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Alabama designer Billy Reid brings his tailored menswear and down-home dresses to D.C. Put some spring in your step with the season's espadrilles, platforms & wedges Will all-white decor make your pad look dreamy or just dingy?
Travel back to the slinky 1970s with wide-leg pants, easy trenches and a slew of bright, boho dresses
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Yun recalls the decade of Studio 54 and "Annie Hall" in a Rebecca Taylor blouse ($275, Urban Chic, 1626 Wisconsin Ave. NW; 202-338-5398), BB Dakota vest ($72, South Moon Under, 2700 Clarendon Blvd., Arlington; 703-8074083), floppy hat ($295, Simplysoles.com), a Lucite necklace and gold-tone hoop earrings ($140 and $125, The Shoe Hive, 127 S. Fairfax, Alexandria; 703- 548-7105).
That's a phrase I've heard throughout my admittedly rather type A, joyfully stressful life. But, until the last few months, it sounded like something you'd yell at someone who honked at you in Dupont Circle traffic — or a chick who crowded you as you admired a pair of pumps at a packed sample sale. But with the approach of spring, I've got a peaceful, easy feeling, mainly because of the breezy mood I'm picking up in fashion and home design. Instead of the hypertailored shapes of recent seasons, designers seem to be channeling such relaxed 1970s glamour gals as Ali MacGraw and Bianca Jagger. The wide-legged jeans, floppy hats and bright floral print peasant blouses evoke the Nixon-Carter years without looking like a lost episode of "Three's Company." I know I'm looking forward to indulging in a few somewhat-groovy
pieces, like the Rebecca Taylor blouse (shown, left) we featured in our fashion cover story (page 11) shot on location at the Clarendon Ballroom. Thirty years ago, boho prints were in, too. It's a vibe that textile designer John Robshaw, whom we profile on page 6, explores today via his exotic-yet-laid-back bedding line and clothing for Lucky Brand Jeans. His Indian tileprint tunics might make it into my closet, too. Wedges — a big part of the season's effortless look — will also headline on my gotta-getit list. In this issue of FW, we also show some of the best pairs out there (page 14), from beachy espadrilles to partyready metallic beauties. I see them coupled with a full skirt or dressy shorts for a walk through Georgetown when the weather improves. Georgetown will be even more worth a browse this spring,
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since one of my favorite designers, Alabama's Billy Reid, opens his first area boutique on M Street in April. I caught up with him about why he's bringing his heritage men's and women's line to D.C. in Style Setter, our every-issue confab with the brightest names in fashion and design. As in every edition of FW, we also cast our gaze on the city's party scene and highlight other newsy store openings. (Both a CB2 shop and a Tesla car dealership have zipped into town, and modern design fans must be thrilled.) I look forward to not only exploring these fresh hot spots, but to seeing you at them as well.
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THE SEASON’S HOT ITEMS AND HIP HAPPENINGS
The McQueen ballgowns, H&M dresses and J. Crew sweaters First Lady Michelle Obama wears inspire shoppers to snap up garments. Her closet also fuels sartorial debates (Can shorts be too short? Should Mobama wear only U.S. labels?) Kate Betts' new book, "Everyday Icon: Michelle Obama and the Power of Style" ($35, Clarkson-Potter), skirts controversies, instead chronicling the mostly belle choices Michelle makes, from vintage pins to Thakoon dresses. On the way, Betts delves into not only the First Lady's taste, but also that of her predecessors. Who knew that Mary Todd Lincoln's huge hoopskirts added to her rep as a vain, selfish chick?
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That Economist on the coffee table speaks of India's future, but the Kennedy Center's MAXIMUM INDIA festival (2700 F St. NW; 202-467-4600), through March 21, celebrates the country's ancient to contempo culture, art and fashion. Design-centric exhibits include 40 hot-hued pankha (fans) plus a showcase of saris. The latter, a fabric rainbow tour of sorts, includes embroidered and hand-painted versions. Diamond-encrusted bracelets (shown), ruby-inlaid boxes and other baubles made by the Gem Palace, a 161-year-old jeweler, provide the most dazzle. There's even a pop-up shop where you can buy sub continental bling.
