Shoshanna at Urban Chic on Thursday

Posted on April 21, 2008
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I’m looking forward to my interview with Shoshanna Lonstein Gruss (GW grad, bytheway) on Thursday. Clotheswise, she gets the whole “structure thing” and I think it’ll be interesting to talk to her about her success in the fashion industry (she made the career choice post-college with no formal education or training). Plus, Lonstein Gruss occasionally shows up on one of my favorite guilty-pleasure blogs, the NYC photo & gossip site Park Avenue Peerage. Interested to hear her take on all of that, too. If you all have any questions for her, let me know!

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Listopad Vintage @ Marvin

Posted on April 21, 2008
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I spent all day Saturday talking and sipping and eating nicoise salad and looking at clothes on the Marvin deck.

Needless to say, it was good.

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Frill Seekers

Posted on April 18, 2008
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{Lovely Lanvin from style.com}

I want some cheap frills.

It’s Friday and I’m in a giddily happy mood, due in no small part to the copious amounts of caffeine I’ve consumed today (thank you BOTH illy and Dunkin’ Donuts) and the fact that it’s utterly gorgeous today. I’m daydreaming about whirling through the city in ruffly and bright candy-colored dresses a la Lanvin Spring 2008 (of course).

Lanvin had such a spot-on fling with Spring that it makes me grateful for the way fashion trends trickle down to affordable options at stores like Forever 21 and TopShop and Zara. Still, I’ve had two very tempting run-ins with Lanvin’s recent line: seeing the billowing “sail” dress everyone’s been talking about from the Steven-Meisel-photographed ad campaign in person at a store in Tysons (totally should have tried it on), and seeing Lindsey Drath in Elbaz’s ruffled purple stunner, above, on the Fashion for Paws runway last weekend. Since my camera crapped out early, read Chris Correa’s report for Express.

A girl can (day)dream…or she can scope the many iterations of ruffled Lanvinesque lovely online. It is Friday afternoon…are you really working at this point? Here are my picks, and if you dare share, leave links to your favorite ruffled Web discoveries in the comments.

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{Vena Cava, from shopbop.com}

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{Print ruffle dress – two Spring trends in one! from Topshop}

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{Merkin clutch from Shopbop.com}

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{Ports 1961 from Saks}

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{Juicy Couture from Neiman Marcus}

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{Scoop back dress from Ylli Brooklyn}

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Weekend Shopping List

Posted on April 18, 2008
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The Junior League of Washington is doing their second annual Downtown Shop Around week starting today until the 27th, primarily in Georgetown. How it works: you purchase a discount card for $30 through the Junior League, and that card entitles you to receive a 20% discount at various retailers. 100% of the proceeds support the group’s literacy initiatives. Full list of retailers here, including one or two e-commerce sites – helloo Gigi Favela – so you don’t even have to change out of your floordrobe gear!

Beyond the saving and do-gooding, it’ll be a fun weekend to be shopping or just people-watching in G Town: the annual Bookhill French Market is going on. But don’t forget to scoop up some vintage pieces at the Listopad event over at Marvin on 14th Street. While there, why not pop over to Circle? They just started to carry kids clothes (and are adorably referring to it as little circle) including this Harajuku Lovers tee. They’re offering 15% off when you spend $100 this weekend.

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