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D.C. Street Style Round-Up
August 9, 2013 | 9:00AM

Words and photos: Britt Elyse Nelson

While the District’s never garnered the most fashionable reputation, we have to give credit where credit is due. D.C. hails a variety of people from the young to the beautiful, the intelligent and all that’s in between. These unique people bring a variety of style and fashion that ultimately fuel  the culture of the District. This column simply documents the different styles of those unique individuals who walk the city streets. As the great Alexander McQueen said himself, “It’s a new era in fashion – there are no rules. It’s all about the individual and personal style, wearing high-end, low-end, classic labels, and up-and-coming designers all together.”

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Samantha DeMartino: Photographer

“My style is ever-evolving; I can never settle on one look but often have a form-flattering classic and timeless undertone piece that I mix up with something more bohemian or funky that is fun and inspiring to me at the moment. If I had to pin it down I’d say I’m most attracted to the boho chic style that’s wearable to both a music festival and a dinner anywhere with friends. I’ve always had a penchant for artisan and vintage jewelry–the more unique, exotic, creative, and inspired by nature or culture, the better!”

 

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AP: Creative Consultant, Fashion Columnist & Owner of Thorough Threads Vintage Boutique

“I am a visual person; everything I create and do is about aesthetics–it’s a lifestyle–literally. I am a writer as well, so I am constantly painting pictures with my words and I like to express that same vivid imagery with clothes, using color pattern print and texture (sometimes all of them at once). My favorite decades for fashion were the ’70s and the ’90s; my style is hugely inspired by cultural motifs as well. As I have matured my style has gone from flamboyantly hodgepodge and audacious to minimal and retro, with a modern edge. The two things I won’t leave the house without: a face-defining pair of sunnies and rings on every finger.” Check her out at Thorough Threads!

 

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Caroline Hopper

“I like to keep things simple and comfortable but my look always has to have a hint of my own personality. I always prefer to wear a piece that has a story behind it, so I love shopping vintage. It’s much more fun.”

 

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Mensa Ahdae Kondo: Artist

“Many things and people inspire my style. I love playing around with color theory and patterns. As for people, figures like H.R. from Bad Brains or even Harrison Ford in ‘Blade Runner’ all come to mind in being images that have influenced my style. I’m sort of random so my style is mostly unplanned.”

 

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Jasmine Shelton: Wardrobe Stylist

“My style is a combination of my artistic interpretation of personality and a collection of my favorite seasonal trends. I love pieces that are timeless, dramatic, and lighthearted. I also like to incorporate pieces and accessories that symbolize my religious and cultural values.”

 To contact Britt, email her at britt.elysedc@gmail.com.

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