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Why can’t D.C. men move beyond boring blue shirts?

Cozy up to tweed on boots, dresses and other warm, witty styles

Michael Bastian brings his cool, classic clothes to G-town

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Every holiday season I get stressed out by the same issue. What — besides a lifetime subscription to the Beer of the Month Club — would the guys in my life like for Christmas or Hanukkah?

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Unlike the pack of clotheshorses I trot around with, most men don’t have a gift lust list (Tiffany diamond studs, please!), leaving me and many other women clueless about what to get them. Luckily, this year we tapped local lifestyle bloggers — including dapper Grant Harris of Imagegranted. com — to help us round up the coolest gifts in town (page 10), from cutting boards shaped like the District to high-impact bling. (I hope my husband isn’t reading this, because he’s getting a bunch of pocket squares and a retro radio — thanks, Grant!) Indeed, men were much on our minds as we put together this issue. Assistant editor Holley Simmons found herself wondering why so many dudes stick with blue shirts for the office. She offers them some advice for perking up their closets on page 9. I also chatted up acclaimed menswear (and now, womenswear!) designer Michael Bastian (page 6).

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(page 4), and HGTV design duo Cortney and Robert Novogratz (page 14) about their new book and line of furniture for CB2. You’ll find all this — plus scoop on new boutiques, fresh designers and fashionable soirees — in this issue of FW. Enjoy it. I’ve got to run now and pick up some macho gifts!

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Michael Bastian gives collegiate classics a fresh spin at a new GANT store.

10 A local-minded foodie would love the gift of a D.C.-shaped cheese board.

A GANT store carrying his preppy-with-a-twist styles just opened in Georgetown. It’s one of many new-intown shops focusing on blokes, a fact not lost on the increasingly well-dressed guys I’m seeing at local parties and restaurants. With a chill in the air, men and women alike will soon start reaching for warmer clothes. It’s a good thing tweed — the fabric of British detectives and fox hunters — has gotten chic again, a toasty trend we explore on page 14. We also spoke with “What Not to Wear” star Stacy London about her new book

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Classic 20th-century menswear designers such as Ralph Lauren and Yves Saint Laurent influence Michael Bastian’s clothing for GANT and his ready-to-wear line.

“It’s funny, I just feel like the classics are how guys look best — girls, too.”

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How did GANT end up in D.C.? We did a photo campaign at a D.C. private school a few years ago and ended up spending a lot of time in Georgetown. It felt like a place that would be really right for the brand, especially since GANT does the best in classic American towns with a young edge. You’re in love with the allAmerican look — khakis, tweeds, stripes. Why can’t you or most guys leave that behind? It’s funny, I just feel like the classics are how guys look best — girls, too. It’s what I grew up with in the 1970s and 1980s, that really great moment for American menswear when Ralph Lauren was in his prime. And I was also inspired by how my dad and his friends were dressing in the ’70s in upstate New York, lots of down and polar fleece. How is your collection for GANT different from your namesake collection? The designer line is really more for a connoisseur. We’re playing around with cashmere and handwork, and the narrative maybe goes a little

At Georgetown’s new GANT store, acclaimed designer Michael Bastian makes preppy cool again Mix one part flannel-wearing Maine fisherman and two parts JFK in khakis and a crisp blazer, and you’ve nearly summarized New York designer Michael Bastian’s vibe. Named the 2011 Menswear Designer of the Year by the prestigious Council of Fashion Designers of America, Bastian shows off his penchant for sharp tailoring and new spins on preppy in his high-end, eponymous collection (sold at Mrporter.com) and in his collaboration with GANT, the old-school sportswear company founded in New Haven in 1947. GANT opened its first D.C. store in Georgetown last month (3239 M St. NW; 202625-1949). We spoke with Bastian about how he keeps things both classic and cheeky.

deeper. But with GANT, it’s just about making cool clothes. And this fall’s collection for GANT was inspired by the 1980s in Boston? Yes — it’s sort of a nostalgia thing. But the trick was not to just make it a nice, preppy collection. So I added in some Irish elements for the guys, a touch of camo. For the girls, I celebrated the mod revival look. Yeah, you’ve only been doing women’s clothes for a little while. How is that different from doing menswear? Women can play with their personas in a way men can’t. They can be a goth girl one day and a sexy librarian the next. With menswear, you have this very limited toolbox. Guys don’t throw everything out every season. So with them, I try to push forward a different collar on a polo or a new print on a sweater. Any favorite items you’ve done for women? Skinny trousers, as an alternative to jeans. We did them in tartan wools. Do you have a fashion icon? JFK Jr. He always knocked it out of the park with a mix of tailored clothing, maybe a windbreaker and a crazy knit hat. We lost an American style icon when he died. Michael Bastian’s fall collection for GANT was inspired by Boston in the 1980s. Harvard-meets-New Wave styles include a Nordic sweater ($195), a hat ($85) and cords ($450).

