Compiled by: Kemi Ajisekola, Megan Burns, Kate Greene & Svetlana Legetic, street style photos by Britt Elyse Nelson, with some help from the movie and music teams
Sure, some people will tell you there’s not much style going on in the District, but hey, just because our life is not run by the fact whether or not our hemline should be an inch taller or shorter than what it was last season doesn’t mean we don’t love to look great and have enough occasions to look great for. Below, you’re see a smattering of choices for a very stylish Fall and Winter ahead: events to go to, events to dress for, beautifully costumed movies to see, stores for the men in your life and more.
BONUS: Looking for more guides? Check out:
- our FILM GUIDE here
- our MUSIC GUIDE here
- our FINE ART GUIDE here
- our THEATRE GUIDE here
- and our FOOD/DRINK GUIDE here
- District Flea– Every Saturday, Sept. 14- Oct. 19, 10am-5pm. Where: 945 Florida Ave. Brooklyn Flea comes to DC! The huge flea market features vintage clothing, repurposed furniture, antiques, collectibles, jewelry, art and of course, delicious food. BONUS: people have been REALLY stepping up their style game for this event, as this edition of BYT Street Style can testify.
- Different Distances: Fashion Photography Goes Art– September 25-December 8, 6:30pm. Where: The Swedish Embassy, 2900 K St NW Washington, DC. This exhibition will showcase the talent of five unique Swedish artists whose work tows the line between art and fashion photography. The exhibition will be opened by Ambassador of Sweden to the United States, Bjorn Lyrvall, curator Greger Ulf Nilson and photographer Elisabeth Toll.
- The Fashionably Business Mixer: Networking and Conversations– October 8, 6:30-8:30. Where: 1517 U St. NW. Veteran boutique owners share trade secrets on how to run a successful boutique in the DC area. Event speakers include: Theresa Watts, Lettie Gooch Boutique, Shannan Fales, Junction Vintage Boutique, Julie Egermayer, Violet Boutique.
- DC Vote Champions of Democracy Awards – Wednesday, October 9 @ The Mayflower Hotel: Hosted by Karen Finney of MSNBC’s Disrupt with Karen Finney. Not a fashion event per se, but a great event to dress up for, this annual gala honors individuals and organizations that fight to end taxation without representation in DC.
- Leandra Medine aka The Man Repeller Book Release Party– October 9, 6:30-8:30. Where: 515 15th St. NW, Washington, DC. The woman behind the insanely popular blog The Man Repeller comes to DC to celebrate the release of her new book, Man Repeller: Seeking Love, Finding Overalls. This fabulous event will include an “arm-party” accessories bar by C. Wonder, DJ set and beauty station from Hannah Bronfman, a red lipstick bar hosted by Nectar Skin Bar, bun bar by IPSA for Hair by Nectar, AND a massage station hosted by Bliss.
- FAD Georgetown– October 10-12. Georgetown’s fashion and design communities come together for a variety of neighborhood-wide events including progressive style parties, interactive public art projects, street style, gallery walks, design showroom activities, red carpets and more.
BONUS: looking for some Style Inspiration for this? Check out our GEORGETOWN FAD STREET STYLE EDITION:
- C. Wonder opens Pentagon City store– October 11-12, 10:00am-9:30pm. Where: 1100 Hayes st. Arlington, VA. Clothing, accessories and home decor retailer C. Wonder will be opening their second DC area location in Pentagon City. The First 100 customers will receive “mystery cards” that offer discounts of up to 50%. Shoppers will also receive a tote bag with a purchase of $40 or more (you know you need more tote bags).
- GoCouture! Fashion Show– October 12, 6:00pm-9:00pm. Where: 4301 Wilson Blvd. Arlington, VA. GoCouture gives fashionistas an exclusive look at the collections of local couture designers. The show will run the gamut from haute couture to vintage. Attendees will be given the opportunity to customize their wardrobes, so you’ll always stand out. There will also be drinks, music and special performances.
