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Welcome to Fiesta DC’s fashion issue! I’m Maryland­ raised-and­-slightly-­nomadic freelance writer Emily Butterfield, and I’ll be talking you through Jamie’s photo tour of Washington, DC’s eighteenth fashion week. DC Fashion Week is a semi­annual celebration of the sartorial chops of our nation’s capital. Held in venues across DC’s downtown, East and West ends, and Georgetown, this year’s event featured differently­themed nights celebrat­ ing emerging DC designers, international design­ ers, and designers who are environmentally con­ scious. The week also included some extremely fashionable highlights on Corjor International, a line designed by Ean Williams-­DC Fashion Week’s executive director and seasoned couture de­ signer in his own right. Without further ado, let’s get our collective passion for fashion on.

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Designer Spotlight: Ites International I recently had the opportunity to catch up with Sequoia David, designer behind Ites International, to discuss her collection. DC Fashion Week 2013 featured Sequoia’s Ites collection in its Emerging Designers Showcase. Sequoia is a seasoned veteran of international fashion, and after a considerable hiatus she has “re-emerged” in the industry with strongly relevant and inventive designs. What’s behind the name Ites? The word “ites” comes out of Rastafarian culture and refers to the “heights” - meaning the highest order, highest quality, highest style. If Ites International said something - one sentence - what would it be? “Fashions that glorify the royalty in you.” Do you have a particular style icon? Princess Diana was one of my style icons, at least at one point. Not just her style, but her lifestyle, I thought, was meaningful. I like that about her, and I really took her death quite personally. If you could give me a “fashion mission statement,” what would it be? Fashion should be an expression of self. A lot of times we hide ourselves in clothes as opposed to expressing ourselves - but I think we should wear ourselves when we wear clothes. We change daily and we go through different evolutions, and that would be demonstrated in our styles. And I do think that’s becoming more and more the case in society: that the people dictate trends for themselves, as opposed to designers dictating trends for the public. What are some examples of your expression through Ites International? Well, I use a lot of authentic African textiles. I do that because I believe in craft - as opposed to everything being mass-produced in China. I think that the idea of crafting things - of creating fabrics, creating art - is something that we want to keep alive, we want to encourage, and we want to glorify. So I use a lot of those textiles because they’re handmade. I use kente cloth from Ghana; it’s hand-woven. If I don’t use it, and if other people don’t use it, then it becomes a dying art. I use kuba cloth from the Central African Republic, and it’s made from grass. I just think it’s really brilliant that they actually use raffia, weave it into small looms, and put it together into big swaths of fabric. They’re expensive to work with, but - they’re art 6 < FIESTA DC MAGAZINE • MARCH

pieces. And I try to do very streamlined shapes, because I want to express the fabric as much as the style. The people who are drawn to my fashions are the people who are drawn to the art of some of those fabrics. I don’t use those fabrics exclusively; I do a lot of jerseys, and I do pieces that are just western, but I try to marry the two - the authentic textiles with more conventional fabrics, like silks, linens, and jerseys. It sounds like that ties into something I read on your website: “Natural fashions for intelligent life.” Yes, and when I say intelligent - again, we were talking about self-expression. That means that there is some thought to what we wear, to how we dress, to the fact that when we go out, we actually are expressing ourselves. You can’t leave your home without clothes anyway. So even though people tend to want to trivialize fashion by saying, “Oh, that’s just women’s egos and wanting to look pretty,” it actually is bigger than that. It’s everyone. A man who wears a grey suit every day, that’s an expression. That’s a choice he makes. He has to put something on, but he doesn’t have to only put on that grey suit. It’s an expression. As humans, we do have that choice. We don’t wear the same fur every day like animals do. We’re able to change our furs; we’re able to change our skins. So we apply our innate intelligence to the choices we make and how we show ourselves. As for the natural fabrics: our body wears natural fibers better. They breathe with us, they move better with us, and they last longer. So [with that understanding,] our choices are evolving more into really being conscious that what we wear impacts our health, impacts our mood, impacts our interactions with other people. You’ve mentioned that you see flat-out copies of your designs fairly often. When you see one of these copies, what’s your reaction? Does it frustrate you or flatter you? Do you just take it as, “Cool, I’ve had an influence on style,” or are you thinking, “Come on, guys...”? All of the above. In fashion it’s a lot about inspiration and we’re all inspired by each other; I don’t think there’s anything new under the sun for us to come up with. But, you know, you can do something different... the creative mind always evolves, so there’s still an evolution of something else. If i see something and I’m inspired by it, I try to do my version of it - or my improvement of it - as opposed to just knocking it off. I think knocking something off is just lazy. Either you’re lazy or you’re not a designer; you’re something else. Who is your target clientele? My style is sort of like a signature style, but I think some of it translates to everyday wear because it can be either dressed up or dressed down. So simply put, all women. Women who want to wear themselves. If you are a royal, then you have to really be special; you have to really dress specially. And I think we all are royal. You can check out Sequoia’s designs at www.itesinternational.com or on facebook (Ites International Fashion).

