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Love Claire Underwood’s look? It’s yours for the buying.  By Caroline Cunningham

If Washington’s bars seem somewhat emptier on Friday night than usual, there’s likely a good reason: Everyone is at home binge-watching season three of House of Cards. The Netflix original series, which will be released on Friday, has become an image of DC fashion, particularly through the character of Claire Underwood, with her black sheath dresses, five-inch heels, and always classy accessories.

Claire’s power look is one that many a Washington woman would like to find in her own wardrobe. That’s why websites like LookLive offer the option for viewers to “shop while you watch,” purchasing the exact pieces seen onscreen—or, if you can’t afford Claire’s $1,300 Yves Saint Laurent handbag, buy similar and “bargain” options from retailers such as Zara, Joe Fresh, and Ann Taylor.

LookLive announced on Wednesday that it will add the full season three wardrobe to its online stock right after airtime on Friday, adding to the portion of season two apparel already available. So enjoy the binge watching, and make sure you’ve got two laptops handy: one for streaming, another for shopping.

Posted at 10:29 AM/ET, 02/26/2015 | Permalink | Comments ()
One trend they all agree on: Fringe is here to stay. By Caroline Cunningham
Photograph by Meaghan Moynahan.

Mercedes-Benz New York Fashion Week wraps up tomorrow, which means that for the past week, Washington has been devoid of many of its faithful style bloggers. Shop Around caught up with a few of those who made the trip up to a frigid, snowy New York to get their take on trends and collections they’re loving.

Meaghan Moynahan of District Sparkle

A couple of looks from Banana Republic’s collection. Photograph by Meaghan Moynahan.

“My favorite looks for the cooler months are always a black/gray/white palette that play with texture. This was seen a lot in different shows: Rebecca Minkoff, Noon by Noor, Lacoste, Mark and Estel, Banana (their first Fashion Week presentation ever). Fringe is also coming back in a big way. Rebecca Minkoff played with it extremely well in her fall/winter 2015 collection, and I can't wait to get my hands on one of her camel suede fringe jackets!”

Alison Coglianese of Ally Cog

A Nicholas K look on the runway. Photograph by Alison Coglianese.

“I loved Nicholas K—it speaks to my edgy side with lots of leather detailing and moody colors. Faux fur is back in a big way for fall and winter 2015. This has been a favorite of mine for the past few seasons, but now we're seeing different colors, textures, and patterns incorporated into it as well. Think the 1960s and '70s, which seemed to inspire many of the collections. You can also expect to see lots of black and white with pops of deep pinks, purples, and reds."

Sarah Philips of 52 Thursdays

Mustard monochromatic look in Ready to Fish’s runway show. Photograph by Sarah Philips.

"We saw a ton of the minimalist trend on the runways, which we are huge fans of. We also saw tons of fur jackets and stoles, pieces with '70s vibes, Victorian blouses, and over-the-knee boots. It looks like fringe is sticking around for at least one more season, as it pretty much showed up in every show. Metallic bomber jackets were huge, and monochromatic ensembles were popular yet again.”

Cheralee Lyle of Miss Lyle Style

Plenty of fringe from Sally LaPointe. Photograph by Cheralee Lyle.

“During a freezing Fashion Week, designers like Tadashi Shoji and Alice + Olivia brought some excitement and royal opulence to the tents.”

Posted at 01:34 PM/ET, 02/18/2015 | Permalink | Comments ()
Cvent senior account manager Liz Owens tells us how she shops for a romantic dinner out. Plus—outfits for other evening occasions. By Kate Bennett

Liz Owens. Photograph by Jeff Elkins.

Last year, published a list of the best cities to be single in, and Washington was third behind New York and San Francisco. Liz Owens, 29, would agree our area holds a certain allure for the unattached—she’s socially active and a seriously good catch.

Smart? Check. Attractive? Check. Independent? Game for fun? Check, check.

“While many of my friends are busy coupling in the suburbs, I’m fervently charging in the opposite direction,” says Owens, an account manager who shares a swank Cathedral Heights pad with a friend.

For nights out, Owens stocks her wardrobe with looks versatile enough to handle whatever the evening entails—whether a date or a gathering with friends:

Dinner for two: “Skinny jeans and heels, a silk blouse in a neutral color.”

Ice skating and a movie: “An oversize sweater. Gray knit beanie. Both hands are required in case of a fall, so go with a Rebecca Minkoff cross-body bag.”

Society soiree: “Nicholas silk dress, velvet pump, gold envelope clutch.”

Fourteenth Street or Shaw neighborhood bar hop: “My favorite scene of all. Rag & Bone jeans, James Perse T-shirt, House of Harlow ring, a pair of Freebird booties and you’ve bagged yourself a hipster.”

What Liz Is Wearing: Jacket from Topshop, H&M beanie, AG “Farrah” skinny jeans, T-shirt by Leith, purse by Olivia & Joy.

Dressing for Date Night

Outfit pieces for a fashion-forward night out in DC.

1. “Moto” jacket, at Joe Fresh ($69) 2. “Crystal” blouse in rose, at Rag & Bone (Georgetown) ($350) 3. Lace bralette, at American Eagle Outfitters ($25) 4. Illuminating Rectangle Ring, at House of Harlow 1960 ($68) 5. “Glover” pump in pink-multi, at Nine West ($89) 6.“Flavia” acrylic clutch by Edie Parker, at Saks Fifth Avenue ($1,595) 7. Jo Jacquard A-line dress,at BCBG Max Azria ($338) 8. Crop top and pencil skirt, at Erika Schrieber ($190 and $178)

Posted at 11:50 AM/ET, 02/10/2015 | Permalink | Comments ()
Get inspired for the warm months ahead. By Caroline Cunningham

Though we still may be in the midst of some of the coldest days of winter, we’re already dreaming of cherry blossom season. As local shops swap out racks of wool for light and bright fabrics, we decided to peek at the wish lists of local fashion leaders to see what they’re hoping to add to their closets as they transition their wardrobe for spring.

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Posted at 10:52 AM/ET, 01/30/2015 | Permalink | Comments ()
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.

Posted at 01:20 PM/ET, 12/19/2014 | Permalink | Comments ()
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.

Posted at 12:36 PM/ET, 12/19/2014 | Permalink | Comments ()
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.

Posted at 11:03 AM/ET, 12/08/2014 | Permalink | Comments ()
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.

Posted at 12:15 PM/ET, 12/05/2014 | Permalink | Comments ()
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.

Posted at 11:41 AM/ET, 12/04/2014 | Permalink | Comments ()
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.

Posted at 12:15 PM/ET, 11/04/2014 | Permalink | Comments ()