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Regional Director’s Conference Recap From

New York City Gilt Groupe—Betsey Johnson—Color Trends for Spring 2013

Member Profile

Jeanie Haddox Upcoming Events Globe Guilders Celebrating Couture 2012

FGI Throughout the WORLD!


_xààxÜ yÜÉÅ exz|ÉÇtÄ W|ÜxvàÉÜ Greetings Fashion Group Members! As we are already into July (I can’t believe it!), with half of the year behind us, the world of couture fashion is gearing up for Spring, as we prepare for Fall. I don’t know about you, but I’m not ready to think sweaters and ponchos yet, and the upcoming Spring/ Summer 2013 trends are a bit more enticing with the weather-appropriate looks for our wonderful California heat! I’m already counting the days until we see the next color explosion to hit NY Fashion Week in exactly fifty-eight days. While high-fashion focuses on Spring, our sunny San Diego begins heading towards Fall and FGI San Diego has a lot of excitement coming our way! FGI San Diego boasts exciting news, new relationships, fabulous events, and some ways you can get involved. NEWS: The FGI San Diego blog… have you seen it!? Editor in Chief, Linnea Zeiner took a conversation we had early in the year about San Diego needing one resource for San Diego Fashion and ran with the idea. www.fgisandiego.wordpress.com is bursting with San Diego fashion events and will soon be featuring an FGI Members-only page as well as a San Diego Fashion Calendar. Stay tuned for updates on this exciting new FGI San Diego venture. PROGRAMS: We have had A LOT of events scheduled this year- hope you have made it to some. At the Trend Report at the San Diego History Center, guests were delighted by the career success and advice given from author of Will Work for Shoes, Susan Ashbrook. A Trend Show featured vendors, beauty stations, and great networking. Our hats are off to our fearless leader, Jeanie Haddox (RD Elect) for organizing this incredible event. We hope to see you at our White Party at Polo Club on September 2nd. This day observing the “Sport of Kings” is sure to be as fun as it is fashionable. Don’t miss this fun VIP day out with FGI members and guests. GET INVOLVED: If you have a great event idea- we want to hear it! Please feel welcome to come to our OPEN Board Meetings! This year we have adjusted monthly meetings to include ALL FGI Members, not just Board Members. We meet the first Tuesday of each month at the UTC Management Office from 6:30-8:30pm. Come and put in your two-cents or just come and hear what’s going on… This year we are also asking that each member volunteer on at least one event. Joining a planning committee will help you get more involved and add your ideas to our growing group. Email us at FGIsandiego@yahoo.com for info on upcoming event committees. ADVERTISING: Have an event that you want to get the word out for??? Did you know that as an FGI San Diego member, you can have info pertaining to your business posted to our social media sites? (Facebook, Twitter, and our Blog) Take advantage of this exclusive advertising opportunity. PERK: This year we are offering FGI Business Cards! Please contact us to get the Business Card Order Form if you are interested. (A nominal fee of $10 will cover shipping & handling) RELATIONSHIPS: We are excited to announce that FGI San Diego is partnering with several organizations this year… The San Diego Latin Film Festival, The Globe Guilders for their annual “Celebrating Couture” fashion show featuring Monique Lhuillier (August 7th), Westfield Mission Valley for quarterly fashion shows and mixers, and other relationships are still in the works!! If you are interested in standing room tickets to the Monique Lhuillier fashion show, visit our Facebook page for ticketing info. FGI is an amazing organization! Come get involved, meet members, and I promise you won’t be disappointed. We hope to see you soon!!!

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Letter from Regional Director………………………………………………………..2 Letter from Editor……………………………………………………………………..3 Table of Contents……………………………………………………………………..3 About FGI……………………………………………………………………………...4 Calendar of Events…………………………………………………………………...5 Gilt Groupe-By Invitation Only………………………………………………………6 Betsey Johnson’s New World……………………………………………………….7 Regional Director’s Conference in New York City………………………………...8 Color Trends for 2013………………………………………………………………..9 Trend Report Recap………………………………………………………………..10 FGI Throughout the World………………………………………………………….11 Member Profile - Jeanie Haddox………………………………………………….12 FGI Job Bank………………………………………………………………………..13 Trend Show Recap………………………………………………………………….14 Member Discounts/Perks…………………………………………………………..15 Board Members……………………………………………………………………..16

Howdy everyone!

