D.C. Fashion Week (DCFW) is in full stylish swing: There was Monday's Eco Fashion Exhibit, Tuesday's A/C DC Fashion Show and Wednesday's evening rush-hour parade of glamazons strutting their stuff through Chinatown flash mob style. Thursday night , the annual DCFW Fashion Industry Networking Mixer went down at Dirty Martini and proved that the area's fashionable set come out after work to play.
While some of the event-goers' looks were stereotypical D.C. (like they literally just left the office), others decided to go over-the-top
(having thrown on the most garish thing in their closet for the sole purpose of getting their picture taken). Then, there were a select few attendees who looked like they'd taken notes last week during Mercedes-Benz Fashion Week in New York. Their outfits were on trend without being costume-y, which is always in vogue.
A few of the night's standout fashionistas and fashionistos -- from publicists to analysts -- explain what street style in Washington means to them:
“D.C. has always had a rich culture and heritage and you can really see that through the clothes people wear. The fashion scene keeps getting better and exemplifies a progression and improvement. I'm just waiting for the rest of the world to see that.” -- Mikaela Maxwell, aspiring fashion designer
“It's being able to go from office chic to happy hour cute. That means looking professional during the day at work, but also being able to get with your friends afterwards and still look cute and appropriate.” -- Arielle Dixon, publicist
“Since the Obama administration, you're seeing a lot more of an eclectic urban mix when it comes to fashion in D.C. People are definitely breaking that political mold and being a lot more free and themselves.” -- Fallon Carter, wedding planner
“There's a lot of mixing different styles here. Even with my outfit -- I'm more dressy on top with the blazer and tie, but I balanced it out with skinny jeans and sneakers on the bottom.” – Brian Smith, customer support analyst
“I think street style in D.C., is somewhat influenced by politics. But there is another side [influenced by] the party life. I believe it's becoming like the next New York.” -- Kirk Thomas, Jr., singer
“Street style in D.C., could be a little more open minded. Overall, I think it's very much in line with the aesthetic that this area is known for -- it's the 'Hollywood of Politics.'” – Valencia, fashion blogger