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Angela’s Fashion Picks for September

Posted by Editorial / Monday, September 22nd, 2014

Our fashion and beauty writer shares her monthly wishlist. —Angela Bobo

 

  • Holst + Lee Tiki Earrings As the changing weather ushers in muted ensembles and layers, hold on to a bit of sparkle and flair with these gilded tiki-inspired earrings. / $155; shopbop.com. Photo courtesy of shopbop.com.

  • Franca Jumper Perfect to wear on mild days with sandals and with booties and a jacket later when the night brings chilly temps; the cinched waist and zipper detail takes this throw-on-and-go look to the next level. / $138, anthropologie.com. Photo courtesy of Anthropologie.

  • Michael Kors Gold-Tone and White Camille Watch The no-white-after-Labor-Day rule has been debunked for awhile, but those that are still wary of donning the hue can try to incorporate it into accessories instead. A white-and-gold timepiece makes a chic statement. / $275; bloomingdales.com. Photo courtesy of Bloomingdale's.

  • Loeffler Randall Maisy Ankle Strap Sandals The artful mix of neutral color-blocking and animal print makes these shoes a worthy addition to any closet. Plus, the adequate coverage will help you transition into fall without missing a step. / $350; shopbop.com. Photo courtesy of shopbop.com.

  • Rib Waist Bomber The sporty trend is proving to have staying power. Update last year’s letterman jacket with a simple lightweight bomber. Plus, olive is the perfect neutral color to offset the backdrop of the changing foliage outdoors. / $129; zara.com. Photo courtesy of Zara.

 

(September 2014)

 



Cozy Up with DeNada This Season

Posted by Editorial / Monday, September 22nd, 2014

By Angela Bobo

NoVA natives might already be familiar with the unique knitwear that local designer Virginia Arrisueño produces each season with her label DeNada. Each piece is handcrafted in Arrisueño’s home country Peru and is influenced by her Latin upbringing with a focus on intricate patterns and practicality. With the release today of the brand’s A/W  ‘14 collection we spoke with Arrisueño about her creative process, what to expect with the new collection and why her designs are the perfect fit for your fall looks.

Virginia Arrisueño creator of Denada Designs; photo courtesy of Denada Designs

Virginia Arrisueño creator of DeNada; photo courtesy of DeNada

Q: Can you describe the creative process? How many times a year do you travel to Peru to produce the pieces?

 My creative process begins in my workspace. We have a showroom that is located in Washington, D.C. Listening to a lot of instrumental music, I’ll start to sketch. Once I feel that I have a good design concept, I’ll start to experiment with textures and different stitches

DeNada Oversized Collared Shawl AW14; photo courtesy of DeNada

DeNada Oversized Collared Shawl AW14; photo courtesy of DeNada

on my knitting machine or with my knitting needles. And from there, I’ll start to create patterns. The whole process is very personal. And the only people who get to see my sketches or samples are either my husband or my sister.

 Once I have my samples made, I’ll travel to Peru to work with a group of artisans, who I have been working with for years. I travel to Peru one to two times a year, and am very fortunate to have this opportunity. I love the culture, and to see my extended family yearly is wonderful.

 

Q: Why did you decide to incorporate colors like charteuse, mauve and slate into your AW14 collection?

 I like to joke around and say that I am a complete Gemini when it comes to designing. One season, I will design a very focused collection, and then the following year I will create a collection that is the complete opposite. Last year, I created a collection of bulky knits in a color palette that included somber shades of olive, gray, red, and black. And this year, my collection is on the lighter side and in brighter and bolder colors. This year is also the first year I got to create custom colors for my collection. With that freedom, I definitely went for my gut feeling and chose colors that I always loved and wanted to incorporate into my designs.

 

Q: Fall fashion is upon us. What is the best way to wear one of your scarves this season?

