{Event} Spring Trend Event: The Intersection of Politics and Fashion


Join us for FGIDC’s Spring Trend Event: The Intersection of Politics and Fashion, featuring an expert panel discussion followed by a presentation of international RTW runway trends curated by FGI.

Lauren A. Rothman – Founder, Styleauteur
Tracey Garcia – Co-Founder, StyleMeBar
Nancy McKeon – Managing Editor, My Little Bird

Kim Elleen Atkins – Founder/Designer, Kim Elleen Collection; Political Journalist, Boston Herald and MSNBC

Spring Trend Looks By: Pico Vela, Sun Gods, Studio D’Maxsi and Kim Elleen Collection

Models: Kingsley Model + Talent Management


Wednesday, February 7th
7:00 pm – 9:00 pm

Flex Office Space (FOS)
1415 H St NE
Washington, DC

Members – $25 (*Membership Will Be Verified)
Non-Members – $35

RSVP Today!


Lauren A. Rothman

Lauren A. Rothman is a fashion, style, and trend expert. Lauren has her finger on the pulse of fashion—from helping organizations across the country leverage their unique style DNA to discussing executive presence and First Family fashion on Entertainment Tonight, CNN, E! News, AP News, Reuters, and ABC News. A highly sought after stylist, her tips on wardrobe management and creating a versatile, fashion-forward closet have been featured in Glamour, Real Simple, Vanity Fair, People StyleWatch, Fortune, The Washington Post, The New York Post, and Politico. Lauren writes a column, Fashion Whip, for The Huffington Post focused on style and politics, and maintains an image therapy practice working to increase the style quotient of her individual and corporate clients. Lauren’s book, Style Bible: What to Wear to Work, is the definitive guide for the modern professional on how to dress to impress and is a leadership tool that continues to emphasize the importance of image in the workplace.


Tracey Garcia

Graduating from the Fashion Institute of Design and Merchandising (FIDM) and Graham Webb Academy, Tracey started her career in Los Angeles, California and brings over 20 years of experience in the industry. A former trainer for MAC Cosmetics she has worked with FOX News, NFL, Entertainment Tonight, CBS, NBC and on movie and commercial sets. Tracey specializes in serving DC and international political elite for national television and events and has been nationally recognized by People Magazine. Her goal is to use the latest make-up techniques to exceed her clients’ expectations while making them look and feel their absolute best.




Nancy McKeon

I cut my retail teeth at New York Magazine, writing the “Best Bets” column, pointing out the newest, coolest things and places in town. In 20 years at The Washington Post, I was editor of the Food section, the Real Estate section, Travel, Sunday Business, At Home Magazine and the Sunday Magazine’s special design, dining, travel and fashion issues. No, not all at the same time. I currently share editing duties with Janet Kelly at MyLittleBird.com.





Kim Elleen

Designer Kim Elleen developed a passion for fashion as a child, inspired by her seamstress mother’s impeccable sense of style and beautiful clothing creations. Kim launched her own clothing design business in 2010 in the Washington, DC area. The hallmarks of her label are her custom-created colorful bold prints and classic-yet-modern silhouettes. Her custom designs have been featured in fashion shows, magazines including Brides, Veux, Imagine, Luxe, Northern Virginia Magazine, Bliss and Façon Magazine and worn to events including the White House Correspondents’ Association dinner. Kim is also a lawyer and works as a legal and political journalist.

2017 FGIDC Holiday Party

FGIDC members and friends toasted the holiday season and celebrated the end of a successful year Dec. 6 at Capitale DC – and a merry time was had by all!

Thanks again to our amazing sponsors: Mike Isabella Concepts, Basket Treats by Alexis Streets, Elegance and Simplicity, a Little Bit of Whimsy Photography and DJ Fanci! Follow us on Facebook, Instagram and Twitter to see more images!

2017 FGIDC Holiday Party *New Location*

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

Our 2017 Holiday Party

Celebrate the holiday season and the end of another successful year with us on Dec. 6. Join us for drinks, bites, fabulous company and holiday cheer.

Food by Mike Isabella Concepts. Decor styling by Elegance & Simplicity. Desserts by Basket Treats by Alexis Streets. Music by DJ Fanci. Photos by A Little Bit of Whimsy Photography.

