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Fashion Focus

August 2008

The Newsletter of

Volume 1 Issue 1


You don’t want to miss the next FGI event!

An Evening at


Fall Fashion Trends

Danielle Revish, Regional Director

with Lisa Ermine

Gayle Strege, Treasurer

August 20, 2008

Kitty Ardnt, Membership Director Charlesie Love, Secretary Co-Program Director Norma Pitts, Co-Program Director Joy Tom, Website, Newsletter Laila Jones, Scholarship Kathleen Busche Co-Regional Director Elect Publicity Janel Perry Co-Regional Director Elect Publicity, Newsletter

6:30 PM Saks Fifth Avenue at Polaris Fashion Place

Akris Doubleface Sheath Dress

1350 Polaris Parkway $15 FGI members $20 non-members

Come out to see what’s new for

RSVP by Aug. 15 to


Charlesie Love at



Lisa Ermine is Director of the 5th Avenue Club at Saks Fifth Avenue - the store’s personal shopping service. Ermine has been in retail field for 18 years. She previously served as General Manager of Henri Bendel, Assistant Store Manager at Jacobson’s and Store Manager of Victoria ’s Secret.

Tevrow+Chase Wool Dahlia Coat

FGI of Columbus EVENTS Third Annual Cocktails & Catwalk Fundraiser September 18, 2008, 6:00-9:00 PM Worthington Hills Country Club, 920 Clubview Boulevard, South, West Worthington. Tickets: $45. Silent Auction, Dinner and Fashion Show with Fall/Winter Trend Report. This major fundraiser, supports FGI of Columbus Scholarships and programs. Sponsorship Opportunities and Vendor Tables Available RSVP to Charlesie Love at 614.268.8299 Greetings FGI Members:

Trends in Home Furnishings October 16, 2008, 6:30 PM Darrons of Arlington, 1325 W Lane Avenue, Upper Arlington Interior designers, Stephanie Staheli and Cary DeLuca will present trends and company retail strategies that address customer needs. A tour will follow. $15 members, $20 non-members RSVP to Norma Pitts at or 614.457.8965

Cary DeLuca Stephanie Staheli

“Interior design isn’t just about what you see. Good interior design begins with a designer who listens - to your goals, your budget, your overall dream. When I started my design firm in Salt Lake City, listening was the foundation of my business. I became a guide and friend to my clients, not just someone hired to perform a job.”

“My lifelong vision of becoming an interior designer has come true. I have worked on many successful projects in retail, healthcare, commercial, and residential environments.I believe that every room in your home should be an expression of you.”

Holiday Entertaining with Flair November 12, 2008, 6:30 PM Whole Foods Market, Route 161 and Sawmill Road, 3670 West Dublin-Grandville Road, Dublin Jan Bonner of Whole Foods will share how to enterain with distinctive foods which are easy to prepare, plus market offering ideas that are ready to serve. RSVP to Nancy Ewing at

Celebrate the Season Holiday Party with members and guests. December 10, 2008, 6:00 PM Waterford Tower Party Room, 155 W Main Street RSVP to Charlesie Love at 614.268.8299

I am so delighted to bring you the first edition of “Fashion Focus” a newsletter for the Fashion Group International (FGI) of Columbus. This will serve as another way for us to communicate with each other, promote FGI programs and showcase benefits to potential members. As Regional Director of Columbus, I along with our Board, would like to welcome all of our new members to a most prestigious organization. FGI is a global non-profit association with more than 5,000 dynamic professionals from all areas of fashion and design-related industries, including apparel, accessories, beauty, publishing, retail and interior design. Our Columbus Region is steadily growing in size and scope! Our goal is to present programs with contemporary issues on current trends that impact the world of fashion, and provide networking opportunities for our members. The programming thus far, has been educational and exciting. The events planned are incredible! Join us Aug.-Dec. as we aim for increased visibility and student outreach to our local college and university campuses. Let’s work together to make our region the best. Cordially Yours, Danielle Revish Regional Director, FGI Columbus


vant-guarde felter, TJ Horst brought his couture

designs to downtown’s Waterford

High drama describes his fascinating line one-of-kind garments made of 100-percent Falkland wool. You don’t want to miss TJ Horst when he returns to Columbus as a featured designer at Cocktails & Catwalk on September 18th.

News and Notes FASHION PROFESSIONALS: WANT TO BECOME A MEMBER OF FGI Columbus? We would love to have you! You can apply online from the website. Just log onto and click on “Join.” CURRENT MEMBERS: If your membership has lapsed, you can still renew for 2008. This year, annual dues are pro-rated if you rejoin June - October. Contact Kitty Arndt to renew or join. or 614-848-8300. Last year, FGI Columbus awarded $3000. in scholarships. Brooke Brandewie, a senior Product Development major at the University of Cincinnati’s School of Design, Architecture, Art, and Planning, won $1500. and went on to intern in New York City at Cotton Inc. Would you like to advertise your business to FGI members? Now you can, through the Fashion Focus Newsletter. A business card-sized ad, like the one below, is just $25. Contact Janel Perry for more information. or 614-453-2034.

SCENES FROM FGI’S FASHION SHOW featuring TJ Horst. The Cleveland designer talked about his process of applying heat, moisture, chemicals and pressure to turn wool into felt. Using charm, wit and humor, Horst wowed the audience with 45 of the colorful and unique garments which are featured in galleries and museums across the country. Top left: Horst chats with FGI member, Fran Lukoff.

This year’s Cultural record attendance.

Explosion set a

Designer and author Rosemary E. Reed Miller, was the special guest. Along with a panel of Columbus-based African American designers, Reed Miller shared her book, Threads of Time, The Fabric of History - Profiles of African American Dressmakers, 1850 to the Present, as well as her experience, as founder of the Washington, DC-based boutique, Toast and Strawberries. The event was a partnership with The Ohio State University Historic Costume and Textiles Collection.

Fashion Focus

Pictures: Reed Miller greets guest. Model featuress an avant-guarde wedding gown by Joan’s Bridal Couture. A bus-load of students came out for the presentation.

A Talk with Small Business Owners

was another FGI Columbus event. La Scala’s was the setting for a spirited discussion on the success, challenges and strategies of business ownership. Featured speakers included, (clockwise from top left): Diane Maute, owner of Ursus, Lisa Gilton, owner of Experienced Possessions, Marijo McCune, owner of Xcessories, and Lynn Long, Co-owner of What’s the Point.

LARRY E. WOODS - C.A.I. Auctioneer/Appraiser/Realtor Prudential Calhoon Co. Hilliard, OH 614.771.8711

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Fashion Group of Columbus August 08 Newsletter  

FGI of Columbus official newsletter, publicizing Fall/Winter 2008 events.

Fashion Group of Columbus August 08 Newsletter  

FGI of Columbus official newsletter, publicizing Fall/Winter 2008 events.