Fashionable Reads

April 27, 2012
  • Betsey Johnson flies for Chapter 11 bankruptcy. (via Fashionologie)
  • Zoe Saldana is the cover-girl for the premiere issue of Cosmopolitan for Latinas (via Cosmopolitan)
  • Be honest: Are you really as busy as you think you are? (via Wall Street Journal)
  • Fashionista lists “10 Prom Trends That Need to Die.” (via Fashionista)
  • Do you believe that “curators” have replaced “editors”? How do you differentiate the two? (via Financial Times)
  • Check out this summer’s swimsuit trends. (via DC Ladies)
  • Remember Taylor Jacobson from The Rachel Zoe Project? Well, she’s coming to a screen near you with a new reality show. (via Fashionista)
  • Emily Kate Hargrove presents, “Wedding Guest Dress 101.” (via EKH-Capital Style)
  • Are you a designer or artist? Check out these thoughtful tips for presenting your work. (via Fly)
  • Fashiontonians love a good clothing swap. Learn how to host your own swaptastic soiree. (via Stylish Thought)
  • As much as we love our heels we don’t plan on getting any surgery done to fit in them. Can someone say “overboard?” (via Stylelist)
  • Want to be an “Alpha Girl?” Here’s the cheat sheet. (via Marie Claire)
  • Gwyneth Paltrow shows us her favorite places in DC. (via Goop)

Featured Photo Credit:Fashionologie


Fashionable Reads

April 24, 2012
  • Learn what U.S. retailers are doing to lure customers away from their European competitors. (via Reuters)
  • Off to the races? Liz from So Much to Smile About has some outfit recommendations for you. (via So Much to Smile About)
  • Vyque from Fasshonaburu enlists the help of three local bloggers to show Fashiontonians how to look conference chic. (via Fasshonaburu)
  • Is NYC beating DC in tech? (via Huffington Post)
  • The New York Times featured local boutiques Muleh and Redeem in their “Independents in Washington” slide show. (via New York Times)
  • The fashion week scheduling controversy has finally been resolved. Start booking those flights! (via Styleite)
  • Have a Pinterest account? Wordpress has a plugin for that. (via WP Pinner)
  • 175 years later Tiffany and Co. is still setting high standards. (via CBS News)
  • Kate from Go Kate Shoot snaps pics of some dapper gents. Recognize one of them from "1Q2B"? (via Go Kate Shoot)
  • Andrea from Fly introduces us to a cool new pop-up in Baltimore, MD. (via Fly)
  • Who is the fashion industry backing in the 2012 election? (via Fashionista)


Featured Image Credit: Go Kate Shoot

by ATFDC Contributor Emily Cirillo

New York City is arguably the fashion capital of the world. In 2010, Mayor Bloomberg launched FashionNYC2020, six initiatives created to help the economic growth of the fashion industry in New York. Two of the six initiatives, Fashion Campus NYC and Fashion Draft NYC, are programs geared towards college students trying to get their foot in the business side of the industry. Both programs help students network and meet important people in the fashion industry. Would these types of programs be beneficial in a city like Washington, DC where networking is basically a pastime?

For all the young Fashiontonians, these types of programs would be great. Anyone in the DC area who wants to go into the fashion industry would jump at the chance to go to and network at these events. Fashion has become more predominant in the District during the past few years due to our very fashionable First Lady and the rise of popularity of politics during election season. These initiatives would be a great benefit for college students in the DC area who are exploring careers in fashion once they graduate. Fashion is an industry worth billions of dollars. Growing the fashion industry in Washington DC would help the economy. Having a Fashion Campus DC or Fashion Draft DC would be beneficial to the economy and grow an interest in the fashion industry in the District. But, unfortunately, these programs will most likely never happen in the district.

When most people think of Washington DC they think of politics. If you want a career in politics you go to DC and if you want a career in fashion you go to New York. That’s a very old-school mentality that will be hard to change. Despite DC’s growing interest in fashion, people who are really interested in getting involved in the industry will move to New York and those in DC will keep it just as an interest and not a lifestyle. Should DC at least trying some fashion initiatives to get students and graduates more involved in the fashion industry? Yes. Will they? Probably not. But if fashion continues to grow in popularity in the area, anything could happen.

Emily Cirillo studies Political Communication and History at George Washington University.  Besides writing for ATFDC, she writes for her college newspaper and is a sister of Epsilon Sigma Alpha. She hopes to pursue a career in journalism. 

Featured Image Credit:  bcauseimasian

Calling all Fashiontonians! This challenge is just for you!

South Moon Under and Refinery29 invite all fashion bloggers in the DC-MD-VA region to participate in the upcoming “Let’s Holiday!” blogger styling competition. Contestants will compete for the 1st, 2nd and 3rd place prizes by submitting their best head-to-toe festive holiday styles using items from South Moon Under’s current in-store collections. The winners and their styled submissions will be revealed at the Thursday, December 15th “Let’s Holiday!” celebration in-store event at the Clarendon location in Arlington, VA and shown on the South Moon Under and Refinery29 DC web sites.

Contestants are invited to visit their local South Moon Under store to style a festive holiday outfit using the current in-store merchandise (no purchase necessary) between the dates of November 28 - December 7, 2011. Each contestant will be responsible for taking their own photo image and submitting it for consideration. Please check here for store locations:

Entries will be judged by a panel of local fashion leaders to include Taylor Schlette of South Moon Under and Holly Thomas, Editor of Refinery29 DC, among others. Deadline for submissions is December 7, 2011 at and must include the following:

Full name

URL of blog/online site

At least 2 images

Good luck!



