by Borderstan.com June 21, 2013 at 9:00 am 0

"Fashion"

Western Fashion. (Dafna Steinberg)

From Dafna Steinberg. Follow her @AlizaySteinberg. Email her at dafna[AT]borderstan.com.

Hello Borderstan! Once again, I am writing to you from New Mexico. You may remember my February column written from Santa Fe. I’m back in the Land of Enchantment completing an artist residency in the town of Truth or Consequences (yes, it’s a real place… look it up!). So, between soaks in the hot springs, I figured I’d write another column about Western fashion. Because, as you may all know, I’m in love with it.

In the last column, I went over the basics: Bandanas, cowboy hats, boots, etc. This time, I’m upping the ante a bit and challenging those of you who want to step out of your comfort zones. (Okay, these suggestions aren’t going to be that crazy, but give me some points for dramatics)

Fringe

You know… the strings that hang down, not the sci-fi TV show. To be perfectly honest, this one is more for the ladies than it is for the guys (though guys can rock it too). Fringe can be tricky. For one thing, not everyone feels comfortable wearing it. Sometimes it gets in the way, or it annoys people when it swishes.

But it still is a pretty popular part of Southwest and Western fashion. It’s on jackets, t-shirts, sweatshirts and more. You even find it on boots and bags. Out here, I’ve discovered a new love for t-shirts that have been cut to make the bottoms and sleeves fringed. The fringe is then accentuated with beads and other trinkets. Fringe is a fun way to dress up a casual look. For instance, throw on a pair of jeans and a T-shirt, add a fringed jacket and you are good to go.

Sterling Silver and Turquoise

Turquoise. (Dafna Steinberg)

Sterling silver and turquoise, a must. (Dafna Steinberg)

A staple part of any Southwestern wardrobe. Sterling silver is one of the many metals mined here in New Mexico. Along with the turquoise found here and in Arizona, there are a good amount of materials to use for jewelry. The styles of jewelry differ and depend on the artist crafting them as well as (in many cases) the native tribes each jeweler comes from. Crafters from the Zuni tribe, for instance, use a method of inlaying different stones to create various designs or even figures in their jewelry.

And just like the different jewelers, there are also different kinds of turquoise. (My personal favorite is Sleeping Beauty turquoise… not just for the name, but for its beautifully rich color). There is too much info for me to write here, but you can find some great resources online explaining how to tell real from fake. And remember… real sterling silver will always be stamped with a 925 or the word “sterling.”

Harley Davidson T-Shirts 

Harley Davidson T-Shirst. (Dafna Steinberg)

Harley Davidson t-shirt. (Dafna Steinberg)

Really this should say “Harley Davidson Anything,” but I figured t-shirts were the easiest item of clothing to talk about. Motorcycle culture is quite big out in New Mexico as it is in many other parts of the Southwest. Where I am, there are bikers zooming by every other minute.

Almost all of them are riding Harleys. The clothes that they wear are more for practicality. Wearing leather chaps or jackets may not be ideal in the summer time, but it’ll be like having an extra layer of skin should you be in an accident. Leather Harley vests are quite popular (some of them even have fringe!). But nothing beats a good Harley Davidson t-shirt. Even better if you can find a vintage one!

Well all, I hope this gave you a little bit more of a taste for the Southwest. It’s definitely a great place to visit as well as find great fashion inspiration. Until next time.

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by Borderstan.com June 7, 2013 at 11:30 am 10 Comments

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Vintage Stores are not Thrift Shops. (Dafna Steinberg)

From Dafna Steinberg. Follow her @AlizaySteinberg. Email her at dafna[AT]borderstan.com.

As many of you may (or may not) know, I buy and sell vintage clothes. After selling in markets and online, I finally found a permanent home at Blue’s Hard Goods on 14th Street. In addition to BHG, there are a number of other great stores. In fact, we have a Vintage District!

However, it’s becoming apparent that, as the neighborhood changes, people don’t really seem to understand how vintage stores work. They come into the shops and ask questions that I’m pretty sure they wouldn’t ask in any new clothing store.  And it’s starting to become a little insulting.

Here is a list of questions that I have been asked and an explanation as to why one shouldn’t ask these questions when shopping at a vintage store.

