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contributor: Svetlana Legetic, past event photos by: Shauna Alexander, Kimberly Cadena, Jula Benton and Julian Vu (unless otherwise noted)

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 ahead: events to go to, events to dress for, beautifully costumed movies to see, stores for the men in your life and more.

ENJOY, and follow us on facebook and twitter (@BYT) for ongoing updates.

(in chronological order)

  • Fashion ALL ACCESS – now through September 24 – a three day fashion and trend event that will allow guests to “witness the excitement and energy of the international collections at Tysons Galleria, shop the best of the season, meet style icons and experience the frenzy usually reserved for fashion insiders”.
  • PAISEAN FAISEAN Fashion Salon – September 23 – offering a sneak peak into the upcoming 2012 Solas Nua’s PAISEAN FAISEAN Irish fashion show.

  • NUIT DE LA MODE -Hillwood Estate, Museum and Gardens, September 24 – Alliance Française de Washington & Art Soirée will team up for an evening of fashion, culture, and art. This Franco-Russian- American soiree will showcase the finest of each culture and will appeal to all the senses.
  • District Sample Sale – September 26 – The best place to blow your fall clothing allowance on, especially since it is for a good cause too. VIP hour: 5:30-6:30/General admission 6:30-9 @ 1919 M Street NW. Tickets on sale now.

  • Fashion:District Week(end)-October 14-16, ReadySetDC’s indie DC fashion runway show concept gets expanded into a weekend. DC designers & models strut their stuff in our full runway show. This year’s featured designers include some old faces and new: Artaya, Cote Minou, DeNada Design, Derringer Friday, Durkl, Espion, Ginger Root Design, Hugh & Crye and SaintCHIC

Just because it is not a fashion event per se, it doesn’t mean you can’t make it one, right? Here are some of our choices for events worth your finest finery this fall:

  • WASHINGTON BALLET’S PROHIBITION SOIREE – Help kick off the 2011-2012 Ballet Season by celebrating in Jazz Age style. The Ballet Soirée will transform the grand United States Chamber of Commerce into a glamourous 1920s speakeasy for a celebration of Septime Webre’s adaptation of the classic novel The Great Gatsby.
  • NOW! AT NIGHT @ The Corcoran – October 21, 8pm-midnight. Celebrate contemporary art in the capital city with DJ Spooky. Join fellow art lovers and philanthropists at the second annual fundraiser for NOW at the Corcoran—an exciting program of exhibitions presenting new and site-specific work by emerging and mid-career artists.
  • Shakespeare Theatre Company’s GALA AFTER HOURS , one of the rare fancy dress theater affairs that targets young people and we highly recommend you go this year too. Especially since everyone from Chelsea Clinton to Kelly McGillis and Bradley Whitford will be there.

  • tART @ Strathmore – October 27 -celebrating the power of the small but sassy. to quote: “You and your friends will incite surprising real-time music and art creations. You’ll savor zestful dishes while sipping signature cocktails and browsing alluring auction items. Led by the incomparable Daryl Davis Band, blues, hot jazz, electronica and R&B performers will add spice and heat”.
  • ANNIE LIEBOWITZ @ POLITICS & PROSE – November 17- Photography groupies should be lining down the block for this.
  • BONUS: whatever upcoming parties we do (pass the plug)-including the upcoming ARTISPHERE 1 PARTY on October 8th and A HAUNTED NEWSEUM on October 28th – follow us on facebook and twitter (@BYT) for ongoing updates.

Real clothes for real girls. We promise.

  • A GOOD TRENCH (photo via) – but you know, a REALLY GOOD ONE.

  • SOLID GOLD DENIM: A PAIR OF THESE WIDELEGGER MADEWELL JEANS and/or A CHAMBRAY SHIRT (photo via) – great for weekend shopping, casual meetings or dress it up with some statement accessories and a strategic one-button-more-unbuttoned for a night out.

  • A GOOD PURSE (photo via) – all you need is one really.

