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Recap: All Access Fashion

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Now, you’ve heard me gripe, over and over, about how D.C. doesn’t do fashion so well. We’re no New York, Miami, or Los Angeles. But, thanks to being Bitches, we do get invited to see what Washington has to offer in the way of fashion.

And it’s been quite the couple years for fashion in Washington. There are the quarterly ReadySetDC Fashion District parties (the next one being October 16). The District Sample Sale, which is great for high-end bargains, happens twice a year. Fashion for Paws and Bethesda Front Row every spring, Fashion Night Out’s every fall. The gentlemen have Geek to Chic. Heck, we even had our own little fashion show. Next month, Pink Rocks the Runway will join the slew of fashion events and Miss Becca is helping them out in a big way.

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Despite all this, something about Washington’s fashion scene seems remiss. Something is just missing, but we’re trying so hard to make it happen, like that outfit that just doesn’t work or the little engine that could.

That’s how we felt about All Access Fashion. Miss Aba, over at the Aba Agency, throws a fabulous party. She handled the Rag & Bone launch party, which was awesome, along with many others we’ve really enjoyed.

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The runway boasted a lot of familiar faces. Read: nearly all the same models as those that strolled the catwalk at Bethesda Front Row. Aren’t there more than ten models in Washington? Hello, friends over at the THE Artist Agency, help them out. However, our girl Kate was on the runway, and she is by far the most fabulously fierce model of them all.

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Despite occurring in the middle of Tyson’s Galleria (read: a mall), All Access Fashion did what it could with great staging and beautiful clear chairs, gift bags and a VIP guest list.

The show went off more than an hour-and-a-half late, and there were no cocktails, champagne or snickety snacks to keep the hungry, bored Bitches entertained. However, from what Becca told me, most fashion shows don’t serve cocktails, so apparently this is the norm.

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In the meantime, this angry man with a clipboard kept yelling at us to “sign in” and “get out of the way.” (We had signed in, and we were getting out of the way). First of all, you don’t yell at your guests. Second of all, you don’t yell at females. Third of all, you don’t yell at the Bitches, because then we will write a scathing review.

The show began with a heartfelt introduction from the folks at the Make-A-Wish Foundation of the Mid-Atlantic, which received all proceeds from the evening’s raffle. Then, the looks began rolling out … and they were all.cocktail.dresses. I looked at Becca and said, “All cocktail dresses? So D.C.”

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Because, let’s be serious, Washington is all about galas, and playing it safe with a pair of nude pumps and a designer cocktail dress from Saks. To clarify, there were multiple days of fashion events at All Access Fashion, with various looks and styles.

Many of the dresses on the runway were stunning, and a few were heinous. I particularly loved a navy ombre gown from Monique Lhuillier’s new line. But, there was no creativity or styling—no jewelry, no outfits, just dresses and heels (most of them the models’ own). Moreover, it was sloppy—we spotted tags and lose strings hanging out and tape on the bottom of the models’ heels. One girl even tripped.

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All Access Fashion is a great week of events held in Tyson’s Galleria that raises funds for Make-A-Wish and brings in business, fun discounts and events to the area. We’re grateful for the invite, and can’t wait to see what they come up with next year—but, we hope they’ll take a little more care in the presentation of the main event.

Thanks to Gwo Yang for the lovely photos.

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