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• The scene DC Fashion Week kicked off on Monday, February 18th at the Woolly Mammoth Theatre in Penn Quarter with its Eco Fashion Show. The runway show celebrated designers who embrace environmentally-conscious practices in their fashion. The striking architecture of the building, and the enthusiastic vendors and Washingtonians who filled it, lent to a fashionable vibe and a great start to the week.

Piece of the Night: There were flashier pieces that night, but this gold pantsuit was truly impeccable: so dignified, and extremely flattering to the female shape.

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•Designers featured Project Blue Wrap (Inova) Inova’s Office of Sustainability partners with DC Fashion Week each fall and spring with a competition to create fashion pieces out of blue wrap - the material used to keep items in hospitals clean, which would otherwise simply be discarded. The results tend to amaze. •The Kourtney Jaeson Collection Wacky and cool, the Kourtney Jaeson Collection made me think of Nicky Minaj. The line she sent down the runway, with cotton-candy-colored bob-style barbie wigs, had the “intentional random” vibe, fun feel of excess, and funky, devil-may-care sensibilities of New York or LA. •Estella Couture The pieces Estella sent down the runway were based in bold and eye-catching fabrics with sophisticated cuts. She used high-fashion shapes in rich and elegant hues that make me think “regal.” •das Man Men’s underwear line das Man - which makes its products with the incredibly soft organic cotton, organic coloring, and functional (not just decorative) eco-certified buttons - sent cool and refreshingly boldly-colored briefs and trunks down the runway.

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Corjor International presented by Tesla Motors Corjor (DCFW Executive Director Ean Williams’ line) debuted its 2013 looks in this car showroom turned uptown fashion showdown on Wednesday, February 20th. The small but sleek and cool Tesla Motors location on K Street opened its doors to Fashion Week for a fashion show and reception over wine, hors d’oeuvres, excited chatter, and camera flashes. I took in the scene as glamazons wandered all around in Corjor’s classically gorgeous and sleek designs. Ean Williams seems to be the Man with the Plan in our capital’s fashion industry. An international designer in his own right, and an advisory board member of the Black Fashion Designers’ Association to boot, he is the founder and executive director of DC Fashion Week. From speaking throughout the week with designers, models, volunteers, and fashion-loving members of the general public - and from the fact that, though it only started in the last decade, you’ve heard of DC Fashion Week - there’s a general sense that his efforts are truly elevating the fashion culture of DC. Piece of the Night: The fabulously somber black dress-hat-blindfold combination, which I personally dub the “Black Widow” outfit, , won tonight.

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Ean has led a prominent and promising design career in DC for at least the past decade with Corjor (a line derived from the combination of his two eldest sons’ names, Corey and Jordan). He won New York’s “INDIE Best Menswear Designer” award in 2003, and “Corjor” became “Corjor International” in 2010 when Ean took his line to Serbia and, later, to the Ukraine. We look forward to seeing the wonderful job he continues to do on behalf of DC’s fashion culture.

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I recently had the pleasure of sitting down for a talk with Vijay Swamy, CEO of organic men’s underwear line das Man. DC Fashion Week 2013 featured das Man in its Eco Fashion Show in February at the Woolly Mammoth Theatre.

How long has the concept for das Man been around? I had the idea for making organic underwear way back in 2010. I got a designer and we started working on lingerie, but then she moved out of town. So I lost the designer; I had to lay low for a little bit, I went through a lot of different things in life, and decided, “You know what? I can do something that I know about, something I use every day.” I decided to go with men’s underwear. It’s the basic item: everyone needs underwear. If you could give me a fashion mission statement, what would it be? I believe in the old-school saying, “Simplicity is the utmost elegance.” A lot of times, the designers go to great lengths in creating complex, convoluted designs. It’s like molecular gastronomy. You create this really complex food; at the end of the day, what matters is whether it tastes good. The same thing goes with fashion. To me fashion is an intersection of form and functionality. It should be great form, it should be beautiful, it should be elegant; at the same time it should be comfortable. There are a lot of things which you see on the runway that look really good, but won’t suit the everyday life. So - das Man to me is where form meets functionality. That’s as far as design goes. For us design is a key element; we do have a very unique product. But das Man is more of an intersection of design with environmental concerns that we have, and how the fashion industry behaves. That brings me to another question: in terms of a conscious and ethical approach to your brand, I understand that you are organic, insecticide-free, pesticide-free, free of harsh chemical coloring, and sweatshop-free. And that you’ll soon be donating 25% of your profits to educational charities. Did I get everything? Yes, you did; very good!...[Even] the buttons are produced in an eco-certified factory, so we’ve taken care of that as well. What exactly does eco-certified mean? A lot of times buttons are made of plastic; plastic is derived from petroleum. They throw the waste from making the product into some riverstream, I suppose. But the vendor that we bought it from [is] very environmentally conscious, so they have an eco certification [to denote that] they’re very responsible in what they do, what they make, and what they throw away in waste. If your collection said something - one sentence - what would it be? It’s haute couture for the main street. “Haute couture” literally translates to “high fashion,” suggesting custommade: that you go to a tailor and have something made that fits only you. Our product is not custom-made; on the other hand, it is tailor-made www.fiestadcmagazine.com >

