Now I'm very aware that I have some snobbish tendencies, particularly with fashion events. I often talk about trying to promote local fashion and then find myself looking down at events I deem unworthy of my attention. Ever since I started going to NY Fashion Week, I admit I've been wholly unimpressed with anything less and I really needed to manage my expectations better.
But since Ready Set DC's Fashion: District was was described to me as "the best DC fashion event around" and actually cost money to attend, I figured it should be a good event to cover... alas, this story does not have a happy ending.
When I arrived, I was told that they accidentally put the wrong time, sorry, please come back in 30 minutes! I wasn't too surprised with the disorganization, as ReadysetDC.com/fashion still has their show from April up. But it didn't bother me too much, I wandered about DC's Eastern Market and whatnot. When I finally got in, I started taking pictures of chic attendees..
Because I Am Fabulous also stood out in a sea of black cocktail dresses.
I hung out near the media area, where I noticed one of the first issues I'd have to deal with - terrible lighting. You'll see that the first half of my pictures are either impossibly blurry or impossibly dark, until I gave up and turned on my camera's flash. Not sure why I didn't want to, I just hate how those pictures end up looking! But better to have them than not!
Another issue that quickly came to my attention was there was no run of show. I've noticed this at many DC fashion shows and have always wondered why no one thinks to print out the looks in order so we know what we're looking at! This is especially important for multi-designer shows. I checked around and found out they would at least project the label on the wall when that designers' pieces were being shown, whew!
The last issue was the one that made me the crankiest - the show was insanely late. When talking tot he official event photog, he said he wouldn't be surprised if it started 30 minutes behind schedule. Well, make that an entire hour of waiting! There wasn't any seating, so I felt really bad for the girls wearing their towering heels. I was pretty cheesed off, if you pay for a show it should at least start within half an hour of its start time! When the show finally began, I was totally cranky and hated everything. Since I've had time to cool off, I hopefully am able to views the pieces with a critical but unbiased eye. First up is ARTAYA:
I liked the pink looks and the long white gown, and was absolutely horrified by the other outfits. Could you imagine what Michael Kors would say if the black trim jumpsuit went down "Project Runway??" "It looks like a droopy diaper for a geriatric S&M fetishist." Ahaha, I just looked closely and saw the perfect reaction face in one shot. Lady, I feel your pain. Next up was Sika, which seems to be a UK designer and not local:
Durkl, DC's premiere menswear label, at least in the minds of the designers:
SAINT CHiC -
Overall I found the whole experience a bit tiresome and uninspiring, and definitely organized by people who throw parties, not fashion shows. Some of the designers were good, but it didn't seem like any of them considered overall trends in fashion nor even seasonal tastes. I want to promote local fashion, but I don't think I'll be going back to this event.