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I CALL IT THE TULIP EFFECT. As soon as spring finally pops out in D.C., my fashion cravings suddenly switch from
the most serious of black dresses to hot hues and floral
motifs the brighter the better. Its an urge I see echoed at
warm-weather bashes and on the streets of downtown, as
exuberant cocktail dresses in botanic
shades and trench coats in cheerful
stripes burst into bloom, vanquishing
the neutrals of winter.
Lucky for me, designers also went
on an effervescent color and pattern
binge this spring, with shipshape nau-
tical stripes, garden-party florals and
edgy abstracts blossoming on dresses,
shoes and even bags. We captured this
ready-for-summer trend in our cover
story, shot on location at National Har-
bor in Princes Georges County, Md.
In this issue, we also dive into the worlds of two of the
countrys hottest designers: Michael Kors, who opened two
new stores here in recent months, and Phillip Lim, whose
sporty-yet-sweet clothes fly off the racks at local retailers.
Youll also get an eyeful of the party scene with our coverage of well-dressed pets and their
stylish owners at Fashion for Paws. And for our regular foray into the philosophical side of
fashion, writer Cathy Alter examines the dance between shoppers and boutique owners.
Like every issue of FW, this one should inspire you to soak up the stores, sights and scenes
of this chic capital city. Working on it sparked my own spring must-have list, which includes
a pretty flowered frock, a dramatic gold cuff, some nude wedges and to keep that
whole garden groove going a sunny straw bag. I hope to see you
around town indulging in some similarly uplifting styles.
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Yves Saint Laurent and his pug were recently spotted in the dining room at the Hotel Sofitel (806 15th st. nw; 202-730-8800) where Karl Lagerfeld also glow-ered from behind the concierge desk. No, the Francophile hotel hasnt been sucked into an ultra-stylish dream world; its hosting the photography exhibit Fash-ion Stills through June 13. Thirty-five runway-centric shots by photographers including Derek Hudson, Jean-Ma-rie Prier and Grard Ufras (shown, chanel 2003 haute couture show) deck the walls of the sleek downtown property, with Hudsons image of a cig-sucking Kate Moss overseeing the Le Bar cocktail lounge and Cathleen Naundorfs surrealist photos of Jean Paul Gaultier madonnas gracing the Ici Urban Bistro. You can buy any of the works through Polkagalerie.com, or just drink them in while sipping a flight of (what else?) champagne at the swanky bar.
A Shirt ChangeWhen it comes to style, men face a sartorial conundrum: Stick to classics and risk looking as dull as every other suit
in the room; go stylish and get dismissed as a foppish dandy or indie rocker. New Georgetown-based online shirt company Hugh & Crye (hughandcrye.com) offers a middle ground, pairing cool, throwback details sharp spread
collars, punchy plaids and stripes with Italian fabrics and an inventive slim-fit system designed to take unflatter-ing fullness out of button-downs. But while the lines debut collection, which includes 11 different styles, priced $65 to $115, boasts fashionable flair, it deliberately steers clear of any flamboyancy. We ask, Can you see Sinatra wear-
ing that? says co-founder Pranav Vora of the brands retro, Rat Pack influence. If the answer is no, it doesnt go.
The Spanish inspire desire with practical, beauti-ful designs (see: Manolo Blahnik, Balenciaga, even low-price, high-style temple Zara). Now, top Madrid fashion house Adolfo Dominguez (pictured) has set up a rich, wood-accented shop in The Shops of Wis-consin Place (5310 western ave., chevy chase; 301-880-7288), bringing with it well-priced, work-appro-pos sheaths, floaty dresses and sleek mens suits.
Down in Georgetown, Jaclyn Mason is no stranger to the local shopping scene: Shes a longtime resi-dent and the sister to former Wink boutique co-owner Lauren. Now, the D.C. native unveils her new jewelry and accessories shop Charm (2910 m st. nw; 202-298-0420) in early May. The high-gloss store-front bursts with baubles from Alexis Bittars big bangles to Paula Mendozas chunky cocktail rings.
Why is D.C. a good spot for your styles?Women in Washington want to look great and feel current, but they still understand investment and looking appropriate. Because of government and politics, they walk a tightrope. My clothes represent that blending of classic and trendy.
Walk into any Hill hearing or G-town bash, and youll spot women clad in Michael Kors. The sportswear king,
already popular here, makes a bigger footprint this spring by opening Michael Kors Lifestyle stores at the Fashion Centre at Pentagon City and Tysons Corner Center and, by fall, a shop-in-shop at Neiman Marcus at Mazza Gal-
lerie. He chatted about his invasion. jennifer barger
Michelle Obama is the kind of woman I think about when I design, the jugglers who have a lot of things going on, but still want to look great.
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The Kors ScoreThe ber-American designer and
Project Runway judge conquers D.C.
The first lady is one of your D.C. fans, right?Michelle Obama is the kind of woman I think about when I design, the jugglers who have a lot of things going on in their lives, but still want to look great.
Has the economic downturn effected your design process?When the economy is in a tougher state, Im more self-critical. I look at designs in a pragmat-ic way. Styles have got to
be glamorous and new. But at the same time, how many ways can you wear that dress? Can it change seasons or go straight to a cocktail party? That sort of sporty glamour is important to me.
Did Project Runway change the way we look at fashion?Before Runway, people thought clothes magically appeared in stores or on your back. Its given peo-ple a greater appreciation for design talent.
Some women would rather spend money on shoes than four-star restaurants. At least thats the mes-
sage conveyed by a glass table set with a banquet of Chie Mihara wedges, Tashkent by Cheyenne booties and Cavage python flats (shown, $750) at
Muleh (1831 14th st. nw; 202-667-3440). The Logan Circle fash-furniture boutique just stuck its sexy
heel in the door of the footwear biz this season with culty labels like Argila and Coclico to go with its Vivienne Westwood- and Ports 1961-
heavy stash of clothing. It was time for us to have cool-looking, wearable shoes to compliment our
fashions, says co-owner Vici Subiyanto. Another new player in the below-the-ankle game: D.C.-