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Retailers and Stores Selling Stuff Is A DEAD Business Model
FASHIONABLY FABULOUS: THE INCREDIBLE CAREER OF
DELIGHTS AT NEIMAN MARCUS
TORY BURCH VI S ITS HOUSTON
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HAUTE H O U ST O N EDITOR-IN-CHIEF Andrea Bonner CREATIVE DIRECTOR Grace Jin PHOTOGRAPHERS Priscilla Parish Dickson, Collin Kelly, Keith Luter, Jr., Miranda Moore, Victor Quinteros, Iman Mannie Saqr, Emily Jaschke and Roswitha Vogler WRITERS & CONTRIBUTORS Andrea Bonner, Alexia McWhinney, Alexis Jones, Heidi Williams, Robin Lewis, Andrea Schutter and Sydney Dao ÂŠ 2011 HAUTE Houston Newsletter. All Rights Reserved. No part of our online or printed newsletter may be scanned or reproduced. WWW.FGIHOUSTON.ORG For FGI Houston news, resources, events, jobs, and internships, visit us online at FGIHouston.org. We are located at 3701 W. Alabama, Suite 390 Houston, TX 77027. PHOTO & ARTICLE SUBMISSIONS firstname.lastname@example.org FEEDBACK Your input is important to us. Email at email@example.com ONLINE PUBLICATION Available at hautehouston.org
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Models: Cem Firat and Erin Marquez Location: Tootsies Houston Styling: Tootsies and Lucho Make Up and Hair: Ingrid Furtado Photographer: Collin Kelly 2
BOARD OF DIRECTORS HOUSTON REGION
FGI and Brides-to-Be Take CityCentre by Storm By Alexia McWhinney
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Raising Brand Awareness By Alexis Jones
Regional Director – Josephine Gough, UZO Regional Director Elect/Newsletter Editor - Andrea Bonner, Style On Demand Treasurer - Nancy Tran, Corestaff Secretary - Kara Times, Dillardʼ’s Ambassador Director – Sydney Dao, Lot 8 Program Director - Alexia McWhinney, Savvy Consulting & Events Marketing Director - Maude Peters, Stage Stores, Inc. Student Membership Director - Martha Mtegha Afﬁliate Director - Jessica Ogden, Everything But Water Beauty Director - Andrea Schutter, Fabulous and Flawless Creative Director - Grace Jin, Grace Jin Designs Media Director - Cherise Luter, Jaxon Entertainment and Productions
FOUNDATION - HOUSTON REGION
Innovation+Entrepreneurship = The New Business Platform
President - Jeff Shell, Neal Hamil Agency Secretary - Carla Kay, Personal Style Treasurer - Gloria Pearson
By Andrea Bonner
Fall Trends 2011: Uncross your Legs
UZO: Let it Rain
Holiday Beauty Tips
Haute Town - Summer In The City
President - Margaret Hayes, The Fashion Group International, Inc. Chairman - Donald J. Loftus, P&G Prestige Products, Inc. Treasurer - Louise Evins, Evins Communications LTD. Secretary - Kate Greene, Givaudan Pamela Gill Alabaster, Lʼ’Oreal USA, Inc. Nancy Cardone, Marie Claire Magazine Joe Boitano, Saks Fifth Avenue James Dʼ’Adamo, Hearst Integrated Media Mary Ann Domuracki, Financo Inc. Ariel Foxman, InStyle Magazine Sally Haigh Alex, Avon Products, Inc. Robin Lewis, Robin Lewis Inc. Jacqui Lividini, Lividini Weisenfeld Partners Elizabeth S. Marcuse, LIM College Laura McEwen, Self Magazine Roseanne Morrison, The Doneger Group Nicholas Munafo, LVMH Deborah Patton, Applied Brilliance Caroline Pieper-Vogt, Fusion Brands Inc. Jane Randel, Liz Claiborne Liz Rodbell, Lord and Taylor Bill Brand, HSN Denise Seegal Bari Seiden, The Estee Lauder Companies Merle Sloss, Geoffrey Beene, Inc. Alexandra Wilkis Wilson, GILT Group Karen Young, The Young Group
2011 FGI Regional Directorsʼ’ Conference
By Heidi Williams, JD
Bill Cunningham NY
Museum of Fine Arts Houston By Sydney Dao
By Bryant Jui
HAUTE Member Spotlight: Kay King
By Andrea Bonner
The Incredible Career of Kay King By Andrea Bonner
By Andrea Schutter
Downtown Alliance Partners with FGI Houston for Poolside Fashion Show By Andrea Bonner
Retailers and Stores Selling Stuff Is A Dead Business Model
TORY BURCH Visits Houston
By Robin Lewis
By Andrea Bonner
Design Impresario David Yurman Delights at Neiman Marcus By Andrea Bonner
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Board of Directors Letter From Your Regional Director Letter From the Editor Contributors 2011 LEAD and New Members 2011 Calendar of Events Sponsor Advertisements How We Began
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letter from your regional director Dearest Fashion Group Members and Friends, With my deepest affection for you and for The Fashion Group International of Houston, Inc., I am excited and saddened to tell you that this will be my last letter to you as the Regional Director of this wonderful organization that I serve. While I will miss leading the Board of Directors, I am excited to pass on the torch to a wonderful colleague and dear friend Andrea Bonner. Andrea was instrumental in launching Haute Houston, The Fashion Group International of Houston’s Newsletter in 2010. I am confident that she will work just as hard, if not harder, in growing and leading Fashion Group in Houston. Another board member involved in the success of Haute Houston is Grace Jin, Fashion Group’s Creative Director. With Andrea’s talent for writing, researching, and understanding what our members want to read and Grace’s generous artistic gift, we are able to give you the beautiful newsletter we all know and love to read. Being the Regional Director of Fashion Group has been a transformative experience, and I will take with me growth beyond anything I could have imagined. When we all join the group, we have the goal of learning, developing, and growing personally and professionally. I did just that, and with my last letter to you, I want to tell you my story: I am the Co-Founder and CEO of UZO Umbrellas, the umbrella you see on the cover of this issue. The UZO umbrella is a creation of a timeless fashion icon combined with a new artistic perspective. With its asymmetrical configuration, 100% polyester canopy, and luxurious Italian cherry wood handle, the UZO keeps the classic styling and sensual feel of an original umbrella while providing a new sophisticated coverage area. My cousin and I started the business in 2007 with product research and development, and in 2010 we went to market. Because of the friends I made in Fashion Group, Tootsies became my first customer, and Lucho immediately followed. After working with the Public Relations Director Stacey Swift at Neiman Marcus in the Galleria to host Fashion Group events, she was able to learn more about me and the UZO Umbrella. She kindly forwarded UZO information to the buyer in Dallas, and because of her belief in me, The Neiman Marcus Group is now our largest customer, with UZOs in Neiman Marcus stores throughout the country and Bergdorf Goodman in New York City. Joining Fashion Group has been the single greatest choice in the growth of my business, and I will always remember this organization and the wonderful friends I have made. Thank you for allowing me to share this experience with you, and I am grateful to be leaving the board with a greater and more amazing network of family and friends. Yours truly,
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letter from the editor
After living through another Texas summer of consistent 100 degree days, it’s hard to believe that the thermometer has finally caught up to the calendar! Winter will be here soon, and our FGI retailers are happily awaiting your arrival in order to deck you out in the latest seasonal trends in apparel and beauty.
