Who are the most stylish people in Dallas? Vote now for the first-ever Stylemakers.
This fall, CultureMap and the Plaza at Preston Center will celebrate Dallas’ most fashionable trendsetters in our inaugural Stylemaker Awards. You know the type: the women and men for whom style comes naturally, who can effortlessly throw together the most fabulous ensemble for any occasion.
We solicited nominations from our readers, and then a panel of judges — CultureMap editor-in-chief Jennifer Chininis and associate editor Diana Oates, Oh So Cynthia’s Cynthia Smoot, lady-about-town Yvonne Crum, FLUENT’s Jackson, and longtime local stylist and fashion writer Stephanie Quadri — selected the top 12 nominees to move into the voting round.
For a week and a half you voted for your favorite Stylemaker. From those votes, we have narrowed it down to our six finalists.
Help us determine our readers’ choice winner from these six. Vote for your favorite once a day, every day, until October 13.
Then join us on October 15 for the Stylemaker Awards announcement party at Tootsies in the Plaza at Preston Center. The six finalists will put their style skills to use by pulling together looks to showcase at a fashion show. Based on these looks, our judges will select the editors’ choice winner.
Both the readers’ choice and editors’ choice winners will be revealed at the party, while attendees enjoy bites, cocktails and the fashion show. Winners receive a Plaza at Preston Center shopping spree and their very own styled feature in a Plaza ad campaign.
There’s only room for 300 of our closets friends, so claim your spot to the Stylemakers announcement party now.
Occupation: Founder, Need
Why Matt deserves to be a Stylemaker: The London native knew he was onto something when he started Need: Offer a small collection of hard-to-find goods online and make it easy and enjoyable for men to shop for them. Then along came customers, investors and a partnership with New York Fashion Week’s Men’s Day. Says his nominator, “He’s helped show that Dallas is as important a fashion center as New York and Los Angeles.”
Occupation: Studio proprietor, Design Within Reach
Why David deserves to be a Stylemaker: Not only can this guy dress a room, but he can also dress himself — and inspire the other gentlemen around him to take it up a notch. As much we love the bow tie he’s sporting, his best accessory has to be his smile. And he makes looking and living on-trend seem effortless.
Occupation: Partner, Ascot + Hart
Why Jenny deserves to be a Stylemaker: The Polyphonic Spree chanteuse now has a style maven’s dream job, running her own clothing line, Ascot + Hart, with her best friend, which they launched last November. She has always marched to the beat of her own fashion drum, which is not always easy to do in Dallas.
Occupation: Founder, Mizzen+Main
Why Kevin deserves to be a Stylemaker: He was just trying to solve a common menswear problem: a comfortable, well-fitting, washable dress shirt that wouldn’t get drenched with sweat in the heat. The apparel industry told him he was crazy, but now his Mizzen+Main makes dress shirts and way more out of a moisture-wicking, washable, wrinkle-free material that has everyone — from athletes to executives — talking.
Occupation: Owner, Era Salon
Why Maleiah deserves to be a Stylemaker: She looks fabulous wherever she goes, even while she’s styling clients in her equally fabulous salon. She can also pull off almost any look, from fun and funky to perfectly coiffed. According to her nominator, “She inspires us all to be a little more glamorous.”
Occupation: Realtor, Dave Perry-Miller & Associates
Why Melissa deserves to be a Stylemaker: Her style withstands the test of time, which makes sense because she spent years as an executive at both Chanel and Dior. Says her nominator, “Melissa has been a style maven her entire life. She creates a sophisticated, polished look while staying fun and on-trend.”