Works in Progress, 14th Street

Posted on June 28, 2007
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Project Beltway

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Corcoran students with a talented tattoo artist friend–both of their tattoos were “works in progress,” which is interesting because it’s something you just don’t see much of. I kind of like the way their tattoos look just like this, kind of stripped down.

Hers in the style of Sailor Jerry (I check out the site once in a while and I’m currently digging this).

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Project Beltway’s 2 Seconds of Recent Fame

Posted on June 27, 2007
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Pseudo shoutout on Wonkette here, and chat love from The Washington Post.

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“The Fashion’s Capital” our Slogan Will Probably Never Be.

Posted on June 27, 2007
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Photo from The Washington Post.

In the comments for this post yesterday, reader Melanie writes:

I don’t mean to be a hater on the DC Scene and all but this is the reason why no one takes this city seriously..None of those garments would get a second glance in NY. All the good designers who are from here just move to NYC or LA to further their careers because of the market. If DC thinks this is great then it obviously shows the lack of fashion knowledge or interest in this city.

I doubt any fashiony person in the room Saturday night found the show great. Great is like, Vivienne Westwood. On the one hand, this is only one example of a fashion event in Washington and so you can’t really make too many generalizations….but, touche, DC is a town pretty much consumed with running the country, not with discussing breakthrough design or celebrating the trendsetting/unconventionally dressed. Great talent often can’t survive here (or can it? Any indie designers in the room?) and many folks here have a limited definition of what “style” can mean. Which is indeed frustrating. Some argue that DC’s political focus is a big part of this; in a place where campaigns & the economy are normal bar conversation fodder, talk of fashion can come off as dippy (at least I worry that it can). The Hill dictates many other things here–traffic schedules, social climbing backdrops–so why wouldn’t its traditional nature affect modes of dress? The result is that Washington follows its own rules too much, I think. However….

What I find most heartening and interesting part of doing this blog is observing the sheer fact that people’s attitudes about fashion are changing. Female politicians and high-powered executives are finding themselves able to “do both,” J.Crew isn’t thought of as high fashion here anymore, cool independent boutiques are opening up all of the time. I find it truly inspiring whenever I stumble across someone in town with a look far from the K or MStreet-beaten path, and it happens more than you’d think.

But it’s still DC, so generally too much rule-following, too much of a focus on what’s appropriate, and the lack of nerve to really carve out one’s own unique, personal style. But maybe that’s hard when you work for a conservative think tank.

It’s just one of those weird repressed-fashion-lover problems to uniquely specific to DC, and it’s at once annoying and totally interesting if you really like Washington. It’s ultimately what I found most interesting about doing a fashion blog in DC in the first place. I think Washington is a town full of style-starved closet fashionistas (I despise the word fashionista, but it just kinda sounded right): The high-powered Republican staffer who has his proscribed khaki-and-oxford costume but reads The Sartorialist and dabbles in vintage on the weekends….the Georgetown-darling partygirl who wears pretty dresses to parties but dreams of pulling off Kate Moss’s rumply, effortless chic or of channeling even a smidge of Dita Von Teese’s dramatic pinup-girl-come-to-life-aesthetic.

I wish I had a dollar for every person I’ve engaged on this topic who’s quipped some version of, “Well, DC needs some fashion sense!” However, most of them qualify that with “but things are changing.” I find that encouraging at least.

What do people think of the issue Melanie raises?

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No, I’m Not Ashamed to Ask People at the Grocery Store

Posted on June 27, 2007
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Project Beltway

Juicy Couture dress, Rebecca Minkoff bag, and shoes from designer-there-was-so-way-I’d-remember-and-didn’t-have-a-pen from Barney’s Co-Op.

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