October 2011 Member's Newsletter


October 14th, 2011
October Member's Newsletter

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Contact the Board
Tel: 843 696 2688

Rosanna Krekel
Regional Director

Anna Lassiter

Sarah Digangi

Marshall Simon
Membership Director

Katie Kern
Public Relations Director

Robert Butt
Advertising Director

Natasha Shamdasani Madan
Technology Director

Linda Burnside
Co-Program Director

Michael Mitchell
Co-Program Director

In This Issue
Letter from the Regional Director
"Turn Back Time" Event Recap
FGI Member Profile
FGI Events Through 2011
Trend Alert
Member News
Regional Director's Letter

Dear FGI Members:


Happy October!  Sorry, we held the press a little on this issue but we wanted to be able to wrap up some of the best from Spring 2012 Fashion Week in Paris.  We give you highlights from some of the best shows including the make-up and shoes everyone is talking about.  See Trend Alert

Speaking of what everyone has been talking about…thanks for all of your feedback on our hugely successful, “Turn Back Time” healthy beauty event held at the Spa at Charleston Place hotel on September 26th

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There are more photos on the event and a short video thanks to Jade Sullivan and the wonderful work she does at : www.pistilfilms.com in our Event Recap section.  Also, we welcome two new members from this event: the talented Dr. McLean Sheperd and healthy skin care product expert, Steve Salomon! See Member News

This month, we profile one of our earliest Charleston region members, the beautiful Khalia Wilkinson who has an image and marketing consulting business called Khalia Wilkinson Image Consulting.  See FGI Member Profile

Please continue to let me know about your business accomplishments/needs and how FGI of Charleston can help.



Fashionably yours,

Rosanna Krekel


Event Recap

Turn Back Time Beauty Event

On Monday, September 26th the Charleston region hosted a first ever beauty symposium called, "Turn Back beauty_event_1Time" at the Charleston Place Hotel and Spa.  The symposium featured an illustrious panel: Peter Lichtental, President of Bumble & Bumble,  Howard Kaminsky, Co-founder of B. Kamins,  Dr. Ann Kulze, Physician and Author,  and Dr. McLean Sheperd, Founder of McLean Integrative Dermatology.  The event was moderated by celebrated editor of W Magazine, Jane Larkworthy.



After an hour of mingling with the nights speakers and other FGI colleagues poolside at the Charleston Place Spa, guest proceeded to a ballroom where they were greeted with champagne and a desert spread.



The highlight of the evening was the panelist discussion where new trends of the beauty industry were revealed including: the new keratin for hair, resveratrol as an anti-acne treatment, the top 5 healthy foods to eat every day and the importance of a balanced lifestyle.   Thank you to all who attended and contributed to this special night!

Please check out photos from the entire evening here.


Member Profile

Khalia Wilkinson is a Writer, Model and Image/Marketing Consultant.  She is studying Fashion and Retail Management at The Art Institute of Pittsburgh Online.  

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As a writer, Khalia has worked with M.U.D.D. Magazine as the Health and Wellness Editor and currently writes the Fashion & Beauty columns for The Charlotte Post.  Khalia enjoys interviewing artist, designers and models to gain a better industry perspective, while exposing them to a broader audience.  She has done multiple Red Carpet reviews in collaboration with "MakeMeOverEb!" and is currently working on her first book "The Model Code" which is a resource guide that highlights some of the most important “ins’ and outs’” of the modeling world.

As a Model, Khalia has shot with photographers Preach Jacobs, Elaine Floyd and Kendrick Chiles.  She has been a featured model in “Quick Change” videos with Stylist Brian Maynor and has appeared in a music video with singer/songwriter Jru Starz. 

As a Marketing Consultant, Khalia’s goal is to bring out the best in the individuals she works with through dining etiquette, personal presentation, poise and self confidence consulting through the company WE'LL, LLC which she founded with her husband. She is continuing to expand her business endeavors, as she works closely with Modeling Agency DeAbreu Modeling in Columbia, SC as the Image & Marketing Consultant.

Khalia joined FGI to stay current with Fashion Industry News.  She would like to get involved with the CFDA's efforts to promote healthy eating and lifestyle choices through the Health Initiative which was established in 2007.

