 CultureMap Stylemaker Awards
David Goltl's model walks the runway. He also scored a shopping spree for incorporating the most Plaza stores into his looks. Photo by Hoyoung Lee
Guests at fashion show at 2014 CultureMap Stylemaker Awards
Onlookers at the fashion show. Photo by Hoyoung Lee
Imran Sheikh, Daven Tezeno at 2014 CultureMap Stylemaker Awards
Imran Sheikh, Daven Tezeno Photo by Hoyoung Lee
Diana Oates, Stephanie Quadri, Yvonne Crum, Jackson, Cynthia Smoot, Jennifer Chininis at 2014 CultureMap Stylemaker Awards
Judges Diana Oates, Stephanie Quadri, Yvonne Crum, Jackson, Cynthia Smoot, Jennifer Chininis Photo by Hoyoung Lee
Sprinkles cupcakes at CultureMap Stylemaker Awards
Plaza at Preston Center eateries like Sprinkles provided the bites. Photo by Hoyoung Lee
Herradura and Woodford Reserve at 2014 CultureMap Stylemaker Awards
Herradura and Woodford Reserve provided the cocktails. Photo by Hoyoung Lee
Finalists and judges at 2014 CultureMap Stylemaker Awards
The Stylemaker finalists and judges: Maleiah Rogers, Diana Oates, Matt Alexander, Jenny Kirtland, Stephanie Quadri, Jackson, Kevin Lavelle, David Goltl, Jennifer Chininis, Cynthia Smoot, Melissa Rountree and Yvonne Crum. Photo by Hoyoung Lee
Matt Alexander, Jenny Kirtland, Maleiah Rogers, David Goltl, Melissa Rountree, Kevin Lavelle at 2014 CultureMap Stylemaker Awards
2014 CultureMap Stylemaker Awards
Renee Zappa, Michael Vangeli at 2014 CultureMap Stylemaker Awards
Style sketch at 2014 CultureMap Stylemaker Awards
Jennifer Passanante, Marci Waddle at 2014 CultureMap Stylemaker Awards
Kevin Lavelle and his models at 2014 CultureMap Stylemaker Awards
Melissa Rountrees looks at 2014 CultureMap Stylemaker Awards
David Goltl and his models at 2014 CultureMap Stylemaker Awards
Maleiah Rogers' looks at 2014 CultureMap Stylemaker Awards
Matt Alexander and his models at 2014 CultureMap Stylemaker Awards
Jenny Kirtland and her models at 2014 CultureMap Stylemaker Awards
Maleiah Rogers and Melissa Rountree at 2014 CultureMap Stylemaker Awards
Crowd shot at 2014 CultureMap Stylemaker Awards
Guests at fashion show at 2014 CultureMap Stylemaker Awards
Look from David Goltl at 2014 CultureMap Stylemaker Awards
Guests at fashion show at 2014 CultureMap Stylemaker Awards
Imran Sheikh, Daven Tezeno at 2014 CultureMap Stylemaker Awards
Diana Oates, Stephanie Quadri, Yvonne Crum, Jackson, Cynthia Smoot, Jennifer Chininis at 2014 CultureMap Stylemaker Awards
Sprinkles cupcakes at CultureMap Stylemaker Awards
Herradura and Woodford Reserve at 2014 CultureMap Stylemaker Awards
Finalists and judges at 2014 CultureMap Stylemaker Awards

Hundreds of CultureMap’s most fashionable fans flooded Tootsies for the first-ever Stylemaker Awards, produced in partnership with the Plaza at Preston Center. It was there the six finalistsMatt Alexander, David Goltl, Jenny Kirtland, Kevin Lavelle, Melissa Rountree and Maleiah Rogers — showed off their styling skills during a one-of-a-kind fashion show.

To start, guests — including Imran Sheikh, Daven Tezeno, Renee Zappa, Michael Vangeli, Kim Rozell, LeeAnne Locken, Nancy Koen and Kirsten Williams mingled on the first floor of this chic hot spot to savor bites from Corner Bakery, Taco Diner, R&D Kitchen and Sprinkles and sip cocktails provided by Herradura Tequila and Woodford Reserve. They also posed for personalized sketches drawn by artist Benjamin Vincent and hammed it up with pals at the Longhorn Photo Booth. Did we mention the fall-inspired floral by Apples to Zinnias? Stunning.

Then it was time for attendees to take their seats for the fashion presentation, where CultureMap editor-in-chief Jennifer Chininis welcomed everyone and explained how the Stylemaker finalists had arrived at this point in their journey. It began with nominations from the public; from that initial group, 12 deserving semi-finalists were selected with the help of judges Cynthia Smoot of Oh So Cynthia, lady-about-town Yvonne Crum, FLUENT’s Jackson, and longtime local stylist and fashion writer Stephanie Quadri.

The public then voted in an online poll to choose the final six, and they voted again to determine the readers’ choice winner. But more on that in a minute.

For the party, the finalists were tasked with creating two looks, cocktail and Sunday brunch, with items pulled from Plaza stores. Each finalist explained their inspiration and selections before sending their models down the runway. Based on those looks — all of which appear in the slideshow above — the judges determined the editors’ choice winner. And oh what a difficult task that turned out to be.

While the judges deliberated, guests were treated to more on-trend fashions courtesy of Tootsies. In the end, the judges crowned Maleiah Rogers the 2014 Stylemaker editors’ choice winner for mixing pieces from Lublu Kira Plastinina and Tootsies to create looks reminiscent of old Hollywood glam. The Era Salon owner also did her models’ amazing ’dos.

But the awards didn’t stop there. Design Within Reach studio proprietor David Goltl — who boldly chose to style two women, including one plus-sized beauty, in menswear-inspired looks — received special honors for pulling pieces from the most Plaza stores, including Pockets, Mal Malouf, Riffraff, Tootsies, Occhiali Modern Optics and Bachendorf’s. Dave Perry-Miller Realtor Melissa Rountree proved the public was not wrong in selecting her as the readers’ choice winner: She showed an architectural black cocktail dress from Lublu and sassy purple-and-gray number complete with over-the-knee boots for brunch.

All the winners received shopping sprees to the Plaza at Preston Center.

Guests left the party with visions of fashions dancing in their heads and swag in their hands courtesy of Lucky Dog Barkery, J Mclaughlin, Celebrity Cruises, Matthew Trent, City + Sky, Eva Duplan Illustrations and much more. If you missed this soiree, you have another chance to party with us next week, at the CultureMap Social on October 22, 6-8 pm, 129 Leslie. You can buy tickets here.