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The fashion news we’re reading this week. By Kay Wicker
Photograph by Vikacita/Shutterstock.

Kendall Jenner is no longer just Kim K’s little sis. The budding fashion icon, fresh off her second Vogue shoot, is topping the Dazed 100 list and grabbing a cover while she’s at it.

Red lips are making a comeback, according to the Telegraph's fashion coverage, which noted that red lipstick sales have been soaring by the millions since 2012. According to Lenoard Lauder’s lipstick index, during a time of recession, women turn to red lips as a powerful symbol of confidence.

A few weeks after Kate Middleton took New York, she was spotted wearing a black zip-up sweatshirt, a stark break from her usual wrap dresses and nude pumps. She still looks amazing—are we really surprised?

It’s official—leggings are not pants, according to Montana state legislators. The Cut reports that the eyebrow-raising new dress code guidelines for 2015 include statements such as: Ladies should be “be sensitive to skirt length and necklines.”

American Apparel’s controversial CEO Dov Charney finally got the boot for misconduct, according to the Washington Post. The brand placed Charney on suspension mid-summer, soon before naming their first female board member in history. Now, swooping in to save the day is the brand’s new CEO, Paula Schneider—yep, a woman.

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The daughter of a legendary Redskins owner talks fashion, family, and football. By Kate Bennett
Images courtesy of Jacqueline Cooke.

Growing up as the daughter of local sports legend Jack Kent Cooke, you might think Jacqueline Cooke would have more jerseys than Jimmy Choos in her closet. But Cooke has become a savvy fashionista, and she shared with us how she came into her own in the fashion industry.

Where did your interest in fashion originate?

Growing up, I was primarily influenced by my late grandmother, who always dressed with elegance. Whether she was going to the supermarket or out to dinner she always had a beautiful outfit paired with her signature red lipstick.

How would you describe your style?

I am inspired by a broad range of designers and usually drawn towards unique pieces that have a bit of an edge to them. I also tend to think practically, purchasing classic pieces that can be worn again and again. I also enjoy finding low-end items to mix with high-end accessories, as it is more economical.

What do you do in the fashion industry?

I am the director of PR and marketing at Isa Tapia, an emerging shoe designer and currently part of the CFDA (Council of Fashion Designers of America) incubator. It’s great being a part of a growing brand because you get to learn so many things along the way. I most recently did a preview inviting head editors from Condé Nast and Hearst to showcase our pre-fall collection.

Living in New York now, do you still consider yourself a Washingtonian?

I consider myself a Washingtonian as I was born in DC and went to middle school there. I still come to DC for the Jack Kent Cooke Foundation events as often as possible. I really enjoy meeting the alumni and current scholars—it’s wonderful to see how much their lives have been affected by my father’s generosity. I don’t have as many friends who currently reside in DC, as most of them have moved to New York or other cities. I think everyone should experience a different city at least once in their life, especially when in your twenties, but I can see myself moving back to DC—it’s an ideal place to raise a family.

Any thoughts on the Redskins naming controversy?

I do not think it's up for me to weigh in on this issue. I just hope they start to win again, regardless of the name.

What are some “can’t-live-without” pieces in your closet?

My Proenza Schouler black military boots—I can pair them with almost anything in my closet. My A.L.C black leather dress, as it’s a classic silhouette that can be worn day or night, and my Zara perforated brown leather handbag, which I take to work everyday. Last but not least, my gold heart and diamond necklace my dad gave me that says “Jacqueline” on the front and “love always, daddy” on the back. I wear it nearly all the time to remind me of him.

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Your guide to this week's most stylish events. By Kay Wicker
Get ready for every holiday occasion with a Style Speaks workshop on Saturday. Photograph by Jeff Elkins.

Smashbox Eye Palette Release Party

Join artist Aleah Rae Doresy for an exclusive happy hour preview party celebrating the release of Smashbox’s Double Exposure eye makeup palette. Guests will get to test out the palette, and will get to leave with one before its official release date, January 1. There will also be sangria and the chance to win a Smashbox prize pack of $150 value. Registration is free, but space is limited. Zen Bistro & Wine Bar, 1301 S. Joyce St., Arlington. Wednesday, December 10, 6 to 8 PM.