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Michael Bastian rethinks collegiate standards for GANT. For women, at left, that means checked pants ($490), a striped sweater ($220) and a knit hat ($75). Sharp, casual menswear includes, right, a toggle coat ($1,250), green crewneck ($145) and red pants (price upon request).

necklines and covered arms make the dresses and blouses ideal for over-35 power players.

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Sixth-generation Washingtonian Julia Farr (shown, center right, in gold) knows what D.C. women want to wear. She’s run her eponymous Chevy Chase boutique for two years, stocking labels such as Tibi and Halston Heritage. Still, Farr says, “I saw holes in the selection,” wardrobe building blocks like sheaths and pencil skirts. Her Georgetown University pal Ann Tierney Prochnow (shown, center image, with Farr) had a similar thought. The result? The Julia Farr clothing line, aimed to flatter a variety of figures.

Each item in the collection is named after a local neighborhood or landmark. The lined Trinity Top (shown left, on Farr, $275) in a gold fabric (or holiday-ready red velvet), accentuates the waist and minimizes the hips. The line also checks off the little black dress box with the black stretch wool Sheridan sheath (shown, far left, $320, on Prochnow). As for of-the-minute skinny leather pants, look elsewhere. “That’s just not us,” says Prochnow.

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Washington men tend to dress in the dullest colors. We think they need to brighten up.

I was walking down K Street last month when I saw a group of five men heading my way. As they passed, I realized every one of them was wearing a solid blue button-down shirt. Continuing three blocks to work, I tallied up other guys wearing the shade, losing count somewhere around three dozen. Like a bright-bloused salmon swimming upstream, I was fighting a sea of blue. And frankly, it was boring. So why is the hue of presidential ties and prep-school boys so prevalent in dress shirts? “Blue shades are an alternative to black while still being neutral,” says Brooke Traeger, a color theorist and instructor at the Corcoran College of Art + Design.

Stand out in a good way in a coral-colored button-down from Charles Tyrwhitt.

“It also denotes stature because blue teeters on purple, which has historically been associated with royalty,” she says. Regal? Maybe, but so is Prince Charles, and he’s never made the best-dressed list. Color me cranky, but why can’t men branch out to bolder colors? (Nantucket red-wearing preppies, I am not talking to

you.) A blue shirt is like a beige sectional sofa — comfortable, but entirely forgettable. Kelly Muccio was so nonplussed by what D.C. guys were wearing that, in 2008, she opened a shop, Georgetown’s Lost Boys (1033 31st St. NW; 202-3330093). “The menswear I was seeing sold locally was so narrow compared to what was coming down the runway,” she says. Still, all signs point to a brightening. Within the past year, D.C. has welcomed edgier European menswear stores (London’s Charles Tyrwhitt, the Netherlands’ Suitsupply) plus local upstarts such as the Streets of Georgetown and old-school shirt-makers Hugh & Crye. Many of these haberdasheries trot out candy-shop colors via ties, pocket squares and shirts. Some guys, however, find perks to being a style wallflower. “Men like to blend in,” says Nicholas Reed, buying director at Charles Tyrwhitt. “Wearing blue allows them to do that.” But for chaps with sartorial cajones, Reed suggests dressing with skin tone, eye color and hair shade in mind. Lilac works on

tall, dark and handsome; green complements pale skin and auburn hair. At the office, men are freer to explore the color wheel than they may think. As long as the shirt

“Men like to blend in. Wearing blue allows them to do that.”

