‘Eco-chic’ Designers to be Honored in Washington

On the eve of Earth Day 2010, Washingtonians will be busy celebrating pioneers of the "eco chic" movement, including ecologically and ethically minded architects, fashion designers and jewelry makers, among others.

"Eco Chic: Night of Stars and Rising Stars," an event produced by the Fashion Group International of Greater Washington D.C., in collaboration with the Corcoran Gallery of Art and the Corcoran College of Art and Design, is set to take place April 21, and has been officially registered as an Earth Day recognition event.

The gala will kick off with a cocktail reception and fashion presentation featuring apparel from eco-friendly clothing brand TranquiliT, as well as jewelry from designers Alberto Parada, Calamarie and Monique Pean. Each of the mentioned brands will also be honorees in the Eco Chic awards ceremony, which will take place immediately following the fashion presentation.

The ceremony will feature video clips of the latest eco-chic designs and products from "Stars" and "Rising Stars" in the categories of architecture, art, fashion, beauty and interior design.

In the architecture category, Envision was named as the Star. Rising Stars included Inscape, Scout Motor Company, and Division I. Winners were selected by a panel of design experts. Susan Piedmont-Palladino, National Building Museum curator and architect, judged and selected the Architecture Stars.

Tickets to the April 21 gala are $120 for members of the Corcoran and Fashion Group International, and $150 for non-members. Proceeds will benefit the Eleni Epstein Scholarship given by The Fashion Group International of Greater Washington to a student pursuing a career in fashion.

To purchase tickets, visit WashingtonDCFGI.tix.com.

National Jeweler, with Contract's Stacy Straczynski

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