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A sneak peek at Washingtonian’s annual fashion showcase. By Valeria Boucas
Photographs by Valeria Boucas.

Our annual Style Setters photo shoot is always an impressive showcase of locals with impeccable personal style—from politicos to artists and beyond. For this year’s shoot, Hillwood Estate, Museum & Gardens served as the perfect backdrop for the floral theme; Hillwood’s beautifully manicured gardens also cast some needed shade on our models, who were dressed head-to-toe in fall gear. With ten subjects in the feature, the styles ranged from hipster chic to classic Washington with a modern edge, and more. 

While the issue is still several weeks away from being on newsstands, we’ve gathered some behind-the-scenes shots of how it all came together, from our side of the camera. 

Photographer Dean Alexander and our staff members directing the first shot of the day.
The japanese gardens proved to be a gorgeous, yet precarious, set.
This couple’s love translated in the images.
One of our subjects waits as our crew sets up the next look.
Teamwork: Photographer Dean Alexander consults with Fashion Editor Kate Bennett (left) while makeup artist Carl Ray works his magic (right).
Floral arrangements provided by Shelly Bagdasian of B Floral and Event Design. Not pictured: the gorgeous flower crowns she created for our bohemian-style model on day two.
Fashion Editor Kate Bennett means business.

Find Valeria Boucas on Twitter at @valeriaboucas.

Posted at 03:16 PM/ET, 07/29/2014 | Permalink | Comments ()
A peek at the runways, the parties, and the clothes Washingtonian’s fashion team encountered during the stylish week. By Diana Elbasha
On day three of New York Fashion Week, we attended the runway show of designer Christian Sirano–a Maryland native. Photograph by Irina Grechko.

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Posted at 12:10 PM/ET, 02/14/2014 | Permalink | Comments ()
A behind-the-scenes look at the past year with Washingtonian’s fashion team. By Diana Elbasha
It's been an eventful year for Washingtonian's fashion team.

It’s been an eventful year here in the fashion department of Washingtonian. As the year winds down, we’re taking some time to reflect on the past 12 months of unforgettable experiences: from a very fashionable Presidential inauguration, to a field trip to Fashion Week, to endless photoshoots. Here are some snapshots of some of our best moments in 2013.

(Captions run left to right, top to bottom.)

1. One of our many fashion photoshoots: printed pants hung on a clothing line to be photographed for a July story on one of the summer's most popular trends.

2. When Tadashi Shoji made an appearance early this year at Marymount University’s Fashion in Motion show, associate fashion editor Irina Grechko stopped in to pick the designer’s brain.

3. A beautiful, patriotic dessert greeted us at the California State Society and Fashion Institute of Design & Merchandising’s Inaugural luncheon, held at the Ritz-Carlton.

4. Eveningwear designer Kevan Hall showcased vibrant gowns at the luncheon, just in time for gala season.

5. In the presidential suite of the Mandarin Oriential, Aerin Lauder gave us a sneak peek of her spring beauty collection.

6. Fashion Editor Kate Bennett sat front and center at the Alzheimer’s Drug Discovery Foundation's third annual Great Ladies luncheon and fashion show at Saks Fifth Avenue, featuring the stunning designs of Jason Wu.

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Posted at 12:21 PM/ET, 12/20/2013 | Permalink | Comments ()
An inside peek at our photo shoot with Washington’s style bloggers. By Irina Grechko

For the April issue of The Washingtonian—on newsstands now!—we asked 14 of Washington’s most influential fashion bloggers to model spring’s hottest trends. Photographer Trevor Dixon joined us at Joshua Cogan Studios for a two-day photo session featuring the duo behind Necessary and Proper, E from District of Chic, Carla of The President Wears Prada, and more of the District’s fashion darlings. Read on for the exclusive behind-the-scenes photos. 

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Posted at 04:20 PM/ET, 03/22/2013 | Permalink | Comments ()
A look behind the scenes with Washingtonian’s fashion staffers. By Sarah Zlotnick

As 2012 draws to a close, we’re spending a lot of time reflecting here at the Washingtonian offices. For the fashion team, which consists of the associate fashion editor (yours truly) and our fashion editor with a capital F, Kate Bennett, that means a lot of time strolling down Instagram memory lane, sussing out the highs and lows of each product pull, fashion shoot, and regular days investigating the style scene here in Washington. We love what we do on a day-to-day basis, and we thought it’d be fun to share with you. Scroll down for a behind-the-scenes look at the sparkles, stilettos, and stylish folks that make our jobs so great. (Captions run left to right, top to bottom.

1. Prop stylist Marcie Dawkins arranging scarves for an October Great Finds story.

2. Nectar Skin Bar makeup artist Adrian Avila works his magic on makeover subject Amy Markopoulos before she goes in front of the camera to show off her new hair. (Check out the full story.) 

3. Becca Thorsen at our September Style Setters shoot. This lace romper was awesome, but ultimately didn’t end up making it into the final story.

4. Six full inches of September fashion magazines stacked on Sarah’s desk, all in the name of trend and story inspiration.

5. Sometimes the floor is the best place to start piecing a spread together.

6. One major perk of the job: It allows for a pretty creative interpretation of “office-appropriate” attire, like these printed silk pants.

1. A close-up of a fun Halloween story we worked on with Meeps (you can see the full outfit in our earlier post).

2. Another awesome perk of the job: finding out about super cool fashion events (like this Jezabelle shoes flash fashion mob) and sharing them with you.

3. Sometimes it takes an awfully big light to shoot a small necklace. Here, Washingtonian photographer Andrew Propp and photo editor Kelci House set up a makeshift studio in our art department.

4. Photographer Sebastian Marin gets down low to score a close-up shot of Annie Evan’s killer work party shoes (see the full story).

5. How we plan for our annual gift guide: old-school Pinterest, a.k.a. foam boards and thumbtacks.

6. A beautiful close-up of KC Ellis Sledd’s feature in our popular What I Wear to Work column (check out the full story). 

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Posted at 02:00 PM/ET, 12/13/2012 | Permalink | Comments ()