Panel Discussion With Think Local First DC
Want to break into the cutthroat fashion business? Learn the ropes straight from local pros in a workshop this week hosted by Think Local First DC and the Heurich House Museum. Head to the Ulysses Room to hear from a panel of women behind some of Washington’s most successful local brands: Lettie Gooch’s Theresa Watts, DeNada Design’s Virginia Arrisueño, and Redeem’s Lori Parkerson. Purchase a ticket ($20 to $30), which includes breakfast, networking and info sessions, and a Q&A session, online. Thursday 8:30 to 10 AM. 52 O St., NW.
Hugh & Crye Menswear Tour
The popular shirtmakers are taking things out of the office this month to thank you in person for supporting their locally based business. In the third leg of its citywide social tour, the guys behind menswear brand Hugh & Crye will be at Logan Circle’s 2 Birds 1 Stone Thursday, offering drinks and music to fans of the brand. Be sure to RSVP online so they know to expect you—and mark your calendar for next week’s event at Barcelona. Thursday 7 to 9. 1800 14th St., NW.
529 Kids Consign Grand Opening
This Old Town-based children's consignment shop hosts a party this week to celebrate the opening of its second location in Alexandria's Hollin Hall. Owner Megan Podolsky invites you to preview the store's collection of high-end clothing, toys, and more for babies, kids, and moms, while enjoying complimentary desserts and drinks. Friday 4 to 6. 7918 Fort Hunt Rd., Alexandria.
Spring Glam at Caramel
Drop by the U Street boutique this weekend for a day of bubbly and baubles. ADMK’s Megan Kurtz will be on site to showcase her latest jewels, along with Divine Style DC’s Kelley Kirchberg, who will assist with styling. Enjoy drinks, jewelry giveaways, and discounts on Caramel items while you peruse ADMK’s collection. Saturday 2 to 7. 1603 U St., NW.
Rebecca Taylor Trunk Show at Zoe
Fresh womenswear brand Rebecca Taylor pops up this weekend at the Alexandria boutique, where the label’s new spring collection will be the star of a 10-percent-off trunk show. Enjoy small bites and sips while shopping the line, composed of feminine floral tops and cool perforated pieces perfect for the impending spring. All day Friday through Sunday. 130 S. Union St., Alexandria.
Fashion for Kidsave Runway Show
Head to the Ritz-Carlton in Georgetown this weekend for a runway presentation showcasing looks curated by sophisticated Italian brand Beau Monde. The charity event, which requests a $25 donation for entry, will feature cocktails and raffles for such luxe prizes as polo lessons, personal training sessions, spa kits, and more. All proceeds from the event will be donated to Kidsave’s Summer Miracles program, which provides aid to orphaned children Colombia and Latvia. 7 PM Saturday. 3100 South St., NW.
First Dibs Kickoff Party at Cady’s Alley
Hosted by Stone Soup Films, the second annual Lights! Camera! Action! pop-up shop in Cady’s Alley brings together an array of high-end pieces from the closets of “DC’s most stylish women.” The three-day event kicks off with an opening party Wednesday, at which drinks and snacks will be served. Proceeds from clothing sales go toward Stone Soup’s pro bono efforts for local nonprofits. Wednesday 7 to 9 (pop-up through Friday). 3330 Cady’s Alley, NW.
Indochino’s Traveling Tailor
The made-to-measure suitmaker pops up at LivingSocial’s 918 F Street venue for ten days beginning Thursday. Shop the brand’s new spring collection, which offers more color options, and get your suit delivered straight to your door in six weeks or less. Bonus: If you book an appointment online ahead of time, you get a free dress shirt. Wednesday through March 16, 8 to 8. 918 F St., NW.
Eileen Fisher Presentation at Saks
A stylist from the ladylike basics brand will be at Saks Tysons this week to help you customize a look from its spring collection. Enjoy hors d’oeuvres, wine tastings from Boxwood Winery, and a trend presentation of the label’s newest pieces while you shop. Thursday 6 to 8. 1723 International Dr., McLean.