1. Made from recycled material and wire, animal hooks spiff up the mud room ($45 each, Uncommongoods.com). 2. Fall’s hot hue, oxblood, powers Sam Edelman’s Petty booties ($130, Piperlime.com). 3. We’ll serve bivalves Rockefeller on a vintage oyster plate ($25,Christ Child Opportunity Shop, 1427 Wisconsin Ave. NW; 202-333-6635). 4. We plan on wearing these leathertrim shorts ($325,Rag & Bone, 202-295-9072) with boots and opaque tights. 3

fits well and is freshly laundered, there are just two things Reed deems off-limits: “fluorescents and oversized prints.” Men who up their style ante with a bubblegum pink shirt or a lime green tie certainly won’t go unnoticed. “You want to be the coiffed man who walks into a room who people can’t take their eyes off of,” says Muccio. After all, taking wardrobe risks might land you that promotion or get you a date, both not-soblue prospects. HOL L E Y SIMMON S; ILLUSTRATION BY CHRIS MORRIS

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We’re willing to bet that, given the choice, you’d rather avoid the “I-saw-that-parking-spotfirst!” and “What-do-you-mean-you-just-sold-your-last-one?” traumas endemic to holiday shopping at the mall. So we tapped four of D.C.’s most in-the-know bloggers to select their favorite presents for women, men, foodies and kids, all available at boutiques — many of them independents — in and around the District. Consider it our gift to you. HOLLEY SIMMONS

A bright ticktack-toe set updates the childhood fave ($98, Jonathan Adler).

The Bonnie Boot by Samantha Pleet for Wolverine is a two-tone dream ($285, Redeem).

She’ll go wild for this sly, 16k goldplated fox head bangle ($195, Tory Burch).

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Nikki Baker’s stackable multicolor rings mean lots of combos ($95 each, Hu’s Wear).

A shapely vase by Hawthorne hugs bouquets tightly ($134, Room & Board).

This Mercado Global hand-dyed clutch drips with casual style ($42, Ginger).

Give the gift of a good hair day with a professional blow-out ($40, Drybar).

Lauren Harper’s 18k gold earrings glimmer with chrysocolla, apatite and aquamarine ($4,205, Tiny Jewel Box).

Liz Fassbender If a clothing store opens or Chanel releases a new lipstick, Liz Fassbender probably already knows about it. Her lifestyle blog, Somuchtosmileabout. com, dishes about her insider knowledge of chic events (fashion shows, restaurant openings) along with trends, tips and style inspiration. Much like her blog, Liz's gift-giving philosophy is all about sharing. "Giving gifts can be even better than receiving them," she says.

Now it’s a purse, now it’s a backpack. A double-duty carrier does it all ($250, Redeem).

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A trio of eye shadow and gloss in holiday hues from Paul & Joe ($60, Nectar Skin Bar).


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Cashmere and silk ribbed socks from Bresciani make for cozy stepping ($110, Everard’s).

Wolverine’s 1,000 Mile Boot in black promises stylish strolls ($340, Redeem).

A bartender’s tool includes a muddler, jigger and corkscrew ($50, Trohv).

Designer’s Guild lambswool throw means cuddling upon opening ($235, Urban Country).

Handsome cotton pocket squares pop against solid jackets ($48 each, Alton Lane).

Tivoli Audio Model One radio sends the right signals ($150, Room & Board).

Grant Harris

Bright blue and lime-colored poker chips win it all ($135, Jonathan Adler).

He’ll jump for a fetching brass bottle opener shaped like a shoe ($98, Jonathan Adler).

It’s easy to spot Grant Harris in a crowd: He’s the cordial hunk being trailed by strangers asking questions like “Where’d you get your blazer?” (Custom.) and “Can you help my husband dress more like you?” (Yes.) In fact, as principal of Image Granted, the appearance consulting firm he founded, helping men look their best is both his vocation and passion (Imagegranted.com). His picks are luxury items that promise a long shelf-life. “Gifts should last longer than the act of giving of them,” says Harris.

Harris carries Hype’s leather Chichester Cabin bag ($1,020, Sterling & Burke).

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The D.C.-shaped bamboo cutting board begs for charcuterie platters ($25, Hill’s Kitchen).

This cookbook from local chef Mike Isabella is full of Italian recipes ($35, Hill's Kitchen).

Middle Kingdom porcelain vases get their shapes from recycled bottles ($22$110, Proper Topper).

The clever Corkcicle chills wine without diluting it ($25, Home Rule).

