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The Fashion Comes Out at Night: Georgetown Hosts 3rd Annual Fashion’s Night Out
Alexis Williams • September 21, 2012
Georgetown has always been the center of flourishing fashion in D.C., and the Sept. 6 fashion and retail festivities proved up to the task. The streets were alive with the sound of clicking heels and ringing cash registers as shoppers flocked to their favorite boutiques for the third annual Georgetown Fashion’s Night Out.
A block party of epic proportions, FNO is a global initiative sponsored by Vogue Magazine and the Council of Fashion Designers of America and is held in the most fashionable cities in the world including New York City, Los Angeles, Milan and Paris. In addition to supporting local fashion businesses, FNO also serves as a philanthropy event. This year, volunteers sold FNO themed t-shirts, tank tops, and tote bag to benefit the DC-based Vital Voices Global Partnership.
The after-hours shopping extravaganza, sponsored by the Georgetown Business Improvement District, brought out some notable faces including celebrity stylist and image expert Paul Wharton of “Real Housewives of D.C.” fame and local NBC4 news anchor Angie Goff. Fashion lovers dressed up in their most stylish clothes with women working it in maxi skirts, fitted tops, dresses and more to men donning dapper three-piece suits just in time for fall.
With a myriad of events to choose from and more than100 stores, restaurants, and salons participating in FNO, crowds of all ages invaded M Street and Wisconsin Avenue. For instance, under a huge, white tent on Dean and Deluca’s patio, attendees were invited to sip free drinks and dance the night away at a party sponsored by BrightestYoungThings. Along with shopping bags, those who stopped into Georgetown Cupcake also carried around a free red velvet cupcake. DC Scout hosted an FNO party of their own at Cusp that included a styling session with personal stylist and wardrobe consultant, Meredith Liberty. Men’s clothing store, the Streets of Georgetown, celebrated its “Man’s Cave”; Tari offered a “Glamourazzi Makeover Contest”; Ella Rue held a “Positively P Street” party.
Following the success of this year’s FNO and with autumn on the horizon, we can bet that D.C. will continue to be one of the best-dressed cities in the world. [gallery ids="102477,120509,120546,120533,120517,120525,120539,120553" nav="thumbs"]
Mercedes-Benz New York Fashion Week
Georgetowner • September 20, 2012
New York Fashion Week, Spring 2013, is the beginning of the fashion season that travels all over the world. Held at Lincoln Center, this premier, semiannual event draws thousands of industry professionals, celebrities and fashionistas to eight days of runway shows and presentations. This year, the list of designers included Diane Von Furstenberg, Betsey Johnson, Monique Lhuillier, Ralph Lauren, and Michael Kors.
Framed for Fashion
Georgetowner • August 29, 2012
Those who love fashion are quick to associate it with fine art. As artists, designers work to create an atmosphere, evoke emotion and inspire contemplation. Tsyndyma is a Washington-based designer whose suits and dresses outwit the temperature with light materials in autumnal colors. Breezy, wide-leg pants create a strong base, drawing eyes to the masterpieces above.
Georgetown milliner Melissa Vap’s handcrafted hats and fascinators are beautiful pieces for formal gatherings. Free from conforming to the body, they are open to take any form she can imagine. Like the best works of art, their beauty is timeless by both looking to the past and throttling towards the future. Be confident in your own look as you transcend these two seasons.
Photographer Yvonne Taylor www.yvonnetaylorphoto.com
Producer John Paul Hamilton
Make-Up Artist Carl Ray CarlRayMakeupArtist.com
Hair Darrell Thompson
Model Clara Buchanan
Designer Tsyndyma tsyndymaonline.com Shop here.
Hats Melissa Vap www.melissavap.com
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Styling in Georgetown
Pamela Burns • August 22, 2012
The Gap All Wrong
Many people believe that if one sticks to the basics in dressing, you cannot go wrong. But this is not always the case. This woman’s outfit is a classic example. Her khaki skirt is too long for her frame. The jean jacket is too short for the skirt and wrong for the high- necked top, and white socks and sneakers never go with a long skirt. My suggestion would be: A knee-length khaki skirt, a V-neck top, and jean jacket that hits the waist, with colored flats for a pop of color.
This man must be from out of town, because everyone who is from D.C. knows you do not wear flannel and heavy jeans in August in D.C. It is just too hot. I guess he realized that he did not have right outfit on for the very hot day and that is why he walked the streets of DC with his flannel completely unbuttoned and open. Next time he is in town, I suggest he bring a tee shirt and shorts.
