One of my favorite events of the season, well, actually, of the year, is the ever growing-in-popularity ALL ACCESS: Fashion at the Tysons Galleria.Â See, you can get us to go outside the Beltway and even many, across the river.Â But this event is worth it.Â September 22nd-24th will be so jammed full of fashion, style, creativity and innovative ideas that you won’t know what to do with yourself, however, we at the Punch would like to suggest that you carefully take in the shows and events featuring the best of the best of the Fall/Winter 2011 season, take a ton of photos, write copious notes, then make a run for the retailer who sells that which you spot and which you love before anyone else does.Â Oh and for those of you who will be exhausted from running all over town (literally) trying attend every single event during the ONE NIGHT of FASHION’S NIGHT OUT, you can relax. For ALL ACCESS you are in a beautiful marble luxe galleria and have several days.Â That’s all.
SCHEDULE OF EVENTS:
09.22.11 Â 7pm
Defining luxury business today through technology, innovation and the global consumer.Â Presented together with The Fashion Group International of Washington, D.C.Â Moderated by: Jennifer Barger, Editor in Chief, Washington Post Fashion Washington
Esteemed panelists: Rohit Bhargava, Senior VP Strategy and Marketing, Ogilvy 360Â° Digital Strategy, Gregory Furman, Founder and Chairman, The Luxury Marketing Council, Colin Kroll, VP Product and Engineering of Jetsetter – a member of the Gilt Groupe
The Ritz-Carlton, Tysons Corner; *By invitation only; RSVP strictly required
SAKS FIFTH AVENUE RED CARPET RUNWAY PRESENTATION OF THE FALL 2011 DESIGNER EVENINGWEAR COLLECTIONS
Curated by Dress Collections Buyer Kelcye Ball
Host Committee:Â Jennifer Barger, Mary Barth, Kay Kendall, Cynee Simpson, Aureta Thomollari, Angie Goff, Kelly Collis, Andre Wells, Amanda Polk, Lynda Erkiletian,Â Lana Orloff, Cary Melnyk, Dana Manatos, Christian Edwards, Edward Marc,Â Tammy Heller,Â Liza Wright
Silent Auction and cocktail reception to benefit Make-A-Wish FoundationÂ® of the Mid-Atlantic.Â Â Â Â Â Â *Seating by invitation only; Standing room available.
09.24.11 9am – 8pm
ALL ACCESS Fashion: DAY
Experience the trends with a full day of events including trunk shows, designer and celebrity appearances, branded lounges and couture experiences.Â Â In-store experiences from Neiman Marcus, Saks Fifth Avenue, Macy’s, Ermenegildo Zegna, Ralph Lauren, Montblanc, Karen Millen, Vineyard Vines, BCBG MaxAzria, Aram, Elie Tahari, Tory Burch, Michael Kors, Stuart Weitzman, Anne Fontaine, Nicole Miller, Betsey Johnson, Comfort One Shoes, Bo Concept and more.Â A portion of sales at participating retailers will benefit Make-A-Wish FoundationÂ® of the Mid-Atlantic.
Designer Runway Shows and Presentations – PLEASE CLICK HERE FOR A FULL LIST – All shows at Center Court unless otherwise stated; Open to public
BRANDED LOUNGES AND COUTURE EXPERIENCES:
Capitol File Lounge, The Ritz-Carlton Lounge, Art Jamz Stylista Zone, Maserati Men’s Style LoungeÂ Â Â Â Â 2pm â€“ 5pm
The 2011 charity beneficiary of ALL ACCESS: Fashion will be the Make-A-Wish FoundationÂ® of the Mid-Atlantic, an organization that grants the wishes of local children with life-threatening medical conditions to enrich the human experience with hope, strength and joy. The Make-A-Wish Foundation of the Mid-Atlantic is exclusively focused on granting the one, true wish of each medically eligible child in our region. They exist to create a completely magical experience for each child, one that is specially tailored to that childâ€™s hopes and dreams.
Can’t imagine driving back and forth in all that construction and traffic? Me neither. Take advantage of the special room rate during ALL ACCESS courtesy of The Ritz-Carlton Tysons Corner:
Take advantage of the special room rate of $129 during the peak nights of All Access.Â Ten % of the proceeds of the special room rate and shopping package will be donated to the Make A Wish Foundation.
In order to book your reservation with the specialty rate, please call central reservations at: (800) 241-3333 or visit http://www.ritzcarlton.com/en/Properties/TysonsCorner/Reservations/Packages/Detail/shopping.htm
and enter in your specific dates utilizing theÂ “AAFAAFA” in the “Group Code” special rates category. Based on availability.
Please visit www.allaccessfashion.com for full schedule, sponsor information, photos and more information.
Pamela Lynne Sorensen is the founder of Pamela’s Punch, a platform for profiling people who "make it happen" in the Capital region, reviews & topical blog posts. She launched Punch Enterprises, a connector consulting business in 2015 and Pacific Punch based in LA, in 2012. 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, VA. Follow her on Twitter at @pamelaspunch.