In September, we asked our loyal and fashionable readers to nominate the most stylish people of Austin, people who are trend makers and boundary breakers. After narrowing down the nominees to 12 semifinalists, you weighed in on who deserved to be crowned CultureMap Stylemaker of the year.
Six finalists surfaced, all bringing something different to the table. Travis Sandoval brought a put-together masculine look; Shelley Neuman showcased street style savvy; Sylvia Vaquera embodied chic and sleek; Kandi Cook brought energizing pops of color; Jessi Afshin shared a laid-back, classy vibe; and Dani Austin highlighted down-to-earth elegance.
Who emerged as Austin’s Stylemakers? The votes are in. These fashionistas contribute to Austin’s style scene in their own unique ways. Drumroll, please.
Readers’ Choice Winner: Shelley Neuman
Winning the reader vote by a landslide, Shelley Neuman takes the prize as Readers’ Choice Stylemaker. Her popular blog, ATX Street Style, documents the unique style of Austin, so it’s no wonder that readers connected with Neuman’s own personal style.
With her finger on the pulse of the city, her fashion is described as having an air of effortlessness, proving that self-confidence is key in any outfit.
Editorial Choice Winner: Kandi Cook
It wasn't easy to pick a favorite, but Kandi Cook's looks stood out to CultureMap. With a bold and polished look, Cook was chosen for pushing fashion boundaries while staying classic and confidently cool. As she mentioned in our finalists article, accessories make the girl — or outfit in this case.
As an event planner and personal stylist, Cook’s personality shined through her style, making her a no-brainer as the Editorial Choice Stylemaker.