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.
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.
General Manager, CityCenterDC
Designer Men’s Apparel, Under Armour
Artist, Designer & Curator
Co-Founder, Creative Theory
Garment Manufacturer, Global Garment Sourcing Partners
Saks Fifth Avenue
5300 Wisconsin Ave
Chevy Chase, MD 20015
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
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.
Fashion Group International® DC Presents
Fall/Winter 2016 Trends & Meet The Press
Join us for a trend presentation and 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.
Stephanie Green – WWD
Suzy Jacobs – Capitol File Magazine
Catherine Trifiletti – Washington Life Magazine
Holly Pan – Petite Flower Presents
Monday, September 26, 2016
6:30 PM – 8:30 PM
American Institute of Architects
1735 New York Avenue, NW
Washington DC 20006
Members – $20
Non-Members – $35
On Friday, July 29 FGIDC Regional Director Elaine Mensah led an intimate discussion on the ins and outs of buying in the fashion industry with Ken Downing, the famed tastemaker who oversees women’s and men’s trends for Neiman Marcus. Over 85 fashion professionals filled the Covington Law Firm office at CityCenterDC where they enjoyed Ecco Domani’s special edition Zac Posen designed Pinto Grigio, light bites, and other refreshments before the discussion with Downing.
Ken Downing talked about his amazing career path and how he ended up the voice of Neiman Marcus fashion. Downing spoke about his frequent trips to DC and how he does not want to hear that DC is a conservative fashion city because he knows it’s not true, and he sees very well dressed individuals and edgy style. Ken also spoke about the rapidly changing landscape of retail and fashion production. He discussed how bloggers and the consumer’s desire for instant gratification has changed the dynamic of how clothes sell.
As a #memberperk, an exclusive opportunity was offered to FGIDC members. Prior to the event, select local designers were able to have a one on one meeting with Ken Downing where he privately reviewed collections with local designers Sophie Blake, Sophie Blake New York; Kim Elleen, Kim Elleen; Drew Storm Graham, SwitchWood; Elena Aiken Crusoe, Elena Design Studio; and Jayne Orthwein.
On Thursday, June 16, an epic thunderstorm may have moved the party, but it did not stop the fun for FGIDC. Over 85 fashion professionals enjoyed lively conversations and newfound comradery at Cocktails & Conversations at Eno Wine Bar at The Four Seasons in Georgetown (formerly planned to be held at The Penthouse Pool Club). FGIDC Director Elaine Mensah introduced the evening’s featured members: T.H.E. Artist Agency Founder Lynda Erkiletian; TAA PR Founder Aba Kwawu; Jewelry Designer & Boutique Owner Sophie Blake; Switchwood Accessories Founder Drew Graham; Mischo Beauty Founder Kitiya King; Caroll Washington of the Manufacturing Extension Partnership; Nadine Naskoviak of Ralph Lauren; and Couture Designer Kim Eileen. FGIDC members and prospective members sipped their libations, discussed landscape changing ideas and chatted about possible partnerships with fellow industry professionals.
Greg’s List DC recently posted a recap of our #FGIDCBeauty event with Estée Lauder and Bloomingdales Chevy Chase.