HAUTE Houston is looking
I was absolutely invigorated after attending the Regional Director’s conference in New York City in May. The conference, entitled Innovation and Entrepreneurship = The New Business Platform, encouraged all in attendance to take their regions to new heights and to make FGI a valuable business resource for our region’s members and industry professionals.
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New York fashion week was exciting and a bit of a blur! From gorgeous classics with an edge at Yigal Azrouel, to punchy preppy at Pink Tartan, Spring’s fashion forecast is bright and surely won’t disappoint! Coverage from NY fashion week will be featured in the Spring 2012 edition of Haute Houston, so stay tuned. The most memorable highlight of my trip was running into noted photographer Bill Cunningham, who was still on the scene at Lincoln Center, busily snapping street style trends. A special thank you to Sydney Dao for coordinating the screening of Bill Cunningham NY at the Museum of Fine Arts Houston. We all left inspired by Mr. Cunningham’s passion and dedication. My interviews with FGI members Tory Burch and David Yurman were inspiring to say the least. Both expressed their love for their individual crafts and for belonging to a professional organization, such as FGI. If these two accomplished artists can benefit from membership in this great organization, then surely we all can. It has been an honor and a privilege to serve as Newsletter Editor and Regional Director Elect for the past two years. As I begin my tenure as Regional Director, I am excited about the many opportunities that await FGI Houston. It has been a joy to work with our Creative Director, Grace Jin, on this awesome newsletter. Taking time out of her busy work and home schedules hasn’t been easy, but I am proud of this great publication. Going forward, I hope that you will use this newsletter as a mechanism to learn about pertinent industry news, for professional development and for the promotion of your businesses. I am thankful to Josephine for her leadership over the past two years and I have learned a great deal from her acute business acumen. I look forward to continuing the rich legacy that she, the previous Regional Directors and our many esteemed members have created. I am excited about working with the 2012 Board of Directors and getting to know each of you personally. Wishing you all a happy holiday season and a healthy and prosperous new year!
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CONTRIBUTORS ALEXIS JONES
Alexis Jones is currently the VP of Medley Inc.,The Brand Development Company. She received her B.A in Mass Media Arts with a concentration in Public Relations from Clark Atlanta University, graduating Magna Cum Laude in 2007. Prior to Medley, she was an independent Public Relations consultant, gaining her expertise working with high profile clients in the fields of fashion, arts, music and entertainment for several renown companies in the U.S. Additionally, she has an array of experience working with non-profits, along with for profits, helping to create and implement various campaigns for small businesses. Alexis’ own personal brand (which is affectionately known as Alexis “Fly” Jones) sets out to inspire individuals to have full out confidence in themselves. She recently co-published and compiled a book set to inspire single women entitled: “Super Singles, Activate! Testimonies to Inspire & Uplift the Single Woman”. To keep up with Alexis on the social network, follow her on Twitter @alexis_fly. To learn more about Medley Inc, visit www.medley-inc.com.
FGI Houston would like to welcome our newest members and look forward to your active involvement within the organization.
ANGELA FERRER - Stella and Dot CHARLOTTE JOHNSON - Sona Medspa (Executive) CHERISE LUTER - JAXON Entertainment & Production (Executive) JESSICA McMAHON - Lilah Gabriel (Executive) MARTHA MTEGHA - House of Amanzi (Executive) MARKINA SMITH - Kya Kya (Executive) HEIDI WILLIAMS - Heidi Williams, Attorney at Law (Executive) BRIGGETT BEATTY - Briggett Beatty Designs (Associate) BRIDGET BOGGESS - Dress Marie (Associate)
Robin Lewis has over 40 years of strategic operating experience, consulting, and authoring strategic reports in the retail and related consumer products industries. He is currently CEO of THE ROBIN REPORT, a knowledge-based, multi-media strategic report for C-level executives in the retail, apparel, footwear, accessories, beauty, home and related consumer product industries. He is also a professor at the Graduate School of Professional Studies at the Fashion Institute of Technology (FIT), and has co-authored a book: “The New Rules of Retail,” published by Palgrave- McMillan Publishing.