- Denim Lab Preview Party– October 17, 6:00pm-8:00pm. Where: South Moon Under, 2700 Clarendon Blvd Arlington, VA. Preview the collections of up and coming denim designers. Curated by the buyers at South Moon Under, this event gives shoppers a chance to experiment with style. Designers include: Frame Denim, Etienne Marcel, Modern Saints, BLK DNM, 3×1 and D-ID.
- Divine Style DC & Sip with Socialites Decades of Decadence Fashion Soiree– October 18, 7:00pm-11:00pm. Where: 3401 K St NW, Washington, DC. A fashion show featuring fall styles for men and women. This special event will feature flamenco dancers, a DJ set from DJ Neekola and free signature cocktails. VIPs will receive swag bags full of fabulous products and designer discounts, a private one-hour open bar and exclusive front row seating!
- Tyson’s Galleria 25th Anniversary Event– October 18, 2:00pm. 2001 International Dr. McLean, VA. Tyson’s Corner’s 25th Anniversary will feature a meet-and-greet with fashion heavyweight Aliza as well as a Q&A and meet and greet with popular fashion blogger and America’s Next Top Model judge Bryanboy. Pulitzer winning fashion critic Robin Givhan will also be making an appearance.
(photo via BryanBoy)
- Diamonds and Pearls Red Carpet Fashion Gala– October 26, 6:00pm. Where: 1337 Connecticut Avenue NW, Washington DC. Mingle with elite fashion professionals at this VIP event. There will be a contest for best designer, model, MUA and hairstylists. Winners in each category will receive a cash prize. There will also be DJ sets, complimentary drinks and hors d’oeuvres.
- BYT & SPY MUSEUM PRESENT: Lasers & Sharks, A Bond Villains Ball – November 15th. Where: Spy Museum, duh. A perfect opportunity to unleash your inner May Day or Xenia Onnatop. Statement lips and cheekbones a must. More details to come, but tickets are on sale now.
- Mademoiselle C (October) – Get a glimpse into the glamorous life and career of French Vogue’s former editor-in-chief Carine Roitfeld. This documentary promises a little less dragon lady and a lot of reverence from some of fashion’s finest. After all, the only thing more cool and style street-cred worthy than a film about the guiding force behind Vogue is to put a French twist on it. Plus, why not learn a little something about fashion from a kick ass French lady? –Emily Catino
- Great Expectations (October 11) – What is a winter/fall movie season without a little Dickensian sadness sprinkled in. Mike Newell (“Four Weddings and a Funeral”, “Harry Potter and the Goblet of Fire” and “Donnie Brasco”) is at the helm and the cast looks ready and as game as any this fall. Helena Bonham Carter as Miss Havisham and Ralph Fiennes as Magwitch are on hand to chew any scenery (or wigs) left lying around, and Robbie Coltrane, Sally Hawkins round out the grown up cast, while Jeremy Irvine and Holliday Grainger as they young lovers in the midst of it all look beautiful and tortured and petulent as can be. Sure, we’ve seen this all before, but if it is done well, there is no reason not to look forward to it all again – Svetlana
- Gambit (October 11) – Coen Brothers wrote this funny/dry caper set in the art world and while they didn’t do the directing honors (Michael Hoffman of “Soapdish” and “Midsummer Night’s Dream” has the honors) all signs still point to a good time. For one, Colin Firth is the smart, desperate lead, art curator Harry Dane. Alan Rickman is his client and nemesis. Cameron Diaz is a brassy American who Dane hires to help pull this sting off, and Stanley Tucci and the always reliable Tom Courtney make appearances too. Add to that: a jet setting schedule, gorgeous parties and a fair amount of Japanese businessman and you have yourself an hour and a half spent in very good, very witty company.-Svetlana
