With cooler temperatures on the horizon, light cashmere layers and versatile accessories allow for an easy transition between summer and fall. Though Ralph Lauren, Tory Burch, and Michael Kors all have great options this season, local designer Virginia Blanca Arrisueño’s unique pieces are particularly suited to DC. Launching her knitwear label, DeNada, in 2009, her designs revolve around minimal shapes, strong textures, and subtle color. “My goal is to design knit pieces that are versatile and can accentuate any outfit,” she says of her accessories.
Available in tones of scarlet, hazelnut, chocolate brown, and olive green, DeNada’s new fall wares include sumptuous scarves, gloves, and hats inspired by her Peruvian heritage and the dynamic music of Ólafur Arnalds. “His music is dark, beautiful, and incorporates soft and hard elements,” Arrisueño says. “Unlike past collections, I decided to use an alpaca blend fiber so that each style is thicker, more luscious, and, of course, has an added level of warmth.” Redeem, 1734 14th St. NW, 202-332-7447
Nancy Pearlstein’s upscale boutique, Relish, unveils an impressive collection of women’s knitwear this fall. Expect to find shrunken cardigans from Marc Jacobs, cozy bubble sweaters from Cedric Charlier, and hand-knit, oversize cashmere sweaters from Hania by emerging designer Anya Cole. Relish, 3312 Cady’s Alley NW, 202-333- 5343