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I am extremely excited and honored to be bringing you my first edition as editor of the Fashion Group International San Diego newsletter. FGI San Diego is working to gain the reputation of being THE fashion authority in San Diego and this newsletter is no exception. Inside you’ll get up-to-date information about what San Diego has done, what they are currently doing as well as what we have planned for the future. You’ll get detailed profiles of both new members as well as more seasoned members (any of you Vanity Fair subscribers will recognize the format) and so much more. Many of us here in FGI San Diego concentrate so much on what we are doing that we forget that we are indeed an international organization. Check out page 11 to read about what other chapters of FGI have on their calendars! You’ll also find a listing of current jobs available as well as current discounts and perks available to FGI members. Take advantage of these member-only discounts and if you have a position available or want to participate in our memberships perks programs, please don’t hesitate to let me know! Remember, this newsletter is OUR newsletter and if there is something you’d like to see in it, email me at fgisandiegonewsletter@gmail.com. I hope you find this edition as fact-filled as it is fun-filled and I look forward to many more! Until next issue!

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WHO we are already…

WHAT we do in the present…

FGI Mission Statement…

The Fashion Group International is a global non-profit association with a network of over 5,000 dynamic professionals of achievement and influence from all areas of fashion and related industries including apparel, accessories, beauty, publishing, retailing and interior design.

The Fashion Group International works to promote the advancement of every member, while addressing issues that affect the entire industry. Our commitment to the industry is evident in our proactive approach to business. Our events provide a forum for the exchange of ideas and information with industry leaders on a wide array of topics.

The FGI mission is to be the pre-eminent authority on the business of fashion and design and to help its members become more effective in their careers. To do this, FGI provides insights on major trends in person, online and in print; access to business professionals and a gateway to the influence fashion plays in the marketplace.

WHERE we are headed in the future…

The goals of the organization are…

Established in 1930, The Fashion Group International was founded on the idea that it takes an exceptional woman to flourish and succeed in the challenging world of fashion. That year, seventeen women gathered by Edna Woolman Chase, editor-in-chief of VOGUE, met for lunch in New York City. They had three things in common: each held a job of consequence in fashion, each respected every member of the group and each held a common belief.

Cognizant of the ever-changing nature of the industry, and the increasingly turbulent nature of business, the Fashion Group International addresses issues relevant to the future of the industry. Our events encourage thinking outside the box, both for members and non-members alike. As we begin the twenty-first century, the role of They agreed that fashion needed a our organization will be more forum for the expression and relevant than ever. Even conducting enhancement of the American fashion “business as usual” will require business and the increasingly foresight and knowledge of “big important role women played in the picture” issues that are the hallmark industry. Ever since, the organization of our events. has brought the best and the brightest in the industry together in unique Global communications and the New ways that provide an unrivaled Media revolution are an integral part support system, while facilitating the of our commitment to being at the exchange of ideas and resources. cutting edge. Fashion Group International’s online presence as Elizabeth Arden, Edith Head and well as localized blogs and social Eleanor Roosevelt were among the media is the industry’s number one founding members. Eight decades cyber-destination for a wealth of later, the names have changed, but information about fashion and the energy, talent and commitment fashion-related industries. Fashion remains the same. Group International’s web site is an ever-evolving resource for industry professionals.

To advance professionalism in fashion and its related lifestyle industries. To provide a public forum for examination of important, contemporary issues in the business of fashion. To present timely information regarding national and global trends that have an effect on the fashion industries. To provide activities and programs which enhance networking skills and encourage interpersonal contacts so as to further the professional, social and personal development of members.

