District Chic

DC Fashion Week 2009 Brings out the Best in the Latest Local Trends

In an exhibition of District modish flair, the Festival Fashion Show showcased some of the latest trends and local designers during the 10th annual DC Fashion Week at the H Street Festival in Northeast, Saturday afternoon.

“Fashion is a form of art,” said Joseph Blackmon, a DC Fashion Week Intern. “The music, the struggle, and where the designers are from are all influences of their designs.”

Festival Fashion Show coordinator and host Ean Brown hand selected designers from Maryland, DC and Virginia to showoff their work. Among the designers were Lili Forrest, Diallo, Mariam Hadari, Donita Vann of Phillygurl, and Brown’s line entitled Cojor International Couture .

This year marked the 5th annual H Street Festival which is designed to showcase the businesses on H Street, particularly the arts and entertainment of the Atlas District.

Models sashayed across the stage, sporting this season’s latest stylish District-inspired attire including delicate fabrics like chiffon, satin and silk. Designers also incorporated pops of crimson, silver bright orange, royal blue, turquoise, and hot pink. Brown owner of Cojor International Couture introduced a new quilted look in his fabric.

An important function of DC Fashion Week is to “show everyone that DC is not just a political section,” said Blackmon. “DC has famous museums, go-go music, and a history in music, and now they have their own fashion week. We’re helping to put DC on the fashion map.”

Aspiring models ages nine to 58 were selected to strut their stuff on the catwalk.

Beyond the fashion-frenzy vendors lined the four blocks between 10th and 14th Streets selling everything including food, jewelry, and original artwork. Excited children hung loosely to their parents’ hands as the live music added to the jovial aura.

First time festival attendee, Pat Frey, of DC said the festival was a pleasant surprise.

“The event was well organized, and really captured the essence of DC culture.”