The Streets of Georgetown party on Aug. 8 was all about “Old Fashion, New Look,” and Kevin Gray got it right. He was edgy, yet sophisticated in his royal blue Zara blazer, light blue Alton Lange shirt, light tan Zara pants and skinny colorfully striped tie from Aldo. Whiskey brown Aldo shoes completed this strong look.
Menswear Gets A Feminine Touch
Adra Williams and Beth Webster are women who know how to get noticed at this men’s clothing store event. Williams surprised us all in her men’s Hickey Freeman jacket. She paired it with a wide black belt, black leggings and black heels by BCBG. Webster was super sexy in her red-hot dress from Banana Republic and red & white bowed heels from Nine West.
Master of Style
Patrick Leugers was dressed to impress at Streets of Georgetown’s “Old Fashion, New Look” party. His navy blue Hickey Freeman blazer, white Polo pants, Brooks Brothers green and blue and white gingham shirt and brown Allen Edmonds shoes were on key with the night’s theme. His look has timeless appeal.
Paul Beirne takes preppy to the next level at “Old Fashion, New Look.” I love how he put together his navy Breuer blazer, blue and grey Hugh & Crye shirt with rolled Unis khakis and white old-school Tretorns. Now, this is some comfort with style!
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Summer Sales in the City
Georgetowner • August 10, 2012
As the temperature continues to rise, local store prices are doing just the opposite. Check out this week’s latest sales at some of your favorite M Street shops.
3279 M St. NW – 50% off any single vintage item, if you mention The Georgetowner
3278 M St. NW – All women’s items 40% off
3314 M St. NW – 25% off beach towels until June 30
3338 M St. NW – Up to 30% off on select items
The Running Company
3401 M St. NW – 30% off older running shoes
3333 M St. NW –30-40% older items
The North Face
3333 M St. NW – 25-30% off select items
Second Time Around
3289 M St. NW – June 29-July 4: 20% off full price on selected items
3237 M St. NW – Up to 50% off selected items
Lucky Brand Jeans
3271 M St. NW – 20% off selected items
3235 M St. NW – 30-50% off leather and clothing
True Religion Brand Jeans
3225 M St. NW – 20% off shorts and select shirts until July 1
3200 M St. NW – June 30-July 4: 30% selected items
BCBG Max Azria
3210 M St. NW – 40-60% off; additional 20% off sale items
3222 M St. NW – $19.99 and up on sale items
3222 M St. NW – an additional 30% off selected items
Yvonne Taylor, Fashion Editor • July 23, 2012
Travel around in style as hot as the summer weather. Gear up for summer with fun fashion and cute cars. Grab your ride at Passport MINI-Alexandria.
Photographer: Yvonne Taylor
Stylist: Stara Pezeshkian with T.H.E. Artist Agency
Stylist assistant: Bridget Thompson
Hair: Belinda King
Models: Angela Sipper and Monty Ashton-Lewis
MUA: Kim Reyes
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Dive Into Summer
Swimsuit season has officially arrived. Be a vibrant vision in bright, bold colors, while lounging by the pool as seen here at the Lavender Hill estate.
Photographer: Yvonne Taylor
Stylist: Stara Pezeshkian with THE artist agency
Stylist assistant: Bridget Thompson
Manicurist: Natasha Ray
Makeup: Kim Reyes using MAKE UP FOR EVER for T.H.E.
Photog assistants: Michael Taylor and Ximena Brunette
Hair: Belinda King
Model: Kelsey McGuire from CIMA Talent Management
Location: Lavender Hill in Upperville, Va., is on the market;
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Summer Sales in Georgetown
Summer sales in Georgetown this week are heating up. You don’t want to miss out on these great deals.
J. McLaughlin — 3278 M St., NW – Final markdowns up to 75% off until the end of July.
Design Within Reach — 3306 M St., NW – Floor sample Sale, always ongoing; upholstery sale starts Aug. 2.
Yves Delorme — 3320 Cady’s Alley, NW – Sale until July 21; 20% off storewide; excludes mattresses.
Poggenpohl — 3324 M M St., NW – Display sale (see store for more details)
Baker Furniture — 3330 M M St., NW – Save big at the floor sample finale.
City Sports — 3338 M St., NW – Up to 40% off spring and summer merchandise which runs through August.
Bo Concept — 3342 M St., NW – Floor model sale; a sale with any material and any layout until the end of August. End of season collection sale now through August.
