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The country singer and Maryland native reveals her favorite shopping destinations in DC and shares a look at some of her most memorable getups. By Valeria Boucas
On Rose: Top by ASTR, Overalls by Ditto, Custom necklace by Sleeveless by Kyah Hillis, Custom pendant by Jesse Lee and Lipstick by Urban Decay. Photograph taken by James Stewart at the Riverfront Stage in Nashville.

Maryland native Maggie Rose became a hometown sensation after her breakout cover of Kings of Leon’s “Use Somebody” hit airwaves a few years back. The Visitation prep school alum dropped out of Clemson University after her sophomore year to try her hand at a music career in Nashville. Style plays a role in crafting her image, which is why Rose has become something of a burgeoning fashionista.

While her latest single, “Girl In Your Truck Song,” has kept her busy promoting her new music, we were able to catch up with Rose for a chat about where she shops when she comes back to Washington, and we look at some memorable outfits from past tours and events. 

All of Rose’s music can be downloaded on iTunes

Maggie’s go-to shopping destinations around Washington: 

Cusp: “They have great on-trend items that are fun to incorporate in my wardrobe.”

Emily Grace Boutique: “I find the best staple pieces here. I love their jeans and jackets.”

Sassanova: “Their accessories are great.”

Reddz Trading: “I head here when I’m in search of vintage designer pieces. They also have really cool, affordable accessories; it’s where I learned about Charm Georgetown.”

Saks and Bloomingdales: “We don’t have them in Nashville!”

On Rose: Dress by French Connection UK and Boots by Jeffrey Campbell. Photograph by Chris Hollo of Hollo Photographics at the 2014 Grand Ole Opry in Nashville.
On Rose: Top by ASTR, Pants by Mavi, Jean Jacket by H&M, Jewelry by BCBG Max Azria and Shoes by Jeffrey Campbell. Photograph taken by Chris Schwegler Photography at the Michigan International Speedway in Brooklyn, MI.
On Rose: Dress by Tildon, Jacket and bracelets by BCBG Max Azria and Boots by Jeffrey Campbell. Photograph taken by James Stewart at Anthem in Nashville.

Find Valeria Boucas on Twitter at @valeriaboucas.

Posted at 04:25 PM/ET, 07/25/2014 | Permalink | Comments ()
See the trailer for the locally based fashion documentary. By Diana Elbasha

Plagued by a false image of conservativism when it comes to style, DC’s self-described rep as an emerging fashion capital is often a controversial one. Personally, we feel its rapid spike in local labels with an increasingly edgy, entreprenurial lean (not to mention the roster of powerhouse designers that have come our way lately) has our city on its way to said status, but, alas, non-Washingtonians hardly see it that way. That's where Elaine Mensah comes in.

In her just-finished documentary The Politics of Fashion (produced by Svelte), Mensah aims to challenge the public's impression that DC lacks authority in the fashion department. The local-star-studded picture pulls together the city’s most powerful forces in styleincluding our own fashion editor, Kate Glassman Bennettto offer the public some insight into DC's increasingly influential fashion scene. The remaining cast is a mix of creative talents that make up all facets of local style, from Pulizer-winning critic Robin Givhan, to the young founder of Worn Creative, Nicole Aguirre, to luxury public relations pro Aba Kwawu. A slew of bloggers, shop-owners, designers, and more also make an appearance. The film premieres tonight during a kickoff celebration at Mazza Gallerie; tickets are sold out, but guests can add themselves to a waitlist via Eventbrite. Take a peek at the trailer below.


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Posted at 02:30 PM/ET, 06/03/2014 | Permalink | Comments ()
For more than two decades, he has helped some of Washington’s most notable women look great—without following trends. By Diana Elbasha
Spearman prefers classic styles, such as these Loro Piana bags. Photograph by Joshua Cogan.

Ask Andre Spearman to name trends he’s excited about—a question that fashion types typically answer with a calculated response—and he doesn’t have a reply. Instead, this shopping expert at one of Washington’s most exclusive retailers chuckles—trend-watching, he says, is a practice much too young for his age and taste—and instead describes a love for the classic minimalism that defined the 1950s and early ’60s. “Look at Audrey Hepburn in Breakfast at Tiffany’s,” he says. “It’s perfect. She’s got the little black dress, a black gown, a trench coat. She is just impeccably dressed. It’s not a lot of things, just the right things.”

Even in a city that has seen a surge of emerging indie brands and edgy, modern fashions—far from Spearman’s aesthetic—an appointment with this Neiman Marcus personal shopper remains one of the area’s most sought-after style meetings. His decades-loyal clientele ranges from trendsetting socialites to gala-going politicos. Spearman has two particular passions: “I love beautiful evening gowns and great-looking suits.”

Spearman on Current Styles

What’s the first thing that comes to mind when you hear . . .

Leather pants?
“Not for most.”

“Ultra-feminine, when done right.”

Fancy sweatshirts?

Sneaker wedges?
“Young girls.”