For More Information on Fashion Group International, please visit our local web site: www.fgisandiego.org or our New York web site at: www.fginewyork.org

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Sunday, September 2nd, 2012 Presenting FGI San Diego's VIP Day at San Diego Polo! Join FGI members and other fashionable San Diegans at San Diego Polo Club for a day enjoying the Sport of Kings! Admission into the VIP tent with reserved seating. Includes lunch, fashion show, complementary Champagne, and swag bag. Matches begin at 1pm, followed by an intermission fashion show presented by FGI San Diego and feature match at 3pm. Half-time Champagne divot stomp. Live music and dancing from 5-7pm. Polo is a fun way to spend your Sunday afternoon with friends! SCHEDULE: 12:30pm - Gates open 1:00 - First match 2:30 - Intermission (fashion show!) 3:00 - FGI introduction, National Anthem, Feature match 3:30 - Divet Stomp, with complimentary champagne 4:30 - Match ends 5:00-7:00pm - Live music/DJ

Visit www.sandiego.fgi.org or our Facebook page for more details!

Meet and Greet with the Polo players in the Players Club area Raffle Opportunities for fun and fashionable prizes! Attire: Casual outdoor chic Stay tuned to our web site & Facebook page For ticket prices and to order tickets! For more information, sponsorship opportunities, or to purchase tickets , please email FGIsandiego@yahoo.com. 5


Uç \Çä|àtà|ÉÇ bÇÄçAAA At this year’s Regional Directors’ Conference in New York, FGI attendees from throughout the world were excited and privileged to get to meet two amazing women who changed the face of online shopping worldwide: Alexis Maybank and Alexandra Wilkis-Wilson of Gilt Groupe. Alexis and Alexandra both met while obtaining MBAs from Harvard. They founded Gilt in 2007 and are often featured in The Wall Street Journal, Forbes, Fortune, Financial Times, InStyle, Vogue and The New York Times. Their entrepreneurial story of success has been told on ABC News, CBS Sunday Morning, Inside Edition and many others. Alexis began her career in Silicon Valley. She was one of the initial 40 employees of eBay. There she launched eBay Canada and eBay Motors. Alexandra spent three years working in investment banking at Merrill Lynch before blazing a trail up Fifth Avenue after business school working for Bulgari and Louis Vuitton. Maybank and Wilson have successfully brought the exclusivity and excitement of sample sales to a young, internet-savvy luxury fashion clientele. They have grown GILT to a five million member online shopping club worth over $1 billion in just four years. Their book, By Invitation Only, unwraps their personal story of how they organized and launched Gilt Groupe. The riveting tale includes the frantic first 24 hours and details GILT’s explosive growth and rise to prominence while providing advice on how aspiring entrepreneurs can do the same. By Invitation Only provides straight talk on how to build a start-up and negotiate the many conundrums that still face women in business such as balancing family life and work responsibilities. The book provides an insightful view into the fashion industry by providing a revealing portrait of key players like Zac Posen, Christian Louboutin, Valentino and many others.

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Uxàáxç ]É{ÇáÉÇËá axã jÉÜÄw4 New York designer Betsey Johnson has built her long-standing career in fashion by following her own set of rules. Known for her celebration of the exuberant, the embellished and the over the top, Betsey has been rocking the fashion industry with her unique and original designs since the 1960’s. Her commitment to remain true to her one-of-a-kind vision has afforded Betsey continued success in an industry known for its fickleness. Her ability to change with the times while keeping her designs pure has not gone unnoticed. At the 1999 CFDA Awards, Betsey was presented The Timeless Talent Award created especially for her, which recognized her influence on fashion throughout her career. The year 2003 marked some exciting licensing endeavors for the company, taking Betsey’s signature prints and whimsy to new audiences with categories including handbags and lingerie. She continued this trend and has since added footwear, belts, eyewear, watches, costume jewelry, swimwear, leg wear, outerwear and a fragrance, thus effectively emerging as not only a clothing designer, but a top American Lifestyle brand, Betsey Johnson, both the woman and the label, is constantly moving forward and continues to keep a strong foothold in the fashion industry with no signs of letting up anytime soon. Word spread recently of her filing for bankruptcy. After speaking with Betsey at the FGI Regional Directors Conference in New York, she is actually happy and relieved for the filing. Seems a lifetime of fashion achievements can still lend itself to business challenges. After losing managing control over her retail stores (even though it was her name), Betsey’s hands were tied. She was only licensed to sell her fashions at her retail stores which were floundering. By filing, the stores are now closing, her name is now released and she is free to partner with whomever she chooses. Steve Madden has stepped up to back her and now her fashions can be seen everywhere from Macy’s to Bloomingdales. She even has a reality TV show airing soon on The Style Network following her, her daughter and grand-daughter in the zany world that is Betsey. It’s plain to see that Betsey’s enthusiasm, creativity and boundless talent have kept her at the forefront of fashion for the past 45 years and will keep her going for years to come!

