2015 Houston Stylemaker
Stylemakers Bring Out the Pretty People

Everyone's a winner at first CultureMap Stylemaker Awards with fun fab fashion

Everyone's a winner at first Stylemaker Awards with fab fashion

Houston Stylemakers 2015 Holly Alvis and her friends
Holly Alvis and her friends. Photo by Kirsten Gilliam
Houston Stylemakers 2015 Karina Barbieri, Carlos Barbieri
Karina Barbieri, Carlos Barbieri. Photo by Kirsten Gilliam
Houston Stylemakers 2015 Staci Henderson
Staci Henderson. Photo by Kirsten Gilliam
Houston Stylemakers 2015 Valerie Dittner
Valerie Dittner. Photo by Kirsten Gilliam
Houston Stylemakers 2015 Carrie Brandsberg-Dahl, Sverre Brandsberg-Dahl (her husband), Sandra Manela, Sri Yalamanchili
Carrie Brandsberg-Dahl, Sverre Brandsberg-Dahl, Sandra Manela, Sri Yalamanchili. Photo by Kirsten Gilliam
Houston Stylemakers 2015 Maryam Afshari
Maryam Afshari. Photo by Kirsten Gilliam
Houston Stylemakers 2015 Sobi Qazi, Diane Nguyen
Sobi Qazi, Diane Nguyen. Photo by Kirsten Gilliam
Houston Stylemakers 2015 Edward Sanchez, Fady Armanious, John Dascoulias
Edward Sanchez, Fady Armanious, John Dascoulias. Photo by Kirsten Gilliam
Houston Stylemakers 2015 Sophia Olivares, Justin Hellyer, Marissa Garza
Sophia Olivares, Justin Hellyer, Marissa Garza. Photo by Kirsten Gilliam
Houston Stylemakers 2015 Austin Alvis, Neekie Kashani, Holly Alvis, Kathryn Swain
Austin Alvis, Neekie Kashani, Holly Alvis, Kathryn Swain. Photo by Kirsten Gilliam
Houston Stylemakers 2015 Staci Henderson, Quang Henderson
Staci Henderson, Quang Henderson. Photo by Kirsten Gilliam
Houston Stylemakers 2015 Alex Martinez​
Alex Martinez​. Photo by Kirsten Gilliam
Houston Stylemakers 2015 Shonte Byrd, Bryce Kennard, Gabriel Gunn, Ayesha Dumas
Shonte Byrd, Bryce Kennard, Gabriel Gunn, Ayesha Dumas. Photo by Kirsten Gilliam
Houston Stylemakers 2015 Jared Haskie, Josh Robertson
Jared Haskie, Josh Robertson. Photo by Kirsten Gilliam
Houston Stylemakers 2015 Angela Lipsey, Tammie Johnson, Neera Patidar, Amanda Abiassi
Angela Lipsey, Tammie Johnson, Neera Patidar, Amanda Abiassi. Photo by Kirsten Gilliam
Houston Stylemakers 2015 Bryce Kennard and Clifford Pugh
Bryce Kennard and Clifford Pugh. Photo by Kirsten Gilliam
Houston Stylemakers 2015 Holly Alvis and her friends
Houston Stylemakers 2015 Karina Barbieri, Carlos Barbieri
Houston Stylemakers 2015 Staci Henderson
Houston Stylemakers 2015 Valerie Dittner
Houston Stylemakers 2015 Carrie Brandsberg-Dahl, Sverre Brandsberg-Dahl (her husband), Sandra Manela, Sri Yalamanchili
Houston Stylemakers 2015 Maryam Afshari
Houston Stylemakers 2015 Sobi Qazi, Diane Nguyen
Houston Stylemakers 2015 Edward Sanchez, Fady Armanious, John Dascoulias
Houston Stylemakers 2015 Sophia Olivares, Justin Hellyer, Marissa Garza
Houston Stylemakers 2015 Austin Alvis, Neekie Kashani, Holly Alvis, Kathryn Swain
Houston Stylemakers 2015 Staci Henderson, Quang Henderson
Houston Stylemakers 2015 Alex Martinez​
Houston Stylemakers 2015 Shonte Byrd, Bryce Kennard, Gabriel Gunn, Ayesha Dumas
Houston Stylemakers 2015 Jared Haskie, Josh Robertson
Houston Stylemakers 2015 Angela Lipsey, Tammie Johnson, Neera Patidar, Amanda Abiassi
Houston Stylemakers 2015 Bryce Kennard and Clifford Pugh

Everyone went home a winner Wednesday night when CultureMap Houston presented its first annual Stylemaker Awards, following in the elegant footsteps of our sister website CultureMap Dallas.

As many as 200 fashion-oriented guests poured into Tootsies in West Ave to see what look the Stylemaker finalists would wear and which one would take home honors in the People's Choice competition. That would be Karina Barbieri winning the most votes from readers in our online voting and Holly Alvis taking home honors as the judges' choice. 

Tootsies provided gifts for the two winners — an Ashlyn'd sandy box Lucite clutch for Barbieri and for Alvis a Furla mini crossbody bag.

Among the crowd in attendance, Staci Henderson won the loudest applause — a prolonged ovation that moved her to tears.

Also showing off their fashion savvy as they talked to guests about the mannequins they dressed for the occasion were Stylemaker finalists Maryam Afshari, Bryce Kennard, Valerie Dittner, Carrie Brandsberg-Dahl and Alex Martinez. The ladies dressed their mannequins in fashions from Tootsies while the gents dressed male mannequins in the latest men's styles from Tootsies' neighbor, Rye 51 — all showing their unique sense of style. They received $100 gift cards from the retailers.

Tootsies' creative director Fady Armanious welcomed the throng while Clifford Pugh, CultureMap editor, introduced the eight featured finalists as well as semifinalists Fifi Phi, Rekha Muddaraj and Ryan O. Harris, who each received prolonged ovations from the audience.

A whirl of photographers and fashion bloggers added to the energy that was fueled by the sounds of DJ Bizonee and the food and drink from SlimRitas and Corner Table.

The fashionable mix included Chita Johnson, Dr. Neil Badlani, Austin Alvis, Marissa Garza, David Arpin, Carlos Barbieri, Alana Skinner, Quang Henderson, Justin Hellyer, Sverre Brandsberg-Dahl, Sandra Manela, Sri Yalamanchili, Michael Pearce, Dr. Franklin Rose and Diane Nguyen.