EBELE LLOANYA - MODchic (Associate) GABRIELLE SAULS - Gabrielle Sauls Fashion Design (Associate) DEIDRE THOMAS - Joe’s Jeans (Associate) SHARITA THOMAS - Theory (Associate) CHERYL WHITAKER - Cheryl Whitaker (Associate)
Most recently, as a Vice President at Goldman Sachs he developed and launched a global retail consulting practice for them and their financial clients, providing strategic information and consulting on all sectors of retailing. Prior to Goldman Sachs, he was Vice President and Executive Editor of Women’s Wear Daily. His tenure at WWD led him to launch his consulting business where he authored and published the monthly ROBIN REPORTS, a strategic report on retailing. Because of his unique insights into the business and strategic activities of the major companies in the industry he was requested by many of the CEO’s and other C-level executives for advice, consultation and strategic presentations: among them were Kohl’s, Bloomingdale’s, JC Penney, Macy’s, Estee Lauder and Ralph Lauren and financial firms such as Bear Stearns and The Carlyle Group. He serves on the Board of Directors for the Fashion Group International, and on the Advisory Board of New Zealand Trade and Enterprise, and has served on the Board of Governors for the Fashion Institute of Technology and Parson’s School of Design. Mr. Lewis holds a BS in Business Administration and a Special Field of Study in Journalism from the Medill School at Northwestern University.
The Fashion Group International of Houston, Inc. welcomes its 2011 New Members
BRAND For any business, whether large or small, looking to stand out among its competitors should be a CEO/President’s top priority. There is nothing like seeing your dream or vision as an entrepreneur or owner of a business come to fruition and stand up against competitors alike. And needless to say, properly branding can lead to success economically.
The term branding is identified as the “Marketing practice of creating a name, symbol or design that identifies and differentiates a product from other products.” Yet, just like building a business, building a winning brand requires “raising” awareness of your company or organization to your public. When your public’s perception of your company is a success with positive feedback earned, you will see green$$. Individuals will be willing to spend more on your product or service compared to another. The first step in becoming a recognizable brand lies in identifying the key message(s) you are trying to convey to your clients or customers. Take for instance, your tagline. Examples of taglines from top commercial corporations are Nike’s “Just Do It” and McDonald’s “I’m Lovin’It.” Even if you are a small business, identify a strong message to create for your company that makes you,
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uniquely, you! If you don’t have a tagline, your purpose or the service you provide should always be evident in all communication put in the face of your targeted market.
With the advent of social media, business owners can stream their brand and voice the message of its business products and/or services to the masses. Such technological advancements are considered one of today’s best and most reputable platforms for branding, marketing and PR. Owning a successful business in 2011, should no doubt include signing up onto at least one of the many social media platforms available to the world (i.e. Twitter, Facebook, LinkedIn). Through these communication mediums, business and company owners are able to target its public and effectively position a company instantly, gaining a high volume of visibility. Social media platforms allow you to position yourself as an expert in your field or service, advertise, sell, dialogue with clients/customers, allow customers to visually connect, network to build net worth, and spread your business word of mouth —all part of branding—and all free of charge. There is no better way to market your business for less. Before voicing your business’ brand, make sure to have the basics completed. When branding your company, business presentation and visual esthetics is key for the public to take you seriously. A website, business card, logo, brochures/ pamphlets should be developed, followed by
successful examples of your work with testimonials or referrals. Make sure to be consistent in your message. Don’t forget that hiring employees that represent your company’s vision is just as important, as they become a part of your brand as well. If you don’t have a branding strategy in place, make sure to return to your original business plan and add it.
Be willing to invest time in effectively building your company’s brand and prepare for self-discovery in business. For areas that are not your strength, there are agencies out there that can also assist in building awareness for your brand, so be sure to visit www.medley-inc.com, and allow us to give you a Medley of services that can help you and your business grow!
The FGI Houston internship program is designed to provide students and recent graduates with an opportunity to learn about the fashion, home and beauty industries of Houston. There are currently three (3) Spring internship opportunities available for 2012. The complete bulletin can be viewed on FGI Houston’s website at www.fgihouston.org. If you or someone you know is interested, please contact the FGI Houston Regional Director, Andrea Bonner at email@example.com for more information.
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Innovation+Entrepreneurship= 2011 FGI Regional Director’s Conference By Andrea Bonner
The 2011 FGI Regional Director’s Conference, entitled Innovation+Entrepreneurship=The New Business Platform, was an exciting and informative 3 days of workshops and activities aimed at arming all in attendance with the tools needed to propel their prospective regions to the next level. Led by FGI President, Margaret Hayes, the conference featured industry experts such as FGI NY board member Robin Lewis of Robin Lewis, Inc., who spoke on “The New Social Retail”, to Mary van de Wiel, CEO and Creative Brand Analyst of Zing Your Brand and Company, whose workshop entitled “Dead Brand Walking”, had each of us evaluating not only our individual brands, but our local FGI brands as well.
The New Business Platform
Each day’s workshops and events were held at exciting locals, such as the Conde’ Nast headquarters to our culminating meetings, which were held at the Movado corporate offices. Prior to the dinner and merit awards on our last evening, we were delighted to hear from guest speaker, legendary fashion designer, Norma Kamali. If you’ve ever attended an FGI Trends event, you’ve heard commentary by Marylou Luther, Editor of the International Fashion Syndicate. Marylou was also in attendance at the
merit awards dinner and was extremely delightful to speak with. Prior to our final meetings of the weekend, we heard from the FGI Rising Stars, via a panel discussion. They included Koray Duman & Laith Sayigh, Loris Diran, Fabiloa Arias and Betty Lou Mascot. We all left the conference inspired and empowered; eager to use what we learned to enhance the presence and reach of FGI in each of our regions.
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UNCROSS YOUR LEGS By Heidi Williams, JD Photography: Keith Luter, Jr.
