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FGI of Dallas Announces 2016 Rising Star Nominees

FGI Dallas Rising Star Award Nominees

The creative industry in Dallas is well-established and has produced fashion industry stars such as Kendra Scott, Lela Rose, Tom Ford and Neiman Marcus’ Ken Downing. Definitely something for young design talent to aspire to. With the Fashion Group International Rising Star Awards approaching, the nominees, all top notch contenders, will duke it out in the areas of fashion, accessories, photography, makeup, interiors and art.

For the fashion category, Smith ll’s Charles Smith ll, designs collections speak to the softness that lies within every strong woman. Also nominated is Ese Azenabor whose show-stopping Ese pieces project glamour and modern day femininity. In addition, Andre Yabin and Luis Nazario are making a name for themselves at Binzario Couture designing romantic and beautiful clothes for the sophisticated woman.

Of course, a great outfit is not complete without the perfect accessories. Allison Mitchell gives life to her line of oversized textured clutches; Jeremy M. Calhoun really knows how to tie one on with his original bowtie designs; and jewelry designer Taylor Miller rounds out the group with her stylish, modern approach.

For the photography award, nominees Cameron

Lee Phan, Kelly Williams, and Jason Fitzgerald each bring their own individuals styles that they hope will click with the judges.

In the area of makeup, Jerrad Trahan can “beat your face” (as they say in the beauty biz) to look like a glam-azon. Fellow makeup artists Joanna Hathcock and Shane Monden are also nominees ready for their brush with greatness.

Interior designers James Turner, Kara Legako, Andrew Gonzales each have impressive portfolios and years of interior design experience, and each will have a chance to win this year’s awards.

The final category for the Rising Star Awards is art. LaToya Jones, Jo Jo Herda, Shawn Saumell all wield a mean paintbrush, and each hope to take home the prize in this category.

Dallas’ most notable young talents will be celebrated on Tuesday, March 8 at 6:00 pm at Galleria Dallas during the Rising Stars event. Galleria Dallas will set the stage for a seated runway show produced by the legendary Jan Strimple, featuring retailers from Galleria Dallas. FGI of Dallas members will choose the winner from each category. Voting begins February 2 and runs through February 12. To join, FGI of Dallas, go to www.fgi.org/dallas.

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