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Your guide to the week's most stylish events. By Diana Elbasha
Meet Rebecca Taylor, whose designs are shown above, at Neiman Marcus this Friday. Photograph by Anton Oparin /

Gold Cup Shopping Party at Ginger

Join local bloggers Meaghan Moynahan of District Sparkle and Sarah Phillips of 52 Thursdays for a Gold Cup-themed party at Ginger. Enjoy Champagne and cupcakes while shopping the Bethesda boutique’s stock of merchandise from brands such as Calypso, Tracy Reese, and Joie at 20 percent off. RSVP to Wednesday 6:30 to 8:30. 7114 Bethesda La., Bethesda.

Pandora’s Grand-Opening Celebration

Jewelrymaker Pandora celebrates its grand opening this week with the help of Lucky accessories editor Melissa Lum and local blogger Lacey Maffettone of A Lacey Perspective. The daylong, in-store event starts with sweet treats from Olivia Macaron and Sweet Cookie Creations; beginning at 6, you can sip Champagne and mingle with the style experts. Bonus: Guests who share their favorite Pandora items on social media will score a free gift. Thursday noon to 8. 3213 M St., NW.

Swanky Spring Soiree With Divine Style DC

End your week with local fashion consultant Divine Style DC for a spring-themed celebration at the Winery at Bull Run on Friday. The event features wine tasting, a deejay, and a runway show of designs from a handful local shops and brands including Zoe Boutique, Caramel, and Kim Elleen. Purchase tickets for the event, which benefits the Meant 2 Live Foundation, online. Friday 7 to 11. 7700 Bull Run Dr., Centreville.

Rebecca Taylor at Neiman Marcus

Stop by Neiman Marcus at Tysons Galleria during your lunch break Friday to meet designer Rebecca Taylor, who has dressed Kate Middleton, among other A-listers. The designer will be in the CUSP department on level one, along with her spring collection, for two hours. Friday 1 to 3. 2255 International Dr., McLean. 

DKNY 25th Birthday Celebration at Saks

Join Washingtonian in celebrating the 25th birthday of the iconic American brand at Saks at Tysons Galleria Saturday, when there will be an exclusive spring trend presentation (featuring our own associate fashion editor, Irina Grechko) and special gifts with purchases of $300 or more. RSVP via e-mail to Saturday 2 to 5. 2051 International Dr., McLean. 

Georgetown French Market

Saturday marks the kickoff of Georgetown’s annual French Market, which transforms Book Hill into a Parisian open-air market for a weekend. Neighborhood favorites such as Duo, Tari, and Ella-Rue participate in the event, which also offers French treats, antiques, and beauty services. Saturday and Sunday 10 to 5. Upper Wisconsin Ave. and P St., NW.

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Your guide to the week's most stylish events. By Diana Elbasha
This weekend, you can shop Bahar Jewelry (left) at Wink and Rebecca Minkoff handbags at Urban Chic. Photographs via Instagram and Anton Oparin /

Rebecca Minkoff Trunk Show at Urban Chic

The beloved local boutique kicks off the season with a Rebecca Minkoff trunk show, showcasing the girly brand’s signature Mini Mac handbags and other accessories at a 15-percent discount. There’ll also be Champagne, sweet treats, and gifts with purchase. 10 to 7 Thursday through Saturday. 1626 Wisconsin Ave., NW.

Topshop at Nordstrom Launch Party

It’s no question that DC is a fan of the cool British retailer Topshop. Emulating the shop-in-shop concept in Pentagon City, the brand heads to Nordstrom Tysons Corner this weekend, and celebrates launch with an in-store event. Get styled by fashion pros, enter to win a $250 shopping spree, and score a free lip balm with any Topshop purchase. Saturday 10 to 4. 8075 Tysons Corner Center, McLean.

“Speggtacular” at the Pink Palm

In celebration of the upcoming Easter holiday, this preppy retailer is having an egg hunt of its own: All day Saturday, customers can drop by the store’s Old Town location to pick up an Easter egg containing a special coupon for the day. Saturday 10 to 6. 1127 King St., Alexandria.

Dior Makeup Event at Lord & Taylor

Drop by a makeup counter at Lord & Taylor Tysons to make an appointment for its beauty event this weekend, featuring makeup artists from Dior. Slots are available for consultations with the experts on spring beauty trends. Saturday 10 to 9:30. 1961 Chain Bridge Rd., McLean.

Bahar Jewelry Trunk Show

Curated by native Washingtonian Bahar Snowden Caulfield, this statement jewelry brand unveils new products from new New York- and Turkey-based vendors on the fifth of each month. Get an up-close look at this month’s vibrant collection—otherwise only sold online—when it pops up at Wink this weekend. The best part? All items are $30 or less. Saturday 1 to 5. 3109 M St., NW.

