Wednesday, July 29, 2009

Come Lunch and Learn with Steve Jolly: Social Media Marketing

Yes, times are hard right now. But that doesn't mean you have to sacrifice your marketing campaign. The slow economy provides the perfect opportunity for small businesses to get the exposure they need through affordable and innovative social media outlets. Join Steve Jolly, CEO of SRJ Marketing, as he explains his integrated approach to social media marketing.


2000 Stemmons Freeway
Season's Gallery, WTC 1
Dallas, TX 75207
11:30am-Noon | Registration & Networking
Noon-1pm | Lunch & Program

· FGI Members $20 · Guests $45
· FGI Student Members $10 · Student Guests $20

RSVP by August 18, 2009 · Reservations are required
Reservation Hotline: (214) 634-0204 · Fax: (214) 749-0757
E-mail: · PO Box 421109 Dallas, TX 75342

Payment may be made with cash, credit card or check. All phone, fax, and e-mail reservations must be guaranteed with a credit card number. All no shows and cancellations received after the RSVP deadline will be billed in full. NO EXCEPTIONS! This event is tax deductible and as a business expense.

Friday, July 24, 2009

FGI Dallas Mixes It Up at Assembly!

FGI Dallas members and guests mixed it up at Assembly in the West Village this week. Attendees sampled bountiful hors oeuvres and tantalizing libations while shopping at one of the hippest stores in the West Village. All attendees received exclusive discounts on all of the merchandise in the store.

Assembly carries apparel and accessories for both men and women. Their men's collection includes brands such as: AG Jeans, Arnold Zimberg, Artificial Flavor, Future Heretics, Georg Roth, Jetlag, Joes Jeans, Kinetix, Martin Gordon, Modern Amusement, Union, Vick Mayhem, and William Rast.

Their women's collection includes brands such as: Alice & Trixie, Bianca Nero, Flora Kung, Goldhawk, Jay Godfrey, Joy Joy, LuLu Lame, Marc Bouwer, Muse, Nicole Miller, Phoebe Couture, Tadashi, What Comes Around Goes Around.

The networking opportunities alone at this mixer made this a night to remember! FGI members invited guests to join Fashion Group International and explained the benefits of membership including our support of organizations such as Heroes for Children and Attitudes and Attire.

Don't miss the next Members Only mixer at Neiman Marcus on August 3rd, with an exclusive shopping opportunity for FGI Members. If you not a member yet, join today!

Friday, July 10, 2009

July is About to Get Hotter! FGI Dallas Invites You to a Mixer at Assembly!

Join Fashion Group International of Dallas at Assembly on July 22 from 6:00pm-8:00pm for one of the hottest mixers of the Summer! Scrumptious food and libations will be provided and discounts are available for all attendees.

Tickets are available at the door. Tickets are free for FGI members and $10 for guests. For more information please visit our website.

FGI San Antonio Launches Fashion Week!

Designs on local Fashion Week

Michael Quintanilla - Express-News

If New York, Miami, Chicago, Pittsburgh, St. Louis, Dallas and Austin can do it, why not a fashion week — actually four days of shows, workshops and parties — for San Antonio?

The Alamo City chapter of the New York-based Fashion Group International is setting its designs on making it happen, determined to let the rest of the world know that San Antonio's fashion image isn't just about wearing cowboy boots and hats, says Priscilla Martinez, the group's program coordinator. Martinez and Sheila Masterson, the group's regional director, and other key members are involved in pulling together the Oct. 6 to 9 event at various locales.

In the planning stages are two fashion shows. "Go Green" will kick off the four-day occasion with an eco-friendly runway theme. The other, "A Night of Stars" gala will close out fashion week with a show featuring local designers, hopefully "a big name" and later, an awards program honoring emerging talent and individuals who have made a difference in the industry, locally. While the shows require purchasing a ticket, many, if not all of the other events will be free.

Additionally, educational workshops, seminars and fashion exhibits are in the works. Several committees (publicity, sponsorship, educational and fashion show production) are in place, manned by fashion group members and other volunteers who turned out for a recent meeting at the International Academy of Design and Technology that offers a fashion program.

"With three months to go, we've got the wheels turning," Martinez says about the fall event. "We have a lot of talent here and this talent needs to be cultivated. People grow up here, learn here and train here. They go off and do big things in New York and Europe. And they tend to come back to San Antonio and bring their art back with them. San Antonio is where we want them to make their mark as well and having a fashion week will show that we do have a lot to offer."

For more information and to volunteer call Martinez at (210) 363-1891 or Masterson at (210) 825-4431 and check in at

Thursday, July 9, 2009

FGI Dallas Announces Winners of Career Day 2009!

Green is the New Black
Student designers learn being environmentally and socially
responsible is always in style.