7-9 PM

Ann Taylor| 1270 F Street NW; Washington, DC

You are invited to the grand opening of the new Ann Taylor concept store in Washington, DC hosted by the ladies of CapFABB. Guests will enjoy cocktails, a special fashion show and a private CapFABB shopping party. 



1-8 PM

Washington DC Economic Partnership| 1495 F Street NW; Washington, DC

Starting at 1:00 PM there will be a series of panels that will look at design/creativity, retail/business, and social media/blogging- 3 critical elements of fashion, technology and business.

The finale event of “Fashion Day” will be the “Geek 2 Chic” fashion show produced by Microsoft in partnership with Bloomingdales.

*All panels are SOLD OUT. 



6-9 PM

Redline Gastrolounge/DC Redline| 707 G Street NW, Washington, DC

Join Wilhelmina model James McDonald and a bevy of young professionals, new businesses owners, local media and fashion industry  for a social media experience at one of Washington, DC’s elite tap room’s, Redline Gastrolounge.

The event will serve as the official launch of McDonald’s professional modeling career with Wilhelmina Model Management. Born and reared in Washington, DC, the city was the only option for McDonald to announce his recent accomplishments and what is to come.

In addition, Ayanna Scott of Scott & Co., LLC shall present her latest styling project, “The Gentleman’s Package,” a wardrobe styling experience for Men of Power; McDonald will serve as the signature model for the campaign.

Tech-savvy and socially conscious individuals are encouraged to attend; highlighting the importance of social media platforms such as Twitter™ and how those resources can be utilized to develop targeted niche audiences as well as raise awareness for individual brand, corporate or independent marketing purposes.



5:30-8:00 PM

Nana|3068 Mt. Pleasant Street NW; Washington, DC

The trunk show will include the new geometric & vintage chain necklaces in expanded colors and the Nana debut of their coordinating bracelets. There will be a full selection of Sarah Cecelia classics available including tie-bars and money clips for men as well as some surprise new designs for women.



11:00 AM-4:00 PM

Fashion Row House| 609 Girard Street NE; Washington, DC

Join District DIY at the Fashion Row House for champagne, snacks and do-it-yourself designer accessories. This month guest can create their very own DVF Pom Pom hat. 

Tickets: $20

For more information or to RSVP, email


12-4 PM

M29 Lifestyle| 2800 Pennsylvania Ave NW; Washington, DC

Meet Chan Luu representative Abby Jones and gather style tips to create your own Chan Luu look. 


2-5 PM

Hillyer Art Space| 9 Hillyer Court NW; Washington, DC

Fashion enthusiast are encouraged to go through their closets for items they no longer wear and bring them to the swap in exchange for items from other fashion enthusiasts. They can walk in with five items or more of like-new or vintage clothing and accessories. In turn, they walk out with the same number of items they brought in. All sizes are welcome and encouraged. Clothing from fall/winter season only.

In addition to the swap is the Pop-Up Shop where guests can shop various booths of talented indie designers and vintage curators. 

Swag bag will be given away tot he first 50 guests. 

Tickets-$10 (with at least five items), $15 (with no items)

Tickets are available at


2-6 PM

CARBON| 2643 Connecticut Ave NW; Washington, DC

Since launching her JEM line in March, Jennifer Elizabeth Miller’s collection has become a customer favorite at CARBON and on the runway at local fashion shows. Jennifer will be on had to demonstrate the versatility of her signature hand tie-dyed scarves. Proceeds from this event will benefit the Alzheimer’s National Association. 


4-5 PM

Studio of the Arts| 49 Spa Road; Annapolis, MD

Meet Lacey Wheatley, the designer behind Kalivoda and shop the runway collection. While you’re there enjoy exhibits by other Studio of the Arts (SOTA) artists.

If this doesn’t convince the fashion industry to take DC more seriously then we don’t know what will!  Washington DC has been named the country’s most ‘Shopaholic City’.  According to, which used data from the US Government spending report, every month district residents outspend every other city in the US….way to go Fashiontonians!  The report concluded that the national average for monthly clothing spending is $142.08, while people living in DC spend nearly $263 a month on clothes. reported, “The most shopaholic city: Washington D.C., our nation’s capital.” Travel guide Fodor’s says that the number of designer boutiques in the city is on the rise, and tourists can’t resist picking up a few souvenirs when visiting the place where our nation’s laws are passed, including African-inspired clothing, accessories, and art. And as we all know, D.C. is a metro area run by people in suits, and suits aren’t cheap, especially if they’re designer. And you can bet on seeing very fine suits in Congress — half of our leaders in Congress are millionaires.”

Check out the full list of cities below:

1. Washington D.C. 
• Residents average monthly spending in clothes, shoes and other wear: $263

2. Arlington, Va. 
• Residents average monthly spending in clothes, shoes and other wear: $254.58

3. Nashville, Tenn. 
• Residents average monthly spending in clothes, shoes and other wear: $251.17

4. Scottsdale, Ariz. 
• Residents average monthly spending in clothes, shoes and other wear: $243.17

5. Dallas, Texas 
• Residents average monthly spending in clothes, shoes and other wear: $228.58

6. San Francisco, Calif. 
• Residents average monthly spending in clothes, shoes and other wear: $227.42

7. San Jose, Calif. 
• Residents average monthly spending in clothes, shoes and other wear: $221.17

8. Seattle, Wash. 
• Residents average monthly spending in clothes, shoes and other wear: $221.17

9. Austin, Texas 
• Residents average monthly spending in clothes, shoes and other wear: $213

10. Bakersfield, Calif. 
• Residents average monthly spending in clothes, shoes and other wear: $201.50