Stylist April Yvonne helps clients with wardrobe makeovers and dressing for events.
Situated along the historic C&O Canal, Georgetown’s newly opened Capella hotel is elevating the standard for high-end hospitality. In addition to its gourmet cuisine, rooftop lounge, and luxe spa, the location offers personal styling services courtesy of image maker and DC denizen April Yvonne. Here, Yvonne reveals a few of her favorite local boutiques and divulges styling tips for the spring season.
What services do you offer to clients at the Capella hotel? APRIL YVONNE: My styling advice is catered to the specific needs of an individual guest, so it could be anything from personal shopping excursions to finding a brand-new wardrobe to after-hours shopping sessions at Tysons Galleria or the Collection at Chevy Chase. [Or I can bring] a selection of pre-planned looks to [a guest’s] hotel room for specific galas, dinners, and events.
You are particularly well versed on which local boutiques stock certain labels. Do you have an absolute must-stop shop? AY: I love Hu’s [Shoes and Hu’s Wear] in Georgetown! The owner, Marlene, has curated a collection of some of my favorite lines like Chloé, Céline, The Row, Lanvin, and Bottega Veneta, and she carries many pieces you won’t find in local high-end department stores. For my male clients, it’s Lost Boys. The shop carries a small but unique collection specifically meant for the guy who doesn’t want to blend into the crowd.
What about hidden gems? Tell us about lesser-known shops that you consider local treasures. AY: Nana in Adams Morgan. Jackie creates her handmade clothing in her home, only blocks away, and the pieces are perfect for the busy DC career gal. Also, Relish in Cady’s Alley is a spot not many people know, and it carries very nicely tailored pieces like textured, fitted blazers, and pendant necklaces. As for jewelry, I’m always on top of what’s coming in at Ella-Rue. The shop’s amazing pieces go just as quickly as they come in!
What “staple” garments are worth investing in this season? AY: For women, a great black and white contrast sheath dress. It accentuates your figure, yet is appropriate for in and out of the office, which is a [key component] for DC ladies’ [wardrobes]. For the men, I would love to see them embrace bold colors [when it comes to] accessories…. I love to see men take risks since they can sometimes fall into a wardrobe rut. My advice is to go bold. 1050 31st St. NW, 202-617-2400