(April 2009 Dallas, TX) Fashion Group International of Dallas held its 41st Career Day. Career Day is the longest running and largest fashion career event of its kind in the US. This year’s theme was The Pursuit of Glamour centered around the icons of fashion and the role fashion plays in the green movement.

Keynote speaker, Rene Geneva, opened by sharing her journey as a designer with the students and encouraged students to become aware of the social and ecological impact that fashion design has on the world and to take a more responsible role in the way clothes are designed, manufactured and distributed.

David Wolfe, Creative Director from The Doneger Group, New York gave the students a sneak peek into upcoming fashion and social trends. He stayed for the much anticipated fashion show where he presented awards to students. This year’s fashion show took “recycling the past” to a new level with garments made from soda can tops, plastic shopping bags and reclaimed fibers.

With over 1,100 students from 46 schools in 12 states and two continents participating, FGI is proud to announce winners from the 41st Annual Career Day Design Competition:

The Fashion Group Foundation, which is the fundraising arm of the Fashion Group International of Dallas, awarded prize money to students in the following categories:

FGI Garments


1st - Kourtney WIlliams, University of North Texas
2nd - Kristina Schakade, University of North Texas
3rd - Socorro Franco, El Centro

1st - Hannah Schmidt, Texas Woman's University
2nd - Sharon Clay, Texas Woman's University
3rd - Zoe Martinez, Baylor University

Theatre/Costume/Wearable Art
1st - Erin Bunge, Texas Tech University
2nd - Kelsie Mitchel, Oklahoma State University
3rd - Ksania Lerner, Houston Community College

1st - Frances Bushnell, Louisiana State University
2nd - Erin WIlliams, Louisiana State University
3rd - Hannah Schmidt, Texas Woman's University

FGI Best of Show Paris Scholarship
Hannah Schmidt, Texas Woman's University (Currently in Paris courtesy of FGI Dallas!)

Four-Legged Fashion awarded prize money to the top three students for their design creations of canine couture to be modeled at the Four-Legged Fashion fashion show in May.

1st - Mindy Oglesby, Oklahoma State University
2nd - Ginny Hornsby, The Art Institute of Dallas
3rd - Abigail George, University of Nebraska - Lincoln

Texas Department of Agriculture (TDA) and Texas Food & Fiber Commission (TFFC) are long time supporters of FGI Career Day that awarded prize money to Trend Board and Garment design winners in the cotton, wool, and mohair categories.

TDA Trend Board


1st - Jovita Lektzian, Texas Tech University
2nd - Audrey Russell, Harding University
3rd - Courtney Lantrip, Texas Woman's University


1st - Charlotte Moreland, Texas Tech University
2nd - Jessica Shropshire, University of Central Oklahoma
3rd - Angela Sepulveda, University of the Incarnate Word


1st – Laci Colette Weikert, Texas Tech University
2nd - Autumn Hicks, Texas Woman's University
3rd - Alexandreia Smart, Stephen F. Austin State University

TDA Garments


1st – Emily Mackinnon, University of North Texas
2nd - Stephanie Montes, University of North Texas
3rd - Melissa Bergemann, University of North Texas


1st – Sara Hoffman, University of North Texas
2nd - Stephanie Montes, University of North Texas
3rd - Monir Sadeyhaini, Texas Woman's University


1st - Monica Gaytan, Texas Woman's University
2nd - Christina Jackson, Texas Tech University
3rd - Georgia Wilson, Delta State University


Emily MacKinnon, University of North Texas

TDA/Janome Sewing Machine

Corey Payne
, Baylor University

TDA Paris Scholarship

Stephanie Montes, University of North Texas (Currently in Paris courtesy of TDA!)

Design Industries Foundation Fighting Aids (DIFFA) awarded prize money to top three students for their design creations of denim jackets to be auctioned at future DIFFA events.

1st - Brooke Burch, University of Wisconsin - Stout
2nd - Kathy Moseley, Texas Woman's University
3rd - Allie Nielsen, University of Nebraska - Lincoln

DAVACO, Inc., a national provider of retail services, awarded prize money to the top three students for their garment designs.

1st place - Lindsey Jones - Texas Woman's University
2nd place - Kelly DeRouen - University of Louisiana at Lafayette
3rd place - Dana Padgett - Stephen F. Austin State University

Monday, July 6, 2009

FGI Dallas is Rolling Out the Purple Carpet!

FGI Dallas is rolling out the purple carpet for the chicest event of the year: The Fashion & Lifestyle Awards! Join us on Friday, November 20, 2009 at the former LFT space at Victory Park Dallas to honor Bachendorf's Harry Bock for this year's Iconic & Legendary Award. Stay tuned as we unveil our honorees in Lifestyle, Home, Fashion, Accessory, Jewelry, Art, Communication & Retail.

Prepare yourself for the coolest event this Fall! See you on the purple carpet!