Dressing your nest with flowers used to mean choosing between lackluster-yet-cheap supermarket mums and pricey custom arrangements. But with the local launch of H. BLOOM (Hbloom.com; 877425-6665), you can have your posies and pay your mortgage, too. With a $25-a-week (or bimonthly) subscription, you'll net a large bundle of unusual, fresher-thanWhole Foods blossoms and greenery, from Bells of Ireland to purple Thai lilies. "You can plonk the bunch in a vase or watch our online videos to figure out what to do with them," says local creative director Sarah von Pollaro.
Elie Tahari If you’re a woman, and you’ve bought more than one dress/suit/top in the past 30 years, chances are something designed by Israeli-born, New York-based Elie Tahari hangs in your closet. Now the versatile king of sleek is opening his first area boutique at Tysons Galleria (571-765-3396).
You’ve been designing clothes since the 1970s. How do you keep ideas flowing? Life inspires me! And you know, you just have to keep on moving.
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Describe the Tahari woman. I think she likes sophistication, clean lines and femininity.
Even Paul the Octopus couldn't have predicted Spain's newest fashion phenomenon. Paloma Vázquez de Castro, former designer for the National Ballet of Spain, launched HOSS INTROPIA in 1994, focusing on embellishments (appliquéd flowers, beaded trim) and prints inspired by Iberian folk art. BETSY FISHER (1224 Connecticut Ave. NW; 202-7851975) went in for the brand's spring collection in a grande way, rounding up breezy frocks in Moorish-inspired patterns ($238, shown), lime-hued sweaters ($112) and black, lacy wrap cardigans ($425) fit for fighting breezes on the Costa del Sol.
You can coat your nails in armor, but you’ll see dings in polish after a day. Now, Creative Nail Design's SHELLAC polish may cancel your weekly appointment at El Pedicure Hut. “Nail polish hadn’t changed in 50 years,” says Jan Arnold, co-founder of CND. “So we made a hybrid between polish and standard gels to create a tough coating.” After five years in its California laboratories, CND developed the soft, longwearing polish that lasts two weeks (really!) with a little help from a UV binding. Try the brand's latest hues with a Shellac mani ($40) at BLISS SPA (W Hotel, 515 15th St. NW; 877 862-5477).
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April 21 as the hipper, less spendy younger sibling of Crate & Barrel opens its first D.C. store at 3307 M St. NW. Details like exposed concrete floors and steel fixtures set an appropriately lofty scene for merch aimed at condos with a similar mood. This means geometric pieces like a pool blue metal night stand (shown, $100) and yellow patio chairs plus whimsical finds like a gray-orange rug decked with a grinning, Cheshire-like cat ($230). "We like to have fun with our assortment and our stores," says CB2 director Marta Calle. "Why take decor so seriously?"
And didn’t you and Emmy Rossum just design a handbag together?
The Lanie Sandal ($398) shows off Tahari's cool, citified style ethos.
And what about men? How is designing for them different?
What inspired your spring collection?
It’s not as much fun. Men are another breed, the way they shop. They want to buy something new, but it just needs a touch of newness or you lose them.
It was very much about 1970s American sportswear, with a lot of neutral, natural fabrics and touches of oranges and reds. It’s very Lauren Hutton.
Yeah, that was fun. She’s easygoing and has lots of ideas. It’s good to do a project with a friend you feel comfortable with. Everyone expresses what they are feeling, and good things come out.
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Want a dose of worldly style on your bod or on your bed? John Robshaw has got you covered.
