From Dafna Steinberg. Follow her @AlizaySteinberg. Email her at dafna[AT]borderstan.com.
Networking Group Proving DC Is A Fashion City
With all the excitement of inauguration, fashionistas and fashionistos all over the city were prepping for gala balls, political networking and, of course, the cold weather. While we are on the subject, let me just say that Michelle Obamaâ€™s Thom Browne silk coat was to DIE for, as was her Jason Wu red ball gown. If her fashion choices for the start of her husbandâ€™s second Presidential term are any indicators of how the next four years will be, we are off to a fabulous start.
But it wasnâ€™t just the political year that started off this past week. Open Source Fashion DC, a new networking group dedicated to DC fashion had its first official meeting, bringing together fashion retailers, designers and bloggers.
DC is the first city outside of New York to hold a chapter. Started here by one of Open Source Fashionâ€™s original organizers, Pavan Bahl, and local entrepreneur, Cameron Neal (co-founder of A-Moet), the first event (held in U Street NWâ€™s Affinity Lab) was an in person interview with Refinery29 DCâ€™s editor Holly Thomas. Thomas gave insightful answers to questions from the new Open Source members, discussing DC fashion, Refinery29â€™s role in the city and her own retail venture, the vintage pop up Butler + Claypool. Check out some photos from the event.
The group is open to anyone who has a retail business, is a designer or has a fashion dedicated blog. If you fit this criteria and are interested in joining, check out the OS Fashion DC page.