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Your guide to this week's most stylish events. By Kay Wicker
A rendering of the soon-to-open Topshop in Springfield Town Center. Courtesy of Topshop.

Men of the Cloth Film Premiere

West End Cinema hosts the DC premiere of director Vicki Vasilopoulos’s film Men of the Cloth, a documentary on Italian master tailors Nino Corvato, Joe Centofanti, and Checchino Fonticoli—and the impending demise of their craft. The screening will be followed by a Q&A session with Vasilopoulos and Sofio Barone, founder and head designer at Sofio’s Custom Clothiers and Tailors in Tysons Corner, and moderated by blogger Grant Harris of Image Granted. Tuesday 7 PM. 2301 M St., NW. $10.34 online at West End Cinema.

Saks Fifth Avenue’s 16th Annual Key to the Cure Kickoff and Weekend Events

To help raise money and awareness for breast cancer, Saks Fifth Avenue Tysons Galleria pairs up with the nonprofit Tigerlily Foundation to host a kickoff event for the store's Key to the Cure shopping weekend, during which 2 percent of participating vendor sales will go to George Washington University Hospital. The evening features a runway presentation, shopping, hors d’oeuvres, and cocktails. Wednesday 6:30 to 9:30 PM, 2001 International Dr., McLean. Tickets, $50 at Tigerlily Foundation.

Washingtonian’s Kate Bennett and DKNY at Saks Fifth Avenue

Join Washingtonian's fashion editor, Kate Bennett, and guest hosts Andrea Rinaldi and Deana Mary at Saks Fifth Avenue for an exclusive presentation of DKNY’s fall collection. Shoppers will snag a special gift with a DKNY purchase of $300 or more. Thursday 6 to 8 PM. Tysons Galleria. RSVP at

Topshop Opens in Springfield

The wait is over: Our area's first Topshop finally debuts this week as part of the redeveloped Springfield Town Center's grand reopening. The British fast-fashion chain celebrates its arrival with special opening-day festivities, including goodie bags for the first 200 customers, a special gift with purchases of more than $80, an in-store photo booth, and a contest dubbed Win the Wardrobe, during which one shopper will go home with the contents of the display window. Friday 10 AM to 7 PM. Springfield Town Center.

Todd Reed Trunk Show

Local fine jeweler I. Gorman invites bauble lovers to sip bubbly while scoping out the sparkles during a trunk show featuring Todd Reed. Friday 1 to 7 PM and Saturday 11 AM to 5 PM. 1133 20th St., NW.

Fall in Style Fashion Exchange

Ready for a closet clean-out? Heels and the City and Futuristic Branding host a style swap, during which participants are asked to bring eight pieces of stylish, clean clothing in great condition to trade for new-to-them items. The event will also include: pop-up shops, mini makeovers, a style session, and door prizes. Saturday 3 to 7 PM. Residence Inn, 1456 Duke St., Alexandria. Tickets $8 to $14.50. For tickets and more information, visit Eventbrite.

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Your guide to this week's most stylish events. By Kay Wicker
DeNada's fall knit collection launches this week with a party at Redeem. Photograph via DeNada's Facebook page.

Red Door Spa Grand Reopening

Ready to Zen out? Head to Elizabeth Arden’s Red Door Spa in Chevy Chase to tour its newly remodeled salon and spa. The reopening festivities include personal consultations from the Red Door team, small bites, a deejay, tours of the new space, and a variety of gratis speed services, such as nail polish changes, a brow bar, and seated massages. If you book a service or make a purchase during the event, 10 percent of the price will be donated to Suburban Hospital’s Breast Cancer Patient Navigation Program. Wednesday 6 to 9 PM. 5225 Wisconsin Ave., NW.

GQ’s How-To Event at Lord and Taylor

This one’s for the fellas: As part of the magazine’s nationwide tour, GQ brings its stylist Sabir Peele to DC’s Lord and Taylor this week to offer our local guys some hands-on help updating their fall looks. There will also be a deejay, snacks, and cocktails. Thursday 6 to 8 PM. Lord & Taylor, 5255 Western Ave., NW.