- and expertly tailored - meaning we didn’t mass-produce it. On your website you cite two main inspirations: your “global exposure” and the work of Jean Patou. This is two-parter. First off: why Jean Patou? Jean Patou - he’s a revolutionary of sorts. Calling him that wouldn’t even do him justice. He was very prominent in the 1920s and 30s. He was very innovative; the tennis skirt was his idea; the designer tie was his idea. Secondly: how has your experience of the world informed and inspired das Man? I grew up in places where a dress code is not optional - where a dress code is part of who you are....[Even after] growing up that way for a long time I did, fortunately, develop a sense of style....I was a rebel; I wanted to change things up. I ended up with what I want. Am I a designer? No, I’m not. Am I a creator? No, I’m not. But I have an eye for good things. And I have the talent to find the right talent. So I found some good designs from the 1920s and 30s, I found a good designer who could improvise upon that, and that’s how we ended up with das Man. Who is your target clientele? The educated American urban male...the worldly man...someone who appreciates fashion, who appreciates colors - and most importantly, who appreciates a product that is made with environmental consciousness in mind. So, to put it bluntly: the customers who don’t shop at Wal-Mart or big-box stores. I find all these big-box stores very chauvinistic: they make these millions of items and put them in a few hundred thousand square feet of space; if [an item] doesn’t sell, they throw it away. We only have a finite amount of raw materials; I’d rather build a product that lasts as long as it can. So I definitely want to reach out to...people who are conscious about what they wear, both in terms of material and workmanship and in terms of the eco-friendliness of the product. If you wanted to see one thing happen in DC, what would it be? (Note to the reader: Vijay is a man in love with cars.) I want better roads. We’re the capital city of the world’s most powerful nation, and we have an absolute disaster of a road outside! It’s great to see someone repping the boys in DC fashion. Check out das Man’s highly mentionable unmentionables on facebook (das Man), twitter (@dasManforAll), or at www.dasMan.com.

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Designer Spotlight: Estella Couture I had the pleasure of catching up with Estella Ogbonna, designer of Estella Couture, after she was featured in DC Fashion Week 2013’s Eco Fashion Show. We talked Chanel, eco-sustainable fashion, giving back to the community, and the beauty of buying one’s first very own dress.

Is it true that the brown and gold pantsuit from Monday’s Eco Fashion Show is an outfit you made out of some curtains? I love it. Yes, it is....I made it out of my drapes. That’s just plain cool...what’s the craziest thing you’ve ever turned into an outfit? I see things lying around the house and I just want to change them, turn them into something wearable. I’ve always done that, even before I started fashion. I can’t really think of anything weird right now...but I have a big shell dress I’m making - it’s going to be all covered with shells that I’m going to hand-paint into different colors...to give it a kind of African-print look, kind of like a wedding dress, for the next [DC Fashion Week] Eco Runway Show in September. And that’s part of my natural collection for that season. I’m trying to make all this stuff from natural things in the environment - not just fabric, not just curtains - things like food stuff, leaves - just things I gather from nature. 12 < FIESTA DC MAGAZINE• MARCH

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What’s the best fashion piece you’ve ever bought? It was when I was twelve years old. Before then my mom liked to shop for me, and get me wearing all the “pinky” stuff. I was able to save my own money and open my own bank account, and I went and bought a yellow dress. I still remember that dress...the fact that I bought it with my own money meant a lot to me. And I wore that dress until my mom had to hide it.

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Do you have a style icon? Yes: Coco Chanel. Because her story is something that touches my heart. She was one of the big names I heard growing up, and to know what she went through during the war - giving up on her dreams, then coming back to retail and making it in the industry; the little black dress and everything - she’s my inspiration. Because her life, everything about her, to me, speaks. I love that she persevered through a lot to become one of the biggest fashion icons in the whole world.

