Monday, December 14, 2009

Holiday Designer Trunk Show

UPDATE: Jamie Thorn Jewelry has been added to the mix - now we will have 9 local designers for your shopping pleasure!

Friday, December 11, 2009

FGI Exclusive Shopping Night at Vian Hunter

FGI Exclusive Shopping Night at Vian Hunter from 6:00pm - 8:00pm on December 16th.

Treats will be provided, $10 ticket cost - all proceeds to benefit New Beginnings.

Vian Hunter
2814 E.Madison St.
Seattle, WA 98112

Please RSVP!

Friday, November 27, 2009

FGI Exclusive Shopping Night at Clutch

FGI Exclusive Shopping Night at Clutch: On November 30th join us for treats hosted by Clutch (1212 4th Avenue), members can use their FGI exclusive discount and everyone can enjoy extended hours to shop and mingle from 6pm - 8pm.

If you're not a member that is OK, you can come and shop too!!

Wednesday, November 18, 2009

Ottica Trunk Show

FGI Member Discounts!

Guess what members, you get discounts at local businesses!

Here is a current list of some amazing businesses that would like to offer you a discount on their services (click on the image to enlarge):

Thanks to Sydney Mintle for the work she did on gathering these discounts!

Monday, November 16, 2009

Holiday Trunk Show & Pamper Party

Here is an event worth checking out - especially if you love local designers and want to help raise money for breast cancer awareness!

The Holiday Trunk Show & Pamper Party will be held on November 19th in Ballard at the Duque Salon & Spa (5348 Ballard Ave NW. Seattle, WA 98107) from 6-9pm. There will be some amazing designers, even I'm looking forward to getting my holiday shopping done at this event!

Here are the details:
Bring a friend and kick back, relax and start your holiday gift shopping! A portion of all proceeds will benefit breast cancer awareness and research.

The owner of Duque Salon & Spa is a breast cancer survivor and has generously offered us their space for the evening. They will be providing mini spa services at Duque and consultations with a makeup artist at their cosmetic studio next door, Shimmer Beauty Bar. The first 30 people in the door will get a great bag of swag! There are also some amazing raffle prizes that we will give away throughout the evening, including spa/salon services and a set of lash extensions worth over $125! There will be other specials on all services during the event - if you feel the need to indulge.

We have several vendors who will be selling jewelry, candles, spa products and great gift items for you and all those on your list. If you feel so inclined, please also bring some nibbles or a beverage to share while you shop. This event is open to bring a girlfriend or forward this event to anyone you wish!

Duque Salon & Shimmer Beauty Bar are located right at the bell tower in old Ballard.

Saturday, November 14, 2009

'Shop Local' Initiative

This is an AMAZING Ladies Who Launch event and if you support local then please check this out!

2009 has been a difficult year

Entrepreneurs have had to be resilient and resourceful, nimble and creative. It has been especially challenging for independent boutiques and shops. Our neighborhoods are populated with fabulous, unique and interesting businesses that create the personality and character we love. We have lost many of our favorites all over the region and we are at risk of losing more in 2010.

I am increasingly convinced that collaboration is the best model for success in business and life. As women, we practice that quality instinctively. Our Ladies Who Launch community is blessed to include some of the most generous and passionate women with which I have ever had the privilege to be associated...and I am hoping all of you would like the opportunity to show the world (at least, our corner of it) what brilliant, committed and passionate women can achieve.

"Survival isn't a solo act"

What are you willing to do?
If you are a retail shop, would you spend 2 hours at a meeting to collaborate?
If you have a product to sell, would you do a trunk show or a 'pop-up' shop?
If you are a PR Diva, would you help with Press Releases and Media attention?
If you are a Marketing Guru, would you design an Event Template?
If you are an Event Planner, would you give advice and counsel?
If you are an artist or entertainer, would you be available for an Event?
If you are in the media, would you talk or write about this effort?
If you are a lady who's launching, would you show up and support us?

Sign up now, come to the meeting, offer your suggestions, bring your ideas, support us and collaborate!

Date: Tuesday, November 24, 2009
Time: 7pm-9pm
Where: 5Focus - 1009 8th AV N - Seattle, WA 98109 (MAP)
Parking: Street parking is available and it is FREE.
Price: FREE for everyone just register here so I know how many chairs to rent!
?'s: Call Linda Snyder at 206-390-6167 or Candice Caldwell at 206-715-2410

Message from Linda:
So, why am I doing this?
I love retail...30 years at an entrepreneurial department store, many years as a retail coach consulting with entrepreneurs. I have friends and clients who are passionate about their businesses. Several incidents occurred in the last month that got me thinking that "someone should do something about this!"

My To-Do list has included "join the 3/50 project - post on site and FB" since July. At the end of October I went to the site, signed up and started reading. Cinda Baxter's question to retailers hit me between the eyes.

"So, do you want to be around a year from now?"

I was shocked! Then I stopped to consider. What could I do to make a significant difference. I knew that I had a platform and forum to start the conversation and get the word out. I started pounding the pavement, visiting shops, inviting them to attend our meeting on Tuesday, November 24 and now I am hoping that you will feel the same way I do.

I could put this passion and energy to work for a charitable cause, I have done so in the past and will again in the future. I guess it all boils down to 'I Love Retail', it's like a virus for me, it's in my blood and I want it to be vital, healthy, vibrant and fun again! It's theater and drama and dynamic and exciting when it is done well...and so many places I love do it brilliantly.

Some of my friends have said that they "are tired of not shopping". Nothing has changed for them, they are among the 90% still employed, still have credit cards, still have dinner out and spa appointments. But some where along the line, they stopped shopping and started feeling like they needed to do the 'patriotic' thing and follow Suze Orman's advice. I almost came through the television to throttle her last year when she said "stop spending! start saving!" It's good advice, but everything in moderation folks! I actually had someone tell me it was unfashionable to shop!

I believe that even if you have to buy less, you should spend local.

Local business spins the wheels of the economy. It is where the jobs are generated, the sale tax revenue comes from, it creates the neighborhoods. Let's share the love a little this next year and keep our purchases local.

And if you can't attend, please sign up for the 3/50 project and support us by putting your local shops and favorite Boutiques on your Holiday Shopping List!

Thanks for listening,

Friday, November 13, 2009

FGI Annual Member Meeting - Regional Slate and Spring DVD Showing

Photo by Youa KongHello Members! It is time for our (Members Only) annual members meeting for Fashion Group International. Come and see your friends and colleagues and get the scoop on what is happening this year! see the latest must have’s for your Spring wardrobe!

Date: 12/8/08, Tuesday

Time - be fashionable... but don't be late! Proxy Meeting will be from 6:00 PM to 8:30 PM

Be there at 6:00 to enjoy a glass of wine and appetizers...and socialize! 7:00 PM we will review the budget, 2010 board slate, and see the latest Spring fashions for 2010 on the new trend DVD.

Place to be Seen: Sixth Avenue Wine Seller – Wine Bar at Pacific Place 600 Pine Street, 3rd Floor Seattle, WA 98101 (By Williams Sonoma and the Nordstrom's Sky bridge. Wine Bar is in the back of the store. This is an exclusive event for FGI and we will have reserved the wine bar for the evening).

Cost - $35.00: Includes a of glass wine - choice of select Cabernet or Chardonnay, and an array of appetizers such as meat and cheese plate, fruit platter, hot brie and pesto dip with crostini, etc.