Life in Motion Fashion Show at Athleta

The women’s fitness brand Athleta hosts a Life in Motion fashion show, featuring the latest collection modeled by “true athletes.” That night only, enjoy complimentary Champagne, chocolate-covered strawberries, and a gift with purchases of $75 and up. Bring a friend and you can be entered to win a week of complimentary classes at BARRE3. Call 202-471-4268 to RSVP. Athleta, 3229 M St., NW. Friday, December 12, 6 to 8 PM.

Style Speaks Wants to Help With Your Festive Attire

Finish your holiday party shopping with an expert on hand during Style Speaks festive attire workshop. The stylists will help you dress to impress at every event, from the office party to family dinner to New Year celebrations. There will be breakfast treats, mimosas, giveaways, and goodie bags, and all attendees get to enjoy 25 percent off all full-price merchandise at Urban Chic during the event. Space is limited. Urban Chic, 1626 Wisconsin Ave., NW. Saturday, December 13, 9:30 to 11:30 AM. $79 through Eventbright.

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Today only, Washingtonians have access to exclusives from the New York brand. By Kay Wicker
Image courtesy of Dana Rebecca Designs.

Late Friday afternoon, Hu’s Wear hosts a fine jewelry trunk show featuring Dana Rebecca Designs. A representative from the brand’s New York show room will be in house showing pieces, many of which are not normally available at Hu’s. While surveying the jewelry, be sure to scan the racks of Hu’s now in-store resort and spring lines for any warm-weather winter getaways, and take a peek at their fall/winter sale items.

Hu's Wear. 2906 M St., NW. Trunk show Friday, December 5, 4 to 7 PM.

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Trend-setting looks from Wednesday's party at Union Market. By Caroline Cunningham
The scene at Wednesday's On the Rocks party. Photographs by Andrew Propp.

Wednesday night, stylish Washingtonians gathered at Union Market’s Maurice Electric Warehouse for our annual On the Rocks event. Beyoncé pounded through the speakers, courtesy of MyDeejay, and the room was decked out with leather lounge chairs by Amaryllis, two Bentley luxury cars, and tables laden with whiskey and fine spirits.

Guests knocked back tumblers of Heaven Hill and Angel’s Envy while noshing on sirloin sliders and mac and cheese from Windows Catering. Perhaps the only thing as delicious than the food and drinks was the fashion on display—so here we rounded up some of our favorite looks of the night.

Brendon Wright and Kathleen Fowler arrived in style to represent Bentley Motors. Kathleen paired a vintage leather skirt by Ralph Lauren with a J.Crew turtleneck and BCBG leopard-print heels.
Truc Lam was drawn to the event by her dual love of Washingtonian and whiskey. Truc accessorized her Snap dress with a Marc by Marc Jacobs hobo bag, and sported a purple streak in her hair courtesy of Be Scene Hair Studio.
Heather Crotty and Brittany Aller were dressed to impress, with Heather in a flared frock from Francesca’s and Brittany in a beaded Ali Ro dress.
Allison Redmond donned a flannel shirt and sequined skirt, both from J.Crew, which she paired with black frames from Warby Parker.
Jenny Wang and Caroline Markoski were party-ready with Jenny’s frock from Tangerine Boutique and black booties from Forever 21 and Caroline’s black J.Crew leggings, shimmery Banana Republic top, and necklace from the Saks Off 5th Fashion Outlet.
Elizabeth Rowan and Sarah Cooper struck a pose, with Elizabeth in a Lauren by Ralph Lauren sweater dress and a Rebecca Minkoff bag in tow, and Sarah in a Torn by Ronny Kobo flared dress.
Jamille Peteres and Jarrell Cook looked holiday-appropriate with Jamille’s Express black illusion-sleeve top and Jarrell’s green H&M blazer and Charles Tyrwhitt dress shirt.