 Colder temperatures calls for layering, and scarves are great accessories to accent any outfit, plus keep you warm. The majority of our scarves are designed to be worn in more than one way, giving our customers options on how to wear them with their fall wardrobe. For example, indoors our infinity scarves can be worn simply draped around the shoulder or when outdoors, double wrapped around the neck for a much warmer and cozier feel.

 

 Q: Any plans of expanding your knitwear line to include sweaters and other pieces of clothing?

 Definitely! We’re always looking to expand our collection. This year, we decided to include shrugs and wraps along with our scarves, hats, and gloves.

 

 Q: Where are your designs sold locally?

 Locally, we are sold at Redeem, located at 1810 14th St NW, Washington, DC 20009. Our showroom, located at 52 O Street NW is also opened to the public, by appointment only.

DeNada Hooded Mauve Infinity Scarf; photo courtesy of DeNada

DeNada Hooded Mauve Infinity Scarf; photo courtesy of DeNada

 

To view the full collection, head over to the website.

 



The Possibilities are “OneClique” Away

Posted by Editorial / Monday, September 22nd, 2014

By Cate Jensen

Photo Courtesy of One Clique

Photo Courtesy of OneClique

 

Over the past few decades there have been many fashion trends that either gets a round of applause or a big thumb down from the public. Think back to UGGs in the early 2000s, the controversy that the high-waisted shorts comeback sparked a few years back, Birkenstocks that have now begun to make a fashion statement again or the fedora hat that every woman seemed to give a try, at least once.

While each trend that comes from the fashion world is not an automatic yes for every person, there are some that start and stick – think the skinny jean. With an open mind, consider this new trend you are about to read about and decide, would you rock this?

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Cosmo Couture 2014: A Presidental Affair

Posted by Editorial / Friday, September 19th, 2014

By Cate Jensen

Haute Couture Award Winner 2014; Photo by Cate Jensen

Haute Couture Award Winner 2014; Photo by Cate Jensen

The 5th Annual Cosmo Couture event that took place this past Thursday had all the pomp and circumstance one would expect to see at an event that with a Presidential theme. While a star, spangle and banner party is nothing new in the Northern Virginia area, Cosmo Couture is a unique and special event all on its own, put on by the International Interior Design Association’s Mid-Atlantic Chapter, headed by event chair, Pedro Nunez.  The rules: An architecture or interior design firm is paired with a manufacturing company to produce a couture creation, having to use at least 85% of materials from that sponsoring vendor, varying from metallic fibers to lights. This year 25 teams competed against each other for six different awards.

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Escape into Luxury

Posted by Editorial / Friday, September 19th, 2014

Autumn embraces a shift from the minimalism of seasons past towards a period of ladylike hyper-elegance. Subtle print-mixing, embellished sweaters, layers of metallic and fringed feathers take ordinary outfits to another level. Insert classic silhouettes in pops of primary colors like yellow and blue for a polished look that is anything but basic. NoVA natives are known for their busy schedules and taking a vacation can be a serious luxury—so let’s treat it like one. With its unique décor and classic charm, Hotel Monaco in Old Town Alexandria was the perfect backdrop for our glamour girl’s getaway.

Styling by Angela Bobo • Photography by Erick Gibson • Model Julia Wong at T H E Artist Agency. • Hair by Ashley Renninger of Ronnie Elias Salon • Makeup by Sherry Dadrast of Ronnie Elias Salon

 

  • Milly Feather Trim Jacket $795, Vince Cropped Legging $1175, Saks Fifth Avenue Tysons Galleria; Stuart Weitzman Nouveau in Pewter $355, Brics Bellagio in White $525, Bloomingdale’s Chevy Chase, Earrings Price Upon Request, Sophie Blake Jewelry. / Photo by Erick Gibson.