John Robshaw rules a bright, boho world of sheets and shirts Flop down in a bed made up with John Robshaw sheets and quilts, and you’re likely to feel like you’re staying overnight at a riad in Morocco or getting ready for romance in Rajasthan. Since 2001, the New Yorkbased textile designer has festooned duvets, shams, pillows and curtains with some of the most exotic yet elegant patterns in the business: orange paisleys, indigo tie-dyed stripes, frolicking elephant prints.
Indian tiles influenced John Robshaw's styles for Lucky Brand Jeans, including a bandana (top, $18) and a peasant blouse (right, $99). Find them at Lucky stores in Georgetown, Tysons Corner Center or at Luckybrand jeans.com.
This well-traveled-with-atwist stuff is inspired both by Robshaw’s incurable wanderlust and by his appreciation for print-making and fabric-embellishing customs in far-flung climes. “These artisan traditions are amazing, but they stay the same,” he says. “I’m trying to move them forward, and put these things through this Western perspective.” Robshaw got his start in the biz as a printmaker and painter, even working with New York gallery great Julian Schnabel. His art background shows in his color choices and the considered scale of his prints. This means a blue-andbrown floral pattern inspired by an antique Indian painting (with posies rendered in super size) or Thai Hill tribe embroidery turned into a mod bolster. Not surprisingly, such color-saturated, globe-trotting style has gained a cult following with decorators, store owners and customers alike. “I think John’s stuff has a vacation-y feel to it. The hand-blocked printing and irregularities give it a really special quality,” says Mia Worrell, co-owner of Timothy Paul Bedding + Home (1529A 14th St. NW; 202-234-2020), which stocks
Washington Ballet dancer and aspiring fashion stylist
"Black Swan" suggested that, off-stage, ballerinas flit about in grungy sweats. But not Payette, a six-season vet of the company. "I'm a visual artist," she says. "I use clothes to express myself as much as my footwork."
"My personal style is a hodgepodge," says Payette, who often pairs skinny pants (these are by Helmut Lang) with "flirty, girly" pieces like this Nanette Lepore butterfly top. "It's got a gypsy feel."
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Payette scored these bracelets at a boutique in her hometown of Huntington Beach, Calif. "They mix well with everything," she says.
TRY THIS: Many bathrooms boast neutral tiles and plumbing fixtures, so a lively printed shower curtain such as John Robshaw's Dangi Fort design ($125, Johnrobshaw.com) adds spice. Pair it with brown towels and a chocolateon-white zig-zag rug.
Robshaw’s full line of handstitched duvets, Euro shams, sheets and funky pillows. His command of all things bright and boho recently attracted the attention of Cali-cool clothier Lucky Brand Jeans, which, last month, launched a collaborative collection with him. Haute-hippie styles include women’s orangey tile-print tunics ($90), men’s Eastern paisley-meets-Western-cut shirts and a slew of totes and scarves ideal for rides on the
Haute Stuffing: Some of the quirkiest, sunniest pillows available come from John Robshaw's collection. "They're not for people who are afraid of color," says Mia Worrell, who stocks his styles at her Logan Circle store, Timothy Paul Bedding + Home (address above). Our faves include a moth print (shown, $85), round poufs based on Hindu chakras, and silk-linen burlap models in flaxen shades.
Marrakech Express — or the express bus to Farragut Square. “They’ve got that beat-up, vintage vibe I love,” says Robshaw. “It's very loose and bohemian.” For some fans, the key to taming these wilder patterns is pairing prints with toneddown neutrals: an Africaninspired, black and white mud cloth pillow on a solid blue sofa, an azure maxi skirt with a fitted blazer. “His things really mix well, especially in casual areas or a beach house. It helps that everything is so pretty,” says Worrell. “And sometimes people who are timid just go with an accent.” But Robshaw's philosophy is that more is sometimes, well, just right. Bedding gets grouped in print-on-print combos like an orange-andwhite lattice pattern quilt combined with a blue ikat pillow and brown teardropprint sheets. “It’s OK if you create a room or an outfit that’s overwhelming,” he says. “That’s the great thing about textiles. You can switch them, move them around or just change your shirt.” JENNIFER BARGER
WE LOVE Her jade-colored Rebecca Minkoff bag. "I love rich jewel tones, especially this gorgeous green," says Payette.
