“America’s Next Top Model” Runway Coach J. Alexander to host the DC’s 4th Annual Fashion Beauty & Lifestyle Expo.

Saturday, October 20, 2012
2:00PM 8:00PM
Washington DC

The 4th Annual “Fashion, Beauty & Lifestyle Expo” (FBL) a local extravaganza featuring all-day runway fashion shows, free beauty makeovers by Jon David Salon, TIGI products & Ink Cosmetics, and the latest information on design and style trends.

America’s Next Top Model runway coach J. Alexander (Miss. J) will headline this year’s event, which is produced by WDCW-TV/DC50, Tribune Broadcasting’s CW affiliate in Washington, DC. Kate Michael, editor-in-chief of K Street Kate, will serve as co-host of the Expo. WDCW-TV is producing the Fashion Beauty & Lifestyle Expo in conjunction with event production expert Maggy François.

FBL will feature J. Alexander hosting fashion shows with top designers, meet and greet sessions with nationally-known models and other celebrities including: Big Tigger, Paul Wharton and LaVar Arrington. With free makeovers and more than 60 vendor booths, FBL is a full day of beauty & fashion. Throughout the day, FBL will feature fashion shows from: Hush and Catwalk Boutique, My Bougie Baby, Nam Nguyen, Kelly Tang, Walish Gooshe, Aidah Collection, Current Boutique, Studio D’Maxsi, Red Hue Boutique, ZweetSport, Tashia Senn Collection, Christopher Schafer Menswear Clothier, Maven Style, Anna Bags and National Designers Saint Chic from Lifetime’s series 24-Hour Catwalk, Nikki Poulos from NBC’s Fashion Star & Anya Ayoung Chee, winner of Project Runway Season 9.

Other events currently scheduled include:

*An autograph session with J. Alexander. The first 25 people in line for the session receive a free copy of his book, “Follow the Model.”

*Celebrity Photo Session, Meet & Greet with Jaslene Gonzalez, television host, and winner of Cycle 8 of America’s Next Top Model.

*Meet and greet events with: DC style Icon Paul Wharton, Resident DJ of the Washington Wizards and host of Direct Access with Big Tigger, Lavar Arrington, Host of Sports Week, Kate Michael and several local Pageant Queens.

*A model search judged by Paul Wharton, host and producer of Paul Wharton Style. The winner selected will win a beauty makeover, a portfolio and a day trip to New York City to meet a top modeling agency.

*A style session with Ariella Faith & Lifestyle by Kara Allan.

* New this year, FBL will also feature a CW Lounge where people can stop by to screen upcoming CW fall shows: Emily Owens, Arrow, and Beauty & the Beast. The much anticipated Carrie Diaries (the early days of Carrie Bradshaw), set to premiere in early 2013, will also be exclusively showcased in the CW Lounge.

$15 Before
$20 At the Door

About Miss J.
Alexander Jenkins, commonly known as “Miss J.” and/or J. Alexander; was born and raised in the South Bronx of New York City, which served as Miss J.’s first introduction to fashion and overcoming adversity. His childhood memories have been well documented within his self‐authored book Follow the Model, a memoir about his rise to fame as a black gender‐bending model coach. He is best known for his television work as a runway coach for contestants on America’s Next Top Model (ANTM). J. Alexander’s career as a world‐renowned runway coach began when he coached runway glamazons both backstage at fashion shows and within the venerable fashion houses of Europe. He was recognized for his coaching abilities and has worked with most major models through both private training and consultancies with major designer brands. J. Alexander became a judge in Cycle 5 of America’s Next Top Model and most recently in season 14 and 15 has returned to his role as a guest celebrity, model coach and mentor. He has an ability to elicit elegance and movement on the catwalk. This coupled with his outlandish sense of style, has put him in high demand in the world of fashion and modeling.

SAINT CHiC is all about repairing the karma of the fashion industry while giving fashion lovers across the globe high end and advanced collections. We give back to the Earth by creating sustainable looks. We give back to communities by participating in fund raising events.
We sell sustainable, eco-chic and luxe women’s wear and accessories that are inspired by global aesthetics. We hand pick the best textiles and surface treatments from around the globe to create advanced clothes for the modern fashion lover.
SAINT CHiC is located in New York City. The brand is launched by Dindi Design as their in house private collection.
SAINT CHiC launched in Washington, DC in February 2011. Our online shop launched in November 2011. We are young!

About Jaslene Gonzalez
With her ability to adapt, reinvent and transform, Jaslene Gonzalez has seen recurrent success in the ever changing world of fashion, modeling and entertainment. Jaslene utilized her experience as the winner of America’s Next Top Model Cycle 8 to develop and refine her craft – and evolving into one the fashion elite’s most sought-after faces. The twenty-four-year-old beauty is living her dream, scoring a multitude of modeling campaigns, ranging from coveted cosmetics giant Cover Girl to Garnier Cosmetics, to covers of Teen Vogue, Seventeen, and Latina magazines.

