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EVENT RECAP: Triangle’s 25 Most Stylish Event 2013


EVENT RECAP: Triangle’s 25 Most Stylish Event 2013

Being nominated by a group of your peers as an influence and leader in your community is definitely a reason to celebrate, and we did just that on Friday, May 31st which marked the 2nd annual Triangle’s 25 Most Stylish People event. The celebration took place at the dynamic American Institute of Architects Center for Architecture and Design (14 E. Peace St. Downtown Raleigh)

AIANC Center for Architecture and Design |

The 25 Most Stylish Event celebrated tastemakers in the fashion, business, entertainment and non-profit industries who are making a real impact in the Triangle.  The 8 week voting period launches in February at STYLE’s 25 MS Opening Nominations Ceremony and runs through April.  85 of the Triangle’s community leaders were nominated with over 500 votes in 2013, setting a record for STYLE Media, LLC.

The event featured a fashion presentation from last year’s 25MS recipient, Kendra Leonard with her private label Kendra Michelle available at The Art of Style boutique, with beauty styling provided by Demetra Angelis of Atomic Salon 2.

Fashion Exhibit: Kendra Michelle by Kendra Leonard | Styling: Demetra Angelis | Photography: Siva Yannapu

Production assistance was provided by Amanda Manares, of Evince Planning|Consulting who partnered with local production supply company A Special Event.  The setting provided for a fashion forward scene, as SPCLGST deejayed while guests enjoyed a photography exhibit by Jason Rizzo of Raleigh Static.  Guests enjoyed an open bar and complimentary hors d’oeuvres provided by NOFO at the Pig, Bia Restaurant, and Dos Taquitos XOCO.

Photography: Siva Yannapu | Beth Mandel

Photography: Raleigh Static, Beth Mandel, Siva Yannapu, Christopher Walt

The highlight of the evening was the introduction by founder and Editor-in-Chief, Bridgette West.  Bridgette encouraged the Triangle to utilize the magazine as a means of connecting the fashion and lifestyle communities, and showcasing the many talents living in the Carolinas.  Bridgette thanked the contributors and Editors of the magazine, and she and Executive Editor, Amanda Manares made the official announcement of the 25 Most Stylish People of 2013.

The STYLE Team takes the stage to announce the 25 Most Stylish of 2013 | Photography: Christopher Walt

The finale was received with applause as the second annual recipients were honored as the Most Stylish in the Triangle. Recipients included Rob Underhill, award winning filmmaker, Robert Kastelic- owner of Outside Raleigh and marketing guru, Valonda Calloway– TV Host NBC’s My Carolina Today, Jean Morisson- rock goddess and lead singer of MorissonPoe, , Omar McCallop– creator/producer of the Carolina Music Awards & Georgia Music Awards, and Elizabeth Stewart– catalyst behind Redress Raleigh eco-friendly fashion incubator. Other recipients of Triangle’s 25 Most Stylish include: Mor Aframian, Lawrence Spivey, Cady Childs, Chelsea McMeekin, Karen Huskins, Natalie Drennen, Tessa Gore, Lal Chand, Clark Hipolito, Nancy Nickel, Kitty Kinnin, Derrick Minor, Jason Rizzo, James Forgey, Howard Eason, Souheil Al Awar, Beth Yerxa, Christine Rosario, and Joey Humphrey.

Carolina STYLE Magazine 25 Most Stylish People of 2013 | Photography: Siva Yannapu


PHOTO ALBUM PHOTOGRAPHY: Beth Mandel & Siva Yannapu



Carolina STYLE Magazine celebrated it’s one year anniversary as a lifestyle publication highlighting fashion and style in the Carolinas while keeping readers abreast of style trends around the world.  STYLE is a sister publication of Charlotte STYLE which has been in production since 2008, and Carolina STYLE currently has an international readership over 120,000 people. The magazine has been invited to cover fashion weeks in the states and abroad, national events like the Oscars, and has provided readers fun and insightful interviews with rising stars and living legends including Oscar de la Renta, Rebecca Minkoff, Isaac Mizrahi, Wendy Williams, Kristin Davis, Rev Run, Christian Siriano, and more.

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