C.T.L.E.

Posted on June 29, 2007
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Project Beltway

Clothes
That
Look
Expensive.

It’s what you look out for when you’re scamming quality knockoffs at Zara or Target or Forever 21 or even scouring vintage stores: details that add some pricey-looking design quality without the price. It’s a good rule of thumb to go by when you’re shopping at H&M or any of those places…Does this look expensive? Does it look like I got it at a cheapo store?

I swear, it helps you find the good stuff.

Anyway, I love the oversized tailored pleats and the heft of the skirt (DKNY from Neiman Marcus), the equally structured jacket (Nanette Lepore)and her Hu’s shoes.

UPDATE: So clearly her clothes are expensive–I’m not saying that her look is CTLE (as a commenter just pointed out, her clothes are CT ARE E), but the great detailing and quality look of her outfit can serve as an inspiration for those on a tighter fashion budget. She clearly wasn’t hitting up the bargain stores, but with all of the great knockoffs and affordable design around, you can look just as good. She just serves as inspiration for the CTLE rule…

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Another one for the Fun Hair Files

Posted on June 29, 2007
Filed Under On The Street, Women | 15,662 Comments

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Project Beltway

I’m so transparent; at this point it’s pretty obvious that I love cool hair (“hair as accesory!” is one of my favorite turns of phrase for the blog anyway) and I think it applies to Kimberly Nathaniel here, a Design Consultant for Mitchell Gold & Bob Williams on 14th Street. I noticed her hair first and then her dress, which turned out to have the most adorable peaked puffy shoulders.

And how about that mystery photo essay in the background there. It’s right around 14 & T. Anyone know what the deal with that is–who did it??

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Think Runway, Shop Beltway: Unsung Designers Goes Patriotic for Charity

Posted on June 28, 2007
Filed Under Think Runway...Shop Beltway, Women | 2,967 Comments

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Limited Edition Circa63 Lucite Bangles, $80 (100% of proceeds to charity)
Available at Unsung Designers online here or go visit in person silly (look for the light pink, recently tagged, doors in the alley). If you’ve never been, you’re missing out on some of the best merch in DC.

Unsung Designers
2412 18th Street NW
Rear Door A
Washington, D.C. 20009
202.234.1788 or 202.528.9525

SUPPORT INDIE-PENDENCE!!
Starting today, local indie-design mecca Unsung Designers will donate 100% of the proceeds from the sale of a special limited edition collection of Circa 63 vintage Lucite bangles to the
Fisher House Foundation, which supports America’s military families during times of medical emergency. Unsung Owners Grace Wang & Alishia Frey have teamed up with local designer Danielle Insetta of Circa 63 to offer the red white & blue bangles, were created for fashion labels such as Trifari and Diane
von Furstenberg in the mid-70s.

…And congrats to Jesse Walker of REALM, a Think Runway, Shop Beltway veteran who’s jewelry is now being sold at Unsung.

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The Summer Dandy, Thomas Circle

Posted on June 28, 2007
Filed Under Men, On The Street | 2,740 Comments

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Project Beltway

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