What's in Store - This Week's Sales and Fashion Events

Meet "Project Runway" runner-up Daniel Vosovic on Monday at the Corcoran. (By Michael Turek)
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Sunday, November 30, 2008

Twice a year, the D.C. government grants a reprieve from the 5.75 percent sales tax on clothing, shoes and accessories that cost less than $100. The tax holiday began on Black Friday and continues through Dec. 7. For details, call the Office of Tax and Revenue at 202-727-4829 or visit http://cfo.dc.gov/otr.

December will get off to a stylish start when "Project Runway" alum Daniel Vosovic stops by the Corcoran Gallery of Art to dish about the fashion industry and sign his new book, "Fashion Inside Out: Daniel V's Guide to How Style Happens From Inspiration to Runway and Beyond." Monday at 7 p.m. 500 17th St. NW. 202-639-1700. $22.

On Tuesday from 6 to 8 p.m., Alexandria boutiques Bellacara, Bloomers, Hysteria and Shoe Hive team up for a four-store holiday party. Each offers graduated savings: Save 10 percent if you spend $75, 15 percent for $150 and 20 percent for $250. For details, call 703-299-9652.

In the market for an inauguration-party gown? Preview two collections of fancy frocks on Wednesday, starting with the Badgley Mischka Platinum evening collection at Saks Fifth Avenue (5555 Wisconsin Ave., Chevy Chase, 240-497-5318) from 10 a.m. to 3 p.m. Then, check out the sophisticated options from designer Romona Keveza at Harriet Kassman (Mazza Gallerie, 5300 Wisconsin Ave. NW, 202-363-1870). Romona Keveza event runs through Friday. Both free.

Proper Topper's two stores are hosting soirees: On Thursday from 3 to 8 p.m., the Dupont Circle shop (1350 Connecticut Ave. NW, 202-842-3055) celebrates the classic party dress with a free trunk show of Tracy Reese frocks. On Saturday from 11 a.m. to 12:30 p.m. and 1:30 to 3 p.m., the Georgetown branch (3213 P St. NW, 202-333-6200) opens its doors for Solitude, purveyors of hand-dyed artisan wool, as representatives from the brand host hatmaking classes for beginning to intermediate knitters. Space is limited; RSVP at 202-333-6200 or customerservice@propertopper.com. Class $15, yarn $35, needles $9.

On Friday, Bella Bethesda Salon offers a day of pampering with free Phyto and Kerastase treatments and guided blowouts from the salon's stylists. Shoppers will save 20 percent on products and gift cards. At 6 p.m., a representative from Atlantis MediSpa in Silver Spring will be available for consultations. Botox treatments will be 30 percent off after the session. 4733 Elm St., Bethesda. Appointments required; call 301-718-9111.

Visit Redeem for a holiday happy hour with artist Johanna Mueller, who will showcase original prints and hand-screened cards while the shop stays open an extra hour. Friday, 6-9 p.m. 1734 14th St. NW. 202-332-7447.

Jewelry designer Anthony Camargo of Anthony Nak will present the brand's newest collection of beautiful baubles during a trunk show at Neiman Marcus. Saturday, 11 a.m.-4 p.m. 2255 International Dr., McLean. 703-761-1600. Free.

-- Holly E. Thomas

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