Another season of D.C. Fashion Week seeks to place National’s Capital on the global fashion map.
By Jacqueline Prosky and Katherine Pena
DC Fashion Week will kick off its 14th season Monday, February 21st. This year, DC Fashion Week has expanded its global horizons with designers from countries like Thailand and Norway for the first time and over a dozen other countries. The theme, power and style, is a familiar one at Washington Life Magazine, where fashion and substance is a main focus. DC Fashion Week is the largest fashion showcase in the metropolitan area, displaying its designers’ unique and appealing designs from around the globe.
Two featured newcomers, Elle London and Rudy Wolff, will be making their appearance at DC Fashion Week. Ms. London is an American designer, based in Bangkok, whose designs tie in essences of African, Thai and other cultures. Her clothes are not only beautiful, but environmentally and socially conscious as well. Ms. Wolff, hailing from Norway, takes historical fashions and blends them with modern materials and techniques. Also, winner of the Nuance International Design Competition in the Ukraine, Solomiya Svystun, will be making her first appearance as well.
DC Fashion week will commence with a kickoff party at Kellari Taverna on the 21st at 6pm. Collections will be shown throughout the week at the Textile Museum. All events will be open to the public.
There will be a Fashion Industry Networking Party at Tabaq Bistro that Thursday that will attract fashionistas, designers, vendors and buyers. On Saturday February 26th, eight critically acclaimed menswear designers will show off their latest styles at the Washington Post Conference Center. The final show, the International Couture show, will be held that Sunday at the Embassy of France. DC Fashion week director Ean Williams, who snagged the Fashion Icon Award in 2010, says, “The finale showcase will feature more than 100 diverse models who are happy to wear original creations from around the world. The event will
also attract an eclectic mix of vendors, more than 50 media outlets, a team taping a reality television show and the ‘Glam Squad,’ my hand-selected team of top makeup and hair stylists, who transform the models into visual art.”
A full list of designers and their personal bios can be found on the DC Fashion Week website, in addition to a full schedule of shows and sponsored events throughout this eclectic and style-filled week in Washington. Tickets can be purchased online or by phone.