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Fashion Star – round 2!

21 Mar

by Yulia Mikhalchuk

Second episode of “Fashion Star” just finished and as usual, you can already shop for winning garments!

Have to note, I am sad for Ross (would love to have all his jackets especially pink plaid! so what the fabric it’s too thick – it can wait till fall!) and Orly with her cream dress with lace detailing on the bottom. Would wear that in a wink. Crossing fingers for them both next week!

Oscar should reconsider his profession, he would really do well as a stand up comedian (well, and do a part-time tailoring for night clubs). Although I have to admit, if not for him, there wouldn’t be much color on this show. Oh well, except for that turquoise tunic with a mouth on the back. What is it with designers who don’t know much about gravitation? If the garment is made of light fabric and has horizontal slits… what do they think will happen?

Ok enough about sadness! Here are the pictures and links where you can buy the winners!

First, plaid shift dress by Kara Laricks for $325.00 in Saks Fifth Avenue (available online now, will be available in stores Wednesday morning). Congratulations to Kara on jumping from “No offer”-s to a bidding war between buyers! She landed at $100,000.00 offer from Saks!

Second, amazing shirts by Nzimiro Oputa for $70.00 in Macy’s – available in stripes and white

Also in Macy’s, my favorite items of this week, dresses by Lisa Vian Hunter for $99.00 (available in pink and black&white)

Last, but not least, trousers by Sarah in H&M for just $19.95 (in blue and in white)

Happy shopping to you! And don’t forget to tune in for live web chat on NBC Washington next Tuesday at 10 p.m.!  The one from today is available to read HERE.

 
 

Ella-Rue’s “Sweets and baubles”

19 Mar

by Yulia Mikhalchuk

Fashion lovers streamed to Ella-Rue, New Consigned and Designer Boutique, on Wednesday night for a “Sweets&baubles” party. Amazing designers’ steals, champagne and sweet treats, nail coloring and many other fun things were offered. Outside of the store there was a rack full of “$20 and under” amazing garments!

See some pictures from the event and how we made “dress up party” happen! Don’t forget to visit  a whole gallery of 37 images.

even outside it says "PARTY"!

Peeps!

Krista Johnson the owner hosting

"Baubles"!

Sweets!

Jewelry!

shoes!

Alice and Olivia trench coat $248.00

nails revamping!

Lolly Amons co-hosting

Necklace Ella-Rue is just $29.00!!!

Krista Johnson, the owner (right) with her dad

glamorous surroundings

Trina Turk dress, $158; Gucci shoes, $250.00; Thomas Wylde purse, $495.00; D&G shades, $120; Honesty bracelets, $67.00

purse up close

Lolly wearing Emmanuel Ungaro vintage (1970ss) dress, $220

Leifsdottir silk tunic/dress, $174; Nine West cork shoes, $58; Elaine Turner gold clutch, $168.00;Ella-Rue necklace, $29.00

Whole gallery of 37 images is available HERE

 

Fashion star debut, DC resonance

15 Mar

by Yulia Mikhalchuk

“Fashion Star” pilot aired yesterday on NBC and planted quite a buzz among DC fashion peeps. NBC Washington set up a web chat topped by Angie Goff, and co-supported by many DC fashion scientists. Hour and a half of the show, as well as a chat, was concentrated and rockety quick. Even commercial breaks on TV didn’t put off the bubbling conversation on the web.

Garments bought by Macy’s‘, Saks Fifth Avenue’s and H&M’s representatives, were instantly available for sale on stores’ websites, and by this moment some of them are sold out.

Show airs every Tuesday on 10/9c on NBC.

As Angie suggested, there might be Fashion Star viewing parties scheduled in the nearest future.

Nikki Poulos' maxi caftan dress, also in white, sold out on Macy's for $89.00

Zipper mini-skirt available in Saks Fifth Avenue for $350

Sarah Parrott's dress, also in black, sold out on H&M, was $19.95

Edmont Newton's dress, also in black, for $110.00 in Macy's

Lizzie Parker's tunic, plum, also in black and ivory, for $79 in Macy's

Blazer by Nzimiro Oputa, in H&M for $49.95

The remaining garments are available HERE, HERE and HERE

 
 

Neiman Marcus Spring Preview

27 Feb

by Yulia Mikhalchuk

Neiman Marcus of Tysons Galleria presented spring preview showcase on February 22. Guests first enjoyed refreshments and finger foods in NM cafe, and then proceeded to a fashion show.

We celebrate prints  – bolds or demures, graphics or florals; and color – pink is greeted back, neons are on! What appeared to me most and what I always loved – print jackets! Oh, and of course, “yellow is the new neutral”! Sunny, bright, uplifting color is very well appreciated this season. Hurray! Who thought, but sport is truly fashionable now – it surfaces even on dresses, which makes them more accessible and multipurposed.

