Hosted by style star and TNTD board member Jackson, the event showcased contestants’ work before an intimate crowd. Each presented a single look via platform modeling, with gowns, jewelry, and sportswear represented.
In recent years, Texas Next Top Designer has become a leading tool for local design hopefuls.
This group of finalists will endure a rigorous judging process, and rewards include not just a title, but also financial backing to launch a brand. Following this announcement night, in coming months judging will take place in preparation for an upcoming final event.
Among the designers presented were a few names familiar to the DFW style scene, as well
as a crop of newcomers. Today we feature a few who caught our eye.
Chelsea Stumo of Ruby Britt: Stumo comes to Dallas by way of Minnesota, presenting a collection of ladylike looks with contemporary twists.
Hanh Dang of Lucy Dang: This Dallas native’s work is feminine, including keepsake pieces that highlight the wearer’s own beauty.
Ruqaiyah Johnson of Ruby Charles: Johnson’s line takes its name from her late grandmother, featuring both bridal and ready-to-wear collections.
Alexis Lantz: No stranger to competition, Lantz is a former Miss Texas contestant.
She brings the glamour of pageant dresses to her bridal line.
James Martinez of Barron & J.: A familiar name in Dallas fashion circles, Martinez’s detailed works have turned the heads of many locals, blending both modern and vintage elements.
Whitney Bracey of Mahogany Blues: Designing a clothing line for fashion risk-takers, Bracey lends a bit of edge to the competition.
Charmaine Marshall: A returning TNTD competitor, Marshall finished in the top ten in the last cycle. A jewelry designer with an extensive background in the field, her use of color and unique placement of stones are hallmarks.
Sheila Hamilton of LHP: Youthful and vibrant, Hamilton’s neon graffiti piece was a crowd pleaser at this event.
Leen Borno of LULU K: This Palestine native made a name for herself in Lubbock, and now brings her unique jewelry to Dallas. Middle Eastern-inspired pieces caught our attention via detailed metal work and delicate features to soften the edges.
Kamit Apparel: Another returning contender, this local line focuses on active wear.
TNTD will continue next year. As more events are planned and the judging process plays out, DFW Style Daily will keep you updated.