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We celebrated our 2014 Style Setters at the W Hotel's new restaurant, Pinea.
Our 2014 Style Setters. Photograph by Andrew Propp.

On September 25, Washingtonian celebrated ten of the best-dressed men and women from DC, Maryland, and Virginia at our annual Style Setters event. Invitees included past Style Setters, fashion bloggers, retail partners’ VIP guests, and members of the media. This year, the event took place at the W Hotel’s new restaurant, Pinea. Bloomingdale’s outfitted mannequins from head to toe for guests to admire, and DJ Neekola provided the night's soundtrack. Fashion-forward attendees enjoyed signature cocktails from Blue Ice Vodka, specialty wines from Ruffino, and beer provided by Peroni. The event was put together with the help of DJ Neekola, Amaryllis, Chicka, Pinea, and the W Hotel.

Posted at 11:00 AM/ET, 09/30/2014 | 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 ()
Get an exclusive glimpse at the moments that didn’t make the mag. By Michelle Thomas

If you’ve already seen this year’s Style Setters feature in our September issue (coming online soon!), you know there’s some seriously swoonworthy fashion on display. Like Meg Biram’s red two-piece Katie Ermilio ensemble. And Dionna Dorsey’s embroidered, leather-trimmed Valentina Shah coat. Or how about the dapper pinstriped Suitsupply getup on Nationals pitcher Gio Gonzalez? It’s all pretty fab. But those ten shots weren’t the only looks we snapped at Meridian House back in July. Exclusively here for your style-hungry eyes, scope the rest of the standout styles—from Ian Fay’s bright red tux to Rosa Rai Djalal’s stunning Indonesian-made kaftan—plus a few playful moments, too. 

Nationals pitcher Gio Gonzalez (in SuitSupply); filmmaker/creative spirit Ian Fay (in his own red tuxedo). 

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Posted at 03:00 PM/ET, 09/19/2013 | Permalink | Comments ()
A look at The Washingtonian’s glamorous reception last night. By Eleni Savopoulos
The Washingtonian’s 2012 Style Setter honorees (from left) Marc Adelman, Barbara Martin, Jayne Sandman, Jonathan Fain, Nayan Patel, Rebecca Thorsen, Christo Doyle, Brandon Powers, Sai Sankoh, and Elizabeth Baker Keffer. Photograph by Jeff Elkins.

The Washingtonian celebrated its annual Style Setters feature with a chic cocktail reception at the glamorous Sax Restaurant & Lounge last night. Fashionable guests enjoyed drinks provided by Veev Açaí Spirit, Honest Tea, and Peroni, and delicious hors d’oeuvres by Sax. Event sponsor Cunard Line brought bellmen to greet and mingle with honorees, and guests could enter to win a trip to NYC and a private tour aboard the Queen Mary 2. Event sponsor Ann Taylor showcased their fashionable fall 2012 line and ad campaign featuring Kate Hudson. Elegance & Simplicity provided beautiful floral arrangements.

Posted at 03:20 PM/ET, 09/14/2012 | Permalink | Comments ()
15 of Washington’s most fashionable people turn it out at DC’s iconic Howard Theater. Plus—how to win tickets to our Style Setters party. By Kate Bennett
All photographs by Greg Powers.

Full-Screen Slideshow: Style Setters 2012

What happens when you gather 15 of the area's most fashionable people, ask them to dress to impress, and photograph them at DC's iconic Howard Theatre? It's a perfect fit. 

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Posted at 12:32 PM/ET, 09/07/2012 | Permalink | Comments ()
Glammed-up guests sipped cocktails al fresco at our annual celebration of Washington's best dressed By Washingtonian Staff

Dress models dance around with Liberty Jones of Neiman Marcus. Photograph by Tony Brown

The Washingtonian celebrated its annual Style Setters list with a chic cocktail reception at new U Street hotspot Lost Society last night. Guests enjoyed wine provided by Kim Crawford, St-Germain cocktails, a perfume and lipstick bar provided by Neiman Marcus, and delicious food by Lost Society. Cunard Cruises, an additional sponsor of the event, brought a bellman to greet and mingle with guests, and Amaryllis knocked it out of the park with beautiful florals and table pieces. Fashion, fun, and cocktails—what's not to love?

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Posted at 05:33 PM/ET, 09/15/2011 | Permalink | Comments ()
The Albanian glamazon drools over thigh-high boots and gives a style shout-out to Howard University. By Sarah Zlotnick

Photograph by Chris Leaman.

