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.
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)