FYIDC: DC Swim Week

by Noah Wolfenstein

The third annual weekend of events features up-and-coming local and international designers.

DC Swim Week is returning to Washington for its third year, and it is sure to be a weekend to remember. Three days of events, spanning July 27-29, will feature innovative luxury designers from across the globe, offering attendees an exciting tour around the world in the form of a two-day, black-tie optional luxury experience. Parts of the immersive experience will take place in the grand French Embassy, which will be decorated to resemble a cruise/resort-themed paradise.

“Guests will get an up close look at the trendiest swimwear fashion from around the world, with an exclusive setting at the French embassy, coupled with top-of-the-line live entertainment.” event founder Moh Ducis tells us.

DC Swim Week’s first show in 2015 was featured on Bravo TV’s The Real Housewives of Potomac, and it has not missed a beat since. Last year, world-renowned brands Victoria’s Secret and Oakley became sponsors. Now, the show returns for three days full of thrilling entertainment, surprise celebrity guests, and world-class fashion. The weekend will begin with a launch party at the boutique St. Gregory Hotel, featuring cocktails and an eclectic mix of attendees. The show will then move to the French Embassy for two days of exhibitions.

DC Swim Week aims to “break through the dominant political cloud that monopolizes the city’s press and bring the unique fashion and artistic culture of our nation’s capital out into the limelight.” In order to do so, the organization is pulling out all the stops, including more than 20 avant-garde designers and a new feature of lounge, beachwear and accessories. The expo will unveil Spring/Summer swimwear and cruise collections from up-and-coming designers as well as major international brands, such as the Los Angeles based Monica Hansen Beachwear and the French luxury brand Banana Moon. Making their runway debut will be Charlotte-based clothing line Tygerian Lace, whose Skyler James SS18 line features a collection made entirely by hand using an entirely black and white color palette. Returning for a second time to DC Swim Week will be Livia Monte-Carlo, a modern swimwear line that produces an array of one and two-piece swimsuits.

The event aims to be more than just an expo, offering participants a way to learn, network and immerse themselves into the world of fashion. The runway show is incorporated into a luxury lifestyle event where guests are able to view artwork from rising fine artists, taste fine spirits from MurLarkey Spirits, and even get makeup refreshed by Takiemoto (all local and green DMV brands).

The launch party will take place on Thursday, July 27, at the St. Gregory Hotel from 7:00 to 10:00 p.m. Tickets start at $40.00. On Saturday, July 28, and Sunday, July 29, the main shows will occur at the French Embassy from 8:00 p.m to 10:45 p.m, with a VIP reception beforehand. The event will conclude on Sunday with an after-party. General Admission tickets for both of these nights are $59.00. For more information, visit

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