“Fabric crossover, not cross-dressing.”

“With restraint, big fan—along with feathers.”

“Trim, lining, coat—all good.”

Crop tops?
“That’s a tough one.”

Wide-leg trousers?
“I prefer a straight leg.”

“Best in a narrow silhouette. Fuller skirts look a little clumsy to me.”

Behind a chandelier and glass doors on the second floor of Neiman Marcus’s Mazza Gallerie store is where you’ll find Spearman, 54, who has been with the company for 32 years. The walls above his desk, tucked into a nook of a back room, are crowded with fashion-magazine clippings. Racks of couture and a full-length, three-way mirror also fill the space. Spearman spends his days chatting with clients to get to know them, their style, and their needs. He then pulls clothes for them to try on. The service is free.

The Beginning
“I first came to DC when I was 13, on a field trip, and I loved it. So I decided I was going to live here someday. When I was applying to college, my brother suggested American University—and that’s how I got here. I studied political science. By senior year, I had fulfilled a lot of my requirements and had extra time, so I wanted a part-time job. A friend said, ‘Why don’t you try Neiman Marcus?’ It’s so funny because I didn’t know what Neiman Marcus was. When I went in, it was scary—everyone was dressed so well and it was so quiet. I filled out an application and they said, ‘We’ll call you.’ ”

Finding a Niche
“I started out selling stationery, luggage, and electronics. I graduated from college in ’81 and initially wanted to go to law school, but I decided to take a year off and think about it. So I worked at the store. At the time, the manager took care of the best customers. I was her assistant, so when she had someone coming in, I’d set up the room. Women would come in and you’d drink coffee and chitchat and look at clothes. Eventually, the boss would say, ‘Andre, this client seems to like you—why don’t you take care of her?’ That was my entry into personal shopping.”

The Experience
“I’ve known some incredible women. It wasn’t just that they had great style; it was that when they shopped, it was a pleasure. Shopping should be. When you’re buying these kinds of things, it should be fun. If you come to me, I want you to look your best. Because when you look good, you feel good.”

Evolving Style
“There’s a lot of style in Washington, but the reputation is sort of stuck in the past. Before, people would always say that whatever you wanted to get, you’d have to go to New York. But you don’t have to. If there’s something you want that I don’t have, I can get it. This town is conservative, but it’s not dead.”

Wardrobe Picks
“Every woman in Washington should have in her closet a great black dress. I’m also a fan of gray flannel pants. You can wear gray flannel with any number of things, and everything will look great, from a sweatshirt to a satin blouse. Bill Blass used to do that [in his designs].” Spearman particularly likes the Valentino bicolor fluted sleeveless dress above. As for flannel pants, he recommends Giorgio Armani mélange straight-leg pants in gray-blue ($1,995). Both are at Neiman Marcus.

This article appears in the May 2014 issue of Washingtonian.

Posted at 11:00 AM/ET, 05/09/2014 | Permalink | Comments ()
Only two Washington residents made Vanity Fair’s “best dressed” list, and they were an obvious pick. By Carol Ross Joynt
Though not Washington residents, Katharine McPhee (left) and Julia Louis-Dreyfus (right) both made the list. Photographs by Rena Schild /

Vanity Fair magazine, arbiter of the International Best Dressed List, has released its choices for the best dressed attendees at this year’s White House Correspondents’ Association dinner, held Saturday at the Washington Hilton. Only two DC residents made the cut: President Barack Obama and First Lady Michelle Obama. We know Washington is famous for being low on the fashion scale, but really, only two (and an obvious two) out of more than 2,000 dinner guests, most of them locals?

In fairness to the salaried media scribes and Hill and government wonks who are the dinner’s base, it’s not easy to match the big-bucks looks of actresses Lupita Nyong’o (in Oscar de la Renta) and Sofia Vergara (in Romona Keveza), to name two who made the list. Besides, there’s a good chance they were dressed by stylists in gowns that were made available courtesy of a design house.

A suggestion for Vanity Fair: If the publication returns next year to attend and cover the dinner, maybe level the playing field and have one list of out-of-towners and another of bona-fide Washingtonians.

Here’s who else made the list of WHCAD best dressed: Freida Pinto (Thakoon), AnnaSophia RobbRonan Farrow, Taylor Schilling (Zuhair Murad), Olivia Munn (J. Mendel), Katharine McPhee (Paule Ka), Tony Goldwyn (Brooks Brothers), and Julia Louis-Dreyfus (Antonio Berardi). The First Lady wore Marchesa.

Posted at 02:03 PM/ET, 05/06/2014 | Permalink | Comments ()
See-worthy swimsuits in the season’s hottest colors and fits. By Irina Grechko
Photograph by Jeff Elkins.


1. Eres “Puzzle” one-piece, $415 at Sylene (4407 S. Park Ave., Chevy Chase; 301-654-4200)

2. Cat-eye sunglasses in dark tortoise, $175 at Tory Burch (1211 Wisconsin Ave., NW; 202-337-1410)

3. Blush Blends Sun-tastic SPF 45 protector, $50 at Blush Med Institute (4915 Cordell Ave., Bethesda; 301-312-6728)

Click through our slideshow to see more.