Uncross your legs! If you’ve had the fortune to grace any high fashion runway in the United States or beyond, you’ve heard these three famous words that set the stage to usher in the next season’s hottest trends. The ladies and gentlemen of Fashion Group International of Houston gathered on August 24, 2011 at Neiman Marcus to ready themselves and the fashionable among us for what will undoubtedly be a whirlwind season ahead. This year’s Fall Trends event, as moderated by Mia Gradney of WB Channel 39, was yet another success for FGI. The panelists on hand to discuss the Fall outlook for fashion and beauty were: Neiman Marcus Public Relations Manager, Stacey Swift; fashion writer and contributor to numerous fashion sources including Culturemap, Heather Staible; and make-up artist, Edward Sanchez. FGI Trends chairperson, Shandolyn Arline-Johnson, pulled this event together with the assistance and support of her planning committee, Andrea Bonner, Linda Cole, Sydney Dao, Kara Times, and Heidi Williams. The turnout was great, too. On hand were FGI members Suzette Brimmer, Roz Pactor and Vicki Rizzo, to name a few. The gathering of more than 65 people led to a lively exchange of fashion and beauty tips that will carry us through the fall and beyond. Amidst light fare and a lively game of Fashion Jeopardy topics ranging from what will be the hottest color this season-It will be our little secret, but make sure you’ve got your Bordeaux on deck; to how to select the perfect red lipstick for your skin tone and coloring -Yes, even YOU can wear red lipstick. Those in attendance now know how to master color-blocking and what feature, done right, makes any face photo-ready. It’s all about the lashes. If you missed the Fall Trends event just passed, stay tuned for a similar event to come in the spring; FGI is sure not to disappoint. Until then, let the fashions begin!
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Bill Cunningham NY Museum of Fine Arts Houston
By Sydney Dao Photography: Iman Mannie Saqr and Andrea Bonner
After many requests by one FGI Houston member, Sydney Dao, the Museum of Fine Arts Houston (MFAH), brought back the documentary, Bill Cunningham NY. The documentary explores the journey of acclaimed New York fashion photographer, Bill Cunningham over the course of his extensive career capturing runway, street and social trends. This was the second round of viewings of the movie at the Brown Theater at MFAH, and tickets for all three screenings sold out. Ticket holders for the opening night of July 8, 2011, were treated to a panel discussion by international fashion icon Lynn Wyatt, Designer Chloe Dao, Noted Fashion Photographer Jay Marroquin and Fashion Editor, Luis Soto. The event was presented by The Fashion Group International of Houston, Inc. and the panel discussion was moderated by FGI Regional Director, Josephine Firat. Panelists shared their thoughts on the importance of being passionate in their careers, maintaining integrity and humility and personal encounters with Mr. Cunningham. The delightful night ended with a reception in the lobby sponsored by Whole Foods.
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The sky outside turns that ominous shade of gray, and the weatherman warns of torrential downpours. You briefly toy with the idea of staying at home, though as much as you’d like to curl up on the couch with a cup of coffee, obligations force you to brave the menacing world outside. As you reach for your ten dollar umbrella, you cast it your most withering look. You remember how you’ve been betrayed by it before—the umbrella flipping inside out, leaving your clothes and hair soaked as if you’ve been shoved into a puddle. It’s your second or third replacement this year, and this one is already looking worse for wear—the brittle aluminum frame already bent and disfigured like a gnarled tree branch, the frail canopy partly detached from the frame, looking as if it’s curling its lip at you, not to mention the overall cheap and utterly unstylish look of the dastardly thing. With a dejected sigh you step outside, anticipating to be soaked to the bone. Next time, you think, I’ll definitely invest in something of quality.
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UZO’s premiere luxury umbrella is the solution to quelling this sort of frustration. The umbrella is not just a disposable utilitarian object to be bought from a street vendor, and then casually forgotten while it’s dripping wet in an umbrella stand. An umbrella is an extension of one’s personal style, and just like other pieces of a wardrobe, it makes a statement about the user.
The genesis of the UZO umbrella started in Houston, TX in 2006, when engineer and designer Ronald Obmaces decided that umbrellas were an under-rated source of fashion. His vision was to create an umbrella that would truly protect its carrier from the elements without leaving any part of the body exposed. The result was an offset and streamlined umbrella that could be comfortably carried while making a statement in more ways than one. Characterized by its distinct asymmetrical silhouette, the UZO Umbrella is a modern, stylish, high-quality, and sophisticated take on a functional classic. Aesthetics, however, is only part of the equation as UZO also combines innovative engineering and quality materials in their premiere umbrella. The umbrella canopy is crafted with treated
textile that allows water to easily wick off the surface, leaving the umbrella instantly dry and ready to store away. The handle is crafted from one continuous piece of cherry wood, and is deliberately offset to allow the user to stand under the center of the umbrella canopy—allowing for maximum coverage from the elements. The rods, made of durable fiberglass, coupled with the umbrella’s distinct aerodynamic form, allows for it to hold fast in windy conditions.
The UZO umbrella is a unique accessory infused with artistic style that lends exclusivity and luxury to a product previously used only for its function. The UZO umbrella can be purchased at uzoumbrellas.com, Bergdorf Goodman, Tootsies, Lucho, and select Neiman Marcus stores. ISSUE 5 HOLIDAY
Wedding Belles … FGI and Brides-to-Be Take CityCentre by Storm By Alexia McWhinney Photography: Roswitha Vogler www.photosbyrovo.com FGI Houston invaded City Centre’s Red Oak Ballroom on Tuesday, September 6, 2011, welcoming brides-to-be, fashionistas and beauty buffs to its inaugural bridal beauty and fashion trends showcase. Program Director Alexia McWhinney chaired the event, along with support from committee members Andrea Bonner, Nancy Tran and Andrea Schutter. A Q&A session was hosted by Sharron Melton of ABC13 and featured several local experts in the bridal industry: Molly Johnson (Houston Brides Magazine/Modern Luxury), Lina Magdaleno (Weddings by Debbie), Jasmine Jackson-Brag & Mesita Partridge (Blush Bridal Boutique), Andrea Schutter (Fabulous and Flawless), Sameera Faridi (POSHAK) and Chichi Anaele (Kachi Designs). In addition to the Q&A, Wedding Belles featured a runway show of 2012’s hottest designs, Houston’s top wedding vendors, bridal bingo and fabulous swag bags for the guests. Weddings by Debbie gowns were featured in the runway show, along with designs from POSHAK, Kachi Designs and Olia Zavozina, a designer exclusive to Blush Bridal Boutique. Hair and make-up was provided by Fabulous and Flawless Hair & Make-Up, Pretty Faces Group, Kandid Make-Up and Tinnell McIntyre.