Gilt City Warehouse Sale
The biannual shopping extravaganza returns to Long View Gallery for two days of majorly discounted shopping. Score apparel and accessories by such high-end designers as Zac Posen, Valentino, and more. Check out our original post for more info, and visit Gilt City DC’s website to purchase a $10 ticket. Friday 9:30 to 11:30 PM and Saturday 9 to 5. 1234 Ninth St., NW.
Bellacara’s 14th Anniversary Celebration
In celebration of the local beauty boutique’s 14th anniversary, shoppers can enjoy daylong discounts on popular cosmetics brands. Get 15 percent off all purchases Saturday, and for big spenders, the first 50 customers who spend $250 (post-discount) will score a gift bag packed with goodies by Alchimie Forever, Kevyn Aucoin, Smashbox, and more. Saturday 10 to 6. 1000 King St., NW.
Zoe’s Oscars Celebration
Beginning Monday, the Alexandria boutique honors the Oscars with a week full of sales, contests, and more. Score 20 percent off pieces inspired by Oscar-nominated movies—American Hustle-esque wrap dresses, for example—and win a Mack & Jane cuff by telling Zoe what actor should star in a movie about your life. Visit the store's Facebook page for daily updates. Through March 2. 130 S. Union St., Alexandria.
Spring Preview + Pop-up Gallery at Frye
Get an exclusive first look at Frye’s spring boots and accessories while viewing works of art at the store’s latest pop-up-gallery, showcasing the talents of fashion photographer Jerry Buttles. Enjoy cocktails by Green Hat and live music by U.S. Royalty’s John Thornley while you shop. RSVP to firstname.lastname@example.org. Wednesday 6:30 to 8:30. 1066 Wisconsin Ave., NW.
Of Mercer Launch Party
Refinery29’s Holly Thomas hosts a party at Urban Chic Wednesday in celebration of just-launched women’s apparel brand Of Mercer. The locally born label specializes in workwear, and will be available for purchase at the event while you enjoy cocktails, light bites, and more. RSVP required, and the first 100 guests take home a gift bag. Wednesday 7 to 10. 1626 Wisconsin Ave., NW.
Bluemercury Fairfax Grand Opening Party
The high-end, DC-born beauty boutique celebrates the opening of its ninth area location at Fairfax Corner with a party this week, serving Champagne and cupcakes alongside makeovers and mini M-61 facials. There will also be giveaways throughout the evening and deluxe swag bags for the first 100 guests. RSVP to email@example.com. Thursday 6 to 8. 11945-C Grand Commons Ave., Fairfax.
SJP Shoe Collection Launch
The highly anticipated, Carrie Bradshaw-inspired shoe collection designed by Sarah Jessica Parker launches at the Pentagon City and Tysons Corner Nordstrom stores this week. If you’re planning to shop online—the line becomes available at 3 AM Friday—follow our pointers on mastering high-demand collab shopping. Otherwise, get to stores early and expect to see some of the whimsical designs on eBay within a few days. From 3 AM Friday. 1400 S. Hayes St., Arlington; 8075 Tysons Corner Center, McLean.
DC Fashion Week Shows
Monday marked the start of DC’s biannual fashion week, which brings together local and international emerging designers for seven days of parties, presentations, and runway shows. Some events, like a fashion industry mixer on Thursday, are free and open to the public, while the most in-demand shows—like the popular international couture collections showcase —require tickets. See the full schedule of events online. Through Sunday. Multiple area locations.
Clothing Swap at Mellow Mushroom
The Adams Morgan pizza shop’s second annual clothing swap, benefiting Martha’s Table, returns this week. Bring gently used clothing to trade in the item-for-item swap, but don’t worry if your items aren’t picked up—Mellow Mushroom will donate all unexchanged pieces to the local nonprofit. There’ll also be pizza (of course), as well as snacks from ScratchDC and $3 beers from Atlas Brew Works and 3 Star Brewing Company. Wednesday 5:30 to 8:30. 2436 18th St., NW.