“Do you have this in my size?” Unlike at a new clothing store, each item of clothing is one of a kind. Everything, more or less, comes in one size. So if you see a piece of clothing on display, trust that it is the only one in stock. Also, the thing to remember with vintage is that the sizes are much smaller than contemporary sizes. So don’t assume that just because you’re a size 8 or a size Medium that you will fit into those sizes in vintage.

For example, a size 8 from the 50’s or 60’s is probably closer to a size 2 or 4. Guys, check the sleeves on shirts. You may have to roll them up or wear them as ¾ sleeves, as they are all pretty short. Don’t get insulted…just think of it as a form of human evolution.

“Why is this so expensive?” A vintage store is just like any other boutique except the clothes are older and predominantly second hand. However, unlike a regular boutiques where the clothes are ordered directly from the company that makes them, vintage clothes are handpicked, most times by the shop owners themselves.

It takes time, effort and gas money to find all the clothes, not too mention rent, possible commission and whatever other overheads you have to pay. In my case, I have even traveled nationally and overseas to find things. While we may be paying less than the amount you see on the price tag, you should know this: You are paying for the luxury of not having to find this item yourself.  Don’t come in and try to bargain either.

This isn’t a flea market. You wouldn’t walk into Macy’s, pick an item off a rack and say to the cashier “$55? How about I just give you $35?” would you? If your response to that is “Well, I could go find those things myself…”, then by all means GO! Use your own time and money to drive out to various locations, pick through racks upon racks of clothes and do load after load of laundry. Therefore, you at least will still pay the lowest price possible for one, maybe two items (not including gas money, water bills and just plain personal energy).

For those of you who don’t want to go through all that, consider vintage stores a well-curated gallery of good quality, one of a kind picked items where all you have to do is try something on. Buy something special that will last you a long time. It’s already lasted this long. Trust me… it’ll be worth the price you pay for it.

“Where do you get all your stuff?” I cannot even begin to tell you how many people ask me this. If you are a random customer, you’re gonna get the answer I give everyone: “Oh… all over.” Why? Because that would be like McDonalds revealing what actually is in the special sauce…trade secrets are trade secrets.

“I have a huge bag of old clothes in my car. Will you buy them from me?” Okay, just because vintage stores sell second hand clothes, that does not mean we will take your old GAP t-shirts. We are not (I repeat NOT) a thrift store (or Buffalo Exchange). Nor are we a consignment store. And while there are some vintage places that do sell on consignment, most need you to make an appointment first. So don’t just come in with a bag of clothes and expect the people working to drop everything and look through them.

Call first, or come in beforehand and ask if the shop takes consignments or buy clothes directly. I can promise you most won’t, but it can’t hurt to politely ask first. If you have a big vintage collection, talk to shop owners and see if you can schedule an appointment for them to come to you. That way there is no pressure on them to take things they don’t want because you don’t want to take things home with you.

When shopping in a vintage store, it is totally ok to ask questions about the clothes and the shops. For many shop owners, it is a passion for history and love for story telling that keeps them going, so they love answering questions related to each item in stock.

But when you talk to them, keep in mind that this (like many other retail stores) is how they make a living. Don’t be entitled or rude. Most sellers and shop owners work hard to bring in the best and they do it so you don’t have to!

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by Borderstan.com May 24, 2013 at 10:00 am 2 Comments

From Dafna Steinberg and Josh Siegel. Follow Dafna @AlizaySteinberg; email her at dafna[AT]borderstan.com. Email Josh at josh[AT]borderstan.com.

Dafna’s Fashion Fridays is on video this week. That’s right, this Friday Dafna talks to Lori, owner of Redeem and together they tell us about what people are wearing this spring, and what’s selling and, above all, what’s in style in DC!
[vimeo width=”580″ height=”400″]http://vimeo.com/66839195[/vimeo]

by Borderstan.com May 8, 2013 at 1:30 pm 0

From Dafna Steinberg. Follow her @AlizaySteinberg. Email her at dafna[AT]borderstan.com.

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Swap in the City, Thursday , May 9. (Courtesy Swap in the City)

I’m going to let you all in on a little secret…there is a way you can get designer fashion for free. Yep, that’s right…you heard me. Free.

