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Hey there! Welcome to the second edition of District StyleFile. In case you missed us last week, each week we’ll be featuring the news, events, people, and stores that are putting STYLE back into this buttoned-up city.

Fashion News

Balmain H&M– November 5th

We can now forgive H&M for that Alexander Wang athletic collaboration last year that left everyone confused and scared (do you want a scuba top that says WANG on it? Neither did anyone). Why? BECAUSE THEY’RE TEAMING UP WITH BALMAIN. The collection looks amazing, and includes an actual dress from the real SS 2016 Balmain (which is always my biggest complaint about these things). Check out a preview: here.

SnobSwap DC – Malmaison – November 5th – $20
3401 Water Street NW
From 6:30pm to 8:30pm, Malmaison, will turn into a shopping wonderland with pop-up stores from the best consignment shops in D.C. Designer brands, cocktails, light bites from local chefs, and- now this part is significant- GIFT BAGS for the first 50 people in the door! Get tickets: heretumblr_n62e5ywau51swm1iso1_500

F21 Red could be coming to Silver Spring
It’s Forever 21’s bargain store. Seriously. Instead of wearing it once and THEN throwing it out, it’ll just disintegrate while you’re wearing it.

SAAM & BYT Present: Irving Penn Beyond Beauty Opening Party – October 23rd – $60
Smithsonian American Art Museum and BYT are throwing a fashion-centric opening party for the Irving Penn: Beyond Beauty exhibition. With #ACreativeDC curated photoshoots and installations, and possibly most importantly OPEN BARS, it promises to be the most amazing (and stylish) event of the season. Don’t miss out! Get tickets here
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Cool DC Fashion Instagrammer of the Week: Diego Downtown
Diego Gonzalez- Zuniga is always on the forefront of everything having to do with the men’s fashion scene in D.C. We talked to him about how D.C. fashion has changed over the years and here’s what he had to say:

“The D.C. style scene has grown so much over the past few years, and it shows not only a growing appreciation for the well-dressed business side, but you are starting to see the influence that the creative and local culture have on the fashion and style scene. Washington D.C. is a city known for its individuality within history and culture and now people are starting to break out of the conservative shell (albeit slowly) and show that fashion is a way to express yourself and your own personal sense of style.” : https://instagram.com/diegodowntown/
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Store of the Week: Rent The Runway
3336 M St NW, Washington, DC 20007
Once I heard that BYT was teaming up with Rent the Runway for our SAAM & BYT Present: Irving Penn Beyond Beauty Opening Party, I knew I was finally going to have to check the place out. ESPECIALLY since there’s a 20% off discount code (RTRxBYT) for all party-goers.
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In all honesty, the prospect of renting a dress sounded a little strange to me, even if it was a designer one. But the whole experience was incredible. The sales girls are lovely, and they have a really cool mirror that takes selfies for you (and catches other store-goers bored boyfriends awkwardly staring at you wondering why that mirror is flashing).
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My one complaint? The sizes are weird. Maybe because you’re trying on so many different brands and each brand fits differently, but at one point I think I was trying one three different sizes of dresses and NONE fit well. So if you’re a weird size (like me), be prepared to spend a while trying on different brands.

But the real question is.. what are YOU going to wear to our Irving Penn opening party?

How about a black Diane Von Furstenberg jumpsuit?
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Or this strangely not-hideous number from Halston?
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Do you like gold sleeves? Everyone likes gold sleeves
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I ended up taking home the most gorgeous dress that I will 100% fall on my face and rip (good thing there’s insurance) at some point during the night on Friday. But you’ll just have to wait until next week to find out which dress it is!

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

 

 

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