2015 Holiday Dinner & Party



Fashion Group International® of Greater Washington, DC, Inc
Invites You

2015 Holiday Dinner & Party
Come celebrate the holidays and end of year with us over dinner, drinks and a fabulous party.

December 8, 2015


Georgetown Park
(entrance in alley by Dean & Deluca)
3222 M Street, NW
Washington D.C., 20007


Georgetown Park, A Little Bit of Whimsy Photography, Elegance & Simplicity, Pinstripes, Malmaison, Martin’s Tavern, DJ CYD


References, Validation, Humor & Much More!


“Men need a reference point in fashion. Men don’t follow trends as fast as women”

“It’s all about humor to get guys through the door”

“Male athletes are influencing men’s fashion right now”



On Monday, November 16, 2015, FGIDC hosted the MEN IN MOTION talk at the Loft at 600F. The talk was paired off with whiskey and beer tasting, fried chicken, and donuts from Astro Doughnuts; and over $200 worth of swag that each attendee received from Grooming Lounge, Blank Label Clothing, Onward Reserve, Whiskey Ginger, Zadig & Voltaire, and Waveborn. A panel discussion with some of the top leading men in the industry followed, which was, moderated Michael McCarthy, Editor-in-Chief of DC Modern Luxury. The panel consisted of Renatto “Natto” Balladares, Men’s Trend Analyst Urban Outfitters; Gary Williams, Photographer MasterWilliams Photography; and Mike Gilman, Founder Grooming Lounge.
Question after question from the 80+ 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. Michael, “Natto”, Gary, and Mike spoke to the diversity of the men’s sector and the varied needs, inspirations, and aspirations of the community. and that “men need a reference point in fashion” because they generally don’t follow trends as fast as women. Gary pointed out that the first time, athletes are serving as that in inspirational fashion reference point for men right now. Natto has also observed that often validation comes from a significant other. All agreed that in general, women take more risks because they are kinder to each other versus guys will call each other out immediately if they do not get the others look.
When it comes to grooming practices for men, taboos have rapidly diminished since the inception of Grooming Lounge in 1999. However, there is still only so much guys can do within social norms. As Mike explained, “That is why beards took off with so much vigor, it’s one of the few ways guys can use style to express themselves.” He went on to explain that when marketing Grooming Lounge’s services and products, “it’s all about humor to get guys through the door.”

The panel participants agreed that if the DC look had to be categorized, it would be described as “dapper, classic, and put together.”

MEN IN MOTION marked a new chapter in our programming and our desire to be more inclusive of the men’s fashion community.

For a glimpse into the night, view our photos from A Little Bit of Whimsy Photography.

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You Are Invited: Men In Motion


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Join us 11/16/15 at The Loft at 600 F where we will be hosting a rustic, mens inspired event to discuss the male perspective on the predominately female-dominated fashion industry.

Moderated by Michael McCarthy, Editor-in-Chief DC Modern Luxury Magazine

Tobiah Taylor, Product Line Manager for Men’s Basketball, Under Armour
Renatto Balladares, Men’s Trend Analyst, Urban Outfitters
Gary Williams, Photographer, MasterWilliams Photography
Mike Gilman, Founder, Grooming Lounge

You will enjoy complimentary gourmet bites as well as whiskey and beer. RSVP below or https://fgidcmeninmotion.eventbrite.com/ and bring a friend, colleague, or entrepreneur that has a stake in the mens lifestyle sector or is simply interested in this market.

Marketing, Merchandising and the Business Behind The Boutique

A successful season of #FGIDCWorkshops wrapped up with The Business Behind the Boutique. Brand Strategist & Speaker, Dawne Hanks, took on the often-overlooked concepts of retail merchandising strategies, buying habits and consumer awareness to the forefront of the evening. Her focus on really knowing your consumer and developing your business strategy to work for you and your consumer was a key takeaway of the night.

The audience was full of designers, boutique owners and retail industry professionals. After Dawne’s presentation, the audience got the rare opportunity to hear from a panel of local boutique owners, including Spencer Hurd of Whiskey Ginger, Lori Parkerson of Redeem, Christina Novak of New to You, and Sakina Iskender of Take 5 Boutique. They spoke to their personal experience, success stories and strategies, and how they’ve tested the market to build upon their business and knowing their specific consumer.

