Impact of Trends Spring/Summer 2017

On Tuesday, February 7 2016, The Fashion Group International® of Greater Washington, DC, Inc. (FGIDC) hosted the Impact of Trends Spring/Summer 2017 presentation and business workshop.  The discussion was all about exploring how to keep your business current and competitive while translating and implementing the international runway trends.  Our speakers represented retail (Theresa Watts – Lettie Gooch), Design (Sophie Blake – Sophie Blake NY), and Beauty (Jeff Enriquez – Makeup Machine).  The guests received insider industry knowledge on everything from the process of reviewing and breaking down the shows,  to some of the challenges a creative faces when the market is just not ready for a trend!

 

Spring/Summer 2017 Impact of Trends Presentation & Workshop

Fashion Group International® DC Presents Spring/Summer 2017 Impact of Trends Workshop & Presentation

Join us for a workshop that explores the international RTW runway trends curated by FGI, and the impact they make on today’s fashion and beauty professionals.

SPEAKERS:

Theresa Watts
Owner, Lettie Gooch Boutique

Sophie Blake
Jewelry Designer, Sophie Blake NY

Jeff Enriquez
Celebrity Makeup Artist, Jeff Enriquez  Makeup

Tuesday, February 7th

7:00 pm – 9:00 om

Canvas Co/Work
1203 19th Street NW
Washington DC 20036

Members – $25
Non-Members – $35

Eventbrite - FGIDC® Spring/Summer 2017 Trends Presentation & Workshop

 

Event Sponsor: Canvas Co/Work

Showcasing the Best of DC Fashion: Rising Stars 2016

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Fashion Group International® of Greater Washington, DC Celebrated The City’s Emerging Talent
At the 2016  Rising Star Awards @ Kimpton Mason & Rook Hotel

It is often said that fashion and Washington, DC do not belong in the same sentence. On Thursday, December 1st, the Fashion Group International(R)  of Greater Washington, DC Region hosted their biennial Rising Star awards event honoring Washington, DC’s emerging talent at Kimpton Mason & Rook Hotel.

Almost a 100 of Washington’s most fashionable people showed up to celebrate the honorees and to toast the industry at the awards reception. FGIDC’s 2016 Rising Stars were honored in the categories of Womenwear, Menswear, Jewelry and Accessories, Beauty Professionals, Beauty Products, Fashion Photography, Interiors, New Media, and Styling.

The Rising Star Awards in DC were presented by industry leaders. After presentations of awards, DJ CYD rocked the well-heeled crowd while they enjoyed cocktails and hors d’oeuvres from Kimpton Mason & Rook.

Congratulations to all the nominees and winners! You are an inspiration and proof that the best is yet to come for the Washington DC fashion & creative industries.


Rising Stars 2016 Winners

Womenswear
Nicole Alfieri, Pico Vela

Menswear
Kevin Hallums & Davin Gentry – Premium Co.

Accessories
Drew Graham, SwitchWood

Jewelry
Sarah Bayot – Kicheko Gooods

Photography
Kate Warren, GoKateShoot

Interiors
Kerra Michele Huerta, Apartment Envy

New Media
Monling Lee, Color Index

Beauty: Professional
Jeff Enriquez, Makeup Machine

Beauty: Products
Kitiya King, Mischo Beauty

Styling
Stara Pezeshkian, StaraGlam


Event Photos – Courtesy of A Little Bit of Whimsy Photography


History of Rising Stars & A Word from the 2016 Nominees


Thank you from the 2016 FGIDC Board

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Inspiration From The Men In Motion

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On Tuesday, November 15, 2016 FGIDC hosted their second MEN IN MOTION talk at the Saks Fifth Avenue Men’s Store in Chevy Chase. The talk was paired off with whiskey tasting, snacks, and coffee tasting from Organo. Additionally, over $200 worth of swag that each attendee received from Grooming Lounge, Whiskey Ginger, Switchwood, and Saks Fifth Avenue.

A panel discussion with some of the top leading men in the industry followed, which was, moderated Timothy Lowery, General Manager of CityCenterDC. The panel consisted of Omar Aboudi, Brand Manager of Isaia; Jordan Jackson, Designer Men’s Apparel for Under Armour; Tamon George, Co-Founder of the Creative Theory; and Wafiqu Chowdhury, Garment Manufacturer for Global Garment Sourcing Partners. Question after question from the 60+ attendees indicated FGI struck a chord with the men’s fashion & lifestyle community. There was a real hunger for conversation and action when it came to the needs of the men’s lifestyle sector. Omar Aboudi and Tamon George spoke to the influence that men have in the men’s fashion industry and that “men need a reference point” because they generally don’t follow trends as fast as women. Jordan Jackson also found interesting that his market likes to post and share their outfits on social media. When asked by Timothy Lowery “what is one thing you want everyone to leave with” Wafiqu responded “do you! Do what makes you feel confident and exudes your personal taste.”