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Forget the rules about not wearing white after Labor Day. Beat winter's chill with these crisp pieces, weather or not. By Kate Bennett
Photograph by Jeff Elkins.

1. Cream Fluff: Cashmere fringe wrap by White & Warren, at Ginger (Bethesda), $350.

2. Round It Out: Enamel-and-gold bangles by Halcyon Days, in two sizes, at Sterling & Burke (Georgetown), $185 and $315.

3. Blanc Slate: Cross-body bag with zippers, at Lou Lou, $30.

4. It's a Cinch: Leather belt by M.M. LaFleur, $60.

5. Signature Scent: Good Girl Gone Bad perfume travel spray by Kilian, at Hu's Shoes (Georgetown), $155.

6. Boldly Go: "Day Tripper" necklace by Kate Spade, at Bloomingdale's (Chevy Chase), $98.

See more fashionable white pieces in our photo gallery.

This article appears in the November 2014 issue of Washingtonian.

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The goalie and defenseman dish on their favorite places to shop and dine out. By Valeria Boucas
Photographs by Andrew Propp.

When I think of Canadian fashion, the first thing that comes to mind is a Canadian tuxedo (think: the now-infamous look that Britney Spears and Justin Timberlake wore oh so well at the 2001 American Music Awards). But when I met up with Canadian-born hockey players Braden Holtby and Mike Green of the Washington Capitals at their practicing rink in Ballston, Virginia, the day before their home opener game, I saw a very different style of denim. Neither one consulted with the other before the interview, and both turned up in denim shirts half tucked in, their sleeves rolled up to reveal tattooed forearms.

In separate interviews, each player professed to be "more of a boot guy" than a sneakerhead, and insisted their styles are very much their own with little to no outside influence from, say, their wives. Read on to find out what stores they rely on to find their favorite brands and how they like to spend their limited free time in Washington.

Where do you like to shop in Washington?

Braden Holtby: Scotch & Soda is my main go-to for casual clothes. I like to get my suits at John Varvatos, Billy Reid, and SuitSupply.

Mike Green: I do a lot of my shopping online at Mr Porter and Gilt. Gilt has great deals. I've also gotten really into Billy Reid in Georgetown, but other than that I rely on Neiman Marcus—they have a good variety of clothes.

What about favorite brands?

BH: Hugo Boss fits us hockey players really well. For standard suits, I usually go there. I like black and blue suits. On the more casual side, Best Made has cool woodsy-style clothes that I like, and the Canadian brand Roots has changed a lot. They make great leather clothes and bags now.

MG: I love John Varvatos. My favorite designer ever, though, is Brunello Cucinelli. His fabrics and clothes are incredible.

Are you into any of the shopping services that exist now, like Trunk Club?

BH: My wife and I like to shop, so not really. We enjoy picking out everything ourselves.

On that note, do your wives influence your style at all?

BH: We have similar styles, actually. We have since we met each other. Fashion was one of the things that sort of brought us together, believe it or not.

MG: My style has definitely picked up since getting married but for the most part, it hasn't changed much. My wife's an artist, though, so she sees certain things she thinks look good on me.

So if you were to sum up your personal style in just a few words, what would you say?

BH: My style reflects my personality so I kind of just throw on whatever I'm feeling that day. I really don't have one basic style or specific look; it changes all the time. But if I were to use one word, I'd say retro. Some people joke that I look more like an artist than a hockey player.

MG: You represent yourself through your clothing. Hockey players struggle with fashion the most because we're in a rink wearing suits since we're young kids.

Your beard has also become such a signature part of your look, Braden.

BH: Yeah I've always had a beard. I can't stand being clean shaven. Right now it's the shortest it's been in awhile. I actually grew it out this summer, and it was huge. No one would recgonize me back home, so it worked perfectly.

When you're not on the ice, what restaurants do you frequent?