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Kay King “A woman should be two things, classy and fabulous” – Coco Chanel
When we think of fashion royalty, designer’s such as the incomparable Gabrielle “Coco” Chanel, the imitable Yves St. Laurent, or the ingenious Alexander McQueen come to mind. We need not look any further however than our own backyard to a woman who holds her own amongst the world’s most lauded and inspiring designers. After a career that reads like a classic “How To Be A Huge Success”, the multi-talented Kay King recently retired from her post as Chair of the Lifestyle Arts and Design Careers at Houston Community College (HCC). ). During her tenure, she was responsible for eight of HCC’s awardwinning programs: Fashion Design, Fashion Merchandising, Theatrical Costume Design, Interior Design, Culinary Arts, Pastry Arts, Hotel and Restaurant Management and Travel and Tourism. Kay believes that leadership is both macro and micro, visioning the big picture and problem-solving the details. She is an aggressive communicator and facilitator and concentrated on providing her faculty, staff and students the resources they needed to succeed. Between 2009 and 2011, she received over 4000 objects of vintage clothing dating from the 18th to the 21st century from a legendary New Jersey costume collector for HCC’s Historical Fashion Collection. These beautiful garments have not only made dramatic fashion exhibitions such as the current 19th century influenced Steampunk Fashion exhibit, but bring the world of fashion to life in the instructional classrooms
and labs. Her role in receiving this million dollar plus donation and her contributions to the HCC Foundation’s successful “Passion for Fashion” fundraisers prompted HCC to insist that Kay remain at the college as a consultant to work on these projects. Kay earned a BA degree in Fashion Design from the University of North Texas and a Master of Liberal Arts degree from Houston Baptist University. In 1981, HCC recruited her to develop the Fashion Design program. She had already enjoyed a 20-year fashion design career, creating nationally distributed ready-to-wear as well as costumes and uniforms for the Houston Rockets, the Astrodome, Astroworld, Houston Grand Opera and the Houston Oilers cheerleaders. Kay joined The Fashion Group International in 1966 and served as the Regional Director in Houston for two terms in 1969 and 1970. Because of Kay’s contributions, HCC design students consistently win local, state, national and international competitions. One of her graduates is Chloe Dao, winner of Project Runway, Season 2. Kay completed her two-year term as the National President of the Costume Society of America (CSA) in 2008. She chaired their Houston International Symposium. CSA awarded her the 2004 Presidential Award of Honor and the 2005 Fellow
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Please mark your calendar for the final FGI Event of 2011 ANNUAL MEETING AND HOLIDAY PARTY December 6, 2011 Award. Kay received the 2001 Freedoms Foundation at Valley Forge National Award for community service. In 2000, Fashion Group International presented her their first Fashion Forum Award, naming her a pioneer in fashion. The Museum of Fine Arts-Houston, awarded her the 1999 Fine Arts Fashion Award. HCC presented her the 1996 Chancellor’s Medallion and the 2010 Chancellor’s Eagle Award. In 2005, her Fashion and Interior Design Programs were named Exemplary Programs by the State of Texas. She is listed in Who’s Who in the World, in America, in American Education and in American Women. Houston Woman Magazine named her one of Houston’s Most Influential Women in 2009 and gave her the HER (Honoring Excellent Rolemodels) Wise Woman Award in 2010. In 1992 Kay was named Woman of Excellence by the Federation of Houston Professional Women. In 1996 she rose to the presidency of this 5000 member federation of greater Houston area professional women. She has been the Federation’s Travel Director since 1996, leading tours for FHPW members to Washington, D.C., New York, Boston, Newport, Asheville, Toronto, Vancouver, Hong Kong, Russia, Japan, France, Guatemala, Panama, Buenos Aires, Stockholm, Bavaria and Turkey. A favorite experience was traveling to China in 1997 to teach 50 Chinese Fashion Designers
how to make their designs more marketable to Americans. She also presented a 2006 lecture at Rice University on the Evolution of 20th Century American Fashion.
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An avid mask collector, Kay has traveled to 51 countries to add to her 100+ piece mask collection. Malaysia was the site of her most recent acquisition. Lectures on her masks have taken her across the U.S. and to Puerto Rico. Always the adventurer, Kay finally realized a lifelong dream to go skydiving. “I believe in taking risks, in living life to the maximum and believing that no goal is impossible. So I went skydiving for my 60th birthday!” Kay claims that her greatest accomplishment is her 51-year marriage to her fabulous husband George. That union produced their super son, Collin, who produced their perfect eight year-old granddaughter, Shannon of Seattle, Washington. On October 20, 2011, the career of this fashion trailblazer was celebrated during a spectacular evening. Fashionably Fabulous, The Incredible Career of Kay King was held at the Decorative Center Houston and included a reception and awe inspiring fashion retrospective celebrating Kay’s career. Proceeds from the event will be used to benefit the fashion, interior design and beauty scholarships through FGI Houston and the Kay King Scholarship at Houston Community College.
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FASHIONABLY FABULOUS: THE INCREDIBLE CAREER OF
Retirement brings free time for sewing and knitting, Elasticized waistbands in all garment fittings, Old unread magazines tied up in string, These are a few of my new favorite things. Cardiacs and cataracts and AARP self-help classes, Polident and Fixodent and false teeth in glasses, Pacemakers, walkers and porches with swings, These are few of my new favorite things. When my joints ache, when my hips break, When my face looks sad, I simply remember my favorite things, And then I don’t feel so bad. Hot tea and shredded wheat and corn pads for bunions, No spicy Mexican food cooked with onions, Fuzzy robes and heating pads and bland meals they bring, These are a few of my new favorite things. Back pains, confused brains and no urge for sinning, Pipes leak and bones creak and hair that is thinning, And I won’t mention my short, shrunken frame, When I remember my favorite things. So lucky to be, at HCC, Oldest in Fashion Group! When I remember the great life I’ve had, Then I don’t feel so bad.
