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Kick Start Cykochik: Artist Series 3:10 Year Anniversary Collection

Nikki Duong Koenig, founder of Dallas-based handbag and accessories brand Cykochik designs socially responsible products, using eco and animal-friendly materials such as vegan leather, and is a proud member of PETA. A cool chick with a good, honest ideology—now why wouldn’t you want to support that?

Cykochick Red Tote.

Cykochick Red Tote.

Koenig launched Cykochik, in 2003 when she created handmade bags from her SMU dorm room.  Since then she has collaborated with local artists, artisans and art patrons merging accessory design with art.

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Victoria Beckham Secret Presentation in Dallas

A secret invitation to attend a secret spring presentation is most certainly a RSVP not to turn down, especially when it means basking in the glory of Victoria Beckham. Last month, I smiled with glee as I read the invitation, Victoria in Dallas, fancy that, presenting her sumptuous Spring 2013 collection at the Neiman Marcus downtown store—of course.

You are more likely to acquire a ticket to the moon than getting an invitation to see the show during New York Fashion Week, so an exclusive appearance in Dallas with a limited guest list was simply heart palpitating.

 

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Fashion Group International of Dallas: Fashion & Lifestyle Awards ‘Night of Stars’ Shine

This is almost my last ‘must-do’ item on my FGI checklist, only two weeks after the event.  After a year of planning, I can finally relinquish my responsibilities as co-chair for the Fashion and Lifestyle Awards ‘Night of Stars’ gala and reminisce on the extraordinary evening of November 16 at the Dallas Market Center Trade Pavilion.

Lela Rose, Chuck Steelman and Maxine Trowbridge

Lela Rose, Chuck Steelman and Maxine Trowbridge

My co-chair Chuck Steelman, decked out in bright red velvet skinny pants, looked impeccable as my partner in crime—and I wore a delicious red lace gown by honoree Nha Khanh. Our emcee for the evening Victoria Snee, endearingly proclaimed the evening as the “Chuck and Max Show.”

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Nha Khanh Honored as Rising Star in Fashion Design by FGI Dallas

Khanh loves Dallas—with great resources located right here; Khanh has no desire to move her studio to New York City. With sales, marketing and a PR team driving the brand in the big apple, celebrities, buyers and magazine editors are taking note of this Rising Star from Dallas.  Khanh focuses on the design and production from Dallas, and with evident success over the last two years, it’s only natural that the FGI Dallas board voted unanimously, for Nha Khanh to be the Rising Star in Fashion Design—amidst many worthy designers that this city nurtures.

Nha Khanh Spring 2013 Collection

Nha Khanh Spring 2013 Collection

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Carolina Herrera Spring Presentation with Town & Country

Who knew that over sixty guests could elegantly mingle, and partake in an exclusive fashion presentation of the 2013 Spring / Summer collection, and dine at a seated lunch inside the sleek, petite, Carolina Herrera boutique at Highland Park Village.

Last month in partnership with the Dallas Contemporary and Town & Country Magazine, I hosted this artistic luncheon, alongside my co-host and triple-threat friend, Broadway actress Catherine Carpenter Cox. We hoped to entertain about fifty ladies, but with over sixty RSVPs, the chic brown-toned store, transformed into a decidedly incandescent lunch banquet fit for a princess—pun-intended.

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It’s No Secret, It’s Lela Rose

It’s hard to keep a secret, but for the FGI Dallas, Fashion & Lifestyle Awards ‘Night of Stars’ Gala that I am co-chairing with Chuck Steelman in November, there are so many exciting things to share—we had to let one secret out.

Usually, all the honorees are announced during the Announcement Party—this year the event will be held on October 3rd at the Hilton Anatole, so stay tuned for more details for this event.  In the meantime, FGI Dallas wanted to share the exciting news about the honoree for the 2012 Career Achievement in Fashion—Lela Rose!

In February, I witnessed the Fall 2012 collection elegantly glide down the runway at New York Fashion Week, read my blog post here: Calatrava Inspired.  So I am thrilled to announce that FGI Dallas will honor Lela Rose with this award.

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