Fashionable Reads

August 10, 2012
  • When you think of work apparel, you may think pencil skirts and clean-cut blazers, but the Brightest Young Things staff isn’t afraid to have some fun! Take a peek at some of their typical outfits. (Washingtonian)
  • Ann Curry getting fired from NBC just because of the way she was dressing? Check out some of the outfits she wore On-Air and we are going to let you Fashiontonians be the judge! (Huffington Post) 
  • Look who is spotted! The “fearless chick” Kelis, portrays her sense of style by the way she feels and truly dresses how she wants! All eyes on this fierce style icon. (Stylish Thought)
  • Gaga is on the spotlight, not because of some jaw-dropping, peculiar outfit but because she is featured on the front cover of September’s issue of Vogue! Now check out the lady in pink! (Racked)
  • When we think of J Brand, a pair of jeans pops up into our heads, but little did we know how high fashion the brand has emerged to be! Their fall 2012 campaign has proved that it’s not just jeans! (Refinery 29)

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by ATFDC Contributor Kelsi Zimmerman

With September quickly approaching (yes summer is coming to an end) fashionistas worlwide have so much to look forward to. Not only will we all be receiving the year’s largest edition of Vogue in the mail, but we get to look forward to the fashion industry’s biggest month of the year as well!

With Mercedes Benz Fashion Week Spring 2013 in New York among the biggest fashion events this September,  I started to think about  the “trickle down” effect the Big Apple’s fashion scene will be having on DC. In this piece I will give you some insight into fashion-focused September events happening here in DC.

On September 6th, 2012, Georgetown will host its very own “Fashion Night Out.” That’s right, just like Paris and New York and many other cities around the world. From 6-11 pm over 100 Georgetown stores, restaurants and salons will contribute to a night dedicated to style and entertainment, allowing for it to only feel right to splurge on a brand new wardrobe. Visit the website for even more details

Also celebrating Fashion’s Night Out is the City of Alexandria. Businesses throughout the city will host and feature exciting events from cocktails, restaurant specials, music, fashion shows, trunk shows and exclusive style events. Fashion’s Night Out Alexandria 2012 planning is well underway. For more details on participating businesses and events planned for the epic evening visit

From September 14th-16th, Rizik's located at 1100 Connecticut Avenue NW will be hosting an Alvina Valenta Bridal Trunk Show for those of you tying the knot in the next year and want to be one of the most fashionable brides around.

On Monday September 17th at the Carnegie Institute the TC Wallace Foundation will be combining fashion and a good cause by hosting their “Love Is Red Youth Rocking The Runway” displaying local designer’s collections while raising awareness and funds for adolescents affected by the HIV/AIDS virus to be complete a higher education. The preshow event which you won’t want to miss starts at 6:30pm and the show goes on at 8pm on the night of the 17th. More information on events leading up to the fashion show can be found on the website That same week on Thursday September 20th from 6-10pm, Dirty Martini (1223 Connecticut Ave NW) will host a fashion networking party with lifestyle bloggers, stylists, models, designers, and retailers.

To end the most fashionable month of the year, join industry professionals and luxury connoisseurs at Tysons Galleria for All Access: Fashion. From September 27-29, the DC area’s celebrates our version of true fashion week with a “three day fashion and trend event that will allow guests to witness the excitement and energy of the international collections at Tysons Galleria, shop the best of the season, meet style icons and experience the frenzy usually reserved for fashion insiders.” For more information visit

So let’s come together this September to share one common interest: Fashion, and to see the different individuals who are working to put D.C. On the international fashion maps!

A 21 year old Maryland Native and Senior Fashion Merchandising major at Stevenson University fashion has consumed Kelsi’s life from a young age and continues to as she travels to experience the fashion scenes from various cities across the world. Kelsi is thrilled to be back in the DMV and help bring to light the rising fashion scene right here in DC.

Fashionable Reads

August 2, 2012
  • Every Fashiontonian must read this guide on how to build an amazing wardrobe for less money! (Examiner)
  • Stylish Fashiontonians show off their adorable summer frocks on the streets of DC (Refinery 29)
  • The scores have been tallied! Vanity Fair’s International Best-dressed list has been posted. (Vanity Fair)
  • "There’s no crying in baseball!" Of course not, you’d mess up your makeup! Check out Vogue’s list of best-dressed Hollywood athletes. (Vogue)
  • If you’re craving fall fashion like we are, check out some of this season’s finest campaigns. (Harper’s Bazaar)

photo courtesy of Harper’s Bazaar

Fashionable Reads

July 25, 2012
  • Does Miami Swim week trump NYFW street style? (Refinery 29)
  • Put the pedal to the metal in style with Manolo Blahnik and more! (Huffington Post)
  • With two years of coaching and brand development on the line, rising fashion designers compete for 12 spots in the Council of Fashion Designers of America (CFDA) Incubator. (Forbes)
  • Have you picked up your copies of Vogue and Vanity Fair this month? Statistics show that women in China probably have. (New York Times)
  • Yahoo’s Marissa Mayer is the new CEO of style! We’ll be looking to Marissa for pointers on what to wear at work. (Forbes)
  • Talk about packing light! Find out what one woman crammed into a tiny suitcase for a 5 day camping trip. (Huffington Post)
  • When fashion and politics collide: Anna Wintour will co-host a second Obama fundraiser. (New York Magazine)

