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Words and photos: Britt Elyse Nelson

There is no doubt that the District will never be a Paris, Milan, Berlin or NYC, but we have to give credit where credit is due. The District 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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Malik Thompson
“I have my sister to thank for sparking my interest in fashion; as a kid, I was forced to watch the Style Channel with her. I don’t watch it anymore, but it did imprint a love for, and appreciation of, the fashion world in me. My sense of style is me letting the world know I’m a fun, relaxed, eccentric guy.”


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Ashlei Gray
“My style is strongly influenced by my love of balancing colors and wearing outfits that remind me of my past! Although I love having a large variety of outfits, I constantly mix and match different pieces from my favorite decades. I’m an artist so I try to showcase all the elements of creativity in my life that have made me who I am today.”


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Armando Lopez Bircann
“My style really stems from the matriarchs in my family. I like wielding both ends of the spectrum: tight and flowing with monochrome or clashing hues with bold patterns taking center stage every once in a while.


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Kim Nguyen
“Throughout my years I have discovered that my personal style has really gravitated away from singularly looking trendy, cute or pretty. It is now more than ever about an expression of my creativity, personality and discovery instead. No longer believing in ‘fashion rules,’ it’s important for me to continuously experiment with different designers, textures and aesthetics!” Check her out on the2fs! She is wearing a Firefly Blouse from Lazy Twins through Revelstyle in Old Town, VA.


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Jason Barnes, “Pussy Noir”
“I’m a D.C. native, performance artist and proud east coast snob. I love the idea of haute couture all day every day, so I try to incorporate that into my daily appearance. Fashion is beyond a passion for me. It’s engraved in my bones.”

 To contact Britt, email her at [email protected].