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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.

Posted at 05:34 PM/ET, 09/15/2014 | Permalink | Comments ()
Founders Emily Motayed and Lee Mayer have a keen eye for interiors—and for fashion. By Valeria Boucas
Lee Mayer and Emily Motayed of Havenly. Photograph by Dustin Sonneborn.

Sisters Emily Motayed and Lee Mayer are a triple threat: strikingly beautiful, stylish, and über-smart. The Potomac natives, who are pursuing an MBA at Wharton School of Business and hold an MBA from Harvard Business School, respectively, launched their budget-friendly interior design firm, Havenly, last year. (Read Open House's story from May.) 

Motayed, who splits her time between New York and Philadelphia, and Mayer, who resides in Denver with her husband, still consider Washington home and pay a visit to all their favorite stores whenever they're back in town. We caught up with them to figure out exactly where they go. 

Where do you like to shop when you're back in town? 

Emily: I absolutely love Violet Boutique on 18 Street. Whenever I walk in there, I get sensory overload and don't even know where to start! They have the most amazing print dresses that are perfect for everything from a casual summer barbecue to going out on the town, and their accessories are to die for. I also live and die in fitted dresses, which they specialize in. Growing up in Potomac, I always shopped at Luna in Bethesda during my middle- and high-school days, so I will have a soft spot for that boutique forever and I make sure to stop by when I'm in the area. Luna still carries every one of my favorite brands, from Susana Monaco to Foley + Corinna, and I even still wear a DVF print dress that I bought from them with my allowance about ten years ago. When it comes to home stores, my aspirational place is Cote Jardin Antiques on O Street in Georgetown. They have the most amazing collection of antique lamps. 

Lee: I bought my wedding dress at Saks Jandel in Chevy Chase, so I have to choose that as my favorite store. I have such fond memories of putting on my wedding dress for the first time at that location—it still makes me smile when I think of it. The bridal collection is unparalleled, but they also have amazing contemporary pieces, from designers such as J. Mendel and Naeem Khan. For my "fun" clothes, though, I go to Britt Ryan in Georgetown. There's a plethora of perfect cocktail dresses that are bright, fun, and perfect for most events. I happen to love the fact that it's owned by another fearless female entrepreneur who has opened stores nationwide. And whenever I need something a bit dressier, I go to Julia Farr in Northwest DC. Alice + Olivia is one of my favorite brands, and the store is always stocked with a fabulous collection. The ladies who work at the store are also such a pleasure to shop with. And for home stores, Restoration Hardware is my favorite, hands down. I love the vignettes that they pull together in their stores, and I walk in and just want to buy everything, from the curtains to the pillows to the flooring! I can't get enough of it.

What about for shoes? 

Emily: Sassanova is still my go-to for shoes because they have an amazing collection of pumps and flats, which is what I tend to live in. I love the vibe of the store, too, and every time I go in for shoes, I end up walking out with a few pairs plus a purse and scarf, since they have such adorable complimentary accessories. I think I bought my shoes for prom ten years ago from there. One of my favorite footwear brands is Pour La Victoire, which is available at Nordstrom and other department stores, because they make super high heels (I prefer five inches or taller) that are surprisingly comfortable. The heels work for day and transition into night extremely well. I'm pretty short, so it's super important for me to find tall heels that I can run around in and not end up with blisters.

Lee: When my husband lets me (or isn't looking), I love buying a solid pair of Louboutins, which I normally pick up from Neiman Marcus in Tysons.

You both wear great accessories. Where do you go for them? 

Emily: I started wearing big pieces of jewelry after college because statement pieces are such an easy way to punch up a boring outfit or make clothes really stand out. I'm a big fan of BaubleBar for affordable statement necklaces—plus the cofounders went to school with Lee. Gilt is a great place to look for affordable pieces, too. And a great local spot for jewelry is Charm in Georgetown—their brightly colored pieces are great, and I think I've bought their entire cuff collection.

Lee: I tend to be a little more low-key than Emily when it comes to accessories, but I do love Lou Lou. They have such fun pieces and also the best set of going out clutches and purses one can find.

What do you think of DC style in general? Is there something you'd like to see more of? 

We love how well-dressed the city is, but it does feel a bit more conservative than what we are used to, since we both lived in New York City after moving away from home. We'd love to see a bit more daring styles, especially out at night—maybe some shorter hemlines and tighter dresses for those looking to paint the town red.

For more about Emily and Lee, visit Havenly's websiteFind Valeria Boucas on Twitter at @valeriaboucas.

