September 2011 Member's Newsletter
September 7th, 2011
September 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
FGI News
FGI Member Profile
FGI Events Through 2011
Trend Alert
Member News

Regional Director's Note

Dear FGI Members,


Happy Fall!  What a great way to kick off this newsletter with a freshly printed FGI International Directory in hand for 2011-2012.  In it is something brand new—a Charleston page and your names and businesses represented along with over 5,000 other fashion professionals from 35 regions around the globe!*

Just think, by joining FGI, you have given your business global exposure and are tapping into a powerful network of industry professionals worldwide.

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Additionally, we have finished Phase I of our exciting new ad campaign which we will tell you a little about in this newsletter in our FGI News section and you can actually get a sneak peak of some of the behind-the-scenes photos by going to our Facebook page.


It was so nice to see many of you last week at our Members Only event at Gwynn’s and to hear what your businesses are up to…

Our next members event along with our big December retail event featuring retail guru, Robin Lewis is outlined in our FGI Events Through Year End section.


This month, we profile member, Archie Burkel who is affectionately known throughout Charleston as “the top hat lady” and the transitioning of her business to focus on her strong public speaking background.  See FGI Member Profile section.


And, what would a September newsletter be if we didn’t go over the top trends for fall?  You can read all about those in our Trend Alert section.


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


Fashionably yours,

Rosanna Krekel


*Please note only members who signed up before the May printing cut-off date are included in the directory.

FGI News

FGI Regional Advertising Campaign

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We are excited to announce the launch of our new ad campaign, " We're Not Just Fashion" designed by FGI Ad Director, Robbie Butt which underscores the mission of Fashion Group International of Charleston to serve all the design industries.  The campaign will feature seven FGI members who represent several of the many industries represented by FGI.  You can get a sneak peak behind the scenes  with photographer- Caitlin Bradley, marketing assistant - Brett Schiff, Board member -Robbie Butt and Regional Director - Rosanna Krekel.  Click here to view additional photos.

Members Only Event
An event to help our local FGI members network and learn about each gwynns storefrontother's businesses was held on August 30th at Gwynn's in Mt. Pleasant.  Members had a chance to catch up on business challenges, meet each other while being treated to fall fashion updates on display in the store, enjoy wine and hors d'oeuvres and shop.  Each member received a $50 gift certificate to shop that night or for the next month in the store.
Member Profile
Archie Burkel is known as The Top Hat of The Hat Ladies.  She created this Organization ten years ago for Ladies of all ages who love hats of all colors.  They do not sell or make hats; they simply love wearing them.  They wear them at their monthly Luncheon and Hatpy Hour and while volunteering, in a perfect blend of fashion with compassion. 

ArchiesBestPhotoThe Hat Lades believe when you look good, you feel good, and when you feel good, you do good.  They are living proof that women never lose their need for self-esteem. Better Homes and Gardens described them as a “stylish brigade of volunteers who are making a difference.”  This difference is reflected in their own lives as well.

As the leader of this brigade, Archie can pull inspiration out of a hat and weave it into her speeches to women’s groups.  Her presentation moves from the practical aspects of hat wearing to its symbolism, giving the audience something to hang their hat on.

Archie and The Hat Ladies have appeared in local, national, and international print media and on television and radio.  They bring their message to The United Nations where they host an annual Hats of The World Luncheon for the female ambassadors.  A full description of their accomplishments and Archie’s honors can be found on, Toss your hat in the ring and contact Archie when your organization needs a dynamic, motivational speaker. You will be “haTpy” you did.  In fact, do it…at the drop of a hat.
FGI Events Through 2011
September – Monday, September 26th 6-9 p.m. “Turn Back Time” healthy beauty forum featuring expert advice on skin care, nutrition, the latest in anti-aging products, skin cancer prevention and healthy food.
The event is moderated by celebrated editor, Jane Larkworthy of W Magazine.  The illustrious panel includes: Peter Lichtenthal, President of Bumble & Bumble; Howard Kaminsky, Co-Founder of B. Kamins Laboratories and Author; Dr. Ann Kulze, Physician and Author; and Dr. McLean Sheperd, Founder of Sheperd Integrative Dermatology
The event will be held at The Spa At Charleston Place and a portion of the proceeds will benefit “I Will Reflect” Melanoma Initiative at MUSC.
To order your tickets, call 843-696-2688 or go to:
November – Thursday, November 10th from 6:30-8 p.m. we will host a Members Only Mixer.  Details on this to follow via invitation.
December – Thursday, December 1 from 6-9:30 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 in October but save the date since this is sure to sell out quickly and our venue is limiting us to 125 seats!
Trend Report

Having officially survived August in Charleston, with September brings a look forward to Fall as we all finally allow ourselves to think about boots, coats, and what we want or need to add to our Fall wardrobes.  

The runways were full of new and unexpected pairings, new evolutions on New York favorite trends and fun, exciting new colors and prints.  We have a few of our favorites here:

  • This Fall brings an interesting mix of bold vibrant colors, such a royal blues and reds, as well as warm colors like mustard yellow and deep oranges.  Also in the mix were camels and soft taupes
  • Dresses may have veered more on the conservative side, with longer lengths, but a healthy dose of sexiness was still preserved with high, hip-grazing slitshigh slits
  • Large Plaids and tartans went big and bold this fall, with designers finding more inspiration from in-your-face rustic weaves than the understated checks of seasons past.plaids
  • From Diane Von Furstenberg to Marc Jacobs, polka dots made a comeback on the runway, with models rocking head to toe spots.  
  • From Tron-like athletic stripes to horizontal Hamburglar patterns, the stripes in the fall collections were bold and graphic. graphic stripes
  • Furs are of course back for fall....on everything from shoes to handbags and of course ponchos and vest.  It looks like our fur investments are a safe classic bet for yet another year. 
  • Suits and tuxedos reigned supreme.  Whether they were cropped, flared, tapered, or high-waisted, the hottest shapes of the season also came in super-saturated hues, perfectly for punching up the clean silhouettes for fall. colorful suits 2
  • Long Dusters and pleated silk skirts look impossibly glam with lengths that reach all the way to the floor. long dusters
  • From traditional pencil cuts to short and full, Designers found a new way to wear the leather skirt, and paired it with casual-chic tops like heather-gray button-ups and sweatshirt-like sweaters. leather skirts
  • Matching is overrated, especially when it means choosing between two statement prints.  From tribal to digital, mixed prints were seen on many runways and across a variety of styles.
Member News
Linda Burnside's beautiful interiors will be featured in Interiors Southeast: An Exclusive Collection of the Finest Designers in the Southeast to be released this Fall.  You can pre order your copy through Amazon!

 Burkel and The Hat Ladies are hosting the 2nd Annual Hats of The World Luncheon for the female ambassadors to the United Nations on Thursday, January 19, 2012 at the Romanian Mission in New York.  Photos and the story of last year's Event are on Contact Archie at to find out how you can join the party as a sponsor. 

Andrew Petersen launches his new incredible lip gloss line (think glossimers with a lip plumper and a great scent) at CosBar on September 22nd.  The 5 sku line comes in a palette with clever Charleston names that is flattering to all skin types in very neutral colors and retails for a cool $29.  Be sure to pick up one or all 5!

Katie Kern will host a Billy Reid Fall Collection Runway Show September 23, 2011 from 6pm-8pm at the Michael Mitchell Gallery located at 438 King Street.  RSVP to
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