Indie Fashion Week DC

Indie Fashion Week DC

Indie Fashion Week took Washington, DC by storm this past week (insert Hurricane Matthew pun here). From October 3-9, DC was blessed with a curation of fashion events throughout the city. Carefully crafted and executed by ROE: The Agency, LLC, the area was treated to everything from ready-to-wear fashion shows to styling competitions and red carpet opportunities that any fashionista would love. I was fortunate enough to attend the exclusive Fashion Night Out at the combined store front of G-Star RAW and Emporium DNA and the Purple Reign Finale Runway Show held at the Dance Place.

 Indie Fashion Week, DC

Indie Fashion Week, DC

A little backdrop: Indie Fashion Week is bi-annual event, and this fall was their third cycle. According to event co-founders Harley Morgan and Terrance Payton, Indie Fashion Week is a "series of events designed to highlight and showcase exclusive and/or original products from independent, emerging and sustainable fashion collectives and houses." What was most unique about this fashion experience is that it's overarching theme was the "Life and Legacy of the Independent Icon", none other than late, great Prince. With his illustrious career as a self-taught musician and someone who "extricated himself from the major-label system in the ’90", Prince was known for more than just his music. Fans will also remember him by his grandiose persona and larger than life fashion choices. He truly was the epitome of what it means to be an Independent Icon. While he will be missed, his legacy lives on through the incredible body of work he left for us mere mortals.

For more details about the events and sponsors of Indie Fashion Week, www.indiefashionweekdc.com

 G-Star RAW, DC

G-Star RAW, DC

I've lived in DC (13+ years), and we used to think of Georgetown as being the fashion epicenter of the city. I spent years working there in retail, so I was easily misled. Thankfully, fashion has spread to more familiar and metro-accessible neighborhoods in the District, including the G-Star RAW and Emporium DNA Store which is located right in DuPont Circle.

 Emporium DNA, DC

Emporium DNA, DC

Upon entering the store, we were greeted by models posed to perfection throughout the store, all in items exclusive to Emporium DNA and G-Star Raw.

 Models in pieces found at Emporium DNA and G-Star RAW, DC, Fashion Night Out, Indie Fashion Week

Models in pieces found at Emporium DNA and G-Star RAW, DC, Fashion Night Out, Indie Fashion Week

Emporium DNA showcases numerous high-end women's fashion labels including pieces from G-Star RAW, while the G-Star RAW side is focused on the edgy, street-wear focused male. One patron mentioned that he appreciated the opportunity to exclusively browse and try on the G-Star RAW Fall/Winter collection which gave him "added juice to his swag."

 Hors d'oeuvres at G-STar RAW, DC, Fashion Night Out

Hors d'oeuvres at G-STar RAW, DC, Fashion Night Out

Patrons were treated to champagne, hors d'oeuvres, a live DJ and 20% off. What more could we ask for? Next cycle, make sure you RSVP early for this event: highly recommended.

 Model at G-Star RAW, DC Fashion Night Out

Model at G-Star RAW, DC Fashion Night Out

Sunday night was the Finale Runway show entitled Purple Reign. In keeping with the theme, models walked to much of Prince's hits, and the audience was provided with interludes by Prince "reincarnated". One thing I will say is that these independent designers have clearly put in a lot of time, creativity and energy into their collections. Below is an introduction to each designer/stylist along with clips of each final walk and links to their websites and social media profiles. 

Custom denim pieces by Blair Devon Collection . For more information, visit them on Instagram or email for inquiries at Blairdevoncollection@yahoo.com.

Ready-to-wear pieces by  Love Candy Apparel www.belovecandy.com

Gorgeous and impeccably executed head-to-toe designs by Toraz 

"Apocalypse" high-fashion menswear by King O 

More exciting and imaginative men's and women's pieces by G-Star RAW and Emporium DNA 

Avante gard full-figured swimwear by John Marc Swimwear   www.jonmarccollection.com

Controversial menswear by DJS Lifestyles  www.djslifestyles.com

Unique one of a kind pieces adorned with cut-outs from andpizza boxes by Twelve 16  www.twelve16style.com

Grand finale couture evening wear "Elevated Opulence" by King O

All in all, I had a fabulous time at Indie Fashion Week. I enjoyed discovering emerging designers and stylists, engaging with DC's fashion innovators, and I truly look forward to cycle 4 to see what Harley and Terrance have up their sleeves next time.

I would be remiss if I didn't give a HUGE shoutout to Candice Nicole PR. She has been a huge inspiration to me, and I appreciate her allowing me to cover Indie Fashion Week. If you don't know, now you know!