Showcasing the Best of DC Fashion: Rising Stars 2016

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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

Womenswear
Nicole Alfieri, Pico Vela

Menswear
Kevin Hallums & Davin Gentry – Premium Co.

Accessories
Drew Graham, SwitchWood

Jewelry
Sarah Bayot – Kicheko Gooods

Photography
Kate Warren, GoKateShoot

Interiors
Kerra Michele Huerta, Apartment Envy

New Media
Monling Lee, Color Index

Beauty: Professional
Jeff Enriquez, Makeup Machine

Beauty: Products
Kitiya King, Mischo Beauty

Styling
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

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Inspiration From The Men In Motion

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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.”

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Cocktails & Conversations With Industry Professionals

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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.

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?”

 

 

 

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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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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!

Spring 2016 Fashion Showcase at the Warner Theatre

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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.

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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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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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