FGI DC Honors ‘Rising Stars’ of Fashion

Angelica Huesca and Maggy Francois

DC fashion “Rising Stars” shined bright Tuesday evening at Fabio Trabocchi’s Casa Luca, as the local chapter of Fashion Group International (FGI)  hosted its inaugural awards event to honor Washington, DC’s emerging talent.   Overflowing with city style setters and tastemakers, it was a chance for DC to toast its own rise in the ranks of the fashion industry, emceed by NBC4 Anchor Eun Yang.

Carl Ray with Ambyr

Rising Stars, nominated by the FGIDC board and members, were honored in the categories of Women’s Ready-to-Wear, Men’s Ready-to-Wear, Fine Jewelry and Accessories, Beauty Entrepreneur, Fashion Photography, Home and Interior Design, Media, and Fashion Stylist.  As has been done with the national group’s Rising Stars awards for some 17 years, this first local event identified emerging talents with creativity and vision.  Joseph Altuzzara and Jennifer Fleiss & Jennifer Hyman for Rent the Runway are just a few Rising Stars honored by FGI before they became fashion “it” brands.

Ariella Toloza with Joel Cas

Presented by notable names like Theo Adamstein (Founder of FotoDC), Carl Ray (Make Up Artist to the First Lady), and Lynda Erkeletian (Founder of T.H.E. Artist Agency), the following 2014 Rising Star winners made tears in the audience a trend as they offered moving acceptance speeches, basked in the wonderment of their win, and maybe even did a little dancing:

 Rising Star 2014 Winners


Camille Gabriele,  Camille Gabriele Designs


JoElle Lee, JoElle Skin Care

Interior Design

William McGovern, McGovern Design Studio


Sophie Blake, Sophie Blake NY

New Media

All Things Fashion DC


Pranov Vora & Philip Soriano, Hugh & Crye


Violetta Markelou, VM Photography


Ariella Toloza, Ariella Faith


Tashia Senn, Tashia Senn Design