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façon the fashion revolution SPRING 2012

CONTENTS IN EACH ISSUE EDITOR’S NOTES 5 CONTRIBUTING WRITERS FEMME STYLE SPOTLIGHT WISH LIST SPLURGE VS. STEAL OBSESSION LESS IS MORE

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L’HOMME STYLE SPOTLIGHT SPLURGE VS. STEAL THE COVETED LESS IS MORE

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FEATURES BOUTIQUE BUZZ 36 HUGH & CRYE A CONVERSATION WITH... 38 DESIREE VENN FREDERIC

BEAUTY 30 BEAUTY REPORT 31 BEAUTY ADVICE 34

MIXING THE OLD WITH THE NEW 44 KEITH LIPERT GALLERY

CULTURE 40

TRÈS MAGNIFIQUE 52 KATHERINE MARTINEZ

THE LAST WORD 69

VINTAGE SCOUT 54 VINTAGE SHOPPING WITH OUR STAFF WALK THE LINE 62 COYE NOKES FOOTWEAR

COVER PHOTO: CLOTHES REPURPOSED BY KATHERINE MARTINEZ STYLED BY KATHERINE MARTINEZ


EDITOR-IN-CHIEF Janice Susan Wallace MANAGING EDITOR Jennifer Jean-Pierre

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MEN’S STYLE EDITOR Emmanuel Egolum BEAUTY EDITOR Adrienne Whyte WOMEN’S ACCESSORIES EDITOR Nakia Durant DIRECTOR OF PHOTOGRAPHY Daniel Stiles ASSISTANT DIRECTOR OF PHOTOGRAPHY Denisio Truit t DIRECTOR OF DESIGN Gamal Amadou COPY CHIEF Tonya Sprat t-Williams EDITORIAL STAFF Shamaya Fenwick-Chisolm Jasmine McCrae Dominica Tillary FACON IS PUBLISHED QUARTERLY BY A FASHION PARADE. THE CONTENTS OF THIS MAGAZINE ARE PROTECTED BY COPYRIGHT AND CANNOT BE REPURPOSED, REPRODUCED OR REDISTRIBUTED WITHOUT WRITTEN PERMISSION BY A FASHION PARADE. TO REQUEST PERMISSION, EMAIL INFO@FACONMAGAZINE.COM. COPYRIGHT © 2012 A FASHION PARADE, HYATTSVILLE, MD 20781

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37th Annual Sugarloaf Crafts Festival 250 Artisans Showcase “A Sensory Celebration” in Gaithersburg, MD Friday, April 13 through Sunday, April 15, 2012 Montgomery County Fairgrounds 16 Chestnut Street Gaithersburg, MD 20877

Show Hours: Friday, April 13

10 a.m. to 6 p.m.

Saturday, April 14

10 a.m. to 6 p.m.

Sunday, April 15

10 a.m. to 5 p.m.

Admission (valid all three days): Adults $7 online; $9 at the door Children under 12 are free Parking is free

Celebrate the senses of spring! More than 250 of the nation’s most accomplished craftspeople invite spring cleaners and sun-seekers to awaken their senses and treat themselves to fine, contemporary crafts. Jury-selected craftspeople personally show and sell one-of-a-kind handmade items in functional and decorative pottery, sculpture, glass, jewelry, fashion, wood, metal, furniture, home accessories, photography and fine art.

The Sugarloaf Crafts Festival in Gaithersburg will feature: • • • •

“A Sensory Celebration,” the show’s new theme, highlights the full experience of enjoying fine, contemporary American crafts with thousands of handcrafted items to touch, see, taste, smell and hear. Gourmet foods and Spring-time favorites—including candies and chocolates, soups, artisan breads, jams and dips, syrups and olive oils—will be available to sample and purchase from dozens of specialty food purveyors. Master craftspeople will show how their work is made in continuous live demonstrations. Family entertainment includes interactive children’s dress up theater and contemporary live music. For more information, including driving directions and admission discounts, visit sugarloafcrafts.com or call (800) 210-9900. Free parking is available on site.


Something Old, Something New

Whew! I am very happy to see winter move right along without incident. I did not miss the “white stuff � at all. Not for one moment. It is delightful to hear the birds chirping and see the grass growing. Spring is always about renewal. It reminded me of my old prom picture. I wore a handmade Emanuel Ungaro dress. It was so unique. I wish that I still had that dress. I would totally let Katherine Martinez (La Petite Marmoset) have a go at it and make it something amazing. For spring, we wanted to focus on a renewal of sorts. In these interesting economic times, fashionable people need to stay fashionable. How do we do it? We suggest throughout the issue - mix the fabulous items in your closets with a few chosen vintage (or vintage-inspired) pieces to keep your looks fresh and new. Our staff hit some of their favorite vintage shops in search of vintage treasures. We also delve into the mystery of cufflinks. What makes these little accessories so special? We also had a blast at the Keith Lipert Gallery with five of my fav fashion bloggers. A true mixing of old and new. Finally, discover new footwear designer, Coye Nokes. It might be your something new to go with your something old. Where there is a will to be fashionable, there is a way. We hope that you enjoy discovering new finds to add to your closets. As always, if you know an amazing designer or would like to send me a note, just email me at: editor@faconmagazine.com or hit me up on Twitter, @stylish_in_dc. You can also follow the magazine on Twitter, @faconmagazine. Enjoy.

Janice Susan Wallace Editor-in-Chief


CONTRIBUTING WRITERS Jimmy De La Cruz is a Peruvian born freelance fashion editor. He’s currently seeking a B.A. in journalism from University of District of Columbia. He lives and works in Washington D.C. Jimmy caught up with Pranav Vora in the Hugh & Crye studio to talk a little bit about making the perfect shirt.

Keri Henderson is a lifestyle blogger and personal stylist. She became writing her blog, A Diva State of Mind in 2009. With a passion for fashion and a background in retail, Keri has expanded her brand to provide personal styling services to help individuals meet their styling needs without breaking the bank. She sat down to talk with Katherine Martinez of La Petite Marmoset to talk about vintage fashion and making what’s old, new again.

Myss Stephens holds a B.S. in Sociology and is currently completing a MA. in Counseling Psychology. Her training, counseling and image enhancing experience allows her to bring a compassion and insight into her business and writing that allow her to stand apart from the masses. She caught up with Desiree Venn Frederic of Fashion Empowering Women to talk a little about vintage jewelry, the fashion industry and her organization’s new “Look Good, Do Good” campaign


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STYLE SPOTLIGHT

Carmen Eliam Her beautiful aura and deep spirituality are woven into her beautiful copper jewelry


SEVEN QUESTIONS FOR CARMEN ELIAM (CARMENELIAMJEWELRY.COM)

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WHY DID YOU START DESIGNING JEWELRY?

My background is Fine Arts. I started collecting beads when I was in the fashion industry in Paris. So when I moved to the States, a French friend of mine was making jewelry and she asked me did I want to play together (making jewelry) with her.

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WHAT KIND OF WOMAN DO YOU DESIGN FOR?

I design for a range of ages from teenager to the mature woman. My youngest client is nine years old!

WHAT’S BEEN THE HARDEST LESSON THAT YOU HAVE LEARNED?

I want to be more organized. I will keep trying to do so many things at the same time. The lesson for me is to use what I have and expand it. I want to have one collection and finish.

WHY DO YOU DESIGN WITH COPPER?

