This weekend: the many many shopping options

Posted on November 14, 2014
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What: Union Market’s curated retail series and shopping event
When: November 14 from 1pm-6pm | November 15 from 10am-6pm | November 16 from 10am-5pm
Where: Maurice Electric Warehouse, 500 Penn Street, NE, DC
About: Thread is Union Market’s free shopping affair, featuring an array of carefully curated fashion vendors. The Maurice Electric Warehouse space will transform into a bazaar-like journey through the best of on trend fashion. The market continues to recruit a variety of local and national fashion creatives – and for the first time ever – will welcome mobile vendors to this November’s line-up. Southern trendsetter Billy Reid and beaded jewelry designer Tsion Rocks are just a few of the names that will set-up-shop for the weekend.

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GILT CITY WAREHOUSE SALE & JOHN VARVATOS POP-UP BOUTIQUE (ticketed)
What: Gilt City merchandise, accessories, home goods and more at up to 90% off retail plus an exclusive John Varvatos pop-up shop
When: November 14 from 7pm-11:30pm & November 15 from 9am-5pm
Where: Dock 5 @ Union Market, 1309 5th Street, NE, DC
About: The Gilt City Warehouse Sale is coming to Union Market. This Sale will feature all of your favorite designers at a discounted price and a John Varvatos Pop-Up Boutique within the space.

While in the ‘hood, don’t miss……

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Nomad Yard//Old New Collectiv
What: A new collective of artists/creatives/retailers in a shared collective at the Union Art Building. Tour through the whole building this weekend to discover this and other spaces. There has been little buzz around this but the Nomad Yard space is right on the ground floor off New York Avenue and it looks awesome and chock-full of goodies. One of the founder is Tara Papanicolas, a stylist who used to run Alex, one of D.C.’s best early boutiques (it was way ahead of the curve and was located in an all-wrong spot downtown) that many new to the city will have never heard of. But it was legit and I think this will be, too.
Where: 411 NY Avenue–Union Arts Building

Meanwhile, across town:

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EF Collection Trunk Show & Designer Meet & Greet at Hu’s
What: Hu’s Wear welcomes LA-­?based jewelry designer Emily Faith for a special, one-­?day trunk show on Saturday. The trunk show will run throughout the weekend but Saturday is your chance to meet the designer. Faith’s EF Collection is PURE unstudied elegance. Pieces use handset white, black, and champagne diamonds and are faves of boldface Hollywood names such as Jessica Alba, Lupita Nyong’o, and Jennifer Lawrence.
When: Meet & greet 10-7 on Saturday.
Where: Hu’s Wear, 2906 M St. NW

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Alice + Olivia Opening Party
WHAT: Alice + Olivia just opened in Georgetown. They’re having a party and you’re invited! Local DJ Ca$$idy (who I snapped/met for the first time in 2009…God I’m old). The alice + olivia team also taped local illustrator, Elizabeth Graeber who is painting alice + olivia inspired birds throughout the dressing rooms to help celebrate the opening of the store.
WHEN: Saturday 1-3 p.m.
WHERE: 3303 M St. NW

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The Fall Agenda

Posted on October 17, 2014
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Here’s where you need to be; here are the parties you need to see.

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Kate Spade Saturday opens in Georgetown
Kate Spade Saturday, the Kate Spade offshoot known for its cheery selection of pumped-up wardrobe staples, is opening a brick-and-mortar in Georgetown on M Street (in the old Kate Spade store, which has moved across the street into the old Juicy Couture space). I can’t wait to check out the goods, including cute sweaters like the one above (no more boring sweaters again, evah!) The store opens officially this Saturday (natch), October 18 at 3061 M St. NW.

Advanced Style Exclusive D.C. Premiere + Fashion Art Design

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Linda Rodin (above). Iris Apfel. Tziporah Salamon. All incredibly stylish, all completely confident and self-possessed in their manner of dress. These are the Advanced Style women–swans of the street as photographed by Ari Seth Cohen for his hugely popular street-style blog-turned-book, now-turned-documentary film. It debuted a few weeks ago in NYC and will come to D.C. for one day only during Fashion Art Design (the new Fashion’s Night Out) October 25 in Georgetown. I’m proud to say that I worked to make this happen, and I hope to see you all there! So buy tickets before they sell out.

Teri Agins Book Talk (with Robin Givhan) at Mazza Gallerie

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A fashion media powerhouse two-for-one on October 20, when WSJ fashion writer Teri Agins appears in conversation with The Washington Post‘s own Robin Givhan. The talk is also a book signing for Agins’ book, Hijacking the Runway: How Celebrities Are Stealing the Spotlight from Fashion Designers. Sounds dishy!

Thread at Union Market

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{photo Kate Warren via The Washington Post}

Union Market’s Thread, the pop-up featuring local makers and other “curated” retailers, returns this November. A little birdie tells us mid-November. So watch this space for the full details.

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Washingtonian’s Style Setters Party

Posted on September 29, 2014
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{Linda Daschle, as photographed for Washingtonian‘s 2014 Style Setters list}

On Thursday, Washingtonian magazine held its annual Style Setters party, a private fete to honor the 10 lucky locals selected for this year’s list of the city’s stylish. The party was at Pinea, the new restaurant at the W Hotel that replaces J&G Steakhouse, that will open to the public on October 1. I’m sure the new concept will have good food and a fresh, young vibe, but all I was able to digest other than outfits and a steady stream of fashionable friends was how seriously awesome the new bright blue walls are.

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The walls (which actually look jade green in this photo–also a great color) were a perfect backdrop for capturing fellow Style Setters alumna (before it was called Style Setters) Lesley Benn, who is back in town in all of her raven-haired, sculptural-outfit glory after spending the last few years in Chicago.

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{Buy one of Morgan’s pom-pom crowns and be the MVP at your next social gathering, for sure.}

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{Morgan Evans, from Guest of a Guest}

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{Shannon Cusello in her grandmother’s fox fur.}

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{DJ Neekola.}

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Here I am sharing a laugh with the fabulous Mel Burgos. I wore a favorite vintage brocade midi skirt with a cropped backless sweater, leopard pumps, and some awesome big 80s earrings scored on my latest thrifting trip.

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Margiela comes to Washington

Posted on September 24, 2014
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Yes, that Margiela, in this Washington. Writer Robin Givhan does justice to the news in this recent Washington Post piece, so I won’t attempt to best her storytelling.

The gist? There is a pop-up Margiela store now open at Georgetown’s Relish, fully staged by the Maison team, in tandem with store owner Nancy Pearlstein. It will be open for a year, and for about another week, you can check out an exhibition dedicated to the house’s iconic “Tabi” shoe.

I stopped by the pre-public preview last Thursday to scope out the space and stylish attendees.

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{cabinet of curiosities in the Margiela pop-up at Relish}

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If you have never been to Relish before, and you love fashion (Dries, Marni, Sacai), you should definitely GO!

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