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Fashionable Reads

July 3, 2012
  • Let’s forget about the heat for a minute and get excited about the fall! See what we can expect from the trends of  Fall 2012. (Elle)
  • Fashion + money + creativity + power= drama. Well not all the time, but that’s the case for these 12 fashion design houses. (Refinery29)
  • The New face of American Apparel proves age ain’t nothing but a number. (Fashionista)
  • Vogue recognizes fresh, new talented writers. Meet the 2012 Vogue Talent Winner. (Vogue)
  •  Who wore it best at the Versace show. (The Cut)
  • San Fransisco-based label Westward Leaning unveils a red, white and blue pair of sunglasses that will sure turn heads this 4th of July weekend. (DailyCandy)

Photo Courtesy of American Apparel

Fashionable Reads

May 25, 2012
  • With Giorgio Armani getting up there in age, what does that mean for the Armani Empire? (Wall Street Journal)
  • Summer’s hottest color: coral, and where to find it in the DC area. (Washington Life)
  • This just in: suspenders are back and being sported across the country. (NY Times)
  • Hysteria put together eight great pieces for Memorial Day at the beach. (Hysteria)
  • Vogue's Editor In Chief, Anna Wintour, to host an Obama fundraiser at the house of a former Sex & The City star. (Fashionista)
  • NET-A-PORTER’s digital magazine is exceptionally impressive this week. (NET-A-PORTER)
  • Doors open at FIT’s Fashion, A-Z exhibit. (Style)
  • Accessorize your hair with a delicate headband. (Flare)

Feature Photo Credit: Flare

Fashionable Reads

May 16, 2012
  • It’s that time of the year again. Find the right gift for those recent graduates or newlyweds. (South Moon Under)
  • Reasons to love DC this summer, as if we needed anymore. (Refinery29)
  • It’s important to remain stylish, even in the rain. (Hugh & Crye)
  • Learn how to wear those tropical prints without overdoing it. (WhoWhatWear)
  • Butler + Claypool have pop-up shop success. (The President Wears Prada)
  • What’s an internship really worth? (Fashionista)
  • See who sat front row at Chanel’s Resort 2013 collection. (Vogue)

Featured Photo Credit: Hugh & Crye

Fashionable Reads

May 15, 2012
  •  The extra-revealing lace dress that Marc Jacobs wore to the Met Gala is now sold out at Barneys. (Fashionista)
  •  Give back with a purchase of Haviana flip-flops designed by Marie Claire’s Nina Garcia. (Marie Claire)
  •  Jessica Alba shows women how monochromatic dressing is done the right way. (Stylelist)
  •  This summer’s must-have bag is even more affordable during a limited sale. Even better, your purchase includes free shipping. You don’t want to miss this! (Refinery29)
  •  Check out Rihanna’s capsule collection for Emporio Armani. (Fashion Etc)
  •  Christian Louboutin ventures outside of the shoe world. His next venture: beauty. (Daily Front Row)
  •  Essentials you need for the upcoming summer getaway. (Vogue)

Featured Photo Credit:  Marie Claire

Fashionable Reads

May 4, 2012
  • Slate questions the appropriateness of judging Cate Edwards’ courtroom fashion. (via Slate)
  • Anna Dello Russo is set to design an accessories collection for H&M. (via Grazia)
  • The New York Times discusses the psychology of prints. (via New York Times)
  • Does Michelle Obama’s expensive fashion rival that of Ann Romney? (via ABC News)
  • 14-year-old Julia Bluhm stages a protest over Seventeen magazine’s photoshopped models. (via The Jane Dough)
  • Vogue’s new Health Initiative plans to promote healthy body image. (via Fashionologie)
  • Did you know that neon nail polish is illegal in America? (via Racked)
  • College Fashion has some graduation outfit tips for all of the 2012 grads. (via College Fashion)
  • Learn what to do when you don’t know what your true passion is. (via Stylish Thought)
  • Leo from Zen habits tells us what he’s learned about learning. (via Zen Habits)

Featured Photo Credit: Racked

by ATFDC Contributor Emily Cirillo

We’ve accepted the sad truth long ago that Washington DC will never be New York. DC is smaller, more political, and doesn’t have the same sense of fashion. Over the past few years DC has slowly become more fashionable, thanks to society’s renewed interest in politics, the importance of DC, and Michelle Obama’s fashionable stint as First Lady. If DC steps up its game could it improve its place in the fashion industry over the next few years? There’s no simple yes or no answer to this question, but if the district makes a few changes it can definitely be on the road to improvement.

One major thing that DC can do to improve its place in the fashion industry is improve its Fashion Week. This September DC will host its fashion week that includes shows and networking events. This is not the first fashion week that Washington, DC has held before. Fashion weeks bring in money for the cities hosting them, but in order to improve their standing in the fashion industry it needs to do more. Fashion week brings in designers, but not the best or renowned like New York or Paris does. Also, and most importantly, the appearance of Anna Wintour will put DC Fashion week on the map. Ms. Wintour, the Editor-in-Chief of Vogue, is one of the most important people in the fashion industry. Her presence at events makes them important and newsworthy. Without Anna Wintour, DC Fashion Week is not that important and, quite frankly, doesn’t do anything to improve DC’s place in the fashion industry.

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The District has had a growing interest in fashion over the past couple of years. We’ve learned that Washingtonians love clothes and are willing to spend the money. Washingtonians are becoming Fashiontinians. So now is the best time to turn our interests into a reality. In 2010, Mayor Bloomberg of New York launched several initiatives to improve the fashion industry and business in the city by 2020. DC could launch Fashion Draft DC or Fashion Campus DC as well as other initiatives. It would not only improve DC’s economy and create jobs, but it would improve DC’s place in the fashion industry. As of now, fashion is not a staple in DC’s culture or economy, but improving Fashion week and creating business/fashion initiatives will help it become well on its way.

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.