Copper came to me. I never chose copper. I had so many beads and I got stuck at the end. I wanted to explore more and be more creative. My friend gave me a piece of wire and I started from there. I was born with copper in a previous life and it showed up in this life.

WHO IS YOUR STYLE ICON AND WHY?

I love Lady Gaga! I really love her style. I also love the late Alexander McQueen. He used metal in his designs. I really liked that.

WHAT IS YOUR PERSONAL STYLE?

Chic. Elegant. Trendy. Bold. I love colors. I am not shy at all. People always say that I am extravagent. I love colors and unique pieces. It always relates back to my jewelry.

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WHAT CAN'T YOU LIVE WITHOUT?

Copper. I cannot live without Copper. I think I am married to copper (laughing). I need copper to feel my soul.


WISH LIST

Black & White Delight

CHEVRON PURSE • 2 Chic Designs, $25, www.etsy.com/shop/2chicdesigns

VINTAGE 60'S CAT EYE GLASSES • Collectable Spectacle, $95, etsy.com/shop/CollectableSpectacle

MOD CLIP ON EARRINGS • RetroFit, $10, etsy.com/shop/RetrofitGallery

THE ELISA DRESS • aliceanna, $250, etsy.com/shop/aliceanna VINTAGE FERRAGAMO SHOES • Hazel Hall Vintage, $30, etsy.com/shop/hazelhallvintage 10

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SPLURGE VS. STEAL

Into The Wild SPLURGE

ALEXANDER MCQUEEN TUNIC TOP • Hu's Wear, $1155, shop.husonline.com

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STEAL

VINTAGE ZEBRA TUNIC • Luxury Bubble, $21, etsy.com/shop/luxurybubble

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OBSESSION

Editor’s Picks Nakia Durant, Accessories Editor

MIJOURNE JEWELRY Edgy, colorful pieces that are unique and budget-friendly Mijourne Jewelry is very on trend, edgy, sophisticated, and most importantly affordable. Stephanie Lynn is the creator of Mijourne Jewelry. She started her jewelry line in March 2010. This spring, bright colors are a big trend in accessories. There is a mix with edgy elements incorporated to make this spring's jewelry more bold! Mijourne Jewelry has successfully incorporated all of these elements into their spring 2012 line. www.mijourne.com

Fabric Necklace, $28

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Tassel Drop Earring, $18

Gilded Gold Acrylic Bangle (Green), $12

Armor Ring, $15 Textured Charm Post Earrings (Fuchsia), $14

Color Block Pink Multi Bracelet, $18

Color Block Blue Multi Bracelet, $18

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OBSESSION

ELAINE TURNER • Ginger Boutique, $175, gingerstyle.com

WAYFARER SUNGLASSES • Shop Jeen, $20, shopjeen.com

Light Bright Bright colors make a bright statement

AEGEAN BLOOMS EARRINGS • Lou Lou, $15, loulouboutiques.com

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CROTCHET DRESS • Sheila's Beautifuls, $49.99, stores.ebay. com/Sheilas-Beautifuls


GODDESS BIB NECKLACE • Pink Velvet, $68, pinkvelvet.storenvy.com

KATE SPADE • SimplySoles, $250, simplysoles.com

Gold Mine

Wear this precious metal with neutral colors

EVELYN EARRINGS • Kolton J, $175, koltonj.com

VINTAGE GOLD BROOCH • Mod Human Vintage, $14, etsy.com/ shop/modhuman

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OBSESSION

SIDH BAG • Nature Bag, $25, projectartisan.com/artisan/Nature_Bag

OC NECKLACE • Benjamin R. Caldwell, $3,300, ecofirstart.com

Exotic Adventure These daring styles are not for the faint at heart

BLOQUE • Hanifa, $250, shophanifa.com

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CAP SLEEVE WRAP DRESS • Sjobeck, $280, sjobeckmalibu.com


LESS IS MORE

What to Wear on a First Date FAB FINDS UNDER $100

SWOON GEMS• SimplySoles, $64, simplysoles.com

LOMBARD STREET DRESS • Francesca's Collections, $44, francescascollections. com VINTAGE GOLD NECKLACE• Finding Brooke, $12, etsy.com/shop/FindingBrooke

BE MINE CLUTCH • Francesca's Collections, $34, francescascollections.com

DV BY DOLCE VITA • South Moon Under, $79, southmoonunder.com

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STYLE SPOTLIGHT SEVEN QUESTIONS FOR WILLIE R. HOPKINS (ARTESIANARTIFACTS.COM)

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WHAT MADE A CORPORATE GUY WANT TO BEGIN DESIGNING CUFFLINKS?

I have always liked the elegant look of cufflinks but could never find the style that I wanted. Everything that I found was something that everyone else was wearing. So I started doing some research and found it was fairly easy to do. After making the first pair, it took off from there.

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WHAT’S YOUR FAVORITE STYLE OF CUFFLINKS IE. DUMBBELL, SILK KNOTS, ETC.?

My favorite style of cufflink is the Coin Head. I have several Coin Head cufflinks that I particularly including a Roman Coin and a bronze Coin Head.

DO YOU HAVE A DREAM PAIR OF CUFFLINKS THAT YOU COVET? WHAT WOULD THEY LOOK LIKE?

There is one pair of cufflinks that I am dreaming of. They are by Patek Philippe cufflinks. The Four Leaf Clover design is flawless.

HOW WOULD YOU DESCRIBE YOUR PERSONAL STYLE?

I like to describe my style as Classical Elegance. It's a slight twist on Corporate Chic. Lots of color in the shirts and ties and of course, pocket squares.

WHO ARE YOUR STYLES ICONS AND WHY?

My style icons are Ed Bradley, he personified style without compromise and Miles Davis, a true rebel of stately fashion. Also, any elegant cat from the 20's, 30's 40's and 50's.

WHO ARE YOUR FAVORITE MENSWEAR DESIGNERS?

My favorites are Tom Ford, Canali, and of course Brioni.

WHAT CAN'T YOU LIVE WITHOUT?

A fly custom suit and shirt. Also, a fresh pair Ferragamo's or Sutor Mantellassi shoes.

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ON THE RADAR

Editor’s Picks

Emmanuel Egolum, Men's Fashion Editor

Cufflinks: A Historical Perspective The devil is in the details. Truer words have never been spoken, especially when it comes to the world of menswear. When it comes to adding a bit of pizzazz to their daily outfits, most men shy away from excessive amounts of jewelry (as they should) and sometimes struggle with straddling the fine line of “too much or too little.” Well, have no fear for this conundrum can be solved by the addition of two key pieces: a nice watch and/ or a set of cufflinks. Taking a closer look at the latter of the options, cufflinks can play a vital part in a man’s wardrobe. Made popular during the reign of Louis the XIV, these once purely functional items started off as simply pieces of string, known as cuff strings, moved on to colored lace ribbon, but have since evolved into more decadent wrist adornments made out of more valuable materials. Before the Industrial Revolution, cufflinks were still hand crafted, one-of-a-kind pieces to be displayed as much as worn. The nineteenth century saw the production of cufflinks increased. The cost to produce these gems was so low, it allowed for a larger amounts to be manufactured. What was once only used for formalwear, could now be worn with business and casual attire. Of course, this lower production costs translated into lower consumer prices which expanded the customer base. However, in the late twentieth century, the cufflinks industry had a low period when shirt manufacturers began mass-producing dress and tuxedo shirts with buttons on the cuffs. But that didn't discourage the big jewelry companies, like Tiffany and Cartier. Cufflinks and stud sets were here to stay. Some of the more popular cufflinks today are made out of common metals like sterling silver, gold, titanium, platinum, and a variety of semi-precious to precious stones. Adding even more depth to this facet of men’s furnishings is the fact that these items also come in a myriad of styles. The wearer has a choice between those equipped with flip hinges, fixed backings, chain links, “snaps”, and even silk knots (a.k.a. the “monkey’s fist” or “turk’s head”). The silk knot can be considered the younger and less expensive sibling of the cufflink since it didn’t come along until Charvet, the Paris shirtmaker, brought them into existence in the early 1900s. (All cufflinks in this feature are by Gifting Girls, etsy.com/shop/GiftingGirls)

