The challenge—to reinvent the iconic, classic, little black dress, and the winners: five lucky students. The House of Blues, set a stylish tone on Wednesday, May 22nd as LBDD founder Jeff Shell and his team produced the Dallas edition of Texas’ largest fashion design competition—Little Black Dress Designer. 

LBDD Founder: Jeff Shell.

LBDD Founder: Jeff Shell.

Presented by Audi, the evening commenced with a well-edited short film showcased on the backdrop of the runway, that featured students, judges and the selection process of choosing five lucky winners from the ten students that participated—filmed at Hotel Adolphus on April 8.

The judges included Amy Adams from PaperCity Magazine, Rachael Adams CultureMap Dallas, my fave Nadia Dabbakeh Modern Luxury Dallas, the one and only Jackson of Fluent, stylist Justin GhirardiNerissa Heplenstill from Tootsies, John Johnson, Stanley Korshak’s busy bee Bret McKinney, designer Neil Marek, the talented Khanh Nguyen of Kha Khanh, sassy stylistStephanie Quadri, designer Robbie Richard and the lovely Marjon Zabihi from Neiman Marcus. Most all attended the event that evening.

Winner: Andre Redar – Houston Community College.

Winner: Andre Redar – Houston Community College.

Designer, Jose Castellanos.

Designer, Jose Castellanos.

Designer, Jose Reyes.

Designer, Jose Reyes.

The short film was followed by a fashion show with models from the Kim Dawson Agency, ending with the announcement of the lucky winners, who were: winner Andre Redar from Houston Community College, 2nd Kim Pham from the University of North Texas (also a winner at FGI Career Day), 3rd Christine Bullard also from University of North Texas, 4th Cheryl Vick from the Art Institute Houston and in 5th place, Kesia Knowles from Wade College. These five lucky students received $30,000 in scholarships.

Jeff Shell, and Kim Dawson Models.

Jeff Shell, and Kim Dawson Models.

Thanks to sponsors Audi, Neiman Marcus, Tootsies, Saks Fifth Avenue and Charming Charlie, with support from House of Blues, the Kim Dawson Agency, Fashion Group International of Dallas and Wade College.

My two favourite designs didn’t even make the final cut, (oh yeah, I’m only a fashion design graduate from the London College of Fashion, so what do I know, LOL), but it seems that I was all about the Jose’s! For more details, visit Little Black Dress.