  • Milly Jacket $495, Saks Fifth Avenue Tysons Galleria; Maje Metallic T-Shirt $185, Bloomingdale’s Chevy Chase; Alice and Olivia Metallic Midi Skirt $396, Bloomingdale’s Chevy Chase; Jimmy Choo Pumps $1095; Saks Fifth Avenue Tysons Galleria; Brics Bellagio in White $525, Bloomingdale’s Chevy Chase; Burberry Duffle Bag $1295, Gucci Duffle Bag $1550, Saks Fifth Avenue Tysons Galleria; Chain Link Necklace $25.95, Floral Necklace, $39.95, 3 Sisters Boutique; Jazz Earrings, $115, Billy Cuff, $135, Nixie cuff price upon request, Sophie Blake Jewelry. / Photo by Erick Gibson.

  • Alice + Olivia Sweater $330, Milly Skirt in Winter Orchid $550, Saks Fifth Avenue Tysons Galleria; Gigi Earrings $168, Sophie Blake Jewelry. / Photo by Erick Gibson.

  • Navy Cream Trim Rain Coat $169, Mustard Pencil Skirt $44.95, 3 Sisters Boutique; Rebecca Taylor Jersey Tee $195, Burberry Duffle Bag $1295, Gucci Duffle Bag $1550, Valentino Rockstud Flat $745, Saks Fifth Avenue Tysons Galleria; Black Patent Bowler Bag $135, Mary Jane Pumps $110, Periwinkle Potomac Greens; Burberry Bowling Bag in Light Grey $1495, Furla Candy in Oxford 026 $198, Pour La Victoire Vellin Cognac/Black $325, Vince Black D’orsay Flat, $350, Diane von Furstenberg Bethany in Nude $325, Brics Bellagio in White $525, Bloomingdale’s Chevy Chase; Daphne Necklace, $125, Lavinya Earrings, $70, Sophie Blake Jewelry; Chain Link Bracelet $24.95, Cream and Gold Square Bracelet $24.95, 3 Sisters Boutique. / Photo by Erick Gibson.

  • Kate Spade Maise in Black $328, Alice + Olivia Bow Sweater $275, Bloomingdale’s Chevy Chase; Lace Slip $45, Amalgamated Del Ray; Chain Link Bracelet, $24.95, Cream and Gold Square Bracelet $24.95, 3 Sisters Boutique; Bianca Cuff $180, Earrings Price Upon Request, Sophie Blake Jewelry. / Photo by Erick Gibson.

  • Yoana Baraschi Opera Coat $439, Periwinkle Potomac Greens; Alice + Olivia Rhinestone Polka Dot Top $297, Joie Snakeskin Leggings $138, Saks Fifth Avenue Tysons Galleria; Delman Darci in Indigo Blue $498, Furla Candy in Oxford 026 $198, Bloomingdale’s Chevy Chase; Daphne Cuff $235, Daphne Necklace in Gold $125, Sophie Blake Jewelry. / Photo by Erick Gibson.

  • Crochet Top $104, Striped Tank $48, Striped Skirt $249, Periwinkle Potomac Greens; Kate Spade Maise in Black $328, Rebecca Minkoff Reagan in Charcoal/Black $350, Bloomingdale’s Chevy Chase; Daphne Necklace in Silver $125, Bianca Cuff $180, Earrings Price Upon Request, Sophie Blake Jewelry. / Photo by Erick Gibson.

    Crochet Top $104, Striped Tank $48, Striped Skirt $249, Periwinkle Potomac Greens; Kate Spade Maise in Black $328, Rebecca Minkoff Reagan in Charcoal/Black $350, Bloomingdale’s Chevy Chase; Daphne Necklace in Silver $125, Bianca Cuff $180, Earrings Price Upon Request, Sophie Blake Jewelry. / Photo by Erick Gibson.

  • Tibi Crop Top $298 and Skirt $495, Bloomingdale’s Chevy Chase; Manolo Blahnik Chrome Blue Pumps $695, Saks Fifth Avenue Tysons Galleria; Ashley Pendant $180, Daphne Necklace in Silver $125, Bianca Cuff $180, Earrings Price Upon Request, Sophie Blake Jewelry. / Photo by Erick Gibson.