It’s back: The twice-yearly shopping extravaganza hosted by our favorite flash sale site is upon us. The Gilt City Warehouse Sale, a two-day shopping event that fills Shaw’s Long View Gallery with a seemingly endless stock of discounted designer apparel, shoes, handbags, and jewelry, returns to Washington March 8 and 9. Enjoy gratis cocktails, refreshments, and music while you scour an impressive array of goodies by such coveted labels as Missoni, Zac Posen, and Valentino at discounts of up to 90 percent. (Case in point: at a previous sale, we scored this RED Valentino handbag, regularly $495, for $90.)
Benetton’s Spring Collection Launch
United Colors of Benetton celebrates the launch of its new, Paris-inspired spring collection with cocktails at its Georgetown location. Sip sparkling wine while getting a first look at the brand’s upcoming Black & Powder line, composed of black, white, and blush pieces. Tuesday 5 to 8. 1200 Wisconsin Ave., NW.
Styld.By Party by Gap
Head to your local Gap store (see the full list of participating stores online) Tuesday for an evening of sips, shopping, and styling. The result of Gap’s Styld.By project, which tapped such influential fashion blogs as Refinery29 to style and create its spring catalog, the event gets you early access to the season’s newest looks, help from on-site stylists, and 30 percent off all purchases. Tuesday 6 to 8. Multiple area locations.
Fashion Week at the W Hotel
The W’s Fashion Week celebration, which kicked off with a Diane von Furstenburg presentation Thursday, continues this week with three more collection debuts: Tory Burch, Hugo Boss, and DKNY. Check out our preview for more details. Tuesday through Thursday 6 to 8. 515 Fifth St., NW.
If you’re not into the idea of making the trek to icy New York City for Mercedes-Benz Fashion Week, don’t fret: A piece of it is coming to you.
Beginning Thursday, the W Hotel transforms its Living Room space into a fashion hub for four days to celebrate the occasion, complete with live streams of the runways, models, beauty stations, cocktails, and more—very much like the real deal, minus the frantic run from venue to venue. The events, which last from 6 to 8 each night, are free and open to the public (you must be 21 to attend), but an RSVP is required; e-mail firstname.lastname@example.org.
Here’s what you’ll find:
Each night of the four-day celebration will be dedicated to a specific brand, which, with the help of Bloomingdale’s, will present its fall collection using informal modeling. The schedule:
Thursday, February 6: Diane von Furstenberg
Tuesday, February 11: Tory Burch
Wednesday, February 12: Hugo Boss
Thursday, February 13: DKNY
Real-time runway coverage
Are you glued to your computer screen each February, watching feeds of the New York shows from home? Good news: Live coverage of the runways will stream continuously during the four days.
Gratis beauty services
Fashion week is a time to look your best, which you can do with the help of beauty stations set up in the Living Room. Have your nails and eyelashes primped by Nectar Skin Bar, your hair treated by Ipsa for Hair, and your makeup touched up by Nars. Beauty services change slightly depending on the day, so check the schedule for exact details.
As part of the W’s Sips series, special cocktails discounted to $10 will be offered during each fashion-filled evening.
Events begin on Thursday, February 6, at W Hotel’s Living Room, 515 Fifth St., NW.
Crystal Couture Show & Sales
You may not think of quiet Arlington neighborhood Crystal City as a fashion destination, but its annual Crystal Couture event brings together countless Washington-based brands, boutiques, and vintage collectives for five days of local shopping, including major discounts. Head to the massive event space just off the Crystal City Metro stop for sales by more than 50 local labels, a multi-designer runway show, and more. See the list of participating designers online. Tuesday through Saturday 6 to 8. 251 18th St. S., Arlington.
Bella’s Treatment Day: Phyto
This Bethesda salon’s quarterly treatment day takes place this Wednesday, when experts from natural hair-care brand Phyto visit to perform complimentary scalp analyses and custom conditioning treatments. Blowouts are discounted to $15 with the treatment. All day Wednesday. 4733 Elm St., Second Floor, Bethesda.