How is this possible? By going to a clothing swap, of course! Clothing swaps are not only great ways to clear out your closet of things you may have worn once or that still have the tags on them, they are the best places to find some awesome things that other people don’t want anymore. What’s the saying? One fashionista’s last season is another’s couture?

This Thursday, May 9, check out Swap In The City at the new DC tech event space 1776 (1133 15th St. NW, 12th Floor). Hosted by SNOBSWAP and Dewdrop, this charity event will be a get together where fashionista/os can eat, drink and swap, swap, swap designer clothes, all while helping to support Becky’s Fund, an organization that does great work to end domestic violence.

In addition to the clothing swap, there will be pop up shops from local area fashion brands.  Julie Donaldson of Comcast Sports will be hosting and the guest speaker of the evening will be Liz Fassbender, CapFABB co-founder. There will also be a fashion show with stylish swimwear from D’Milikah and luxury pieces from SNOBSWAP.com.

Tickets are $20 if you RSVP before and $25 at the door. Hor d’oeuvres are served with drink ticket. The attire is dress to impress. You can purchase your tickets here.

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by Borderstan.com April 19, 2013 at 4:00 pm 0

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Dafna’s Fashion Alert: Four events in the neighborhood. (Luis Gomez Photos)

From Dafna Steinberg. Follow her @AlizaySteinberg. Email her at dafna[AT]borderstan.com.

Sorry folks… I have had a crazy week… between working at Union Station all day yesterday for a “vintage is green” fashion show and pop up shop to having an exhibition tomorrow (which you can read about here on Borderstan), I have been swamped. Which means that I didn’t have a chance to write an advice column or trend alert.

So here are a few upcoming events to check out in the meantime!

  • Friday, April 19: Tonight, Ginger Root (1530 U Street NW) will be having a Champagne Toast & Spring Line Premier for YB Green, the makers of beautiful recycled glass jewelry. Stop by between 6 and 9 pm for a glass of Champagne and some awesome accessories!
  • Saturday, April 20: Caramel (1603 U Street NW) will be having a sweet Saturday with desserts by pastry artist Sarah Krueger and jewelry by ADMK from 1 to 7 pm. Designer Megan Kurtz will be on hand to talk about her new designs. There will be special discounts throughout the store and a 10% discount off the Spring designs from ADMK! 
  • Wednesday, April 24: Room & Board (1840 14th Street, NW) is having their summer kick off party! RSVP here
  • Sunday, April 28: Nana, a boutique that formerly had its home on U Street, will be having a trunk show for Meg, one of their favorite labels. Designed by New York designer Meghan Kinney, the line will be showcasing its Spring 2013 looks at Cork Tasting Room (1805 14th St NW) from 1 to 5 pm.
  • Happy Fashion Partying! Will get back to you all in a couple weeks!

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by Borderstan.com April 19, 2013 at 11:00 am 0

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Sean Smith and Dafna Steinberg have an opening reception at doris-mae gallery on 14th Street NW. (Courtesy doris-mae gallery)

On Saturday, April 20, from 6 to 8 pm, doris-mae gallery is holding an opening reception for local artists Sean Smith and Dafna Steinberg. doris-mae gallery opened late last year as curatorial project by Thomas Drymon. The gallery is at upstairs at 1716 14th Street NW,

Drymon says about the show: “Questions about gender identity and the masculine and feminine are big, so for the purposes of this latest exhibition at doris-mae, we’ve narrowed the conversation down to the presentation of the ideal and its effects on men and women today.”

Sean Smith’s ‘Million Dollar Cupcake,’ “subverts the masculine by coupling images of sensual frosted cupcakes topped with swirls of buttercream with vintage jockstrap- and speedo-clad bulging crotches. With a backdrop of lurid colors and graphic elements (and bow ties), the paintings confuse our notion of what the masculine archetype is and encourage us to examine how men have been defined since the 70s and before.”

While Dafna Steinberg’s ‘Eat What I Feel,’ “turns her attention to the mid- to late-century representation of the woman as home-maker as seen in cookbooks, diet books and magazines of the era. In this world, expectations of the feminine were set against a crowded background of table scapes and impeccable wardrobes. Steinberg examines the far-reaching effects of this type of presentation on contemporary women, openly examining her own relationship to food and her body.”

