Fall Trend: Python Carryalls
Python carryalls look sleek and seductive in deep autumnal tones.
August 22, 2011
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.
PHOTOGRAPH BY ANTFARM
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
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; lostboysdc.com
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; alchimie-forever.com
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; betseyjohnson.com
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; urbanchiconline.com
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; cusp.com
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; piccolodc.com
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; toryburch.com
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; tagheuer.com
3floz.com 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. 3floz.com, 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, 3floz.com will ship directly to your destination. Convenience and beauty, without the hassle. 3floz.com
DVF Does it Again
Diane by Diane von Furstenberg is finally here.
June 01, 2011
Diane by Diane von Furstenberg, featuring apparel, accessories, shoes and swimwear, debuts this spring. Updated wrap dresses and new silhouettes will be introduced alongside accessories like leather iPhone cases and beach bags. It’s the perfect collection to go from a day at the beach to dinner with friends without having to make a pit stop at home. Betsy Fisher, 1224 Connecticut Ave. NW; betsyfisher.com
The Collection at Chevy Chase celebrates five years of fabulous.
May 23, 2011
FOR YEARS WASHINGTON was considered fashionably conservative. Sporting the standard dark suit, white shirt and red or blue tie, politicos rarely sought brand-name clothing. Times, as they say, have changed.
Thanks in part to The Collection, a luxury-retail destination in Chevy Chase, fashion in the District has blossomed with colorful, trendy designer clothing. Celebrating its fifth anniversary, The Collection sits on a single city block just over the Maryland-DC border, home to 13 high-end retail stores. Despite its close proximity, it’s practically a full-day destination: It has a promenade atmosphere complete with cafés and restaurants with outdoor seating, and there’s even Hela, a full-service salon and spa.
Founded in 1890 by Francis G. Newlands, a former US Senator from Nevada, The Chevy Chase Land Company once owned nothing more than rural farmland. But Newlands had a vision to develop a residential and commercial community, and eventually, the company pioneered The Collection in the Washington suburbs, as part of a development pattern that has focused primarily on building around transit stations (The Collection is located near the Friendship Heights stop on the Metro’s Red Line). More than 50 years ago, the company brought the first Saks Fifth Avenue to the area; over the years, Bulgari, Dior and Barneys Co-op, among others, have all bolstered The Collection’s roster of high-end retail stores. David M. Smith, president of the Chevy Chase Land Company, is bullish about future Chevy Chase projects slated for development in the next few years, all of which “go back to our theme as a company: We’ve got well-positioned properties and assets located on transit lines because we support transitoriented development.” For now, shoppers can indulge in The Collection, says Smith, “whether [they’re looking for] a graduation gift at Tiffany & Co., an engagement ring at Cartier, a suit at Ralph Lauren or a handbag at Gucci. There are so many great opportunities here.” 5471–81 Wisconsin Ave., Chevy Chase; thecollectionatchevychase.com
A Decade in the Bag
Milly celebrates its tenth anniversary.
May 18, 2011
Milly founder Michelle Smith is celebrating the brand’s 10th anniversary alongside the debut of her first-ever handbag line. In the signature Milly aesthetic, this new collection of covetable styles is made with materials like nappa lamb leather, shiny goatskin leather and perforated patent. We’re particularly in love with the Check Tweed Milly bag (PICTURED). Saks Fifth Avenue, 5555 Wisconsin Ave., Chevy Chase; saks.com
Going for Brogue
Check out these classy brown accessories.
May 11, 2011
PHOTOGRAPH BY JAMES BEARDEN
Celebrating the White House Correspondents’ Association’s annual dinner at Carnegie Library.