On Tuesday, March 21st an amazing group of creative professionals enjoyed thought provoking conversations at Cocktails & Conversations at Locale Workspace. FGIDC Director Robin Fisher and the 2017-2018 board greeted all the influencers and guests as they arrived. The evening’s featured creative influencers included: Monling Lee (2016 Rising Star Winner), Hunt Laudi Studio and Color Index; Virginia Arrisueño, DeNada; Kerra Michele Huerta ( 2016 Rising Star Winner), Apartment Envy, Kerra Michele Interiors, and Bureau; Davin Gentry (2016 Rising Star Winner), Premium Co.; Becky Waddell, Be Clean Shop; Kevin Hallums (2016 Rising Star Winner), Premium Co.. FGIDC members and prospective members enjoyed great music as they sipped their cocktails, and discussed their future plans.
On Tuesday, February 7 2016, The Fashion Group International® of Greater Washington, DC, Inc. (FGIDC) hosted the Impact of Trends Spring/Summer 2017 presentation and business workshop. The discussion was all about exploring how to keep your business current and competitive while translating and implementing the international runway trends. Our speakers represented retail (Theresa Watts – Lettie Gooch), Design (Sophie Blake – Sophie Blake NY), and Beauty (Jeff Enriquez – Makeup Machine). The guests received insider industry knowledge on everything from the process of reviewing and breaking down the shows, to some of the challenges a creative faces when the market is just not ready for a trend!
Fashion Group International® of Greater Washington, DC Celebrated The City’s Emerging Talent
At the 2016 Rising Star Awards @ Kimpton Mason & Rook Hotel
It is often said that fashion and Washington, DC do not belong in the same sentence. On Thursday, December 1st, the Fashion Group International(R) of Greater Washington, DC Region hosted their biennial Rising Star awards event honoring Washington, DC’s emerging talent at Kimpton Mason & Rook Hotel.
Almost a 100 of Washington’s most fashionable people showed up to celebrate the honorees and to toast the industry at the awards reception. FGIDC’s 2016 Rising Stars were honored in the categories of Womenwear, Menswear, Jewelry and Accessories, Beauty Professionals, Beauty Products, Fashion Photography, Interiors, New Media, and Styling.
The Rising Star Awards in DC were presented by industry leaders. After presentations of awards, DJ CYD rocked the well-heeled crowd while they enjoyed cocktails and hors d’oeuvres from Kimpton Mason & Rook.
Congratulations to all the nominees and winners! You are an inspiration and proof that the best is yet to come for the Washington DC fashion & creative industries.
Rising Stars 2016 Winners
Nicole Alfieri, Pico Vela
Kevin Hallums & Davin Gentry – Premium Co.
Drew Graham, SwitchWood
Sarah Bayot – Kicheko Gooods
Kate Warren, GoKateShoot
Kerra Michele Huerta, Apartment Envy
Monling Lee, Color Index
Jeff Enriquez, Makeup Machine
Kitiya King, Mischo Beauty
Stara Pezeshkian, StaraGlam
Event Photos – Courtesy of A Little Bit of Whimsy Photography
History of Rising Stars & A Word from the 2016 Nominees
Thank you from the 2016 FGIDC Board
On Tuesday, November 15, 2016 FGIDC hosted their second MEN IN MOTION talk at the Saks Fifth Avenue Men’s Store in Chevy Chase. The talk was paired off with whiskey tasting, snacks, and coffee tasting from Organo. Additionally, over $200 worth of swag that each attendee received from Grooming Lounge, Whiskey Ginger, Switchwood, and Saks Fifth Avenue.
A panel discussion with some of the top leading men in the industry followed, which was, moderated Timothy Lowery, General Manager of CityCenterDC. The panel consisted of Omar Aboudi, Brand Manager of Isaia; Jordan Jackson, Designer Men’s Apparel for Under Armour; Tamon George, Co-Founder of the Creative Theory; and Wafiqu Chowdhury, Garment Manufacturer for Global Garment Sourcing Partners. Question after question from the 60+ 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. Omar Aboudi and Tamon George spoke to the influence that men have in the men’s fashion industry and that “men need a reference point” because they generally don’t follow trends as fast as women. Jordan Jackson also found interesting that his market likes to post and share their outfits on social media. When asked by Timothy Lowery “what is one thing you want everyone to leave with” Wafiqu responded “do you! Do what makes you feel confident and exudes your personal taste.”
On Tuesday, October 18, over 70 fashion professionals enjoyed lively conversations at Cocktails & Conversations at Pinstripes in Georgetown. FGIDC Director Elaine Mensah introduced the evening’s featured members: Robin Fisher, Polished Image & Style; Spencer Hurd, Whiskey Ginger; Debra Fabian, Debra Fabian Designs; Maurisa Potts, Spotted MP; Stara Pezeshkian, Stara Glam; Heather Femia, DJ Heather Femia; and Afua Sam, Studio D’Maxsi Designs. FGIDC members and prospective members sipped their libations, discussed landscape changing ideas and chatted about possible partnerships with fellow industry professionals.
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?”
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.
Yesterday, SoulCycle West End hosted FGIDC members and our friends for an amazing Cardio Party! THANK YOU SOULCYCLE! We were treated to an intense sweat session that got us motivated and ready for the Summer. Our instructor Abby was the best and we couldn’t have thought of a better way to kick off the season. Check out #FGIDCSweat on Instagram to see photos!
On Tuesday, February 9 2016, The Fashion Group International® of Greater Washington, DC, Inc. (FGIDC) presented the Fashion Group International’s curated trend presentation followed by an exhibit featuring fashion trends interpreted through the lens of top DC photographers. While sipping cocktails in the stimulating historic space, over 50 well-heeled Washingtonians, found unique inspiration and a comprehensive presentation for the season’s trends as presented on the runways at New York Fashion Week, including athleisure, bodouir inspired clothing, layering, trim details and relaxed fits. Photographs from top DC fashion and lifestyle photographers including Anton Papich, Violetta Markelou, Master Williams, Tim Coburn, Kate Warren, Monica True, Creative Theory and Walter Grio were up for silent auction to benefit FGIDC’s upcoming outreach initiatives.