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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 ()
Trendy jewel appliqués are an easy way to upgrade your outfit. By Diana Elbasha

Winter is sticking around for a few more weeks, but we can’t help but fast-forward to the bright, breezy clothes and accessories that define spring fashion. Since it’s not quite time yet to break out the sandals and bright sundresses, we’re all about finding creative ways to add new life to a wintry wardrobe. Coming in countless shapes and hues, jeweled appliqués are a detail that fit any style—found everywhere from professional tweed Brooks Brothers tops to neon-accented River Island arm candy. Whether you want a showstopping statement piece or just a slight bit of sparkle on a work blouse, we’ve got a look for you. Click through to see 15 pieces that incorporate the detail beautifully.

Posted at 03:25 PM/ET, 02/26/2014 | Permalink | Comments ()
A closer look at the female lead’s powerful wardrobe. By Diana Elbasha
The assymetrical neckline on the dress Claire wore in episode four is a beautiful upgrade to the standard LBD. Photograph by Nathaniel Bell for Netflix.

With half the town hunkered down binge-watching the second season of House of Cards (Shop Around included), there’s been endless chatter about the show’s mind-boggling plotlines and anticipation for season three. But now it’s time to address a vital component to said plot: the wardrobes. Specifically, the sleek, designer-laden closet of Claire Underwood.

While Claire’s morality gets mixed views, one thing is certain: She looks, at all times, indisputably powerful. Her polished yet feminine wardrobe paired with unfailing poise catches our attention episode after episode; the minor but transformative details of her clothing take the standard power suit to a very fashion-forward place. The asymmetrical neckline on her black dress in episode four, shown above, is a beautifully edgy upgrade to the LBD, while slight peplum hems add a ladylike flair to otherwise nondescript blazers and pencil skirts.

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Posted at 02:49 PM/ET, 02/21/2014 | Permalink | Comments ()
A peek at the runways, the parties, and the clothes Washingtonian’s fashion team encountered during the stylish week. By Diana Elbasha
On day three of New York Fashion Week, we attended the runway show of designer Christian Sirano–a Maryland native. Photograph by Irina Grechko.

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Posted at 12:10 PM/ET, 02/14/2014 | Permalink | Comments ()