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I recently had the pleasure of attending FGI DC (Fashion Group International) Inaugural Rising Star Awards. The famed group event took place at Casa Luca. Known for their discovery of the newest it girl or guy designer on the scene, FGI has chapters in the main big cities including New York City. Past winners included, but not limited to: Wes Gordon,  Misha Nono, Simon Spurr, and  Joseph  Altuzarra.

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I initially went  to support my talented stylist friend, Ariella Faith (who won in the Stylist category!!) Ariella gave a very touching speech which led me to tears, but furthermore I was happy to support all of my DC fashion peers. It’s  refreshing to see buzz worthy talent in my hometown.

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The event kicked off with cocktails and a music set by DJ Heather Femia, guests mingled and ate before the ceremony presentation.

I could not be happy for the winners and nominees. Congrats to all of the talented winners!

The winners of the 2014 FGI DC Inaugural Rising Star Awards are: Camille Gabriele, JoElle Lee (JoElle Skin Care), William McGovern (McGovern Design Studio), Sophie Blake, Pranov Vora & Philip Soriano (Hugh & Crye), Violetta Markelou (VM Photography), All Things Fashion DC, Ariella Toloza (Ariella Faith) and Tashia Senn.

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Check out more of the categories and nominees here.

Special thanks to the Aba agency.

Thanks to FGI DC board members!This event would not have been possible without the following:  Aba Kwawu, Lauren Rothman, Linda Lee, Carrie Keelty, Katherine Limon, Maurisa Potts, Natasha Bryson, Elaine Mensah, Ashley Arias, Maggy Francois, Marissa Schneider and Nancy Miyahira

– Christine Shepherd