Enjoy the pictures with commentaries, hope you will find handy information for you. And, let’s have fashion fun this spring (which starts whatever you decide, even if it’s freezing February!)

color and texture!

leather skirt from Armani Collezioni

Long sleeve blouse, $695.00, can be found here, and leather ruffle skirt, $1,195.00, here – by Armani Collezioni in Neiman Marcus

Reversible coat, raw edges – love!

Graphic floral print dress, $895, can be found here, by Armani Collezioni

Piazza Sempione – cobalt printed jacket and largo pant

closer look. see the correspondence between the jacket and the blouse!

From resort collection – white poplin tunic with printed capri pant and neutral trench

Mixed-stripe V-neck dress, linen-cotton, $1,150.00, can be found here, by Piazza Sempione

Brushstroke-print jacket, $1,470.00, can be found here (bu no pictue can do the judgment, better see it in person!), by Piazza Sempione

Yellow cotton-silk tweed dress by Akris Punto

Micro-dot with micro-stripe combo! By Akris Punto

Trench look jacket (love!) by Escada

Jewelry from new David Yurman collection:

Ingrid, the raffle winner (whole bag of Dior cosmetics) and Melissa Ekblom, PR Manager Neiman Marcus

Just on the floor – yellow flower dress by Jill Stuart and already seen today “watercolor” jacket by Piazza Sempione. Love the golden turtle cuff for $495.00 (Neiman Marcus)

Turtle up-close:

Want to meet the winner of “Project Runawy All Stars” and Ken Downing, plus $2,500 NM gift card? Enter HERE

 
 

Gilt City’s warehouse/closet revealed

14 Feb

by Yulia Mikhalchuk

On Friday the 10th Gilt City DC gave access to its treasured warehouse to the VIP/press, with following sale event on Saturday for the public. Long View gallery was buzzing and babbling with excitement of privileged shoppers, digging through goods and sipping on the campaign. Rivers of designers garments, shoes, accessories and whatnot were filtered by DC fashionistas, leaving messy piles behind like 3 year-olds on Halloween playdate. Yours truly attended the first part and it was scary to imagine what has actually happened on Saturday night with about 1000 people RSVPd for the event.

Enjoy some pics which I could not help but treat in randomly vintage-y style. Oh and by the way those granola bars were beyond amazing. What was the brand again? Were eaten ruthlessly.

Tons and tons of stuff! I wonder if there is anything left now?

Excitment sprinkling

Barbara Martin and Jayne Sandman of BrandLink DC in the fitting room. B looks accomplished and J seems still on the hunt despite the number of the hangers! Bravo!

Vanessa Rodriguez of Federal Realty playing dress-up. On Vanessa: Dress: Pucci Orginial price: $2500 Sale price: $499 Shoes: Kathryn Amberleigh Original price: $202 Sale price: $49 Bangles: Chamak Sale price: $10 Handbag Valentino Original price: $2995 Sale price: $499

Art on the back. Glances in the fitting room.

fabulous Anchyi Wei in Zac Posen dress, originally $1250, sale $249

Real time photographers - Alfredo Flores and Daniel Swartz

 

Ralph Lauren’s Black Label in Saks

30 Oct

by Yulia Mikhalchuk

Elle Magazine Market Director Joann Pailey presented highlights from Ralph Lauren Fall 2011 Collection and Black Label in Saks Fifth Avenue Chevy Chase. Spectators got to see a collection ranging from man-like suits to gorgeous evening gowns, all Lauren’s polished and sophisticated. 10% of evening sales benefited Children’s National Medical Center.

Enjoy the pictures.

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Siriano shares the runway with 14 DC designers, resulting 30,000.00 raised

26 Oct

by Yulia Mikhalchuk

On October 21, Pink Jams! hosted “Pink rocks the runway” to raise awareness and funds to help women under 40 beat breast cancer.

Atrium in Ronald Reagan Building was filled with colorful lights, dressed up crowd and live music by “Charm City Devils”. Cocktails and hors d’oeuvres were all around to heat up the anticipation.

Fourteen young survivors “strut their stuff” on the runway, rocking pink outfits specifically made for this event by DC local designers. After each model in pink owned it, “Pink tie guy” took the shift diluting femininity with masculinity.  Finally, so anxiously awaited Christian Siriano‘s collection hit the runway. Fourth season “Project runway” winner Siriano brought to his hometown his whole Spring-Summer 2012 collection (over 30 outfits!). He wowed the crowd with polished corals and lime greens, as well as ruffled neutrals. His lavished, never restrained or modest looks are now recognizable and loved throughout the country.