CUFF DADDY (cuff-daddy.com) DC's Hot Spot for Cufflinks

Superman, $34.99

Swarovski Crystal Cream Pearl, $39.99

Pink MOD Mosaic, $34.99 Abacus, $33.99 Crystal Step Gun Metal, $69.99

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R.I.O.T. (etsy.com/shop/celestecapricecandle)

Hayden Brooke (etsy.com/shop/HaydenBrook)

BluGrn Design (etsy.com/shop/bLuGrnDesign)

Jersey Maids (etsy.com/shop/jerseymaids)

SPECIAL NOTE

Photographs by Dan Stiles

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SPLURGE VS. STEAL

Down to Business The right bag will make a powerful statement

SPLURGE

JW HULME ENVOY MESSENGER • $795, Barney's Co-op, barneys.com

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DUMAINE MESSENGER BAG • $345, xobruno, xobruno.supermarkethq.com


THE COVETED

LIBERTY OF LONDON MITSI PRINT • Epaulet, $175, epauletshop.com

‘THE DOUGLAS’ TIE • Ginger Root Design, $72, shop.gingerrootdesign.com

Print Out Add a graphic print to add a lit tle swagger

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VINTAGE IZOD LACOSTE SHIRT• Kim Vintage, $35, etsy.com/shop/kimvintage


ALEX BAG. • Neiko Designs, $400, neiko.supermarkethq.com

WINCHESTER BOOK • Redeem, $325, store.redeemus.com/

Military Beat Military-inspired options for a slick, relaxed look

SWISS MOTORCYCLE GOGGLES • Jaded Minx, $62.50, etsy.com/shop/jadedminx

G STAR CAMO PANT • Universal Gear, $119, universalgear.com Façon | Spring 2012

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THE COVETED

ORGANIC TEE • xenotees, $24, xenotees.supermarkethq.com

TEXT ME TEE • Patrick Dilascia, $20, etsy.com/shop/patrickdilascia

Tee Time The cool guys wear the cool tees

CAFFEINE MOLECULE TEE • The Bold Banana, $12, etsy.com/shop/theboldbanana

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GAME OVER • Wedding Crashers, $17.95, etsy.com/shop/weddingcrashers


LESS IS MORE

PANKOW SHIRT, All Saints, $60, us.allsaints.com

Casual Friday FAB FINDS UNDER $100

GOLD ON BLACK NUGGET BRACELET, Shop Jeen, $60, shopjeen.com

ACKATRON VINTAGE WATCH, Retro ReRun, $60, etsy.com/shop/ RetroReRun

ARGYLE SOCKS, Jack Spade, $28, jackspade.com

RAUL PANTโ€ข Redeem DC, $82, store.redeemus.com

BLACK HELMET BAG Smith Town Market, $88, weareallsmith. supermarkethq.com

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BEAUTY REPORT

Editor’s Pick Adrienne Whyte, Beauty Editor

The Powerful Secret of the Venus Effect VENeffect Skin Care - By Women, for Women A little-known scientific phenomenon, virtually unexplored by the beauty industry, is now being shared with a breakthrough skin-care line developed by women, for women. Rebecca Booth, M.D., a nationally recognized gynecologist and hormonal wellness expert, and Cecil Booth, her sister and a 20-year beauty industry veteran, share a mission to enlighten women about the relationship between beauty and hormones. They have spent the past seven years developing a line of skin-care products that reverse the physical signs of hormonal aging and restore a healthy, desirable female glow. “We developed VENeffect with one simple goal: to preserve and restore the feminine aesthetic,” said Dr. Booth. “There is an undeniable and well-documented link between estrogen and collagen. As the influence of estrogen wanes from its peak in our twenties, collagen declines, resulting in a loss of elasticity and increase in fine lines and wrinkles in our skin.” VENeffect Skin Care is designed to infuse the skin with the healthy glow of peak feminine hormonal vitality - a phenomenon the sisters call the “Venus Effect.” The sisters discovered their solution in the plant world. VENeffect gets its potency from 100% natural phytoestrogens. Phytoestrogens are plant-based “mimics” of human estrogen that safely and effectively bind to the receptors in the skin, preserving and restoring collagen, dramatically increasing elasticity and reversing the signs of hormonal aging. Dr. Booth explained, “The small molecular size of phytoestrogens allows them to easily penetrate facial skin and bind with estrogen receptors in the dermis and epidermis.” Unlike anti-aging products that are designed to exfoliate dead skin, like retinol, VENeffect restores the vital effect of collagen to dramatically improve the glow of healthy skin VENeffect products are formulated with additional ingredients that offer anti-aging, anti-inflammatory, and antioxidant properties to provide the best in modern skin care. Five new VENeffect products are available: two moisturizers, one for day and one for night, along with eye and lip treatments. The prices range from $85 to $185. The new products are available at Neiman Marcus Mazza Gallerie and Tysons Galleria.


BEAUTY REPORT

Eyes, Lips & Nails! Oh My! What's Fresh for Eyes, Lips and Nails For Spring & Summer BOBBI BROWN SHIMMER BRICKS FOR SPRING 2012 Nothing lights up the face like a bit of shimmer. One season, with just minutes to go before the runway lights went up, a fashion designer asked Bobbi Brown to give all the models a lit-from-within look. So she took a shimmery eye shadow and dusted it on everyone’s cheeks - and that’s how the idea for Shimmer Bricks was born. Each of Bobbi’s iconic Shimmer Brick Compacts (45) is handmade in Italy via a manufacturing process that involves pressing five different shades of ultra-luxe pure pearl pigments into one pan and double baking them. To create a shimmering glow, swirl Bobbi Brown’s Face Blender Brush across all the shades, and then lightly dust the cheeks and forehead, or brush one shade on the eyes for subtle shimmer. When it comes to shimmer, moderation is key. Apply shimmer to just one or two features at a time. The new, limited-edition Shimmer Bricks, the centerpiece of the Rose Gold Collection for Spring 2012, are available in Rose Gold and Wild Rose. They are available at Bluemercury and Bobbi Brown counters at department stores.

THE NORTHERN LIGHTS KALEIDOSCOPE EYE KIT The Northern Lights Kaleidoscope Eye Kit ($95) contains Ionic, a satin/matte neutral sunset; Sky, a pale shimmering skyline blue; Magnetic, a blazing copper; and Equinox, a satin/matte twilight violet. Applied using Le Métier de Beauté’s signature Couche de Couleur layering format, the result will be multidimensional, turning color on its axis.

