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FERN MALLIS TALKS FASHION WITH SIMON DOONAN

by Karen Alberg Grossman

It was a Zoom session not to be missed last Thursday when Fashion Group International hosted the ever-engaging Simon Doonan interviewing fashion icon Fern Mallis about her illustrious career in fashion and fundraising. It started when Fern won a Mademoiselle magazine-sponsored contest and was one of only 20 college students selected guest editor, awarding her a stay at the famous girls-only Barbizon Hotel, a trip to Israel, and a role in putting together the September issue. Fern quickly fell in love with fashion and design (her father and uncles had worked in the garment center) and has made a big difference in her various positions throughout her career.

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FGI PRESENTS THE FRONTLINES OF FASHION WITH FERN MALLIS & SIMON DOONAN

By Laurel Marcus

When I first saw that Fashion Group International was sponsoring a Zoom event featuring Fern Mallis and Simon Doonan, I naturally thought that the former CFDA executive director and host of the 92nd St Y “Fashion Icons” series would be interviewing the former Barneys creative director and “Making It” judge — I would be wrong. The tables were turned in this talk to benefit the Fashion Group Foundation to promote Mallis’s “Fashion Icons: The Archive” on YouTube.

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FGI’S ‘NIGHT OF STARS’ GALA TO BE HELD IN-PERSON THIS FALL

by Stephen Garner

Fashion Group International (FGI) announced on Wednesday that its annual fashion and lifestyle awards, “Night Of Stars” Gala will be held in person on Wednesday, October 13, 2021. The star-studded black-tie event will take place at Casa Cipriani inside Cipriani South Street, located on the water at 10 South Street in Manhattan.

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FGI’S ‘NIGHT OF STARS’ TO BE HELD IN-PERSON

The gala will adhere to the latest CDC guidelines, organizers said.

By Rosemary Feitelberg

T’S IN THE STARS: Break out the black dresses. Shine up the shoes. The Fashion Group International will be holding its annual “Night of Stars” gala in-person this fall.

Benefits, awards dinners and galas are starting to show signs of a comeback. FGI is the latest organization to reveal plans to return to the real deal. While last fall’s social calendar was wiped clean, FGI nixed its annual extravaganza.

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FGI’S RETAIL SYMPOSIUM PRESENTS NEW AVENUES TO REACH CONSUMERS

By Laurel Marcus

Post pandemic retail distribution has entered a “Field of Dreams” like state. “If you build it, they will come” is the takeaway I got from FGI’s recent retail symposium entitled “New Opportunities in Distribution.” The esteemed panel included Kimberly Carney, Founder & CEO, Fashwire.com; Abra Potkin, Co-Chief Executive officer, NOW//With; Amish Tolia, Co-Founder & Co-CEO, LEAP; and Marissa Galante, Fashion Director: Women’s Accessories and Beauty, Bloomingdales. Richard Baum, President, Retail Marketing Society, served as moderator.

As someone who is still familiarizing herself with the “dolphin speak” of marketing, technology, and digital retail lingo, I had a time figuring out how to decipher the onslaught of jargon. However, what I could glean was still fascinating.

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UPSIDES OF UPCYCLING: ‘IT IS A CREATIVE PROCESS’

The Fashion Group International held a webinar on the topic of upcycling, and how the movement has evolved.

By Arthur Zaczkiewicz

Upcycling is sustainable, fashionable, and it has the potential to be scaleable, noted speakers during a Fashion Group International webinar last week on the topic, who also described the practice as a creative endeavor that is supported by a strong narrative and is increasingly accessible to consumers.

The session, “Sustainability Now: Upcycling,” featured Greg Lauren, designer of Greg Lauren; Kelsey Randall, designer of Kelsey Randall, and Gabriella Smith, founder of the Upcycle Project.