Revolution Cycles — 3411 M St., NW – Trek summer sale ends July 22; free calendar has rolling coupons; previous year bikes on markdown.
Running Company — 3401 M St., NW – 30% off old model shoes
The North Face — 3333 M St., NW – 25 to 35% off selected items plus an additional 20-30% off spring items.
Annie Cream Cheese — 3279 M St., NW – Buy one; get another item half off.
Lacoste — 3146 M St., NW – Up to half off
Sports Zone — 3140 M St., NW – Shorts are two for $30. T-shirts, including women’s tank tops, are buy five for $20. Up to 25% off accessories.
Barney’s — 3040 M St., NW – Sale up to 75% off
Juicy Couture — 3034 M St., NW – Additional 30% off sale
Cusp — 3030 M St., NW – Up to 65% off, end of season sale.
Niccolo — 2928 M St., NW – Up 20% off
Charm — 2910 M St., NW – Up to 30% off
Hu’s Shoes — 3005 M St., NW – 50% off on select shoes
American Apparel — 3025 M St., NW – Swim sale up to 50% off; sunglasses up to 50% off; jewelry up to 50% off (excludes watches); t-shirts are two for $3; bras three for $25; men’s shorts are 50% off.
Diesel — 3033 M St., NW – Up to 50% off on men and women’s apparel; 25% off men and women’s denim.
Brooks Brothers — 3077 M St., NW – Up to 50% off; spring pants and polo shirts 40% off; all shorts 40% off; women’s apparel, 40 to 50% off, depending on item; spring suits 40% off.
Steve Madden — 3109 M St., NW – Additional 50% off; 10% off for student discount; 15% off for military discount
Urban Outfitters — 3111 M St., NW – extra 30% off
Historic DC Weddings
Imagine your wedding day as national headline news, read from DC to Des Moines. You, your groom and your guest list are the subject of Washington’s biggest event of the year, and anyone who’s anyone is going to be there.
Marjorie Merriweather Post became accustomed to this tradition, as the bride in four of her own weddings, and the unofficial wedding planner for each of her three daughters. As the daughter of Charles William Postum, the founder of Postum Cereal Company (now Post and General Mills cereal) Mrs. Post was a distinguished socialite, with an eye for putting on spectacular events.
A regular host of Washington socialite dinner parties, Mrs. Post had a remarkable list of contacts, including Washington’s elite. Pulling from these contacts, Mrs. Post created the guest lists for each of the weddings she planned. These traditional white weddings stood apart from the rest because both the bride and her guests were all Washington socialites, and the events they attended were guaranteed to be grand.
Both as a bride and a planner, Marjorie Post had an extraordinary ability to envision an event from start to finish, scrupulously putting every last detail in place. In her second wedding to E.F. Hutton, Mrs. Post coordinated everything from her dress and flowers down to the color of the icing on the cake.
Very interested in fashion, Mrs. Post’s wedding dresses reflected the most prominent styles of the time. The first dress she wore to her 1905 wedding to Edward Close was very traditional, featuring a high collar and more fitted bodice. This changed drastically by her 1935 wedding to Joseph E. Davies, when she wore a dress of true Hollywood glam made of velvet with a seven-foot train. By her fourth wedding in 1958, she chose to embrace the popularity of the shorter gown, despite being nearly 70 years old.
Besides having an incredible eye for design, it was the way in which Mrs. Post carried out these events that made them a cut above the rest. By sending out reminders before the event occurred and thank-you notes in appreciation of all those attended, Marjorie Post had perfected the role of a socialite in gaining the respect of all who knew her.
Although Mrs. Post’s gatherings had a reputation for extravagance, and her guest list filled with Washington’s most powerful names, many of the traditions were no different than weddings of today. As a bride herself, Marjorie Post certainly had her bridal opinion, picking the color, style, fabric and design of her bridesmaids’ dresses. As the mother of three young brides, Mrs. Post had a strong hand in navigating their weddings as well, using her contacts to secure an amazing event.
Just as today, historic Washington socialite weddings were a monumental moment in the bride’s life, the planning as much of an event as the wedding itself. In observing the traditional ways weddings have been done in the past we can all gain a greater appreciation for the traditions we still carry out today.
For more information on Marjorie Merriweather Post visit the Hillwood Museum’s upcoming exhibit featuring all four of Mrs. Post’s wedding dresses and many other wedding artifacts. [gallery ids="99594,105020,105009,105016,105013" nav="thumbs"]