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.

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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

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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!

Spring Shopping, Here You Come!

Shopping at the same old places can be a bit boring, and if you go on the regular, you might have run out of things to see – and buy. Here are some more options around the DMV to spice up your shopping life!

Georgetown

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A staple in DC for shopping, dining, and nightlife. There are a plethora of boutiques and antique stores, as well as national retailers, so you never miss out. By strolling down M Street or Wisconsin you are sure to find a new treasure for your closet or home, but if you don’t you can always find something to make your stomach happy *cough* Baked & Wired.

 

Mosaic District

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If you don’t live in DC and DC traffic is not your thing, then the Mosaic District maybe just the place. There are tons of dining and shopping opportunities available, and if you want to catch a movie at the theater. Don’t forget to stop by Take 5 Boutique if you want a unique and global taste that embodies the metropolitan women of the DMV. However, if you are looking for some new bling to add to your collection, stop by Sophie Blake New York and you won’t want to leave without something new.

 

Dupont Circle

Dupont

This DC neighborhood has a diverse selection of clothing stores, art galleries, bookstores, and coffee shops. If you are looking for a hat for derby season you can find that in Dupont Circle too. If you are looking for more traditional retail therapy, you can always head down a couple blocks onto Connecticut Avenue.

 

Old Town Alexandria

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If you want the historic feel of Georgetown, but don’t actually want to deal with the DC bustle, Old town Alexandria may be the place for you. Placed right outside of DC, you can still get the DC feel, but you won’t have busyness of the city. With an eclectic mix of small shops and big box stores you’ll sure to find a new gem.

 

Chevy Chase

Chevy Chase

If luxury shopping is for you, then Wisconsin Ave and Western Ave may be your new favorite place. From the the shops at Wisconsin Place to The Collection window shopping may not be enough. Besides, who wouldn’t want to go grocery shopping at Whole Foods in their new Jimmy Choo’s? Maybe even stop by and pick up a new Tiffany Blue box for your collection. Or you can go to Bloomingdales and won’t want to leave.

 

CityCenterDC

CityCenterDC

Downtown DC has become more and more popular with CityCenterDC. 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.

Post-Fashion Week Blues?

Anyone else have the post fashion week blues? We know we do. To reminisce on the amazing fashion we saw, here is a recap of Paris Fashion Week.

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Comme des Garçons, Mui Mui, Anthony Vaccarello, Rochas

FLOWER POWER

Florals from Spring 2016 transitioned into Fall 2016. However, the florals in the fall were not all light and airy. There were a lot of darker moods, which is expected for the fall. The floral motif was illustrated from folkloric to romantic and sexy, and even edgy. From embellishments to embroidering, to just printing it on, florals were everywhere.

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Nina Ricci, Stella McCartney, Balmain, Véronique Branquinho

VELVET

Velvet is a staple on the fall runways of Paris Fashion Week, but designers had new takes on the staple textile. Baroque and sporty styles were prevalent, but there also was the a street edge take on velvet as well.

 

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Givenchy, Vanessa Seward, Hermès, Valentino

NEUTRAL NUDES

Flesh tones, taupes, and creams flowed out on the runways. They ranged from knits to wool, and even leather and lace. The neutral tones were easy on the skin and eyes, but they were definitely not easy to miss.

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Burberry, Y/Project, John Galliano, Undercover

STRUCTRED 80’S

Welcome back to the power suit. There were lots of incorporations of the power suit from the 80’s. The traditional men’s structure was all over the runways as well as the usual military inspiration, whether it was from the cut, color, or fabric of the garment.

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Saint Laurent, Balenciaga, Acne Studios, Christian Dior

SLIPPING SHOULDERS

The off the shoulder look was very popular on the runways of Paris Fashion Week. Not all of the designers exposed skin though. There was lots of layering being paired with the off the shoulder look and styled to look relaxed. Besides, bare shoulders would be a bit cold for the fall.

Until the next one, fashion week, Au Revoir!

Spring 2016 Fashion Showcase at the Warner Theatre

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On Tuesday, February 9 2016, The Fashion Group International® of Greater Washington, DC, Inc. (FGIDC) presented the Fashion Group International’s curated trend presentation followed by an exhibit featuring fashion trends interpreted through the lens of top DC photographers.  While sipping cocktails in the stimulating historic space, over 50 well-heeled Washingtonians, found unique inspiration and a comprehensive presentation for the season’s trends as presented on the runways at New York Fashion Week, including athleisure, bodouir inspired clothing, layering, trim details and relaxed fits. Photographs from top DC fashion and lifestyle photographers including Anton Papich, Violetta Markelou, Master Williams, Tim Coburn, Kate Warren, Monica True, Creative Theory and Walter Grio were up for silent auction to benefit FGIDC’s upcoming outreach initiatives.

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Let’s Talk Live Gives Sneak Peak of Upcoming Spring Trends Event

Heather Menis, Marketing & Publicity Chair, was on Let’s Talk Live sharing some spring trends (courtesy of #FGIDCMember Redeem and lovely models of #FGIDCMember T.H.E. Artist Agency) that will be coming up soon, and will be presented at our Spring Trends & Photo Exhibit. The Fashion Group International of Greater Washington D.C. spring trends event will be held at the Warner Theater on Tuesday, February 9th. Tickets for the event are available at fgidcspring2016trends.eventbrite.com