  • A POP OF COLOR (photo via) – there have been bursts of neon all over Fashion week’s front and back rows and for once, it manages not to look nu-rave but very, very, VERY sophisticated.

  • A DRESS THAT IS BOTH PHENOMENALLY HOT AND COMFORTABLE (dress below: CUSP) – the key is to go short but loose/long sleeved or long and flowy but with something very strategically cut out (the front, the back, the side…). Check out our FAVORITE FALL DRESS shoot for more inspiration.

  • Restless (September 23) – in Gus Van Sant’s latest Mia Wasikowska plays the most stylish terminally ill girl since Alli McGraw in LOVE STORY. Vintage furs, little white shifts, mary janes with a stacked heel, pops of red in accessories and a perfect Jean Seberg inspired pixie cut. Having Henry Hopper as your accessory always helps too.

  • Gainsbourg: A Heroic Life (October 14th -opens at WEST END CINEMA) – Eric Almosnino is a dead ringer for Serge and a bevvy of current and former supermodels round out the cast as the women and girls in his life: Laetitia Casta as Brigitte Bardot, Lucy Gordon as Jane Birkin …

  • My Week with Marilyn (November 4th) – well, Michelle Williams is on cover of VOGUE this month and the clothes seem to be to-die-for, and the premise of following MM around a movie set (“The Prince and the Showgirl” in this case) is very tempting.

  • The Artist (November 23rd) – the (much anticipated/critically raved about) ode to silent movies features some of the most dapper looks you’ll see on screen, well, ever.

  • W.E. (December 9th) – so, sure the fact that Madonna is directing this is leaving me a touch apprehensive about the quality of the movie itself BUT! if the Vanity Fair spread I just saw on “this two-tiered romantic drama focusing on the affair between King Edward VIII and American divorcée Wallis Simpson and a contemporary romance between a married woman and a Russian security guard” is anything to go by, it will certainly be AMAZING to look at.

  • The Downtown Scene NY Film Series (@ Phillips Collection, Corcoran, National Gallery of Art) through October 9 – curated by Adrian Loving,  four movies about the Downtown NY scene of late 70s and early 80s are coming to DC’s galleries (mostly, admission is free or by donation, to boot). Experience the art renaissance through “The Universe of Keith Harring”, “Downtown Calling”, “Jean-Michel Basquiat: The Radiant Child”, and “Downtown 81” + conversations with everyone from Tim Conlon to legendary nightlife photographer Maripol. Truly a “DON’T MISS THIS, OK?” kind of a situation.

  • VANESSA JACKMAN – in my opinion, the second finest street style blog out there.
  • STYLE BUBBLE – my #1 pet peeve for “style” blogs is when girls who run style blogs do nothing but post photos of themselves and whatever it that they’re wearing. Susie Bubble does that sometimes but she also breaks down trends better than any long-form fashion editor I’ve ever seen, REALLY KNOWS HER STUFF, updates it ALL THE TIME, and has a refreshingly crazy sense of style which makes her finds always worth looking out for. (see photo below Tommy Ton for Style.com)

  • SO MUCH TO TELL YOU – I don’t know how I stumbled upon this New Zealand site run by two friends but I go to it ALL THE TIME. They feature choice editorial picks, indie designers and always have THE BEST vintage inspirational picture around (see below for this Brigitte Bardot+Picasso at play shot)


  • GILT CITY DC – awesome finds for a stylish DC life every day
  • Butler & Claypool -how to carry yourself over until they decide to do another pop up shop. Plus, those girls have a great eye, so everything they spot is, well, spot-on.
  • Appolina’s – from what I gather, Appolina is a lawyer in DC with a great eye, a penchant for baking the most amazing-high fashion cakes ever and may be the coolest person I’ve yet to meet in this city. Obsessed.

  • HUGH & CRYE – for affordable, well fitting shirts (photo below via)
  • DURKL – for color, a great sense of humor and what seems like REALLY casual clothes that can actually be dressed up for any occasion

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: