Celebrating the Holidays FGIDC-style!

To close our chapter on 2015, on December 8, 2015, FGIDC welcomed members, friends and family to an intimate dinner curated in a raw space in Georgetown Park.  Lit by bistro lights and candles, well-heeled Washingtonians enjoyed libations, 4 courses communal style and dancing.  The night was magical and was a true reflection of how far we’ve come this year and a launch to where we are headed in 2016. Our sponsors – Georgetown Park, Pinstripes, Barrel DC, Nate Le Chef, Malmaison, Martin’s Tavern, Elegance & Simplicity, and A Little Bit of Whimsy Photography were so incredibly generous and were critical to the success of the night. We dined, we communed, and we danced! Here’s to you and yours this holiday season.

See below for a glimpse of the night (photos by A Little Bit of Whimsy Photography)

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Holiday Gift Guide 2015

If you are looking for some gift ideas for this holiday season, look no further. Fashion Group International Greater Washington DC found the perfect gifts for the different types of fashionistas and fashionistos in your life. Bonus – they are locally designed, American-made and available in the DC area.


For the Devout Diva

The fashionista who bringing her no-detail overlooked style to the pew on Christmas, add a touch of pearl and a little sparkle this holiday season with this handcrafted garnet gemstone pendant ($157) by Virginia based Drukker Designs.  107-PEAW-GARR_W_5EP_grande

The Early Adaptor Fashionisto

The runways have predicted the return of clean-shaven faces for Spring 2016. For the early-adapter fashionisto saying goodbye to the beard trend, Grooming Lounge’s Light Horn Shaving Set ($290). Available at Grooming Lounge barbershops: Tysons Galleria and 1745 L Street, NW, Washington, DC.
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For the Edgy Minimalist

For the on-the-go girl that always looks effortlessly impeccable, you can’t go wrong with a little black dress ($280) from Erika Schrieber – especially for the holidays. The fashionable woman will probably have a lot of stylish events to attend and this look is sure fit perfectly when hopping from one event to the next. With the tasteful V-neck and modern midi split, it’s a winner.


For the Woman with an Eye for Design

With that little black dress, they are going to have to accessorize! We LOVE the Sophie Blake NY Stella Cuff ($295). It’s just the right of edge for the girl who leaves no detail overlooked.


The Dapper DC Dude

For the Dapper Dude always looking for ways to bring personal style to his buttoned-up work attire, the End of the Road Bow Tie by Knot by Tiffa ($35) is one of our favorite local bow tie brands. They have classic and playful prints that work for everything from office to happy hour.



For the Girly Girl

Help her complete her elegant evening look with this classic accessory by local designer Laura Lee. The Stepping Out clutch is an elegant purse with full beading and magnetic closure ($399). Sized at 12 x 5 inches, with approximately 10,000 beads, the Stepping Out clutch is large enough to hold your essentials, and sleek enough for your favorite dress.

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For the eco-friendly beauty lover

If someone on your list goes out of their way to eat organic and live carbon-neutral but loves beauty products – The Mischo Beauty Nail Lacquer in Backstage Beauty will make their day ($18).  This nail lacquer is durable, high-shine and chip-resistant all the while toxin free.


2015 Holiday Window

This year, it is our pleasure to announce the unveiling of our Holiday Window at Georgetown Park!! Home to our 2015 FGIDC Holiday Party, Georgetown Park was incredibly generous in giving us a beautiful bay window to decorate for the season. We took advantage of the opportunity and gave the window a simple yet sophisticated design. Take a look and let us know what you think! We look forward to seeing you at #FGIDCHoliday next week!



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