A Brief Hello

Posted on February 23, 2015
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Rachel Cap File Spring 2015

Well, it’s been a while! I’m resurfacing to share a few things.

The Spring 2015 issue of Capitol File magazine is (just) out and features a roundtable discussion of “style setter” locals including yours truly. We talk “D.C. style” and how Washington has changed (or hasn’t). Robin Givhan was there and that was worth the thing, full stop.

In other news:

Fashion editor Kate Bennett has left Washingtonian for POLITICO, where she’ll author her own gossip column, “The KGB File” (more about it here on Poynter) In a personal email, she wrote that it “will cover all things Washington: insight, politics, happenings, fashion, parties, who’s who, entertainment, tech, power circles, openings/closings, real estate, business, the White House and more …perhaps the most exciting part is that everything is on the table.” Word has it that a certain former scribe at Washingtonian has been invited back to pick up where Kate left off….*

Blog All Things Fashion DC, on hiatus, has launched a Kickstarter campaign to create The Fashion Source, a “comprehensive print book & digital resource guide spanning 3 states, 30 neighborhoods, 35 features, & 1k+ fashion businesses.”

Meanwhile, Local line Hugh & Crye now has a podcast called The Protagonist.

The NYT hints that powerhouse styling agency The Wall Group may soon open a D.C. outpost.

Mark your calendars & buy your tickets: The District Sample Sale is March 3.

UPDATE March 20: Didn’t mean to leave anyone hanging. The new Fashion Editor at Washingtonian is Sarah Zlotnick. She had previously left Washingtonian for Wedding Wire.

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Into it: Design Army campaign for the Ballet’s ‘Sleepy Hollow’

Posted on January 12, 2015
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Shot at the National Arboretum and in dense woods in Virginia, the trailer for Washington Ballet Artistic Director Septime Webre’s original ballet is darkly beautiful and full of drama. The ballet debuts February 18-22 at the Kennedy Center. Tickets.

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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


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


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


{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.


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.


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


{Morgan Evans, from Guest of a Guest}


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


{DJ Neekola.}



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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