Chicago Events. The 6th Annual Rising Stars Awarded By FGI Chicago

Chicago Magazine Rising Stars 09-16-09 Photos by Steve Starr 113 From left: Jessa Brinkmeyer, Richard Gamble, Chicago Magazine Publisher, Lisa Kingsley, Lynne Bredfeldt, Abigail Glaum-Lathbury and Patrizio Fradiani

Fashion Group International, Inc. held The 6th Annual Rising Star Awards in Chicago on September 16th. The posh event was held at the James Hotel and was sponsored by Bebe, Chicago Magazine and 360 Vodka. The Rising Star Awards honor the vision and sense of purpose of designers of apparel, accessories, beauty, interiors, public relations and retail. Candidates are nominated for their innovation, creativity and accomplishments. This event focused on "what's next, what's happening and who will change the set style and lead the way in design."

Chicago Magazine Rising Stars 09-16-09 Photos by Steve Starr 104 Rising Star for Accessories – Lisa Kingsley of Kingsley Handbags

Lisa Kingsley from Kingsley Handbags won in the Accessories category, her leather handbags are handcrafted and show an independent thought in each design. When accepting her award Lisa told the audience that in each Kingsley Handbag there is a note inside stating their mission – "our philosophy is in every package" and she hopes to "nourish the people we work with (through her designs)."

Chicago Magazine Rising Stars 09-16-09 Photos by Steve Starr 109Rising Star for Apparel – Abigail Glaum-Lathbury

Abigail Glaum-Lathbury won the Rising Star Award for Apparel. Abigail launched her line in 2005, her clothes are known for their lines, construction and movement, and sometimes invoke the otherworld. You can find her line at p.45 in Bucktown.

Chicago Magazine Rising Stars 09-16-09 Photos by Steve Starr 101 Rising Star in Retail – Jessa Brinkmeyer of Pivot

Chicago Magazine Rising Stars 09-16-09 Photos by Steve Starr 121 Rising Star in Interiors – Patrizio Fradiani of Studio F Design

Other Rising Star Award winners were Robert Patrizi of Halo (for Men) for Beauty; Patrizio Fradiani of Studio F Design, for Interiors; Lynne Bredfeldt of J. Lynne PR, for Public Relations; and Jessa Brinkmeyer of Pivot, for Retail.

Chicago Magazine Rising Stars 09-16-09 Photos by Steve Starr 042 Bob Patrizi, Halo (for Men); Holly Winter, Zapwater; Nick Hansen; Emma Richards; and Christopher Michiels (Interiors nominee)

FGI_Rising Stars_ Votre_Vu Jean Louise Lilly and Barbara Karabas

FGI_Rising Stars_Linda-YU_09-16-099Lynne Bredfeldt (center) with guest (left) and ABC 7's Linda Yu (right)

Chicago Magazine Rising Stars 09-16-09 Photos by Steve Starr 043 Barri Leiner (Chicago magazine) and guest

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Steve Starr 018-1 Kathleen Haines-Finley, Member of FGI Board of Directors

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Hughes N'Cho Allepot (nominee for Interiors) and wife Meghan

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FGI members Kerri Hannen, Stephanie Ambuehl, Heather Van Riper

Chicago Magazine Rising Stars 09-16-09 Photos by Steve Starr 063Julia Failey (Accessory nominee), Holly Winter (Zapwater-PR nominee) and Emma Richards

Chicago Magazine Rising Stars 09-16-09 Photos by Steve Starr 002 Accessory nominee Dana Levy (Dana Rebecca Designs) with model Andi Parsons

Everyone celebrating and looking good!

~Marguerite Durston

Photos: Steve Starr

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