Khalia and her husband, Dr. Larrell Wilkinson reside in Columbia, South Carolina.  Khalia seeks to work with enthusiastic talent. To find out more visit www.khaliawilkinson.com or email her at: khaliawilkinson@gmail.com.
FGI Events Through 2011
October – Thursday, October 20th from 6:30-8 p.m. we will host a Members Only Mixer.  Details on this to follow via separate email invitation.
December – Thursday, December 1 from 6-9:00 p.m. “ Retail Symposium – State Of The Industry” moderated by retail guru Robin Lewis covering the current retail landscape including what the consumer is responding to most, how key retail businesses have changed over the past years, what advertising means to their businesses and other material that has made his, “New Rules Of Retail” a must-read for industry leaders.  Among the panelists will be key people across bricks and mortar, on-line and alternative retailing.  Details on this event will be posted at the end of October when we reveal our event ad and press release.  Save the date since this is sure to sell out quickly since our venue is limiting us to 125 seats!
Trend Report

Spring/Summer 2012 from New York to Paris

  • Sarah Burton for Alexander McQueen was the bell of the Parisian ball!  Burton did a beautiful job of incorporating her feminine touch while keeping in the coveted McQueen style


  • Philo for Celine created designer basics but her line is best spiced up with with large florals, a color blocked leather trench, and even a piece or two cut in grey plastic.  


  • Balenciaga featured grand proportions, beginning with high-shine, round-shouldered jackets that look far more substantial than their light-as-air reality.



  • Haider Ackerman bulked up his previously slinky style for menswear inspired line of mismatched suits in bright silks and tie-print jacquards that showed off the designer's sublime sense of color. 
  • The Spring/Summer 2012 Chanel show in Paris was one only Lagerfeld could pull off.  It was perfection from the white and blush feminine yet sophisticated suits and dresses to the massive all white "underwater" stage.  He seems to be taking more and more chances and he is mastering every one of them.
  • The Spring 2012 YSL shoe collection made a bold statement.  For some styles metal spikes adorned the toes but all had gold metal accents and were a mix of silver, soft gold, and white with bold blues, magentas, and shades of green.

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  • Fur is not typically used in spring an summer collections but that was the appeal to Giambattista Valli in his use of it in his collection.  Valli also designed a couture line and a capsule line for Macy's for the upcoming season season. 
  • If there is a designer you can think of, Ruby Aldridge has most likely walked in their show.  She dominated the runway in shows from Lacoste and Marni to Lanvin and Dolce and Gabana.  She is known for her great lips and feminine yet edgy style and is known as the current "it" model.
  • In keeping witht he fiminine yet edgy style of Spring 2012, Caroline D for Mac paired a teenage bad girl black liner with a clean face and blush eye shadow for a unique and almost eery affect.

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  • Kanye' West debuted his fashion line at Paris Fashion Week to mixed reviews.  Many said that research, development, and overall concept were good and was even referred to as a "baby Balmain" line but the designs themselves seemed to fall a bit short in some critics opinion and still seemed to be a work in progress.
Member News
Welcome new members:

Steve Salomon - Owner, Mission Essentials.  ME provides natural and organic skin care solutions to the entire family.  They are in 50 locations around the country and products can be purchased at The Spa at Charleston Place and Stella Nova.  Company web site is: mission-essentials.com

Dr. McLean Sheperd - Owner, McLean Sheperd Integrative Dermatology.  Dr. McLean is a Board Certified dermatologist advocating a whole body approach to skin wellness.  She pairs traditional practices with holistic and organic healing for a comprehensive and tailored treatment plan based on individual patient needs.

Other Member News

Terri Espy, The Gown Boutique - Her white glove, one-on-one service and attention to detail store has moved to a beautiful new location in the Belle Hall Shopping Center, Mount Pleasant.  You can call: 843-856-2682 to schedule an appointment or log on to: www.gownboutiqueocharleston.com

Margaret Hansen's Ecolibrio jewelry and handbags are available in 9 stores nationwide. With price points starting at just $12 and versatile pieces that will fit into your wardrobe. Ecolibrio wearable art is eclectic and unique, as it is handmade with upcycled computer wires and vintage materials.  View this exciting line at www.Ecolibrio.com or contact Margaret @773-396-4523, Etsy.com/shop/Ecolibrio,Facebook.com/Ecolibrio or tweet to @Ecolibrio.

Leigh Magar appeared in the September 18th issue of the New York times at the preview of the exhibition ''Hats: An Anthology by Stephen Jones'' which took place at the Bard Graduate Center, at 18 West 86th Street. Many guests followed the ''dress your head'' dictate including Leigh pictured in her own lovely black and purple creation. The show is a collaboration between the Victoria & Albert Museum and Mr. Jones, the British milliner, who was its curator. 

Michael Mitchell - Owner, Michael Mitchell Gallery is expanding his interior design business by adding mid-century antiques, modern and vintage furniture to the mix of local and regional artwork this Fall.  He now has exclusive lines Made Goods and Dwell Studio.  The event to preview the line is being hosted by Charleston Style & Design Magazine on Thursday, October 13th from 6-8 pm.  Please rsvp to katie.circapr@gmail.com
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Tel: 843 696 2688

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