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July 08, 2011 - Stylish Soiree Previews Oct. 8 "Rising Star Runway Gala"

What: Poolside reception and preview of 6th biennial Rising Star Runway Gala (to be held Oct. 8), with introduction of semifinal designers vying for one of nine spots in the runway show this fall

Where: Private residence in Cherry Hills Village

When: Friday, July 8, 2011

Time: 6:30-8pm

Beneficiary: Fashion Group International scholarships and educational outreach programs

Co-Chair(s): Carol Engel-Enright, Nathalia Faribault, Tommy Collier

Libations: Bubbles Liquor World

Catering: Occasions by Sandy

Sponsors: Occasions by Sandy, Image Audiovisuals, Smirnoff Ice, Ergun Tercan European Salon, PCA Management, Bubbles Liquor World, Peepers Optical, VitaminWater Uncapped

Menu: Light summer beverages and hors d'oeuvres: Margarita tuna crisp, Asian peapod shrimp, Moroccan-spiced beef tenderloin spoon, coconut-crusted chicken served with roasted red-pepper-and-pineapple dipping sauce, and yellow-pepper soup sip

Attendance: 75 to 100

Attire: Chic and creative summerwear

Information: and

Event Coordinator: Scottie Taylor Iverson

Board of Directors: Scottie Taylor Iverson, Regional Director; Carol Engel-Enright, Regional Director-Elect, Davene Coutts, Treasurer; Lynita Haber, Treasurer-Elect, Jenny Baker-Strasburg, Secretary; Nathalia Faribault, Program Chair; Jan Top, Program Chair; Linda Bowen Scott, Membership Chair; Sharlene Douthit, Membership Chair; Lauren Vitalie, Membership Liaison; Lisa Elstun, Strategic Planning; Tommy Collier, Graphics; Rosalind Grenfell, Education Chair; Dr. Terry Yan, Public Relations; Peggy Ziglin, Promotions

Steering Committee: Scottie Taylor Iverson, Tommy Collier, Carol Engel-Enright, Nathalia Faribault, Cynthia Petrus, Jenny Baker Strasburg, Dora Enright, Holli Gibson, Lisa Elstun, Richard White, Linda Bowen Scott, Stephanie Ohnmacht (a 2009 Rising Star finalist) and Steve Replin

Blacktie Photos by: Lisa Perry

 These semifinal designers find out if they will be part of the 2011 Rising Star Runway Gala (Oct. 8) at the end of July.
These semifinal designers find out if they will be part of the 2011 Rising Star Runway Gala (Oct. 8) at the end of July.

With style and spirit, Denver fashionistas gathered for a summer soiree at a private residence in Cherry Hills Village on Friday, July 9, to preview this fall’s 2011 Rising Star Runway Gala. Designed to honor emerging area designers, the biennial “Project Runway meets the Academy Awards” affair is the signature event of Fashion Group International of Denver. The 2011 edition is scheduled for Saturday, Oct. 8 at the RedLine Gallery in downtown Denver, and finalists to be featured on the runway this fall will be announced at the end of July. The 2009 winner was Holli Gibson, designer for Lamanblu, a children’s wear line.

Guests at the poolside reception had the opportunity to meet and mingle with this year’s group of semifinalist designers—many wearing their own apparel and accessory creations. A few lucky attendees won entertainment-themed prizes, from wine to concert tickets. While weather conditions ranged from pleasant and sunny to some thunder and a few raindrops, the entire event was marked with anticipation and enthusiasm for this fall's Rising Star gala. As if by cue, the evening was capped by an always-fashionable double-rainbow.

Co-chairs for the Rising Star gala—Nathalia Faribault, Carol Engel-Enright and Tommy Collier—and FGI Regional Director Scottie Taylor Iverson were all on hand to introduce the designers and greet guests. In a written statement, Faribault says, “We are thrilled with the response to our ‘Call for Entries’ and quality and diversity of applicants. This is an opportunity to recognize talent in Colorado and the business of fashion.” Proceeds benefit FGI fashion scholarships and educational outreach programs.

This year’s Rising Star event promises a red-carpet atmosphere. Says Engel-Enright, “There will be star attractions and a VIP lounge for sponsors. New this year is a philanthropic partnership with The Gathering Place and Brandon Center. A portion of proceeds will be donated to these two charities, in addition to contributing to our own industry.” Businesses and individuals still have the chance to sponsor one or more of the gala's nine runway designers for $1,000. Contact Nathalia Faribault at  or 303-697-1299; or program co-chair Jan Top at or 303-771-9729.

FGI is a global nonprofit organization of fashion industry professionals who connect, create and move the fashion industries: apparel, accessories, beauty and home. The first nonprofit fashion organization became a force in New York City, the organization’s headquarters, in 1930 and now boasts 5,000 members worldwide. Helena Rubenstein, Eleanor Roosevelt and Edith Head are among those responsible for FGI’s founding. Fashion Group International of Denver celebrated its 50th anniversary in 2008 and won back-to-back international awards at the last two FGI conferences: in 2010 for the 2009 Rising Star runway gala, and in 2011 for membership. For more information, visit

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