(An extensive wine menu is available for you to choose from for any additional drinks. This would be non-hosted).

Important!!! - Please RSVP by Friday 12/04 to or via the evite.

If for some reason you did not get the proxy please email me and I'll resend it to you!

Boutique Culture Holiday Warehouse Sale

Holiday Shopping at its Best: Support Local Charities and Find the Best Deals, Steals and Bargains at the Boutique Culture Holiday Warehouse Sale and Seattle’s First Clothing Swap

The December 6th Boutique Culture Warehouse Sale at the Hyatt at Olive 8 features more than 20 local boutiques and premium designers offering up to 80% off all merchandise. BC will also debut the online version of its Warehouse Sale, the first online store to feature closeout prices without fussy memberships or invitations!

Tuesday, November 3, 2009

Girl On Top Coming to Seattle - Nov 6th

Here is an event at The Limited at Westfield Southcenter on November 6th that is worth getting excited about!

Make sure to RSVP if you'd like to attend!

"Nicole Williams has written an ingenious book, Girl on Top, that turns dating rules into career strategies and now it's time to celebrate its arrival on bookshelves.

As part of her nationwide Girl on Top book tour sponsored by The Limited and Elle Magazine, Nicole is hosting networking parties/runway shows in 15 cities across the United States, including Seattle."

Here is what the event will entail:

- Chatting up the women in Seattle you need to have on speed dial
- An amazing gift bag full of stuff you'll actually use (first come first serve)
- An exclusive 40% discount on The Limited's brand new business-chic attire (perfect for that next big meeting or interview)
- Free-flowing Girl On Top Cocktails
- Career advice from Nicole Williams (who couldn’t use that at a time like this?)

Below are the event details ~ make sure to to mention FGI on the RSVP form where it says “How did you hear about GOT?”

Date: 11.6.09
Location: The Limited at South Center 315 S. Center, Strander Blvd off I-5 Seattle, WA 98188
Time: 6-9pm

Click here to RSVP!

Thursday, October 22, 2009

Exclusive Luly Yang Networking Event Re-Cap

Tonight was the exclusive FGI event sponsored by Luly Yang at her beautiful shop in downtown Seattle.

The evening kicked off with mingling and networking of people throughout the fashion industry. Appetizers and champagne were passed and then we met in the bridal room to learn a bit about FGI. We tried to keep the program short so that people could spend more time chatting with guests.

Each and every person who came was fabulous and we are so thankful to have had them. For everyone involved and who came, thank you so much for your support! A special thanks goes out to Luly Yang for hosting the event!

Mike Adams took some great shots, please check them out!

Eco-Lavish Fashion Show Re-Cap

photo by Youa KongOn October 9th, The much anticipated Eco-Lavish fashion show was held in the hip neighborhood, Georgetown at The Engine Room. Sadly, I missed the pre-party of networking, shopping and goodie bags. However we managed to squeeze plenty of that in after the show!

First up on the runway was Six Degrees with Think Now Jewelry, then Deco Modiste with Flutter Budget Jewelry, then Texture Clothing with Otra Vez Jewelry and the finale designer was Lizzie Parker with Rockstar Jewelry.

There were so many things I wanted from that show - it makes me thankful they weren't all setup selling their clothing or I would have bankrupt myself. So many cute dresses, skirts, tops, jewelry... Oh my! (My UFN associate, Youa, took some amazing photos, check them out here!)

After the show it quickly turned into a fabulous networking opportunity - I chatted with designers, fashion bloggers, models and more. The evening continued to be a really wonderful time of making new friends and meeting some people face-to-face for the first time. Rather than writing this like a dear diary entry just know that there are some amazing designers and bloggers in this city and I am so happy to have met them and look forward to spending more time getting to know them all. Thanks Courtney for putting on such an amazing show and bringing everyone together!

Wednesday, October 21, 2009

Re-cap from Vogue Fashion Show in Bellevue

We saw many FGI members and friends at the Vogue show during Bellevue Fashion week, but if you missed the show this year, Danielle Bortone-Holt, FGI member and owner of Brickhouse Photography ( shared a few photos with us! Enjoy!

The show was divided into a number of sections. The model above is decked out in an 80's redux outfit. I was more impressed with this section than I thought I would be. Often, "The 80's" is a garish caricature neon memories of the decade rather than a true composition of 80's fashion, and rarely updated for the current era. While there was some neon, and some horrible Ray-Bans, there was a lot of looks that really would work in 2009. Really.

The evening wear collection was a highlight for many, although there was nothing too stunning or too surprising for a closing finale. The section was very polished, and there was a nice variety of looks at a number of price points.

My favorite section was the "Lady Sophisticate" section. Some of the best looks were from the new Ann Taylor collection. I had heard Ann Taylor had updated their image, and the new pieces did not fail me. I'm very excited to continue to see the new direction Ann Taylor moves in.

If you were at the show let us know what your favorite look/section was!


FGI Seattle Board

Monday, October 19, 2009

Seattle’s Fashion Group International Hosts Fall Fashion Event

Seattle’s Fashion Group International is hosting a fall fashion event on Tuesday November 10th at Ummelina Day Spa. Event highlights include a mini trunk show presented by Betsey Blach from Cashmere Wrappings, complimentary hand massages and foot soaks from Ummelina Day Spa and a special presentation by FGI member Margaret Spencer who is a Seattle-based wardrobe stylist. “As a Personal Stylist, I empower women to be their personal best and help find the right fit for their individual shape,” says Margaret. Admission to this event is free to all FGI members and $10 for general admission.

November FGI Event

Tuesday November 10, 2009

Ummelina Day Spa
1525 4th Ave
Seattle, WA 98101

6:30 PM-8:30 PM

Courtney Russell

Monday, October 5, 2009

Only 4 days to the annual EcoLavish Show!

FGI Friends & Fans, did you get your EcoLavish tix? This is Seattle's only eco-conscious fashion show! Don't miss out. Get your tickets today:

Sunday, October 4, 2009

The September Issue

This documentary is an intimate look at the day-to-day activities of Anna Wintour, editor-in-chief of Vogue, with a focus on the "making of" the famed annual September issue of the magazine. Anna Wintour and her fashion team are not on the pulse, but the pulse of the fashion industry, and viewers learn why after watching this documentary.

This is a must see for anyone interested in fashion. FGI Seattle members, the film opened this weekend in the Seattle area. We hope you get a chance to see the film in theatres.

For details check out the official website:

Tuesday, September 29, 2009

Did you get your FGI/EcoLavish Tickets Yet?

Summer went by so fast! To kick off the fall, come join us at the FGI Seattle Networking reception before the 2nd Annual EcoLavish Fashion Show on 10/9/09. FGI Seattle members get a special rate on tickets that include a discounted General Admission Ticket, a drink ticket (featuring Pulp Cocktails), and meet and greet with the designers before the show.

If you are an FGI member, you recently received and evite with all the details on how to score these great tickets. If you have questions email us at

To purchase your tickets go to (and don't forget to use your password for the discount).

See you on the Runway!

