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