Joshua Farmer (left), Wayne Brant, Ashley Tidrick, and Scott Koogle enjoying the cocktail party

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.