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exz|ÉÇtÄ W|ÜxvàÉÜá VÉÇyxÜxÇvx |Ç axã lÉÜ~ V|àç In May, FGI held its Regional Director’s Conference in New York City. Regional Director, Julie Fought, and Communications Chair, Jeanette Crutchfield, represented San Diego at this fact-filled (and fun!) seminar. The conference started with a cocktail reception at Material ConneXion. Sushi, wine and the most amazing textiles and materials were a fabulous greeting to the city of fashion! The next morning started with breakfast at the Conde Nast building followed by the guest speakers portion of the conference. Attendees learned all about the changes in the retail structure from Maggie Gilliam, president of Gilliam & Company; the excitement as well as pitfalls of starting an ecommerce business from the girls of Gilt Groupe; how to affect the mood and feelings of your clients from business feng shui master Debra Duneier, president/founder of EcoChi; blogs, bloggers, and blogging with popular bloggers Stacey Bewkes of Quintessence, Lisa Weiss of Exposed Zippers and Steven McClure of WeWant2ShootU.com. Strategizing meetings then commenced followed by the Awards dinner at the Cosmopolitan Club on the Upper East Side with the ever fabulous Betsey Johnson as guest speaker. The second day started the “meat and potatoes” portion of the conference with various workshops regarding the internet, social media, membership and event brainstorming and educational sessions.

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Julie and Jeanette came home from the conference educated and super excited about what FGI San Diego can and WILL do in the future. With the support of New York and for that matter the international membership of FGI, there is without doubt that San Diego has some great things in store!

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VÉÄÉÜ gÜxÇwá yÉÜ ECDF At the Regional Directors’ Conference in New York, guests were educated as to the color trends coming up for NEXT spring, that’s right, Spring 2013! Guest speaker and color goddess, Pat Tunsky shared what trends to expect in the world of color and fabric. Pat is responsible for developing seasonal color, fabric and merchandising choices. She is highly respected in the industry and is considered THE authority in color and trends. Below are some of her color choices for the Spring 2013 collections. Sun-bleached/sun-washed/”Nantucket” colors.

Cooler blues: aqua, pale lavender, periwinkle, mint.

Brights mixed with pastels and anchored in dark.

New neutrals: taupe and dove gray.

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gÜxÇw exÑÉÜà exvtÑ Pictures from the event courtesy of EA Vintage. Go to www.facebook.com/eavintageshop to see more pictures from the Trend Report.

The evening of Tuesday, May 15th at the San Diego History Center in Balboa Park was an evening of fun, fashion and all around fabulosity! FGI San Diego held it’s bi-annual Trend Report synopsis of the fashion shows from all over the world with exclusive insider commentary on what will be seen in-stores this fall. Guest speaker Susan Ashbrook, author of Will Work for Shoes, provided some astounding information as well as tales on how to make product placement work for you. It was definitely an amazing night! Don’t miss the next one where we will be showcasing Spring 2013!

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g{ÜÉâz{Éâà à{x jÉÜÄw Travelling soon? Did you know that Fashion Group International is indeed INTERNATIONAL!!! With chapters all over the United States as well as Mexico, Canada, England, France, Australia, South America and so many more, there are FGI events being held all over the world that you are invited to simply because you are a member of the San Diego chapter! Quick! Grab your passport and let’s see what the rest of FGI is up to!