Even though she spends her days in toe shoes, Payette favors high-heels outside the studio, like these nude patent ones by Steve Madden. SEE PAYETTE and the Washington Ballet perform in “WAM2” (Wolfgang Amadeus Mozart) March 11-12; “Le Corsaire” April 6-10 and “Sleeping Beauty Suite” April 16-17. For details, see Washingtonballet.org.
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WHAT WE BOUGHT
Getting It White
Will a decor snow job make your house look serene or just sterile?
At press time, my husband and
I dwell at The Staged House Inn. OK, itâ€™s our Falls Church row house. It's up for sale, so weâ€™ve subtracted stuff that might repel buyers (vintage toy robots, a photo of Grandpa that makes him look like a vampire) and transformed our space from colorladen to mostly neutral. Think white curtains, tiles, towels, carpet. Iâ€™m mad for brights, but being surrounded by simplicity, Iâ€™m calmer, and our pad seems cleaner, even if we forget to vacuum. Plus, when I thumb through shelter mags or hit furniture stores, Iâ€™m noticing a lot of other people are doing a similar sort of, well, whitewashing.
You could spend years amassing antique white porcelain. But Suzanne Kasler's white slip pots ($59-$120, Ballarddesigns. com) amount to an instacollection. "A group of pale objects, even in classic shapes, gives a room freshness," says Kasler.
"I think the last few years, we've seen a lot of saturated colors on a walls and in bedding, and that's why people are returning to white," says interior designer Emily Henderson of HGTV's "Secrets of a Stylist" and the blog Stylebyemilyhenderson.com. This design neutrality pact has resulted in glossy Parsons
metal pieces or natural things, it's beautiful." Kassler thinks a full court press of paleness evokes the shore or cottage. But many other design fiends â€” this writer included â€” find living in rooms devoid of all color a bit too sci-fispaceship for every day. "When I walk into an all-
â€œWhat I love about white is that you can layer in dimension with texture or furniture shapes. It's a way to simplify.â€? tables (hello, West Elm!), snowy Roman shades and â€” gasp â€” the return of the white, slip-covered sofa, last seen during shabby chic's heyday, circa 1992. Atlanta designer Suzanne Kasler, known for her milk-oncream rooms, has been designing pale rooms for much of her career, and she recently launched a collection of predominantly white accessories â€” pottery, faux antlers â€” with Ballard Designs (Ballarddesigns.com). "What I love about white is that you can layer in dimension with texture or furniture shapes," she says. "It's a way to simplify. And if you mix in
white room, I feel cold," says David Dennis, who sells lots of bright pieces in his shop RCKNDY (1515 U St. NW; 202332-5639). "There's not much creativity in that. I prefer a space with white and pops of color." Indeed, the reason why retailers like Ballard, West Elm and Crate & Barrel are selling so much white may be that it plays well with other shades and keeps a room from looking like a carnival float. "I love color, but we've gone over to more white recently," says Arlington designer Marya Karlton. "In the bedroom in particular, it's nice to not have so
much visual noise." She decked the boudoir she shares with her husband Rick with a white IKEA bed, snowy antique dressers and white walls, but accented it with a bright red Persian carpet and a grayish-lavender quilt. Sometimes, the opposite idea â€” accessorizing a colorful space with creamy finds â€” can work equally well. "I'm obsessed with footed white pottery, and I bring groups of it into almost every room I do," says Henderson. "It looks kind of Swedish." Suddenly, the collection of vintage bumpy milk glass bowls and compotes I've collected for years seems chic to me again. Of course, many people may steer clear of the new snow daze for purely practical reasons: Pale textiles, floors and walls show dirt faster than a poodle in a puddle. "In a super-white room, you wonder, 'What is the lifestyle of this person?'" says Dennis. "Obviously they've got no kids, no pets and no red wine!" Still, after my slightly pallid makeover sells my house, I'll be taking those white towels and curtains to our new place. I'll need all the serenity I can muster as we unpack a zillion boxes. JENNIFER BARGER
1. Lillybee strappy sandals in the palest nude go with brights or black ($178, Simple Soles, 3222 M St. NW; 202-232-0072). 2. Hermes Hermessence Iris Ukiyoe smells like April in Kyoto ($235, Hermes.com). 3. Tassled charms and beads give a long necklace an exotic edge ($278, Anthropologie.com). 4. A vintage cigarette case makes even business cards glam ($20, Georgetown Flea Market, 1819 35th St. NW).