- Kill Your Darlings (October 16) – The year was 1944 and Allen Ginsberg, Jack Kerouac, William Burroughs and Lucien Carr were all a bunch of bright, young, caution-to-the-wind things living in NYC, studying, loving and finding themselves at the center of a murder mystery. Sadly, and predictably for 2013 “Kill Your Darlings” in these pre-release days is mostly known as the movie in which Daniel Radcliffe (as Ginsberg) has gay sex on the big screen with Dane DeHaan (as Carr) but we, for one, hope it turns out to be so much more than that. A case study in the original cool which we never quite got with “The Road” adaptation, and a look at an artist as a young man done well, for starters. – Svetlana
- Blue is the Warmest Color (October 25) – This movie was the surprise winner of the Palme d’Or at Cannes Film Festival and ever since it won there has been a slew of amazing reviews. Directed by Abdellatif Kechiche and based on the graphic novel “Blue Angel,” the movie follows the life 15 year old Adèle as she falls in love with Emma, a college student with blue hair, and struggles with her homophobic friends as well as their tumultuous relationship. If the trailer is any indication then it’s going to be absolutely beautiful, incredibly gut wrenching, and totally rated NC-17. –Kaylee Dugan
- Diana (November 1) Making a major motion picture about one of the most beloved women of the 20th century was always going to be a challenging task and 2013 brings us two such films (see below for “Grace of Monaco”-ed). In this edition, Princess Diana is played by Naomi Watts, prosthetic nose and all, as she navigates the final few years of her must-watch life. The fact that the directorial chair has been occupied by a German and that the British people’s princess is played by an Australian implies that the English were too afraid to touch this project in case they didn’t do a noble enough job, which is a shame, because Di deserved a love song sung by her own. – Svetlana
- Grace of Monaco (November 27) – Making a major motion picture about one of the most beloved women of the 20th century was always going to be a challenging task and 2013 brings us two such films (see above for “Diana”-ed). Once again, an Australian (this time around Nicole Kidman) takes on the iconic role and the costumes look lovely, and the settings look lovely, and Parker Posey pops up. Unlike “Diana” though, this biopic is brought to us by a man who knows a thing or two about making a movie about famous women. Oliver Dahan previously helmed the lovely, heartbreaking “La Vie En Rose” and hopefully he brings that hand on board here too. – Svetlana
Fall Beauty Trends You Can Pull Off:
- Ombré lip- Ombré has made the transition from hair and nail to lips. Seen all over the runway in dark hues like burgundy and wine. This trend can be a little difficult to accomplish. Check out a tutorial here.
- Nail art- If you haven’t jumped on the nail art trend yet, you’re behind and you need to.
- Bold brows- PUT DOWN THE TWEEZERS. Bold brows are the trend to embody this fall. Take a leaf out of Cara Delevigne’s book and bump ’em up with a pencil or brow kit.
(Photo via swide.com)
- Deep purple- Bold lips have taken over runways and the color of the moment is dark purple. It’s very dramatic and kind of makes you look like a high fashion goth.
- Splashlights- Are splashlights the new ombré? My vote is no but I’ll let you decide.
(Photo via Refinery 29)
- Low ponytail- The low ponytail is back! This look is simple, chic and very coltish.