Posted at 03:10 PM/ET, 09/12/2014 | Permalink | Comments ()
Washingtonian's Fashion Editor provides style notes on what pieces she regularly wears to work and where she shops for them. By Valeria Boucas

Here at Shop Around, we aim to keep readers in-the-know about the latest fashion trends, great new brands, store openings, and general about-town happenings so you can be the first to score a great staple piece on sale. But there's one thing our readers don't get to see—what items our very own fashion editors wear to the office and where we shop for them.

Thanks to reader demand, we tapped Washingtonian's fashion editor, Kate Bennett (and Editor-in-Chief of Washingtonian MOM and Washingtonian Bride & Groom) for a glimpse at some of her prized wardrobe possessions in our first monthly installment of What She Wore: Kate Bennett. From airy dresses to knee-length jean skirts, Kate, who is also mom to 9-year-old daughter Tess, can rock just about any look, inspiring us all to take fashion risks. We sat down with her to find out exactly how she pulls it off, starting with, what she wore to work the day of Washingtonian's sample sale.

Kate Bennett at Longview Gallery, the site of Washingtonian's sample sale, held earlier this month. Photographs by Andrew Propp.

"I bought this House of Harlow ring at the sample sale. I picked it up at the Wink boutique booth, which was one of our participating vendors. It's one of my favorite local stores and the owner, Paige Speyer, is celebrating TEN YEARS of Wink with all kinds of fab trunk shows this fall—insider tip!"

"My shoes are Zara, and I can't even tell you how many people stop me on the street to tell me they like them. And when I mention they cost $99, they go nuts! I'm also a pedicure person, and I think OPI's 'I've Got the Blues for Red' is the sexiest, deep crimson. It's my signature toe shade, which sounds so high maintenace, but it's true. In this picture, I'm also wearing boyfriend jeans from Benetton. I tend to stick to a general rule about jeans: I refuse to pay more than $100 for a pair. ($300 for denim? Stop the madness!) So I hunt around for great washes and fits from all kinds of places—I love Benetton, American Eagle makes great styles too, and Massimo Dutti has a dark wash that I like a lot. Zara too, and Gap . . . you name it, all great jeans. If it's in the $60-80 sweet-spot, I will buy them. Fun fact: I have more than 45 pairs of jeans." 

"This is my all-time favorite jacket. It's Alice + Olivia and is one of my wardrobe staples. I wear it with everything from shorts to strapless dresses. I also collect little necklaces, especially ones that have a T on them—my daughter's name is Tess. I tend to wear my 'Love' necklace every day. I got it from Dalton Pratt, which sadly, just closed last week. The other two I think I picked up at Lou Lou." 

Want to ask Kate Bennett a question? E-mail me at for a chance to have yours answered on the next What She Wore: Kate Bennett series. 

Find Valeria Boucas on Twitter at @valeriaboucas.

Posted at 01:45 PM/ET, 09/02/2014 | Permalink | Comments ()
Local fashion purveyor Bull + Moose wants to inspire your neckwear with handcrafted silk, linen, and velvet bow ties. By Valeria Boucas
Photographs by Lauren Joseph.

Although its origins are for deeper exploration, National Bow Tie Day really exists and what better way to celebrate than with Virginia-based menswear startup, Bull+Moose. The year-old menswear label is a hybrid of high-quality craftsmanship at accessible prices and is inspired by the well-dressed polo crowd. 

"People always dress well at professional polo games," says CEO Diego Echeverri. "But quality neckwear simply should not cost over $75." So for less than $40, you can shop origami crane bow ties, camo, seersucker, chambray, and floral prints, or classic black satin and velvet bow ties. The only disclaimer? We can't promise you'll look like the brand's ambassador, professional polo player Brandon Phillips, but if you tweet at us (@ShopAroundBlog) with your best look-a-like try, you will be entered to win a free bow tie of your choice. And while the brand is predominately geared toward the tailored prepster, the various patterns allow for individual personalization, says Phillips, who was drawn to the brand for "their fun and edgy neckwear, which is a perfect fit to my laid back personal style."

And because everyone loves a good excuse to pop some bubbly and toast to an occasion, in observance of the holiday, Bull+Moose has partnered with another DC-based startup, UrbanStems, to deliver a bouquet and floral-themed bow tie to someone special anywhere in the District or Arlington within two hours or less. Special bonus? No delivery fee. And you don't have to be a gent to love a good bow tie. Follow the Bull+Moose blog for some #WomanCrushWednesday inspiration of ladies in bow ties. 

