Showcasing the Best of DC Fashion: Rising Stars 2016


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

New Media
Monling Lee, Color Index

Beauty: Professional
Jeff Enriquez, Makeup Machine

Beauty: Products
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



Cocktails & Conversation 2016



Fashion Group International® of Greater Washington, DC, Inc Invites You
Cocktails & Conversation
Meet The Insiders

Join the FGIDC board poolside for an evening of networking and relationship building with our member insiders & influencers:

Sophie Blake
Sophie Blake NY
Accessories – Womens

Aba Kwawu
Public Relations

Kitiya King
Mischo Beauty

Nadine Naskoviak
Ralph Lauren Mens

Drew Graham
Accessories – Mens

Kim Elleen Atkins
Kim Elleen

Lynda Erkiletian
T.H.E. Artist Agency
Talent Agency

Carroll Thomas
Manufacturing Extension Program

Penthouse Pool Club-The Yards
1212 4th Street SE
Washington, DC 20003

Thursday, June 16, 2016


Non-Members: $10

Cash Bar



#FGIDCMemberNotice: Beauty Within DC 2015

For over a decade, T·H·E Artist Agency and Fashion Group International® of Greater Washington, D.C. have celebrated the important women in our lives through Beauty Within DC. Every spring, this incredible community outreach program provides hundreds of hand-embellished tote bags full of generously donated beauty products to local women in need.

This time last year, 400 Beauty Within DC bags were delivered anonymously to benefit women with children residing temporarily in our community relief centers. They were donated to N Street Village, who empowers women that have come from abuse and enable them to start fresh, Harriet Tubman Emergency Women’s Shelter that houses women veterans among many others, Final Salute Inc., who meet and understand the unique needs of homeless women Veterans and their children, The Healthy Babies Project, whose goal is to help pregnant women in need and ensure delivery of a healthy child, and Innocents at Risk, who fight child exploitation and human trafficking.

Recognizing that Mother’s Day is fast approaching and the need to support these special women is greater than ever, we are humbly requesting donations of any beauty and toiletry samples you are able to contribute. We welcome all unused beauty products and small gifts you may have at home or work, including hotel toiletries, gifts with purchase, samples from make-up or skin care lines, and swag bag contents. Lightly used or new books and magazines are also appreciated.

Donations can be mailed or hand delivered to either T·H·E or Langley High School where Fashion Marketing teacher, Tricia Poythress and her gracious students have annually volunteered to decorate and prepare the contents of each Beauty Within DC bag.

Donation Details:
THE Artist Agency
1207 Potomac Street, NW
Washington, DC 20007
Attn: Beauty Within DC
Monday-Friday, 9:00 AM – 6:00 PM
Until May 7th

Langley High School
6520 Georgetown Pike
McLean, VA 22101
Attn: Trisha Poythress
Monday-Friday, 7:00 AM – 4:00 PM
Until May 7th

For more information and updates please like on Facebook and follow on Twitter (@BeautyWithinDC). We are grateful for your time and heartfelt generosity. Thank you for your continued support.

2013 Drop off to N Street Village
Schrorder Stribling (Executive Director of N Street Village), Lynda Erkiletian (Founder of Beauty Within DC), Isabella Centinari, Elizabeth Centinari (VP of THE Artist Agency)

Langley High School Fashion Merchandising students