Jenna Golden Ask Jenna Golden what her favorite restaurant in D.C. is and you’re in for an education. Golden is co-founder of Eatmoredrinkmore. com, a District dining blog where she and two friends track their edible escapades from brunching in Arlington to testing recipes such as fig-balsamic vinegar jam. As the name implies, the site encourages readers to get out and tasting. In the same spirit, her present selections are aimed at the culinarily curious. “The gifts I give tend to be things the recipient wants but doesn’t need,” she says. “Gifts shouldn’t be necessities; they should be indulgences.” STYLING: All clothing: Bloggers’ own Hair: Brian Oliver, IPSA Salon for T.H.E. Artist Agency Makeup: Leah Bassett, T.H.E. Artist Agency Bloggers’ photos: Marge Ely

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A weighty duckshaped bottle opener pops brews with ease and style ($68, Proper Topper).

for s e i d foo Rosé and cabernet blends from Boxwood Estate Winery are worth a toast ($14 and $18, The Tasting Room).

A one-month subscription to this CSA means two fresh pies weekly ($144, Whisked).

Dish towels with clever prints by Patch make washing up hipper ($19, Red Barn Mercantile).

This classic apron from Bird Kage has functional front pockets ($95, GoodWood).


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This midcentury modern style bank is all elephant, no piggy ($88, Jonathan Adler).

This 30-piece puzzle from Crocodile Creek is tucked within a barnyard-shaped box for tidy horseplay ($18, Carousel Toy Shoppe).

A cherry-red Pixie rainslicker folds up for on-the-go protection ($68, Proper Topper).

Bobux fringed moccasins are made from eco-conscious leather, plus they're soft on little tootsies ($30, Giggle).

With more than 130 pieces, this set lets kids build a biplane, helicopter and rocket ($60, National Building Museum Shop).

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Animal images adorn onesies from Lil Fishy, a local children's company ($30, Proper Topper).

A croquet set promises hours of fun. A manicured lawn? Probably not ($55, National Building Museum Shop).

A mom of three boys, the founder of Pure Style Home — her interior design firm — and the owner of a new eponymous textile collection, Lauren Liess cherishes her free time. Much of it is spent writing about home improvement projects, design inspiration and her family on her popular blog, Purestylehome. blogspot.com. Not surprisingly, Liess shops for children’s gifts that will complement the décor. “I often find myself thinking, ‘Will it look good on the floor?’ I try to find gifts that look good anywhere.”

Carousel Toy Shoppe, 6649 Old Dominion Dr., McLean; 703-288-0070 Drybar, 1825 Wisconsin Ave. NW; 202-609-8644 and 4840 Bethesda Ave., Bethesda; 240-483-4277 Everard’s Clothing, 1802 Wisconsin Ave. NW; 202-298-7464 Giggle, 5330 Western Ave., Chevy Chase; 301-664-6407; Giggle.com Ginger, 7114 Bethesda Ln., Bethesda; 301-664-9242 and 2905 District Ave., Fairfax; Gingerstyle.com GoodWood, 1428 U St. NW; 202-986-3640 Hill’s Kitchen, 713 D St. SE; 202-543-1997; Hillskitchen.com Home Rule, 1807 14th St. NW; 202-797-5544; Homerule.com Hu’s Wear, 2906 M St. NW; 202-342-2020; Husonline.com Jonathan Adler, 1267 Wisconsin Ave. NW; Jonathanadler.com National Building Museum Shop, 401 F St. NW; 202-272-7706; Nbm.org Nectar Skin Bar, 1633 Wisconsin Ave. NW; 202-3334332; Nectarskinbar.com Proper Topper, 1350 Connecticut Ave. NW; 202842-3055; Propertopper.com Red Barn Mercantile, 1117 King St., Alexandria; 703-838-0355; Redbarnmercantile.com Redeem, 1734 14th St. NW; 202-332-7447; Redeemus.com Room and Board, 1840 14th St. NW; 202-729-8300; Roomandboard.com Sterling and Burke, 2824 Pennsylvania Ave. NW; 202-333-2266; Sterlingandburke.com The Tasting Room, 5330A Western Ave., Chevy Chase; 301-664-9494 Tiny Jewel Box, 1147 Connecticut Ave. NW; 202-3932747; Tinyjewelbox.com Tory Burch, Tyson’s Galleria, 1734 International Dr.; 703-2880786; Toryburch.com Trohv, 232 Carroll St. NW; 202-829-2941; Trohvshop.com Urban Country, 7117 Arlington Rd., Bethesda; 301-654-0500 Whisked, 202-656-4890; Whiskeddc.com

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Sleek clothes and accessories help tweed ditch its stuffy rep

In BBC’s “Sherlock,” actor Benedict Cumberbatch plays a hip, modern version of Arthur Conan Doyle’s sleuth who notably spurns wearing one of those infamous flapped tweed hats. His character may resist the siren call of the warm, woolly fabric, but designers can’t get enough of it this fall. The woven material, which traces its lineage to the hills of Scotland and Ireland, is now starring on shapely dresses, shoes and, of course, a toasty blazer or two.