Wed, December 6, 2017

7:00 PM – 10:00 PM EST


1301 K Street NW

Washington, DC 20005

Non-Members: $35


* Membership will be validated

{Event} The Business Behind The Blog
















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

The Business Behind The Blog

Join FGIDC and top bloggers from our region, as we discuss the fundamental business skills needed to create a successful and engaging blog.  The topics we discuss will incude:

– Branding

– Content Strategy

– Marketing Partnerships

– The Future of Blogging

Heather Menis @FifthandMainPR
Barnette Holston – @DCFashionFool
Lola Phaefler – @OhLolaBlog
Keke Olisemeka – @StyleYourSelfie
Julien Garman – @JulienGarman


Thursday, October 26th
7:00 pm – 8:30 om

Canvas Co/Work
1203 19th Street NW
Washington DC 20036

FGIDC Members – $15
Non-Members – $25


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Heather Menis

After 15 years of public relations and marketing experience, Heather Shaw Menis left the corporate world to pursue her entrepreneurial goals.

Her mission; to bring corporate know-how to small and locally-owned fashion, beauty, lifestyle, and design businesses looking to establish their brand in the DC market and beyond. From directing local marketing efforts for Saks Fifth Avenue to launching boutique hotels and fine dining restaurants in DC, Heather has built a vast network of contacts in the DC market and the luxury market nationwide.












Barnette Holston

Barnette Holston, also known as the DCFashion Fool runs a men’s fashion and lifestyle blog under the same name. The blog was set up to provide style inspiration and fashion tips to encourage guys to define their own style as well as to showcase his own personal flair. Through his social media platforms he introduces new brands and his personal favorites.

With his motto, “You too can be a fool for fashion, Barnette wants to prove that guys don’t have to be afraid of fashion. Many have a notion that Washingtonians have no sense of style and there’s nothing going in town beside politics and legal affairs. He wants to dispel that notion by showing off his sense of style as seen through his eyes and through his travels and adventures.












Lola Pfaehler

Lola Pfaehler began blogging after becoming inspired by her daughter Vera’s birth to be a strong woman and follow her dreams while simultaneously becoming a mom. Originally from Venezuela, she began her blog in Miami, where she grew her audience significantly within her first year, working with such brands as Coach, Neutrogena, Dove, Johnson, Coca Cola, and Daniel Wellington, among others. Her style is chic, edgy, and city-centered, and she always adds a fun dash of Vera in her posts. Lola writes weekly about relatable subjects that range from the latest fashion trends to other genuine topics like finding time for fashion after pregnancy, dealing with post-pregnancy body changes, or finding time to do what you love all while being a full-time mom.











Keke Olisemeka

Hello my name is Keke Olisemeka, I’m a wife and mother of four that’s obsessed with fashion, traveling and beautiful new life discoveries. In my corporate career I’ve been a top tech recruiter,  a branding and communications specialist in my siblings start up and a Practice Administrator in my husband’s Urgent Care Practice, but none of those roles truly represented me or my passions.

I believe that women have so many obligations in life, that they allow life pass them by.  StyleYourSelfie is not just about style  you wear, but living life in style.  Let’s have fun, be fearless, stay fabulous, and remain fashionable through this thing called life.

One of my goals is having my own affordable yet head-turning fashion line offering women fabulous yet totally affordable, comfy clothes that make them always feel like the best in the room… A girl can only dream.














Julien Garman

It’s Julien is a fashion and lifestyle blog catered to women looking for budget-friendly inspiration for everyday style. I’ll also help you decide how to curate your closet and decide which items are worth investing in.

Julien aims to conquer style challenges (like how to wear a crop top to work), loves sharing her favorite local shops, and covers DC’s most fashionable events. She lives in the DC area with her hubby and their mischievous pup, Dallas.

Julien has worked with brands like Rent the Runway, Calvin Klein, Banana Republic, and Ralph Lauren. She’s been featured on Brightest Young Things, Washingtonian Magazine, D/CITY, and named “Best Fashion Blogger” in Northern Virginia Magazine in 2016.

Cocktails & Conversations – Summer 2017


Fashion Group International® of Greater Washington, DC, Inc Invites You to
Cocktails & Conversation
Meet The 2017 New Members

Join the FGIDC board poolside for an evening of networking and relationship building with our new 2017 members:

Dana Matasa
Royal Blue Fine Clothing

Frederique Stephanie
The Pop Up House

Joy Kingsley-Ibeh
LoveJoy Image

Marquia Kinard

Jeff Enriquez
Jeff Enriquez Makeup

Kendall Dishek
Laura Lee Designs

Tracey Crockett

Elizabeth St John
Elizabeth St John

Chris Loney
London’s Pedisoaks

Keke Olisemeka

Sahra Schukraft
Shop the City, LLC

Joelle Firzli
Design and Flow

Kaitlin Puccio
Bent Frame

Donna Reamy
Virginia Commonwealth University

VIDA Penthouse Pool Club
1212 4th Street SE
Washington, DC 20003

Thursday, July 13, 2017

Non-Members: $10

Cash Bar


* Membership will be validated

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