DeNada’s Fall/Winter 2014 Launch Party

Local knitwear designer (and Washingtonian MOM crush) Virginia Arrisueño hosts a party to celebrate the debut of DeNada’s latest collection and the launch of a new brand video at 14th Street boutique Redeem. The night will include tunes by DJ Ayescold, a photo booth by Tickled, and Honest Tea drinks. Thursday 6:30 to 9 PM. Redeem, 1810 14th St., NW.

Nancy Gonzalez Trunk Show at Neiman Marcus, Mazza Gallerie

A variety of handbags and clutches from the designer's fall 2014 collection will be on display and available for purchase. Thursday 10 AM to 8 PM. Neiman Marcus, 5300 Wisconsin Avenue, NW.

All Things Ankara Fashion Week DC 2014

Blogger Nicolette Orji of All Things Ankara hosts three days of fashion events, including networking mixers, a fashion show spotlighting Ankara designs, and a pop-up shop. Locations vary. For more information, visit Eventbrite. Thursday through Saturday. $20 to $95.

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Get the scoop on a month of celebrations at the Georgetown boutique. By Valeria Boucas
Photograph via Shutterstock.

"Growing old can be fun . . . if you do it with the right people," reads Wink boutique owner Paige Speyer's invitation to the store's ten-year anniversary party. The fashion-forward boutique opened a decade ago, and business is still booming. Although the store is located along Georgetown's buzzy M Street, it's easy to miss the entrance, which is tucked away on the lower level of a building under the Steve Madden store. But clearly Speyer, a DC native, understands Washington customers, who know exactly where to find her—and who flock to the store for Speyer's meticulously curated selection of the latest styles from brands such as Clover Canyon, Joie, Rebecca Taylor, Theory, Tibi, Mara Hoffman, and more.

To thank her customers for ten years in business, starting this week Wink hosts a monthlong celebration consisting of trunk shows and a special gift with purchase. See them all below.

October 1 to 8: Clover Canyon trunk show hosted by local blogger Meg Biram and refreshments by Jrink Juicery.

October 8 to 15: Joie trunk show.

October 15 to 22: Rebecca Taylor trunk show.

October 22 to 29: Vince trunk show, with blogger Meaghan Moynahan of District Sparkle hosting on Tuesday, October 28. Specialty cocktails by Craft Kombucha.

Wink. 3109 M St., NW. 202-338-9465. Find Valeria Boucas on Twitter at @valeriaboucas.

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Your guide to the week's most stylish events. By Kay Wicker
Local designer Tala Raasi presents her swimwear line Dar Be Dar on Tuesday night in Bethesda.

Cesco Osteria’s Co2 Lounge to Host Dar Be Dar Fashion Show

Local designer Tala Raassi showcases her international-inspired Dar Be Dar swimwear line at Cesco Osteria’s Co2 Lounge. The show will feature suits from the current resort 2014 and spring/summer 2015 collections, and there'll be gourmet hors d’oeuvres, cocktails, and live tunes. Post-show, a Dar be Dar boutique pops up for on-the-spot swimwear buys. Tuesday, 7:00 to 9:30 PM. Co2 Lounge, 7401 Woodmont Ave., Bethesda. $20 through Eventbrite

Stylemakers and Changemakers Runway Show

PopNod presents what's been dubbed a “runway fashion experience,” celebrating those who are at the forefront of style and social good while raising money to support Critical Exposure—an organization that trains youth to use photography and advocacy to make change in their schools and communities. The show will feature outfits and jewelry from such favorites as South Moon Under, Anthropologie, BaubleBar, and other PopNod partners. The evening also includes signature cocktails and samples from Butterfly Mixtures, music by DJ Whitham, and a raffle featuring prizes from South Moon Under, Copperwood Tavern, and Ceiba, among others. Oh, and did we mention it’s on a rooftop? Friday, 8 to midnight. Midtown Lounge DC, 1219 Connecticut Ave., NW. $35 through Eventbrite.

