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And other stylish happenings this weekend. By Angie Hilsman

Wine tasting and book signing with fashion photographer Nigel Barker

Enjoy both fashion and wine in a celebration of author and photographer Nigel Barker’s new book, Models of Influence. Barker, known for his work on America’s Next Top Model and The Face, will be available to sign your copy, while you indulge in small-production wines from around the world. Purchase the book with a complimentary wine tasting ($42.30) or a ticket for wine tasting only ($10) from Eventbrite. Space is limited. DCanter, 545 Eighth St., SE. Saturday, February 28, 1 to 4 PM.

Button up with Hugh & Crye

Stop by Logan Circle pop-up location to shop the personalized selection of local shirtmakers Hugh & Crye. Browse gentlemen’s dress shirts, blazers, ties, and even vintage accessories while the brand awaits the opening of its Navy Yard location. RSVP via Eventbrite. West Elm, 1728 14th St., NW. Friday, February 27, through Sunday, March 1, noon to 6 PM.

Sip and shop at the official launch of Shopaholic City

Online women’s boutique Shopaholic City hosts the official launch of its website with refreshments, music, and lightly worn designer and vintage pieces. Preview the consignment store’s spring and summer collection and purchase must-have items. RSVP for the free event. Anacostia Arts Center, 1231 Good Hope Rd., SE. Sunday, March 1, 3 to 6 PM.

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Your guide to this week's most stylish events. By Kay Wicker
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AKRIS trunk show at Saks Fifth Avenue

Saks hosts this family-run women's clothing brand, now in its 90th year, for a one-day-only trunk show. Shoppers can browse AKRIS’s spring 2015 collection. Saks Fifth Avenue, 5555 Wisconsin Ave., Chevy Chase. Wednesday, January 7, 10 to 7.

Master class with makeup artist Trish McEvoy

Nordstrom hosts an exclusive event featuring a master class by Trish McEvoy, the local makeup star who has worked with the likes of Angelina Jolie, Larry King, and Judi Dench. She'll share tips for nailing spring looks and chat about the inspiration behind her latest product line. Nordstrom Westfield Montgomery, 7111 Democracy Blvd., Bethesda. Wednesday, January 7, 6 PM, and Thursday January 8, 11 AM. $150 reservation fee, redeemable in product. To book an appointment, call the Trish McEvoy counter at 301-365-4111 ext. 1070.

Ippolita trunk show at Bloomingdale’s

Check out this season’s one-of-a-kind, handmade precious-metal and gemstone-bedecked pieces from Ippolita. Bloomingdale’s, 8100 Tysons Corner Center, McLean. Thursday, January 8, 10 to 9:30.

Learn from makeup artist Aliyah Hargrove, a Diorshow National Makeup Artist

Learn behind-the-scenes beauty tricks from Hargrove, who's known for her expertise in color work and editorial beauty work, and her knowledge of Dior skincare. Bloomingdale’s, 5300 Western Ave., Chevy Chase. Saturday, January 10. To book an appointment with Aliyah, please call the Dior counter at 240-744-3790 (Chevy Chase) or 703-556-4654 (Tysons).

Model call: African Fashion Week

If America’s Next Top Model auditions didn’t go as you hoped, there’s still an opportunity to strut your stuff on a runway: African Fashion Week is holding a model call this weekend. Martin Luther King Jr. Memorial Library, 901 G St., NW, Room A-5. Saturday, January 10, 10 to 2.

Reinvent your personal style with the Joyful Closet

If improving your style made it on your New Year’s resolution list this year, the Joyful Closet wants to help you get started. The styling consultant company is hosting a Show Up in Style in 2015 workshop, featuring interactive exercises like the ones used in one-on-one client consultations, plus specific recommendations for identifying your unique style profile. Participants will get to enjoy light refreshments, create a keepsake vision board, and leave with a goody bag. Dupont Circle (exact location for registrants). Sunday, January 11, 10 to 12:30. $129 tickets at Eventbrite.