THE AURORA KALEIDOSCOPE LIP KIT Lips deserve the best spring has to offer as well. The Aurora Kaleidoscope Lip Kit ($95) has four options in Le Métier de Beauté’s delicious Lip Crème lip gloss formula. Begin with Illuminate, a shimmering hot pink with a sheer finish. Next, layer on Voltaic, a satiny nude mauve. For a pop of color try Dynamos, an effervescent coral tangerine. Finish with Eos, an opaque fuchsia.

TWO IN ONE TOP & BASE COAT With the winter gloves off and sky-high heels still ruling the runways, striking colors on your hands and feet will extend the trends. Begin with Le Métier de Beauté’s Two in One Top & Base Coat to lock in color. Next, choose from Aurora, an icy blue; Solar Flare, a dusky rose pink; and Faraday, a shimmering lavender taupe. At $18 each, the Northern Lights can be at your fingertips.

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West Potomac Academy Fashion Design "Project Stitch Studio" presents Runway Ready 2012 "Concept to Catwalk" hosted by FREE {www.freesworld.com} 95.5 WPGC Radio Personality & Original co-hosts of BET’s top-rated “106 & Park” May 4, 2012 - 7:00 pm West Potomac Springbank Theater 6500 Quander Road Alexandria, VA 22307 $8 advance, $10 day of event Visionaries Pink Paradise Street Intentions Masked Elegance Vintage Appeal Guest Designers: Nam Nguyen Ugglee Collection Kimchu Collection My Bougie Baby *Shop till you drop with our fab exhibitors. Shopping suite opens at 5:30 pm *Proceeds benefit WPA Fashion Design Education Program SPONSORS {Paul Mitchell School Tysons} {On Board Tours} {Fashion Empowering Women} {Look Good, Do Good Movement} {Shoot For Change,} {FASHIONTOGRAPHER} {My Bougie Baby} {Frees World} {DJ Neekola} {The Napoleon Complex Project} Façon | Spring 2012

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What Are Your Must-Haves Beauty Experts Chime In On What They Can't Live Without This Spring Victoria Stiles, Celebrity Makeup Artist, victoriastiles.com Victoria's Must-Haves •

Bobbi Brown has one of the hottest spring lines for 2012, in my opinion. Neons and Nudes set the tone for spring, pulsating bright, bold colors. My must haves from this collection include Atomic Orange lipstick and Citris Lipgloss, beautiful for an evening out on the town!

Chanel Blush Horizon, a powder highlighter that resembles a gorgeous sunset. Great for popping cheek bones with a hint of subtle shimmer.

Since the focus for spring is bright colors, keeping cheeks and lips bright with a nude eye color is perfect for a balanced palette. Check out M.A.C. Mineralize Shadow in Sun Shop, a gold tone with violet veining.

As the weather heats up, the last thing I want is for my client's makeup to melt off. I trust this final must-have product 100%, 24/7 Glide-On Pencil by Urban Decay is phenomenal. You need eye make remover in order to get all of it off. It's hot tub and pool proof, I've tested it myself! My favorite color is Perversion, their blackest black.

Samuel Rocher, Celebrity Hair Stylist, DESSANGE PARIS - DC, dessangeusa.com Samuel's Must-Haves During the winter, your hair gets stressed due to the outside and inside temperature differentials, the icy cold and the lack of sun. You hide your hair under hats and caps - not letting them breathe, your home heating has dried your skin as well as your hair. The first thing is to restore the light/brightness of your hair.

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Technical: do very slight (“transparency”) veils of discoloration on the length and tip of your hair, covering them right away with natural pigments - Pigments Naturals (from DESSANGE). Five minutes to rinse and your hair color turns into spectacular shades such as a “Brun Nomade” or a “Blond Sahara”.

Hair Care: Use once a week the Phytodess – Terre Précieuse rinse-off clay baths which contains more than 85% natural origin ingredients. Take advantage of the beneficial effects Precious stones and metals, clays, essential oils, trace elements, sea and plant extracts are the secret to these products that repair, protect and purify scalp and hair for long-lasting shine and vitality. - available in 5 versions (gold, malachite, pearl, silver and copper) in every DESSANGE beauty salons all over the US.

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BEAUTY ADVICE

For Spring and Summer? Titi Bankole, Celebrity Manicurist, titibankole.com Titi's Must-Haves My colors this coming season are plums and soft greens. I love the combo and they just work together. For most product lovers, I would recommend hand scrubs that sloth off dead skin. •

I really love Nontoxique. It’s an Herbal Scrub that wakes up our natural senses.

Famous Names has a very cool top and bottom coat that seals the polish and allows a client to walk out of the salon with her shoes on after a pedicure. It truly dries really fast and holds a glassy shine.

Deborah Lippmann also has a great hand cream that both men and women can use and will not impose a perfume smell. It’s called Rich Girl! Love it. She also has adorable nail colors with lasting wear for the busy women on the go.

When it comes to polish and colors, my two favorites are definitely OPI and CND.

WHAT WE LOVE

HONEY HEEL GLAZE • Farmfresh House, $26, simplysoles.com

SPA FACIAL AT HOME• Alchimie Forever, $105, alchimie-forever. com

ANTIOXIDANT SKIN GEL REPAIR FOR MEN • Alchimie Forever, $26, alchimie-forever.com Façon | Spring 2012

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BOUTIQUE BUZZ HUGH & CRYE

The place where a man can find a good looking shirt that will truly fit him properly at a great price

by Jimmy de la Cruz

The nation’s capital has been unjustly pigeonholed as one of the worst dressed cities in America. Although misleading, this statement holds some truth. The accusations can be easily accredited to the conservatism that is commonly interpreted as double pleated khakis, ill-fitting shirts and the ubiquitous pairing of business suits with running sneakers by Washingtonians in Obama’s backyard. It seems that the most offensive, among all, is what I refer to as The Muffing Top Syndrome, a style of shirt that billows profusely at the waist. Fear no more. Washington’s own, Hugh & Crye is here to the rescue. ABOUT THIS BOUTIQUE

KEY PERSONNEL

3212 O Street NW #5 (b/w Potomac and Wisconsin)

Pranav Vora, Founder + CEO

Collegiate Ties

Philip Soriano, Customer Service + Operations

Pocket Squares

Shirts: Salad Days, Brum-

202.250.3807 Call for an appointment

WHAT WE LOVE

mel’s Preferred, Rondo, The Comish & Lawn Party

“You are not going to see contrast floral print shirts from us.”

Hidden in a quiet spot amid the cobble stone streets of Georgetown, Hugh & Crye, a tongue-in-cheek expression of medieval English (hue and crye), stands as one of the most exciting burgeoning brands in the District. The 1,500 sq. ft. space is smartly divided into a stockroom, business office, and makeshift retail space. At the front, a white mood board hangs strategically on a wall, where a variety of fabric swatches are display, amongst pictures of The Kennedys, Barack Obama, Michael Kane, and Sean Connery that serve as inspiration. A portion of the board is dedicated to Hugh and Crye’s main target -- The Regular Joe in oversize, puffing shirts in their most natural habitat. On the opposite side, there is a 20-something ft. rack, on which a plethora of shirts leisurely hang, that run the gamut from “The Barack”, a thin-striped spread collar in baby blue to “The Borg”, a plaid button-down in navy blue. A handful of collegiate ties, named after the first eleven universities of the world, are beautifully displayed on a wooden table. And a bevy of handsome patterned cotton pocket square samples lay in pairs close by. The quality and dedication is palpable.