Sterling & Burke Fall/Holiday Collection Launch

Looking to get a head start on that holiday shopping? On Saturday, Sterling & Burke designer Alexandra J. Megan spotlights her new fine leather accessories line—which includes leather flasks, bar sets, billfolds, and travel goodies ranging from $93 finds to $2,700 big-ticket buys—and discusses the store's signature Bespoke Services. Saturday, 2 to 9 PM. Sterling & Burke, 2824 Pennsylvania Ave., NW.

Bang Salon Hosts 12-hour “Cut-a-Thon” in Support of Ovarian Cancer Awareness

Bang Salon hosts its fourth 12-hour marathon Cut-A-Thon at the local chain's soon-to-open new location at the Yards. 100 percent of the proceeds from the day's haircuts will be donated to the National Ovarian Cancer Coalition. The salon will keep services simple during the event—which means there will be no color or chemical treatments that day—but with free mimosas and snacks for the whole 12-hour event, who's complaining? Sunday, October 5, 9 to 9. Bang Salon, 1212 Fourth St., SE.

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Your guide to this month's happenings. By Valeria Boucas
A rendering of the new C. Wonder store front at Tysons Corner. Photograph by C. Wonder.

Art of Style

The gentlemen behind DC’s most stylish startups, such as Stubble & ’Stache and Bull + Moose, have teamed up for a night of cocktails, style, and grooming (think barbers giving straight-razor shaves). Tickets can be purchased in advance through Eventbrite. September 176 to 10 PM. Jack Rose Dining Saloon, 2007 18th St., NW.

Maison Martin Margiela's "Tabi Shoe-Maker" Exhibit at Relish

Famed fashion house Maison Martin Margiela will debut its retrospective “Tabi Shoe-Maker” at Relish boutique in Georgetown—the exhibit's first stop in America. The opening of the installation celebrates more than 25 years of Margiela’s iconic “Tabi” shoe. Held in the boutique’s lower level, the exhibit will be open to the public for two weeks. September 19, 10 AM to 6 PM every day except Sunday. Relish, 3312 Cady’s Alley, NW.

Outfitted x Chevrolet Shopping Experience

The LA-based traveling pop-up boutique teamed up with Chevrolet to bring together some of the city's most stylish brands in one place. Enjoy an afternoon of shopping while sipping complimentary cocktails, plus take advantage of styling sessions, a braid bar, and more. September 20, 1:30 to 6:30 PM. The Loft, 600 F St., NW. 

Forever 21 Grand Opening at Tysons Corner

The first 100 people to fete the newly remodeled store will receive a gift card with a value ranging from $10 to $210. A raffle will also offer one lucky winner the chance to take home a $1,000 prize. A deejay will keep shoppers entertained until 3 PM. September 20, 10 AM to 9:30 PM. Tysons Corner Center, 1961 Chain Bridge Rd., VA. 

Eileen Fisher's 30th-Anniversary Celebration

The modern-minimalist style lives on for this fashion house, celebrating three decades in business. Shoppers receive $30 off all purchases in stores and online Saturday, and 10 percent of the sale will go to a local charity partner that supports the empowerment of women and girls. In addition to music, fall fashion, and refreshments, you can also enter to win a $1,000 Eileen Fisher shopping spree. September 20, all day at Eileen Fisher retail and company stores.

C. Wonder's Denim Launch

C. Wonder will launch a denim collection this fall. C. Denim, which will be available online and at local retailers in Tysons Corner and Pentagon City, will debut with three signature styles—skinny, curvy, and skinny ankle with zip detail—and will range in price from $118 to $128. September 22, 10 AM to 9:30 PM. Tysons Corner Center, 1961 Chain Bridge Rd., VA.

Find Valeria Boucas on Twitter at @valeriaboucas.

