Designer Spotlight: Rachelle Celine
Local jewelry designer Rachelle Celine draws inspiration from DC's chicest neighborhoods.
May 16, 2013
Rachelle Celine, Stella necklace ($68) and Camille hoops in malachite ($148).
“I design for the woman who is smart, naturally chic, loves fashion, and celebrates her individuality,” explains Rachelle Celine Landry, a local jewelry designer who creates stunning 14k gold pieces embellished with jewel-tone stones from her Silver Spring, Maryland, studio. This spring, the Rachelle Celine collection showcases a bright, punchy palette, with oval hoop earrings, two-tone drop earrings, dainty pendants, and wire bangles boasting turquoise, green onyx, and tangerine stones.
“This season’s collection was inspired by the culture and colors of our beautiful city, from a vibrant blue or green door on a row house in Georgetown to a stunning sunset, or a stroll [to see the] cherry blossoms on a fabulous spring day,” she says. “The Camille Hoops in malachite are perfect for the DC woman. They are feminine… and a little preppy, with just the right amount of edge.” Wink, 3109 M St. NW, 202-338-9465
Oliver Peoples' Limited-Edition Frames
What's old feels fresh again with Oliver Peoples' vintage glasses.
May 14, 2013
O’Malley sunglasses, Oliver Peoples ($445).
Oliver Peoples eyewear founder and chief designer Larry Leight is giving us a compelling reason to look back this spring. As an homage to the label’s debut 1987 collection, Leight has released a retrospective line featuring limited-edition vintage frames made from his original models. The 505, one of the first optical frames to offer a clip-on sunglass attachment, is available in several colors, as well as the 1955, MP-2, and the O’Malley, which was inspired by former LA Dodgers president Peter O’Malley.
“The DC man appreciates subtle, yet distinctive details that, upon closer inspection, set him apart from the rest. Oliver Peoples’s Vintage collection is perfect because it is geared toward representing the wearer’s style, and not overtaking it,” says Georgetown Optician’s Pierce Voorthuis. “The O’Malley is my favorite pair. It’s clean and understated, but with a retro charm that won’t ever feel dated.” Georgetown Optician, 1307 Wisconsin Ave. NW, 202-337-8237
New Arrivals at Saks Jandel
DC’s best dressed are flocking to Saks Jandel for McQ and Victoria, Victoria Beckham.
April 22, 2013
A look from Victoria, Victoria Beckham’s spring collection.
This spring the designer assortment at Saks Jandel gets a bit of British flair with the newly available Alexander McQueen’s McQ and Victoria, Victoria Beckham’s latest collections. Contemporary separates from McQ showcase some of the season’s biggest runway trends: graphic prints, patchwork, and peplum silhouettes. Standout pieces include a Khaki Gilet vest—a creative, warm-weather take on the classic trench—along with statement-worthy digital-print cocktail dresses.
Similarly, Victoria Beckham’s offerings of sleek, minimalist clothing will undoubtedly resonate with the District’s put-together, professional set. In rich shades of navy, black, nude, and cherry red, crisp button-down shirts, sheath dresses, blazers, and cigarette trousers feel as timeless as they do contemporary. Emphasizing clean lines and an impeccable cut, Beckham’s spring collections rely on effortless, simple elegance rather than unnecessary embellishments. Our favorite piece is a lapel-less red blazer with a matching A-line skirt. 5510 Wisconsin Ave., Chevy Chase, 301-652-2250
Louis Vuitton's Collector's Tome
Louis Vuitton releases a special collector’s item.
April 22, 2013
The Trunk, Louis Vuitton ($66).
The iconic French fashion house Louis Vuitton began as a luxury trunk manufacturer long before introducing its fashion collections. In celebration of this venerable heritage, the atelier launched its first literary project, The Trunk, this spring. Comprising short stories from French writers about historical figures, the pages includes a tale about the return of Ernest Hemingway’s lost trunk nearly 30 years later—with the synopsis for his final novel still inside. The book is available for a limited time and only in select cities, including Washington, making it a rare library addition worth treasuring. The Collection at Chevy Chase, 301-654-1101
Tysons Galleria Gets a Joe's Outpost
Tysons Galleria adds a California denim company to its growing retail roster.
March 11, 2013
Straight ankle jeans in various distressed colors, Joe’s ($158 each).
Premium denim company Joe’s recently introduced more of its West Coast styling to Washington with the opening of a new boutique in Tysons Galleria. “We’re looking to reach new customers on the East Coast, and DC seemed like the best next step,” explains Joe’s CEO Marc Crossman. “The location will house the complete denim collection, featuring a variety of fits, prints, and colors, as well as the contemporary collection for men, women, and children.”
