As Co-Chair for the Fashion Group International of Dallas Fashion & Lifestyle Awards “Night of Stars,” for the second year, of course, I am going to talk about what an amazing event this is. The Fashion & Lifestyle Award gala is the only event in Dallas that recognises both local businesses and supports education and talent in Dallas, within fashion and lifestyle industries. So, if you’re not familiar with FGI, Career Day or the Fashion & Lifestyle Awards—then let me share.

Fashion Group International of Dallas hosts Career Day every year and this year signified the inaugural selection for the winner of the Shelly Musselman Fashion Design Award. In April five fashion students: Mfon Ogbonna from Houston Community College; Cassandra Bumpous, from University of North Texas; Kim Pham, from University of North Texas; Bao Tran, from University of North Texas; and Katrina Raz, from University of Texas at Austin, were selected by Brian Bolke, co-founder of the boutique Forty Five Ten to participate in the final selection for this very generous award.

FGI Career Day Shelly Musselman Fashion Award Nominees

Katrina Alexis Raz, Mfon Ogbonna, and Cassandra Bumpous with Brian Bolke.

The lucky winner will be announced during the Fashion & Lifestyle Awards “Night of Stars” gala in November, and will receive the $10,000 Shelly Musselman Fashion Design Award, mentorship from Mr Bolke, and will produce a capsule collection sponsored by Forty Five Ten, that will be featured on the runway during the event.  Now if that doesn’t get you all excited to attend the event, then you’re reading the wrong blog.


FGI Dallas, Fashion & Lifestyle Awards, Night of Stars, Co-Chairs, Maxine Trowbridge and Chuck Steelman

Me with Chuck Steelman

My partner in crime, as Co-Chair, the fabulous Chuck Steelman, Chuck also assisted me with the Sprinkles Cupcake War back in January. So, Chuck and I, have already been super busy, planning and organising for the November event, and we are thrilled that NorthPark Center is our Icon Sponsor, and the lovely Victoria Snee will host the evening as Emcee.

The philanthropic coterie of Fashion Police who have kindly donated to this event, participated in a fashion shoot this week wearing stylish wares from boutiques and stores in NorthPark Center. The fashion spread will appear in Patron Magazine in the next issue out in August. So if, you want to know who made the cut for the 2012 Fashion Police, then make sure to grab a copy.

Calendar time, so make a note, and save these dates: Wednesday, October 3rd, we will announce the 2012 Honorees for the Fashion & Lifestyle Awards. Announcement Kick-Off Chairs Bri Crum and Alison Volk will host FGI Members, sponsors, honorees and Fashion Police at the Hilton Anatole Gossip Bar, stay tuned for more details. (This is an FGI Dallas, member’s only event, so if you’re not a member, then you had best join soon, and support your fashion community.)

The main event: The 2012 Fashion & Lifestyle Awards “Night of Stars” will be held on Friday, November 16th at the Trade Pavilion, Dallas Market Center. Ticket and sponsorship details are available at the FGI Dallas website.

Hope to see you in November! xoxo.