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The costumer mines the sometimes questionable fashions of the ’80s to provide stylish alternatives for Keri Russell’s beleaguered heroine. By Kate Bennett
Photograph of Gering by Michael Williams.

When it comes to The Americans, the counter-intelligence drama set to premiere its third season on FX in January, costume designer Jenny Gering’s biggest issue is creating memorable looks for a main character whose job is to stay under the radar and blend in. Actress Keri Russell plays Elizabeth Jennings, a spy/wife/mom living in the DC ’burbs in the early 1980s, and while she spends a good deal of time in disguise, she manages to skip the worst of the decade’s fashion. Here, Gering explains the character’s sartorial choices. (Also check out our Q&A with former House of Cards costume designer Tom Broecker.)

How did you research Washington fashion in the ’80s?

It was a decade and an administration that reveled in “society,” and as such, social events were well-documented and gave a view to certain aspects of life in DC. 

What are a few essential items for Kerri Russell’s character? 

Elizabeth [Jennings, Russell’s character] loves a silk blouse, a gold chain, a high-heeled boot, and a pair of tight jeans.

Does her secret life impact her style?

Her goal is to blend in and look as “normal” as possible. She doesn’t need to be a wallflower, but she never wants to appear unusual.

Russell is something of a fashion icon in real life. Does she weigh in on the outfits? 

Keri always has a say in her costumes. Her role is very physically demanding, and she needs to be able to do stunts if necessary. She also knows what she wants to express through her characters; we work together to make that happen.

How should a young, modern Washingtonian incorporate some of the good parts of ’80s fashion into a professional wardrobe? 

Nancy Reagan red is always a winner. It’s a color that has an impact, and it screams confidence. 

Tom Broecker and Jenny Gering will talk more about Washington and fashion with Kate Bennett on September 17 at the Smithsonian’s S. Dillon Ripley Center. For more information and tickets to “Dressing for the Small Screen,” visit the Smithsonian Associates website and use the quick tix code: 1L0-050. Find Kate Bennett on Twitter at @katebennett_dc

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The wardrobe pro talks about how he created the look for ultimate DC power chick Claire Underwood. By Kate Bennett
Tom Broecker was behind Claire Underwood's ensembles in season one of House of Cards. Photograph by Patrick Harbron for Netflix.

Tom Broecker knows a thing or two about dressing powerful women. The costume designer was responsible for outfitting House of Cards' Claire Underwood in sleek power ensembles for the Netflix drama's first season, and is in town next week for a Smithsonian Associates panel discussion with The Americans costume designer Jenny Gering. We chatted with Broecker about how he envisioned the fashion for the show, how Robin Wright and her costumes helped mold the character of Claire Underwood, and whether Washington can sustain the fashion revolution inspired by complex (sometimes villainous) female leads. (Check out our Q&A with Gering here.) 

Photograph of Tom Broecker by Andrew Egan.

Although we are coming into our own when it comes to fashion, did Washington’s history as a not-so-stylish city have any effect on your choices when coming up with Claire Underwood’s look?

It’s very interesting with Claire. I never thought of her in terms of Washington, DC. I thought of her in terms of the world, almost outside of Washington. Because she was not really a part of either world—the Hill or the media—I wanted her to have a more ousider feel.

Do you see Claire's clothes as serving as her DC “armor”?

I believe so, yes, very much so. [She] was designed that way. I believe we all use clothes to help us navigate our lives; whether we’re conscious of that or not is another thing. But we all know clothes can project ideas and reflect our moods and emotions.

Why doesn’t Claire ever wear patterns? Her looks are primarily neutral solids.

Sometimes on camera a pattern can look cheap, and it can date itself pretty quickly. It also pulls focus away from the face, and Robin [Wright] has such an amazing face—it shows so much emotion, and we did not want to distract from that.

What about color? 

You need to know when and how to use it. Red, for example, has a lot of psychological and political meaning, so we wanted to make sure we only used color when it was right, either for the character or the scene.