Stylish Music for Stylish People:
The best music to get dressed to this season (all captions: from our MUSIC GUIDE)
- Haim – Days Are Gone (September 30) Haim sisters Danielle, Alana, and Este are set to release their first full length album “Days are Gone” after several months of leaving incredibly tasty treats in their trail like “Falling” and “Don’t Save Me” that had us wanting more. I’d say three of the best songs to be heard since 1999 are “Forever”, “Falling” and “The Wire”, and they’re all by Haim, who haven’t even released their first album.. Their mix of eighties, nineties, and tribal is anti-generational and shamelessly participatory. I think we are and have been ready for full length Este bass face and Danielle’s guttural echoes. – Esther Hur
- Lorde – pure heroine (September 30) – Thank Lorde for restoring your faith in YouTube as a platform for launching artists. Sure, Lana Del Rey and Justin Bieber may have profited from that model financially, but Lorde does so sonically as well. With her first EP, “The Love Club,” being released for free on Soundcloud, and her music video for “Royals” reaching 13 million views since May, she’s used the internet to the fullest advantage. Thankfully, she doesn’t fall flat like a Lizzy Grant-turned-Lana Del Ray Urban Outfitters soundtrack. Ella Yelich-O’Connor was signed at 12 years old based on a talent show video, and will be releasing Pure Heroine at age 17. Mature and collected, her vocals make her sound closer to 30. – Brandon Weight
- Yuna – Nocturnal [Verve] (October 29) – I first heard her when she covered Nirvana’s “Come As You Are,” which could have gone really wrong. Mainly because I think the song is more about Kurt singing it, than anything else. However, I was pleasantly surprised. Yuna gave it a sultry indie-pop, percussion pad twist, sang it with a little less aggression, and little more fragility. Her own work retains the same delicate style that lures listeners in. – Esther Hur
- Iggy Azalea – The New Classic (November sometime) – the Australian diva and BYT’s MUSIC FOR GIRLS BY GIRLS alum has been grabbing all the bits of hype she could get her well manicured hands on in the last few months she can, from a tour with Beyonce to a mentorship with T.I. and is now ready to (hopefully) deliver on her debut first length. I once described her as: “Iggy Azalea looks what I imagine Zola Jesus would look like if she raided Kreayshawn’s closet and headed to the best pool party EVER, and sounds like Azealea Banks’ slightly less crazy but way funnier cousin. In other words, if you’re looking for a spirit animal this season you could do way worse than her. In fact, we dare you to try and do better. DARE YOU.” And it still stands. – Svetlana
- AU REVOIR SIMONE – BYT readers older than our interns may remember the fact that AU REVOIR SIMONE was one of our first interviews ever back in 2007, and our girl crush on this triple-keyboard/harmony operation is as strong as ever. “Move In Spectrums” is available now, and Pitchfork described it as what would happen “If you relocated Stereolab from a retro-futurist bachelor’s pad to an indie rocker’s Williamsburg walkup” and we agree. Plus, you guys, how could you NOT love that name? BONUS: Ladies make a DC pit stop on their tour @ U Hall on October 15th. Woooooooo.
- Sapphire Slows – Tokyo’s Sapphire Slows makes the kind of bedroom disco that is equal parts awkward and sultry (just like most bedroom anythings are). Tracks have been slowly popping up since LAST WINTER, and finally, on November 5th the full “Allegoria” record will come out on Not Not Fun. Listen to DRY FRUITS here while heavily moisturizing your legs, in anticipation of them being touched sometime very, very soon.
Fall Fashion Trends To Try Now:
(Photos via style.com):
- Punk couture- Time to bust out your leather, studs and spikes, punk is back in a big way. As seen at Versace, Chanel and Jeremy Scott.
- Pastel Outerwear- Pastels are just the thing to lift your mood when it starts getting dark at 4pm. A candy hued coat is the way to go this season. As seen at Celine, Proenza Schouler, Carven and Simone Rocha
- Menswear topcoat- The biggest trend in outerwear this season. Chic and functional. Not interested in buying a new coat? Maybe your boyfriend has one you can borrow (steal). As seen at Stella McCartney, 3.1 Phillip Lim and Alexander Wang.
- Menswear fabrics- Time to fill your closet with herringbone and houndstooth, menswear prints are back. Remember to keep the shapes modern and feminine so they don’t look dated. As seen at Lanvin, Dries van Noten and Rag & Bone.
- 50s/60s glam- Think nipped waists, full skirts and the return of the skirt suit. This is the season to dress like Betty Draper and I’m so happy about it. As seen at Botega Veneta, Dior and Prada.
- Over the knee boots- They’re not just for prostitutes! Over the knee boots popped up on many runways this season. Pair with a mini or leather legging for ultimate glam factor. As seen at 3.1 Phillip Lim, Ralph Lauren and Reed Krakoff.
- Something CHARCOAL, Something BLUE- High Collar Studio Top and Turtle Neck Sweater available at ZARA.
- THE STATEMENT NECKLACE- New York City label Lulu Frost embraces embellishment in over 10 timeless collections.
- MILITARY MOOD- Barbour International Classic Bedale Jacket and Fairends Flannel Baseball Hat available at MADEWELL.
