I know y’all have heard me gripe about the sorry state of fashion affairs in the District—so maybe I should just shut up and move to New York, right? Nonsense. Fashion is on the up-and-up in Washington as more and more designers open up shop and fashionable events occur. There are the Ready Set DC Fashion District events, Fashion for Paws, the District Sample Sale, Fashion Night Out and we even have a DC Fashion Week.
And while I rarely leave the District, Chevy Chase, Tyson’s Corner, and Bethesda Row often have more to offer by way of fashion and fashionable events than the District proper. It was in this mentality that I braved the red line on a Friday afternoon in heels (the horrors) to attend Front Row Bethesda after receiving a VIP invite.
In its third year, Front Row Bethesda is certainly one of the top fashion events in the area. All week long, boutiques on Bethesda Row host events, trunk shows, and specials. Thursday evening, there was a showing of the Bill Cunningham New York documentary. On Friday, there is a fashion show and special fashion VIP guest.
The invite snagged us cocktails and snacks at Redwood prior to the main event—the fashion show. In terms of production and the number of looks, this was the largest fashion show I’ve seen in Washington. The fashion show featured the sounds of popular local DJ Neekola, was emceed by NBC4’s Eun Yang, and K Street Kate walked the runway.
The fashions featured were from the stores on the row: athletic apparel from Lucy and Equinox and looks from Sassanova, Ginger, J. McLaughlin, Urban Chic and others. Sadly, I was not crazy about many of the show’s looks. I could only see myself wearing the athletic clothes (which doesn’t really count, does it?) and one maxi dress.
The special guest was Kelly Cutrone, start of MTV’s The City, Bravo’s Kell on Earth, author of several New York Times best-selling books and founder of fashion PR firm People’s Revolution. Kelly hosted a book signing prior to the fashion show and a second signing after the show for VIPs.
We stopped by Lebanese Taverna for cocktails and Mediterranean food and to meet Kelly after the show. Kelly was just as you could imagine: snarky, funny and down-to-earth. I’m happy she took time out of her sched to make it down to the District, and I’m looking forward to reading my autographed copy of Normal Gets You Nowhere.