This article appears in the April 2014 issue of Washingtonian.

Posted at 09:44 AM/ET, 04/16/2014 | Permalink | Comments ()
En route to style-packed Coachella, the blogging duo teaches us how to pull off the free-spirited look. By Diana Elbasha

The weather is warm (finally!), outdoor venues are opening, and music fans are gearing up for Sweetlife and Firefly—it’s officially festival season. Which event hosts the best musical talent is up for debate—but when it comes to fashion, the indisputable frontrunner is Coachella.

Recognized by such high-fashion authorities as VogueHarper’s Bazaar, and the Man Repeller as a hub for the best of bohemian style, the California-based festival is as much about the clothing as it is about the music, and is attended each year by countless impeccably dressed A-listers. DC-based sisters Natalie and Erika Pinto, the authors of local style blog The Fashionably Broke, are headed to this year’s star-studded event, which kicks off Friday. In preparation for the festive weekend, they’ve rounded up days’ worth of outfits that nail the breezy vibe. Read on for some of their looks and their tips for achieving the easygoing look.

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Posted at 04:44 PM/ET, 04/10/2014 | Permalink | Comments ()
Plus—tips on how to style them from two local experts. By Kate Bennett, Irina Grechko
Photographs by Jeff Elkins.

1. In Bloom: “Kaleidoscope” floral barrel tote, at Henri Bendel (Tysons Galleria), $398.

2. Go for the Bold: Enamel and gold-plated “Mod Floral” earrings, at Kate Spade, $78.

3. Sneak Attack: Givenchy “Rose Camouflage” sneakers, at Hu’s Shoes (3005 M St., NW; 202-342-0202), $570.

4. Petal to the Metal: “Daisy” bracelet, at Talbots, $50.

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Posted at 02:15 PM/ET, 03/26/2014 | Permalink | Comments ()
The local swimwear designer shares her tips for choosing—and caring for—the most flattering beachwear. By Diana Elbasha
Karla Colletto swimwear. Photographs by Dean Alexander.

Enter the Vienna, Virginia, warehouse headquarters of the brand Karla Colletto and you’ll find, to the left, a room of women working away at sewing machines. To the right, fabrics in a rainbow of colors fill floor-to-ceiling shelves, while a printing press-like machine cuts out swimsuit silhouettes.

What began more than two decades ago as a side project for two siblings—Karla and her older sister, Lisa—has today become a respected brand carried at such retailers as Saks Fifth Avenue, Harvey Nichols, and Neiman Marcus. Yet every bit of the company’s swimsuit-making process still happens here.

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Posted at 02:40 PM/ET, 03/19/2014 | Permalink | Comments ()
The fixer has displayed an impressive wardrobe upgrade on this season of “Scandal.” By Diana Elbasha
Olivia Pope has been wearing lots of patterns lately—a far cry from her usual choices (and a welcome change). Photograph by Richard Cartwright for ABC.

Since Scandal returned from hiatus a couple of weeks ago, we’ve noticed a change in the fashionable Olivia Pope’s wardrobe: She’s actually growing even more stylish. The fixer is sporting a new, sleek hairstyle, for one—a modern update from her usual soft waves—but what really stands out to us is her new collection of outerwear. In recent episodes, Olivia has swayed from her signature collarless blazer and opting for never-before-seen (as she’s known to repeat outfits in the show) pieces in uncharacteristic patterns and shapes, such as an oversize trench in timeless houndstooth. Realistically speaking, the new silhouettes were likely introduced to hide Kerry Washington’s growing baby bump, but the flattering jackets are so of-the-moment you’d never guess. Click through the slideshow for a look at six stellar looks from the show’s current season; here’s hoping there’s more daring colors, patterns, and shapes in episodes to come.

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Posted at 11:19 AM/ET, 03/18/2014 | Permalink | Comments ()
The girly pastel appears on countless accessories, shoes, and more this season. By Diana Elbasha
This week we’re inspired by Gal Meets Glam author Julia Engel’s monochromatic ensemble.

Perhaps our favorite annual sartorial transition happens between winter and spring. The drastic change in temperature means retiring the blacks and navys of our cold-weather closet for more dazzling accessories and brighter hues. 

Pastels are a great way to ease into the change of seasons. With fashion month in its final days and the world’s eye on street style, we’ve taken a particular liking to blush—a fresh, chic shade of pale pink that flatters all skin tones and styles. We were particularly taken with Gal Meets Glam author Julia Engel’s stunning use of monochrome, using varying shades of the pink to create a very sophisticated look—one that is both winter- and spring-appropriate (and that prompted us grab the next book clutch we could get our hands on). Click through the slideshow for a look at 14 pieces we’re coveting in the girly shade.

Posted at 02:20 PM/ET, 03/06/2014 | Permalink | Comments ()