Thursday, September 24, 2009

The Creation

FGI Member, Luly Yang's Annual Fashion Show will be held on 10/9 at the Fairmont Olympic. For details and tickets email

Sunday, September 13, 2009

Something Blue Wedding Event

FGI Members, are you or someone you know getting married in the near future? Fellow FGI member, Courtney Russell of Half Past Lavish Events, has a boutique wedding event called Something Blue: The Premiere Eastside Wedding Event coming up on 9/26/09 and wants to give you free tickets! If you'd like complimentary tickets please just email or let the girl's at the check-in table at the event know you are FGI members. It's that simple! Hope you can join us!

Click on the image for all the details!

Saturday, September 12, 2009

Fashion First

Join in the anticipation as Fashion First presents its 6th Annual fall fashion collections. The finest specialty stores in Seattle and Eastside will be represented along with the winning designers of this spring's 2009 Seattle Magazine's "Seamless in Seattle" competition.

Thursday, September 17, 2009
Qwest Field Event Center 1000 Occidental Ave. S Seattle, WA

7:00 PM
Doors open for VIP reception with silent auction

7:30 PM
Doors open for General Admission

8:00 PM
Live auction with John Curley and Starlight presentation
with guest host Todd Johnson

8:30 PM
6th Annual Fashion First runway show

9:30 PM
The After Party

12:00 AM
Event concludes at the stroke of midnight

REMEMBER to purchase your tickets for this exclusive fashion and charity event now at

Monday, August 31, 2009

The Girl Power Hour 2 Year Anniversary Celebration

G2: Lounge Luxe
September 24, 2009 at Fox Sports Grill

7pm-Midnight ~ MEN + WOMEN Invited

Girl Power Hour opens its door to men for one night only, once a year, for a much-anticipated social networking event like no other. A stylish pink-carpet experience celebrating charity, empowerment, good vibes and life, in scene-setting style.

*Avelle, The New Bag Borrow or Steal Lounge showcasing this seasons hottest bags, sign up for membership or rent product on-site!

*VIP Lounge featuring Pearl Cocktails, special swag and much more

*Beauty Bar with Votre Vu Hand facials, Makeup Touch-ups from Gene Juarez, fashion tips and massage from Massage Envy

*Live Fashion Showcase from The Finerie

*Giveaways from Avelle, Swag, Door Prizes and Goodies from Babeland

*Usnaps Photo Booth, Paparazzi-style Photography, Interviews on the Pink Carpet

*Biggest, Best and most Stylish Social Networking Event in Seattle!

*Partial Proceeds benefiting Y.E.S./Dress for Success

*Sing up for your Free Celebrated Chefs membership to help us raise even more money for our charity!
*Seattle's Hottest DJ's & Guest Appearance from up-and-coming duo GO PERISCOPE, as heard on C89.5FM!!
-DJ Lifeguard (C89.5FM Drive@5 DJ)
-DJ Eva (Stay Gold)
-Chris Paape (O.N.E. – One Night Events)
-Colby B (CBC)

Platinum Sponsor
Avelle, The New Bag Borrow or Steal

Featured Sponsors
FOX Sports Grill & Pearl Vodka

Bronze Sponsors
University Audi
Massage Envy: Capitol Hill, Northgate & Shoreline
The Finerie
Crystal Sponsors
Votre Vu
Media Sponsor


Trophy Cupcakes, Rocketdog Communications, Babeland, Gene Juarez, Incentive Solutions, Tropical Tan, Celebrated Chefs, Finamore, Craig Williams Interiors, DMW Images Rock-n-Roll Photography, Totten Photography,, Fleurish, Beauty Revolution, Seattle Picks, Seattle PI

Tickets Available Now!!

$30 General Admission – includes drink tickets
$60 VIP (Limited!) – Pearl Open bar, appetizers, special swag and more

Facebook – Twitter - @girlpowerhour

Thursday, August 13, 2009

If you were wondering...

Come find us on Facebook, LinkedIn,
Twitter or here!

Get ready for some amazing events - I'll post the info as soon as they are finalized!

Wednesday, July 29, 2009

Looking for Eco-Conscious Designers

Designers, are you eco-friendly, live/work in the PNW, looking for professional exposure? The 2nd annual EcoLavish Fashion show is looking for 2 more eco-friendly designers to add to this year’s fashion show roster. Designers would need to show 8 – 10 looks. Professional hair and make-up is provided, and there is a pre-event photo shoot with acclaimed photographer Kathryn Barnard (for a list of her clients check out her site at

EcoLavish will be held on October 9. 2009 at The Engine Room in Georgetown Studios with an expected attendance of 200.

For more information and a designer packet please email Courtney Russell at

Wednesday, July 22, 2009

FGI Members Please Take Our Survey

We have put together a quick 10 question survey about FGI and we would LOVE your feedback! We are always trying to make it the best it can be and this anonymous survey will help us find out how you all feel.

Please go here:

Thank you for taking the time to complete the survey!

Friday, July 10, 2009

Interested in Being a Board Member?

We want you! We would like to invite you to next month's FGI Seattle Board meeting on July 30th at Westlake Tutta Bella at 7pm (RSVP to me). We are looking to add to our already dynamic board and wanted to extend the invitation out to current members who may be interested in serving on the FGI Board.

The time commitment is relatively low and the only financial commitment is to pay your membership dues (which you have probably already done) and pay the nominal fee at FGI events that you already attend. There are a variety of roles and projects to be involved in from a Board Secretary to membership to programming, pr, and more (see below). You would need to be available to attend monthly board meetings (usually second Tuesday of the month in downtown Seattle for 1.5 hours) and come to or help plan some events and post on the blog. Otherwise it's a lot of networking and building visibility for FGI.

The board is at a turning point where we see your involvement being incredibly helpful and vital to the success of the board.

Please give this some thought and let me know what questions you may have.

We look forward to serving with you and making FGI Seattle all that it can be!

Here is what is currently available (in bold):
RD: Monir Zandghoreishi
RD Elect - Susan Alveshere
Secretary Elect:
Treasurer: need to have seasoned FGI member to step up (said NY) (Right now Susan Alveshere)
Treasurer Elect:
Membership: Tarah Perini
Membership Retention:
Programming: (each person needs to form their own committee chairs)
1. Gala Events or Mini Gala's: Courtney Russell
2. Networking Events: monthly members events for networking and fun: NEED
3. Panel Events: Janaea Riddle
Nominating Board- Need help in this area
Need an RD advisory board - even one or two people

Communications: Tarah Perini
Looking at making two other chairs:
FGI Historian: Photos
FGI Historian: Logging all the events and membership memorabilia

Thanks and please don't forget to RSVP to me at as we need to give them a head count!

Light appetizers will be provided by FGI - dinner/drinks will be available for purchase.


Trip To italy and Greece

I am taking my students to Europe this summer, the trip start on Aug 24 to Italy and Greece for 10 days. I was thinking because I can add 6 more people for this trip we can announce it on FGI board, this trip is very fun and educational.

We are going to Rome, Florence Sorrento, and from Sorrento to Pompeii and with Free over night we will go to Greece. In Greece we will visit some island and then we will go to Athens. This is very exciting trip that I recommend to every body especially fashion Designer an people that they like fashion.

The price for under 23 in $3350 and for over 23 is $3800 that covers every thing from ticket, hotel all the transportation and ticket to the places we will go and 24 hours English language director that he or she stay in our hotel also breakfast and dinner.

If you traveler don't shop, they don't have have any other expense.

Please call me at 206-830-6337 if you have any question or you need more information.

