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Fashion Group International South Florida Hosts First-Ever Rising Star Awards

Fashion Group International (FGI) South Florida is thrilled to announce the inaugural Rising Star Awards, a celebration of the region’s most promising and creative talents and visionaries in the world of fashion on Saturday, Sept. 30, 2023, in downtown Miami at the Southeast Financial Center located at 200 S Biscayne Blvd. from 7 p.m. to 9:30 p.m. EST.

Set against the vibrant backdrop of downtown Miami, FGI South Florida will honor the next generation of fashion innovators and designers with a prestigious awards ceremony spotlighting emerging fashion designer finalists focusing on a spectrum of categories including Accessories, Innovation, Members' Choice Awards, Ready to Wear, and Swimwear.

Distinguished honoree, fashion industry veteran, and beauty media entrepreneur, Derek Warburton, will also be honored and awarded with FGI South Florida’s inaugural Icon Award. As an internationally renowned beauty entrepreneur, celebrity stylist, TV personality, philanthropist, and creative director, Mr. Warburton has contributed to the fashion and beauty industries over the last three decades in an impactful and inspiring way. “I couldn’t be more honored to receive the FGI South Florida Icon Award at this year’s Rising Star Awards. I started my career in Miami and after all these years, it feels incredible to come back to where it all started and collaborate with an incredible organization that is doing meaningful work to support emerging designers and fashion entrepreneurs! So many designers and artists need help and guidance and I’m thrilled to support an organization that guides new talent,” Warburton said.

FGI boasts a rich history dating back to 1928 when 17 visionary women came together under the leadership of the esteemed Edna Woolman Chase, Editor-In-Chief of Vogue, to foster connectivity within the fashion realm. Today, FGI has flourished with a presence spanning across North America in Toronto, Houston, South Florida, and beyond. At its core, FGI remains dedicated to building a supportive and thriving community of established and emerging fashion leaders while fostering opportunities for new and veteran talents in the fashion and beauty industries.

Sandra Madjdi, Director of FGI South Florida, expresses her pride and excitement for this year’s Rising Star Awards event and ceremony: “Our FGI team is delighted to host the first-ever Rising Star awards in the South Florida region. Our organization’s rich history, originally founded in New York City by Vogue fashion editors and industry titans, has paved the way for the incredible talent of South Florida to shine, propelling innovation, connectivity, and advancement within the fashion industry.”

Select tickets to this fashion event are available for sale on Eventbrite through September 29th:


Founded in 1928, Fashion Group International has grown into a worldwide membership non-profit organization of industry leaders in the fashion, beauty, lifestyle, and retail sectors with its global headquarters located in New York City. The FGI South Florida chapter is based in Miami and has over 1,000 members. To learn more visit the chapter on Instagram at


Derek Michael Warburton, also known as Derek Fabulous, stands as an American media entrepreneur and a renowned celebrity fashion stylist. With an education that began at the Fashion Institute of Technology in New York City, Warburton has built an influencer in the fashion and beauty industries on an international basis and is a renowned media and beauty entrepreneur, celebrity stylist, TV personality, philanthropist, creative director, and, most importantly, a storyteller. His humble beginnings led to his obsessive need to educate himself in the art of reinvention and to create a narrative. With an affinity for all things fashion and lifestyle, Derek wanted to create a brand that showed off his 25 years in the creative industry. Mr. Warburton’s worldwide view of culture and fashion, accompanied by years of working with top celebrities, has assisted his vision for a new eye of publishing in the modern digital age. Just last year, Derek released his second collaborative effort with FACE Stockholm, the Boundless Collection. Like all of Derek’s work, the beauty collection encapsulated Derek’s vibrant and expressive style. Visit to learn more.

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By ML Staff. Images courtesy of Fashion Group International


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