Fall/Winter 2016 Trends With The Press

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On Monday, September 26 the Fashion Group International® of Greater Washington, DC, Inc. (FGIDC) hosted a Fall/Winter 2016 trends and meet the press event at the American Institute of Architects.

The event started with a trend presentation and was followed by a 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. Panelist included Stephanie Green, WWD; Suzy Jacobs, Capitol File Magazine; Catherine Trifiletti, Washington Life Magazine; and Holly Pan, Petite Flower Presents. Questions such as “does DC fashion have seasons” and “how will the new first family effect fashion” were asked by our Regional Director, Elaine Mensah. Additionally, the guest had opportunities to ask questions to our panelists. Some questions included, “how do [they] approach bloggers to review products” and “what are [their] favorite designers and emerging/under the radar designers?”

 

 

 

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

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FGIDCxKen Downing

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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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