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Fashion Week: Will work in Washington?

The fashion industry has kicked off its eight-day extravaganza of designer shows for fall 2012.

Runway styles rarely translate exactly to the street, but our litmus test for these collections is whether the clothes will be appropriate dress for District-area denizens. Would a K Street lobbyist, Capitol Hill staffer or labor lawyer wear it to the office or don it for cocktails at Cork? We’ll evaluate Fashion Week’s looks and red- or green-light it for D.C.

NEW YORK, NY - FEBRUARY 10: A model walks the runway at the Rebecca Taylor Fall 2012 fashion show at The Stage at Lincoln Center . (Frazer Harrison/GETTY IMAGES FOR MERCEDES-BENZ F)

We begin with Rebecca Taylor’s Friday show presented at Lincoln Center. The majority of this designer’s looks, complete with nail-head leggings, would be more suitable for the streets of Lisbeth Salander’s Sweden. However, this long printed dress with a fitted top accentuating a small waist and buff upper arms could be a worthy addition to First Lady Michelle Obama’s wardrobe. We think she could wear it to the next state dinner.

Would it work in Washington? Our bet: YES. Cast your vote in the poll below.

Tip: Not likely to be on a state-dinner invite list? Dress it down by throwing a short leather bomber jacket on top. Urbanites with attitude can toughen up the look even more with ankle boots.

View Photo Gallery: Designers, hundreds of journalists, countless models, buyers and socialites have descended upon the city, all for the excitement of seeing the fall 2012 collections.


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