  • Floral Dress $125, Amalgamated Clothing Del Ray; Stuart Weitzman Pumps $335, Bloomingdale’s Chevy Chase; Black Patent Bowling Bag $135, Periwinkle Potomac Greens; Lavinya Cuff $180, Mara Cuff $138, Billy Cuff $135, Limited-Edition Jewel Cuff Price Upon Request, Sophie Blake Jewelry. / Photo by Erick Gibson.

 

 

(September 2014)

 



Fashion-Focused Events to Keep on Your Radar

Posted by Editorial / Thursday, September 18th, 2014

by Danielle Harvey

 

 

Photo Courtesy of Spice Candy DC

Photo Courtesy of Spicy Candy DC

 

 

District Closets at Secondi

Join local style bloggers Spicy Candy DC and PR firm Neuprofile on September 20 from 5-8p.m. for an exclusive shopping event. Held at Secondi, guests can enjoy mimosas while browsing the store and also shopping other local bloggers such as The Fashionably Broke and My Fair Vanity to name a few. Attendees also can experience a braiding station and cat eye makeup tutorials while listening to the latest music. For more details, check out the website.

  

Sofio’s New Store Location

Saturday September 20 Sofio’s Custom Clothiers is hosting an event to celebrate their new store location at 8150 Leesburg Pike near Tyson’s Corner. Guests can expect cocktails and even a scotch tasting at the event beginning at 7p.m. One unique surprise is that attendees can also have a complimentary shoe shine during the night. For more information on the store and event, visit their website.

 

Fashionista’s Night Out

Who doesn’t love a good excuse to shop the latest fall styles before everyone else? Undeniable Boutique is hosting their annual Fashionista’s Night Out on Tuesday September 23 from 6-9p.m.This year’s theme is all about celebrating fashion throughout the decades. There will be a live DJ and giveaways during the event. Also, this year you’ll have the chance to be part of Undeniable Boutique’s fall 2014 lookbook with help from local stylist Kelley Kirchberg of Divine Style DC. Don’t forget to RSVP and visit their website for more details.

  

Mint Nail Lounge Grand Opening

Natural nail and spa services are the focus for Mint Nail Lounge. Saturday September 27 is the grand opening of the lounge beginning at 9a.m. The event will include swag bags and raffles among other bonuses such as getting one free manicure for each pedicure purchase for a limited time. Located in the Mosaic District in Fairfax, check out the other products and services you can expect from Mint Nail Lounge.

 



Fall’s Most Stylish Investment

Posted by Editorial / Wednesday, September 17th, 2014

By Danielle Harvey

Layering for fall isn’t a new concept. However, as hemlines continue to get longer, this season the vest has also updated its shape. By now, you’re ready for those humid days to be a thing of the past. You’ve seen all of the September issues of fashion magazines hit newsstands and temperatures are slowly dropping. So what’s missing? The answer is probably hanging in your closet. It’s that perfect item to give your outfit something extra while also being practical: the vest. From trendy options such as fur and moto styles to more classic pieces, this is one investment you should make. Below are the three reasons why you just can’t go wrong.

 

Add Color to a Black and White Palette

Whether you’re into bright moto styles or more traditional autumnal hues, adding some color to a black and white ensemble adds excitement to an otherwise basic outfit. This is also an easy way to wear the piece for drinks with friends or while running errands.

