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Monday, February 1, 2010

DMV Fashionista Event: Crystal Couture Week

Crystal City is poised to join the ranks of top fashion destinations along with Milan, Paris and New York City. For one week in February, Crystal City will be the center of fun and fashion during the second annual Crystal Couture. Building on the success of last year’s similar event, The Crystal City Business Improvement District will turn available retail space into an exotic runway, boutique and night club – featuring trunk shows, live theater, DJs, specialty drinks, food, comedians, dancing and more.

Dubbed “Jungle, Jeans, Tats and Tees,” (a.k.a. festive animal/island prints, denim, body art and t-shirts), the event is designed to bring great retail and runway straight into the hands of attendees - whether seasoned fashionista or eager newbie.

The creativity does not end on the runway – fashion designers of all skill levels may submit proposals for cutstom T-shirt and/or jean designs. All submissions will be presented on the Crystal City BID Web site and through digital projection at the event. Audience members will vote on a winner – on Tuesday night, voting for the T-shirt design will take place and on Wednesday, voting for the jean design will occur. Prizes will be awarded.

Local non-profit groups will also be on site to collect donations of new or gently used clothing and footwear. Go Red for Women will also have a presence at the event.

Move over New York City, here comes Crystal City!

What: Crystal Couture – a week of fabulous fashion, fun and festivities, runway shows, local DJs, body painting, dancing, open bar, free snacks, free makeovers from makeup artists and hair stylists, prizes for best themed and more. T-shirt and Jeans Design Competition. Entry form and more information can be found here

Who: Bianca Richardson, finalist on America’s Next Top Model and dozens of other local models and fashionistas.

LaNorma, Boutique Mix, Stella & Dot, The Jeans Whisperer, Ibhana Creations, Poulet, Brand of the Free, Bernos, Holland Cox, Aidah Collection, Thembe Fashions, JZ Bags, CG Originals Jewelry and ADMK Jewelry

Where: A storefront will be turned into a fashion hotspot at 23rd Street and S. Crystal Drive (across from Jaleo); Arlington, VA

When: February 1 – 6, 2010, 6:00 – 10:00 p.m. every night

Tickets: No ticket is necessary - the event is free and open to the public


DCPhotoz said...

Sure to be a big event for DC area as it gains traction in only its 2nd year, the Crystal Couture kicked off its annual fashion show Monday night with style. The runway models were gorgeous first-class professionals, the music perfectly choreographed for a top fashion show, and the high ceiling corner of busy street retail space all gave the show panache. Highlights included the first designer spotlighted on the runway, Tracy Suk Designs, with winter and spring wraps that looked like they came from stores along the Avenue des Champs-Élysées in Paris. The final design shop was the not-to-miss Celine de Paris fashion boutique. Lots of sexy and fun fashions between. Only criticisms of show - it was chilly (turn up the heat - it's February!) and the crowds were smaller than I expected (but it was a Monday and hopefully by Wednesday, the crowds will be larger and the body heat will warm up the space!). I’m definitely returning later in the week on Wednesday or Thursday with a larger entourage of friends (bring your cash, checkbooks and credit cards guys – there are good buys here!), and I’ll give an update on the show. For now, I’m rating the Crystal Couture a B+ and a must-see for anyone into fashion scene.