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Georgetown’s M Street amounts to Ground Zero for fast fashion in D.C., what with all the jegging-ed tweens rushing to H&M and the Ugg-wearing co-eds hustling out of Urban Outfitters. But in late April, the city’s most bustling shopping drag gets a dose of grown-up, good-for-more-than-one-season gravitas as Alabama designer Billy Reid opens his first area store (3213 M ST. NW; 877-757-3934). A pusher of so-called heritage fashion — slim-fitting men’s button downs and suiting, women’s skirts in mod, prairie-girl shapes — Reid won 2010’s GQ prize for best new menswear designer as well as the prestigious CFDA/ Vogue Fashion Fund prize. We chatted about why classic is the new cool.
Billy Reid poncho ($325), twill top ($78), chambray Bermuda short ($165) and roper boots ($495)
Describe the Billy Reid style to newbies. Mostly, we start with a very classic American base, but then add little touches and nuances to make things modern. Like if we’re doing an Oxford shirt, we make it fresh by changing the yoke or maybe finishing the seams differently. You want to take it just far enough to make it new. But we’re always looking to the past. It’s sort of a Bible of what happened before. Sharp, tailored styles really seem to be back for men. Isn’t that a big part of what you do? Yeah, I think there was a lull of interest in tailoring, but in the past several years, we’ve seen a big upswing. A lot of younger guys come in wanting a slimmer silhouette, so we sell both one like that and a more traditional cut. What’s your women’s line like? Is the Billy Reid woman a traditionalist, too? Womenswear is about 20 percent of our business, but it adds a lot of energy. You need to change it much faster, so that keeps it fresh. Often, we’re taking things from menswear, like say a cordovan dress shoe, and then putting it on a wedge to feminize it.
"We start with a classic American base, but then we add little touches and nuances that make things modern. You want to take it just far enough." WORTH A SPLURGE
Electric Ave. Can a sports car that doesn't go vroom provide a satisfying ride? We tested out the Tesla Roadster from the Cali-based electric car maker's new D.C. showroom (1050 K St. NW; 202737-0024; Teslamotors.com). Here's how our ride went.
STARTING LINE: After dropping myself into the low-butcomfy seat, all it took was a push of a button and a tap of the accelerator to get going. There wasn't the engine roar you'd get in a Ferrari, but there was also no gas smell — this baby runs on rechargeable lithium batteries.
What’s your design process like? When I put a garment together, I try to think of the best way to do it, almost like I’m an architect. I don’t necessarily do it the cheapest or most effective way, but I try to get across what’s in my head. You’ve got just a few stores, mainly in the South. Why open in D.C.? We have an online store, too (Billyreid.com), and we’ve been watching where our business is coming from. There’s a really nice pocket of customers in the area, and it’s such a nice city. Plus being in Georgetown seemed like such a neighborhood approach. I hear the store will look pretty cool and old-school too. Yeah, we try to make our shops feel like a home, and use recycled materials and really comfortable spaces. We do things like turn dilapidated church walls into bookcases or take supports out of old cotton warehouses and mill them into flooring. Your clothing is mostly sold through your stores and Web site, a kind of single-branding that many designers are going for. Why is it a good idea? This is going to sound corny, but launching the brand via stores was a way to build customers one at a time, to build something beyond a garment. It also gave us a chance to make what we wanted to make, and to have control over how we display it and sell it. Hopefully, people dig it.