A special thank you to Dawne Hanks & the Retail Panelists for sharing their experiences and knowledge, and M Squared Real Estate for hosting our workshop. Join us as we dig into more workshops, industry focuses and topics in 2016.

Fall Fashion Live at CityCenterDC and Fig & Olive!

On Tuesday, October 7, 2015, the Fashion Group International® of Greater Washington, DC, Inc hosted our bi-annual trend presentation hosted by CityCenterDC and Fig & Olive. With over 50 of DC’s style set present, we screened a video presentation of the major trends from all 4 fashion weeks around the world and then followed it up with a live fashion presentation of the trends from CityCenterDC retailers – Zadig & Voltaire, Canali, Allen Edmonds, Morgenthal Frederics, Paul Stuart, Vince.

Our industry style experts (and FGIDC members!) Robin Fisher of Polished Image & Style, Alton Barber of Best Dressed Man On The Planet, Marissa Schneider of Gilt City DC, and James Cornwell Celebrity Stylist and Co-Owner of Iva Bella Salon walked the attendees through the trends.

The ambiance in the White Room at Fig & Olive was beautiful, ethereal, and inviting. Guests were served cocktails and hors d’oeuvres and the models, sponsored by T.H.E. Artist Agency, were stunning in their presentation of the looks. The team at Iva Bella Salon sponsored the hair and makeup and did a fabulous job highlighting the beauty trends of the season.

Here are photos from the night courtesy of AnD Creatives.

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Build, Run & Protect Your Business

The multi-talented, Brittany Rawlings, founder & CEO of FashionBoss, fashion lawyer and jewelry designer, joined Fashion Group International® of Greater Washington, DC and DC area fashion entrepreneurs on Wednesday, September 30, 2015 for a rousing and informative workshop. The one and only FashionBoss herself shared with her tips for “Everything You Need To Build, Run And Protect Your Business.” When most people think about the fashion industry, they think about designers, models, and fashion shows but there is so much more to the business of fashion.

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Starting a business and breaking into the fashion industry may require massive upfront investment, specialized know-how, and exclusive connections. FashionBoss is an all-in-one business accelerator & resource that tears down these barriers to entry. Rawlings walked the workshop attendees through FashionBoss.com and how the tool guides entrepreneurs through market research, formalization, brand presence, income and legal protection.

For more visit www.fashionboss.com


Entrepreneurship Through Fashion on Great Day Washington

As part of Fashion Group International® DC’s ongoing Business Workshop series aimed to provide creative industry focused entrepreneurs with knowledge & resources to grow & strengthen their businesses, FGIDC’s Regional Director Elaine Mensah discussed their latest offering “Everything You Need To Build, Run And Protect Your Business” with Fashion Lawyer & Founder and CEO of Fashion Boss Brittany Rawlings on WUSA9’s Great Day Washington.




You Are Invited: The Business Behind The Boutique

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Fashion Group International® of Greater Washington, DC, Inc presents
Fashion Business Workshops

A Workshop series aimed to provide fashion and creative industry focused entrepreneurs with knowledge, tools, and resources that will grow and strengthen their businesses.

THE BUSINESS BEHIND THE BOUTIQUE: Understand your local consumer, The Do’s and Don’ts, and Merchandising Tips with Brand Strategist & Speaker Dawne Hanks. Retail Panelists include:

Spencer Hurd, Whiskey Ginger
Lori Parkerson, Redeem
Christina Novak, New To You
Sakina Iskender, Take 5 Boutique

October 7, 2015

M Squared Real Estate
1407 T Street, NW
Suite 200
Washington, DC 20009

FGIDC Members – $10
Non-Members – $20
At the Door – $25
We look forward to connecting, learning and engaging with you at the #FGIDCWorkshops!


FGIDC Shares Fall Trends on Good Day DC!

Our Programs co-Chair Ambyr Hanks on Fox5DC’s Good Day DC with Holly Thomas giving a sneak peak at our upcoming #FGIDCTrends event on 10/6 CityCenterDC at Fig & Olive! Thank you Zadig et Voltaire and Vince for amazing Fall looks, THE Artist Agency for beautiful models and our Publicity Chair Heather Menis for putting it together!