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



Inspiration From The Men In Motion


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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