Best Regards,
Monir Zandghoreishi

Dean of Fashion & Fashion Merchandising

Thursday, June 11, 2009

Wednesday, June 10, 2009

Get Organized, Get Styled: How To Re-energize Your Home and Wardrobe this Summer!

When: Thursday June 11th, 6:30pm-8pm
Where: Uppercase Books 611 2nd St. Snohomish, WA 98290
Cost: $25 Pre-registration or RSVP required
Contact: Mayna 425-922-0876 for more info

Mayna and Stacey are teaming up again to start the Summer off right with simplicity and style! If you missed the last workshop in March, join us on June 11th and learn tips from two industry professionals, personal organizer Stacey Anderson and personal stylist Mayna Sgaramella. Attendees receive handouts, a list of resources, and personalized attention.

Workshop summary
- 9 Strategies for organizing just about anything
- Paper management tools and techniques
- Questions to help you decide what to do next

- How to shop smart and do more with less
- How to recognize your body type and keys to a good fit
- Coordinate new looks and make the most of what you already have

Click here to pre-register.

Tuesday, June 9, 2009

Bob Mackie and More...

Tonight I was invited by my friend, and FGI cohort, Courtney Russell of Half Past Lavish Events to attend the Spotlight Night for "Catch Me If You Can" at the 5th Ave Theater in Seattle.

I wasn't sure what to expect because I had no idea they did these spotlight events and wasn't sure what they entailed. Plus, it's free so I was even more baffled.

However, I am really happy I went because they introduce you to the people who have come up with the idea, or in this case have taken a story and made it into a musical. I saw the movie and really did enjoy it so I can only imagine I'll feel the same way about the play. We did get to hear a few songs from the performance and I must say they sounded amazing.

Infamous fashion and costume designer Bob Mackie is doing all of the costumes for the musical and they even showed us some of his sketchers... They were awesome! One thing I wish would have happened - more conversation with Bob Mackie. I would have liked it if more questions would have been asked of him, especially about the costumes. Oh well... I'll just have to go see them myself!

If this show takes off it will be another win for Seattle (Hello, Hairspray!) as it is being started here. It will be showing July 23rd - August 16th. I can't wait - the guy who plays Frank Abagnale Jr. (Aaron Tveit) is just a cutie and has an amazing voice. As you can see by the picture I have posted for you - A-D-O-R-A-B-L-E!

Here is how the evening was broken down:

Act 1
The Incredible True Story

Catch Me If You Can is inspired by the real life story of teenage con man Frank Abagnale who lived the high life during the swinging ‘60s by successfully posing as a Pan Am pilot, a doctor, and lawyer while passing millions of dollars in forged checks. David Armstrong will recount Frank’s amazing journey and bring us up-to-date on Frank’s true crime adventures on both sides of the law.
Special Guest – Ken Kirkpatrick, President of US BANK

Act 2
Meet the Dream Team

Catch Me If You Can’s creative team is an extraordinary collection of Tony Award-winning artists. Songwriters Marc Shaiman and Scott Wittman (Hairspray), playwright Terrence McNally (The Full Monty), director Jack O’Brien (Hairspray), choreographer Jerry Mitchell (Hairspray, Legally Blonde), musical director John McDaniel and legendary costume designer Bob Mackie will give you an inside look into their creative process and show us how a Broadway musical is conceived and created – from page to stage!

Act 3
Meet the Stars

Catch Me If You Can features a remarkable company of actors from New York and Seattle and led by some of Broadway’s brightest lights. Meet three of our show’s leading men: Tony Award-winning star Norbert Leo Butz, exciting Broadway newcomer Aaron Tveit and Broadway and television star Tom Wopat. You will also be the first audience anywhere to hear songs from the brilliant ‘60s pop-infused score!

Featuring Musical Performances by Marc Shaiman, Norbert Leo Butz, Aaron Tveit and Tom Wopat.

Ok, so go tell some friends and let's all meet at the theater in July! Who's with me?!

Sunday, June 7, 2009

Win Free Tickets!

Haven't bought your tickets for the Parasol Party yet? Well, here's your chance to win a free pair for this Half Past Lavish produced "girl's night out!" Support your fellow FGI'er (Courtney is one of our Programming Board Members) and come to what's sure to be a memorable night out at the Parasol Party.

For your chance to win a pair of tickets go to to check out the deatils and then post a comment here on which sponsor you would be most excited to see and you just might win a pair of tickets to the event. All comments must be posted by Tuesday at midnight (pacific time).

The winner will be announced Wednesday morning.

Winner will be added to the Parasol Party guest list.

The Parasol Party is on Thursday 6/11 from 7pm - 9pm at the Clise Mansion in Marymoor Park in Redmond, WA.

Wednesday, June 3, 2009

The Power of Financial Perspective - June 25th

We look forward to seeing you at the June FGI event for members and non-members!

Where: 24|seven
1525 4th Ave #200
Seattle WA 98101

Donation: $10.00 donation requested for members, $15.00 donation for non members, if you are out of work please still join us as no donation will be requested.

Sweets and drinks will be provided.

The economy has taken a toll on businesses around the country. Find out what you can do to improve your financial sitution and keep your business open. Come network and learn tools to survive the economy from Author and Financial Coach Andre Korchinski.

Please RSVP on the Evite!

Friday, May 29, 2009

Save the Girls - May 31st - Komen Event

Seattle's Save "The Girls" 1st Annual Designer Bra Fashion Show

Fire Up at Spit Fire! Come to SPITFIRE for a fun night of Fun, Fashion, and Entertainment all for a cause!

The event will be produced by Little Black Dress Events and Productions benefiting the Puget Sound Affiliate of Susan G. Komen for the Cure, formerly known as The Susan G. Komen Breast Cancer Foundation, aka Komen. This is an organization supporting breast cancer research, education, and support services.

Since its inception in 1982, Komen worldwide has raised over $1 billion for research, education and health services, making it the largest breast cancer charity in the world. Today, the Komen organization is recognized as the leading catalyst in the fight against breast cancer, with more than 100,000 volunteers working in a network of 125 U.S. and international affiliates.

When: Sunday May 31, 2009 at 5pm to 9pm ~ Fashion Show begins at 6 pm

Where: Spitfire 2219 4th Ave Seattle, WA 98121 ~ (206) 441-7966

"Bras for a Cause" Event
"Bras for a Cause" will bring the Seattle community together for a fulfilling night showcasing fashionable bras all in support for the Susan G. Komen for the Cure.

Don't miss your chance to be a part of this exciting and entertaining event with a fashion show featuring bras designed by a variety of designers and individuals. They will be decorative in wild and wacky ways in order to raise money for the Komen foundation. The event will also feature a silent and live auction.

Guests will have a chance to win wonderful prizes and be entered into drawings while enjoying fabulous food and drinks from the SPITFIRE.

Bring your friends and enjoy yourself for an evening of fashion and entertainment – a great night out!

Little Black Dress Events and Productions will roll out the PINK carpet for over 400+guests in order to raise money for this year's beneficiary, the Puget Sound Affiliate of Susan G. Komen for the Cure.

Event Overview
Bras for a Cause is all about celebrating the Seattle style, showcasing fabulous designed bras, as well as merchandise from supporting retailers in the fashion community, while raising support for breast cancer awareness.

Fashion is everywhere and our mission is to remind everyone from all walks of life that their vision of beauty is a work of art through vendors, fashion, entertainment, trends, and a cause.

