Cast Your Vote: A Year of Sidewalk Style

Posted on December 30, 2008
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Who wore it best in 2008? Vote here for your favorite Sidewalk Style subject from this past year. As we learned in 2008, every vote counts!

{Homage to Munkacsi. Carmen, coat by Cardin, Place Francois-Premier, Paris, August 1957. More images at The Richard Avedon Foundation}

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Read Up.

Posted on December 30, 2008
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{Socialite by estasketch}

I haven't forgotten about you all! While I gather my thoughts and resolutions for the coming year, I give you your reading list of fashionable reads and Washington fashion gossip. Here's what's happening, in fashion and Washington:

- Robin Givhan penned Gown & Country, in which she discusses the impact and importance of the inaugural gown and reveals eight new sketches she commissioned. Those featured (including Derek Lam, Lyn Devon, and Doo-Ri Chung) were selected with Michelle Obama's penchant for lesser-known designers in mind. To take it one step further, readers are being asked to submit original designs to the First Lady Formalwear contest no later than January 6. The winning design to be featured in the Style section. Now that's democracy!

- Michelle Obama will be in good fashion company with Social Secretary Desiree Rogers in the House. Canwejustsay that we are so excited for the upcoming administration and the deliciously fabulous White House glamour that will inevitably come with it?! le swoon.

- We here at Project Beltway love us some Cory and Valet, and so does Betsy, who also has the dish on Johanna's big win on Stylista (ee frikkin' KNEW she'd win). She's takin' those famously high heels to a new pad in Chelsea. Congratulations Johanna, you were meant for this.

- New Year's resolution: wear only glamorous underthings.

- "DC Socialite Media Mavens" organize a fashion shoot for themselves, featuring clothes from Bloomingdale's, with the hopes that the spread will be picked up by a local magazine or paper. There's one photo so far...but will these be as good as the lush "Social Studies" spread?

- Washingtonian.com has a new fashion column apropos of the times, called Frugal Fashionista.

- Anna Wintour, Bad Motherfucker.

- Model invitations for Fashion For Paws, the popular fashion show benefiting the Washington Humane Society, have been sent. These potential models, who must raise at least $3,000, must accept by January 1. Who will walk the runway in March? Here are photos from the 2007 event.

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Sew Snuggly!

Posted on December 17, 2008
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Over the Thanksgiving holiday, my mom sat me down for (another) lesson on sewing a button back on a shirt. Apparently most guys know how to perform this very basic sewing operation, but I have somehow managed to reach my lady mid-twenties without mastering it. I made an ugly skirt in middle school and that was about it. Learning to sew will be one of my New Year's resolutions, and this homemade pillow idea from Domino's Under $1 gift guide (!!) just made it top my list. A couch full of these (plus a mug of something spicy and steamy) would be the perfect, cozy antidote to this rainy-dreary weather.

Anyone have creative, wallet-friendly gift ideas? Leave them here - I know we'd all love the inspiration - or submit them to the guide's author, who is doing a contest on her personal blog. For further gifting (or ahem, personal self-indulgence) on the cheap, check out the 10 Under $10 Guide I wrote recently for Daily Candy.

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Up Robin’s Sleeve.

Posted on December 12, 2008
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Robin Givhan's talk at the Corcoran last night was fantastic. She wore a simple silk dress to the knee with tights and very high heels, and talked and bantered with the crowd for two hours. The more she spoke, the more I wanted us to catch a cab and go somewhere cozy so that we could sip hot cider and gab about fashion for eleventybillion hours. Everyone asked questions that led to really lively discussion; among them the horribleness of pantyhose, especially nude (what's the point?), how Robin separates her interest in fashion from her writing career, and how women could take a cue from men in the dressing room (when a pair of pants doesn't fit a man, he takes them to the tailor to be "fixed;" women faced with the same issue tell themselves to go to the gym).

There was plenty of talk about Michelle Obama, of course: her figure (she said tush! If I didn't already adore Robin G, this would have totally sent me over the edge), penchant for flat shoes (Robin pointed out that she also loves her Choos), what sort of gown she might choose for the Inaugural (nothing too of-the-moment, since it will eventually end up in The Smithsonian), and her interest in under-the-radar, independent designers. I found myself nodding in agreement with what she was saying over and over, and just generally having tons of Robin Givhan, she's just like us! moments.

So dare I say that my question, when I finally asked it, was the most interesting of the night? Here's why: it was the only question of the evening that she could not answer. She did answer it enough for me to know that our city's fashion writer seems to be sitting on a very important bit of information; one that plenty of people in the fashion community want to know. Stay tuned, and keep your eyes trained on Robin G's byline.

Xo,
Rachel

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