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This two-year old men’s shirt clothier started as a result of lack of accessibility. “I found it hard to find shirts that fit”, says Pranav Vora, founder and owner of Hugh & Crye, who by no means resembles Biggie Smalls. “Unless you go bespoke, you have difficulty finding reasonable priced shirts that fit. I saw a business opportunity there. I made some samples, and tested with a few friends. It all started from there.” An Indiana transplant, Pranav holds a background in economics and worked as a consultant prior to launching Hugh & Crye. Also, part of the team, is Phil Soriano, a German-born lad with comely looks, studied finance at American University and holds court in the service and operations divisions. They met through a website, where Phil offered his help, and Pranav took him as an intern. Phil has been with the company ever since. What you are not going to find when browsing through Hugh & Crye’ shirts is your typical small, medium and large, but a size system determined by height and length of torso, which, ultimately, helps achieve a much tailored look. “Understanding the shape of the torso, you should be able to go to a size that fits you”, Pranav says. In essence, this system conjugates skinny/lean/broad with short/average/ tall (check out the fit chart on their website for a visual explanation)

which when you do the math, results in nine different sizes, compatible with pretty much any man in America. In other words, if you look like Elijah Woods, Hulk Hogan or anyone in between, you are destined to find a shirt that actually fits you.

Pranav is adamant about producing great quality products at affordable prices, while maintaining a long lasting relationship with his customers, “The most beautiful thing is connecting with people”, he adds, “Staying in contact with customers and receiving their appreciation”, he declares, pointing out the countless e-mails he receives daily from satisfied clients professing an almost life changing experience. Yet, this comes with a caveat, “We’re sticking with classic designs. You are not going to see contrast floralprint shirts from us” he utters with a smile forming on his face. Additionally, Vora is optimistic for the future of Hugh & Crye, “The future of H&C is bright. This year we’ll be launching blazers — in the same great fit approach we have for our shirts. Also, accessories and more neckwear”. Bright indeed. SPECIAL NOTE

Photographs by Janice Susan Wallace

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A CONVERSATION WITH...

Desiree Venn Frederic

FOUNDER/EXECUTIVE DIRECTOR OF FASHION EMPOWERING WOMEN (FEW) TALKS ABOUT FASHION, HER by Myss Stephens STYLE AND THE ORGANIZATION’S NEW “LOOK GOOD, DO GOOD” CAMPAIGN As with everything, there is a flip side to fashion. A darker, more cynical side that doesn’t sit well with Desiree. “I’ve watched how it [fashion] influences us to go out and purchase things that promise us the world,” she laments. Not just promising us the world, but even more critically, how it affects how we, as women, see ourselves. “They tell us we’re too fat, too short, too dark; it was like working for the devil. Even the most beautiful people react, follow, and fall victim to these trends.” Hmmm, but we digress. Most fashion people have a similar love/hate relationship. But the love part for Desiree revolves around: 1) her love of vintage jewelry, and 2) her undying devotion to FEW and using fashion to help others. Image courtesy of Desiree Venn Frederic

Despite what your loving parents may want for your life, most of us are sure to follow our hearts. Desiree Venn Frederic is no exception. Her African parents expected her to become a lawyer or a doctor, but the tall beauty saw modeling in her future. “At a very young age, around 13, I had grown to be as tall as 5’10’’, she says. She was quickly discovered and signed with a modeling agency with whom she worked with until she was 24 years old. Modeling took Venn Frederic all over the world and gave her a real insider’s view of how the fashion industry really works. “I respect and value the influence of fashion in many ways. Most importantly, how it allows you to express yourself. Not necessarily through fashion as a label but how a person’s true nature can be personified in their personal style...that’s very powerful in itself.” 38

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“They tell us we’re too fat, too short, too dark; it was like working for the devil. Even the most beautiful people react, follow, and fall victim to these trends.” Her style can’t really be described. As a very tall woman, she has to wear what will work best for her body type. “Right now I’m really into this whole color-blocking trend,” Desiree says happily, “I’ve always been a lover of solid, bold colors, sharp lines, graphics and bold prints.” She feels every stylish woman should have maxi dresses/ skirts, vintage jewelry and classic handbags in her closet despite current trends.

But she has a serious penchant for jewelry, especially vintage jewelry. “I love, love, love jewelry,” she exclaims, “I have so much fun collecting and adding different pieces to my look.” She pops into little nondescript vintage shops and flea markets during her travels. When she finds something amazing, she does a little happy dance. But Desiree is also a big supporter of local fashion and understands the importance of supporting these designers. She regularly wears local favs like Studio D’maxsi, Cote Ninou, and MontRose. She also lists NY designer, Dominique Arziliy as one of her go-to designers for RTW formalwear. Fashion is a big part of Desiree’s life in another way. As the Executive Director of Fashion Empowering Women (FEW), she works to mobilize creative industries such as art, music, and fashion for social good. For 2012, FEW began its “Look Good, Do Good” campaign. The concept depends on a generation of whom she calls “peacemakers.” “Peacemakers that care just as much about social issues as they do fashion,” she states. Through the “Look Good, Do Good” campaign, FEW seeks to work with 20 nonprofits with 20 varying issues to spead the word. Their goal is to engage 50,000 people in documented photo sessions while raising $50,000. “We are looking for people (do-gooders) to pledge their support from our targeted pool of nonprofits,” adds Venn Frederic. She hopes to witness social entrepreneurs collectively change this great world of ours. So do I. To find out how you can support FEW or learn more information about their “Look Good, Do Good” campaign, visit fewonline.org.


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CULTURE FIVE THINGS THAT YOU SHOULD KNOW ABOUT

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ART Dandy Lion: Articulating a Re(de)fined Black Masculine Identity Reginald F. Lewis Museum, Baltimore January 29 – May 13, 2012 Hanif Abdur-Rahim, A Revolution in Etiquette - Connoisseurs of SWAG, 2010. (image via Lewis Museum)

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MUSIC Kendall Elijah (Grungecake Records) "The Wild," Eli Dynamite youtu.be/dBQUzdQN51o

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4 FOOD Bar Pilar Opens New Dining Room barpilar.com

EVENTS Fashion District SS/2012, 4.12.12 Tickets: fashion.readysetdc.com/


AROUND TOWN BUDDHA BAR

A memorable meal of delicious Asian-Fusion made with love and few secret ingredients

by Janice Susan Wallace

ABOUT BUDDHA BAR 455 Massachusettes Ave NW Washington, DC 202.377.5555 Lunch: 11:30 am - 2:30 pm Dinner: Sun - Thurs, 5:30 pm - 10:30 pm Fri - Sat, 5:30 pm - 12:00 am Bar/Lounge: Sun - Thurs, 5:30 pm - 12:00 am Fri - Sat, 5:30 pm - 2:00 am

CHEFS Michael Doss, Sandra Celestine, and Tetsuya Nakata

WHAT WE LOVE •

Rock Shrimp Tempura with Chili Aioli "S"

