Pocket squares certainly aren’t a new concept in the world of menswear, but their current popularity among stylish gentlemen has local brands like Hugh & Crye producing the accessories in all different shades, patterns, and fabrics.
The benefit of wearing a pocket square during a swampy Washington summer is that it means you can get away without a tie, thus freeing your neck for some much-needed air flow.
On Saturday night, 2,500 guests congregated for the second annual DC Diner en Blanc on the lawn of the Carnegie Library. In the tradition of the pop-up dinner--which was initially launched in Paris nearly 30 years ago--none of the guests knew the location of the dinner until they arrived at the library, guided by their table leader.
As the swarms of white-clad guests set up their Diner-en-Blanc-approved square tables, it became clear which attendees had decided to go above and beyond in this celebration of European opulence. From feathered headdresses to glowing table centerpieces and towering floral arrangements, Diner en Blanc has never pretended to be a regular picnic. And it’s guests like these that make sure it stays that way.
On Thursday night in Baltimore, Revolution Event Design and Production threw a Tattoos and Tassels-themed party to celebrate their rebranding. They took the first part of the theme very seriously: there was a real, live, free tattoo lounge at the event.
The tattoo bar was hosted by Have Fun Be Lucky (HFBL), a licensed tattoo parlor in Baltimore. At the beginning of the night, sign up sheets were available for attendees to grab a time slot for their tattoo with one of the three HFBL artists at the event. The party went from 6 to 10 PM, but by 7:30 PM, all the time slots were filled.
"No cuts. No color. Just blowouts.” It’s the maxim chalked on the Rococo-esque blackboard at the entrance to Drybar, and it reminds me of the David Letterman bit in which he walks into a store called Just Shades and asks, “But seriously, what can you get besides just shades here?”
Blowouts are all Drybar does, and they’re so popular that on this summer Saturday, all of the chairs in the Georgetown outpost are occupied by 8 a.m., including the ones in the reception area where women wait their turn while thumbing through back issues of In Touch or texting on their iPhones. Above them hangs a chandelier made of hair dryers, bundled and dangling upside down from their cords.
According to a maniacally cheerful video on the company’s YouTube page, Drybar came to be after West Coast hairstylist Alli Webb began a one-person side business that provided in-home blowouts to women around LA. She quickly had more clients than she could handle, and after securing a loan from her brother—a former Yahoo executive who is now Drybar’s executive board chair—Webb opened her first store in Brentwood, California, in 2010.
Malls have left their heyday behind, but it’s looking like the new weekend hangout for shopping and dining may just be the airport.
In 2013, the Metropolitan Washington Airports Authority (MWAA) embarked on a nearly 36-month-long process to redevelop 90 percent of the dining and retail offerings at Reagan National and Dulles International airports. MarketPlace Development was hired to take on the task, and on August 19, they celebrated the launch of the new luxury shopping wing in Concourses A and B at Dulles.
There are more fashion and style bloggers in DC than you might imagine. They're bravely marching the cobblestone streets in stilettos and taking snapshots all over DC's brick-lined alleyways. Washington may get a lot of flack for being unfashionable, but here's 35 Instagram feeds that will prove that stereotype wrong.
A stylist and consultant based in Maryland, Ashleigh is the author of three books about building a winning wardrobe.
2. McKenna Bleu
There are so many amazing inspirations for the bright-colored obsessed in Bleu's feed--as well as snaps of all the sandy beaches she visits as a travel blogger.
As a DC architect, Lee knows the best buildings to serve as colorful backdrops for her color-block attire.
During the warm months, you could probably find a local yard sale every weekend to dig up some discarded treasures. But most yard sales aren’t run by a fashion stylist who’s been in the business for over 20 years and is cleaning out her closets.
There seem to be more and more “all-natural” beauty supply shops popping up all around Washington: Be Clean, Florescent, and Lather all among them. In May, after three pop-ups at Union Market, Boston-based Follain took up permanent residence in Union Market--the shop’s first non-Massachusetts store.
On Friday, boho apparel retailer Free People will join its sister brands Anthropologie, BHLDN, and Urban Outfitters on M Street in Georgetown.
The new location, which is Free People’s 110th boutique, is the first to open in the District, and according to Beth Wehagen, director of retail for Free People, it’s been a long time coming.
T-shirt Tuesdays at Onward Reserve
Every Tuesday, the new Georgetown retailer is offering shoppers who spend $100 a free Penley or Onward Georgetown graphic t-shirt. The shop, which markets men’s lifestyle brands including Smathers & Branson, Shinola, and Southern Proper, is a perfect one-stop shop for shopping for men’s gifts and preppy accessories. 1063 Wisconsin Ave., NW.