Who’s the most stylish in Dallas? Now’s the time to vote.
Who are the most stylish men and women in Dallas? We want to find out. We have teamed up again with the Plaza at Preston Center to present the third annual CultureMap Stylemaker Awards.
To get things going, we have asked you, our dedicated readers, to nominate those you consider to be our city’s style referees. Then we called a jury – including you and the editor-in-chief of CultureMap, Jennifer Chininis, the 2015 readers’ choice winner, Javier Burkle, the 2015 editorial winner, Nancy Koen, and the 2015 finalist, Julian Leaver – for the pool to be limited to 12 deserved semi-finalists.
It was not an easy task, but after carefully examining each candidate, we present a list of men and women who represent not only a variety of styles but a variety of industries as well. Some have influenced the fashion business; others have simply been impressed with their ability to make a fashion statement in all circumstances.
Take a look at this list, then cast your vote. You can vote once a day until September 23 at 11:59 p.m. The top six voters will advance to the final round on October 4th to determine the winner of the readers’ poll. This person will be honored along with the editorial winner at the Stylemaker Awards Party on October 20th.
Your invitation to the party is coming soon; In the meantime, you can see how the celebration has played out over the past year.
Meet the Stylemaker semi-finalists (listed in alphabetical order by last name), then vote for your favorite:
Name: Jerrod Ballard
Occupation: Group / Room Coordinator, Westin Dallas Downtown
Why Jerrod deserves to be a stylemaker: Jerrod is not afraid to take risks that the average man would not normally take. He became passionate about fashion during his college years and eventually started playing around with patterns, prints and textures. His signature style was born.
Name: Mark Deuber
Occupation: plastic surgeon
Why Mark deserves to be a stylemaker: Mark’s style embodies a casual elegance. Married to Cary Deuber of the Real Housewives of Dallas – whom he shops for – he loves beautiful things, including fine clothing, Italian wool, suede shoes, and everything Brunello Cucinelli has to offer.
Surname: Ellen Flowers
Occupation: Blogger, the perennial style
Instagram: @ theperennialstyle
Why Ellen deserves to be a stylemaker: Not only has Ellen traveled the world photographing amazing pieces in unique settings, but she is also known in the Dallas fashion scene. For her trendy, feminine style, she combines luxury items with accessible pieces, making it suitable for all budgets.
Surname: Angelee Fortuna
Occupation: Senior Account Consultant, Reward Style; Co-founder of His + Her
Why Angelee deserves to be a stylemaker: In a sea of fashionable Dallas women, Angelee stands out. Your nominator says: “The clothes don’t make the (where) man, the (where) man makes the clothes.” She runs His + Her together with her husband Eddie Fortuna, who has been a stylemaker semi-finalist himself since 2014. Together they share views on fashion trends and their Dallas lifestyle.
Surname: Shay Geyer
Occupation: Owner and designer of IBB Design Fine Furnishings
Why Shay deserves to be a stylemaker: Shay, one of Dallas’s top interior designers, believes the right accessories can take an ensemble to a whole new level. The design expert for Good Morning Texas and Social Butterfly loves color and a classic aesthetic and carefully works on accessories for her wardrobe.
Surname: Chris Hite
Occupation: Stylist and Senior Managing Partner, J. Hilburn
Why Chris deserves to be a stylemaker: Whether interior, fashion or entertainment, Chris always has a different view of traditional elements. His style is classic with a versatile bias. He dresses sharply, but never stuffy or buttoned up. After more than a decade with Neiman Marcus, he is now one of J. Hilburn’s foremost personal stylists.
Surname: Misty Burns Incontrera
Occupation: Jewelry designer and co-founder B. Stellar
Website: B. Stellar
Why Misty deserves to be a stylemaker: During her career in retail store development and marketing, Misty was involved in jewelry design and painting. In 2013 she launched the B. Stellar jewelry line with 2016 stylemaker Nancy Koen. Misty can predict trends before they happen, and she picks outfits based on mood, though there is always an element of art or muse inspiration.
Name: Ekaterina Kouznetsova
Occupation: Entrepreneur; Founder, our new monarch
Why Ekaterina deserves to be a stylemaker: This Moscow born Dallasite is a modern day Audrey Hepburn. She has an amazing eye for mixing vintage with modern pieces, which makes her style quirky, fun, and whimsical and sets her apart from others in her industry.
Surname: Brittanie Buchanan Oleniczak
Occupation: Media Sales Director, Southwest Carol Orr & Co.
Why Brittanie deserves to be a stylemaker: Brittanie loves fashion as much as a good cocktail (which is a lot), and her marketing and advertising career began in fashion at one of the largest modeling agencies in the world. In addition to her daily work, she was creative and marketing director on the board of trustees of DIFFA / Dallas for five years, developing and launching House of DIFFA’s fabulous brand and creative campaigns.
Name: Quinn Risdall
Occupation: Senior Art Director Mary Kay
Instagram: @ Quinnrisdall
Why Quinn deserves to be a stylemaker: Quinn’s style can only be described as “girly prep on acid” with an emphasis on the color pink. She has always been interested in fashion but really got into it when she started working and traveling more regularly. She met with photographers and stylists who inspired her and helped her understand what style really is.
Name: Al Tidwell
Occupation: Makeup artist and model
Website: Kim Dawson Agency
Why Al deserves to be a stylemaker: Al has made a 25 year career as a makeup artist to model. Recently featured as Captain Ahab in the Dallas Opera ad campaign, his amazing “mature hippie” vibe and long gray hair make him stand out, even when wearing flip flops and love pearls. He inspired a hashtag #altidwellsightings years before succumbing to social media.
Name: Guillermo tragacanth
Occupation: Creative Director / Director, Richards Lerma
Instagram: @ Guilletragant
Why Guillermo deserves to be a stylemaker: Guillermo is a Renaissance man – designer, artist, entrepreneur – born in Argentina to an Italian family. As a designer, he has worked with brands like Levis, Nike and Benetton, as well as with artists like Shakira. His bold, elegant style is representative of today’s global man.