Bull+Moose Brand Ambassador Brandon Phillips with CEO Diego Echeverri.
From left: Floral, camo, and origami crane bow ties.
From left: Blue chambray, olive, and blue seersucker bow ties.
From left: Burnt orange, black satin, and velvet bow ties.

Posted at 12:14 PM/ET, 08/28/2014 | Permalink | Comments ()
The designer opens up about upcoming local plans for the brand, and shares a peek at his newly minted jewelry line. By Valeria Boucas
(Left) Double ring in yellow gold. (Right) Signet ring in yellow gold. Photographs courtesy of Steven Alan.

Having been advised by his press team that he was on a very tight schedule, I was expecting my interview with Steven Alan to wrap up in 15 minutes or less. But when we sat down to chat at Kafe Leopold, I realized I had struck gold. Washingtonian was the only press he was meeting with—meaning free rein to pick the man's brain. 

With 26 Steven Alan stores in the US and Japan (with 300-plus stockists), I wasn't going to leave without finding out if the next outpost would be in DC (he already has a store in Cady's Alley). Alan has practically built an empire from his minimalist approach to design, so what better place to serve up the classics than in Washington? I wanted to know his thoughts on DC fashion while also getting the dirt on the obvious: his recently released jewelry collection and plans for a second brick-and-mortar in the area.  

Tell me about the fall collection.

We’re a brand that’s kind of equally for men and women, and that’s pretty unusual. I feel like most brands that sell both are much stronger with one than the other, and we started with men’s, so that was our initial point of view in terms of designing clothes. Then we started with women’s shirts and shirtdresses and we’ve now developed it into a full collection. So for fall you’ll see more coats, knitwear, and a lot more dresses. The silhouettes have also changed. We still have the iconic shirting silhouettes we’ve always had, but we’ve also gone much further on the design side, and I think the collection feels a lot more sophisticated. And the fabrics are amazing—when we started out, we were pretty limited as far as the vendors we got fabrics from, and now we’re going to Paris every season and improving the line quite a bit.

(Left) From the fall collection, the classic shirtdress and (right) silk blouse.

It sounds like you’re in expansion mode—I heard you’re also launching a jewelry line this year. 

Yes, we just launched the jewelry collection this month actually, in August, on an app called Spring—our fall collection will also launch on the app. There was an article about it on the cover of WWD, and it’s basically shoppable pictures, kind of similar to what an Instagram is. I think it’s much easier to use than any other app out there. Essentially you put in your credit card information, your address, and everything like that, and when you see the picture you click it—and that’s really it. A ton of brands are on Spring—the LVMH brands, Rebecca Minkoff, Rag & Bone, Band of Outsiders, a lot of jewelry designers, and more. 

(Left) Double square cuff in yellow gold. (Right) Long stick earrings in yellow gold.

What are your thoughts on DC fashion? 

I feel like it’s lacking a lot of stores. I mean it just doesn’t seem like there’s even much fashion here for a city that has so many amazing restaurants, and great art and music. We get a lot of people contacting us, going to and wanting stuff shipped here, which is why we’re investigating to have more options for our DC shoppers. 

How would you change it, or do you wish you saw more of something in particular? 

I think right now there’s a huge interest in the food movement, the whole farm-to-table, and people want to know where things come from, right? With fashion, people really are interested in supporting the more local, smaller brands—it’s more individualistic and not as mass. You don’t see it in every department store, and I think the culture that’s prevalent in New York, Portland, San Francisco, and LA would be great to see more of here, as opposed to these big department-store brands. 

Are you considering opening another store in the area?

Actually, we’re here in DC to meet with a few developers, and we’re looking at different neighborhoods to figure out what the best strategy would be moving forward. We’ve been driving through different neighborhoods to see what we like. When I initially opened here, we did a little tour, but it seems like things are developing at lightning speed here; there are huge projects going up at every corner. But we should have it all figured out soon because we’re looking to open another retail location in the last quarter of 2015. Our average store is about 1,500 square feet—the one here in Cady’s Alley is smaller, probably around 800 square feet—so it’ll be somewhere around there in terms of size. 

Find Valeria Boucas on Twitter at @valeriaboucas.

Posted at 03:53 PM/ET, 08/22/2014 | Permalink | Comments ()
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.

