By Punch Correspondent Hannah Roth
D.C. is making some big transitions towards becoming a fashion capital in itâ€™s own right. District fashionistas are already anticipating fashion week at the end of September, and to begin this fabulous frenzy the metropolitan area hosted Fashionâ€™s Night Out on September 6th. For those who are new to this concept, this is the night where stores and boutiques showcasing new wares, deals, and cocktails (oh my!) are open past normal hours for the public to play. The first annual Fashionâ€™s Night Out Alexandria â€“ Georgetown was taking another run this year and other local markets were as well like Tyson’s Galleria and Chevy Chase â€“ provided an interesting twist on a now widely-recognized annual New York tradition. Although this is definitely a step in the right direction for fashion in the beltway area, I am sure that next year will be even better.
I decided that this occasion would be a perfect date night, and invited my boyfriend to join (free drinks eases the fashion overload and girlie talk). We first went to the fashion show at the Torpedo Factory, where models garments provided by various Alexandria storefronts and boutiques. The beginning of the show was a bit confusing â€“ busty models with powdered wigs and early 19th-century garments strolling down the runway â€“ but after about 6 of these looks, some seriously cute outfits followed. After some bemused murmuring, we were told that the Revolutionary looks were an ode to Alexandriaâ€™s roots as a historic districtâ€¦interesting enough, but perhaps there could have been more of a Marie-Antoinette and less settlers-in-the-new-world vibe.
Some favorite 21st century looks: a graphic red, black and white shift, as well as a an embellished black tank with a crÃ¨me blazer and red trousers, showcased beautifully on legs that are about as long as my entire body. Ah, to be 5â€™11â€™â€™â€¦ Our own Pamela pranced down the runway as well, rocking a dress that I would probably be the most likely to wear/buy out of the entire show â€“ a red three-quarter length shift patterned with royal blue elephants? Yes please. Hopefully the models got to keep the merch!
After the fashion show, we proceeded to wander the adjacent Alexandria shops, alight with young giggling 20-somethings and Washingtonian couples. Yes, I was the girl tottering on the cobblestone in massive platformsâ€¦good thing Iâ€™m a seasoned heel professional. While getting a little champagne buzz for free was probably wishful thinking, many of the stores had in-house raffles, deejays, and sweet treats. Not too shabby! The restaurants celebrated with discounts and specials as well. All in all, a worthwhile way to spend a Thursday night, and definitely puts me in the mood for this weekâ€™s fashion week festivities!
Hannah Roth is a recent Virginia Tech grad (and hokie for life). She is a vintage/thrift store shopping junkie, and loves traveling. While her perfect day would entail some sort of mixture of cuddling with puppies, eating dark chocolate, and drinking champagne, she has more serious ambitions as well. Hannah's passion includes fashion and openly dives into DC's rapidly expanding stylish market.