Dynamite Baked Sea Scallops

Korean Style Pork Ribs

Chinese Hot Pot

The Sushi Bar

I love to eat. I love to eat almost as much as I love to shop and write about fashion. For me, when it is done right, there is something very orgasmic about a great meal. Something that can be so decadent and almost sinful. You know the meal that you remember eating year after year after year. The one you tell stories about. You know that meal. This is how I felt after my delicious meal at Buddha Bar DC. Shockingly, I had never eaten here before. I didn't even know it was there. I had been invited to parties at Buddha Bar, but never managed to get there. Shame on me. I have totally been missing it. When I first walked in, there was some big party being thrown by Politico magazine that took me back to my Capitol Hill days for a minute. I had a good chuckle about it. As I passed by this rowdy crowd, I swept along the long beautiful bar into the glorious dining room. It was so easy to forget that I was sitting on Massachusetts Avenue. The decor transported me far, far away. Happily transported, I might add. I was overdue for something delightful. I was immediately greeted by a server and the manager. Both were very eager to offer their suggestions on what I should try. So I let them order for me. I am glad that I did. What came out to me, in several courses, was just heavenly. The wonderful sushi that was delicately prepared by Chef Nakata and his staff to the "I-wanted-to-lick-the-bowl" delicious Chinese Hot Pot right down to the "suck the bone good" Korean Style Pork Ribs. I fell in love. I also tasted the Mongolian Grilled Flat Iron Steak and Shrimp Summer Rolls. Loved the flavors in the sumptuous Chow Feung noodles and the Monk Fish with Okonomiyaki. These were all pretty good but not my favorites. What will definitely make me come back for seconds is the Chinese Hot Pot, the Dynamite Baked Sea Scallops and their glorious sushi. Oh, the sushi! Both Chef Nakata and Chef Doss visited my table right before the dessert arrived. So I had a chance to chat with the men who commandeered my lovely meal. Their timing was so interesting. At that very moment, I felt like the guy in the final scene of the Monty Python movie "The Meaning of Life" when he ate that last little sliver of his large meal and then he exploded. Unlike him, I chose to only take the tiniest bite of my ice cream. But believe me, I wanted to eat it all. But I was stuffed and it was a good thing. As the evening turned to night, the atmosphere began to change. The soft, soothing dinner music was starting to change into something a little more "funky." It seems that Buddha Bar - The Restaurant turns into Buddha Bar - The Hot Spot for Dance Music. But it seems that I may be the only one who didn't know. So here's the bottom line, come here if you are looking for excellent service, to have a memorable meal, to get a great drink (I can only say that based on how loud and happy the Politico crowd were) and get your groove on. How can you beat that?

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KEITH LIPERT LOVES TO MAKE WOMEN LOOK LIKE A MILLION BUCKS There is a stunningly beautiful boutique which bears the pedigree that many Georgetown establishments are known for. The shop sign feels very much like ol’ Britain in its shape and design. Once you step inside, you could easily think that you were entering an art gallery. The furnishings are impeccably crafted and well chosen. The lighting has been selected to cast just the right amount of light on the many prize possesions it holds. But alas, you would be entering the Keith Lipert Gallery (2922 M Street NW Washington DC).

Catalonian Purple Bow Clutch Bag, $125

Forget what you thought that you knew about the Keith Lipert Gallery. You would be wrong if you think that you could not find anything to wear in your price range (jewelry items range from $50 and up). Trust me, not only will you find something that you love, you will thoroughly enjoy your shopping experience. That’s because Keith is a man who knows fashion. He has a passion for beautiful things. He knows how a handcrafted vase can change the ambience in a room. Or how a gorgeous piece of jewelry will make a woman feel like a member of the Royal Family. He gets it.

Keith wanted to bring back a sense of sophistication and individuality to the industry. He travels the design centers of Milan, Frankfurt, Paris, Venice, Buenos Aires or New York City to uncover those special pieces that are a testament to fine craftsmanship from the world’s best artisans. You will feel that connection when you look into glass case and after glass case. It is apparent that he loves what he does for a living. So I challenged Keith to choose moderately priced pieces ($175 - $700) from his gallery and dress five of DC’s well known fashion bloggers to demonstrate just how a piece of jewelry can change the way a woman feels about herself. He only had links to their fashion blogs. That’s it! He had to figure out each blogger’s personal style based on what each person was blogging about, as well as their personal style photos. When it was all said and done, he had hit the nail on the head for each one! We had a ball. Here’s what Keith picked for each of them. If you are interested in learning more about a specific piece, just give Keith a call and tell him that you saw the piece here in the magazine.

Egyptian Inspired Wooden Evening Bag, $700

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MONICA BARNETT Blueprint for Style blueprintforstyle.com

Photographs by Denisio Truit t Fashion Editor: Janice Susan Wallace Writ ten by: Janice Susan Wallace


ROBRETTE VADEN Weight-A-Minute robrettevaden.com


LACEY MAFFETONE A Lacey Perspective alaceyperspective.com


VYQUE WHITE ELESSAR Fasshonaburu fasshonaburu.com


ALISON SANTIGHIAN DC Celine dcceline.blogspot.com


MIXING THE

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ABOUT THE KEITH LIPERT GALLERY Keith Lipert was born in 1994 due to a passionate mission Keith had which was to provide Washington D.C. with unique modern designs whether it was decorative arts, fashion jewelry, or evening accessories. However, unique was not the only quality that Keith wanted for his items. Keith wanted his collections to be international and sophisticated. In the modern age of fashion, where often the products that make it on to the shelves are based on their ability to be mass produced and made for low costs, Keith wanted to bring back a sense of sophistication and individuality to the industry. While those pieces have always existed, often they go unknown and unrecognized whether hidden around the coves of Lake Como or down tiny Parisienne alleyways. Keith travels constantly to these magical places where artistry is alive and healthy to bring their charm back to his store in Georgetown. Sixteen years later, the shelves that line Keith’s store are a testament to all his hard work in finding the most unique and exquisite modern fashion and decorative arts. To learn more about the Keith Lipert Gallery, visit their web site at: keithlipert.com

ABOUT THE SHOOT Location:

Keith Lipert Gallery 2922 M Street NW Washington DC 20007 202.965.9736

Photographer:

Denisio Truitt

Fashion Editor:

Janice Susan Wallace

Models:

