Once again the U.S. capital took on a role of a fashionable center of the country, following in the footsteps of the most fashionably-fabulous event in the country – Mercedes-Benz Fashion Week in New York City.
From 19 to 25 September, the yearly DC Fashion Week brought together the crème de la crème of Washington, DC – from the politicians to the local celebrities, everyone came together to celebrate SPRING 2012 trends.
For the past few years, Ean Willaims, the founder and director of DC Fashion Week, has been introducing the Washingtonians to both local and international designers. This year was no different – Washington, DC welcomed and applauded to the designers from USA, Canada, Ukraine, Bolivia, Thailand, India, Iran, and Ghana. Mr. Williams, who is also a founder and designer for Corjor International, didn’t leave his faithful fans without a new collection as well. This year he wowed the audience with his lavish, rich and colorful women and menswear collection.
Throughout the week, all over the city, the local businesses opened their doors to the designers, fashionistas, press and the general public for fashion shows, showcases and networking parties, most of which were free.
The following designers showcased their beautiful collections to the Washingtonians: Aidah Collection, Andrew Nowell Menswear, Angels Divas, Bolivia Moda, Corjor Internatonal, De Nogga, Elizabeth St. John, Estella Couture, Firefly Designs, Heydari Designs, Indian Princess Collection, Kelly Tang, Mason Sylvester, Myroslava & Orysia Zubachyk, Natalia Sanz, Paul Koko, Pure Elegance Boutique, Pua, Ray Vincente, Sonia Monina, Thitima NUC, and Top Rank.
As I walked the crowd during the fashion week’s events, I talked to a few people in the crowd who shared with me the excitement of seeing the city becoming more fashionable and stylish.
“It’s time to bring the fashion into the city and introduce the public to the newest fashion trends from around the world,” – told me one gentleman in a brown tight vest that is very much in style in New York City and Europe.
“Washington, DC has been always known for being too conservative – too boring for many people who move to the city and see no diversity,” – shared with me a gal from OMGiLUV.IT, a company-site (and an application as well) that is trying to introduce and promote the trends and news on everything that’s hot-and-happening.
“DC does have fashionistans, but they are very hard to spot, unlike in NYC, where almost every person is dressed stylishly, unique and has a very individual personal style…” – noted some of the members in the VIP seating.
This is no news that Washington, DC is far from being on the same “stylish” and “diverse” level are the cities like New York, for example. Therefore, for many of the Washingtonians who do follow the latest fashion trends and styles and read the latest updates from the street fashion and runaway bloggers from around the world, seeing DC Fashion Week taking on a more important role and growing to a bigger and more influential event from a year to a year – is very important. Perhaps – even more important than holding any other cultural events in the city…
And according to a few folks I’ve been chatting up during the fashion weeks in DC in the past few years, many of them attritube the “back to fashion” direction to The First Lady – Michelle Obama, whose influence is considered to be one of the most important on the fashionable society of the city. Mrs. Obama is often compared to the likes of Jackie Kennedy in the way Kennedy brought the fashion scene and the top designers’ interest in the political capital of the country to the point that it became a privilege to dress the wives and family members of the political players…And now that DC has been also becoming the city of movie shootings, celebrity top-chefs’ base points and the home for the Real Housewives of DC and Georgetown Cupcake reality-show bonanzas – there is a lot to expect and wait-and-see about the city that is thriving to be very fashionable and very stylish….