Fashion Boutique Steven Alan Coming to Cady’s Alley

Steven Alan, the casual fashion boutique for both men and women, is set to open its first D.C. location in September in Cady's Alley within the courtyard that features Kafe Leopold and L2 Lounge. The 670-square-foot store will be located in retail space, once occupied by Muleh and, before that, Alessi. Begun in New York City in 1994, Steven Alan showcases first-time designers and launched its own line in 1999. As a leader in casual wear, the business offers "modern versions of classic ready-to-wear standards for both men and women," it says. “Steven Alan is one of the more innovative urban retailers we have recently met,” said Philippe Lanier, vice president of EastBanc, Inc., which along with Jamestown Properties, announced the leasing deal. “The store’s interest in becoming a component of Cady's Alley helps solidify our desire to enhance and complement the design focus of the block with innovative retailers developing a brand and culture around their customer. We believe that shoppers will find the Steven Alan experience one that they visit often.” The Steven Alan lease agreement adds to the growing style mix of such Georgetown west side retailers as Babette, Bonobos, Calypso St. Barth (opening early spring 2014), CB2, City Sports, Intermix, Relish and West Elm.


Don’t sacrifice style and grace for comfort and leisure. From the Bahamas to New York City, travel wrinkle-free and fashionable with ease. - Rachael Payton Photographed by Yvonne Taylor Makeup by Lauretta McCoy Styling Lauretta McCoy Hair Darrell Thompson Model from Cima Talent, Cindy Nguyen Dresses to travel with by Potomac couture designer Tsyndyma [gallery ids="101352,152362,152358,152344,152354,152349" nav="thumbs"]

Green Fashion Show at Union Station

Last Thursday, the District Department of the Environment presented the Green Fashion Show in celebration of Earth Month. The presentation featured eco-conscious brands and local designers in addition to examples of recycled clothing. These looks are vintage from resellers and Isagus Extroversions – Designer of Sustainable Fashion ART-wear. The presentation included looks inspired by Spring Showers, 9 to 5 Career Wear, DC Sunset Evening and Weekend Around Town. [gallery ids="101266,147874,147837,147868,147843,147864,147849,147859,147854" nav="thumbs"]

Bloom Into Spring Gala Fashion

This season, soft colors draw the eye without raising a ruckus. These gowns’ soft pastels and floral details capture the spirit of a season that, in Washington, is taking more time to come than we often expect. Aelona Isakova is a Russian-born couture designer now living in Alexandria, Va. She says her calling in life is to worship God through art and fashion and to inspire others. Her work has shown internationally in Jerusalem, Sydney Fashion Week and Saint Petersburg as well as the Evergreen Museum at Johns Hopkins University. To view more of her work, visit Aleonart.redbubble.com. [gallery ids="101213,144985,144980,144977" nav="thumbs"]

Fashion Wedding

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A Formal Engagement

Our annual wedding issue is one of the most most exciting shoots of the year. By the end of the day, it felt as if we were getting ready for a reception. Our setting is the Jefferson Hotel, commonly known as Washington’s most discerning hotel. These looks are inspired by the hotel’s beaux arts interior, originally built in 1923 and renovated in 2009. The lobby and restaurant, Plume, are decorated in warm grays with orange accents. Our favorite space is the dining room’s Bird’s Nest table, lined with books. The looks feature flowing silk crepe, fringes, headpieces and costume jewelry galore. Dramatic makeup is the finishing touch. Inspired by Thomas Jefferson’s years in France, this opulent, yet comfortable, bridal suite is decorated in French antiques, prints and paintings, along with paneled wood floors. The corner suite’s southeastern exposure allowed sunlight beautifully illuminated these “brides-to-be.” Photography Yvonne Taylor Models Willow Amura & Dina Shamimova Hair Luigi Parasmo of Luigi Parasmo Salon Makeup Makeup by Flaminia Garioni of Luigi Parasmo Salon Production Assistants Sara Gilgore, John Paul Hamilton, & Gwendolyn Shearman Look 1 & 2 Dress by Monique Lhuillier from Carine’s Bridal Atelier Jewelry, Vaubel Green earrings from Dalton Pratt Jewelry, Ash Moonstone Ring from Carine’s Bridal Atelier Jewelry, Jose pin from Dalton Pratt Clutch by Maria Elena Headpieces from Carine’s Bridal Atelier Look 3 Dress by Rivini from Carine’s Bridal Atelier Jewelry Cheryl King, antique oval bracelet from Dalton Pratt Jewelry Alyne Square, crystal bracelet from Carine’s Bridal Atelier Headpiece by Maria Elena Headpieces from Carine’s Bridal Atelier Look 4 dress by Marchesa from Carine’s Bridal Atelier Jewelry, Pyrite necklace (worn as bracelet) from Dalton Pratt Jewelry, Samira necklace (worn as headband) from Dalton Pratt Stole by Temperley London from Carine’s Bridal Atelier Look 5 & 6 Dress by Carolina Herrera from Carine’s Bridal Atelier Jewelry, Vivo Pearl Necklace from Dalton Pratt Jewelry, Kara Ross Green ring from Dalton Pratt [gallery ids="101166,141726,141706,141721,141712,141718" nav="thumbs"]

