Wednesday, February 28th, 2018
#DCFW: Style of a Gemini takes on DC Fashion Week 2018
February 22-28th marked 2018 DC Fashion Week. I’ve only been to one other fashion show in my life. It was seven years ago, and I had come all the way across PA to watch my sister’s Senior Showcase in Philadelphia. I had done a good bit of sewing my own designs at that point, but it was nothing compared to what I saw. My sister’s collection was Afroglam to the fullest, featuring ankara fabrics before wearing daishikis became trendy. The evening of the show, I helped her into a leather mermaid dress and watched her and her friends in awe. After years of watching shows like America’s Next Top Model through the screen, the runway experience had come to life.
Flash forward a few years, and luck was on my side to let me experience some of the magic again. I found about the kickoff event for DC Fashion Week only a week before it was scheduled. The timing was relatively awful–I’d just moved, I had a day full of meetings, and I was already overwhelmed with the things on my to-do list. But after six years in DC, this was the first time I’d found out about DC Fashion Week before it was over. I knew I couldn’t let the opportunity slip.
Can you tell I’m excited for this?
The crowd waiting for the show to start.
I spent days planning my fashion week debut outfit, but Mother Nature obliterated it. The weather went from 77°F and sunny to a high of 50°F and rainy. I pulled together this front-slit dress and fringe heels I’d found at Buffalo Exchange, one of my favorite thrift stores. I paired it with a bold red lip courtesy of Fenty Beauty and gold drop earrings. Voila! It was a last minute outfit change, but I felt like I looked the part.
The NextGen Showcase featured–you guessed it–the next generation of designers. Students from local and Baltimore-area design programs were selected to showcase a few pieces to represent their brand. I think younger designers have a lot of unique ideas because they’re still figuring out their artistic identity. It’s the kind of exploration makes for a good show, and I saw that variety represented on the runway.
A designer explains the inspiration for her line.
My favorite pieces were the ones with multiple dimensions. The color of an item is only one aspect, and I love when designers utilize more! Some designers focused on the movement of a garment or lack thereof. One designer used reflective silver panels to create a top that glistened under the bar lights with every step the model took. Another designer used fringe, which I’m admittedly a sucker for, to create a fun, 70s-inspired cocktail dress.
Walking into my next brunch like…
The venue was nice, but crowded. The two floors were completely packed full of people climbing on top of each other to get a good shot on their phone. Not judging, because I was also one of those people. I met up with a local meetup group at the venue who had been holding a spot right next to the runway, so I was lucky to be close enough for good pictures. There was also a little girl who couldn’t have been any older than 10 taking pictures with her father. The show was at a bar, so her presence confused just about everyone, but she was snapping shots like a pro.
By the end of the show, my feet were aching and my stomach was growling. We grabbed some burgers for a late dinner before heading home. I could barely stop smiling the whole way! I felt like I’d crossed something off my bucket list. DC might not have the biggest fashion week, but that fashion show left me feeling connected to DC’s growing fashion scene.
DC Fashion Week 2018, conquered!
It took a while, but Style of a Gemini finally made it to fashion week! It was totally worth it! I hope this post inspires you to get out and connect with your local creative community. What kind of events have you been dying to go to? Have you ever been to a fashion show? Let me know in the comments below and don’t forget to follow me on instagram for daily #styleinspo!
Lots of love,