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Your guide to the week’s most stylish events. By Diana Elbasha
Shop Lauren Cecchi’s colorful line of handbags at her trunk show at Zoe this weekend. Photograph courtesy of Zoe Boutique.

Cherry Blossom Benefit at Brooks Brothers

Stop by Brooks Brothers’ Georgetown location after work Tuesday for a cherry-blossom-themed celebration. Enjoy cocktails, hors d’oeuvres, and a 15-percent discount on any purchase; 10 percent of earnings from the evening will be donated to the National Cherry Blossom Festival. RSVP to Tuesday 6 to 8. 3077 M St., NW. 

On the Verge Soiree at Cusp

“E,” the author of the local fashion blog District of Chic, cohosts a stylish party with Refinery29 at Cusp this week. Dubbed On the Verge, the event showcases spring trends with a pink carpet, martinis, a beauty bar, sweet treats, and shopping. RSVP online. Wednesday 7 to 9. 3030 M St., NW. 

Shoshanna Trunk Show at Urban Chic

For the eighth year in a row, Urban Chic hosts the girly apparel brand Shoshanna for a spring trunk show on Thursday. Enjoy 20 percent off all purchases from the label’s spring collection while sipping Champagne and enjoying small bites. Thursday 10 to 8. 1626 Wisconsin Ave., NW. 

Boutiques Give Back in Old Town

The Old Town Boutique District joins Alexandria’s Spring 2 Action campaign, a 24-hour period of giving that benefits local nonprofits. By mentioning the campaign in person at any of the town’s boutiques (including Bellacara, Coco Blanca, the Shoe Hive, and more), 20 percent of your purchase automatically goes toward the initiative. All day Wednesday. Old Town Boutique District, Alexandria. 

Lauren Cecchi Trunk Show at Zoe

Round out your spring shopping with a new handbag this weekend at Zoe, where designer Lauren Cecchi hosts a trunk show. The New York-based pursemaker is known for her girly, brightly colored handbags and clutches. Saturday 11 to 5. 130 S. Union St., Alexandria. 

Potomac Mills Super Sale

Enjoy steep discounts at such popular factory stores as Bloomingdale’s Outlet, Neiman Marcus Last Call, and True Religion at Potomac Mills’ annual spring super sale, which lasts all weekend. Saturday 10 to 9 and Sunday 11 to 6. 2700 Potomac Mills Cir., Woodbridge.

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Your guide to the week’s most stylish events. By Diana Elbasha
Shop a collection of Stutterheim raincoats, accessories, and more during its pop-up at Denim Bar this week. Photographs courtesy of Dana Dramov PR.

STK Preview at Intermix

Notorious “female-friendly” steakhouse STK partners with the luxe Georgetown retailer this week, offering a free preview of the upcoming restaurant’s dishes and drinks while guests shop deals from Intermix’s designer-studded spring collection. Washingtonians Anchyi Wei, Kelly Collis, and others will host the event, and 10 percent of proceeds from the evening’s purchases will be donated to UNICEF. Wednesday 6 to 8. 3300 M St., NW.

Spring Styling With Lafayette 148

Saks Tysons invites you to the store this week to preview chic contemporary label Lafayette 148’s latest collection and to rub shoulders with expert stylist Monica Barnett, who will also be signing copies of her newly released book, Without Saying a Word: The Silent Power of Style. RSVP via e-mail at or by calling 703-269-1206. Wednesday 6 to 8. 2051 International Dr., McLean.

The Shirt Trunk Show + Reception

The women’s networking group Levo League partners with Rochelle Behrens, founder of local brand the The Shirt, this week to bring you an evening of shopping and entreprenuerial advice. Held at the Chevy Chase headquarters of WeddingWire, Behrens’s talk is followed by a trunk show and cocktail reception showcasing the DC-based brand’s newest items. Thursday 7 to 9. 2 Wisconsin Circle, 3rd Floor, Chevy Chase.

Thread Kickoff

Union Market’s edgy retail pop-up Thread returns Friday for its second installment at Dock5, featuring a slew of local and national brands, from Erika Schreiber to Hugh & Crye to Politics & Prose. The best part: Entrance is completely free. Friday 1 to 7, Saturday 11 to 7, and Sunday 11 to 5. 1039 Fifth St., NE.

Stutterheim Pop-Up at Denim Bar

For seven days, Pentagon Row’s purveyor of high-end denim hosts a pop-up of waterproof goods by Stutterheim. Drop by the boutique on its opening night this Friday for a peek at the Scandinavian brand’s collection of raincoats and accessories, as well as complimentary drinks and light bites. Friday 7 to 9. 1101 S. Joyce St., Arlington.

