11 Spring Things

Posted on March 20, 2015
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{Models in Oscar de la Renta at the 1973 show at Versailles. Photo: Daniel Simon/Gamma-Rapho via Getty Images}

Robin Givhan’s book, The Battle of Versailles: The Pulitzer Prize-winning fashion critic, who has returned to the Post, has just (two days ago just) published her first book. The Battle of Versailles: The Night American Fashion Stumbled into the Spotlight and Made History reveals the story behind the pivotal fashion show at Versailles in 1973 that shook up the French establishment and put American couture on the map in a big, bold way (listen to Givhan talk about it on NPR). There are some interesting parallels between what was happening then and what designers are aiming for now in fashion. More on that next week.

Lilly Pulitzer for Target: The collection of more than 250 home/clothing/accessories/cosmetics pieces, inspired by the late designer’s archival patterns, launches online and in stores April 19. Pom-poms on everything this summer, please!

The KGB File. Former Washingtonian Fashion Editor Kate Bennett’s new gossip column at POLITICO is set to launch April 6–in time for the White House Correspondents’ Association Dinner and weekend on the 26th. Some background here.


{Instagrammer and #colorindex hashtagger Monling Lee. Photos: Emma McAlary and Bryan Derballa}


{Elaine de Kooning Self-Portrait, 1946. Image: Elaine de Kooning Trust/National Portrait Gallery}

J. Crew hearts Monling Lee. J. Crew found D.C.’s colorblocking whizkid Monling Lee and featured her on its blog in new Spring accessories.

Art Shows for Aesthetes. Top on my list are Elaine de Kooning: Portraits at NPG and Unraveling Identity: Our Textiles, Our Stories, the first show at the newly reformed Textile Museum, now part of GW, and its biggest show yet. I’ll also be hitting the Bjork show at MoMA hard when I’m in NYC next month.

Injection of retail in Shaw. Developer JBG dropped a fat stack of retail news this week, announcing that Warby Parker, Kit and Ace, Read Wall, Steven Alan, Benrus and Aesop will all land at its forthcoming properties The Shay and Atlantic Plumbing.

Georgetown French Market. Apparently people who know what’s up get there early on Friday morning, but retailers also put out plenty of new goodies throughout the day and on Saturday, too. Make it a twofer that weekend and hit the Georgetown House Tour. I’ve done it and it’s definitely a do.

Tossed & Found sale. The women of the Junior League, who put on this huge yard sale-style fundraiser, know how to shop for great stuff and then not want it anymore. Maybe you’ll find a practically-new “Lilly.” It’s Saturday from 9 a.m.-4 p.m. at the Crystal City Shops.

A good read. Freelance writer and novelist Cathy Alter’s My Mother, My Mirror essay for Washingtonian Mom is an honest and vivid narrative in the stye of Nora Ephron’s Love, Loss, and What I Wore. And it will make you want to call your mom.


{Photo: courtesy Lolly’s Locks}

Spring Fashion Inspiration for a Cause. If you’re like me, you’re sick of the sight of your winter clothes and you’re planning your ideal spring look. Why not get some fresh fashion ideas and support a local nonprofit at the same time? Lolly’s Locks’ Night of Fashion is Thursday, March 26 at the National Museum of Women in the Arts and includes a fashion show by Bloomingdale’s showcasing spring trends. Lolly’s Locks connects cancer patients with high-quality wigs.

A local boutique Reboots. Urban Chic in Georgetown surprised me on a recent visit with its selection of edgy-but-luxe pieces and some choice sporty items amidst its roster of colorful, feminine mainstays. The boutique is introducing its refreshed vision at a spring open house on Thursday, March 26 at 5 p.m. Guests will enjoy refreshments, gifts with purchase, and lots of opportunities for raffles, including the chance to win a Rebecca Minkoff handbag.

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More shopping options, pop-up edition

Posted on November 19, 2014
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Shinola is about to take over #thistown with a pop-up at 1534 14th St. NW; they’ll open a permanent spot in the ‘hood later this winter. {via The Post*} Don’t miss the great shit-from-Shinola reference in paragraph six.

Other pop-ups:
Starting this Saturday, Cady’s Alley in Georgetown will host a Holiday Bazaar featuring five local indie retailers/makers. There’s an opening party December 4 from 7-9 p.m. {via Cady’s Alley}

Ledbury, the Richmond-based men’s shirting retailer, has opened a pop-up in Georgetown just in time for the holidays. There are three special designs inspired by the location. {via Washingtonian’s Shop Around}

MM LaFleur, the NY-based, professional womenswear subscription service, has popped up at the District Architecture Center. Shop anytime through November 23, or check out special events taking place through the pop-up’s run {via MM LaFleur}

#AllCraftsConsidered is this Thursday! Get your shop on for the holiday. {via NPR}

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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.


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……


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


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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Win: Two Tickets to Friday’s Gilt Sale

Posted on November 12, 2014
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Soooo, you totally slept on buying up tickets to the Media Preview/first-bids session of the popular Gilt Warehouse Sale this weekend at Union Market. It’s ok. The same thing seems to happen to me for EVERY LIVE SHOW that ever happens in the D.C. Metro area because, well, some of us have jobs that don’t involve online stalking and continuous page refreshing.

But sometimes life throws you a hookup and that life-moment is NOW: I’m giving away tickets to one winner + a friend to ANY of the sessions listed below. That includes Friday’s sold out Media Preview session and the sold out session that evening! (You’re welcome).

To enter: leave a comment on this post letting the world know your best sale score, and indicate your preferred session. Be sure to indicate your email (not published) when you create your comment. I don’t care if you found a tan snakeskin YSL belt at a Goodwill for $2 (like I did. beat that.) or a reduction on a reduction on a reduction at Banana that you then wore as your wedding dress–shout it out!

The sessions:

+ Friday, Nov 14 from 7-9pm // Media Preview (Sold out)
+ Friday, Nov 14 from 9:30-11:30pm (Sold out)
+ Saturday, Nov 15 from 9-11am (Saturday session tickets here)
+ Saturday, Nov 15 from 11-1pm
+ Saturday, Nov 15 from 1-3pm
+ Saturday, Nov 15 from 3-5pm

Winner will be announced Thursday evening at/around 8 p.m. (I’ll update this post). Good luck and I can’t wait to live vicariously through your score stories!

WINNER: Alison of DC Celine, you win! Congrats!

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