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TAILOR RE-MADE Above: Coat ($695), polo ($95), oxford ($195), blazer ($595) chino ($175), shoe boot ($395) and messenger bag ($375). Left: Suit ($1,985), popover ($185), bow tie ($95) and boot ($550). Center: Shirt ($165), sweater ($295), tie ($295), cords ($175), loafers ($325), vest ($325) and jacket ($395).
THE RIDE: The Roadster can go from 0 mph to 60 in a 3.7 seconds, which was hard to test on the streets of Georgetown. But even the torque going 20 mph was thrilling, as was the car's tight handling. The ride was quite smooth for a car that sits so close to the ground.
BOTTOM LINE: You can drive a headturning car without guzzling any gas. Just charge it via a normal outlet, and the thing will run for up to 244 miles. Custom features and a range of colors also appeal, but it'll all cost you — models start at $101,500 and zoom up to $170,000 with options.
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This page: Yun slinks back to the 1970s in Suno New York's gown ($898, Hu's Wear, 2906 M St. NW; 202-342-2020), gold-tone earrings and bangles ($42 and $68, Sassanova, 1641 Wisconsin Ave. NW; 202-471-4400) and a gold-tone ring and heart-shaped pendant ($108 and $38, South Moon Under, 2700 Clarendon Blvd., Arlington; 703-807-4083). On the cover: Head to the office (or a lunch date) in clothes that evoke the "9 to 5" era like a Marimekko trench ($435, Marimekko.com), a Plenty by Tracy Reese dress ($200, Proper Topper, 1350 Connecticut Ave. NW; 202-842-3055), emerald earrings ($450, Sassanova, 1641 Wisconsin Ave. NW; 202-471-4400) and Diane von Furstenberg shoes (The Shoe Hive, 127 S. Fairfax St., Alexandria; 703-548-7105).
Slinky dresses, full skirts and peasant blouses give spring's easiest, breeziest fashions a 1970s feel
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The last time the 1970s looked so fashionable, Jimmy Carter was in the White House and a starlet named Faye Dunaway was winning raves for her acting — and style acumen — in movies like "Network" and "Three Days of the Condor." But the design world's return to the age of Watergate and Fleetwood Mac isn't just nostalgia; it's a breezy, easy re-spinning and rethinking of some of the decade's greatest hits. "Diane von Furstenberg first did wrap dresses in the 1970s, but they were much more modest than the gray and white striped one we're stocking this spring," says Betsy Fisher, owner of the eponymous Dupont Circle boutique (1224 Connecticut Ave. NW; 202-785-1975). A similar modern spirit hustles through other updated pieces, from slim-cut maxi skirts to jumpsuits that seem more day-at-thecafe than night-at-the-disco. "It's all very elegant, feminine and a way for women to show their power and ease," says Fisher. Chalk up another victory for the women's lib our mothers spent those years fighting for. JENNIFER BARGER
"It's all very elegant, feminine and a way for women to show their power and ease."
Though the original Diane von Furstenberg wrap dresses (circa 1972) were meant for the boardroom, DVF's reimagined, vaguely nautical style seems meant for the barroom or yacht club. Pair it with a leather obi belt ($125, Betsy Fisher), faux gem earrings, Missoni pumps ($48 and $465, Sassanova) and a silver cocktail ring ($95, South Moon Under).
Evoke "Charlie's Angels" — or at least a mid-1970s attitude — with a Jean Paul Gaultier jumpsuit ($495, Hu's Wear), a charm necklace ($38, South Moon Under), an exotic printed silk scarf ($58, Jcrew.com), oversized Tory Burch sunglasses ($149, Sassanova), Bettye Mulller espadrilles ($185, Sassanova) and funky turquoise rings ($52, Proper Topper).
