Fashionable Life: Runways, Brides and ‘Mad Men’

by Laura

A roundup of fashionable events around town.
By Anne H. Kim

"The Front Row" features looks from favorite Bethesda Row boutiques. (Photo courtesy BrandLink)

Bravo Fashion!

With the weather warming up, many of us are looking forward to spending long summer days in some far-flung, exotic location. For those of us staying closer to home, there are endless barbecues, picnics and other playdates to look forward to. And that means it’s time to shop. What better way than to indulge in the ultimate fashion extravaganza right here in our own backyard, than with “The Front Row,” a fashion- and beauty-infused block party with an outdoor runway show.

This year, the organizers have a special treat: Bravo’s Andy Cohen promises some one-on-one chat time before the show where he is scheduled to sign copies of his new book “Most Talkative: Stories from the Front Lines of Pop Culture.”

Bravo's Andy Cohen to sign copies of his new book at "The Front Row." (Photo by Frank Veronsky)

Festivities kick off tonight with a special screening of producer Thierry Daher‘s documentary “God Save My Shoes,” featuring interviews with star designers Manolo Blahnik, Christian Louboutin and Walter Steiger. May 17-19. For a complete schedule and details, click here.

Bridal Bliss

Summer (or fall) brides still looking for that special dress? Thinking back to this author’s own special day (years ago), you can’t get much better than Junko Yoshioka. Known for having a deft hand with asymmetrical lines and ethereal designs, the Japan-born designer (who was named after the month she was born — June — can it get any better?) turns out some of the loveliest gowns. It’s no wonder celebrities and fashion-forward brides flock to her flagship shop in New York City. You don’t have to, however. Just reserve a spot at Washington’s Carine’s Bridal Atelier, which is hosting a special Junko Yoshioka trunk show May 17-19. Call 202-965-4696 to reserve and don’t forget the tissues.

Carine Krawiec, owner, Carine's Bridal Atelier.

Mad for ‘Mad Men’

Fans of the AMC series can play the part and help a special cause. Georgetown’s The Peacock Cafe and online magazine Fashiontographer are joining forces to raise money for The Shoot for Change scholarship fund at the Jacqueline Kennedy Onassis School at American Ballet Theatre (whew!). Here’s your chance to dine as Don and Betty Draper (or dare to go as Mad Men-era siren “Joan”) and live out your retro fantasies for just $60.

Tickets include a special three-course dinner featuring items from the 1950s and 1960s and a photo shoot starring you, courtesy of Fashiontographer, plus an after party at L2 Lounge. Divas can skip dinner and go straight to photos for just $20. Dinner is served May 23 from 6 p.m. to 8 p.m. Reserve tickets here or contact the restaurant at 202-625-2740.

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