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Want to impress Tyra? Be prepared to spill a lot of personal details. By Caroline Cunningham
Photograph by Anton Oparin/Shutterstock.

Want to be America’s Next Top Model? You have your shot at Saturday's casting call at the Fashion Centre at Pentagon City—as long as you're willing to answer a lot of awkward questions.

A quick browse through the show’s “eligibility requirements,” a five-page precursor to the application, turns up several interesting statements about what it takes to be Tyra’s favorite:

“This group of individuals ... must also have sufficient physical, psychological, and mental capacity to endure approximately two months in a monitored house under extraordinary conditions.”

“You understand and agree that you may be required to pose and be photographed or videotaped while clothed, partially clothed, or naked.

And finally, “If selected for interviews, you must also submit to physical and mental examinations by medical professional(s) in Los Angeles selected by the Producers and meet all physical and psychological requirements.”

If that doesn’t scare you off, the next step is the actual application, a ten-page behemoth that covers subjects ranging from your exact relationship status (“Boyfriend? How long?”) to what magazines you read.

Here are a few standouts among the application's 76 questions (you can see the full document below).

  • “Have you ever had a restraining order issued against you? If so, tell us about it.”
  • “If you are married or in a relationship, how would you rate your relationship on a scale of 1-10?”
  • “Tell us about your childhood.”
  • “Regardless of your marital status, describe your ideal romantic partner.”
  • “What was the last time you hit, punched, kicked, or threw something in anger? Please provide details.”
  • “How often do you get drunk? How do you act when you get drunk?”
  • “If you could throw a surprise party to honor someone in your life that is deserving, who would it be and why does this person deserve to be honored?”
  • “Have you ever been to a nude beach? If so, what was it like?”

If you’re one of the brave ones trying your chances on January 3, you better be prepared to bare it all—figuratively and, quite possibly, literally. All we can say is good luck, and remember to “smize.”

America's Next Top Model casting call. Saturday, January 3, 11 AM to 5 PM. Fashion Centre at Pentagon City, 1100 S. Hayes St., Arlington, 703-415-2401.

America's Next Top Model Application

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Tall and short, male and female—everyone can take a chance at a spot on Cycle 22. By Caroline Cunningham
Photograph by Shutterstock/catwalker.

If you’re headed out to the Fashion Centre at Pentagon City for a bit of afternoon shopping this Saturday, you might notice an unusually high concentration of very good-looking people. On January 3 between 11 and 5, more than 1,000 men and women will be at the mall hoping for their shot at becoming America’s next top model.

Seeing as the regular height standards—which require women to be at or above 5 feet 6 inches and men to be at or above 5 feet 10 inches—do not apply this season, and the auditions are open to models of both genders, there’s little to hold back any models ages 18 to 27 from strutting their stuff on Saturday.

If you’re among the interested many, make sure to fill out the application, check out the show’s eligibility requirements, and print off three quality photos before arriving at the auditions. But be forewarned: the application is a ghastly 12-page document peppered with personal questions including “Describe you relationship with your father,” “What was the last time you hit, punched, kicked, or threw something in anger?” and even, “Have you ever been to a nude beach?”

The casting call will take place on the third floor of the Fashion Centre, which has hosted the auditions for the past eight years, and they'll be judged by local stylist and former Real Housewives star Paul Wharton and fashion event planner Maggy Francois.

America's Next Top Model casting call. Saturday, January 3, 11 AM to 5 PM. Fashion Centre at Pentagon City, 1100 S. Hayes St., Arlington, 703-415-2401.

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A recap of our launch party and Rebecca Minkoff trunk show held at South Moon Under.