Fashion for Paws Runway Show

The annual charity fashion show that highlights spring’s latest trends (alongside the area’s cutest pups) happens this weekend at the Omni Shoreham hotel, with all proceeds benefiting the Washington Humane Society. Cocktail attire and RSVP via e-mail ( are required. Saturday 8 to midnight (VIP access begins at 7). 2500 Calvert St., NW.

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Your guide to the week’s most fashionable events. By Diana Elbasha
Attention, men: get measured by experts from Canali, Armani Collezioni, or Ike Behar this weekend at Saks. Photograph via Shutterstock.

Fashion Benefit at the Huxley

Fairfax’s First Impressions salon hosts a benefit this week for local cancer patient Lyla Juarez. Featuring a fashion show with designs from local labels such as Erika Schreiber and a silent auction, all proceeds from the event will be donated to the family in need. Tickets ($45 for general admission or $75 for VIP, which gets you a beauty swag bag) are available online. 7:30 Thursday. 1730 M St., NW. Update: this event has been canceled by the host. 

Money & Manicures at Nival Salon

Keeping up with regular manicures, spa treatments, haircuts, and the like gets expensive, especially in Washington. To help, financial coach Dominique Broadway will be at Nival Salon & Spa for her first-ever Beauty on a Budget talk, in which she’ll teach you how to maintain your beauty routine with limited cash. A $25 ticket gets you access to the event, a mini manicure, raffle tickets, and refreshments. Thursday 6 to 8. 5481 Wisconsin Ave., Chevy Chase.

Made-to-Measure Suits at Saks

Call or stop by the men’s floor at Saks Tysons this week to make an appointment with a suiting specialist from Canali, Armani Collezioni, or Ike Behar. Receive expert tailoring advice and get measured for a new suit from one of the high-end labels. Saturday noon to 5. 2051 International Dr., First Floor, McLean.

Sip & Swap at Wonderland Ballroom

Eco-conscious duo Luri & Wilma host their second Sew, Stitch, Save clothing swap of the year over cocktails and light brunch, this time at Columbia Heights’ Wonderland Ballroom. Unlike the first swap, this event is free, but an online RSVP and five garments to trade are required for entry. Leave the accessories at home—a separate swap for handbags, jewelry, and the like is in the works for a later date. Sunday 1 to 3. 1101 Kenyon St., NW.

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Your guide to the week’s most stylish events. By Diana Elbasha
Topaz + Arrow's next DIY workshop, on jewelry organizers, takes place at Ulysses Room this weekend.

Pink Tartan Trunk Show at Sherman Pickey

For four more days, the preppy outfitter displays just-launched apparel by Pink Tartan in a trunk show, which kicked off this weekend. Guests receive 15 percent off all purchases from the ladylike brand’s new spring collection, laden with chic neutrals and trendy midi skirtsThrough Thursday. 1647 Wisconsin Ave., NW.

Ann Taylor’s Trends With Benefits

To celebrate the start of spring, Ann Taylor’s annual Trends With Benefits event returns to stores this week. To motivate you to refresh your wardrobe for the upcoming season, enjoy 40 percent off all purchases in stores and online. As with most Ann Taylor events, personal stylists are also available by appointment. Thursday through Sunday. Multiple area locations.

Beauty Trend Day at Nordstrom

Call or head to any beauty counter at Nordstrom Pentagon City to reserve your spot for its beauty trend event this weekend. The morning begins with a runway show highlighting spring’s best in beauty; afterward, take advantage of makeup, skin-care, and fragrance consultations by on-site beauty experts. The cost of the $20 ticket is redeemable toward a beauty purchase the day of the event. 8 AM Saturday. 1400 S. Hayes St., Arlington.

DIY With Topaz + Arrow

Next in local lifestyle brand Topaz + Arrow’s DIY workshop series is a craft session dubbed Leather, Branches, and Hooks, in which founders Morgan Hungerford West and Virginia Arrisueño will teach attendees how to make jewelry organizers by hand. A $37.50 ticket covers the cost of materials and instruction, and must be purchased ahead of time onlineSunday 2 to 4. 52 O St., NW, Suite 302.

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Your guide to the week's most stylish events. By Diana Elbasha
Hugh & Crye wants to thank you in person with a happy hour-like event this week. Photograph via Hugh & Crye's blog.

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.

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Your guide to the week’s most stylish events. By Diana Elbasha
Head to Saks Fifth Avenue at Tysons Galleria this week to preview Eileen Fisher's spring collection.

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.

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Your guide to the week’s most stylish events. By Diana Elbasha
Win a Mack & Jane cuff this week by entering one of Zoe Boutique’s many Oscars-related contests. Photograph courtesy of Zoe Boutique.

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 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 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.

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Your guide to the week’s most stylish events. By Diana Elbasha
DC Fashion Week is back–showcasing emerging designers from around the world through this weekend. Photograph via DC Fashion Week's Facebook page.

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.

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