- The Statement Coat- Limited Edition Poppy Red Longline Coat available at ASOS.com.
- Boots- It’s always a good idea to invest in a pair of good quality leather boots. Frye Melisssa Button Boots available at Nordstrom.
Local Stores and Designers You Should Know About:
- Steven Alan– Steven Alan has opened his first DC location. This store is a godsend for fashionistas and will feature brands that were previously hard to find in the DC area such as Rachel Comey, Acne, Odette and Claire Vivier along with Alan’s own designs. The shop will even sell homemade jam and cedar candles!
- Lou Lou Boutique– Lou Lou recently opened their first location in The District! This reasonably priced accessories boutique is just the place to find that perfect statement necklace or adorable headband.
- Crossroads Trading Company– Crossroads Trading has opened their first DC location. Billed as one of the best buy/sell/trade retailers in the nation, Crossroads is sure to save you some money on covetable contemporary and vintage pieces.
- Sheila Johnson Collection– Movie producer Sheila Johnson recently launched a line of scarves. As strange as that may sound, it’s definitely worth checking out.
- Bishme Cromartie– Bishme Cromartie showed his first collection at the age of sixteen. He’s now made a name for himself in the local fashion community. His pieces are definitely not for the fashion faint of heart but if you can pull off one of his architectural designs, more power to you.
- Martí– Parsons grad Martí Horwitz launched her line in 2010. Her pieces are designed to accentuate and draw attention to the wearer’s figure. Her pieces are flattering, wearable and undeniably chic.
Five Models 2 Follow #instaLOVE
- Jourdan Dunn (@officialjdunn) – Brit fashion model Jourdan Dunn is GORGEOUS and BFF’s with @karliekloss and @caradelevigne. Need we say more.
- Soo Joo (@soojmooj) – In love with this platinum cat-walker! Sooj is infectious AND her insta-feed is full of insta-snaps, runway #bts and the baddest i.e. best #latergrams 4 now.
Lou Doillon (@loudoillon)
- Classic babe, natural beauty. #birkinBABE
Staz Lindes (@yostazyo) – Take me back to sweet valley high or the midwest somewhere…This big-eyed beauty meets “ruffest tuffest frail” brings you into her dreamworld and across-the-country reveries. #sleepWALKwitHER
Karen Elson (@misskarenelson) -Model. Muse. Mother. There’s not a lot of people more beautiful than Karen Elson.
BONUS: Five Style-ish Sites To Follow According to Megan Burns:
1. Style Like U: I really like Style Like U because it’s kind of a subtle “fuck you” to the rules and rigidity of the fashion world; it’s a blog that examines its subjects through the lens of style (and amazing style at that), but its goal is to celebrate individuality, rather than to define or dictate trends. Founded by mother-daughter duo Elisa and Lily, it’s a family you should probably join if you haven’t already.
2. Closet Collage: Closet Collage is pretty much one of the most aesthetically-pleasing websites OF ALL TIME, and as the name implies, is filled with lots and lots of collages. One of my favorites, and it should be one of yours, too.
3. Cocoladas: I’m pretty obsessed with Coco Capitán’s photos (and her name, while we’re at it), and though she doesn’t update her blog on a daily basis, it’s super worth it to check back regularly; some of the pictures have to do with fashion, some don’t, but they are all AMAZING. Get familiar.
4. Kensington Blues: This is kind of the opposite of a fashion blog, but it’s a pretty amazing look at life on Kensington Avenue in North Philly. Jeffrey Stockbridge takes incredible photographs of the people who inhabit the area, interviewing many about their struggles with drugs / prostitution / etc. Weirdly, his subjects do have a sort of style and beauty, albeit nontraditional.
5. Ali Michael: Because you’re (probably) already following her on Instagram, I’m sure you wouldn’t mind an extra dose of creepy in your day courtesy of weirdo model Ali Michael, RIGHT?! Okay great, prepare to feel uncomfortable!
Please feel free to let us know in the comments if you feel we missed something (and we probably missed a bunch, lets face it). And please read the rest of the all important fall guides too: