Normally, we don’t go in for fads too often. But Georgetown’s second-annual FAD (Fashion Art Design) event on Saturday was a quick — well, daylong— hit of style we couldn’t pass up. The neighborhood-wide event celebrated the new fashions, enduring restaurants and cool decor boutiques that make D.C.’s oldest ’hood a daytime shopping destination and nighttime draw.
First off, DC Style Factory Assistant Stylist N’jeri Agyeman and I spent a couple of productive (and fun) hours helping customers get the scoop on autumn trends (and pointing them towards a flattering pair of jeans or two) during guerilla styling sessions with our friends at stylish boutique Urban Chic (1626 Wisconsin Ave. NW; 202-338-5398), manager Erin Matthews and assistant manager Adele Chapman. The bright boutique offered up fall staples like silk blouses by Joie, striped tees by Velvet and a slew of holiday-ready frocks from Shoshanna.
“We’re also selling lots of jackets, including lots of bombers,” says assistant manager Adele. The shop’s clientele — which includes many young, hip moms — also drops in for cashmere pullovers, this season’s hot (and toasty) ponchos and delicate jewelry by brands like Elizabeth & James.
After our session at Urban Chic, I strolled down Wisconsin Avenue to K Street NW, checking out other FAD events, including the live classical music outside Patisserie Poupon and a pop-up vintage shop from Uesusa Goods Vintage at posh French café Mal Maison.
Capping my fashionable day: A matinee screening of the glam documentary “Advanced Style” at the AMC Loews Georgetown. Based on the popular blog by shutterbug Ari Seth Cohen, the flick follows him as he photographs and gets to know some of New York City’s fearlessly fashionable women over 50. These mature glamazons refuse to fade into the shadows, instead strutting orange false eyelashes (90-something Ilona Royce Smithkin), Grace Kelly-worthy classic frocks (80something Joyce Carpati) and insanely chic hats (sassy 80-year-old Manhattan boutique owner Lynn Dell).
Filmmaker Lina Plioplyte captures them and several other older-is-better ladies in everything from ball gowns to spiked purple hair. “When I grow old, I want to be like them,” said Plioplyte in a post-screening panel. One of the films subjects, Debra Rapoport (hip and punky at 68), was also on hand, sporting a purple feather collar and sculptural hat. “We all get dressed every day, but we have choices,” she said. “There’s a fine line between dressing like yourself and wearing a costume.” Oh, and besides rocking what you like at whatever age, she laughingly advised, “Never wear black.”
If you missed the screening Saturday, you can catch “Advanced Style” on Amazon and other streaming services now.
Post by DC Style Factory stylist, Jenn Barger. Jenn has 13 years’ experience working as a fashion journalist in the nation’s capitol. Her DC Style Factory clients include professional Washingtonians looking to add unusual, funky pieces to their classic DC wardrobes. She specializes in vintage shopping and is an expert in combining pieces with history with new, modern looks. Email firstname.lastname@example.org to work with Jenn.