What are Claire’s key power pieces?

A great pair of heels, a tailored blouse, a tailored skirt, and a great coat.

If you could give any Claire Underwoods in the making out there a piece of advice when it comes to using fashion to their advantage, what would it be?

Do not ever sell yourself short. You do not have to wear pants in order to go toe to toe with men; wear what makes you feel confident, intelligent, and sexy. And find a good tailor.

Tom Broecker and Jenny Gering will talk more about Washington and fashion with Kate Bennett on September 17 at the Smithsonian’s S. Dillon Ripley Center. For more information and tickets to “Dressing for the Small Screen,” visit the Smithsonian Associates website and use the quick tix code: 1L0-050. Find Kate Bennett on Twitter at @katebennett_dc

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Your guide to September's most stylish events. By Valeria Boucas
The limited-edition 15th-anniversary bestsellers collection, curated by Bluemercury's CEO, Marla Malcolm Beck, will be released Saturday. Photograph by Bluemercury.

Ella-Rue pop-up warehouse sale

The luxury consignment boutique hosts a pop-up sale at the Washington Post building Wednesday. Shoppers can browse 20 racks of designer merchandise, which will be marked down $5 to $75. Designer shoes and handbags will also be on sale for $20. September 10, 8:30 AM to 5 PM. 1150 15th St., NW.

Shop the Capital

Renaissance Dupont Circle and Fashion Group International have collaborated to present Shop the Capital, a monthlong celebration showcasing local design talent. Hotel guests and locals will be able to shop fall 2014 collections every Wednesday from 6 to 9 PM in September, and the event will be hosted by someone different each week. Guests will also enjoy music from house deejay Donald Syriani. September 10, hosted by Carl Ray. Shop beauty, accessories, and jewelry. September 17, hosted by Andre Wells. Shop menswear and womenswear. September 24, host TBD. Chat with rising stars of interior design and shop photography. 

Paige Novick trunk show

Visit Saks Fifth Avenue in Chevy Chase for a trunk show by jewelry designer Paige Novick. Her fine jewelry collection, Phyne by Paige Novick, will be available for purchase. September 11, 10 AM to 5 PM. 5555 Wisconsin Ave. 

Tiny Jewel Box exhibits rare pink diamonds

Twenty to 30 pieces made with the world's rarest pink diamonds, valued at $25 million, will be on view at Tiny Jewel Box, with select items also available for purchase. In partnership with wholesale retailer L.J. West Diamonds, the event is the first time this collection of Argyle Diamonds will be on display in the US and will offer collectors a rare opportunity to purchase one-of-a-kind pink, red, and blue diamonds while they're available. September 10 to 11, during regular store hours. 1147 Connecticut Ave., NW.

Bluemercury celebrates 15 years of beauty

Help Bluemercury celebrate its 15th Anniversary at all DC locations Saturday. Enjoy treats, complimentary makeovers, mini facials, and treatments throughout the day. The first 15 customers from each store will receive a gift from M-61, the skincare line of Bluemercury, and the shop will also release its 15th-anniversary bestsellers collection on the same day, curated by the company's CEO, Marla Malcolm Beck. The set, which is valued at $400, features products from Trish McEvoy, Laura Mercier, NARS, Darphin, and more. September 13, 10 AM to 8 PM. All Bluemercury locations.

Dina Mackney debuts at Neiman Marcus

The jeweler will debut her fine jewelry collection at Neiman Marcus in Tysons Galleria this weekend. Dina will also be meeting with shoppers as part of the new collection debut. September 13, 10 AM to 9 PM. Tysons Galleria, 2001 International Dr. 

Drybar launches Dirty Martini

The popular blow-dry bar will add an additional hairstyle to its menu of cocktail-themed styles next week: the Dirty Martini, a textured blowout with a sexy, tousled effect. "There is definitely a time for a perfectly polished blowout, but I think we all have a little Dirty Martini in us, too," says Drybar's founder, Alli WebbSeptember 18, during regular store hours at the Georgetown and Bethesda locations.

