Karla Colletto x DESIGN ARMY collab–video!

Posted on July 17, 2014
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Escándalo: a Cruise 2014 Fashion Film by Karla Colletto from Karla Colletto on Vimeo.

Robin Givhan, recently back (yay!) in a full-time role at The Washington Post reporting on fashion (“as a business, as a cultural institution, and as pure pleasure”) has a great piece about the design collaboration between Virginia-based swimwear designer/line Karla Colletto and District-based creative agency DESIGN ARMY.

Since it came out, I have been in love with this playful, stylish video the duo collaborated on for line’s Cruise 2014 line–and with summer here in full force, what better time to share.

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Katy Perry hits D.C.

Posted on June 25, 2014
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Katy Perry is in D.C. RIGHT NOW, taking adorable photos like the one above posted on her Facebook page. She’s in town for shows at Verizon Center and while here will no doubt visit her portrait by artist Will Cotton, newly on view at the National Portrait Gallery (click over to RackedDC for a peek).

Love her look? Visit any number of area vintage stores like Treasury (14th Street), Via Gypset (Woodley Park) or search Etsy for vintage brocade shift dresses. I’m digging this top-and-bottom set and this paisley print number. Replicate her white platform sandals with some chunky sandals from local shop ANTHOM.

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Click This

Posted on June 10, 2014
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The Politics of Fashion: D.C. Unboxed is a film about fashion and D.C. I make an appearance (no idea what I said; hopefully it’s somewhat intelligent). It premiered earlier this month at Mazza Gallerie and will screen next week at E Street Cinema. Get your tickets (and check out the trailer) here.

…and speaking of movies, the Angelika Po-Up at Union Market opens this weekend. Read more about the Angelika here, but essentially, the original arthouse opened in 1989 in New York and before we know it, we’ll have our own as Union Market continues to expand into a fully formed destination for food, shopping, and entertainment. Click here to learn about showtimes this weekend and discounts & deals.

D.C. is investing in public art.

I feel a little weird saying this, but I need a witness here: Cindy Crawford’s kids are super hot.

Building and sustaining a brand: Mashable takes a look at GAP.

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New Vintage Game in Town: Soul.eil

Posted on June 9, 2014
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{image courtesy Soul.eil Vintage}

I keep ideas for photoshoot concepts and locations in a list on my phone, and one of them came to life before my eyes a few weeks ago. It was the first perfect, warm-but-not-hot spring Sunday and I took a blanket and a book to Meridian Hill Park to enjoy the weather and the sounds of the park. Summer Sundays there mean the rhythmic, contagiously joyful sounds of the drum circle, a tradition carried on for God-knows-how-long, involving dozens of drummers and kids and people from the community dancing, letting loose, and kicking off the week right. It is truly special and a rite of passage for Washingtonians (so, go if you haven’t before!). And on this particular day, there were 4 or 5 beautiful women swanning about and dancing in awesomely eclectic vintage getups while their photographers and videographers captured the moment. They added the visuals to the music and it was just sensational–I’d always wanted to stage the exact same shoot!

They were there for the soon-to-launch Soul.eil Vintage, a new concept by local Hannah Attia (a former a buyer for Annie Creamcheese; RIP). In addition to pop-up events, she promises a “lifestyle site as well as e-commerce, where site visitors can also experience the works of unsigned artists, poets, and musicians.” The project will support her nonprofit, Ark, also launching this summer. Here are the details of their inaugural pop-up/launch:

Soul.eil Inaugural Pop-Up
Queens Cafe & Hookah (2405 18th St. NW)
June 15, 1-7 p.m.
RSVP: nikkio@oseipr.com
Expect: a fashion presentation, shopping Soul.eil’s selection for men and women, complimentary sweet & savory goodies, and complimentary gift bags sponsored by Pretzel Crisps, Oyin Handmade, Cake Nails Lacquer and Haughty Cosmetics.

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