By Punch Correspondent Hannah Roth
Union Station is a sight to see in itself with its multitude of shopping and dining destinations.Â Add a glitzy new store complete with decked-out waiters serving hor d-eouvres, chocolates, and wine, and you have quite a show. Thursday night was the kick-off of the new Ann Taylor shop at Union Station, and welcomed a crowd of shoppers, photographers, and Washingtonians alike. The usual crowd of travelers was present in the train station as well, but the woman at the help desk knew exactly where to direct my high-heeled boots.
The store was glittery and ready for opening, employees at the ready to help any customer who needed assistance. Kate Bennett, Fashion Editor of Washingtonian magazine AND Editor in Chief of Washingtonian Bride & Groom was present and accounted for, engrossed in shopping her favorite Ann picks for the holiday season. The sales associates were adorable, I made a fast friend in Clifford â€“ he was the cutest thing alive and insisted we take a picture together.
Enough of the socializing. Lets talk about the most important aspect of the store â€“ the clothes. With regard to the design, Ann Taylor is truly becoming a competitor in the working female market because of their trendy yet still appropriately cut officewear. Choosing the gorgeous, talented and award winning actress Kate Hudson for another season as their spokesmodel breaths a breath of fresh air into the garments and adds an element of fun and freshness to the ad campaigns, showcased heavily around the new store.
Additionally, the looks are transitional throughout the seasons as well as being easy to shift from day to night looks. Modern working women have so much to balance â€“ work, social life, looking their best for events, taking care of themselves and others. The pieces for the new fall/winter collection fulfill these demanding but necessary requirements for todayâ€™s woman. The designs are not color-shy, and boast a wide range of materials and mix-and-match pieces â€“ I fell in love with a cropped faux-fur gray jacket that I must have.
All in all, this shopping sure was the perfect start to a Thursday night out in D.C., and best wishes for the Ann Taylor store in the future!
Pamela Lynne Sorensen is the founder of Pamela’s Punch, a leading source of information for the “who, what, when, and where” of Washington, DC’s elite social, professional, and philanthropic scene, which she founded in November of 2006. In 2012 she launched Pacific Punch, based in Los Angeles. Pamela comes from an extensive background in sales and business development from a variety of industries, has been involved with charities and fundraising for a number of years and holds several Board and leadership positions. She currently resides in Arlington, Virginia and when she’s not out on the town, she’s reading or writing while sipping fine wine, or traveling the country and the world ISO adventures, beauty, fun, food, style, libations, music, and the good life. Follow her on Twitter at @pamelaspunch.