Studio 54 is closed, but D.C. boasts plenty of its own hotspots (and hot events) worthy of this Akris dress ($2,990, Neiman Marcus, 5300 Wisconsin Ave. NW; 202-966-9700). Play up its disco-gone-proper vibe with a silk flower pin ($68, Proper Topper), gold-tone earrings ($125, The Shoe Hive), bangles ($25 each, Simply Soles, Georgetown Park Mall, 3222 M St. NW; 202-232-0072) and Diane von Furstenberg suede wedges ($280, The Shoe Hive).
Remember when the Grateful Dead played RFK Stadium in 1973? Nope? Then you're the right age to rock Lucky Brand Jeans' tie-dyed maxi skirt ($70, South Moon Under), Lulu's ruffled tee ($56, South Moon Under), a heart-charm necklace ($32, South Moon Under), crystal and silver earrings ($58, Sassanova), cork and metal bangles ($120-$172, The Shoe Hive), suede wedges ($238, Jcrew.com) and a shell cocktail ring ($22, Proper Topper).
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and chain necklace puts a refined twist on hardware ($285, The Shoe Hive). 2. Look ripe for San Fran in a Tricia Fix Tribal Kimono Top ($98, South Moon Under). 3. Patriotic? Show love for American designers in Oscar de la Renta cork stilettos ($595, Sassanova). 4. Every generation has their aviators, but these are Marc by Marc Jacobs ($85, The Shoe Hive). 5. Carry spring with you with Apple and Bee's floral clutch ($104, Proper Topper). 6. Update gold hoops with hip and heavy versions (price upon request, The Shoe Hive). 7. The jumpsuit goes glam with Gracia's ruffled romper ($74, South Moon Under).
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A Slice Of Spring
It's a (nearly) scientific fact: Whether
Did you know? Espadrilles were once the shoes of choice for mountain peasants in the Pyrenees between France and Spain. Both men and women donned the flat footwear.
tall or teeny, most gals feel empowered wearing a higher heel. But stilettos are not comfy, and chunky pumps feel too K Street for springy strolls. So design houses from Tory Burch to Lanvin are putting the wedge — in forms from espadrille to Gaga-esque platform — back on stylish footing. “They’re the functional, smart heel,” says Kassie Rempel, owner of Simply Soles (3222 M ST. NW; 202-232-0072). “Wedges give height and make legs look lean, but they’re also seasonal.” We’ll kick up our you-knowwhats to that. K ATHERINE BOYLE
SUCH GREAT HEIGHTS
HOW TO PULL IT OFF
Simple Soles' Kassie Rempel likes wedges with a capri pant or mid-length skirt. They also bring a bump of style to a pair of jeans or a simple sundress.
1. Yves Saint Laurent gold wedge (price upon request, Ysl.com)
2. Tory Burch swan espadrille ($175, Simply Soles) 3. Butter
Stephania wedge ($325, Simply Soles) 4. Walter Steiger's Nace ($870, Waltersteiger.com) 5. Nina Ricci sling ribbon wedge ($795, Hu's Shoes, 3005 M St. NW; 202-342-0202) 6. Walter Steiger Nympho ($999) 7. Lanvin gold ribbon wedge ($515, Hu's Shoes) 8. Bettye Muller Saffron espie ($185, The Shoe Hive, 127 S. Fairfax St., Alexandria, Va.; 703-548-7105).
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THE BEST OF WHO, WHAT AND WEAR
SOME: So Others Might Eat Junior Gala FEBRUARY 11 | CORCORAN GALLERY
Young Washingtonians, known for their lofty ideals, showed both charitable and sartorial chops at the eighth annual SOME Junior Gala. This well-clad set of under30-somethings danced and dined at the sold-out event, which benefitted the construction of So Others Might Eat's new community center, Marguerite's Place. From SOME Junior Gala co-chair Nick Franchot's sharply cut tux to the high, high heels on the ladies, the night proved to be a stylish fete for a cause worth nurturing.
