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DC Fashion Week Spotlights International Couture
DC Fashion Week Spotlights International Couture

From Feb. 21-27, 2011, D.C. Fashion Week returned to the District to showcase local and national designers’ Fall and Winter Collections. While many designers returned to showcase their newest collections, what made this season’s D.C. Fashion Week so special were the unique events throughout the week. From the kick-off reception at Kellari and the Fashion Networking Industry Party at Tabaq on U Street to the premiere party for the newest season of D.C. Cupcakes where a couture wedding dress was made out of cupcakes for DC Fashion Week.

While Friday and Saturday showcased U.S. designs, Sunday's night finale show showcased 17 couture designs from around the world at the Embassy of France.  While there were some standouts like Heydari, Rudy Wolfe and Firefly Designs, the show suffered from some minor kinks that took away from the overall presentation of the event.  For starters there was no media check-in or coat check,  programs were handed out in the middle of the show making it hard for the audience to keep up with program order and due to lighting issues the intermission ran over making the already lengthy show that much longer.  Models on the runway were more like horses on a race track, barely posing at the end of the runway for pictures.  

While the social and networking events of the week were very enjoyable, I must say the quality of the shows especially the finale couture show, were much better last year.  Here's hoping the next show uses the resources and great individuals of D.C.'s Greater Washington Fashion Chamber of Commerce and D.C.’s Commission on the Arts and Humanities to improve the Nation's Capital fashion week.


**Photos courtesy of Heather Gunn**