id you know that Dallas hosts the largest fashion and
lifestyle career event in the country? Probably not! For
40 years Fashion Group International of Dallas’s Career
More than 1,200 students apply to participate in Career Day
each year, hopeful that they will receive some kind of funding, a
scholarship, or recognition for a job offer. Think of this as your
own local Project Runway minus the TV crew. And, where there is
yin, there is invariably yang. Career Day relies on funding from
the Fashion & Lifestyle Awards Night of Stars gala presented by
Fashion Group International of Dallas each November.
In October, Fashion Group International of Dallas announced honorees for the 2012 Fashion & Lifestyle Awards
Night of Stars, chaired by yours truly and my debonair partner
in crime Chuck Steelman on November 16. FGI will recognize
Rising Stars and Career Achievements and debut the Shelly Musselman Design Award.
Last year FGI honored the late Shelly Musselman with a Lifetime Achievement Award in Fashion Design. In partnership with
Brian Bolke, co-founder of Forty Five Ten, the Musselman family graciously decided to donate a $10,000 fund in her name to
one lucky student. Cassie Bumpous, an aspiring fashion designer
who will soon graduate from the University of North Texas with
a BFA in Fashion Design, was chosen. “Cassie immediately appealed to us with her very clear point of view, love of prints,
and skills with knits. She is also charming, funny, and grounded.
She really has the whole package. I think she will make it far in
this industry,” Bolke says. The award includes a mentorship with
Bolke. Cassie will showcase a capsule collection during the gala
(sponsored by Forty Five Ten).
Each year the board selects and votes on emerging talent and
successful business from fashion and lifestyle industries within
the community. So, who are this year’s nominees?
The Rising Star Awards go to: Nha Khanh Ngyuen, Nha
Khanh for Fashion Design. Khanh has garnered recent red carpet attention with celebrities such as Brooklyn Decker and Jeannie Mai wearing her gowns. Bret Slater for Fine Art. Everyone
in Dallas with an enthusiasm for contemporary art has already
heard about this recent SMU grad. His almost-sold-out body of
work, courtesy of Marty Walker Gallery and his Belgian dealer
Elaine Levy, was further depleted when the Dallas Museum of
Art recently acquired one of his pieces. Beth Dotolo and
Carolina Gentry of Pulp Design Studios for Interior Design.
Churning out designs that are chic, contemporary, and bursting with energy, this dynamic duo is just getting started. Angela
Scott of The Office of Angela Scott for Accessories. Scott
has not only sourced skilled artisans to hand-carve her collections, she has imbued the very essence into her brand mantra.
“Shoes are a form of creative expression,” proclaims Scott. “I
love the confidence that shoes can give a woman.” Find Angela’s
creations at her recently opened boutique in Victory Park and at
largest shoe department in Manhattan—Saks 10022-Shoe on the
eight floor. Alex Remington for Fine Art Photography. Remington gave up his career in commercial real estate to pursue his
passion, establishing Alex Remington Photography in 2006. His
most recent body of work features a night series of landscapes
Dress from the Holiday 2012 Nha Khanh Collection available at Stanley Korshak.