THANK YOU TO JULIE ANDREWS FOR INSPIRING THIS RESPONSE. THANKS TO EACH OF YOU, ESPECIALLY TO GEORGE, FOR CONTRIBUTING SO MUCH TO MY GREAT LIFE. I’VE HAD 74 FASHIONABLE FABULOUS YEARS AND I AIN’T DONE YET!
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Holiday BEAUTY TIPS By Andrea Schutter
There’s not a more perfect occasion to wear bright makeup colors or glitter than the festive party-filled holiday season. Here are a few new, modern ways you can make an impact when you walk into a room full of celebrating friends and family. 1. Skin - To kick your look up to that festive notch, luminescent skin is a must. 2. Go for the “wow factor” with your lashes - False eyelashes have gone to new heights. Try a fun, glamorous pair in gold or silver with glitter on the tips or feathers on the outer corners. 3. Try a strong, dramatic eye - If dark shadows overwhelm your eyes, try this modern take on smoke and use a pinch of glitter to create a smudgy effect instead. 4. Play up the eyes with unique liners - Using a black, dark-gray or navy-blue eyeliner with gold, silver or multicolor shimmer is one of the easiest and quickest ways to look festive. 5. Go for 24 karat gold lips - According to Hollywood lore, Marlene Dietrich demanded that makeup artist Max Factor sprinkle real gold dust into her hair to make it appear as if it were gleaming on film. Wearing golden makeup can have the same impact on your features when viewed in sultry, low lighting. So to offset a come-If gold lipstick alone doesn’t pop enough for you, layer it over your everyday lip color to give it added dimension. 6. Take your holiday manicure up a notch - Try a bronze, holographic or multicolored glitter nail polish. Deck out your nails with a two-toned “couture manicure” with burgundy and gold tips (a la a French manicure) or a pointier nail shape paired with bold fuchsia color. 7. Shimmer and glimmer never get old - The easiest and quickest way to get the holiday glow is to use an illuminating cream or liquid mixed with foundation or tinted moisturizer. Add a touch to your brow bones, cheekbones and tip of the nose.
Plan out what makeup you intend to wear well in advance of a bash, much like you would your outfit. On the day of the event, cleanse and moisturize before applying your makeup and be sure to sweep on setting powder to give your look staying power. And don’t forget to toss a shimmer powder into your bag for touch-ups.
8. Take a new direction with your eyebrows - Use brow powder in a slightly darker shade than your brows to create a stronger, thicker brow. Experiment with intoxicating shimmer brow pencils for that champagne or cocktail outing. 9. CREATE AN EXPERIENCE - Make putting on your makeup an experience, not an afterthought. Allotting a bit of extra time for pre-party primping can get you into a sexier state of mind - and keep you from looking like you just threw your makeup on last-minute.
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HAUTE TOWN SUMMER IN THE
DOWNTOWN ALLIANCE PARTNERS WITH FGI HOUSTON FOR POOLSIDE FASHION SHOW By Andrea Bonner
On May 21, 2011,
Houston’s Downtown Alliance
coordinated a fabulous fete at the exclusive Four Season’s hotel. With title sponsor, Capital One Bank, the evening incorporated great food, fun and fabulous fashions from several downtown retailers including Joseph A. Banks, Forever 21, Macy’s and BCBG. FGI Houston Regional Director Elect and Style On Demand Principal, Andrea Bonner, styled the fashion show with help from a superior team including FGI members; Shandolyn ArlineJohnson, Melissa Greggs, Martha Mtegha and Regional Director, Josephine Firat. Kenesha Black, who coordinated a team of meticulous dressers, made sure that models were dressed and ready to hit the runway in lightening speed.
Although the Houston evening was “haute”, models looked fresh and dewy with makeup done by Steven Cole of Cole Colors and Noel Peterson and John Ballard of MAC cosmetics. With hair looking salon ready thanks to the Do Bar and hot sounds filling the atmosphere provided by DJ extraordinaire, Derek Jones, this hip poolside party was the talk of the town. OTHER KEY SPONSORS OF THE EVENING INCLUDED MEDIA SPONSOR 002 MAGAZINE, FGI HOUSTON, SWANK AUDIO VISUALS, YAO RESTAURANT AND UNITED AIRLINES.
Retailers and Stores Selling Stuff Is A
DEAD Business Model By Robin Lewis
If you keep on thinking of yourself as a retailer (see “Borders Today, Barnes & Noble Tomorrow”) and your place of business as a store or website, and your offerings for sale as products, and your pricing as competitively valued, then you will most certainly die. This is not a new concept. The same kind of myopic thinking and how it can constrain growth was the focus of a marketing paper by former Harvard professor, Theodore Levitt, published in the Harvard Business Review in 1960, titled “Marketing Myopia.” The thesis makes the point that managers who narrowly define the business (or industry) they are in by the products or services they create or sell are myopically limiting their growth potential. Contemporary examples of such constricting views would be those who would define their business as a magazine, newspaper or book publishing as opposed to being in the information business, which infinitely expands the potential for creating all kinds of information and distributing it across a multitude of mediums, now including, of course, the Internet. Other examples: the petroleum business vs. the energy business; the railroad vs. transportation business; and more. So, are you in the retail business, which can be defined by the selling of goods to end users, not for resale, but for use and consumption by the purchaser? Or, are you in the consumer satisfaction
business? And, if so, what is it that you can uniquely satisfy them with? As most of you know, in the early 1990’s, Vittorio Radice, then new CEO of Selfridge’s department store in London, declared that they would no longer define Selfridge’s as a department store selling stuff. He redefined Selfridge’s to be the “coolest” destination in London for fun, entertainment, a social outing and for discovering new things, including services. Oh, and by the way, there would also be “cool” brands which you could buy during the “coolest” of experiences you were having in London. So, one could broadly define Radice’s Selfridge’s as being in the consumer satisfaction business. And, he satisfied them with a unique experience. A couple other well-worn examples on this side of the pond are: Lululemon (LULU) – are they selling yoga-wear or a yoga lifestyle experience? And: Abercrombie & Fitch (ANF) – are they selling casual wear or sex (a sexy experience)? And, there are other winning examples of those who have escaped the confines of myopic thinking to infinitely expand the potential products and services they can sell as “by-products” so to speak, of the consumer satisfying experience. I cannot stress enough that Apple (AAPL) does not sell stuff, not even computers. They sell a highly experiential education first, and then it just so happens that they have the most innovative, sleek and cool digital devices in the world. Amazon’s (AMZN) unique consumer-satisfying experience emanates from its founding idea
to make it easy for people to buy stuff, and this implies incredible service. So, they can sell anything, and are proceeding to do so. Facebook’s experience is about helping people to easily share their lives with friends. I know that for most traditional retail leaders, running huge, or even small companies founded and defined by the “retail stores selling stuff ” business model, find it almost impossible not to think this way. Worse, the model is perpetuated because it’s easier to squeeze out incremental growth (or just survival), by doing the same things, the same way as they have always been done, than it is to blow up the paradigm and fundamentally “change the game.” Blowing it up may not be necessary, but building a plan and process to transform the business is imperative for survival.
