DC Fashion Week Kicks Off Wednesday

Pop-up retail and the NextGen fashion show start the series.

On the heels of New York Fashion Week, the District is ramping up for its own collection of shows, parties, and pop-up sales. Opening night takes place at 823 H Street, Northeast, on Wednesday, February 18, from 6 to 9 PM, and features pop-up retail shops and a show by the next generation of up-and-coming fashion designers.

On Thursday from 6 to 10, the organizers gather the District’s fashion industry leaders at Dirty Martini for networking and a jewelry and accessories show, and admission for both is free. The shows continue on Friday at 8 at the District Architecture Center with the ticketed Haute and Modesty Designers show featuring Queen Amina Designs, Indonesian designer Zaskia Sungkar, and more.

The Metropolitan Emerging Designers and Indie Artists Showcase will take place at the Washington Post Conference Center on Saturday. Doors open at 6 and the ticketed show begins at 7, featuring B.Benton by Brittany, which just launched in DC at the beginning of last month, plus Kecmenda Designs, Quintessential Couture, Sharon Brown, SJB Millinery, Maryland-based Makason, and ItsyBitsy Swim.

DC Fashion Week closes on Sunday with a ticketed show by International Designers at Carnegie Library, with doors opening at 5 and the fashion show starting at 6. Designers include BoDeni Official Neckwear, Irena Levkovych, Firefly Designs Africa * Asia, Jamaica-inspired Ites International, Maryland-based Leighel Desiree, Svelte Couture, Sera Vero Nik, and DC Fashion Week sponsor Corjor International.

Tickets and more information can be found at the DC Fashion Week website.

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Caroline Cunningham joined Washingtonian in 2014 after moving to the DC area from Cincinnati, where she interned and freelanced for Cincinnati Magazine and worked in content marketing. She currently resides in College Park.