BCBGMAXAZRIA Vest- Julien Moto Long, $448. Photo Courtesy of Bloomingdales

BCBGMAXAZRIA Vest- Julien Moto Long, $448. Photo Courtesy of Bloomingdale’s

 

 

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5 Things You’ll be Wearing Next Year

Posted by Editorial / Tuesday, September 16th, 2014

By Angela Bobo

While we are all planning out our first day of fall outfits, the fashion industry is already planning for spring. This past week designers sent collections down runways—built like everything from suburban homes to music festivals—that will dictate the trends for the coming season. Sarah and Michelle from Fifty-Two Thursdays have put together the top five trends from their favorite shows:

“There were so many amazing shows and breathtaking looks that we are still in awe over, it was hard to pick our favorite looks. We narrowed it down with our top five standout trends which were bold prints and colors, florals, menswear-inspired pieces, all white ensembles, and looks with a western influence including tons of lace and ruffles.”

  • A floral gown from the Dennis Basso Spring/Summer 2015 collection. / Photo courtesy of Fifty-Two Thursdays.

  • An airy western-inspired look from the Jay Godfrey S/S '15 collection. / Photo courtesy of Fifty-Two Thursdays.

  • A flirty all-white ensemble from Taoray Wang S/S '15. / Photo courtesy of Fifty-Two Thursdays.

  • A bright, butterfly printed gown from Lie Sangbong S/S '15. / Photo courtesy of Fifty-Two Thursdays.

  • A sleek, menswear inspired suit from Zimmermann S/S '15./ Photo courtesy of Fifty-Two Thursdays.



Take 5 Boutique

Posted by Editorial / Monday, September 15th, 2014

Take 5 Boutique.

Photos by Mollie Tobias.

Destination: Centered in the urban chic Mosaic District in Fairfax, Take 5 surrounds itself by modern designs, candor beauty and essential shops. The husband-and-wife-owned boutique is a refreshing addition to the growing district that is a need-to-know shopping center.

Take 5 Boutique

Photos by Mollie Tobias.

Atmosphere: The store mimics the style of a SoHo gallery with pale walls, a glossy wooden floor and abstract art hanging from the walls. Racks of clothes are neatly organized around the perimeter, leaving room for easy browsing and a hard-to-miss fuchsia ottoman that is the centerpiece of the store. Walking into Take 5 you leave NoVA behind, and enter a world with complimentary espresso, high fashion and art.

Bread and Butter: The clothes at Take 5 are chic, handcrafted pieces that come straight from the runways. “We all have one or two hundred items in our wardrobe, but there’s only one or two pieces that we are absolutely obsessed with. Everything you see at Take 5 are those one or two pieces,” says co-owner Mahir Iskander. The store is filled with unique pieces including blouses, skirts, dresses and accessories created by European designers.

Sweet Surprises: Co-owner Sakina Iskander has designed a unique clothing line dedicated for women who have undergone a double mastectomy; the clothes are designed to fit better in the chest, creating a flattering piece that is elegant and feminine. The line is inspired by Iskander’s grandmother who passed away from breast cancer. It is due to come out Spring 2015.

Fiercest Fan: Ladies who embody a delicate balance of cosmopolitan, European and Washingtonian style, and are looking to make a statement with their clothes.

Blows to the Budget: Prices in the store run from $100-$5,000, ranging from small accessories to by-appointment gowns. -Helen Ray

Destination:  Take 5 Boutique, 2910 District Ave., Suite 155, Fairfax

(September 2014)



A Survivor’s Guide to Shopping a Designer Collaboration

Posted by Editorial / Friday, September 12th, 2014

By Cate Jensen

The long wait is almost over for the Joseph Altuzarra x Target collection with it’s release this coming Sunday, September 14. As our hands are poised above our keyboards ready to order or car keys in hand prepared to head to the closest Target location but before you hit submit on that order and slide your credit card to complete purchase, think about how you can get the most of these designer collaborations. Such partnerships have been a hit in the public in the past. From Missoni for Target to Versace for H&M and who can forget Issac Mizrahi for Target collection, one of the first to start it all? In all the frenzy – some tips are needed on how to shop smart.

 

Altuzarra for Target Look 7

Courtesy of Altuzarra for Target collection

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