Where do fashion and community interests meet? I’ve used my calling as a designer in the community...being able to participate in fashion shows where [members of the community] do fundraisers - they’re helping us to be good. And I have a sewing club, So So Sewing, where I teach people to sew for free; it’s a sort of investment. I expect everyone I’ve taught to sew for free to be able to make something to give away to [a patient at] the Children’s Hospital in DC. So that’s me taking fashion - not necessarily retail fashion right now - but it’s me taking my fashion ability into the community, and being able to be a blessing to all the people. One thing I plan to do before the year runs out is hold a clothing drive. Being from Africa - I’m from Nigeria, but I did business in Ghana last year - to me, there are so many people who need things that people are taking for granted here. You know how they say that one man’s trash is another person’s treasure....So there are different ways that fashion comes into the community. On the other hand, there are people who look at fashion and say, “Okay, it’s a business.” And yes, it’s actually a business. Everybody getting into fashion as a business should to look out to make money...but it’s not always all about money. There has to be some responsibility....[For instance,] being able to save the environment - that’s fashion community committed to making a difference.

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Who is Estella Couture’s target clientele? My target clientele is anyone who is fashionable. My designs go across genders. For someone who wants to be simple, I have designs for that; for someone who wants to stand out in the crowd and have everybody go “wow” [“In a good or a bad way,” she jokes charmingly], I have designs for that. [They can] dress up or dress down. In this industry, it’s okay for people to find a certain niche, but I’m versatile. I make clothes across different demographics. Everybody will find something they can wear in my collection.

If you wanted to see one thing happen in the DC area, what would it be? I would love to see it listed among the big fashion cities. I mean, you have Milan, you have New York, you have London...I want DC to be at the top too. Because we can do it. I read statistics a couple years ago saying this city spends more in fashion than New York. I was blown away. If all that money is exchanging hands right here, we need to be at the top. That’s why I really love what DC Fashion Week is doing. Ean Williams [executive director of fashion week] is doing so much and I know with everything he’s doing, DC’s gonna get there. Also, we have Michelle Obama right here, bringing in all this [fashion] attention, finally, so it’s not just about grey suits and boring-looking eveningwear at functions. Now the fashion end is up in DC, and I see DC going farther. I’m glad to be part of it. You can check out Estella’s designs at estellacouture.com or on facebook (Estella Couture). You can find her free sewing class on facebook as well (So So Sewing Club).

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Emerging Designer Showcase The scene Saturday’s Emerging Designer Showcase took place at the Washington Post Conference Center on 15th Street ­ not four blocks from the White House. As the event title suggests, the show celebrated designers coming out of the woodwork (and one re­emerging) in DC whom Fashion Week’s powers­that­be pick to spotlight. The sizeable venue was well­filled, with press and the public alike vying for good views. Musical guests Maire and RA the MC (who also had a line to debut) performed between a wide variety of designers’ sets. Designers featured RA the MC’s clothing line RA’s line was a refreshing sight in DC: with its combination of super­urban vibe and hippie­ chic elements, it landed in the realm of very cool and very cute with hipster­but­not­too­hipster sensibilities.

Taylor Made Designs By taking luxurious fabrics in bright solids and floral prints and applying classic, feminine cuts, Taylor of Taylor Made Designs achieved a line that looked both African­inspired and like Georgetown on a swanky resort vacation.

Waisted Candy Waisted Candy emphasized the curves of a woman and their center - the waist - with closefitting pieces, neon colors, and mixtures of solids, stripes, and polka dots reminiscent of the 80s. Most pieces centered around a waist panel featuring either a bold color, a playful pattern, or some sort of play with lines.

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Artemis Couture Artemis Couture sent a Georgetown goldmine down the runway in a mixture of casual versus formal and tailored versus fitted pieces. Her line has a quality of fashion sensibility that would fit in with both conservative DC and the fashion world outside it, which is no small feat. I could see Artemis dressing our next president, today, when she’s off the clock ­ and perhaps her entire cabinet.

Ites International Sequoia David, a seasoned designer re­emerging after a hiatus, hit the runway with a varied line, using a mixture of softer and bulkier fabrics, as well as a mixture of earth tones and bold, rich colors and prints. Perhaps a reflection of her long and diverse history with fashion, her line felt like a convergence of traditional African style and classic Western style, with a wink in the direction of funkier modern cuts.

Piece of the Night: This African-­bohemian dress by Ites International ­ because DC could use a bit of funk, youth, and ethnic diversity in its wardrobe. And that highlights what the Emerging Designer Showcase is all about.