Our goal is to generate excitement for the Seattle Fashion scene and help support local businesses while throwing a fantastic party in the spirit of giving back.

If you are interested in being a sponsor for this event please respond to Carli Smith and Audrey Clark at

Bras are the main focus of the event and will be designed by listeners. The rest of the clothing to be provided by OPAL, shoes by Report, handbags by Clutch and some key models will be wearing Rock Star Jewelry. Rock Star Jewelry will also be selling at the event!

Thursday, May 21, 2009

SPU Fashion Show

On May 30th Seattle Pacific University will be having The Light Unveiled Fashion Show from 7-9pm at the SPU Gazebo on their campus.

Ticket info:
VIP $15
GA $7
Students $5

Click on the flyer for more details!

Thank you for attending The FGI Panel Discussion event.

What a terrific discussion! If you would like to view the Trend Show DVD please email Monir, our Regional Director, at

For details on events announced last night,
please go to:

SPU Fashion Show (sponsored by FGI and Beauty Revolution) - email Carly at

SCCC Fashion Event - 206-903-3223

The Parasol Party showcasing Deco Modiste's newest line - or

All Star Fashion Show - email

Thank you!
FGI Seattle Board

The Shape of Things - June 16th

The Seattle Central Community College's Apparel Design Final Line & Portfolio Show will be held on June 16th at 9am - 6pm.

Click on the image for more details!

Wednesday, April 29, 2009

FGI Expert Panel and Trend Show Viewing Event - May 19th

FGI Seattle is excited to host our May event in the newly renovated Jones Playhouse Theater in Seattle (4045 University Way NE)! We are getting a behind-the-scenes look at this new, top-of-the-line theatre space before it is open to the public!

Our evening will begin at 6:30pm with networking, from 7-7:30pm we will host an "expert panel" with local industry leaders, Pat Nugent and Linda Pruitt. From 7:30pm - 8:30pm we will sit back and enjoy the Fall/Winter Trend show in the Theatre.

Tickets: $10 for FGI members, $15 for non-members, special student rate $5 (must show ID)

Wine and Snacks will be available for purchase Parking - FREE! Lot available next to Theatre and street parking available

We hope to see you this month!

Monday, April 27, 2009

The Parasol Party - June 11th


The Parasol Party is a scene-setting event. Stepping into the lush gardens of the Clise Mansion guests will enter into a feminine, vintage, European fantasy. Where else can a girl and her friends sip cocktails, snack on decadent sweets, enjoy signature shopping, and partake in a fashion show under their very own parasol?

Half Past Lavish Event Production is pleased to announce the development of a new, concept event, The Parasol Party, to be held at the Clise Mansion in Redmond, WA. This signature event highlights the parasol and all of the fun and femininity that accompany the idea of a Parasol Party. The event will offer attendees the opportunity to mix and mingle for a unique girl’s night out with sweet treats, a Bella Umbrella Fashion Show, the opportunity to stroll through the Clise Mansion with your very own parasols, get your picture taken in high fashion, enjoy a cocktail, and shop selected vendors. All profit from the parasol sale will benefit the American Heart Association.

Set against the backdrop of a vibrant city, Half Past Lavish enters the scene with passion, creativity, talent, and experience. At Half Past Lavish we pride ourselves on our unique event concepts, sophistication, and quality of work. Our mission is simple. We guarantee fun, flair, and originality with everything we create. Impeccable precision and taste is carefully considered, and we always look for the most environmentally conscious products available for your consideration.

Half Past Lavish is a full service event production company. With a plethora of services available to meet your specific needs, Half Past Lavish is at your service. From consultations to dinner soirees to large galas, Half Past Lavish is thrilled to help you design the event of your dreams.

Sponsors of the Parasol Party include Seattle Picks, Bella Umbrella, DRY Soda, and Brick House Photography. Vendors include Poco Carretto Gelato, Deco Modiste, and Sandy Martino Jewelry, with new vendors added daily. Half Past Lavish is currently accepting a limited number of sponsors and vendors for the Parasol Party. For a sponsor kit or additional details please email

Please go to for event details. Tickets can be purchased online at for $15 or at the door for $20.

Event details: June 11th from 7-9pm at Clise Mansion in Marymoor Park (Redmond, WA)

Wednesday, April 15, 2009

Not a Typical Wednesday Night...

If only all Wednesday nights could be this fun! Tonight was an FGI networking event held at the 24/7 staffing agency (they have an amazing space and are always so kind to us!) where local student designer, Tera Bacon showcased 7 of her designs.

The night started out with Tera being introduced and a mini Q&A with Janaea and Susan of Beauty Revolution Magazine. One interesting fact I learned that not only is Tera a designer but she also works in construction. She is multi faceted!

Tera's models came out wearing 3 beautiful dresses! I didn't take notes on how they were constructed as I was taking videos but I do remember that she said she liked to use vintage pieces she finds in her creations. The red dress was the dress she created for Project Red Dress.

Here is a video of the first dress:

Watch the videos!* there are 3 more.

After the fashion show ended the networking began, along with enjoying cupcakes by Wink and drinking wine. I got the opportunity to chat with several women who I have been communicating with via email - putting a face to a name makes all the difference!

Nina Ummel, the owner of Ummelina, invited us over to do a tour of her day spa and treated us all to some delicious tea created there at the tea spa. I have personally been to the day spa many times and know that it is a wonderfully relaxing experience. (They have a fantastic couples package called the Pacific Rim that I highly recommend!)

The night was a wonderful success and completely planned by FGI board member, Courtney of Half Past Lavish Events. Great job girl!! (insert standing ovation here.) ;)

If you weren't able to attend this event, don't fret, we will be having many more and I'll mke sure to notify you here. Hope to see you soon!

Here are the pictures I took from the event. Photographer Mike Adams will have some better ones shortly!

*The videos were taken on my camera so the quality and sound are not greatest. You'll get the general idea though. It's like you were there but forgot to wear your glasses and your ears are a bit plugged up. :)

Wednesday, April 8, 2009

Event Updates for April 15th

Ummelina Day Spa has jumped on board for the April 15th Networking event and will be offering some amazing raffle prizes!!

Here are the details straight from the Evite:
FGI Seattle invites you, your friends and colleagues to an "FGI Seattle Style" networking night. You've been asking for networking nights and we hear you, so we've put together an event to get us out of the house, connecting and inspired! In addition to the networking opportunities, we will also be showcasing a new, local designer. This is a special chance for FGI Seattle members to meet a young designer, see what's on the horizon and share feedback and advice. Top this all off with a glass of wine, and it's a night not to be missed!

THIS JUST IN - We are excited to announce we have partnered with Ummelina Spa and will be raffling off a fabulous gift box filled with Ummelina Products! All ticket holders will have the chance to win. RSVP Today!

Tickets are $10/FGI Members and $15/Non-members at the door
***Remember, you can sign up for membership and student membership at any FGI Seattle event.***

Thursday, April 2, 2009

Girl Power Hour 'Recessionista' Event - April 16th

UFN will be part of this event and would love to spread the word to you as we think this will be a great networking event that you would enjoy!

We hope to see some familiar faces and as always keep us up to date on any events or sales you want promoted on the site! :)

Girl Power Hour Hosts Exclusive Professional Networking Event ‘Recessionista' at Alchemy Collections in Seattle

Thursday, April 16, 7:00 – 9:00 p.m.