Fashionistas flocked to Clarendon’s South Moon Under for the Washingtonian December issue launch party and Rebecca Minkoff trunk show on Thursday, December 4. Attendees were greeted with cocktails and branded miniature cupcakes from Georgetown Cupcake. Guests could shop 'til they dropped with a 20-percent discount on all purchases. The live deejay, nail station, and giveaways kept the party alive. Click through the slideshow for scenes from the bash.

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Swing by between 6 and 9 to celebrate Washingtonian's December issue—sales and cocktails included. By Caroline Cunningham
Join us at South Moon Under on Thursday for cocktails, shopping, and the launch of our December issue. Photograph by Andrew Propp.

On Thursday, December 4, South Moon Under in Arlington is opening its doors for local fashionistas and Washingtonian fans to sip cocktails, browse the stock, and grab a copy of Washingtonian's fresh-off-the-presses December issue.

The night kicks off at 6 PM, and you don't want to be late—the first 50 guests will go home with exclusive swag bags, with other giveaways announced throughout the night. South Moon Under is also featuring a Rebecca Minkoff handbag holiday trunk show, so get going on your gift-buying with 20 percent off purchases. See the full invitation below.

Washingtonian December issue launch party. December 4, 6 to 9 PM, at South Moon Under, 2700 Clarendon Blvd., Arlington.

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Your guide to this week's most stylish events. By Kay Wicker
Calypso St. Barth store photograph via the brand's website.

Calypso Cares

We love a good excuse for a closet cleanout: This week, shoppers can bring gently worn sweaters to any Calypso St. Barth boutique (including our two area shops, in Georgetown and Bethesda) and get 25 percent off their full-price purchase in exchange for the donation. The donated items benefit Clothes4Souls, a nonprofit organization dedicated to fighting poverty, as part of the brand’s second Calypso Cares initiative. Online shoppers can participate through a donation portal. Through Sunday. Calypso St. Barth, 3307-B M St., NW, and 4810 Bethesda Ave., #25, Bethesda.

Gentlemen’s Night Out

Washington-based neckwear line Bull+Moose hosts a dude-focused happy hour centered on style, grooming—and whiskey, of course. The brand’s new Reserve Label collection, hand-stitched in New York from imported English tweed, will be up for purchase for the first time at the event, and there’ll be pop-up booths from other brands such as Trunk Club, Stubble & ’Stache, and Goorin Bros. Guys not in the market for new duds can snag barbershop trims and neck shaves from Georgetown’s Roosters Men’s Grooming Center and partake in a tasting of Macallan single-malt. Wednesday 6 to 10 PM. Ri Ra, 3125 M St., NW. RSVP here.

Jewelry Designer Emily Faith Visits Hu's Wear

Emily Faith’s diamond-studded geometric jewelry designs have been spotted on a slew of celebrities including Lupita Nyong’o, Jennifer Lawrence, Katy Perry, and Taylor Swift. This weekend, the LA designer stops by Georgetown boutique Hu’s Wear to showcase her latest collection; the trunk show will last throughout the weekend, but catch Faith in the flesh on Saturday only. Saturday, 10 AM to 7 PM, Sunday noon to 5 PM. Hu’s Wear, 2906 M St., NW.

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Your guide to this week's most stylish events. By Kay Wicker
Photograph via Loren Hope's Facebook page.

The Pink Armoire’s Fashion Truck Debut

The Pink Armoire’s hot-pink fashion bus—a new venture from the owner of sister store Periwinkle—hits the streets for its official debut this week, joined by several other on-the-move boutiques such as the Thread Truck, Tin Lizzy, Pichardo Boutique, and Street Boutique. Pink Armoire shoppers will snag 20 percent off during the event. Thursday 11 AM to 8 PM. The Village at Shirlington. Fashion trucks will be parked on Campbell Avenue.

DC Urban Style Tribes Through History

FotoWeek DC’s seventh annual exhibition kicks off at the W with a party celebrating DC fashion throughout the years. Pore over never-before-seen images culled from the DC Public Library’s archives and enjoy a live performance by the local band Furniteur, specialty cocktails, and a Brightest Young Things photo booth. Thursday 6 to 9 PM. W Hotel, 515 15th St., NW.

