Stylemaker Awards 2016 Dallas
Stylemaker Winners Revealed

Stylish Dallasites assemble for fall’s most revealing awards party

Stylish Dallasites assemble for fall’s most revealing awards party

The Plaza at Preston Center felt especially fashionable on October 20, when social butterflies gathered for the 2016 Stylemaker Awards reveal party at Tootsies. First on the agenda: Get photo snapped at the step-and-repeat to memorialize the evening when CultureMap and partner Plaza celebrated the six most fashionable men and women in Dallas.

This year’s finalists — Mark Deuber, Shay Geyer, Chris Hite, Ekaterina Kouznetsova, Brittanie Buchanan Oleniczak, and Guillermo Tragant — were asked to show off their styling skills by creating two looks using clothing and accessories from Plaza retailers. Both looks, jet-set chic and signature style, were presented on mannequins throughout the store.

Once inside, guests — including Cynthia Colver, Susan Barrett, Joel Zandstra, Kate Zandstra, Misty Incontrera, Lindsay Weatherread, Tiffany Eubanks, Jim DiMarino, Jon Hodge, Lela Orr, and Samuel Michalak — sampled bites from Plaza restaurants True Food Kitchen, Taco Diner, and Sprinkles while checking out each finalist’s work. 

Revelers got makeup touch-ups by Benefit Cosmetics — then hit the photo booth, courtesy of Social Light, for more party pics. They also had oh-so-stylish watercolor portraits done at the Betchy Sketch station, sampled whiskey from Woodford Reserve, shopped the B. Stellar jewelry trunk show, and browsed candles from Plaza newcomer Society.

As the time drew near to reveal the winners, CultureMap network editor-in-chief Jennifer Chininis introduced the finalists to the crowd.

To reach the finals, the contestants, nominated by the public and CultureMap editors, survived two rounds of voting. In addition to Chininis and yours truly, on the judging panel were 2015 readers’ choice winner Javier Burkle, 2015 editors’ choice winner Nancy Koen, and 2015 finalist Julian Leaver. The judges not only determined the 12 semifinalists, but they also selected the editors’ choice winner during the party.

J. Hilburn stylist and senior managing partner Chris Hite ran away with the popular vote, earning the 2016 Stylemaker Awards readers’ choice title. Richards Lerma creative director/principal Guillermo Tragant was editors’ choice.

Tragant’s winning looks included a standout plaid-skirt-white-blouse combo from Double R, paired with a colorful fur stole and haute hat from Calypso St. Barth. He even pulled colorful dog collars from Lucky Dog Barkery to use as necklaces (!). 

Hite stuck with two men’s outfits, both from Pockets and equally dashing. Watches from Bachendorf’s, a bag and bracelet from Orvis, and peepers from Occhiali Modern Optics finished off the looks.

Though he didn’t win, Mark Deuber received his fair share of attention, because he and wife Cary — whom he likes to dress, and he does it so well — were followed around by a film crew for the Real Housewives of Dallas. Joining them at the party were fellow RHOD stars Stephanie and Travis Hollman, and newcomer DAndra Simmons Locke

As the evening wound down, guests congratulated the finalists one last time and headed off with swag bags full of goodies from Sprinkles, Society, Mel Crews, Kendra Scott, Kid Biz, Benefit, Lucky Dog Barkery, and more.