Girl Power Hour, Seattle’s premier woman’s professional networking experience, hosts the final installment of a special 4-part series called The Power Of Focused Intention with guest speaker and author Jill Keto who will offer money saving tips and discussing her book Don't Get Caught with Your Skirt Down.

Girl Power Hour occurs the third Thursday of every month for young professional women to connect and share ideas at stylish venues across town. Each event explores an empowerment theme, boasts an inspirational guest speaker and a charity connection. Girl Power Hour also offers a fun, friendly environment, swag bags, door prizes and cocktail specials.

When: Thursday, April 16, 2009 7:00 p.m. – 9:00 p.m.
Where: Alchemy Collection 2029 Second Avenue Seattle, WA 98121

This very special, exclusive event will host only 150 women - first come, first serve. Tickets are $25.00 online at

Enjoy complimentary food and drink provided by Gourmondo, Pearl Vodka and Propel Water. The first 50 women will receive swag bags and the 50 to sign up will receive either an eyebrow consultation and wax or a 5 minute massage at the event from Radiance Medispa.

Girl Power Hour will also hold a mini-"swap" hosted by Urban Fashion Network and invite attendees to bring one viably fashionable accessory for this fun and free activity.

Washington CASH (Community Alliance for Self Help), a non-profit that helps small businesses get the funding they need is the charitable partner for this event.

Monday, March 23, 2009

April 15th Networking Event with Student Designer Tera Bacon

FGI Seattle will be showcasing a new, local student designer at our next Networking Night on April 15, 2009 at 24 Seven Talent in Seattle. We caught up with Tera Bacon to get the scoop on who she is, what she designs, and who she designs for. Read the details below:

FGI Seattle: When did you realize you wanted to be a fashion designer?

Tera: An interest in Fashion design came at a very early age for me. When I was little I would steal white cotton shop rags from my parent’s painting company and hand sew outfits for my friends and myself in my back yard play fort. I would make mini skirts, tube tops and even accessories. I made full length gloves by tracing my hand and lower arm. I even ripped down my white lace curtains in my fort to use as veils. This was all done for the iconic 1980’s Madonna look.

FGI Seattle: Who inspires you? What designers do you look up to and why?

Tera: I’m mostly inspired by high fashion designers such as Alexander McQueen, John Galliano for Christian Dior, and Valentino. I look to John Galliano couture when I have a designer’s block. It usually doesn’t take me long to get inspired and pumped up to sketch out some ideas. The classic beauty of these designers’ ready to wear collections have trends that I like to emulate when designing women’s career wear. I love the classic look of a tailored jacket over a simple two piece look.

FGI Seattle: What is your design aesthetic?

Tera: I would say my design aesthetic is mostly commercial. I want to create looks that real women would wear and feel comfortable and confident in from day to day. My looks are usually fitted so using plush fabrics like silk and stretch cottons are a must. I would like to say my looks are sexy not because of skin exposure but because of figure flattering shapes.

FGI Seattle: What garment are you most proud of and why?

Tera: I am most proud of my red dress that I made for Fashion Group International’s Project Red Dress. We were given a budget of $200 from Pacific Fabrics and 16 hours to complete, from scratch, our design. Being one of 10 student designers picked from local fashion schools was an honor in itself. My red dress was the first gown that I had ever sketched let alone made, so I faced many challenges in this competition. This project not only challenged my sewing skills but my ability to cope with extreme pressure. The payoff was well worth it; the event was so beautiful. My model Beth Knierim looked amazing with her entire look put together with the help from Gene Juarez.

FGI Seattle: In three words how would you describe yourself as a designer?

Tera: Ready to wear

FGI Seattle: What music do you listen to to help motivate you when working?

Tera: Music is the least tasteful thing about me. I mostly listen to Rap and Hard Rock; anything to get me amped throughout my day.

FGI Seattle: What celebrity would you like to design for? Why? And, what would the garment look like?

Tera: Well, since I am a huge Battlestar Galactica fan I would love to dress any of the female cast members for the red carpet. I would love to see the statuesque Six, Tricia Helfer, in my red dress at an event.

FGI Seattle: Thanks Tera! We are looking forward to seeing some of your gowns up close and personal at the 4.15.09 FGI Seattle Networking Night!

Tera: Thanks! I’m excited!

Event Details: On April 15 at 24/7 (1525 4th Avenue, Suite #200) we will be having an FGI networking event and student designer showcase from 6:30 to 8pm, with the student showcase at 7pm. The student designer being featured is Tera Bacon. This will be a great opportunity to network and check out some new designs!

Cost: $10 for members and $ 15 for none members

Wednesday, March 11, 2009

FGI Members Manicure Party - March 26th

FGI would like to pamper it's members with a complimentary manicure while networking with fellow members.

Limited space available for manicures so please RSVP! We ask that you specify if you would like a manicure or if you will just be there to network.

Julep Nail Parlor
1427 5th Ave (at Pike)
Seattle, WA 98101
(The event will be at the Downtown Seattle Parlor, NOT the UW Parlor)

When: Thursday, March 26, 5:30PM
Phone: 206.985.008

Get Organized, Get Styled: How to Re-energize Your Home and Your Wardrobe for Spring - March 14th

Uncertain times call for creative solutions in self-improvement. That is why several people are participating in a ‘do-it-yourself’ Get Organized, Get Styled! workshop at Uppercase Books and Collectibles in Snohomish on March 14 , 2009. For a fraction of the cost of hiring a personal stylist or personal organizer, the workshop offers an affordable alternative to get advice from the two experts and takeaway tips on everything from dressing for success to organizing paperwork. The workshop will be held from 11:00 a.m. to 1:30 p.m. at the bookstore, located at 611 Second Street in Snohomish, WA. Participants will learn everything from nine strategies for organizing just about everything to how to shop smart with a small budget so you can do more with less.

The cost for the workshop is $25.00, valued at over $300.00 worth of consulting from these two experts. Included as part of the workshop are helpful handouts, lists of resources, and an opportunity to have specific questions answered. The first 10 people to pre-register get a special treat from Buchanan Chocolates. To register or for more information, call Mayna at 425-922-0876 or pre-register online at www.uppercasebooksandcollectables/calendar.

Title: Get Organized, Get Styled: How to Re-energize Your Home and Your Wardrobe for Spring

Stacey Anderson, Professional Organizer with Organized Innovations, LLC (425-785-5239)

Mayna Sgaramella, Wardrobe Consultant with Closet Fly (425-922-0876)

Cost: $25/person pre-register

Saturday, March 14, 2009 from 11:00am – 1:30pm

Uppercase Books and Collectibles 611 2nd Street Snohomish, WA 98290

- 9 Strategies for organizing just about everything
- Paper management (tools, techniques and products that will help you stop piling)
- Questions to ask that will help you decide: keep or toss Wardrobe
- How to recognize a good fit (tips on knowing your body type, what to toss, what to keep, and what to buy)
- How to shop smart with a list and a budget so you can do more with less
- Coordinating tips so you’ll always look put together, no matter your lifestyle

The first 10 people to pre-register get a special treat from Buchanan Chocolates!

Tuesday, March 10, 2009

Peace, Love & Fashion - March 12

Once again the Fashion Design students at the Art Institute of Seattle are hard at work sketching and sewing one of a kind fashion originals for The Art Institute of Seattle's annual student showcase, this year entitled; “Peace, Love & Fashion”.

