Style / Insights

Conceptually Fabulous

Ann Taylor launches the District’s first concept store.

October 04, 2011

The newly opened South Coast Plaza Ann Taylor concept store

Don’t walk, but run to the new Ann Taylor store, where the inaugural concept store boasts plush seating, vanity dressing rooms and elegant chandeliers. New head designer Lisa Axelson has created a catered and attentive shopping experience with framed art and fashion look books lining the walls, high-tech touch-screen monitors to locate products easily within the store and online, and a centrally-located focus on the best new looks of each season. Shop ‘career chic’ designs, wedding and events looks, shoes and accessories in one location come November 11th—the first of its kind in the District. 600 13th Street, 202-737-0325

—Hilary Weissman


An Interiors Sample Sale

The Washington Design Center Sample Sale provides you with a unique shopping experience.

September 28, 2011

Oso Sofa ($1,199)

The exclusive Washington Design Center’s Sample Sale for trade members opens its doors to the public on October 1 (10 AM–PM) and an elite shopping experience awaits. The Design Center will provide on-site shipping services and has invited interior designers to advise customers on color selection and styling, while fine furnishings and high-end accessories will be available for as much as 75 percent off. Proceeds from the $5 entrance fee will support Georgetown University Hospital’s pediatric oncology programs. Can’t make the sale? The Center curates a permanent sample room in suite 410 with year-long discounted décor. 300 D Street SW, 202-646-6100

—Hilary Weissman


Scout by Bungalow

September 06, 2011

FROM LEFT: Scout by Bungalow’s original Deano tote; the Mini Deano tote

As a former Vogue editor, Scout by Bungalow founder and design director Deb Johns has seen innumerable trends come and go. Interestingly, this never-ending cycle of here today, gone tomorrow is what informs her brand. “We need to create patterns that continue strong directions we have established in the Scout line, while at the same time creating patterns that are fresh and directional for our customers across the country,” Johns explains. “I am inspired by what is new yet familiar and fashionforward but is rooted in timeless looks.” Like fellow designer Jules Reid, Johns examines interior design patterns—specifically, floral tapestries, liberty prints and jacquards—for inspiration with her collection. For her, the key to incorporating flowery flourishes into your fall wardrobe is subtlety: Pair a solid look, preferably rich in texture, with just a touch of floral. Unsurprisingly, her bags, regularly toted around Georgetown, have the perfect amount of delicate whimsy to accompany the boldest autumn ensembles. Periwinkle, 3815 Livingston St., NW


Pretty People Vintage

What’s old is new again, and what’s new is essential this fall.

August 31, 2011

A sampling of the store’s vintage clutches

  Pretty People Vintage owner Annie Lee

Boutique owner and vintage queen Annie Lee opens up about her newest endeavor, Pretty People Vintage, in Old Town.

Tell us about the concept behind Pretty People Vintage. How does it differ from your previous work at Annie Creamcheese?
During my career in the vintage industry, I was drawn to the easy, laid-back style of the California girl who was not afraid to mix vintage into her wardrobe. I love how a girl can wear cowboy boots in 80-degree weather! Through Pretty People Vintage, I can bring that influence here to the Washington area. Annie Creamcheese is about the loud, bright colors of the ’60s and ’70s; it had more of a mod and rock-’n’-roll approach to its concept.

Why is this vintage collection so great for the Washington woman?
I have hand-selected and edited the best pieces of vintage for my customers, so they do not have to worry about style, condition or wearability. Everything at Pretty People Vintage can work in any modern woman’s wardrobe today.

How can stylish women incorporate vintage pieces with new trends from their wardrobe?
Either pair vintage clothing with modern jewelry to avoid a look that is too costume, or a modern outfit with a vintage accessory— try a vintage necklace, boots or a hat—to give your modern outfit personality.

What is your holy grail of vintage—what do you obsess about getting your hands on?
Chanel is always the holy grail of vintage: jewelry and handbags, mostly. Christian Louboutin shoes, DVF wrap dresses and, for myself, anything Missoni, Pucci and Chloé.

What are some of the store’s most exceptional pieces?
A Chanel 1980s heavy gold chain-link belt/ necklace ($590), a Monique Lhuillier dress from a consigner and soon to be vintage ($795) and an American Indian vintage turquoise nugget necklace ($795).

What would you consider the must-have items for this season?
Five must-have items for fall are a pill-box hat, oversize statement necklaces, dressy leather shorts that you can wear day or night, an oversize cable-knit sweater, and a cool leather satchel or briefcase-style purse.

108 N. Patrick St., Alexandria



Fall Trend: Python Carryalls

Python carryalls look sleek and seductive in deep autumnal tones.