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In the British Isles, tweed got its name not from the river Tweed, but from a mispronunciation of the word twill. (Try saying it with a Highland lilt and you’ll understand.) Then, as now, the stuff was prized for its warmth and durability. “Tweed is like the hot toddy of fashion, plus it’s got this speakeasy feel,” says Holly Bass, a D.C. performance artist and one of the founders of the annual Tweed Ride, a retro-style bike trip (Nov. 4) that sees wool-fedora-wearing dandies and women in herringbone skirts pedaling v i nt a ge bi kes t h roug h downtown. Coco Chanel was the first designer to vault tweed from English hunt-

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Clockwise from top: Elaine Turner bag ($395, Bishop Boutique); Boden jacket ($224, Bodenusa.com); Tory Burch jacket ($495, Tory Burch, Tysons Galleria, 2001 International Drive, McLean; 703-2880786); James Coviello dress ($365, Proper Topper, 1350 Connecticut Ave. NW; 202-8423055); Joeffer Caoc skirt ($525, Betsy Fisher, 1224 Connecticut Ave. NW; 202785-1975).

ing clubs into high fashion, turning it into wool suits beginning in the 1920s. Now, to keep it from feeling too fusty and professorial, tweed works well as a mix-in: a jacket with jeans, James Coviello’s slatehued sheath sparked with a neon lace undershirt. “Tweed’s got an historic edge that lets you take it daring, edgy places,” says Anna Fuhrman, owner of Dupont Circle boutique Proper Topper, which stocks Coviello looks. The material’s different yarns can make for some wild checks and intense plaids. “But tweed has so many colors, it goes with everything,” says designer Joeffer Caoc, whose biker jacket-gone-corporate (sold locally at Betsy Fisher) mixes sleek nylon with trad tweed. It’s a look so sexy and tough, even Sherlock might be swayed. JENNIFER BARGER

Family-friendly elements (a stairway-cum-slide) and wild creativity (beds suspended from chains) characterize the work of HGTV’s homedesign duo Cortney and Robert Novogratz. The pair, parents to seven kids themselves, just released a second book, “Home by Novogratz” ($35, Artisan). It stars projects from their TV hit of the same name which blend comfort and quirkiness. “We’re demonstrating that good

decorating is about thinking about how you live,” says Cortney. Photos of spaces they’ve rehabbed vary — singer Suzanne Vega’s artsy, book-filled Chelsea pad, a Queens surf shack done up in girly pink and graffitied wallpaper — but all flaunt a sense of fun. “We try to connect the dots and just play around,” says Robert. Also new: a Novogratz capsule collection at CB2 (3307 M St. NW; 202-3336204), including bold rugs and a rugged wood dining table. JENNIFER BARGER

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Fashion’s Night Out Georgetown SEPT. 6, 2012 | DEAN & DELUCA PATIO

More than 100 Georgetown boutiques, salons and restaurants stayed open late during this annual salute to fall fashion. Among the haute spots: Internet event power Brightest Young Things’ lounge outside Dean & DeLuca. The hideout was alive with beats from Fatback DJs, pros giving makeup tutorials and drinks courtesy of Heineken and Tanqueray. “I was particularly impressed by the not-often-photographed folks who stepped up their style games,” says Svetlana Legetic, publisher of BYT. Perhaps they knew various fashion outlets would be swarming throughout the tent taking pictures, FW included.

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Wearing: Tuxedo jacket, shorts scored at Loehmann’s and Urban Outfitters bowed peep-toes.

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Wearing: Forever 21 skirt, the Limited top, Coach heels, H&M necklace and a Marc Jacobs bag.