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Rising Star Awards 2016

On Thursday, December 1, 2016, the Fashion Group International® of Greater Washington D.C., Inc (FGIDC) will host its 2016 Rising Stars Awards event at Kimpton Mason & Rook in Washington, DC.

Seventeen years ago, The Fashion Group International created Rising Stars to identify the emerging talents whose creativity and vision are recognized. Joseph Altuzzara and Jennifer Fleiss & Jennifer Hyman for Rent the Runway are just a few Rising Stars honored by FGI before they became fashion “it” brands.

FGIDC introduced Rising Stars in 2014 and the event recognizes the DC area’s brightest and most notable emerging fashion, beauty, and design industry professionals.

To learn more about the Rising Stars Awards, see this year’s nominees and get your tickets to join us in honoring and celebrating them.

 

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Men In Motion | 2016

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Join us for an evening with some of the industry’s leading men discussing the men’s fashion industry: where it’s going, its impact & contribution to the industry as a whole, and how brands, retailers, and influencers can tap into/reach out to the stylish, savvy man.

Moderator
Timothy Lowery
General Manager, CityCenterDC

Panelists
Jim Shay
President, ISAIA

Jordan Jackson
Designer Men’s Apparel, Under Armour

Kelly Towles
Artist, Designer & Curator

Tamon George
Co-Founder, Creative Theory

Wafiqu Chowdhury
Garment Manufacturer, Global Garment Sourcing Partners

11.15.16
7p-9p

Saks Fifth Avenue
Men’s Store

5300 Wisconsin Ave
Chevy Chase, MD 20015

Cocktails & Conversations With Industry Professionals

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On Tuesday, October 18, over 70 fashion professionals enjoyed lively conversations at Cocktails & Conversations at Pinstripes in Georgetown. FGIDC Director Elaine Mensah introduced the evening’s featured members: Robin Fisher, Polished Image & Style; Spencer Hurd, Whiskey Ginger; Debra Fabian, Debra Fabian Designs; Maurisa Potts, Spotted MP; Stara Pezeshkian, Stara Glam; Heather Femia, DJ Heather Femia; and Afua Sam, Studio D’Maxsi Designs. FGIDC members and prospective members sipped their libations, discussed landscape changing ideas and chatted about possible partnerships with fellow industry professionals.

Call for Nominations | Rising Stars 2016

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CALL FOR NOMINATIONS 

We are pleased to announce that Rising Stars DC Awards returns Thursday, December 1, 2016 at Kimpton Mason & Rook. We will be choosing one Rising Star from three finalist nominees in each category which includes; Womenswear, Menswear, Fine Jewelry and Accessories, Beauty, Fashion Photography, Home/Interior Design, Fashion Stylists and New Media. Submit a nomination by filling out the Rising Star Awards Nominee application by Friday, October 28, 2016.


UPDATE: As of 10/28/16 nominations is closed.

Cocktails & Conversations | Fall 2016

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Cocktails & Conversations
Join The Insiders

Robin Fisher
Polished Image & Style
Image Consultant & RD Elect

Spencer Hurd 
Whiskey Ginger
Retail

Debra Fabian
Debra Fabian Designs
Accessories Designer

Maurisa Potts
Spotted MP
PR & Marketing

Stara Pezeshkian 
Stara Glam
Stylist & Interiors

Heather Femia
DJ Heather Femia
Music & Former Fashion Director

Afua Sam
Studio D’Maxsi Designs
Womenswear

Pinstripes
1064 Wisconsin Ave NW
Washington, DC 20007

Tuesday, October 18, 2016
6:30p-8:30p

FGIDC Members: Free
Non-Members: $10

Eventbrite - FGIDC Presents Cocktails & Conversation Fall 2016

Fall/Winter 2016 Trends With The Press

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On Monday, September 26 the Fashion Group International® of Greater Washington, DC, Inc. (FGIDC) hosted a Fall/Winter 2016 trends and meet the press event at the American Institute of Architects.

The event started with a trend presentation and was followed by a conversation with the city’s fashion editors, writers, and digital influencers on the seasons trends and how to communicate with them about your brand, product or service. Panelist included Stephanie Green, WWD; Suzy Jacobs, Capitol File Magazine; Catherine Trifiletti, Washington Life Magazine; and Holly Pan, Petite Flower Presents. Questions such as “does DC fashion have seasons” and “how will the new first family effect fashion” were asked by our Regional Director, Elaine Mensah. Additionally, the guest had opportunities to ask questions to our panelists. Some questions included, “how do [they] approach bloggers to review products” and “what are [their] favorite designers and emerging/under the radar designers?”