Posted at 01:00 PM/ET, 08/18/2014 | Permalink | Comments ()
The budding fashion designer got her start sponge-painting in Chevy Chase before finding success in New York. By Maddy Berner
Photograph by Arden Way.

Ellen Van Dusen has always lived a colorful life: sponge-painting with Mom at home in Chevy Chase, ripping apart fabrics to make clothes, and painting one too many pairs of pants. Today, she designs an eclectic line of clothing for New York City boutiques that’s earned attention from fashion giants Refinery29, Nylon, and Vogue—an experience she says feels “pretty weird.” 

Van Dusen released Dusen Dusen in spring 2010, influenced by her creative adolescence and love for simple shapes and bold prints. This year’s spring line is bright, geometric, and fun, and there’s plenty more art-inspired design on the way in her fall 2014 collection, set to be shipped to stores later this month. 

We talked to the Tufts graduate to learn more about how DC shaped her blossoming fashion career—and the worst thing she’s ever designed.

Tell us about Dusen Dusen. How would you describe it?

I’ve always been really interested in color and shape and art, so I wanted to make clothing that had really simple wearable shapes with bold, bright prints. I’m a big doodler; I love to draw. When I started making clothes in high school, I would buy stuff from thrift stores, then cut them up and sew them. Then I graduated to finding wacky fabrics and making stuff from there. I’ve always been interested in textiles and patterns and prints, so that’s where the line came from.

Van Dusen in her own design. Photograph by Amanda Jasnowski.

What was it like growing up in DC?

I lived in Chevy Chase, DC. My parents were both architects, so we had an art-plus-design-centric home. Instead of going to church or synagogue, my parents would take us to a museum every Sunday. It was our own little education. We would always go whenever there was a new show at the National Gallery of Art. We spent a lot of time at the Air and Space Museum. We would always do little projects in the backyard. We did tie-dye, we did sponge-painting.

DC is such a beautiful city. I feel like people don’t talk about that enough when they talk about DC. The architecture is so nice and so green. The contrast from DC to New York is extreme. New York is nice, but there’s a lot of bad stuff, too. My studio is in Williamsburg, and the walk to my studio, is very uninspiring.

Have you always been interested in fashion? 

I’ve always made my own clothes and painted on things—I have pants that I painted a checkerboard on that I would wear to ska concerts. Probably the worst thing I ever made: At the Field School, I took a class called “Picture, Poem, Song.” I partnered up with a friend of mine and I painted a pair of pants while listening to music.

There are so many good thrift stores in DC, and I think my passion for making clothes came from thrift stores. I would go to G Street Fabrics in Rockville and make dresses out of quilting fabric. During high school, I had a hat-making business. I got really into it and started selling hats at my high school and made 200 hats over the course of one winter. I charged $15 a hat, which is absurd for a hand-knit hat.

What path did you follow when you moved away from DC?

I went to Tufts. I did a design-your-own-major program there called psychology of design where I was basically studying the visual system from a bunch of different disciplines. I did some internships while I was at school, over the summers, with designers in New York, and learned a good amount. I worked a costume shop at Tufts and picked up a bunch of skills there. I had to make all kinds of weird stuff for plays. 

After I graduated, I moved back to DC for a couple months, and worked at Annie Cream Cheese [in Georgetown]. That summer, I made some clothes and sold them at Meeps in Adams Morgan. Then I moved to New York and interned for two designers, and then I started my own line.

What do you miss most about DC?

I definitely miss the space I had in DC. It was very different from the space I have here. I miss some of my old spots. I liked taking my dog to my elementary school park. I miss Rock Creek Park—it’s a great place to go jogging.

Posted at 12:20 PM/ET, 08/14/2014 | Permalink | Comments ()
InStyle x Nine West’s fall 2014 accessories collection hits shelves Friday and Leah Karp is in DC to talk about it. By Valeria Boucas
The “Elia” in camel with multi-calf hair. Photographs courtesy of Nine West.

Nine West’s fall 2014 accessories collection designed by InStyle editors is officially in stores Friday. The partnership, which is on its third season, includes seven new footwear styles and on-trend bags and jewelry ranging from $79-$139 for shoes and $40-$229 for jewelry and handbags. To fête the fall line, InStyle Accessories Director Leah Karp hosted an intimate party at Nine West’s Wisconsin Avenue location Thursday evening, and guests enjoyed hors d’oeuvres and Champagne while having first chance to shop the collection. 

Here, Karp sounds off on the collaboration. 

If you could only pick one shoe from the fall collection that best represented the “Woman of Washington,” which one would it be and why?

