We’re suckers for smart, stylish men, and so we thought it apropos to attend this year’s Geek2Chic fashion show. In true Bitches style, we divided and conquered, with Becca at the main event, and Cori Sue rocking the after party ….
On the top floor of Chevy Chase’s Bloomies, Microsoft’s Mark Drapeau had gathered 25 good-looking “geeks” and somehow talked them out of their comfort zone and into strutting their stuff down a runway in front of a hundred young women.
They were doing it to benefit NFTE, the Network for Teaching Entrepreneurship, which mentors young entrepreneurs in D.C. Before the show started, there was champagne, hors d’oeurves and Xbox Kinect games in the Lincoln lounge. But when the show was to start, the drinks abruptly stopped and we were shuffled to the runway area.
NBC’s Angie Goff was the perfect emcee—she was relaxed and laid back with their bios and clothing descriptions, and she tried to make the boys less nervous by chatting them up and asking them questions. The result was a look at 25 very different young men, each with their own unique techy interests and hidden talents.
For instance, Brian Chambers of Blue Advertising belted out an acapella tune for Angie; and Pat Yonpradit, from Springbook High in Maryland, actually moon-walked down the runway (to screams from us ladies).
The best was Blake Hall, a war veteran who founded TroopSwap, who modeled a very dapper tux, but told Angi that he was more nervous on the runway than he was in the warzone! Super cute.
The After Party
Woe is the life of the lonely grad student, while Becca was oogling the suave men on the runway at Bloomingdaes, I was in class. However, not one to miss a good fete, I headed to the after party, book bag on my shoulder.
I nestled in a seat at the bar (perfect for Geek-watching). The waitresses were geeked out in glasses and ties and the open bar featured special “Revenge of the Geek” cocktails.
L2’s passed appetizers were surprisingly delicious—but primarily dessert—including plenty of macarons. There was plenty of mixing and mingling and networking, this is DC Week after all. Best of all, there was a photo booth on hand, allowing guests to don nerdy glasses and pose for photos.