HOME/FASHION PANEL DISCUSSION To be held as a networking breakfast during the Summer NY International Gift Fair at the Jacob Javits. DOUBLE DOSSIER: Fashion Designers on Home. Home Design Redefined.

How apparel and interior designers influence consumer lifestyles. Join us for a discussion on lifestyle trends between the worlds of fashion apparel and home design-and how designers and manufacturers are influencing the way we live and dress.

The commercial success & design influence of Fashion & Home designers who have crossed over to create major lifestyle brands Moderator: Lisa White, Creative Director-WGSN Homebuildlife has retailers reaping the rewards at the register. Panelists: Ralph Rucci; Chris Nicola, SVP of Home Design-HSN The crossover of fashion apparel designers into the home design industry. New York Javits Center The migration of fashion apparel trends into 655 West 34th Street home goods and lifestyle brands. New York, NY

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`xÅuxÜ cÜÉy|Äx@ ]xtÇ|x [twwÉå Home Style: Boho Chic Where do you live: Spectrum Area Artist: Locals Sheets: Funky Florals Luggage: Pink from Victoria’s Secret Jeanie Haddox is the new Regional China: Mismatched Vintage Director Elect of FGI, but that's Coffee Maker: Starbucks just a piece of her day. Stationery: Papyrus Flowers: Peonies She is also the Specialty Leasing Gadget: iPad Manager of Westfield UTC which Restaurant: C Level will be grand opening in Drink: Mojito November. On top of that she is a cancer survivor and dabbles in DIY, visual merchandising, doggie wear and is on the committee of the Monique Lhuillier Fashion Show for the Globe Guilders.

Hair Product: Kenra Perfume: Escada Toothpaste: Crest Soap: Caress Nail Polish: OPI-You Don't Know Jacques

Exercise: Core Power Hot Fusion Yoga Hair Cut: Carlton at UTC Inspirations: EVERYTHING Place: Sedona

Herewith, her favorite things..... Clothes style: Classic Jeans: (I hate them!) Sneakers: New Balance Watch: My Blackberry Day Dress: Tahari Day Bag: Coach

Dessert: Chocolate Mousse Snack: Salty Beauty Style: Strong eyes Lipstick: Lancome Mascara: YSL Faux Cils

Evening Bag: Michael Kors Favorite Accessory: My geo ring from Love Tatum Shampoo: Enjoy! Evening Dress: Adrienne Papel Moisturizer: Bad girl (I don't)

Who Inspires you: entrepreneurs, I love the beginning of something new Necessary Extravagance: my new personal trainer Graham Aitkenhead Shopping: Westfield Malls of Course! Hotel: Palomar (kimpton) Color: Yes Please 12


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gÜxÇw f{Éã exvtÑ On June 10th, 2012 at Horton Plaza, FGI San Diego’s first ever Trend Show was a fashion event that brought together stylish, fashion-forward shoppers with talented, local designers for the perfect day out. There was shopping from all sorts of designers from women’s clothing, kids clothing, pets apparel, jewelry and so much more! There were also free makeovers and hair touch-ups, headshots, a clothing swap, a DJ and a live fashion shoot. With over 650 people attending, it was definitely a fantabulous time!

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UÉtÜw `xÅuxÜá Regional Director…………………………………………………….Julie Fought Regional Director Elect/Secretary…………………………………Jeanie Haddox Treasurer…………………………………………………………Sushmita Utpala Membership Chair…………………………………………………….David King Public Relations Chair………………………………………...……Vanessa Diaz Hospitality Chair……………………………………………………..Marie Green Programs Chair……………………………………………………….Erica Hecht Sponsorship Chair…………………………………………………….Lupe Ahern Communications Chair………………………………………Jeanette Crutchfield District Director……………………………………………………...Pam Iannota

Interested in becoming a board member? You must serve on a committee before consideration. Contact FGISanDiego@yahoo.com for more information.

P.O. Box 86545 San Diego, CA 92138

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FGI San Diego June/July 2012 Newsletter  

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