August 22, 2011

CLOCKWISE FROM TOP LEFT: Twins tote, Fendi ($5,740). Top-handle bag, Salvatore Ferragamo ($2,950). Tysons Galleria. Trinity bag, Kara Ross ($3,225). Julia Farr, 5232 44th St. NW

Deciding on the perfect bag to carry is an arduous task. For days filled with meetings and dinner dates, with all the necessities you tote around the District (phone, wallet, sunglasses, lipstick, iPad) you need a bag whose structure adds no extra bulk. Crafted by hand, these python works of art are the perfect touch of glamour for your day-to-day responsibilities— and make little extra baggage of themselves.



Omega: A Brand to Watch

Tysons Galleria welcomes the Swiss watch company.

July 07, 2011

The prestigious Swiss watch company Omega is opening a new flagship store in Tysons Galleria as part of its plan to run 16 boutiques across the country. Inspired by the sun, water and earth, the boutique features illuminating rays falling across the timepieces. And vertical tracks embody the feeling of rainfall, which symbolizes how time never stands still or returns in the same way. Tysons Galleria, 2001 International Drive, McLean, Virginia, 571-633-9710

—Megan Masciana


A Fashion’s Night Out Itinerary

Our no-fail plan for the most stylish, and star-studded, shopping night of the year.

July 01, 2011

The sartorial whirlwind that is fall fashion season officially kicks off at tomorrow’s Fashion’s Night Out (FNO). Happening in cities across the globe, FNO was forged by Vogueand the Council of Fashion Designers of America in 2009 to stimulate local retail sales and bring shoppers out en masse. Washingtonians can head to Georgetown (6–11 PM) to revel in an evening of killer shopping, trunk shows, makeovers, cupcakes, cocktails and more. But, with over 90 boutiques participating, you’ll need a highly-curated itinerary. To that end, we propose the following:

FNO Pre-Gaming at Lost Boys
Lost Boys transforms into an old-fashioned haberdashery with traditional straight razor shaves, old-fashioned shoe shines, a limited-edition fashion collection debut, a Chivas Scotch class and a barbershop quartet (6–11 PM). Lost Boys, 1033 31st St. NW;

Beauty Sessions at Alchimie Forever
Sit back and enjoy complimentary makeup and skincare consultations, mini facials and makeovers at Alchimie Forever. (6–9:30 PM) 1010 Wisconsin Ave. NW #102;

A Candy Land Soirée at Betsey Johnson
Stop by this Candy Land-themed party boasting sweets by the National Confectioner’s Association, cocktails by Potomac Wine and Spirits, wall-to-wall models and Johnson’s vampy fall collection. (6–11 PM) 3029 M St. NW;

Shoshanna Pop-Up Shop
Enjoy cocktails and treats by Freshii, salon makeovers by Easel and pick up a flirty cocktail dress with 15-percent off at the Shoshanna Pop-Up Shop at Urban Chic. (6–11 PM) Urban Chic, 1626 Wisconsin Ave. NW;    

Cupcakes and Tunes at CUSP
DJ Leo will spin while tired, sugar-seeking FNO shoppers nosh on Georgetown Cupcakes and shop accessories at CUSP (6–10 PM). Stay camera-ready: photographer Walter Grio will be snapping photos throughout the evening. CUSP, 3030 M St. NW;     

Sips for Slips at Ristorante Piccolo
Round out your FNO revelry with a homemade dessert or drink on the house at Ristorante Piccolo. The eatery will honor the offer for guests with FNO purchase receipts in hand. (4:30–10:30 PM) Ristorante Piccolo, 1068 31st St. NW;

—Jenn Gimbel


Tory Burch

Burch is finally in DC!

June 15, 2011

Slip on those Reva flats and stroll down to the very first Tory Burch store in the DC area. The new Tysons Galleria boutique will dazzle your inner prepster, featuring Burch’s signature orange lacquer doors, brass nesting tables, mirrored walls and moss-green floors. Amid the gamut of wears to choose from are inspiring prints from Burch’s travels, including plum ikat curtains, snow-leopard chairs and coconut-striped flooring topped with a freshly designed linkprint area rug. Tysons Galleria;

By Kara Manos


Tag Line

Checkout Tag Heuer's stylish new shades.

June 08, 2011

Architect of fine Swiss watches since 1860, Tag Heuer applies its exquisite craftsmanship to its latest line of eyewear, L-Type LW ($890). It’s an exotic collection that features luxe leathers and textures, such as these alligator-skin shades. It’s all the proof you need that Tag Heuer is about more than just timepieces. Apex Optical, 2001 L St. NW;


Flying Beauty ships your products to your destination.

June 01, 2011

Spa junkies, rejoice! No need to leave your products at home when you travel now that there’s a TSA-friendly option., started by two friends who are former beauty executives, is loaded with products and kits from nearly 50 coveted brands, including Malin + Goetz, Ole Henriksen, Alterna, Blow and Tocca. And if you don’t have time to pack, will ship directly to your destination. Convenience and beauty, without the hassle.

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