There will be an eating performance by Steinberg that will begin shortly after 7 pm in the project space.

Check the doris-mae blog at doris-mae.com for information about upcoming dinners with artist Dafna Steinberg in the space and to read about our ongoing programming and upcoming exhibitions and events.

The Details

  • What: Opening reception for Sean Smith’s ‘Million Dollar Cupcake’ and Dafna Steinberg ‘Eat What I Feel.’
  • When: Saturday, April 20, 6 to 8 pm.
  • Where: 1716 14th Street NW.

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by Borderstan.com April 18, 2013 at 10:00 am 0

"Steinberg"

Dafna Steinberg’s “Eat What I Feel” opens Saturday at doris-mae gallery. (Luis Gomez Photos)

We had a short conversation with Dafna Steinberg, not only our fashion writer, but well-known Borderstan artist. Steinberg’s new show, “Eat What I Feel,” will open this weekend at doris-mae gallery, 1716 14th Street NW.

Borderstan: What is “Eat What I Feel?”

Steinberg: “Eat What I Feel” is a mixed media project that explores both the ideals of feminine identity through presentation and the issue of emotional eating.

Borderstan: How did the project start?

Steinberg: This project came about close to a year ago. I started paying more attention to my eating habits and began to notice how I ate certain foods when I felt certain emotions.

Borderstan: Any particular inspiration for the show?

Steinberg: While eating I was struck by how my emotional state played such a large role in how and when I ate. Though my original artistic background is in photography, I have been working predominantly in collage work.

Borderstan: What kind of art is there in the show?

Steinberg: For my installation at doris-mae, I created a series of collages from vintage cookbooks, diet books and fashion magazines that draw on my life as a woman eating. As part of this project, I recorded myself dining in public alone. The installation at doris-mae consists of these collages, video and an extravagant dining room tablescape where I will eat during the opening and in a series of public performances.

Additional Public Performances

Steinberg will also have two other public performances where she will invite the public to a “Bring Your Own Comfort Food” dinners. She will be looking for volunteers to come on a specific day (TBD), bring their own comfort food and to be ready to have a conversation about food…what it means to them, the cultures around it, whether or not we, as a society, are obsessed with it, etc.

Check the doris-mae blog for information about these upcoming dinners and for more on the ongoing programming, events and upcoming exhibitions.

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by Borderstan.com April 5, 2013 at 10:00 am 0

"Fashion"

There is one that’s right for you. (Dafna Steinberg)

From Dafna Steinberg. Follow her @AlizaySteinberg. Email her at dafna[AT]borderstan.com.

All right, Borderstan… who is ready for SPRING??

I realize that the weather in our fair city has not exactly been cooperative when it comes to planning a spring wardrobe (what is up with this cold wind?), but it doesn’t hurt to start getting ready anyway. Maybe if we all close our eyes and imagine warm, sunny days, it’ll happen?

While I could go into different outfits to wear for warmer days, I’d rather focus on some necessities that you need to have in your closet. One of these necessities is the leather jacket.  Everyone (and I mean EVERYONE) needs a well-fitted leather jacket — especially when the weather goes from warm to cold in about 3.5 seconds.

They are great for different seasons and can be dressed up or dressed down. But what kind of leather jacket should one wear? There are so many different ones from which to choose! Following are some style options for different kinds of leather jackets:

Leather-Jacket-(1)_InsideJacket #1: The Biker Jacket

Black biker jackets, like the ones iconicized by Joey Ramone or Marlon Brando, are HUGE right now! So huge in fact, that New York Times photographer and style maven, Bill Cunningham, had an entire report on how the biker jacket was changing the shape of this year’s Paris Fashion Week. So, if you have one, pull it out! You’re already ahead of the curve. For those readers who are vegan and would prefer not to wear anything made from animals, there are a few designers who are now using vegan leather. Just check out this jacket from Free People.