Yawn, yawn, you’ve heard this before, over and over. Well, I’m saying it once again. And, analogous to what they were saying in Washington DC about our budget deficit (but did not listen to their own advice), “you cannot kick this can down the road one more day.” It’s now or never. Step out of the “trees,” see and understand the “forest” and if you have not already done so, figure out how you can uniquely be in the consumer satisfaction business.
TORY BURCH VI S ITS HOUSTON By Andrea Bonner Whenever you meet a designer, the first thing you think about is what you’re wearing. If it isn’t the designer’s own creation, it better well be something fabulous. Even though I own several of Tory Burch’s designs, I would have been totally off season for wearing silver espadrilles and a silt ikat print dress on the day of her recent visit. Tory did complement me however on what I was wearing and actually remembered that we had met briefly before. For anyone who has met her, this design powerhouse has such a kind disposition that you just want to go out and buy her entire collection! Since its inception in 2004, the Tory Burch brand has grown to encompass ready-to-wear, handbags, shoes and jewelry, and has gained legions of Reva ballet flat (the shoe named after good luck charm and style icon, her mother) wearing fans along the way. After realizing her dream of starting her own company, Tory started the Tory Burch Foundation in 2009. The foundation provides economic opportunities to American women through microfinance.
On a recent visit to Houston’s Neiman Marcus, Tory sat down with the luxury retailer’s Senior Vice President and Fashion Director Ken Downing, to preview looks from her holiday, resort and Spring 2012 collections. As each model graced the runway, you could see the enthusiasm beaming from the audience. The running dialogue between Tory and Ken revealed several key fashion tips; leopard never goes out of style, mixing black and navy is a chic twist to an all black ensemble and dress like a lady (with a twist). Tory is well loved in Houston, having made several stops while in town. One being to our favorite vintage shop, Cheeky Vintage. Owned by Fashion Group International of Houston, Inc. (FGI) member Denise Hazen and Tina Davis, Tory stopped in and picked up several mod knit dresses, pantsuits, tailored jackets, sequined gowns, chunky shoes, ladylike handbags and statement pendants. Tory, who love vintage, uses these pieces for inspiration. Could the next collection have a Cheeky influence? We will certainly be waiting to see. HAUTE HOUSTON
Tory is a proud FGI member and took a few moments to answer some questions for FGI Houston’s, Haute Houston: HH: Being an Attainable Luxury and Lifestyle Brand, is such a novel business model. How has this approach helped the company leverage itself during these tough economic times? TB: Women tend to buy less but want more special things, which we always focus on in our collection. We also try to offer different price points so that women have options. HH: In 2005, you were awarded the Fashion Group International Rising Star Award for Best New Retail Concept. What did winning this honor mean to you? TB: It was such a great honor to be acknowledged by our peers. HH: Many FGI members are small business owners. What are some tips for success that you would offer to them?
TB: Surround yourself with a fantastic team. Don’t be afraid to embrace change if needed. Don’t underestimate the power of a great mentor. Be open to advice but stay true to your vision. HH: One day you’re on Oprah; the next day Toryburch.com gets 8 million hits and the rest as they say, is history. What was that experience like? TB: It was beyond anything I could have imagined. We are grateful for Oprah’s support over the years. HH: 20 years from now, a Tory Burch tunic from 2004 will be considered vintage. As every vintage piece has a “story” to tell, how do you want that story to read? TB: It’s all about the women who wear each piece. They give it history and meaning. HH: What is one thing that people may not know about you? TB: I have loved to needlepoint ever since my father taught me when I was young. It’s been an inspiration for handbags, coats and shoes in our collection. HH: What’s next for Tory Burch? TB: We just announced our fragrance partnership with Estée Lauder and are looking forward to our product launch in 2013.