BH: My family and I live in Old Town, so we love Virtue Feed & Grain because it's close to our house. Founding Farmers is one of our favorites also; we go there for brunch sometimes. We used to live in Shirlington, where we'd go to Busboys and Poets a lot, so we try and stop by there when we can. When our parents are in town, Vermilion in Old Town is a good spot for a nice supper.

MG: I live in McLean, but I thoroughly enjoy the restaurants in DC. When we can, we eat out as much as possible—we like Le Diplomate and the restaurants along 14th Street. When I first came to the US I lived in Annapolis, so that turned me on to seafood, and Joe's Seafood, Prime Steak and Stone Crab is great for that. When we have time for a drink I really like Bourbon Steak at the Four Seasons; it's low-key and quiet. My local watering hole is Thirsty Bernie's, a sports bar by my house.

Is there anything people don't know about you that they may be surprised to learn?

BH: I like bookstores, so I'm always trying to find as many of those as I can.

MG: In the offseason I build and customize motorcycles. I started doing this about three years ago. I learned how to weld, and once I learned that, I would cut apart the bikes, redesign them, and build them again. I do it as a hobby with five of my buddies.

Shirt and pants, Scotch & Soda; shoes, Timberland; belt, Roots.
Top and bottom wrap bracelets, MIANSAI by Michael Saiger; center, Scotch & Soda.
Watch, Shinola.
On Green: Shirt, Brunello Cucinelli; jeans and boots, John Varvatos.
Watch, Panerai.
On Holtby: suit, John Varvatos; shirt, Hugo Boss; shoes, tie, and pocket square, Billy Reid. On Green: suit, Prada; shirt, Brunello Cucinelli; shoes, Church's; tie, Wembley.

Find Valeria Boucas on Twitter at @valeriaboucas.

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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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We turn to Scandal, House of Cards, and The Americans for inspiration. By Kate Bennett
Photograph of Kerry Washington by Craig Sjodin/Getty Images; Russell by Zelig Shaul/NewsCom; Wright courtesy of Nathaniel E. Bell/Netflix.

Thanks to Olivia Pope, Elizabeth Jennings, and Claire Underwood, Washington's style revolution has been televised. Here's our interpretation of their power looks.


Tackling the dirty secrets of Washington's power elite apparently requires an arsenal of pantsuits. For Olivia Pope, Kerry Washington's character on the ABC series Scandal, subtle hues work best, from camel and gray to light pastels. The Silhouttes are strong, but Pope's silk blouses, towering pumps, and designer handbags say she's still a lady, albeit one who can take care of business.

Photograph by Jeff Elkins.

1. Plum Perfect: Ellie Tahari silk blouse ($268) and Boss by Hugo Boss blazer ($595) and suit pants ($245), all at Bloomingdale's.

2. Pretty Pout: Tory Burch lipstick in "Call Me," $32 at Sephora

3. Braced for Success: Trina Turk enamel bracelets, $98 each at Sassanova (Bethesda)

4. Fine Wine: "Carola" pump by Via Spiga, $225 at Bloomingdale's (Chevy Chase).

5. Get a Bead On: Gold necklace by Asha, $395 at Sassanova.

The Americans

The 1980s were a dicey sartorial decade, but our retro romance with Keri Russell's KGB agent, Elizabeth Jennings, on FX's The Americans is owed in large part to her way with jewel-tone separates, bow-tied blouses, leather boots, and cropped jackets. Fans can relive the best parts of the era—gold hoop earrings, textured knee-length skirts, floppy felt heats. Just skip the shoulder pads.

Photograph by Jeff Elkins.

1. Top It Off: Helene Berman felt hat in Brodeaux, $138 at Bloomingdale's (Chevy Chase).

2. American Beauties: Diane von Furstenberg optic-plaid blouse ($275) and 7 for All Mankind black skirt ($198), both at Bloomingdale's.