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Finale, 18th International Couture Collections Showcase •The scene Fashion Week came to a close with fireworks on Sunday, February 24, holding its Finale and International Couture Collections Showcase at the French Embassy. It’s a handsome structure and a venue that worked beautifully to house both the couture fashion show and the extracurricular press and socializing that accompanied it. Courvoisier Gold sponsored the event and sold drinks throughout; the VIP section boasted an open wine bar and stands of gourmet food. You could feel it in the room: DC Fashion Week came into its own on this culminating night; hot and beautifully tasteful truly came together here, both on the runway and off. The evening inspired. •Some designers featured Artemis Couture (We don’t have pics from Artemis on Sunday night, but we could borrow from Saturday) Artemis beat out the competition at Saturday’s Emerging Designer Showcase to gain a spot at Sunday’s International Couture Collections Showcase. Heritage (We don’t have pics from Heritage, but since we only have pics of Firefly and Corjor on Sunday, we should mention and describe at least a couple others - hence the Heritage mention and description.) Aptly-named. It felt like someone raided your crazy hippie aunt’s closet (you know, the one who has best friends on every continent) and turned their findings into a beautiful clothing line. It legitimately felt as though each piece had a story. The invention and reinvention present in this collection was impressive, to say the least. Firefly Africa * Asia This line made the winter bundle-up look good. You know that time of year when you put on every sweater you own and don’t care when it looks frumpy? Firefly sent the solution down the runway with a series of jackets, pants, and wintry accessories in intercontinentally-inspired but relatively subdued colors and prints. Each look really covered up, and most every piece relied on bulk - lending the whole collection an air of unaffected cool that didn’t detract from its ability to flatter.

Piece of the Night: this green-­and-­black “pantsuit” by Corjor International Why? Ean has a classically beautiful ­ well, jaw­-dropping-hand in design; there’s no question about it. He knows how to take your breath away with a dress. There were pieces from Sunday night that inspired more applause, but this look made me stop and stare. It’s different. For DC fashion, it’s incendiary. And what I’ve noticed is that the more I look at it, the more I’m drawn to it, and the more fantastic it becomes to me. Once again, I think DC could use a taste of this new flavor. 16 16 <<www.fiestadcmagazine.com FIESTA DC MAGAZINE • MARCH

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Amaryllis has a passion for community, music and writing. She is currently promoting her latest CD, “No Me Doy Por Vencida” and will be submitting to The 14th Latin Grammy (r) 2014 “For Consideration, and She will be sharing the stage with Jose Feliciano “World Tour 2013” as a Special Guest on August 3, 2013 at The Forum Auditorium in Harrisburg, Pennsylvania. She is collaborating with Emmy Award-winning composer Rodney Whittenberg. He will be directing and producing her long awaited music video, “Canta Corazon,” which will be out by April 2013. This is one of her songs on her CD, “No Me Doy Por Vencida.” As a Self-Published Author, she released her Book, “Poetry From Within” and is getting ready to release her next book, “ExtraOrdinary Music Love” by the Fall of 2013. This book is a collection of the last 17 years that span her musical journey with tapes, video, pictures, and stories. As an Independent Artist and Entrepeneur, she knows the real value of utilizing her Brand, “Amaryllis aka The Latin Phoenix” to strategically place herself in a position to tour and sell merchandise. Her official website: www.syllirama.com is getting a brand new design and look by 561 Media, Inc., located in Florida. Santiago frequently donates time and talent to many community agencies and projects. She is a Business Consultant for The SMA Entertainment Group and The Salsa Music Awards. She is also an Invited Artist and performs in their National Salsa Music Tour for promotional exposure. As a Dual Voting member of The Recording Academy and The Latin Grammy’s, she serves as an Elected Governor in the Philadelphia Chapter, representing many artists and music professionals. Her vision, and goal is to let people know that dreams can be a realization by hard work, discipline, focus, honesty, and remaining true to yourself. To listen to her music and more information visit: www.reverbnation.com/amaryllissantiago ASCAP The Latin Recording Academy The Recording Academy (Serving as one of the Governors for the Philadelphia Chapter) AWARDS and ACCOLADES 2012-The Salsa Music Awards (Best Female Salsa of the Year Nominee) 2012-The Salsa Magazine Salsa Awards (The Top 40 Fan Favorites-Position was #16 with 181,949 Fan Votes!) 2007-Best Latin Artist of the Year-Central PA Hip Hop Awards The Next Level CD-In 2006 France Midem Preview Top 10 Charts. #6-Simply Me and #10-VFW.

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