Trickponi’s Pop-Up Shop

Traveling boutique Trickponi brings its third international pop-up shop tour to Georgetown before moving on to Los Angeles, Kuwait, Dubai, Qatar, and Saudi Arabia. Sara Al-Ajroush’s seasonal shop is dedicated to spreading awareness for Middle Eastern designers, and this year’s theme is “The Mad Ones,” an homage to the designers, artists, and their creative teams. The pop-up shop will feature US designers including Christin Chang, Shosh New York, and Emm Kuo, and Middle Eastern designers Nasiba Hafiz, Bashar Assaf, Assali, and Amira Haroon. Thursday through Sunday 11 AM to 7 PM. 3210 O St., NW.

Loren Hope Jewelry Trunk Show

Old Town’s Bishop Boutique hosts a trunk show spotlighting the new fall and winter designs from jewelry designer Loren Hope. Take a peek at the line’s glittery baubles and get 15 percent off during the show. Thursday through Saturday 10 AM to 8 PM and Sunday 11 AM to 6 PM. 815-B King St., Alexandria.

Annabell Ingall Trunk Show

To kick off the holiday season, Old Town shoe and accessory boutique The Shoe Hive hosts a trunk show featuring the latest from Annabel Ingall—maker of the store’s best-selling leather tote. During the show, get the line’s classic and newest designs at 20 percent off. Thursday through Sunday 9 AM to 4 PM. 127 S. Fairfax St., Alexandria.

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Your guide to this week's most fashionable events. By Kay Wicker
A scene from Advanced Style. Photograph by Ari Seth Cohen, courtesy of Georgetown BID.

Spa Week at Elizabeth Arden’s Red Door Salon

This week marks the tenth annual National Spa Week, and Elizabeth Arden's Red Door Salon invites you to get in on the pampering: The spa will offer three luxe spa treatments priced at $50 each, including a body treatment, facial, or pedicure; you can also go for a haircut or color treatment as a special bonus. Through Saturday October 26. 5225 Wisconsin Ave NW. Check the site for more info and to sign up.

Fashion Art Design Georgetown Featuring Advanced Style

The Georgetown Business Improvement District presents the second annual style and culture event Fashion Art Design. Explore the neighborhood's fashion, art, and design stores, and snag special discounts, treats, and trunk shows along the way at such stores as Urban Chic, Madewell, and Karen Millen, among others. Shopping isn't the day's only draw: The event also spotlights the Washington region's premiere screenings of fashion documentary Advanced Style, based on the blog of the same name. Post-film, your ticket includes a panel discussion with director Lina Plioplyte and one of the film's stylish seniors, Debra Rapoport. FAD, Saturday noon to 10. Georgetown. Free. Advanced Style screening, Saturday 3 and 6 PM. Get 15 percent off the $18 ticket price with promo code FADWASHINGTONIAN. Check the event's website for details.

Marco Bicego at Tiny Jewel Box

Italian fine jewelry designer Marco Bicego presents his latest line of hand-made artisanal jewelry at Dupont's Tiny Jewel Box this weekend. Meet the designer while ogling his textured 18-karat-gold creations. Saturday, 11 AM to 3 PM. Tiny Jewel Box, 1147 Connecticut Ave., NW.

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Washington style icons and guests enjoyed the exclusive runway show presentation and party.
Photographs by Andrew Propp.

On Thursday, October 16, Saks Fifth Avenue hosted an in-store presentation of the DKNY Fall 2014 collection. The event was held at Tysons Galleria with an exclusive DKNY runway presentation hosted by Washingtonian's associate fashion editor Valeria Boucas and DKNY's Peggy Kitsch. The event offered special gifts, refreshments, and sweet treats to guests as they shopped.

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