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DELIGHTS AT NEIMAN MARCUS By Andrea Bonner Photography by Priscilla Parish Dickson & Victor Quinteros
Like other esteemed artists of our time, one name defines a brand synonymous with excellent craftsmanship, innovative design and coveted luxury. Internationally acclaimed jewelry and timepiece designer David Yurman made a recent visit to Houston’s Neiman Marcus store for an open discussion with the retailer’s Senior Vice President and Fashion Director, Ken Downing. This dialogue, which took place during a lively lunch with Yurman enthusiasts, gave those in attendance a glimpse into the inner workings of the brand and the man behind its success. Having spent a few minutes talking to Mr. Yurman prior to the luncheon, I was intrigued by his intense presence, love for his craft, and the adoration that he expressed for his wife, partner and longtime muse, Sybil. David Yurman began honing his entrepreneurial skills by selling his sculptures to his fellow high school students in Long Island, NY. While working as an apprentice to sculptor Hans Van de Bovenkamp, David met his wife Sybil, who was a respected painter in her own right. As the relationship between the two creative minds evolved, so did the origins of his business and in 1980, the David Yurman brand was born. Dressed in all black and ostrich Roper boots, the designer with the cowboy alter ego talked about his current inspirations, the reining competitions that he participates in with his horse Scooter and what advice he would give to budding entrepreneurs. As a board member for the Council of Fashion Designers of America and a member of Fashion Group International (FGI), Yurman expressed the importance of being involved with professional organizations such as FGI. “As a designer, you can sometimes feel isolated. When you have other peers who you can share similar concerns with through a group like FGI, that is important,” Yurman offered. Having been so successful with the development of the David Yurman brand, I asked what advice he would give to other business owners. “Expect the unexpected and go with it; take advantage of opportunities; and establish a goal or point of view,” he stated. Yurman expressed that he never experiences creative slumps, as he is always drawing, thus constantly honing his design skills. One interesting bit that people don’t know is that he always packs a blues harmonica with him. Should we expect an updated rendition of “Love Me Do”, probably not, but we can expect other exciting things in the near future. The brand currently has plans to reopen its newly expanded Beverly Hills and South Coast Plaza boutiques in 2012. With over 20 David Yurman boutiques in key markets such as New York, Chicago, Paris and Hong Kong, the company is furthering its sights on more international expansion in key luxury markets in the Middle East, Asia and Europe.
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Davidâ€™s current inspirations
include designing pieces of scale, reflective in his current Hammered Link Collection and the use of color, such as mixing black and white diamonds. The brand is known for its signature cable bracelet, which incorporates a twisted helix in sterling silver and gold with gemstones on its finial ends. This design, which was created by David and Sybil, has become the cornerstone for the design empire. With fragrance, luxury eyewear, fine timepieces and the High Jewelry collection (designed by son Evan Yurman), the David Yurman brand has become one of todayâ€™s most sought after international luxury brands.
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MODChic Couture Fashion Show for a Cause By Andrea Bonner Photography by Victor Quinteros
Stampede for the Cure™. The Stiletto Stampede for the Cure™ is a 100 yard, high heel dash with a mission of encouraging young women and men to know and understand the risks of breast cancer. It empowers attendees to prevent the disease by utilizing overall breast self awareness through early detection, screening and education. Decked out in stylish (yet comfortable) stilettos, pink boas and fashionable head gear, this group of individuals incorporated fashion, fun and flair into their quest to wipe out the existence of this disease. Event sponsors included national and founding sponsor, Ideal Heel, title sponsor, AUDI West Houston, Host Sponsor, City Centre, Cosmetic Sponsor, PUR Minerals and
featured make-up by Tee Burr. The benefit organization for this year’s event was the Susan G. Komen for the Cure-Houston. For more information on the Stiletto Stampede for the Cure™, visit www.stilettostampede.org. Amidst the serene main park of Houston’s City Centre, the enviable MODChic Couture culminated the “Stiletto Stampede for the Cure™” event by showcasing 10 of its most sought after couture pieces. In a cheeky fashion exhibition, models, which included breast cancer survivors and prominent community figures, strutted their stuff down the runway, while showcasing the sophisticated aesthetic of this up and coming label. The creative director behind the elegant designs of MODChic is Ebele Iloanya. Founded in 2009, Ebele’s vision was to create clothes that embody the three C’s – classic, contemporary and cutting edge. Since that time, women of all ages have chosen the line as their go-to for stylish and seasonless fashion. Ebele’s inspirations derive from traveling the world – more specifically the Middle East, where the culture evokes visions of rich fabrics, leather, gold and smells from cities like Dubai and Morocco. On November 5, 2011, The Stiletto Stampede continued the fight to prevent and eradicate breast cancer by hosting the Stiletto
MODChic Couture is quickly becoming a recognizable brand on the local and national fashion scene. As a wife, mother and entrepreneur, Ebele brings to the fashion world an individualistic perspective to the craft and an understanding of the needs of the everyday woman. She believes that every woman is unique and her fashion statement should always speak to that point. Her belief in giving back through her involvement with organizations such as the Stiletto Stampede, Ready Women Organization and Fashion for Hope, prove her commitment to not only making a mark on the fashion world, but on the world as a whole. For more information on MODChic Couture, visit www.modchiccouture.com.
HOW WE BEGAN
Founded in the 1930s, Fashion Group International (FGI) was the first non-profit fashion organization established by and for women. Today the organization offers membership to men and women alike. Elizabeth Arden, Edna Woolman Chase, Lily Dache, Edith Head, Claire McCardell, Virginia Pope, Eleanor Roosevelt and Carmel Snow were among the founding members. These legendary figures left an indelible print on the American fashion landscape.
The Fashion Group International is a global, non-profit organization of dynamic professionals, men and women of achievement and influence in the all areas of fashion and design and design related industries, including apparel, accessories, beauty and home.
WHAT WE DO The FGI mission is to be the preeminent authority on the business of fashion and design, and to help its members become more effective in their professional lives. FGI offers insights on major trends in person, on-line and in print, hosts programs and business symposiums, and provided access to industry leaders and peers. FGI raises money to support a range of philanthropic causes that benefit and improve the Fashion and Lifestyle industries and our community.
AS A MEMBER
PUBLICATIONS: The International Membership Directory, an invaluable resource, lists all FGI members around the world. The Membersâ€™ Bulletin reports regularly on the latest trends and industry issues that help members market and manage their businesses while it updates readers on member related news. The Ready To Wear Trend Report publishes twice yearly, straight from the runway commentary. WEB SITE: The FGI online community includes comprehensive news, event information, fashion and business reports 24/7. Updated daily, the Members Only Fashion Access Network features member profiles, executive job banks, forums and more. REGION EVENTS: Our industry events (retails trends, informational seminars, panels designed for decision makers and CEOs) keep you informed. Our networking opportunities are limitless. Use our directory to maximize business trips by networking with potential clients, suppliers, and manufacturers among the FGI membership worldwide.
Published on Dec 6, 2011