Our September issue follows 19 of the District’s most fashionable ladies and gents through a cool night out at the W Hotel. While the clothes do most of the talking in print, the Style Setters themselves get the last word online.

Who: Aureta Thomollari, blogger and president of D&A Luxury Consulting

Describe your style in ten words or less.
“Eclectic, artistic, modern, inspired by old-world glamour.”

Favorite places to shop in DC?
“Though I’m constantly on the road, I always make an effort to visit Inga’s Once Is Not Enough (430 MacArthur Blvd.; 202-337-3072). It is by far the best vintage shop in Washington. Inga’s work with war veterans and the charitable nature of her business are truly an inspiration.”

Fall gear you can’t wait to wear?
“The fall 2010 fashion shows were full of exquisite, gilded jewelry, shocking, sculpted shoes, and sophisticated, elegant clothing. I’ll be wearing Eddie Borgo cuffs and rings, thigh-high Dsquared2 spine boots, and everything Celine. I appreciate designers that take the season’s classics and put their own twist on them.”

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Posted at 11:15 AM/ET, 08/27/2010 | Permalink | Comments ()
The Washington bad boy talks dressing like a vampire and why he’s king of the DC style scene. By Sarah Zlotnick

Photograph by Chris Leaman.

Our September issue follows 19 of Washington’s most fashionable ladies and gents through a cool night out at the W Hotel. While the clothes do most of the talking in print, the Style Setters themselves get the last word online.

Who: Shom Chowdhury, management consultant at Navigant Consulting

Describe your style in ten words or less: “Here’s two: svelte and utilitarian.”

Favorite Places to shop in Washington: “Diesel (3303 M St., NW; 202-747-7855)—love the jeans as well as the staff and the new Georgetown space. You can’t beat the fit at Hugh & Crye shirtmakers, and me and my Ducati motorcycle are in the spring/fall catalog. Adidas (1251 Wisconsin Ave.; 202-625-8501) always has a fun vibe. And have you seen the new baby-blue Gazelles?”

Fall gear you’re most excited for: “The Burberry military trench coat—it’s long, black, and slim, so I feel like a vampire. Also, any of my tattoos by Tim Corun and his crew at Jinx Proof Tattoos in Georgetown. Aren’t the best fashion accessories the ones you can’t take off?”

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Posted at 11:13 AM/ET, 08/27/2010 | Permalink | Comments ()
The powerhouse divorce lawyer brings edge to the courtroom. By Sarah Zlotnick

Photograph by Chris Leaman.

Our September issue follows 19 of Washington’s most fashionable ladies and gents through a cool night out at the W Hotel. While the clothes do most of the talking in print, the Style Setters themselves get the last word online.

Who: Cheryl New, divorce attorney, New & Lowinger

Describe your style in ten words or less: “Rebel with a cause.”

Favorite Places to shop in Washington:Muléh when I’m looking to be creative; Saks Jandel, Gucci, or Ferragamo when I have to dress for a particular event; Neiman Marcus for shoes; and Target for long, ribbed tanks to wear under scratchy sweaters.”

Fall gear you can’t wait to wear: “Capes are big this fall. Ponchos or cape-type wraps complete any outfit, and I’ve been wearing them for years. I’m also looking forward to longer-length in skirts and dresses. Unless you’re five-foot-two and 16 years old, the short-short lengths just aren’t flattering.”

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Posted at 11:13 AM/ET, 08/27/2010 | Permalink | Comments ()
This adorable couple is sweet on vintage quirk—and each other By Sarah Zlotnick

Photograph by Chris Leaman.
Our September issue follows 19 of Washington’s most fashionable ladies and gents through a cool night out at the W Hotel. While the clothes do most of the talking in print, the Style Setters themselves get the last word online.

Who: Rockstar Diaries couple Naomi Davis, dance instructor and blogger, and husband, Josh, banking associate

Describe your style in ten words or less.
Naomi: “Vintage-inspired, colorful, classic.”
Josh: “Eclectic, pragmatic, varied, and not what it used to be.”

What do you love about your significant other’s look?
Naomi: “One of the first things I noticed about Josh was the way he dressed. I love that he has the confidence to wear things you never really see, and that he knows how to pair them with the appropriate shoes or blazer to make everything work. I’m glad I don’t have to ever worry about ‘dressing’ my guy.”
Josh: Naomi has a knack for color and matching different patterns. The way she dresses reflects her love of everything pretty, girly, and feminine.”

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