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Hey there! Welcome to the first edition of District StyleFile. In D.C.’s ongoing battle for Cool City supremacy with New York City, the one category in which we will ALWAYS lose is anything having to do with fashion. Fortunately, there are plenty of locals working hard to put D.C. back on the fashion map. Each week we’ll feature the news, events, people, and stores that are putting STYLE back into this buttoned up city.

Fashion News
The Spring/Summer 2016 Collections preview season is all wrapped up. Chanel Ready to Wear made everyone sad that they are not Karl Lagerfeld with one of the coolest runway shows of all time.


DC Fashion Week happened.
Don’t laugh, it’s a real thing, and the Corjor International Collection was actually kind of cool.
Screen Shot 2015-10-14 at 10.17.35 AMThere’s a new Blue Mercury on P Street.
Makeup fans rejoice, you can now combine your boozy 14th street Sunday brunches with some quality makeup shopping.

Bluemercury P Street Grand Opening. Clarissa Villondo www.clarissavillondo.com

October 23rdSmithsonian American Art Museum and BYT (yep US!) are throwing a fashion-centric opening party for the Irving Penn: Beyond Beauty exhibition. With fashion installations from Rent the Runway, #ACreativeDC curated photoshoots and installations, and possibly most importantly OPEN BARS, it promises to be the most amazing  (and stylish) event of the season. Get tickets here
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Cool DC Fashion Instagrammer of the Week: Monling Lee
Bright colors, 79,000 followers, and based in DC, @Monlinglee has one of the most interesting accounts on Instagram. You should probably follow her now and feel instantly inadequate (in the best way possible): https://instagram.com/monlinglee/

Photo via @monlinglee

Photo via @monlinglee

Store of the Week: Filson
Is it a coincidence that the Seattle-based retailer chose the beginning of beanie and flannel season to set up shop in DC? Probably not, and the 14th Street store (in the old Shinola space) is brimming with all the cozy flannels, hats and jackets to make it look like you just returned from bear hunting or whatever the people who buy these things for function do. It’s pricey, and their women’s section is only one rack (not joking) but is still worth checking out.

Filson Grand Opening. Photos by Clarissa Villondo www.clarissavillondo.com

And you are now all caught up on the D.C. fashion scene! Until next week…