Stop by to soak up California coolness as spring temperatures rise, and don’t forget to check out the store’s denim pieces in plaid—“a wardrobe must-have this season,” per Crossman—along with shoes, belts, and limited-edition handbags. Trendspotting guys should consider experimenting with the brand’s dressier jeans for formal events. “Our favorite is the Levy wash, a beautiful black-coated denim,” says Crossman. “We recommend pairing it with an elegant white dress shirt, a fitted blazer, and dress shoes.” Tysons Galleria
Bonobos' New Georgetown Guideshop
Bonobos offers DC’s dapper gents a new Guideshop.
March 04, 2013
Slim gingham Crosby shirt, Bonobos ($78).
Bonobos, the largest US menswear label to launch exclusively online, has become a force in three-dimensional space with its entry into select Nordstrom stores and its new Guideshop in Georgetown. “We understand there are people who still want to touch clothing before they purchase,” says cofounder Andy Dunn of the fingertip-friendly outposts.
“Our Guideshops help people understand our brand and discover what fits and looks good on them.” Visit the Georgetown store (appointments are recommended but walk-ins are welcome), then register your measurements so you can order your favorite shirts, suits, pants, outerwear, and accessories online. 3320 Cady’s Alley NW, 202-333-7949
Washington Welcomes Michael Andrews
Bespoke tailor Michael Andrews comes to Dupont Circle.
December 17, 2012
Michael Andrews fitting a client.
When the routine suit-and-tie combination became mundane for ex-attorney Michael Andrews, he turned his attention to finding something more exciting. But when a number of tailors failed to rise to that challenge, Andrews took it upon himself to remedy his situation. Courses at New York’s Fashion Institute of Technology armed Andrews with an education in tailoring and design, and soon he was launching his own tailor shop to much acclaim from national menswear publications.
This season he brings his luxurious textures and colorful details to our nation’s capital with a new Michael Andrews Bespoke location in Dupont Circle. When asked about his decision to open an outpost in DC, practicality came to mind, Andrews says. “Our decision to expand to Washington was an easy one to make; we already have dozens of clients in the area who travel to see us in New York,” he explains. The new store features top-of-the-line services as well as a swanky, fully stocked bar, making the shop a fun and luxe gentlemen’s experience. With the addition of this distinguished tailor, DC can expect to see a boost in sartorial style on the Hill. 1604 17th St. NW, 202-350-9001
Tysons Welcomes C. Wonder and Mulberry
Tysons adds C. Wonder and Mulberry to its luxe list of heavy hitters.
December 10, 2012
C. Wonder’s displays are bright and fanciful.
Lifestyle brand C. Wonder recently opened its signature green glass doors at Tysons Corner, unveiling a highly anticipated boutique offering the label’s preppy-chic apparel, whimsical jewelry, home décor, and accessories, as well as exclusive client services.
Over at the Galleria, Mulberry’s new boutique has the stylish set drooling over the British label’s luxe, ready-to-wear clothing for women along with its men’s and women’s accessories, including Bayswater, Alexa, and Del Rey handbags. C. Wonder, Tysons Corner, 703-761-3970; Mulberry, Tysons Galleria, 703-748-7300
Intermix Adds Second DC-Area Store
Intermix is upping DC’s style quotient in more ways than one.
October 22, 2012
With its opening at Tysons Galleria, Washington women will now have two Intermix locations to shop at.
When Khajak Keledjian prepared to launch the first Washington Intermix in Georgetown—the ninth overall—in April 2005, reactions from his friends and colleagues were dubious to say the least. “When we went to DC, they told me, ‘You can’t go near it. It’s a political city; people wear suits, and they only wear dark colors. It’s not going to work,” Keledjian recalls. But local fashion mavens weren’t so hesitant, and quickly proved Keledjian’s naysayers wrong: “We had our largest single store opening to date in Washington. I was shocked,” he exclaims.
Since then Keledjian, along with his cofounder brother, Haro, have opened 24 boutiques, and are now returning their attention to the capital city. The retail empire’s latest ventures include a two-fold expansion, with a relocation of the Georgetown shop to a larger space in Cady’s Alley and a second outpost opening at Tysons Galleria. 3300 M St. NW, 202-298-8080; Tysons Galleria, McLean
Alton Lane's Custom Tailoring for Men
Alton Lane’s Peyton Jenkins explains why men should seek out custom tailoring.
October 16, 2012
Alton Lane’s showroom.
Alton Lane’s Peyton Jenkins explains why men should seek out custom tailoring:
“What might be modern to one is classic to another. Only through custom can you guarantee… a fit that is specific to your own body and preferences. At Alton Lane the customer determines the fit, lapel type and width, pocket type, lining, piping, monogram, collar, cuff, pleats [or] no pleats—the list goes on!” 1506 19th St. NW, 646-896-1212
PHOTOGRAPHY BY KIRSTEN ROSE (ALTON LANE SHOWROOM); Byron Willis (JENKINS)
Celebrating the White House Correspondents’ Association’s annual dinner at Carnegie Library.