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FGI’S PANEL ON UPCYCLING REINVIGORATES

By Laurel Marcus

Was Scarlett O’Hara one of the first upcyclers? “I just saw this in the window and couldn’t resist,” Carol Burnett famously deadpanned in a skit as she pranced around in those iconic green velvet drapes, curtain rod exposed at her shoulders. These are the thoughts I’m having after yesterday’s FGI Zoom treat “Sustainability Now: Upcycling” featuring Designers Greg Lauren and Kelsey Randall; Gabriella Smith, Founder of The Upcycle Project with moderator Arthur Zaczkiewicz, Executive Editor, WWD/Fairchild Studio.

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RECAP: FGI & NYWIFT FASHION & THE FIRST LADIES PANEL

By Jean Criss

In celebration of Women’s History Month, Fashion Group International (FGI) and New York Women in Film & Television (NYWIFT) took a look at Fashion and the First Ladies through a virtual panel on March 12. It was a candid conversation about how our First Ladies are fashion trendsetters, and explored how fashion plays a key role with history, politics and contributes to the making or breaking of public policy.

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NYWIFT PANEL DISCUSSION: HOW FASHION CAN SERVE AS A PIPELINE BETWEEN THE PEOPLE AND THE WHITE HOUSE

On March 12th at 1 PM EST, Fashion Group International (FGI) partnered with New York Women in Film & Television (NYWIFT) to present “Fashion and the First Ladies,” a panel discussion on how the styles of the first ladies impact American culture.

The panel featured renowned voices within the fashion industry:

Moderated by former fashion editor for The Washington Post and Pulitzer prize winner Robin Givhan, the panel featured Oscar De La Renta, Fernando Garcia, fashion writer Carson Poplin, and Chief Curator of the Fashion Institute of Technology Dr. Valerie Steele.

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PANEL DISCUSSION: FASHION & THE FIRST LADY

By Laurel Marcus

Fashion is nonpolitical and nonpartisan,” Oscar de la Renta (who dressed nearly every first lady of the last half-century) famously said. On Friday afternoon I was invited to watch a Zoom presentation in celebration of Women’s History Month, “Fashion and the First Ladies” presented by Fashion Group International and New York Women in Film and Television. Cynthia Lopez, Executive Director of NYWFT announced that this was the group’s 95th Zoom of the pandemic. “How do we commemorate the first woman Vice President during Women’s History Month?” she asked.

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JILL BIDEN, MELANIA TRUMP & MORE: A CLOSER LOOK AT FIRST LADY FASHION & WHY IT’S SO IMPORTANT

By Madeleine Crenshaw

The first lady of the United States is a position that has always been synonymous with American fashion.

“For a lot of Americans, the first lady represents the administration,” said Valerie Steele, the director and chief curator of The Museum at the Fashion Institute of Technology. “People feel that this is the wife of the president we elected, so she should represent that administration and more generally represent the United States to the world. We expect her to live up to that — that’s her job in a sense for us.”

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FIRST LADIES’ FASHION: THE POWER LIES WITHIN TO BOOST THE ECONOMY, SUPPORT DESIGNERS AND SUSTAINABILITY

Panelists singled out how different first ladies have been celebrated and criticized for their fashion choices.

By Rosemary Feitelberg

Love it. Hate it. Debate it. When it comes to first ladies’ fashion, everyone has an opinion.

The everlasting intrigue of first ladies’ designer choices and how those decisions can help fuel the economy were among the many takeaways from a virtual talk Friday.

The Washington Post’s senior critic at large Robin Givhan led the “Fashion and the First Ladies” discussion with fashion historian Carson Poplin, Oscar de la Renta co-director Fernando Garcia, and The Museum at the Fashion Institute of Technology’s Director and chief curator Valerie Steele. From Michelle Obama championing American designers to Hillary Clinton’s penchant for pantsuits, the panelists delved into how fashion plays into politics, history and making or breaking public policy. The hourlong virtual talk was organized by the Fashion Group International and New York Women in Film & Television.