Cool It, Bridezilla!

Some of the top wedding planners from the Washington, D.C.-metro area have advice and insight about the preparation process, changing trends and stressful situations that often characterize the months leading up to the big day. These experts shared their thoughts with The Georgetowner. Showing Your Personality in Your Wedding Finding a planner that clicks with you, I think, makes a big difference, so that you’re picking someone who will guide you through the process and understand you, and has similar tastes to you.-- Aimee Dominick, A. Dominick Events Pick things that are your tastes, don’t try to impress other people. Oftentimes brides are young, and they are trying to make their parents and in-laws happy, but it’s like shopping for shoes – you pick what you like. Genuinely stick to things you like. Don’t be sold by fads.-- Michele Hodges, Michele Hodges Events There are so many ways to do this, and it doesn’t always have to be a major statement. The little touches are often what guests remember most. Whether it’s tying in an aspect of your heritage, the story of how you met or a shared passion, the key is to think about how people would describe your personalities and relationship and going from there. -- Whitney Press, Bella Notte New Wedding Trends for 2013 We find that people are either going much more nontraditional: they want a standing reception and small plates; or, they are going in the direction of more traditional: they want their invitation to look like their grandparents’ did, they want it to be more elegant and classy, they want swing bands instead of wedding bands. -- Aimee Dominick, A. Dominick Events Vintage glamour is being taken to the next level. People are mixing more glamorous elements, like fine linens and crystal settings, with a homier atmosphere in a rustic outdoor setting.-- Stephanie Hughes, Diamond Events Couples are loving lots of greenery. Whether you suspend laurel branches from the ceiling, create a wall of succulents or line your aisle with boxwood topiaries, it makes things feel fresh and modern.-- Whitney Press, Bella Notte Hand-painted dance floors can make the party unique and help brand a wedding – branding the wedding with a logo or initials that can be duplicated in your invitations and programs. A lot of brides are including letterpress in their invitations with those logos. Also, putting furniture on the sides of the dance floor with big ottomans with comfy pillows.-- Michele Hodges, Michele Hodges Events We are definitely seeing more and more couples forego the idea of a wedding cake in lieu of a table presenting all of their favorite desserts done in miniature. Things like fruit cobblers baked in mini weck jars, s’mores, whoopie pies, profiteroles and even mini layer cakes make for fun presentations.-- Allison Jackson, Pineapple Productions Most of my brides want their wedding somewhere between being of the moment and being timeless. So, even if they love some- thing really trendy or something potentially considered out-of-date, the decision always comes back to their personal connection to an idea and how well it reflects their ideal wedding.-- Elizabeth Duncan, Elizabeth Duncan Events General Advice for Couples The pieces of advice I give the most to newly engaged couples are “Make Informed Decisions” and “Be True to You.” A wedding is a big moment and a big investment no matter the budget, so it is key to figure out what is most important to the different decision makers and to identify a general budget before making any decisions. Many things can and will evolve and change over the months of planning, but if everyone is on the same page in the beginning, the process is much more enjoyable and productive.-- Elizabeth Duncan, Elizabeth Duncan Events Brides forget the silliest things, like put- ting stamps on their RSVP envelopes. A lot of times they don’t necessarily forget the small details, they just don’t realize how much time these things take. Sometimes, it’s overwhelming, all those little tiny decisions take longer than people anticipate.-- Michele Hodges, Michele Hodges Events Try not to get bogged down by all of the information and ideas out there. Look within before turning to outside resources. Think about your personal interests, your style, your wedding season and venue type before searching magazines and blogs. That will help you create a celebration that is personal and distinctive, rather than something inspired by someone else’s style and ideas.-- Allison Jackson, Pineapple Productions In this day and age, people feel comfort- able working with email. The best advice is to meet with vendors, or at least Skype, so you get the face-to-face experience. Email is great, and people feel really comfortable developing relationships that way, but you want to feel like you are friends with vendors so they can understand the experience that you want to happen on your day.-- Stephanie Hughes, Diamond Events. [gallery ids="101165,141714,141709,141703,141686,141698,141692" nav="thumbs"]