Pearls & Pumps: A Spey Soiree
On Thursday the St. Regis hosts a chic cocktail celebration of fine jewelry (namely pearl) purveyor Spey, which recently opened a retail location downtown. The brand’s founder will be on site, and luxury items by Chanel, Alberta Ferretti, and more will be raffled off. Cocktail attire is recommended, and tickets ($35) can be purchased online. Thursday 6 to 9. 923 16th St., NW.
Urban Chic Charity Happy Hour
In partnership with the Young Ambassadors Council, Urban Chic holds an in-store happy hour at its Georgetown location to raise money for WINNter Affair, the third annual gala to benefit the Children’s Inn at NIH. Guests can enjoy seasonal cocktails and treats from a dessert bar while shopping the girly boutique, which also raffles off a pair of earrings and offers a special gift with purchase. Bonus: WINNter Affair ticket holders receive 35 percent off cocktail dresses—perfect for the charitable occasion. Thursday 5 to 8. 1626 Wisconsin Ave., NW.
The Blues Jean Bar at Bishop Boutique
Bishop’s first trunk show of the season begins this Friday, when preppy clothing brand the Blues Jean Bar sets up shop at the boutique for two full days. Get 10 percent off all BJB items, which include jewelry and tops in addition to a wide selection of denim. The brand’s expert “jeantenders” will be on site as well to help you pick out the perfect-fitting trousers. Friday and Saturday 10 to 7. 815-B King St., Alexandria.
Style Speaks Seminar: All About Accessories
Don’t know what to do with all your old jewelry? Need a lesson in styling your newest scarf or handbag? Arlington-based wardrobe consulting firm Style Speaks takes over Periwinkle boutique Tuesday evening to answer all your accessories-related questions. Learn from consultant Cathy Starnes while you sip Champagne, enjoy 25 percent off all full-price Periwinkle merchandise, and shop an on-site Stella + Dot trunk show. (Word on the street is there’s a packed swag bag for attendees, too.) Tickets ($79) can be purchased online. Tuesday 7 to 9. 1557 Potomac Greens Dr., Alexandria.
Pop-Up Art Gallery at Frye
The brand new leather goods store in Georgetown has rescheduled its pop-up gallery, originally slated for last week, for this Thursday. Head to the flagship store to enjoy a cocktail kickoff celebration with drinks by Catoctin Creek and live entertainment by U.S. Royalty’s John Thornley, all while perusing the works of stellar local artists such as Martin Swift, Jim Darling, Jessica Lancaster, and Amber Mahoney. RSVP required; e-mail Frye@brandlinkdcrsvp.com. Thursday 6:30 to 8:30. 1066 Wisconsin Ave., NW.
Pop-Up Art Gallery at Frye
The brand new leather goods store in Georgetown displays the artwork of Martin Swift, Jim Darling, Jessica Lancaster, and Amber Mahoney in a pop-up gallery, launching with a cocktail celebration on Wednesday. Head to the flagship store to enjoy drinks by Catoctin Creek and live entertainment by U.S. Royalty’s John Thornley while perusing the works of some stellar local artists. RSVP required; e-mail to Frye@brandlinkdcrsvp.com.
Wednesday 6:30 to 8:30. Due to inclement weather, this event has been rescheduled for Thursday, January 30. 1066 Wisconsin Ave., NW.
Mona Assemi Trunk Show
The formerly DC-based jewelry designer Mona Assemi—whose pieces can be found at such high-end retailers as Henri Bendel in New York City and Harrod’s in London—brings her gems to the W Hotel for a trunk show. Begin your shopping experience with the opening party on Thursday evening, then explore the collection of minimalist and statement pieces all day Friday. RSVP to email@example.com. Opening party Thursday 6 to 10; trunk show Friday noon to 10. Living Room, W Hotel, 515 15th St., NW.