You are invited to join us at “Peace, Love & Fashion"at 8:00 PM on Thursday, March 12, 2009 at the Showbox SODO (1700 1st Avenue Seattle, WA 98134)

Complimentary VIP admittance and reserved employer seating for our runway show (a $30.00 ticket savings) is available by returning an email RSVP of all the names of those who will be attending back to Space is limited and on a first come, first serve basis.


Please feel free to contact me with any questions, to RSVP, or to add on any additional guests to your RSVP. This year’s show will be an exciting event that you will not want to miss! Parking in the area is limited so you may want to arrive early.

Celebrating Seattle In Style - March 28

Come to Ascada Bistro for a night of Fun, Fashion, Beauty, Entertainment all for a cause! Featuring the latest fashion trends for Spring 2009. Our event will take place on the 28th of March 2009 at Ascada Bistro sponsored by D List magazine and LBD Events and Productions. The event will include freelance makeup artists from the lines Laura Mercier, Dior, Smashbox, and Yves Saint Laurent. We are looking forward to a fabulous and fashionable event also featuring the clothing line Vantha Ry.

The event will be produced by Little Black Dress Events and Productions benefiting Y.E.S! Young Executives for Success which provides its members with volunteer, fundraising and networking opportunities to champion the mission of Dress for Success, a not-for-profit organization that promotes the economic independence of disadvantaged women. Tickets include entertainment, and one complimentary raffle ticket.

When: Saturday March 28, 2009 at 8pm to 11pm
VIP Ticket Holder Reception 8pm to 9pm ~ Fashion Show begins at 9pm

Where: Ascada Bistro 621 1/2 Queen Anne Ave N Seattle, WA 98109 ~ 206.282-1018

Blush Trend and Beauty Event
Blush Trend and Beauty Event brings the Seattle community together for the most exciting night of fashion in the Northwest.

Fashion retailers, designers, stylists, students, and members of the media attend to view designer Vantha Ry and specialty Beauty trends for Spring 2009 from freelance make-up artists representing Laura Mercier, Dior, Smashbox, and Yves Saint Laurent.

Bring your friends, get a makeover, enjoy the fashion and entertainment – a great night out!

Little Black Dress Events and Productions will roll out the red carpet for over 200+guests in order to raise money for this year’s beneficiary, Y.E.S! Young Executives for Success.

“To promote the economic independence of disadvantaged women by providing professional attire, a network of support and the career development tools to help women thrive in work and in life.”

Event Overview

Blush is all about celebrating the Seattle style, showcasing fabulous merchandise from upcoming designer Vantha Ry and unites the fashion community while raising support for charitable causes.

Fashion is everywhere and our mission is to remind everyone from all walks of life that their vision of beauty is a work of art through vendors, fashion, entertainment, trends, and a cause.

Our goal is to generate excitement for the Seattle Fashion scene and help support local businesses while throwing a fantastic party in the spirit of giving back.

Blush Mission Statement


Vantha will be graduating from the Seattle Art Institute in Spring 2009. Throughout her education at AIS she has become well respected and loved by her peers and professors. Her love for fashion is seen day to day in the classic and stylish way she dresses. Vantha wants to bring her talents to the forefront of the Seattle fashion and believes petite women have a face in the world of high style.

This specific collection is inspired by the constant season changes of the Northwest. One day she wants to feel cool and fresh, another day she wants to feel hot and sexy. She is not afraid to stand out because she is confident with herself. This collection is full of cozy fabrics, earthy tones, and fun prints. This is the collection for the woman who blends in, yet stands out.

What is Vantha?
Vantha is a clothing line for the petite woman. It’s a clothing line designed for women who stand 5’4” or under—where overwhelming large prints, extremely long hemlines, and unflattering styles don’t exist - Vantha Ry is a clothing line for the woman who wants to make a large impression in the world.

Freelance Makeup Artists
Emily Ball with Yves Saint Laurent, Ashley Smith with Laura Mercier, Joy Shack with Dior, and Kate Anderson with Smashbox .

Contact Information:

Carli Smith
Executive Producer
LBD Events and Productions or

Audrey Clark
Executive Producer
LBD Events and Productions or

Vantha Ry
Designer Vantha Ry Designs

Wednesday, March 4, 2009

Simon Doonan at Barney's

Tonight was a fantastic event at Barney's NY in downtown Seattle. Go check out my blog on how it went... 1 word: Fantastic!

Thanks to FGI member Anne Smith for the invite!!

Thursday, February 5, 2009

Book release party at Zovo Lingerie

Closet Fly's (and FGI member), Mayna Sgaramella, will be giving FREE individual mini-consultations at U-Village's Zovo Lingerie throughout the evening in conjunction with a book release party of "Getting Naked Again". Excerpts from the book will be read aloud and light refreshments will be served.

Ladies, has it been a while since you've been fitted for a bra? Expert fitters will be on hand and Zovo carries hard-to-find sizes from 30A to 44H! Also, a resident expert will going over how and why to use their new hardware (as if pleasure weren't enough of a reason!)

Where: Zovo Lingerie in University Village @ 4612 26th Ave NE Seattle, WA

When: February 6th, 6pm – 9pm

More Info: (206) 525-9686

There will be champagne and strawberries… and it’s free!

Thursday, January 29, 2009

Organik Clothing is Seeking a Sales Rep

Location: NorthWest
Experience: 2 years
Rate: Commission

Job Description:
Organik Clothing is a fast growing, under the radar, beach lifestyle company based in beautiful Hawaii. We feature men's & women's graphic printed boutique fashion using sustainable materials such as bamboo, organic cotton & recycled materials. Organik is seeking independent sales representatives to cover multiple territories throughout the United States.

We have accounts across the USA including Fred Segal & Whole Foods as well as accounts in Seattle & Portland. Organik launched in 2007 and has been climbing uphill ever since as we are always seeking new retail accounts. We've got lots of press including OK Weekly, Modern Luxury, Heavywater Magazine, Spa Hawaii Magazine,newspapers, online magazines, and blogs.
Organik is offering 10% commission & bonuses.

Responsibilities include maintaining and opening new retail accounts, take orders, place reorders, provide customer service, set up retailers with marketing displays, etc.

• Experienced sales rep with existing accounts
• Highly motivated, organized and reliable individual
• Computer and internet marketing skills
• Ability to travel within NW territory

Qualified Applicants: Submit resume to


Wednesday, January 28, 2009

Beauty Revolution Magazine is Here!

Beauty Revolution Magazine, a sustainable fashion and lifestyles magazine headquartered in Seattle, Wash., released its first issue today. It can be viewed at

Targeted at fashion-world insiders, the magazine seeks to bridge the gap between eco-conscious practices and everyday decisions.
In keeping with that mission, Beauty Revolution will remain an online product, with one print edition mailed to subscribers, annually.

A launch party is being planned for Feb. 27.
To join our news list or for other questions, contact:

Susan Alveshere
Editor in Chief

Sharon Altaras
Managing Editor

To schedule an interview, contact:

Janaéa Riddle

To advertise in Beauty Revolution Magazine, contact:

Mark Byrne
Account Executive

Lisa Freeman
Account Executive

More about us:
Magazine founders Susan Alveshere and Janaéa Riddle are board members of the Seattle chapter of Fashion Group International, a global, not-for-profit industry alliance. Alveshere also is an acclaimed artist and Riddle formerly served as associate publisher for Today's Seattle Woman Newspaper. Managing Editor Sharon Altaras formerly covered business for award-winning Washington CEO Magazine.
A talented group of writers, graphic designers, photographers, makeup artists and stylists rounds out the Beauty Revolution team.

