at McNichols Civic Center Building, 144 West Colfax Avenue, Denver, CO 80202 benefiting Fashion Group International (FGI) Denver and Dress for Success at 6 p.m.
The 2013 Rising Star event, the Colorado competition for cutting-edge design, was held at the McNichols Civic Center Building on Friday, September 6, 2013. This competition is Denver’s best fashion event of the year, with an awards gala and runway show presented by The Fashion Group International (FGI). Guests enjoyed cocktails and gourmet street faire food stations while browsing the silent auction items before the awards ceremony. Denise Plante, host of Colorado and Company on KUSA/NBC 9 News, was the evening’s emcee. She introduced the award winner’s in the categories of accessories, women’s ready to wear, active/outdoorwear, bridal/evening, children’s wear, floral/frangrance, interior design, jewelry, men’s ready to wear and retail experience. The runway show provided the opportunity for each of the Rising Star Award winners to showcase their products on the runway.
The beneficiaries of the evening were the participants of Dress for Success Denver, which helps to promote the economic independence of disadvantaged women by providing professional attire and career development support and networking, and FGI’s scholarship and curriculum programs in fashion and related industries. FGI’s goal is to be the pre-eminent authority on the business of fashion and design, and help its members become more effective in their careers. The organization provides insights on major trends in person, online and in print, plus access to business professionals as a gateway to the influence fashion plays in the marketplace. The Fashion Group International was founded in 1930, spearheaded by Vogue Editor-in-Chief Edna Woolman Chase, and the Denver chapter was created in 1958.
The 2013 Rising Star event was held on Friday, September 6th at the McNichols Building in downtown Denver.
Doug Stewart with Pam Kelker, owner of Castles Interiors, one of the designers honored at the 2013 Rising Stars event.
Mike Bernal (left), Denise Staab and Madalyne Staab enjoyed the cocktail hour
Jass Hunter, left, with Brooke Rosa
Tasty tidbits were served up American style at this food station, including savory turkey meatballs, southwest gazpacho, twice baked potato and petite seafood cake
Pete Macri with Laurel Cunningham
Emma Bradley (left) and Brooke Norman
Chelsea Magness (left) and Betsy Marr enjoyed browsing the silent auction during the cocktail hour
Stephanie Bowles (left) with Andrea Meldrum and Alexa Minter
Courtney Parker (left) with Daria Marchenko and Caleb Tillapaugh, all of Goldyn
Sophia and Risa Friskey (left) with Patti Shyne
Tiffany Chin (left), Jessica Kivisto and Allison Drucker
Sarah Reed (left) with Sarah and Chris Gregori
Gardenia Martinez (left), Diane Gaston and Heather Wyles
Jessica Bossert (left) and Chelsea Solow made a fashion statement in little black dresses
The 2013 Rising Star event was presented by The Fashion Group International of Denver. Inc.
Kate Hinojosa (left) with Michelle Staub
Cyndy Everett and fiancé Tom Marsh enjoyed cocktails, stations with ‘street food’ and browsing the silent auction
Karen Moore (left) with Marjorie Lavin and Trinna Tressler, Chairman of the Board of Dress for Success
Emily Bernier (left) and Khristian Gilham
Kiah Anderson (left), Brian Guiducci, Courtney Pugh and Madison Meagher