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Love Is Red Youth Rocking The Runway SEPT. 17, 2012 | CARNEGIE INSTITUTE

Guests entered the grand Carnegie Institute via a dramatic staircase before enjoying a fete hosted by the T.C. Wallace Foundation, which raised scholarship funds for youth affected by HIV/AIDS. A VIP preshow reception featured cocktails, hors d’oeuvres and stylists giving makeovers and dispensing beauty tips. Following the reception, guests watched models aged 13 to 24 strut the catwalk in ready-towear fashions provided by local and corporate retailers such as Adams Morgan’s Violet Boutique, Modcloth.com and Stella & Dot.

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Cosmo Couture Fundraiser SEPT. 20, 2012 | ARTISPHERE

What do you get when you put more than 700 architects and interior designers into one room? It’s not the setup for a bad joke, but the very savvy guest list at Cosmo Couture. Benefitting My Sister’s Place — a local shelter for battered women and children — the event culminated in an over-the-top fashion show of garments made from building materials (tile, carpet remnants, etc.) by teams of local architects and interior designers. Models strutted down the runway (some more easily than others) in scrap-metal dresses, wood veneer headdresses and wallpaper ball gowns. All looks were inspired by Raymond Saunders’ “Red Star” painting and could be seen on display at the Corcoran Gallery of Art through Oct. 14.

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Kelly Shay

Designer, SOM LLP

Wearing: A black and white, form-fitting Alice + Olivia dress and leather Sam Edelman point-toes.

calendar of advertiser and editorial fashion selections

November 2012 November 8-December 1 • Inauguration Salon. Hu’s Wear in Georgetown will play host to a pop-up shop called the Inauguration Salon. A partnership with Dom Perignon, Decades in Los Angeles, Halston (and others), this store-in-store will be a one-stop shop for women looking to get outfitted for the flurry of events following the election through inauguration. Designer and taste-maker appearances coupled with some of the best new and vintage gowns and cocktail dresses; 2906 M St., NW; 202-342-2020; husonline.com.

Guest Wearing: Satintrimmed blazer, dark-wash jeans, blue suede lace-up boots, silk tie and pocket square.

Mary Johnson Interior designer

Designer, VOA Associates

Wearing: A gray and cream, one-armed peplum dress from Alice + Olivia, black leather booties, silver fringe earrings and a cuff bracelet.

Wearing: A black billowy dress, tights, open-toe heels and a necklace picked up along her travels.

Do’s casual-cool concert tee paired with a blazer, Levi’s, Converse sneaks and Oliver Peoples glasses.

Designer, Humanscale

November 8-10 • Work one-on-one with a MAC Artist for your perfect holiday look at Macy’s fashionable Boudoir Bash filled with confectionary colors. Macy’s Wheaton, 11160 Veirs Mill Road, Wheaton Mall; 240-880-4200; macys.com. November 10 • Join us as we welcome Lancôme National Makeup Artist Manuel Villegas and his team of Celebrity Makeup Artists to Nordstrom. Space is limited; reserve your appointment today. Nordstrom Tysons Corner Center, 8075 Tysons Corner Center, McLean; 703-761-1121; nordstrom.com. November 13 • South Moon Under Mosaic District Grand Opening Party from 6-9 p.m. Book Signing with Emily Schuman of Cupcakes and Cashmere. Cocktails, Giveaways, Cupcakes. 20% off

Justin Do

Samantha Pennington

all night. 2904 District Avenue Suite 150, Fairfax; southmoonunder.com. November 14-15 • Rizik’s Roberto Quaglia of Switzerland, Couture Collection - Dresses, Suits and Sportswear. 1100 Connecticut Ave, NW; 202-223-4050; riziks.com. November 24 • Deck the Hall! Celebrate the holidays in Georgetown! Shop Georgetown on Small Business Saturday and be entertained with strolling holiday stiltwalkers and carolers; georgetowndc.com.

December 2012 December 1-2 • Come celebrate the holidays at Adeler Jewelers. Customers can enjoy 45% off

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all in-stock merchandise. Present this issue of FW and Adeler Jewelers will pay the sales tax on your qualifying purchase. Visit the store for details. 772 Walker Road, Great Falls; 703-759-4076; adelerjewelers.com. December 1 • Winter Festival of Ice. Celebrate the opening of the new ice skating rink at the Washington Harbour, 4-7p.m.; georgetowndc.com. December 13-24 • Visit Sassanova each day during the 12 Days of Sassanova Sales Event, where a new item will be featured at 30% off. Sassanova Georgetown, 1641 Wisconsin Avenue, NW; 202-471-4400; sassanova.com. HOLIDAY 2012 | FashionWashington | 15


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