Cortney Bailey, LaShell Nelson
Cortney Bailey, LaShell Nelson Photo by Desiree Espada
Chris Hite, Dallas Stylemaker 2016 Reveal Party
Readers' choice winner Chris Hite with his two styled looks. Photo by WJNPHOTO
Guillermo Tragant, Dallas Stylemaker 2016 Reveal Party
Editors' choice winner Guillermo Tragant with his two styled looks. Photo by WJNPHOTO
Mark Deuber, Cary Deuber, Dallas Stylemaker 2016 Reveal Party
Finalist Mark Deuber and wife Cary, with Mark's two styled looks. Photo by WJNPHOTO
Brittanie Buchanan Oleniczak, Dallas Stylemaker 2016 Reveal Party
Finalist Brittanie Buchanan Oleniczak with her two styled looks. Photo by WJNPHOTO
Ekaterina Kouznetsova, Dallas Stylemaker 2016 Reveal Party
Finalist Ekaterina Kouznetsova with her two styled looks. Photo by WJNPHOTO
Shay Geyer, Dallas Stylemaker 2016 Reveal Party
Finalist Shay Geyer with her two styled looks. Photo by WJNPHOTO
Lela Orr, Samuel Michalak
Lela Orr, Samuel Michalak Photo by WJNPHOTO
Stephanie Hollman, Travis Hollman
Stephanie Hollman, Travis Hollman Photo by Desiree Espada
Cici Couchot at 2016 Dallas Stylemaker Awards
Cici Couchot Photo by Desiree Espada
Kari Woods, James Turner
Kari Woods, James Turner Photo by WJNPHOTO
Willean Guiden, Francesca Hoskins, Beryl Davis
Willean Guiden, Francesca Hoskins, Beryl Davis Photo by Desiree Espada
Dannan Payne, Brittanie Buchanan Olenitzak
Dannan Payne, Brittanie Buchanan Oleniczak Photo by WJNPHOTO
Misty Incontrera, Lindsay Weatherread
Misty Incontrera, Lindsay Weatherread Photo by WJNPHOTO
Betchy Sketch, Dallas Stylemaker 2016 Reveal Party
Betchy Sketch was on hand to do watercolor portraits. Photo by WJNPHOTO
Guests mingling Dallas Stylemaker 2016 Reveal Party
Guests took home swag bags filled with goodies from Plaza at Preston Center retailers. Photo by WJNPHOTO
Jim DiMarino, Jon Hodge
Jim DiMarino, Jon Hodge Photo by WJNPHOTO
Jason Oleniczak, Samurai
Jason Oleniczak, Samurai
Ekaterina Kouznetsova, Michael Dylan
Ekaterina Kouznetsova, Michael Dylan Photo by WJNPHOTO
Society candles, Dallas Stylemaker 2016 Reveal Party
Society was an event partner. Photo by WJNPHOTO
Guest at Dallas Stylemaker 2016 Reveal Party
Benefit touched up makeup. Photo by WJNPHOTO
Jennifer Gilmore, Vanessa Espinoza, Ileana Vela
Jennifer Glimore, Vanessa Espinoza, Ileana Vela Photo by WJNPHOTO
Kristin Woodson, Shane Martin
Kristin Woodson, Shane Martin Photo by WJNPHOTO
Jason Koen, Nancy Koen
Jason Koen, Nancy Koen Photo by WJNPHOTO
Finalists at Dallas Stylemaker 2016 Reveal Party
The 2016 Stylemaker Awards finalists. Photo by WJNPHOTO
Woodford Reserve, Dallas Stylemaker 2016 Reveal Party
Guests tasted samples of Woodford Reserve whiskey. Photo by WJNPHOTO
Michael Butler, Krystal King
Michael Butler, Krystal King Photo by WJNPHOTO
Debra Nelson, Brandon Chase
Debra Nelson, Brandon Chase Photo by Desiree Espada
Holly Quartaro, Jenn Clark Hill, Paulina Pytlak
Holly Quartaro, Jenn Clark Hill, Paulina Pytlak Photo by WJNPHOTO
Cortney Bailey, LaShell Nelson
Chris Hite, Dallas Stylemaker 2016 Reveal Party
Guillermo Tragant, Dallas Stylemaker 2016 Reveal Party
Mark Deuber, Cary Deuber, Dallas Stylemaker 2016 Reveal Party
Brittanie Buchanan Oleniczak, Dallas Stylemaker 2016 Reveal Party
Ekaterina Kouznetsova, Dallas Stylemaker 2016 Reveal Party
Shay Geyer, Dallas Stylemaker 2016 Reveal Party
Lela Orr, Samuel Michalak
Stephanie Hollman, Travis Hollman
Cici Couchot at 2016 Dallas Stylemaker Awards
Kari Woods, James Turner
Willean Guiden, Francesca Hoskins, Beryl Davis
Dannan Payne, Brittanie Buchanan Olenitzak
Misty Incontrera, Lindsay Weatherread
Betchy Sketch, Dallas Stylemaker 2016 Reveal Party
Guests mingling Dallas Stylemaker 2016 Reveal Party
Jim DiMarino, Jon Hodge
Jason Oleniczak, Samurai
Ekaterina Kouznetsova, Michael Dylan
Society candles, Dallas Stylemaker 2016 Reveal Party
Guest at Dallas Stylemaker 2016 Reveal Party
Jennifer Gilmore, Vanessa Espinoza, Ileana Vela
Kristin Woodson, Shane Martin
Jason Koen, Nancy Koen
Finalists at Dallas Stylemaker 2016 Reveal Party
Woodford Reserve, Dallas Stylemaker 2016 Reveal Party
Michael Butler, Krystal King
Debra Nelson, Brandon Chase
Holly Quartaro, Jenn Clark Hill, Paulina Pytlak