Leather_-jacket2_InsideJacket #2: Fringe Leather Jacket

Remember Dennis Hopper’s jacket in Easy Rider? These jackets, which tend to come in suede, are fantastic. They’ve got a vintage aesthetic while still being completely contemporary. If you don’t feel like wearing a leather jacket but still want the fringe, you can always find a denim jacket that sports it (those were also once popular).  What better way to make a statement then adding a little flare with some fringe?

Leather-Jacket3_InsideJacket #3: The Leather Trench Coat

Leather trenches can be tricky. The wrong length and size can make you look like you are swimming in a sea of leather. For ladies, try a trench that hits at or a bit above your knee. They can create a beautiful silhouette, great for giving you that hourglass shape.

Guys, think more Javier Bardem from Skyfall and less Morpheus from The Matrix. Leather trenches that reach almost to your ankle don’t necessarily make you look cool (unless you are going for that rugged cowboy look in a floor length leather duster). Similar to the ladies, try a jacket that reaches your knee and is fitted properly. I repeat… FITTED PROPERLY.

Trying to find a good leather jacket can take time, but trust me, it’s worth it. Don’t be afraid to drop some extra money on a jacket. It’s one of those things that doesn’t go out of style and will last you a long time. Also, know the difference between the kinds of leather you are getting.

Cowhide is more expensive than pig hide, but is generally better quality. If you’re buying vintage, keep in mind there are leathers made from endangered animals and it may be illegal for you to buy them. If, as I mentioned before, you are completely against wearing leather, there are a number of designers and brands that carry jackets made from vegan leather.

That’s all for now, Borderstanis! Happy (Hopefully) Spring!

All jackets available at Blue’s Hard Goods, 1803 14th Street NW.

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by Borderstan.com March 22, 2013 at 10:00 am 12 Comments

From Dafna Steinberg. Follow her @AlizaySteinberg. Email her at dafna[AT]borderstan.com.

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Yoga pants: Do NOT walk around in them, unless you’re going to class. (Rachel Nania)

This is another post about one of my fashion pet peeves. I’m only going to say this once: Gym clothes are meant for the gym. You wear them to the gym. You can wear them home from the gym. You can wear them to run errands BEFORE or AFTER you have gone to the gym.

However, you SHOULD NOT wear them out to the grocery store, coffee shop, hair salon, etc, if you aren’t planning on going anywhere near the gym. (And don’t try to tell me that you wear your gym clothes out because you may end up at the gym. You are either going or you aren’t)

But Dafna, you might say, my yoga pants are SO comfortable…why shouldn’t I wear them out? Of course yoga pants are comfortable. You have to bend your body into unmentionable shapes, the least your pants could be is comfortable, not to mention stretchy.

Yoga pants, and gym clothes over all, started out like other horrible fashion trends. They were something practical with a purpose. Look at Crocs. Crocs had a purpose: comfortable footwear for people who had to stand on their feet the whole day.

Doctors, for example. But then people started wearing them at home. And then to the grocery store (because who cares what you wear to the grocery store, right?). And then, people started wearing them all the time. Because they are oh-so-comfortable. Guess what? They are also uglier than one of those hairless cats.

Women, specifically, seem to gravitate towards clothes they can wear to the gym and then, without changing, go out for a night on the town. Maybe it’s because Lululemon’s prices are so high, they feel the need to attach more purpose to their gym clothes. Maybe it’s because they want to show off their firm… ahem… assets after all the hard work they did in Bikram. Who knows? All I know is that whenever I see women out and about wearing yoga pants, it makes me want to scream.

Solution? Wear a T-shirt and jeans. Or funky patterned leggings and a sweater. It’s comfortable, but makes you look like you actually took a shower today.

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by Borderstan.com March 8, 2013 at 4:00 pm 0

"Fashion"

Sidney. (Dafna Steinberg)

From Dafna Steinberg. Follow her @AlizaySteinberg. Email her at dafna[AT]borderstan.com.

Borderstan is sorrounded by fashion and fashionistas up, down and all around. Here we showcase their style.

Fashion Friday: Street Style showcases fashionable people in Borderstan. After I photograph them, I ask them what they were thinking when they got dressed.

This is Sidney. I met him while shopping around Martha’s Outfitters one spring day. When I asked him what inspired his style, he told me:

“I like the 30s and the 40s. Thats how I dress.”

