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Geeks walk the runway at DC Week fashion show

Twenty-five geeks-turned-models walked the runway at Bloomingdales in Chevy Chase for the Geek 2 Chic fashion show Tuesday night.

Blake Hall, a veteran and co-founder of Tropswap, models a tuxedo and shirt by Armani Collezioni. (Cara Kelly/The Washington Post)

Johnny Kissko, an award-winning, tech-savvy teacher, impressed attendees with the running man; Brian Chambers of Blue Advertising demonstrated his vocal abilities; and Pat Yonpradit, an educator from Springbook High in Maryland, received huge cheers from the crowd for his runway moon-walk. 

Fashion highlights included a Ralph Lauren motorcycle jacket and bow-tie combination seen on Andrew Noyes, fitted grey suit by Hugo Boss on Leo Schmid, and an Armani Collezioni tuxedo worn by Blake Hall. 

Hall, a veteran and co-founder of the e-commerce platform Troopswap, became one of the undeniable stars of the evening, along with  Network for Teaching Entrepreneurship graduate Jabious Williams. Williams founded Williams Art & Photography with the help of the program, which provides instruction for teens from low-income communities to prepare for futures as business and tech professionals.

All ticket proceeds from the evening will benefit NFTE.

Cara Kelly manages the development of editorial tools and presentation for new products and user experiences. She previously worked in the Style section, following the completion of her MA in journalism at American University.


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