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Wearing: Simple black dress from Nordstrom, Steve Madden pumps and red Guess clutch.
Style Philosophy: "Comfort always comes second!"
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Wearing: Johanna wears an ABS Schwartz cocktail dress paired with a Prada necklace and Miu Miu heels. John's Style Philosophy: "As long as you're wearing nice shoes, you can get away with anything!"
Wearing: A taupe Missoni pleated skirt, Helmut Lang tee, Chanel pumps and a Venetian red YSL patent leather clutch. Style Philosophy: "Comfortable and timeless."
Washington Humane Society Sugar and Champagne Affair FEBRUARY 1 | THE RITZ-CARLTON
Fur was in â€” furry friends, that is â€” with animal lovers who dolled up (and brought their dogs) for the Washington Humane Society's 10th Annual Sugar and Champagne Affair. The bash, hosted by Todd and Ellen Gray of Equinox Restaurant, featured sweet treats like brown butter panna cotta and chocolatecoconut macaroons for humans and â€” ruff life! â€” biscuits from Barkley Square Dog Bakery for their fourlegged friends. K ATHERINE BOYLE
Christine Gutleben Humane Society of the United States
Jason Mandel Realtor
Eric Teeters Marine biologist
Wearing: Christine wears Ralph Lauren boots and a Theory shift. Christina sports Anthropologie with an Alexander Wang hobo.
Wearing: Ralph Lauren Black Label suits paired with pastel Hermes ties. Six-week-old pup Watson is their best accessory.
Christina's Style Philosophy: "Romantic, practical and comfortable.
Jason's Style Philosophy: "Sophisticated, D.C. prep."
We Love: Her neutral and simple equestrian style, and her matching Jack Russell Terriers.
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Style Philosophy: "I'd have to say today it's dog-walking chic!"
calendar of advertiser and editorial fashion selections
March 11-27 â€” South Moon Under. 20% off all swimwear and swim accessories excluding flip flops. All stores. southmoonunder.com.
April 14-17 â€” Babette. Fall collection trunk show. 3307 Cadyâ€™s Alley NW; 202-339-9885. babettesf.com.
Through March 13 â€” Temporium. A pop-up shop with local designersâ€™ clothing, Mid Atlantic art and quirky performances. Mon.-Fri. 2-7 p.m., Sat.-Sun. 11 a.m.-6 p.m. 3068 Mt. Pleasant St. NW; Mtptemporium.com.
April 16 â€” Eileen Fisher Runway Show. A runway show of new spring styles by the enduring American designer. 2 p.m. National Museum of Women in the Arts, 1250 New York Ave. NW; for info, call Neiman Marcus at 202-966-9700.
March 17 â€” Diane von Furstenberg trunk show with breezy dresses, nautical-inspired tops and other styles by the high priestess of prints. Betsy Fisher, 1224 Connecticut Ave. NW; 202-785-1975. March 29 â€” District Sample Sale. Local boutiques like Ginger, Urban Chic, Julia Farr, Wink, Caramel, Shoe Hive, Imagine and Poppy & Stella sell deeply discounted merch during a food and cocktail filled shop-a-thon. Tickets are $40, $100 VIP, $250 Benefactress. VIP hour 5:30-6:30 p.m., general admission 6:30-9 p.m.; 2010 L St. NW. PHOTOS BY ABBY GREENAWALT
April 29-30 â€” Georgetown French Market. Book Hillâ€™s signature European open-air market features over 30 Georgetown boutiques, antique shops, restaurants and galleries offering savings up to 70% off designer goods, art and antique home furnishings. The event also features strolling musicians and mimes, childrenâ€™s activities, live music and French cuisine from Georgetown cafes and restaurants. 10 a.m.-5 p.m. Wisconsin Ave. NW between P St. and Reservoir Rd. georgetowndc.com.
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