As a fellow fashionista, my inspiration bug knows when its time to welcome a new collection of style. February was filled with fashion showcases across the globe. Washington, DC hosted DC Fashion Week from February 20th to 25th at various locations in the city. I had the pleasure of attending the Eco-Fashion Kick Off Event on February 20th at Woolly Mammoth Theater.
In my opinion, this theater was a very good choice. As you enter the theater, the lobby has a very high ceiling with large windows. A number of vendors are set up with 5-hour-energy drinks, jewelry, and accessories. Once you walk further into the theater, a stair case leads to the main attraction – the runway. Aligned with two rows of chairs on either side, the white runway is the center focus of the room. Up on the lobby level is a balcony on either side of the runway. I took my spot up on the balcony and got a pretty good view of the show. The DJ was spinning some smooth and funky adaptations to popular tunes and traditional runway music.
With about 30 minutes to spare before the show, I had the opportunity to spy a number of fashion statements. For women, heels similar to Lady Gaga seem to be the trend. For men, skinny jeans with Vans or Loafers are the trend. For both genders, retro with a modern twist is still in fashion. I really loved the diversity in the room. One could tell there were real fashionista present because the majority of the patrons did not look like mannequins but designers of their own wardrobe.
The show began with a presentation on the use of blue wrap from hospitals. We then saw two designers adaptation of fashion using blue wrap as the foundation material for their outfits. Some of these outfits were pretty creative.
The two designers that stood out to me were Estella Couture and Elizabeth St John. Estella Couture had a unique take on Eco-Fashion, incorporating geometric shapes, sparkles, and afro-centric patterns. I liked how her outfits had a futuristic feel to them. Elizabeth St John, whom I interviewed here, definitely stole the show. She had the largest and most diverse collection, including three adorable girls among her models. The colors and texture of her dresses showcased the polished version of eco fashion.
Along with the designers and models, many photographers, bloggers, and fashion enthusiasts attended this event. I was spotted by a number of photographers and bloggers. You can check out the article here and the pictures here.
Overall, I’m glad I was able to attend this event. I had fun. Next on my list is New York Fashion Week…than Paris Fashion Week. I will keep you posted on my progress.