From Dafna Steinberg. Follow her @AlizaySteinberg. Email her at dafna[AT]borderstan.com.
For the most part, DC’s Fashion’s Night Out on on September 6 took place in Georgetown. There was a lot of fanfare around it this year, as it was a pretty big event. But while everyone was rushing to see and be seen, a few 14th and U Street boutiques were doing their own thing away from the hustle and bustle of M Street. I hit two events, one at Redeem (1734 14th Street, NW) and the other at Lettie Gooch (1517 U Street, NW).
Redeem had a laid back evening of Hendrick’s gin fizzes and new fall looks. The store was showcasing their newest design brands Carla Fernandez (for women) and Munsoo Kwon (for men). I personally fell in love with Munsoo Kwon’s striking designs for men. Both designers had bold looks, something that we need more of in DC. Mutiny, Redeem’s resident pop up shop, also had some cool new things: short novellas from famous authors, men’s accessories, and hygiene products, in addition to the usual array of fun trinkets.
After enjoying some drinks and snacks, I headed over to Lettie Gooch for their Champagne, Clutches and Couture evening. There was already a frenzy of women there in high gear shopping mode. DJ Munch was in the window playing upbeat music that put everyone in a party mood. Besides some great sale items, Lettie Gooch featured fall looks from old and new designers as well as great handcrafted leather handbags from Diamantina Bags. Cork Wine Bar was also there, providing delicious champagne cocktails.
Seeing so much stylish fall clothing definitely made me excited for the upcoming cooler weather. It was also great to see so many fashionable people out enjoying the evening. Perhaps more boutiques will get involved next year, and we can bring FNO to the U Street Corridor.