FGI DALLAS: 2018 Rising Star Awards

 2017 womenswear winner Ezé Azénabor and this years winner for Womenswear, Vinny Etienne of Levenity.

2017 womenswear winner Ezé Azénabor and this years winner for Womenswear, Vinny Etienne of Levenity.

Last week Fashion Group International: Dallas hosted their annual Rising Star Awards.  FGI Dallas, the largest chapter outside New York City, is part of Fashion Group International, a global, non-profit organization with more than 6,000 members representing all areas of the fashion industry.  Every year FGI Dallas selects the best of the best from the Dallas metroplex in the areas of womenwear, menswear, beauty, photography, art and fashion blogging.  Held at 7 for Parties and produced by FGI Dallas stalwart Jan Stimple, this years event was especially exciting.

In attendance was former winner Nha Khanh, designer Charles Smith, Rhonda Sargent ChambersStephanie Moore and singer Hanna who gave a special runway performance.  Last years winner for womenswear Esé Azénabor was on hand to present this years womenswear award to Vinny Etienne of Levenity who has been featured in WWD, Vogue and seen on celebs like Angela Simmons, Michelle Williams of Destiny's Child and Cardi B.  

This years winners also include: Aaron Fairooz for photgraphy,  Lindsey Meyer for art,  Jason Simmons for menswear,  Amber Lafrance for fashion blogger and Jo Franco for beauty.

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Models backstage in Neo Bantu.

 Tor Matthey, Stephanie Moore, this years beauty winner Jo Franco and Samantha Jane.

Tor Matthey, Stephanie Moore, this years beauty winner Jo Franco and Samantha Jane.

 Designers Nha Khanh, and Charles Smith.

Designers Nha Khanh, and Charles Smith.