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by Borderstan.com February 22, 2013 at 1:00 pm 0

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Dafna’s Fashion Friday, Santa Fe Edition. (Dafna Steinberg)

From Dafna Steinberg. Follow her @AlizaySteinberg. Email her at dafna[AT]borderstan.com.

Howdy Borderstanis! I’m writing from the land of enchantment: New Mexico! Santa Fe, to be precise. Which seemed like a perfect reason to write about trend that just won’t quit and is really big for spring: Western wear.

Don’t worry. I’m not suggesting you start dressing like Roy Rogers and riding a horse named Trigger to work. Nor am I saying you should start going to line dance country bars (unless that’s already your thing). However, some elements of western fashion are very easy to incorporate into every day life and will give a little extra flair to your daily wardrobe choices. Here’s a list of a few items you can try out.

Bandanas

These make a great and easy introduction to rocking a western look.  Tie one around your neck or get creative! (I’ll  make a bracelet out of one or tie one around my calf) There are tons out there with great patterns aside from the standard paisley print. My recommendation, however, is go for ones made in the USA. Preferably vintage. The ones from China just aren’t the same.

Cowboy boots

Honestly, I’m a believer everyone should have at least one pair. I know I have two and would be more than happy to up that count. Cowboy boots are quite possibly one of the most comfortable kinds of shoes and most people I know who own a pair literally live in them. Some good brands to look into: Frye, Tony Lama and Wolverine.

Cowboy shirts

Great for men and women, these pearl snap button shirts are comfortable and flattering. They are cut a bit slim, which gives them a better fit to the body. They also come in a variety of styles: Plaid ones are great for casual, solid colors can be work appropriate. For women, dress one up with a cute skirt to the office or dress it down with a pair of reliable jeans. Men can wear one with a blazer (tie is optional as it would cover up the pretty buttons) or roll up the sleeves for a more casual look.

Bolo Ties

For the very daring, a bolo tie will dress up any outfit. Typically worn instead of a tie, they can make great necklaces on women who wear them loosely. Guys, rock them with a collared shirt for a different take on the regular “suit and tie” look.

I’m not going to discuss the contentious topic of “Navajo” print, even though it has come back into style a lot in the past few years (and I have a picture of it above). Here’s some info as to why it’s such a hot button fashion issue, and you can decide how you feel about wearing it.

For local shops that sell western style clothes, Federal has some great men’s wear, including great denim and lots of Pendleton. Ladies can find some western inspired pieces over at Redeem where guys can also find some great boots (not necessarily cowboy, but they do have Wolverines). Also in Redeem, check out Mutiny which has some great western products. Vintage lovers can shop at Dr. K’s, Blues Hard Goods, Ginger Root and Junction.

by Borderstan.com February 8, 2013 at 3:00 pm 1 Comment

"Fashion"

Daniel Mahdavian. (Dafna Steinberg)

From Dafna Steinberg. Follow her @AlizaySteinberg. Email her at dafna[AT]borderstan.com.

Borderstan is sorrounded by fashion and fashionistas up, down and all around. Here we showcase their style.

Fashion Friday: Street Style showcases fashionable people in Borderstan. After I photograph them, I ask them what they were thinking when they got dressed.

This is Daniel Mahdavian. I met him over the summer. When asked what he was thinking when he put his outfit together, he said:

“I was thinking ‘beach’.”

Which is what I think we are all dreaming about now in this cold weather. Hopefully, Daniel’s great color scheme and attention to perfected detail can get us all in the mood for new upcoming spring looks! Notice the ring on his finger? That’s sterling silver Versace!

by Borderstan.com January 25, 2013 at 10:00 am 1 Comment

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Open Source Fashion DC participants. (Courtesy Open Source Fashion DC)

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 Obama’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 husband’s second Presidential term are any indicators of how the next four years will be, we are off to a fabulous start.

But it wasn’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 Fashion’s original organizers, Pavan Bahl, and local entrepreneur, Cameron Neal (co-founder of A-Moet), the first event (held in U Street NW’s Affinity Lab) was an in person interview with Refinery29 DC’s editor Holly Thomas. Thomas gave insightful answers to questions from the new Open Source members, discussing DC fashion, Refinery29’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.

