One award will be presented to one winning team in each of the following categories. A single team is unable to win multiple awards.
- Haute Couture
- Best Performance
- Best Use of Materials
- Best Interpretation of Theme
- Best Red Carpet Look
- Audience Favorite
Pre-judging will occur backstage, prior to the commencement of the runway show. This will be an opportunity for each design team to present its garment and concept. The judges will have a chance to see the garments up close, touch the materials, check the craftsmanship details and ask questions to the design team members. This will happen between 5:00 and 7:00 pm.
- Adherence to event theme
- Relevance to assigned element of inspiration
- Creativity and quality of garment construction
- Performance on the runway
- Use of materials
Third-generation Washingtonian Michael McCarthy is the editor-in-chief of DC Modern Luxury. During his 20-year career in media, he has covered everything from travel to architecture. His commentary on design has appeared in a range of national publications, including the Los Angeles Times, Washington Post and Wall Street Journal. He also chats each week on WTOP (103.5 FM) to discuss weekend events in DC. McCarthy is also the content director for Sit.Stay Creative, a branding and content agency.
Kim Elleen Atkins is a multimedia journalist and fashion designer. She is the chief Washington reporter and columnist for the Boston Herald, where focuses her coverage on the White House, Congress and the U.S. Supreme Court. She is also a guest host for C-SPAN’s morning show “Washington Journal,” where she interviews lawmakers, public policy experts and journalists about the issues on Capitol Hill. She also frequently provides political and legal analyses on national television and radio networks including PBS, Fox News, NPR and Boston Herald Radio.
Kim launched her own clothing design business Kim Elleen Collection in 2010, a bespoke label featuring colorful bold custom prints and classic-yet-modern silhouettes, all comfortable enough for a busy lifestyle, from casual wear to formal occasions. Her designs have been featured in fashion shows, magazines including Brides, Veux, Imagine, Luxe, Northern Virginia Magazine, Bliss and Façon Magazine and worn on red carpets from New York to Los Angeles.
Matthew Hyatt, AIA, IIDA, LEED BD+C
As a Principal at Boston-based Bergmeyer, Matt’s professional work is focused on creating branded environments for college and university clients. He has a deep passion for translating design ideas into memorable and differentiated experiences and encouraging the contributions of fabricators, builders, clients and stakeholders as critical participants in the firm’s widely-inclusive design process. Matt is currently the president of IIDA New England and an 11-year veteran of their annual Fashion Show. Bergmeyer's entries have earned awards each of the last 10 years, including Best of Show three times.
Janice Wallace is the Editor-in-Chief of Façon Magazine (www.faconmagazine.com), a digital fashion magazine and blog curating fashion brands and fashion entrepreneurs committed to sustainable and ethical practices when creating beautiful products without bringing harm to others or the environment.
Janice is also the Creative Director at The Fashion Parade (www.thefashionparade.com), a branding and design agency that helps small businesses (primarily fashion businesses) to create smart, successful brands through engaging content, digital design, and social media engagement. She is a native Washingtonian and a graduate of Howard University with a B.A. in Journalism.
Stara Pezeshkian is an innovative fashion/interior stylist based the DMV area. Her portfolio carries a wide range from fashion editorials to commercial print, set design, fashion articles, numerous shows and events, celebrity styling, and more. Well known for her high-end editorial work Stara’s creative vision runs gamut from masculine to feminine, vintage to modern and has been seen on countless local as well as international magazines.
When she is not working as a stylist she is a busy mother of four and works with real estate. Her role as a mother has brought great joy and discipline to here life. Stara feels blessed to have a beautiful, healthy family as well as a career.
Scott Taylor is a national award-winning investigative reporter. Scott joined the team on July 1, 2016. He is part of the station’s 7 ON YOUR SIDE team of investigative reporters. Scott came to WJLA-TV/ABC7 from Cleveland, OH, where he was a highly recognized investigative reporter at WOIO-TV.
Scott’s nationally recognized investigations helped to expose the Cleveland abduction story where Ariel Castro kidnapped and held three young girls for 10 years. He broke investigations into animal abuse on dairy farms in multiple states, convinced the EPA to launch a federal investigation of the Clyde Cancer Cluster that killed seven children and sickened more than 30, and has shined a light on fraudulent ministers, corrupt cops, rip-off artists and “no comment” politicians for more than 25 years.
Prior to Cleveland, Scott worked at WSYX-TV in Columbus, OH; WHBQ-TV in Memphis, TN; and WXOW-TV in La Crosse, WI. He is a graduate of the University of Wisconsin, La Crosse. Scott is a supporter of numerous charities, most notably Wags4Kids, a non-profit that trains service dogs for kids with mobility issues.
Nothing fires up Kimberly Suiters like injustice. If it’s unfair, deceptive, or fraudulent, Ms. Suiters wants to expose it to keep anyone else from getting hurt financially or physically. As the Consumer Investigator for the 7 On Your Side team, Ms. Suiters advocates for consumers, holds the powerful accountable, and sets right what has gone wrong. #SuitersOnYourSide
Ms. Suiters joined ABC7/WJLA-TV in 2011, but she started her consumer-investigative career as the chief intern under WRC-TV’s Lea Thompson, and later worked undercover on a travel scam investigation for two years with Thompson at Dateline NBC. Ms. Suiters also anchored the weekend morning news at NBC4 for several years. #wakingupat2AMhurts
Although she considers herself a lifelong Washingtonian, Ms. Suiters worked as a reporter in South Carolina where she exposed secret city council development deals and in Oklahoma City where her investigation of a headmaster led to the closure of a school. She wrote two books borne of her reporting on a crime victim (A Random Act, Harper Collins) and a tornado survivor (Twist of Faith, Tate). Ms. Suiters chased a few tornadoes, taught journalism at the University of Oklahoma, and her star student is now a TV meteorologist in Richmond. #boomersooner
Ms. Suiters’ reports can be heard periodically on CBS Radio’s Washington station, All News 99.1 WNEW. She was part of the on-air team that earned an Edward R. Murrow Award for Continuing Coverage of the #DCderecho in 2012.
An active member of the #MizzouMafia, Ms. Suiters earned a master’s degree in journalism at the University of Missouri-Columbia. She also graduated from Bucknell University as a news radio host for WVBU, a left-winger for the Women’s Soccer team, and a Phi Beta Kappa scholar. But her first-ever investigative report about a historic home was assigned by Langley High School AP History teacher, Ms. Mcdiarmid. #SaxonStrong