Monica Byrd Robrette Vaden Lacey Maffetone Vyque White Elessar Alison Santighian

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Magnifique

KATHERINE MARTINEZ OF LA PETITE MARMOSET PROVIDES A NEW TWIST TO VINTAGE by Keri Henderson In a small room located on the second floor of her parent’s house is where all the magic happens. When she’s not attending fashionable events in Washington, DC, Katherine works diligently in her room turned studio space to reconstruct vintage pieces. Born and raised in Bethesda, Maryland, Katherine has always had a passion for fashion, dressing up and picking out her own clothes. When she was in 5th grade she would spend her time going through magazines with the desire to recreate looks (with the help from her grandmother). “When I was little my grandmother would come visit from Colombia for several months at a time. I always loved watching her sew and make clothes for my dolls.” This experience would be Katherine’s first exposure to recreating and reconstructing clothes. In high school, she toyed with the idea of starting her own boutique but wasn’t exactly sure that was the right path for her. “It took me a while to really commit 100 percent. I knew I loved fashion but my parents didn’t see it as a ‘real job’ so I put it on the backburner.” Fast forward to her years in college, and she became a selling machine, taking time off from school to focus on selling Cutco knives full time. Realizing she had the necessary skills to sell, the dream to have her own boutique became more real and this economics major knew that after college, working for herself as a boutique owner was the right path afterall. “I wanted to do what I loved from the start and I finally had the confidence to do so.” Less than one year removed from college, Katherine has been working tirelessly to expand the La Petite Marmoset brand. The online boutique is well known in the DC fashion community for its reconstructed vintage pieces. One might wonder why she decided to focus on vintage versus more modern pieces. Her explanation is simple “vintage is so well made. It’s unique and very good quality,” she says. Katherine tends to gravitate toward more silk pieces that are vibrant in prints and color. With the help of the fashion group, Capital Area Fashion and Beauty Bloggers (CapFABB), La Petite Marmoset has gained major exposure in the DC market and Katherine has been featured on blogs and popular online publications including Refinery 29. According to her, blogging was a major influence in building the brand. “Once I joined CapFABB, the brand grew considerably.” It also helps being a part of CapFABB, as the members serve as her primary customers. “My customers are not only bloggers, but girls in the know about fashion. I have had appointments with a few people I have met in the fashion community,” she says. Katherine also sells her pieces at Violet Boutique in Adams Morgan, a hip, trendy boutique that has become very popular in the past year. While Katherine and La Petite Marmoset have gained recognition in the DC fashion community, it’s only the beginning. She recently teamed up with Ashley Turchin of La Belle Vie Vintage. Ashley is bringing over her more classic style of vintage to the La Petite Marmoset brand which will allow La Petite to expand its customer base. Katherine recently shared that her boutique is teaming up with a well-known online shoe store and will use their shoes in her future lookbooks. She is also exploring ways to feature her pieces in more boutiques. “I’m looking for boutiques that share the same vision selling trendy pieces in urban areas.” With all of her success and the great quality of pieces she has reconstructed, there is no doubt Ms. Martinez and her La Petite Marmoset boutique will not only continue to make an impact on the DC fashion scene but to vintage lovers alike all over the country. To view her pieces, you can visit lpmvintage.com or schedule an appointment at Katherine@lapetitemarmoset.com

“When I was a little girl, my grandmother would come visit from Columbia. I always loved watching her sew and make clothes for my dolls.”

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VINTAGE

OUR VINTAGE-LOVING STAFF WENT SHOPPING AT THEIR FAVORITE SHOPS

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Chanel silk skirt, 120.00 Tuleh blouse, 98.00 Jean Paul Gautier Leopard cardigan, 120.00 Sonia Bogner Embroidered Skirt, 140.00

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Vintage 1960’s earrings and necklace (no label) $150 Martin Margiela cork boots $398 YSL Pumps $248 Flower Broach $20 and Bracelet $22.50 Oscar de la Renta Dress (price upon request) YSL clutch $398

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ROBRETTE DENISIO TRUITT,VADEN Assistant Director of Photography Weight-A-Minute robrettevaden.com

ELLA RUE 3231 P Street NW Washington DC 20007 (202) 333-1598 Owner: Krista Johnson Manager: Liana Vassila Social Media Manager/Sales Associate : Cameron Guckert

INGA’S ONCE IS NOT ENOUGH 4830 MacArthur Blvd NW Washington, DC 20007 (202) 337-3072 Owner: Inga Guen

The Dish: • Debut in 2010, moved across the street last year • Great selection of dresses, separates, shoes, some bags and lots of jewelry • Offers high quality (often new with tags) high end designers such as Martin Margiela and YSL • Perfect store for when you have an important event and want to “stand out” • No menswear • Only 5% vintage

The Dish: • Debut in 2010, moved across the street last year • Great selection of dresses, separates, shoes, some bags and lots of jewelry • Offers high quality (often new with tags) high end designers such as Martin Margiela and YSL • Perfect store for when you have an important event and want to “stand out” • No menswear • Only 5% vintage

SIDE A: ELLA RUE In a city known for its conservative architecture (and often conservative dressers) Georgetown is an oasis of charm, from its cobblestone streets to the endless rows of boutiques, stores, and restaurants. Oftentimes in the summer heat, I’ve grabbed a pastry from Le Bistro Francais and strolled down M street imagining I had been magically transported to Paris. That certain “Je ne sais quoi” quality of Georgetown is what makes Ella Rue stand out from so many other consignment stores in the District. This small, yet lofty, boutique offers incredible deals and hard to find designers. The store is bright, beautiful, and oh so girly. Sorry guys, you won’t find any menswear here. What you will find are charming cocktail dresses, gorgeous baubles, and shoes every Washingtonian fashonista covets. Krista Johnson, the owner and founder of Ella Rue (named after her two adorable dogs) wanted “a place for women”. She explained to me that the idea came to open the boutique, which debuted in 2010, during the recession. Being both a former buyer and working in consignment endowed Krista with the knowledge of what women wanted: designer threads on a budget. Liana Vaisila, manager at Ella Rue explains that the store’s clientele ranges from 20’s to 50’s and all women looking to be original. So what is Ella Rue known for, aside from the awesome 60’s soul music that had me singing along for my entire visit? “Its a Dress Shop” says, Cameron Guckert, Sales associate and Social Media Manager. “Women come here to find that perfect dress for an event”. And there are definitely many dresses to choose from. I tried to keep up with the dizzying array of designers, colors, and silhouettes. Everything from Alice and Olivia, to YSL and even a vintage Oscar de la Renta gown worn by none other than Jacqueline Kennedy Onassis! Vive Ella Rue! SIDE B: INGA’S ONCE IS NEVER ENOUGH DC is nothing without its institutions. In the world of consignment. Inga’s Once is Not Enough is certainly an institution. Opening its doors in 1994, Inga’s was one of the area’s first major consignment shops. Located near the Georgetown Reservoir this shop with its unassuming exterior has remained a staple for many of the Who’s Who of DC. But has it withstood the test of time? Would there be something for a young eccentric like myself? These were the questions I mulled over during my long bus ride to Macarthur Boulevard. Entering Inga’s can be quite overwhelming. Racks upon racks of clothes, packed so tightly you fear the bars may bend. Luckily my guide for the day, Inga herself, was both friendly and helpful and her knowledgeable, nearly sage-like spirit instantly put my nerves at ease. “Come, come! I have something to show you,” she exclaimed as she grabbed my hand excitedly and ushered me to the back room. “All of these just came in, Look!” There I found more racks of amazing clothes still wrapped in plastic, Gucci and Prada bags, and the largest Hermes scarf I’ve ever seen. Inga gave me a quick lesson on how Parisian women fold and wear their scarves before giving me the tour of the actual store. Immediately, it is obvious that Inga loves what she does. Her passion for clothes and dressing others is genuine and very refreshing. She opened Inga’s Once is Not Enough with the hope to provide “A touch of luxury at a budget price”. Within minutes, I found an incredibly vibrant channel silk skirt, some fun Cavalli snake print shorts, and some gorgeous Azzedine Alaia sandals, all prices marked down from 50-90%. But what really made the trip was getting to know Inga. During our conversation I discovered a philanthropist. Inga (who’s actual name is Inge ) was so touched by the wounded soldiers at Walter Reed hospital where she volunteered that she decided to return to school to receive her doctorate in clinical psychology. I usually don’t tell people these things,” she said with a coy smile. “Let them think I’m just a shop girl”.