3. Kick Start: "Rigby" leather bootie by Joie, $375 at Bloomingdale's.

4. Hoop Dreams: Ralph Lauren gold hoop earrings, $44 at Bloomingdale's.

5. Arm Candy: Tortoise bangle bracelets, $36 each at Sassanova.

House of Cards

Like everything else Claire Underwood does as a scheming spouse on Netflix's House of Cards, her wardrobe is an exercise in calculation. Precisely tailored dresses? Check. Severe yet smart black-white-and-grey palette? Check. A hint of sex appeal, but nothing vulgar? Absolutely. Add in Robin Wright's pixie haircut and Claire is a stylish femme fatale we devilishly admire.

Photograph by Jeff Elkins.

1. Best Dressed: Altuzarra sheath dress with cobalt insert, $1,725 at Relish (Georgetown).

2. Tiny Baubles: Grade Positano clip-on pearl-and-labradorite earrings, $165 at Sassanova.

3. Spec-tacular: Warby Parker "Winston" eyeglass frames in black, $95 at

4. No Time to Waste: Daniel Wellington watch with black leather band, $199 at Bloomingdale's.

5. Go Toe-to-Toe: Salvatore Ferragamo "Nina" metal-capped spectator heel, $695 at Bloomingdale's.

More style inspiration:

Photographs by Jeff Elkins.

1. Time Will Tell: Movado "concerto" watch with diamonds and mother-of-pearl dial, $2,495 at Fink's Jewelers (Dulles Town Center).

2. Haute Tote: "Saffiano" handbag, $2,950 at Prada boutique (Tysons Calleria).

3. Shady Lady: Burberry sunglasses, $260 at Sunglass Hut.

4. Get the Boot: Gucci horse-bit ankle boot, $1,195 at Saks Fifth Avenue (Chevy Chase).

5. Missing Links: Ralph Lauren necklace, $198 at Bloomingdale's.

This article appears in the October 2014 issue of Washingtonian.

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The First Lady opened the White House for a private reception Wednesday, honoring fashion's elite. By Kate Bennett
Michelle Obama's gowns on display at the White House. Photograph by Kate Bennett.

Anyone who rolled up to a particular corner of 15th Street, adjacent to the White House, yesterday evening at around 4:45 would have noticed a gathering of about 45 people. Upon closer inspection, the group would have revealed itself to include just about every major name in the fashion world. Seventh Avenue was clustered in an insanely chic huddle waiting to enter a Michelle Obama-hosted East Wing reception, part of her daylong, first-ever Celebration of Design.

Eventually a couple hundred other notables arrived, the gates opened, and a who's who of fashion's elite—including Anna Wintour, Prabal Gurung, Zac Posen, Vera Wang, Joanna Coles, Thakoon Panichgul, Georgina Chapman, Reed Krakoff, Alexis Bittar, Jason Wu, Mary Alice Stephenson, and Thom Browne—strolled inside, greeted by a hallway display of mannequins sporting Mrs. Obama’s most important gowns. It was, without a doubt, the biggest cluster of truly fashionable folks ever to visit Washington in one fell swoop.

For the next two hours or so, a veritable barrage of heavy-hitters noshed at several stunningly adorned buffets (spotted: fashion people eating!) and enjoyed the intimate White House affair, which marked the close of a day of workshops and panels held to inspire the more than 150 fashion students invited to participate.

While we can’t divulge particular details of the private event, we can say the fashion industry on the whole has major respect for Mrs. Obama, whose ensembles have boosted emerging designers, touted the need for sartorial individuality, and championed the business of making clothes. She, in turn, has quite often paid homage to the creativity and artistry of the profession, and last night was no exception.

In short, the First Lady threw the most memorable party any fashionista worth her Manolos (one designer who, sadly, was not there) would give her right arm to attend. So, while icons such as Jenna Lyons of J. Crew took selfies with guests (snapping them herself and adding her own selection of filter) and supermodel Naomi Campbell posed for pics with Lazaro Hernandez (one half of fashion “it” boys Proenza Schouler) and Diane von Furstenberg, for one glorious night, DC’s style cred trumped New York, London, and Paris.

Find Kate Bennett on Twitter at @katebennett_dc.

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