Seventh-annual Old Town Boutique District scavenger hunt

Shoppers can find and win fabulous prizes at this scavenger hunt, which offers pre-registration for the first time this year. Participants will receive a "passport stamp" and collect goodies at each store they visit. Completed passports will be eligible for the grand-prize drawing, worth $3,500 in gift certificates and prizes. September 18 through 20, throughout the streets of Old Town. Rain or shine.

Find Valeria Boucas on Twitter at @valeriaboucas.

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Ahead of Wednesday’s event, here’s a sneak peek at some coveted pieces from Bull + Moose and South Moon Under. By Valeria Boucas

Washingtonian magazine is gearing up for its first annual sample sale on Wednesday, and tickets are still on sale. "The Wear it Washington sample sale is the perfect chance to grab those last-minute, must-have items we all need for fall. I'll be there myself to stock up; I wouldn't miss it if I were you!" says Kate Bennett, Washingtonian magazine's fashion editor.

Guests can head to Long View Gallery to take advantage of 25 to 75 percent off full-price items from more than 25 participating local boutiques (and counting!) and 60-plus designers. VIP passes grant shoppers first chance at the new merchandise. And for Monday only, all ticket purchases will enter you for a chance to win two passes to Washingtonian's invitation-only Style Setters event in September. 

Excited yet? We are, and to get you as pumped up as us, we've selected five items under $50 from Bull + Moose and South Moon Under that will be available to shop at the sale. All Bull + Moose items will be $5 to $10 off, and select South Moon Under pieces will be an additional 30 percent off. 

South Moon Under

Billabong pull-on wide leg pants in rose print. Lightweight gauze material with elastic waist in 100-percent rayon. #WearItWashington sale price $44.
En Creme cross-back babydoll dress. Originally $68. #WearItWashington sale price $34.99. 
Free People rib slub long beach tank. Racerback. #WearItWashington sale price $20. 
Veronica M tie-dye maxi skirt in polyester and Spandex with an elastic waist. Originally $74. #WearItWashington sale price $34. 
Hue ponte vegan blocked legging. with elastic waist. #WearItWashington sale price $48.

Bull + Moose

Three-inch camo necktie. Wear this tie proudly to show your support for our service members. Made of 100-percent silk and comes in dark olive, black, and grayish green. This handcrafted tie is a different weave for each color. Originally $39. #WearItWashington sale price $29.99.
Floral neck tie made of 100-percent cotton. Royal blue with yellow, white, pink, green and red. Handcrafted. Originally $29. #WearItWashington sale price $25. 
Blue chambray tie with specks of red, yellow, blue, and green throughout. Made of 100-percent linen. Originally $29. #WearItWashington sale price $25. 
New arrival: black satin diamond-point bow tie made of 100-percent silk in solid black. Handcrafted with an adjustable clasp and is self-tied. Originally $35. #WearItWashington sale price $30.
White seersucker pocket square. Made of 100-percent cotton. Twelve inches square. Originally $20. #WearItWashington sale price $13.

Find Valeria Boucas on Twitter at @valeriaboucas.

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It’s the fashion event you don’t want to miss. By Valeria Boucas
Photograph courtesy of iStock by Getty Images.

Be a fashion insider and attend Washingtonian’s first annual sample sale with all the chicest bells and whistles—from nibbles and drinks to a braid bar, men’s emporium, a posh lounge, and boutiques and stores galore. Shop the incredible 25 to 75 percent markdowns from more than 20 stores such as Wink, South Moon Under, Dash's of Old Town, Julia Farr, Ella Rue, and more! See below for more details. 

Date: August 20
Time: VIP 6 to 7 PM; General Admission 7 to 9 PM
Where: Long View Gallery

Tickets are now available and can be purchased here.

If you would like to become an exhibitor, please email 

Find Valeria Boucas on Twitter at @valeriaboucas.

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