About Nikki Poulos
Nikki Poulos grew up on a farm in the remote Australian Outback on 54,000 acres of land. With no electricity and no television, and only the outdoors to entertain her and her siblings – she became creative and resourceful. Sewing soon became her favorite pastime. In the early 1990s, Poulos created an eco-friendly baby clothing line called “ecobaby” which she sold in open-air markets and eventually expanded the business to sell in major department stores.  Poulos quickly experienced much success and, after five years, sold her company and decided to go back to school and study marine biology.  After receiving her Bachelor of Science degree, she worked in marine research and coral reef conservation. However, Poulos could not stay away from fashion for too long.  She started her eponymous line “nikki poulos” comprising swim, resort and ready to wear collections in 2008 – now she is selling her clothing online and in stores across the US, Canada, Mexico, the Caribbean, and Australia.  Her collections have been featured in Sports Illustrated Swimsuit Issue, Elle, Lucky and Fitness magazines, and the European version of the hit show Next Top Model. Nikki most recently appeared on NBC’s prime time show Fashion Star.

About Anya Ayoung-Chee
Anya Ayoung-Chee is the winner of Project Runway Season 9 and one of the hottest young fashion designers to emerge from the Caribbean in recent years.
Hailing from Trinidad and Tobago, she launched her women’s label, PILAR, in May 2009 and it has been making waves ever since. In June 2010, she launched a lingerie line named Anya de Rogue, the first of its kind in the Caribbean.
A graduate of Parsons School of Design and Central St Martins School of Art and Design, Anya spent several years working as a designer in New York City until in 2007 she returned home after her eighteen-year old brother Pilar died tragically in a car accident. Soon after the move, Anya was selected to represent her country at the Miss Universe pageant. This experience propelled her into a life in front on the camera as a model and television host. Anya has since hosted several Caribbean television and web-based events and live shows, including movie premieres, fashion shows and her own fashion program “Make It Yours.”

About Maggy Francois
In 1996, Maggy Francois began her stylish career producing fashion shows for clients up and down the East Coast.  With unmatched talent and vision, she launched Maggy Francois event management company in 2000 committed to “creating the unimaginable” for fashions biggest names, including: Project Runway winner Christian Siriano, Korto Momolu, Betsey Johnson, Amsale Aberra, Francis HendyJerell Scott, Reco Chapple and Carol Hannah Whitfield.
In addition to her love of fashion, Maggy’s passion is in education, providing her experience as a roadmap for aspiring designers through West Potomac Academy Fashion DesignMaggy believes “The impact of educating through design is more than just creating clothing, it is fashioning a way of life for young adults to express themselves and their ideas into tangible items.”

Paul Wharton

About Paul Wharton
Paul Wharton is a popular television personality, lifestyle trendsetter, philanthropist and entrepreneur. Paul is the host of the new lifestyle series “Paul Wharton Style” that debuted on DC 50 in April 2012 and will be coming back late this fall for the show’s second season. In the beginning, Paul worked with Wilhelmina for four years as a model/actor and freelance model coach, and was tapped as the original on-air model coach on the Emmy winning MTV series “MADE” in 2003. After “MADE”, Paul became a makeover guru on “The Ricki Lake Show” and went on to Vh-1’s model series “The Agency” and TV Land’s “She’s Got the Look”. After years of working with models, Paul joined the cast of two TV One show’s: “Makeover Manor” and “DNC Live After Party”  and in 2010 joined forces with Vivica A. Fox to co-host BET’s “Who Wore What.” Paul has shared his style advice on CNN’s “The Situation Room” as well as the national Fox News Channel.
In 2010, Paul was featured as a supporting cast member on Bravo’s “The Real Housewives of DC”. Locally, Paul has served as the Fashion and Lifestyle correspondent on WDCW-TV(CW Washington), interviewing celebrities for several red-carpet events and giving viewers shopping, lifestyle and fashion advice. In addition to his new show “Paul Wharton Style”, Paul hosted “Top Model Makeover”, “The Metropolitan Cooking and Entertaining Show” and “Where the Elite Meet”. Paul has also authored a new book entitled “Pulling It All Together” and released an instructional DVD called “How Models are Made” on breaking into modeling and how everyday people can look their model best. Paul wrote and released a dance track on iTunes called “Hide Your Crazy”. His new song “I’m a Model”, a feel good, pulse pounding anthem to all people that want to strut their stuff like a model, features rapper Sole.

Walter E. Washington Convention Center
801 Mount Vernon Place NW
Washington, DC 20001

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