As a conclusion of the event, Pink Jams!’ President Christa Floresca, flanked by Siriano and Doughty, presented a check for 30 thousand dollars to former First Lady of Washington, DC, Michelle Cross Fenty, for the Capital Breast Care Center.

Guests completed themselves with generously filled swags and lanced to official afterparty  at Hard Rock Cafe.

Pink Jams! intrigued everybody by promising not less exciting program for 2012, and there is no reason not to believe them!

Local designers represented (in order of appearance):

Dennya

Aidah

Booshie Designs

Maven, LLC

Chez Kevito

Tsyndyma

Estella Couture

Elizabeth St.John

Natalia Sanz

Walish Gooshe

Tashia Senn

Studio D’Maxsi

Punk Rock Bride

Kenny “KAS” Flanagan

Enjoy the pictures and stay tuned for the next one! Don’t forget to see whole gallery of 166 images!

Finale walk

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J Brand in South Moon Under

10 Oct

by Yulia Mikhalchuk

Arlington South Moon Under in conjunction with Mary Amons, local philanthropist and fashionista, hosted J Brand promo event  on October 7. Designer jeans made of softest “vacuum” fabric (so flattering!) were snatched left and right by customers, with help of J Brand representatives. Apple Cider cosmos and red velvet cupcakes by “Georgetown cupcakes” could not help more to set the right mood. 20% discount on J denim was offered on that day.

J Brand representative and Mary Amons

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Pink Jams! is bringing Siriano in October

09 Oct

by Yulia Mikhalchuk

Annapolis native and “Project Runway Season 4” winner Christian Siriano is coming to DC on October 21. Pink Jams!‘ special project Pink Rocks The Runway an annual breast cancer awareness fashion show, is making it happen. Young breast cancer survivors will wear pink couture by local DC designers, – dresses,  they have collaborated on for months, and Christian is bringing his whole Spring 2012 collection for an exclusive show. If you never had a chance to visit the tents during New York Fashion Week, this is your opportunity, and you don’t even have to leave DC! In addition, as it always happens on Pink Jams! events, you’ll hear live music, this time  by Charm City Devils. Needless to say, the event will sell out well in advance, so don’t postpone buying your tickets! There are still some front row seats available, for which you have to contact Pink Jams! directly, second row sells for $250 per seat and price decreases to $125 for seat at the stadium. General admission (standing) is $90 and includes hors d’oeuvres with full 4-hour open bar and access to after-party, not to mention the show itself. Buy tickets HERE.

What: Pink Rocks the Runway

When: October 21, 2011

7-10 p.m.

Where:

Ronald Reagan Bldg And International Trade Center

1300 Pennsylvania Ave, NW
Washington, DC
 

DRESSED – “The best art comes from pain” (c) Nary Manivong

08 Oct

by Yulia Mikhalchuk

Bethesda Row Landmark Cinema welcomed a hand-picked crowd of guests for DC premiere of “Dressed” documentary on October 6. “Dressed” is an award winning film that follows acclaimed women’s ready-to-wear designer Nary Manivong on his unprecedented journey from homeless to New York Fashion Week. Originally from Laos and abandoned by parents, Nary from the very early age had to face incredibly difficult circumstances which did not break him down but gave him guts and courage to reach for his dreams.  Simon Doonan, Fern Mallis, Nanette Lepore, Lynn Yaeger and other fashion figures are featured in the movie. Despite common thought that fashion business is very glamorous, they all agree on that it is very competitive and butchery industry. After first 2 years, 80% of designers are out of business. It is never pure luck if you make it, although one can not overestimate its role in the industry. Nary, who started from subzero base, thanks to his unbelievable passion and commitment, and ability to overcome his own fears and failures, now has his own line. In addition, he now collaborates with Ally Hillfiger on “NAHM” line, reinventing shirtdresses. NAHM stands for their combined initials (Nary-Ally-Hillfiger-Manivong) and also means “water” in Laos.

After the screening in Bethesda Row, Nary and director of the movie David Swajeski were interviewed by Kate Bennett of Capitol File magazine. Followed, anxious viewers took turns asking questions (and have been rewarded for them with soundtrack CDs!). The afterparty was held at Jaleo Bethesda, where guests mingled and were profusely fed and suffused.

Nary, who once was very shy to people and сonfessed in the film that communication is not his strongest skill, now admitted that his friends helped him to open up and it actually moved his business a lot. Asked if he is going to make clothes for men, too, “Not yet, maybe in the future”, – he replied.

Enjoy some pictures and don’t forget to visit whole gallery.

Nary with the poster in Jaleo

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