This fall, CultureMap celebrates Austin's most fashionable men and women in our second annual Stylemaker Awards.
We solicited nominations from you to find out who embodies Austin's effortlessly cool style. Based on your submissions, our panel (including CultureMap editors and 2015 readers' choice winner Shelley Neuman) selected the top 12 nominees to move into the first voting round, which runs through September 23 at 11:59 pm.
Meet the 12 Stylemaker semifinalists below, then vote once a day, every day, for your favorite trendsetter. We'll unveil the six finalists that will move on to the final round of public voting on October 4.
Later in October we'll announce the second annual CultureMap Stylemaker winners, including the editors' choice winner (determined by our editorial staff) and the readers' choice winner (determined by you, our stylish readers).
From these fabulous individuals, who fuels your passion for fashion? Get to know the semifinalists, then cast your vote for the trendsetter that keeps Austin style in a class of its own.
Occupation: Buyer and fit specialist, Petticoat Fair
Why she deserves to be a Stylemaker: Kali's love and knowledge of the fashion industry runs deep. As a buyer for Petticoat Fair, she predicts future trends and assembles new collections each season. When she's out on the town, she's known for avant-garde yet sophisticated outfits that sometimes push boundaries.
Occupation: Music PR and marketing
Why she deserves to be a Stylemaker: Gillian's aesthetic encompasses the Austin ethos: It's fun, creative, and effortless. Her work supports the local music scene, and her style always hits the right note: sparkles for Prince parties, bolo ties for folk shows, flowy tunics out in the desert.
Occupation: Product strategist and stylist
Why she deserves to be a Stylemaker: Olivia believes that style is a fundamental part of self-expression. She never focuses on brands and she empowers her clients to think of new combinations of pieces they already have. "Style should be accessible and make people feel amazing about themselves," she says.
Occupation: Actress, comedian, writer
Why she deserves to be a Stylemaker: Nathalie believes fashion is art you wear, and her canvas is painted with bold and quirky, chic looks. "I wear my personality on my sleeve, and I encourage other women to do the same," she says. "Be comfortable in your skin and creative in your clothing. It builds confidence and makes you an unstoppable force."
Occupation: Stylist and designer
Website: Merida B
Why she deserves to be a Stylemaker: A creator of custom bow ties and accessories, Brittany's style is one-of-a-kind — just like her work. Bold patterns and pops of color define her standout, singular look.
Why she deserves to be a Stylemaker: Viraj encapsulates a modern, classy look with an Austin edge. She chooses styles that showcase elegance and beauty, with a subtle push towards high fashion.
Occupation: Brand manager, Kendra Scott
Why she deserves to be a Stylemaker: Megan's love of fashion continued to shine bright as she battled and beat Hodgkin's Lymphoma. She's never been afraid to show off her style or her love of the color gold, and in 2014, she partnered with BaubleBar on the As Good As Gold collection, which benefited the Leukemia & Lymphoma Society.
Why he deserves to be a Stylemaker: Born in Belize City but raised in Austin, Lamar says his idiosyncratic style has developed naturally. He effortlessly blends tailored Ralph Lauren suits with Dr. Martens for what can only be described as trendsetting style.
Occupation: Owner and beverage expert, Backbeat and drink.well.
Why he deserves to be a Stylemaker: Michael sets a standard of style among the Austin bar community: He cares about how his style — and that of his staff — impacts a patron's experience. Michael takes great pride in details, from tie clips that mimic design elements to colors and fabrics that complement the energy of each night of service.
Occupation: Menswear sales associate, Suitsupply
Why he deserves to be a Stylemaker: In a city where the men's fashion scene is dominated by street fashion and upscale workwear, Andrew is a voice for classic menswear — with a twist. He'll show you how to tie your bow tie, he's not afraid of florals, and he infuses personality into classic looks.
Occupation: Lifestyle blogger
Website: This Felicity
Why she deserves to be a Stylemaker: Carly has a unique street style that is "pulled together yet casual," giving off a mix of femininity and edge. Many know her for her signature look: ripped jeans, Louboutins, and always a hat.
Website: Keep Austin Stylish
Why she deserves to be a Stylemaker: Classic and effortless is the style focus for Joanna, who pairs prints and patterns for a visually appealing look. In addition to her blog, Keep Austin Stylish, Joanna owns online boutique Once Bitten, where you can shop her personal curation of brands.