Indochino’s Pop Up Store Coming to Downtown

Indochino, a leading online custom clothing retailer, is bringing its unique experience to D.C. with a pop-up shop at LivingSocial’s F Street space, March 2 through March 10. The menswear start-up company, based in Vancouver, B.C., allows men to upload their measurements and order their perfectly tailored suits online with just a few clicks. By cutting out the middleman, Indochino says it can offers high-quality suits, coats and accessories at a fraction of the cost of major department stores. The Traveling Tailor event will bring that online experience to men on the go. Indochino’s fit specialists promise to measure men for their custom suits in 10 minutes and create an online profile for them, free of charge. Customers can browse the quality fabrics and see the personalized details put into every suit created by Indochino and order at the event or use the online profile to shop at their own convenience. Orders are filled within 42 days and are guaranteed to arrive at your door wrinkle-free and ready to wear. According to the company, D.C. composes their third largest market in the United States. The pop up shop will be the seventh destination for Indochino in the past year and a half. Most recently, Indochino held a Traveling Tailor show at Grand Central Terminal in New York. For more information or to make an appointment for the Traveling Tailor event, visit www.indochino.com

Fabulous Fashions for the Inaugural Balls

For those lucky enough to go to an inaugural ball this weekend, it will be a night to remember for a lifetime. To complement this gorgeous champagne Oscar de la Renta dress, you need the perfect accessories. These Temple St. Clair moonstone, diamond and gold drop earrings, Alexander Mc Queen metallic leather-jeweled chain sandals and Judith Leiber crystal encrusted wristlet all complete this couture look and create the ultimate image. Oscar de la Renta A strapless champagne ball gown with thousands of tightly encrusted golden floret palette, $11,650 Available at Neiman Marcus Chevy Chase, Md. Marco Bicego 18K Gold Cascade Earrings From the Siviglia Collection. Hand-engraved, 18k gold ovals in an elegant, cascade design Alexander McQueen Metallic Leather Jeweled Chain Sandals, $815. Available at Saks 5th Avenue, Chevy Chase. Md. [gallery ids="101119,139553,139548,139538,139544" nav="thumbs"]

Black & White & Chic All Over

Classic black and white looks are revamped with bold silhouettes and textural fabrics like lace, leather and sequins. Yvonne Taylor Photographer www.yvonnetaylorphoto.com John Paul Hamilton Producer www.johnpaulhamilton.com Anchyi Wei Stylist www.anchyi.com Linh Phan, Hair by Be Scene Hair Studio Carl Ray Make-Up Artist www.carlraymakeupartist.com On Model Look 1 Blouse, collar and belt Anne Fontaine Crystal and white sapphire ring, $790 Kara Ross at Tiny Jewel Box Look 2 Beaded collar, jacket and belt Anne Fontaine Look 3 Lace blouse and zipped collar Anne Fontaine Sequin skirt Alice & Olivia White quartz and diamond ring, $1,450 David Yurman from Tiny Jewel Box Sterling silver and ceramic necklace, $1,500 DavidYurman from Tiny Jewel Box Laurenza black and white sapphire bracelets, $1,350 and $950 M.C.L by Matthew Campbell at Tiny Jewel Box Look 4 beaded collar and vest Anne Fontaine Dress worn as a skirt Vincent Licari Mother-of-pearl and black sapphire necklace worn as a bracelet, $4420 Kara RossTiny Jewel Box Look 5 Jacket, skirt, and belt used as brooch Anne Fontaine Black and white sapphire cuffs, $1250, and bracelets, $1350 and $950 M.C.L by Matthew Campbell Laurenza at Tiny Jewel Box Hematite and diamond ring, $1600 David Yurman at Tiny Jewel Box [gallery ids="101065,137133,137119,137128,137125" nav="thumbs"]