My favorite shoe for the Washington woman would be the “Cate” style. It’s the most walkable heel height and the ankle strap is wide enough that it doesn’t cut you, rather it holds your foot in. It also comes in such a wide range of colors so there’s really something for everyone. The suede is super comfortable and the material is also made to give more and stretch but there’s also everything from black camo to black leather to every color of jewel tone too. 

Walk us through what it takes to create an accessories collection with Nine West. 

I come in to Nine West at the start of the season with a trend book of all the things that I’ve sort of collected. I pull from everything—whether it's retro photos from the runway or things I see on the street. I pull basically from the trends of what I’m seeing for the next season and I will come in with a book filled with tear sheets, images, pictures from the runways, and then I’ll have a color story board, fabrics, and it’ll develop from there. Nine West is really great about creating the hardware for me. In past seasons I brought in a vintage necklace and we made it into the ankle strap of a shoe and it came out exact.” 

What fall trends really stuck out to you? 

Suede, rich textures, and jewel tones were really big for the fall. Green was definitely a dominate color this season. It’s such a neutral and people don’t realize it goes with black and brown and all other colors, too. It’s so wearable. 

What would be your pick for “most stylish shoe?”

The “Elia” in leopard, for sure.

And most “wearable?” (a.k.a. something that’ll leave us blister free after hours on our feet?) 

The “Cate” and the “Jaiden,” which is a mid-heel height.

What’s your personal favorite footwear silhouette to wear? 

My favorite style is a pointy single-sole pump. That’s kind of my signature shoe; it looks good with everything. 

The “Jaiden” in Cabernet suede.
The “Cate” in black leather.
Knot bracelet in gold.
Knot open necklace in gold.

Find Valeria Boucas on Twitter at @valeriaboucas.

Posted at 11:08 AM/ET, 08/08/2014 | Permalink | Comments ()
The fashion brand’s first freestanding store in the Washington area is now open at Tysons Galleria. By Valeria Boucas
A rendering of the store’s facade clad in black Marquinia marble. Rendering courtesy of Prada.

Prada is officially in business in Washington. The Italian fashion house opened its doors at Tysons Galleria (Tysons II) in McLean on Thursday morning and joins an impressive roster of other luxe brands on Level 2. Ritzy neighbors include Saint Laurent, Salvatore Ferragamo, Versace, Tory Burch, Mulberry, Ralph Lauren, and Gucci, among others. Needless to say, the highly anticipated store opening is in good company. Designed by Italian architect Roberto Baciocchi, the 320-square-foot store boasts a rich marble interior with steel finishes and will carry both men’s and women’s bags, accessories, leather goods, shoes, and ready-to-wear. You’ll know when you arrive once you see Prada’s signature black and white-checkered marble floor—a defining element of the brand. 

The Saffiano bag is available for purchase, and also comes in plum ($3,700).

Find Valeria Boucas on Twitter at @valeriaboucas.

Posted at 10:00 AM/ET, 07/31/2014 | Permalink | Comments ()
A sneak peek at Washingtonian’s annual fashion showcase. By Valeria Boucas
Photographs by Valeria Boucas.

Our annual Style Setters photo shoot is always an impressive showcase of locals with impeccable personal style—from politicos to artists and beyond. For this year’s shoot, Hillwood Estate, Museum & Gardens served as the perfect backdrop for the floral theme; Hillwood’s beautifully manicured gardens also cast some needed shade on our models, who were dressed head-to-toe in fall gear. With ten subjects in the feature, the styles ranged from hipster chic to classic Washington with a modern edge, and more. 

While the issue is still several weeks away from being on newsstands, we’ve gathered some behind-the-scenes shots of how it all came together, from our side of the camera. 

Photographer Dean Alexander and our staff members directing the first shot of the day.
The japanese gardens proved to be a gorgeous, yet precarious, set.
This couple’s love translated in the images.
One of our subjects waits as our crew sets up the next look.
Teamwork: Photographer Dean Alexander consults with Fashion Editor Kate Bennett (left) while makeup artist Carl Ray works his magic (right).
Floral arrangements provided by Shelly Bagdasian of B Floral and Event Design. Not pictured: the gorgeous flower crowns she created for our bohemian-style model on day two.
Fashion Editor Kate Bennett means business.

Find Valeria Boucas on Twitter at @valeriaboucas.

Posted at 03:16 PM/ET, 07/29/2014 | Permalink | Comments ()