Her catwalk is the sidewalk.
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Posts from — January 2010

Paradise By The Crystal City Lights

Holiday festivities seem long-gone, the New Year is here to stay (whether you’re ready for it or not), and the winter blues are trying their best to settle in. What’s a girl to do to shake things up? The answer is crystal clear: you need to cheer up with some serious fashion & fun!

From Feb. 1-6, a storefront in Crystal City is transformed into a fashionista’s paradise with hot designers, photographers, DJs, sample sales, trunk shows & runway shows. Look out for models parading around in full body paint as well. What’s even hotter? Great prices on most of the featured merchandise, and the entire week-long event is FREE.

Here are a few teasers to get you in the mood:

Aidah:  this collection brings eastern chic to west coast fashion. Each garment is handmade and adorned in hand brushed design, making every piece unique.

Artistic Sole:  best known for its custom hand painted kicks with a graffiti twist, Artistic Sole was created by Imani K. Brown, an emerging name in the urban arts industry. 

Belafigura:  gorgeous swimwear designed by a beautiful woman for other beautiful women.

Bernos:  “Two guys a girl and a t-shirt idea. That’s how it all started…” Stylish t-shirt designs based on Afrocentric themes.

Brand of the Free:  a fresh collection of organic graphic tees & totes.

Denim Bar:  with two locations in the DC area, The Denim Bar with its denim experts has become the place to find premium designer jeans.

Malek Naz Freidouni Photography:  uber-talented photographer Naz covered Crystal Couture last year and she’ll be back next week to wow us again.

Nido:  Spanish for “nest”, Nido was created to feature crafts of DC-based artists and designers. Even their Web site is cool.

Rachelle Celine:  love the delicate femininity of her jewelry designs.

Shake Your Booty:  fashionable fun for your feet! Be sure to check them out!

Stella & Dot:  visit MiMi Dabo of Stella & Dot and BoutiqueMix. This girl knows her stuff.

Thembe Fashions:  Philissa Williams, the creative mastermind behind these chic designs, has made a name for herself in the DC area by creating wearable art with vintage materials.

TranquiliT:  Kimberly Wilson has the right idea with her eco-luxe lifestyle threads, claiming “green is the new black”.  A portion of all sales goes to charities that support women’s empowerment and creativity. Now that’s one Hip Tranquil Chick.

Project Stitch:  can’t wait to see the students of the West Potomac Academy Design Department feature their designs at Crystal Couture!

See you next week!


January 27, 2010   2 Comments

Purple Rain

Amidst a sea of umbrellas, the 2010 Golden Globes kicked off with a rainy Red Carpet. Even though skies were gray, purple reigned as the color of choice this year!

Sandra Bullock was gorgeous in a shimmery violet chiffon strapless Bottega Veneta gown with beautifully uneven cascading tiers. Zoe Saldana pulled off a gown that not many could – a pretty strapless Louis Vuitton number with layers of ribbons & ruffles in shades of plum and cranberry.

Rose Byrne was pretty in purple Lanvin and Fergie contained herself in a pale purple Elie Saab design that seemed at odds with her dark tresses and eyebrows. Her main accessory was (now forgiven?) husband, Josh Duhamel.

All eyes were glued to the exquisite Halle Berry as she glided across the stage to present an award in her impeccably fitted Kaufman Franco gown. You could have heard a pin drop inside the Beverly Hilton Hotel.

Escorted by fiancé John Krasinski, Emily Blunt glowed in a pink-infused champagne tulle gown by Dolce & Gabbana. The asymmetrical rough layers wrapped around her frame perfectly. Speaking of adorable A-list couples – the eternally lovely Calista Flockhart and Harrison Ford could not hide the fact that they’re crazy for each other.

Kate Hudson wore a dramatic structured white Marchesa dress that fit like a glove and Cameron Diaz was hard to miss in a bright red Alexander McQueen gown with black Ferragamo peep-toes.


Jennifer Garner, always gorgeous, chose a Versace gown that was too matronly for such a fresh-faced beauty. I’ve also seen Jennifer Aniston make more exciting fashion decisions – I wasn’t wowed by her black, hip-high, asymmetrical one-shoulder Valentino.

January, January, January…what were you thinking? Even Lanvin couldn’t cut it for you. That severe black dress and headband would have been mocked by Betts and Francine (as they smoke up a storm in the kitchen while the kids are napping) on Mad Men.

Kristen Bell wore a white strapless dress that fell at an unflattering point below her knee with heavy-looking black shoes and Christina Hendricks managed not to spill out of her dress – her saving grace: the craftsmanship of the gorg gown’s genius designer, Christian Siriano.

Note to Chloe Sevigny: grow up! I’m horrified at your babyfits throughout the night – first that there weren’t any “tarps” lining the red carpet in the rain and then berating a presenter in the middle of your acceptance speech for ripping your gown!  That behavior may fly on the compound but not at the Golden Globes.

January 18, 2010   No Comments

Virginia is for Lovers…of Crystal Couture!

Models…designers…photographers…racks of beautiful designs…not to mention a swanky city view…

No, it’s not Project Runway – although it certainly felt like it! I’m talking about the rehearsal & fitting for the models, designers and retailers who have been selected to show and strut their stuff at Crystal Couture’s week-long event, “6 nights, 1 theme – Wild, Sexy, Fashionable Fun!”

Brought to you by the Crystal City BID, for one full week (Feb. 1-6) at Lowe Enterprises, Crystal City is transformed into its own version of Bryant Park. With at least two fashion shows every hour and over 25 boutiques featured each night, you can shop ‘til you drop or be treated to free makeovers, food, specialty drinks and dancing, while enjoying the sartorial spinnings of  DJ Neekola and DJ Heather.

I was thrilled to be a guest of the Fantastic Ms. Fox, President of the Crystal City BID, and Abbey Frank of Scott Circle Communications Sunday afternoon at the 220 building in Crystal City. I had a ball mixing & mingling with the designers and models as they met & prepped for their roles in what is fast becoming the area’s most stylish event of the year. 

I met the girls of long-time local favorite boutique, Shake Your Booty, including President Kathy Amoroso, and  chatted with MiMi Dabo of Boutique Mix Fashion and Stella & Dot. I also had the pleasure of meeting Minoo Mobin-Ventura, the innovative Designer & Owner of Belafigura (“beautiful figure”) swimwear who was soaking up the scene with her Marketing Director Krystal Ugo. See Minoo’s recent profile in the Gazette. What a creative, talented and beautiful group of gals. I can’t wait to see them all again in February!

Mark your calendars and start planning your outfits – and tell your fellow-fashionistas to do the same! You don’t want to miss this.

And yes, you’ve read it correctly – I’m talking about Crystal City. In case you’ve been living under a rock the past few years, she’s come a long way, baby.

January 12, 2010   No Comments