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FASHION GROUP INTERNATIONAL CELEBRATES BLACK TALENT

By Karen Alberg Grossman

At one of the best and most provocative Zoom conferences ever, Fashion Group International (FGI) hosted last week a group of talented black designers and entrepreneurs, winners, and finalists of the recent Rising Star Awards, who shared their struggles and offered suggestions on how the current system might be improved. Moderated by culture/style arbiter and writer Constance White, the panel spoke about their difficult journeys with amazing candor.

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BLACK CREATIVES DISCUSS THE CHALLENGES OF SECURING FUNDING, GETTING AHEAD IN FASHION AND BEAUTY

Creatives of color speak candidly about the hurdles they’ve faced in trying to build their businesses.

By Rosemary Feitelberg
February 23, 2021

There’s a lot going on in fashion when it comes to inclusion for Black creatives — there are the challenges of securing financing, issues tied to corporate America’s role in diversity, the risk of bei …

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FASHWIRE LAUNCHES CAMPAIGN TO SUPPORT FASHION GROUP INTERNATIONAL’S FOUNDATION

February 02, 2021

SEATTLE–(BUSINESS WIRE)–Fashwire further deepens its philanthropic mission, FashGive, as it partners with the Fashion Group Foundation (FGF), an organization which is dedicated to promoting educational programs devoted to fashion and to the study of fashion related businesses through the creation and awarding of scholarships; establishment of internship programs; and provision of career counseling services. Additionally, FGF supports the organization and sponsorship of seminars and other educational activities on a national and worldwide basis as well as sponsoring public service activities in which the fashion industry works, to serve relevant community needs, concerns and to stimulate and encourage membership and industry participation in such public service activities.

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FASHION GROUP INTERNATIONAL HONORS RISING STAR AWARD WINNERS

The hourlong awards event featured a bevy of big-name designers.

By Rosemary Feitelberg
Dec 17, 2020

Under normal circumstances, a city-stopping snowstorm could lead to no-shows, last-minute cancellations and late arrivals. But none of the above were factors at the Fashion Group International’s Rising Star awards Thursday, which were held virtually for the first time.

Weather, like travel, were non-issues for numerous attendees, who watched Aknvas’ Christian Juul Nielsen and Epperson’s Rodney Epperson share the Womenswear award. After Anna Sui named the winners, Epperson chalked up his win to perseverance. Nielsen then followed up with his own thanks, adding that designers such as himself need support now more than ever. “FGI was founded by 17 women who banded together to support and promote the role of women in the industry,” he said, noting that he created his company to meet a similar goal of empowerment for women.

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FASHION GROUP INTERNATIONAL PRESENTS AN INSPIRATIONAL AWARDS BROADCAST

The hourlong awards event featured a bevy of big-name designers.

By Karen Alberg Grossman
Dec 18, 2020

Important events done virtually are no easy task so kudos to Fashion Group International (FGI) for pulling off such a terrific show yesterday afternoon. In fact, the 24th Annual Rising Star Awards live broadcast was filled with wisdom, dedication, and inspiration, leaving viewers with a real sense of optimism that the fashion/beauty/retail industries are in good hands.

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FGI PARTNERS WITH NEW YORK WOMEN IN FILM AND TELEVISION

Both organizations are teaming up to explore the synergies between fashion and film.

By Rosemary Feitelberg
May 18, 2020

FASHION’S LEADING ROLE: Knowing that fashion and film have proven to be a winning combination, the Fashion Group International has partnered with New York Women in Film and Television for a few events and film screenings.

Their collaboration will launch Tuesday with a webinar about the art of filmmaking and science of marketing in fashion films and how they are essential branding tools for fashion and lifestyle brands. “Dressed” documentary director David Swajeski will moderate the discussion. Artistix Fashion’s Andy Hilfiger, Vimeo’s Ina Pira and Matte Projects’ Matthew Rowean will share their thoughts during “The Art and Science of Fashion in Film” panel.

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