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by Borderstan.com January 4, 2013 at 10:00 am 0

From Dafna Steinberg. Follow her @AlizaySteinberg. Email her at dafna[AT]borderstan.com.

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Why Not on U street NW. (Dafna Steinberg)

Happy New Year all… hope everyone had a stylishly good time on New Year’s Eve (I know I did!).

With a new year comes new promises we make to ourselves. “I will lose those 20 pounds I always said I would.” “I will take that class I always said I would take.” “I’m going to run a marathon!” Yet, with these new promises, one thing never seems to be on anyone’s resolutions list: Fashion.

It should be. Better style can help make for a better year. It can also be a great reward for all those long hours you promised yourself you would be spending at the gym. So to help you out, dear readers, I have come up with a list of style resolutions for you.

More Color

One of my biggest pet peeves (and as I’ve mentioned before, there are many) when it comes to styling or helping people finds clothes that work for them is the phrase “I don’t really wear colors.” First off, it’s a pretty silly statement. Of course you wear colors. Black, white, beige and brown ARE colors.

What you mean to say is “I don’t wear INTERESTING colors. Only boring ones.” If you open your closet and the only difference in color is the shade of black, you need to go out to some stores and spice it up a bit. This does not mean you have to run out and buy everything in hot pink. Start off small.

Try adding a colorful scarf or tie. Then work your way up to a sweater or shirt. When you feel comfortable enough with that, try coordinating colors. If you feel nervous about clashing colors, ask a sales person to help you next time you’re in the store. That’s why they are there.

Better Fits

I am directing this specifically to the male readers, though ladies can pay mind to this as well. Guys…remember when everyone was making fun of Paul Ryan because his suits looked like they were hand me downs out of Mitt Romney’s closet? Yeah, don’t be Paul Ryan. The man was the poster boy for P90X, but you never would have known it based on his suits.

It’s 2013. Zoot Suits are out (unless you are really into vintage and swing music). If you buy a suit off the rack, take it to a tailor and have it fitted properly. For one, it makes you look more serious at your job. Two, it makes you more attractive to the opposite (or same) sex. There is nothing like a well-fitted suit on a man that causes one’s head to turn and take notice.

Quality, Not Quantity

Stop. Buying. Clothes. At. H&M. Or even worse, Forever 21.  At least stop buying ALL your clothes there. Yes, they have trendy clothes for cheap prices. But you are getting what you pay for and that cute skirt will have a hole in it within two months. If you are out of college and have a professional job, you should invest more into your clothes. They will make you feel better about yourself. I promise you.

Support local area boutiques. There are a number in Borderstan that pride themselves on having unique clothes in LIMITED quantities. That adorable t-shirt you bought on the sale rack at J. Crew? It’s your favorite. And the favorite of the 2,000 other people that bought it as well. Spend a little more and stand out from the crowd. If you are concerned about saving money in difficult economic times, keep in mind… small boutiques have sales too!

Investing in Self Image

There is one idea that connects all of these resolutions together and it is belief in self image. If you are making resolutions to lose weight, try that new Paleo diet, or work out more, you obviously want to feel better about yourself by taking pride in your self image. This should apply to your closet as well. I realize in these tough economic times, spending money on clothes seems frivolous.

But believe me, if you are already putting so much effort into making yourself look better, having the clothes to match will only accentuate the hard work you have put in. You will look as great as you feel and that, dear Borderstanis, is worth more than the price on the price tag.

Stay tuned for another edition of Dafna’s fashion.

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by Borderstan.com December 14, 2012 at 10:00 am 0

From Dafna Steinberg and Josh Siegel. Follow Dafna @AlizaySteinberg; email her at dafna[AT]borderstan.com. Email Josh at josh[AT]borderstan.com.

Big news, Borderstan! Dafna’s Fashion Fridays is now on video! That’s right, tune in here for short videos about what people are wearing, what shops are selling and, above all, what’s in style in DC!
Two weeks ago, I went out (with my trusty and wonderful camera man, Josh) to ask Borderstanians what excites them about winter fashion. Here what they had to say below!

 

[vimeo width=”580″ height=”350″]http://vimeo.com/55450578[/vimeo]

 

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