More Project Red Dress Information

FGI Members and Friends,
Project Red Dress is on a roll. FGI Seattle's most exciting and lavish event of the year is kicking into high gear and we are excited! Each day we recieve more support from local boutiques, designers, and the Seattle community. Some of our newest sponsors include: Gene Juarez Salon, Clutch, Seattle Picks, SMG Modeling, and Totally Chocolate. Plus, Brooke and Monti from Movin 92.5's morning show, The Ladies Room will be emceeing our evening's event!

With limited VIP and Student tickets, the tickets are selling quickly. Buy your tickets now at!

Sunday, January 25, 2009

FGI Seattle Member Andrew Dyrdahl - Supima Design Winner!

Sunday, January 18, 2009
SUPIMA ON THE WEB: Fashion Week Daily

NEW YORK —— Supima's second Competition for Emerging Designers is the lead story in this week's "Chic Report" on industry leader Fashion Week Daily.

Here, in a story headlined "Cotton Chic" and illustrated with a huge photo (at right) of Thommy Douglass's scarf-neck Supima gown, is what Meg Prossnitz had to say in her "Runway Fever" column: It could have been a Project Runway challenge: aspiring designers must create a complete collection using only cotton. But last night’s event at Gotham Hall was no reality tv show–it was the second annual Supima Competition for Emerging Designers. Preparation began last November, when designer hopefuls went to the Thompson Hotel armed with portfolios and prepared to face a panel of judges including Parsons professor and Costume Institute fellowship holder Lisa Santandrea. The 21 finalists selected who showed at the event were Astrid Brucker, Nikki Demoneris, Victor De Souza, Thommy Douglass, Andrew C. Dyrdahl, Ari Harris, Yin Ting Huang, Lina Gatineau-Elder, Marie Jdo, Nicole Jimenez, Kimenna, Lisa Lau, Katya Leonovich, Albert Lopez, Christine Mayes, Anna McCraney, Karen Sabag, Kurt Smith, Courtney Yates, and Prizy Sebastian.

Innovative interpretations of these traditional fabrics won awards, such as Andrew Dyrdahl, who took home the prize for best knit design for his jersey long-sleeved gown with a corset made of Supima cotton and denim (”I love the contrast of soft and rigid,” the designer explained) and a voluminous maroon ballskirt of shirting paried with a saffron jersey crop top. “I really like to do eveningwear out of non-traditional fabrics. Anyone can take amazing fabric and make a beautiful dress out of it, but to take an ordinary fabric and make something extraordinary is much more of a challenge.” Kimenna, winner of best in show, cited the architecture of Antonio Gaudi as the inspiration for her designs. Argentinian Victor de Souza, who took home the prize for best execution in denim, cited his inspiration as “Reworked classics.” He lived up to the notion with a beige evening gown that we never would have guessed was made of denim.

Supima VP of marketing Buxton Midyette stressed the versatility of the fabric. “It’s all about rethinking why luxury denim is just in jeans and why super strong knits are only in t-shirts, why shirting only ends up in shirting. There’s potential for so much more than that. The runway is no longer just the domain of taffeta, organza, and silks.” Judging from the innovative designs the new crop of designers sent down the runway, prepare to be blown away.

Have news you want to share with FGI members? Just email me your info!!

Tuesday, January 20, 2009

Project Red Dress Press Release

Contact: Courtney Russell FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE
Phone: 425.691.7606


February 13, 2009 marks the second annual Project Red Dress event in Seattle, WA, and is sure to evoke passion and compassion from all involved. In conjunction with the American Heart Association's annual Go Red! Awareness initiative, Project Red Dress aims to support and honor the organization through this unique event.

The signature event for FGI Seattle offers local up-and-coming fashion design students a chance to show the world what they're made of. The event culminates with a gala fashion show at The Fairmount Olympic Hotel. In addition to the evening's celebrity guest judge, Nick Verreos of Project Runway fame, the fabulous and fun Brooke and Monti, co-hosts of MOViN 92.5's morning talk show program The Ladies Room will be this year's emcees of Project Red Dress.

Faculty from the Art Institute of Seattle, International Academy of Design and Technology, New York Fashion Academy, Seattle Central Community College, and Seattle Pacific University each selected two students from their fashion design programs to participate in this years contest.

Tickets for last year's sold-out event are now currently on sale at through Brown Paper Tickets. 100 VIP tickets are available for $75 and include prime seating and a posh swag bag. General Admission tickets are available for $50 and a limited number of student tickets (must show ID at event) are available for $25. Tickets may be available at the door if not sold out.

Sponsors of Project Red Dress include Seattle Metropolitan magazine, Macy's, Half Past Lavish Event Production, Seattle Model Guild, Renton Sewing Machine Service Co., IADT Seattle, and Pacific Fabrics and Crafts. FGI Seattle is currently accepting sponsors for Project Red Dress. For a sponsor kit or additional details please email

Event details, including ticket information and celebrity participants are located at

Thursday, January 15, 2009

Needed: Volunteers for Project Red Dress

We need your help! Volunteers for Project Red Dress (PDR) are needed in the following catagories:

* Graphic Design assistance - we need a volunteer with experience in graphic design to create our program. We have the copy, we need the skill of a graphic designer to put it all together. Can you help? You don't need to be a pro, just have some basic skill and lots of interest!

* Swag Bag Coordinator - we are currently collecting items for our 100 VIP swag bags, but need a coordinator to oversee these get done for the show. We can help supply student volunteers.

* Swag Bag and Judge donations - we are still procuring sponsor donations for items in the swag bags as well as gift packages for our Judges, Emcee, etc. If you have a company, work for a company, or know of companies that want some prime exposure please encourage them to consider sponsoring via swag bag donation.

In general, we can still use sponsors. Contact us via email or the PRD website if you are interested in being one!

Closer to the event we will be sending out a request for assistance the week and day of. Please email us if you have an idea of how you can help with the event.

Otherwise, we hope you can support the show by purchasing tickets and encouraging your Seattle network to come out to the event as well!

Please contact Courtney & Janaea via email at

Buy your tickets online at

Tuesday, January 6, 2009

Project Red Dress

We are thrilled to announce tickets for the Second Annual Project Red Dress event are now on sale for the February 13th, 2009 event held at The Fairmount Olympic Hotel. Regional Director, Monir Zandghoreishi's annual event is again partnering with FGI Seattle to offer FGI Seattle Scholarships to winning students in this design competition. Some proceeds of the event will also be donated to our charity partner, American Heart Association's Go Red Campaign.

To purchase tickets, sign up to volunteer (send us an email from the Contact page), or to get more details on this year's event, please go to

Please note, only 100 VIP seats for the event are available and tickets are already going fast!

Project Red Dress would like to thank our sponsors - Seatle Metropolitan Magazine, The Fairmount Olympic Hotel, Macy's, Pacific Fabrics and Crafts, Half Past Lavish Event Production, Renton Sewing Company, and IADT Seattle.