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Dolce & Gabanna orange tweed skirt with jewels - $110.95 YSL black silk cut-out blouse - $225.95 Betsey Johnson violet/green oral silk dress - $125.95 Assorted Statement Necklaces, price varies

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JASMINE MCCRAE, Editorial Assistant CURRENT BOUTIQUE 1809 14th St. NW Wilson Blvd. Washington, DC Arlington, VA 202.588.7311 703.528.3079 Owner: Carmen Lopez

1009 King St. Alexandria, VA 703.549.2272

The Dish: • Opened Current’s first location, Clarendon in 2007 • Store now has three locations • Fabulous statement necklaces • Great place for cute cocktail dresses • No menswear • Items are not consigned on the spot

TARI DC 1525 Wisconsin Ave. NW Washington, DC 202.621.7500 Owner: Sara Mokhtari The Dish: • Opened in January 2010 • Named Best Vintage Store in Washington City Paper 2011 • Best collection of classic luxury consignment • Many of the customers are also frequent consigners • Offers menswear

SIDE A: CURRENT BOUTIQUE Current Boutique undoubtedly lives up to its name; fashion forward individuals with a chic sense of style flock to this consignment shop to find clothing that is indeed current. Carmen Lopez’s fashionably resourceful approach led her open Current’s first location in Clarendon in 2007. Her practical way of thinking paired with her knowledge of sales and marketing guided the store to success and ensued in two additional Current locations. The boutique at Logan Circle is fun yet sophisticated. Chandeliers hang from the lavender ceiling parallel to warm wooden floors. Dresses are a best bet at Current; there is a huge selection for nearly every occasion. The racks are filled with cute cocktail dresses, bold shifts for the office, and stripes and florals galore. Recently popular statement necklaces are abundant to complement garments. Current regulars seek on-trend items for their revolving wardrobe, and often become consigners themselves. Visitors of Clarendon, Old Town, and Logan Circle will be grateful to stumble upon this girly consignment boutique and are sure to become loyal customers. The staff is extremely helpful here! The store is spacious, making it easy to browse the racks. There are also a few seats for those accompanying shoppers. It seems that items don’t get consigned on the spot, so consigners may have to wait. SIDE B: TARI DC Aptly named Best Vintage Store in Washington City Paper last year, TARI offers a modish mix of garments and accessories for women and men. It is certainly a special boutique which appeals to different personal tastes of both sexes, of all ages. Sara Mokhtari had numerous ways to improve the second-hand shopping experience. She opened TARI in January 2010 having built on an existing idea; the retail space at 1525 Wisconsin Ave in Georgetown was previously occupied by a consignment shop. Sara put an innovative spin on the initial concept, added menswear, and updated the interior with crisp white shelves, warm wooden floors, and a comfortable armchair. The end result is a creatively merchandised boutique that makes customers feel like they’re purchasing one-of-a-kind items. To boot, the boutique boasts one of the best collections of classic luxury consignment in the Washington Metro Area. Many of the designer label clothes here are timeless silhouettes in refined colors that make a great pairing with the eclectic accessories. Beautifully embellished bags and sharp stilettos also by renowned designers line the exposed brick walls. The amazing display case of vintage jewels by a fashion legacy is a must-see – ‘The Chanel Tower’ is a true gem in TARI. The boutique also offers a large selection of exotic Middle Eastern inspired rings from an atelier. Many of the customers are also frequent consigners. Stylish minds often shop alike. The staff here is extremely friendly and personable. The atmosphere is cozy and welcoming. Although the price points are a little high, the rare treasures here are in fact a steal.

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Giuseppe Zanotti stilettos - $350 Matt & Natt denim studded shoulder bag - $70 Vintage faux fur wrap - $100 Middle Eastern inspired rings - $50-80 Louis Vuitton luggae

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DOMINICA TILLARY, Editorial Assistant MILA & FIRE Studio 85 53 Floridia Ave NW Washington DC milaandfire.com Owners: Morgan and Kelcie The Dish: • Online store with a small brick & mortar presence • Unique vintage pieces • Great place for cute cocktail dresses • No menswear • Items are not consigned on the spot SIDE A: MILA & FIRE Start with a set of best friends, mix in impeccable fashion add “dope” eccentricity and you get Mila & Fire, a one of a kind online vintage boutique based in DC. Their clientele is not just local, Mila & Fire boasts customers from West Coast to South America. The Mila and Fire brand is best described as “Individualism, Style and Sex”. Morgan and Kelcie began their friendship in high school. These two fashion forward pals both shared a passion of vintage and decided, after graduating college, to start sharing that love with the world. About a year and a half ago these two birthed their fashion baby “Mila and Fire Vintage” on bigcartel.com. When I first discovered the stylish duo, I remember thinking that finally somebody gets it. Their finds are budget-friendly and non-traditional. Mila and Fire has an edge. Customers of Mila and Fire can’t quite be defined, they range from the professional office worker to the bold anything thing goes type of girl. M&F also has items for the guys that may want a vintage tee or a classic coat. The name, Mila and Fire, comes from nicknames that were given to them and just stuck throughout the years. Morgan got her name, Mila, from a childhood friend who didn’t feel her name was too plain to have in her phone book *laughs* and Kelcie was called Fire by her stylist after she dyed her hair an orangey-red. Last year Mila and Fire Vintage went from just online to store front by selling a few pieces at Studio 85, located on 53 Florida Ave NW, Washington DC. Studio 85 is open Monday- Saturday, 10 am - 7pm. When shopping, they look for pieces that they would personally want in their closet but still paying close attention to their customers. “We look at our style as influence because we don’t want to sell things that we wouldn’t wear,” both girls said in unison. They pay close attention to trends as well as what their customers are demanding. They make it easy for shoppers to stay satisfied, if you are looking for an item you can email them and they will keep a look out for you!

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Walk the Line!

COYE NOKES MAKES SHOES WE WILL WANT TO COVET

Photographs by Janice Susan Wallace Fashion Editor: Janice Susan Wallace

STYLE: Jacqueline


STYLE: Alayna


STYLE: Elizabeth


STYLE: Alexandria


STYLE: Layla


the Walk Line!

ABOUTTHE THEDESIGNER DESIGNER ABOUT

Coye Nokes makes shoes for the modern girl on the move – passionate,

Darrell Clark designer behind the Darrell Cortez brand.for the ambitious withisathe global edge and fresh style. After years of searching

perfect shoe ourselves, she understands the importance of combining fashion and function in an inspiring yet practical way. The brand has become known for its signature clean lines, stunning details and unique combinations of materials. They offer a range of heel heights and flattering styles that are perfect for everything from a day in the office to a stylish night out. The collection is handmade with beautiful leathers ensuring the highest quality, fit and comfort.

ABOUT THE SHOOT To view the entire collection, visit coyenokes.com. Location: Clifton, Virginia

Photographer:

Daniel Stiles

Fashion Editor:

Janice Susan Wallace

Makeup Dominica Tillary ABOUT Artists: THE SHOOT Shamaya Fenwick-Chisholm Photographer:

Janice Susan Wallace

Styling Assistants: Jasmine McCrae Denisio TruittWallace Fashion Editor: Janice Susan Cameron Guckert Model Rep: Chauncea Carothers The Fount Group, Inc. Models: Justin Luciano Hector Aguilera Kevin Limpic John Ramseth Model Rep: Model:

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The Last Word

When I was interviewing jewelry designer, Carmen Eliam, she was telling me about the healing properties found in copper. I was so amazed by that fact that I vowed to adopt it as one of my new sources of power. Here’s to healthy living.


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Façon Magazine  

The Spring 2012 issue of Façon Magazine, The Fashion Revolution. We are the voice of emerging fashion.

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