Fashion Group International® DC Presents Fall/Winter 2016 Trends & Meet The Press

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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.

Panelists

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
(National Headquarters)

1735 New York Avenue, NW
Washington DC 20006

Members –  $20

Non-Members – $35

Eventbrite - FGIDC® Fall/Winter 2016 Trends & Meet The Press

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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.

A Night of Cocktails & Conversations

 

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.

 

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The Art of Buying With Ken Downing

The Fashion Group International® of Greater Washington, DC, Inc presents
The Art of Buying with Ken Downing
Fashion Director & Senior VP of Neiman Marcus

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FGIDC Regional Director Elaine Mensah will lead 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, manages a team of fashion editors in the company’s New York office, and directs 200 merchants on what is fashionable and what to buy for each season.

The event will be held at a secret location to be announced before the event on Friday, July 29, 2016 from 6:30pm to 8:30pm and is open to all at $25 for FGI Members and $40 for non-members.

Night of Beauty with Estée Lauder & Bloomingdales

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On Thursday, May 30, FGIDC members and DC area beauty aficionados including Stephanie Green of WWD and Jamie Gulin of Greg’s List DC gathered at Bloomingdale’s Chevy Chase for a beauty workshop with Estée Lauder.  Estée Lauder’s Director of Education Christopher McKinney shared make up artist secrets for beautiful on-trend sophisticated faces.  From the smoky eye to contouring; effective use of lip liner to the proper way to apply foundation, the information was supremely useful and full of timeless tips.    For example, most of us are using 3 times more foundation than we need.  Christopher demonstrated how by using a foundation brush and the exact right color; you can apply foundation to just 25% of your face.  Thanks to Estée Lauder’s color match tool, Color IQ, attendees were able to take the guessing out of color match and let science do the work.

 

While enjoying wine and artful hors d’oeuvres, new fashion connections were made and makeovers were had.  FGIDC is extremely grateful to Bloomingdale’s for hosting and donating 15% of the event’s sales to FGIDC.

 

If you were not able to make the event or just want more time with an Estée Lauder beauty expert, Bloomingdale’s invites you in for a one-on-one consultation to find your perfect shade, call and schedule your appointment at 240-744-3777.

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Cocktails & Conversation 2016

 

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Fashion Group International® of Greater Washington, DC, Inc Invites You
Cocktails & Conversation
Meet The Insiders

Join the FGIDC board poolside for an evening of networking and relationship building with our member insiders & influencers:

Sophie Blake
Sophie Blake NY
Accessories – Womens

Aba Kwawu
TAAPR
Public Relations

Kitiya King
Mischo Beauty
Beauty

Nadine Naskoviak
Ralph Lauren Mens
Retail

Drew Graham
Switchwood
Accessories – Mens

Kim Elleen Atkins
Kim Elleen
Womenswear

Lynda Erkiletian
T.H.E. Artist Agency
Talent Agency

Carroll Thomas
Manufacturing Extension Program
Sourcing

Penthouse Pool Club-The Yards
1212 4th Street SE
Washington, DC 20003

Thursday, June 16, 2016
6:30p-8:30p

 

FGIDC Members: FREE
Non-Members: $10

Cash Bar

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Still Looking for Places to Shop?

With the weather getting nicer – hopefully – outdoor shopping seems more and more enjoyable. If you are still looking for places to shop after our initial suggestions, here are a few more places to check out for those days you just want to get out of the house or need some retail therapy.

CityCenterDC

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Downtown DC has become more and more popular with CityCenterDC,  who also sponsored our Fall 2015 trends presentation .Whether you are just window shopping, or you are having a treat yourself day, there are numerous upscale shopping opportunities form Hermes to a Caudalie spa. Also, on your way out don’t forget to get yourself a piece of crack pie form Milk Bar.

 Eastern Market

Eastern Market

Eastern Market is a DC institution with a farmers market that offers a wide array of produce, flowers, baked goods, delicatessen, meats, and much more. With the arts and crafts fair on Saturdays and flea market on Sundays that feature antiques, arts, crafts, and imported goods; there is always something to see.

Union Station

Union Station

The city’s train station, Union Station is home to upscale shops and restaurants. With over 130 stores and numerous restaurants. There is always something to look at. Union Station is also a great place to catch a dinner and movie.

Metro Center

7th St Metro Center

If you are looking for some inexpensive retail therapy Metro Center is where it is at. With staples, such as Zara and H&M, you are sure to find something in style and inexpensive. If you are looking for a bit more luxe, check out Upstairs on 7th where you can get women’s couture fashion and accessories.

14th & U Street

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There are numerous places to shop at 14th & U street corridor. Redeem is the place to go if you have a more minimalist style. Their clothes are simple, yet unique and upscale for both men and women.  However, if you are shopping for just the men in your life, Whiskey Ginger is the place to stop by. There you can find fashionable men’s clothing and accessories.

Bethesda Row
Bethesda Row

Bethesda Row has a unique mix of shopping and good eats. Nando’s anyone? Bethesda Row has everything in one spot. Sportswear, casual wear, to womenswear there is no need to go anywhere else.

 

Now time to go shopping!

Beauty Masterclass & Workshop with Estée Lauder

FGIDC Beauty-Bloomies

Fashion Group International® Washington, DC, Inc Invites You
Beauty Masterclass
Workshop on the industry of beauty, trends of the season, and tips & tricks on best application.

Thursday, May 19th
6:30-8:30pm

At Your Service
Chevy Chase On 2

FGIDC Members: $25
Non-Members: $35

Get your tickets by May 6, 2016 and receive a $15 giftcard towards your Estée Lauder beauty purchase that night.

10% of sales from your total purchase will be donated to Fashion Group International® Of Greater Washington, DC, Inc

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Yesterday, SoulCycle West End hosted FGIDC members and our friends for an amazing Cardio Party! THANK YOU SOULCYCLE! We were treated to an intense sweat session that got us motivated and ready for the Summer. Our instructor Abby was the best and we couldn’t have thought of a better way to kick off the season. Check out #FGIDCSweat on Instagram to see photos!