Correction to This Article
This guide listed an event as upcoming when it had already taken place. The kickoff reception for DC Fashion Week at Kellari Taverna was Feb. 21, not Feb. 22.

DC Fashion Week: A definite 'do'

RUNWAY TIME: An outfit from last year's D.C. Fashion Week.
RUNWAY TIME: An outfit from last year's D.C. Fashion Week. (Damion Miller)
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Tuesday, February 22, 2011

It may not be New York, but D.C. Fashion Week ( ) has picked up some serious steam the past few years. Designers from such far-flung countries as Nigeria, Ukraine, Thailand and Kazakhstan see Fashion Week in the U.S. capital as an opportunity to gain high-profile exposure without drowning in the infinite sea of designers who flock to the Big Apple year after year. Add to that a growing number of high-end local designers, and the result is sure to be an inspired medley of everything from jewelry to couture frocks to men's swimwear.

Throw yourself into the fashion fray with these five events:

Kickoff reception

Start the week off with a happy hour reception at Kellari Taverna. Ogle jewelry and accessories by 11 designers and sip complimentary champagne (for the first 75 guests) in anticipation of what's to come.

Tuesday from 6 to 9 p.m. Kellari Taverna, 1700 K St. NW. 202-535-5274. Free.

Networking party atTabaq Bistro Aspiring models, photographers, makeup artists, designers and entrepreneurs: Bring your business cards. Hobnob with up to 1,000 industry professionals and ask those burning fashion questions you've had on the back burner. A special composite show will feature a couple of looks by every designer participating in Fashion Week.

Thursday from 6 to 10 p.m. Tabaq Bistro, 1336 U St. NW. 202-265-0965. Free.

Corjor Internationalfashion show

Ean Williams, the executive director of Fashion Week, used to work with NASA. But you won't find any spacesuits in his collection of red-carpet looks. Williams will show a collection of old-Hollywood-style evening gowns with a contemporary twist, plus a few pieces for women and men inspired by his recent trip to Europe.

Friday at 9 p.m. Mood Lounge, 1318 Ninth St. NW. 202-452-7672. Free, mention D.C. Fashion Week.

Washington menswearcollections

With all the politicos and businessmen in this town, there's little doubt that Washington men are well versed in wearing suits. But you won't find anything quite so middle-of-the-road at this show. Nine local menswear designers present their best looks, from repurposed vintage military jackets to punk-rock-inspired get-ups.

Saturday from 7 to 9 p.m. Washington Post Conference Center, 1150 15th St. NW. 800-494-8497. $10.

International couturecollections

Fashion Week's grand finale features mostly women's collections by some of the week's most renowned designers from around the world. Models will walk down a black mirror runway in innovative, hand-crafted pieces. The show will be projected on multiple screens for optimal viewing.

Sunday from 6 to 8:30 p.m. Embassy of France, 4101 Reservoir Rd. NW. 800-494-8497. $75.

- Jess Righthand

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