FALL SNEAK PEEK: LUXE LEATHER LOOKS WE’RE LUSTING AFTER…

August is swiftly coming to a close and We the Chic have been tirelessly planning our looks for Fall. Leather continues into the season and can be easily worn at the office or transition into an evening out. Check out three of our favorite luxe leather looks for the season:

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Look #1: ZARA

Straight-Cut Faux Leather Coat, $149.00

High Neck Sweater, $17.90

Top, $79.90

Rib Trousers, $49.90

Stiletto Heel Court Shoes, $79.90

Shop the full look on Zara.com

Kate Spade Black Leather Dress

Look #2: Kate Spade

Leather Dress, $998.00

Licorice Heels, $298

Elektra Sunglasses, $145.00

Madison Ave. Villa Flores Torrington Handbag, $568.00

Shop the full look on KateSpade.com

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Look #3: Net-A-Porter

Calvin Klein Collection Blair Stretch Crepe Shirt, $850.00

Pedro del Hierro Madrid Leather Midi Skirt, $2,190.00

Shop the full look on Net-A-Porter.com

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…AND THIS IS WHY ROBIN GIVHAN IS A PULITZER PRIZE WINNING CRITIC

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In case you missed it, last week, Pulitzer Prize winning journalist, Robin Givhan released a stellar piece in the Washington Post, “What’s in Maureen McDonnell’s Louis Vuitton Handbag? Status, insecurity and maybe jail time.” You can read the full version here.

Givhan beautifully depicts the evidence used in the case, Maureen McDonnell, wife of former Virginia governor, Bill McDonnell, both of whom were put on trial, and brilliantly presents it as an allegory of insecurity and greed. Givhan sates:

“State-level politicians and their spouses, typically working hard to empathize with constituents, steer clear of ostentatious clothes. The women often rely on local designers for their public wardrobe. But that philosophy falls by the wayside once they start thinking about loftier positions. They burnish their image and smooth away the rough and untidy edges. The women craft a more elegant — and more expensive — style.”

For the poli-chic, this is a must read! What do you think of the piece?

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POOLSIDE SUMMER IN THE DISTRICT: THE PERFECT LOOK FOR A ROOFTOP!

This Summer is a scorcher and with August around the corner, things are just beginning to heat up. Try kicking back with a cocktail, a fabulous rooftop pool and a view at the Donovan House  in D.C. (1155 14th Street NW). We the Chic can’t get enough! Check out our picks on what to wear:

Summer in DC

Mara Hoffman Printed Stretch-Modal Jumpsuit $300.00, Available at Net-A-Porter.com

 J.Crew Neon Sculpted Halter Top $44.00, Available at JCrew.com

J.Crew Shrunken Lowrider $40.00, Available at JCrew.com

Tory Burch miller 2 Sandal $225.00, Available at ToryBurch.com

Bing Bang Textured Hex Cuff $130.00, Available at BingBangNYC.com

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MONDAY, JUNE 30TH: FASHION TO FIGURE SUMMER STYLE PARTY WITH DENISE CALDWELL AT WHITE MARSH MALL IN BALTIMORE

We the Chic are excited to get wardrobe advice from style expert and Curvy Fashion Blogger Denise Caldwell on Monday, June 30th from 6:00PM – 8:00 PM at White Marsh Mall in Baltimore. Don’t pass up this evening of style, music, giveaways and more! Join the conversation by using #FTFSELFIE and by following @DCFASHIONISTA1

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BING BANG JEWELRY SAMPLE SALE IN NYC!

We the CHIC can’t get enough of these rings!!!!! #swoon Check out the full line here.

BB Sample Sale

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DR. JILL BIDEN & MORE AT THE DC NEWSBABES BASH FOR BREAST CANCER IN GEORGETOWN

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Last night the annual DC Newsbabes Bash for Breast Cancer at the Powerhouse in Georgetown was a fete full of style, but most of all, inspiration. The organization comprised of DC news anchors (both men and women) ban together to raise money and awareness for breast cancer related causes. This year’s headliner, Dr. Jill Biden, who had first hand experience as a breast cancer survivor. Biden reminded us, that every small gesture counts…even something as small as a red CHANEL lipstick (a memory she shared during her recovery period). The stories were heart felt, and spirits were high. It’s always great to see men and women in the District ban together to make a difference. Check out some of our favorite moments below:

The DC Newsbabes!

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Pink was everywhere!

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Allison Seymour Anchor, FOX 5

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The chic ladies of BrandlinkDC

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Chic guests in pink!

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Monika Samtani of WUSA9 and guest

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Loved that Celine bag!

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The Dolcezza gelato was EVERYTHING! I couldn’t stop eating the white chocolate and bubble gum flavor all night…

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I think this guest agreed…

Guests eating Dolcezza at Newsbabes

Loved this Kay Unger Dress….

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Marissa Schneider of GILT City DC strikes again in an amazing Catherine Malandrino dress!

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The cool girls…

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Ultra cool in Top Shop, of course.

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Very poli-chic!

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Pure elegance!

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HARPER’S BAZAAR AND ELLE DÉCOR TEAM UP WITH ROCHE BOBOIS TO CELEBRATE 40 YEARS OF L’ART DE VIVRE IN THE U.S.

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Last night the Chic in NYC gathered at Roche Bobois’ newly renovated showroom with Harper’s BAZAAR and ELLE Decor to celebrate Roche Bobois’ “40 Years of L’Art de Vivre in the United States.” As a Harper’s BAZAAR Style Ambassador, I was fortunate to receive an invite to get an inside look into what would eventually become the perfect portrait of my dream home (it just might become yours too!). With hosts such as Avril Graham of Harper’s BAZAAR, Sabine Rothman of ELLE Décor, Gilles Bonan, CEO of Roche Bobois and the company’s creative director, Nicolas Roche, the guest list was nothing less than stellar and the drinks and music did not disappoint. The celebration also exhibited Roche Bobois new interior designs, its collaboration with Missoni home, and the unveiling of the exclusive collection from American designer, Stephen Burks. The Roche Bobois showroom is an adrenaline rush collision of color, modernity, prints and vintage accents. Thankfully, there’s a Roche Bobois in the District! Head over to 5301 Wisconsin Avenue, NW, (202) 686-5667 to check it out. See photos from the celebration below:

Harpers Bazaar Roche Bobois Party Stephen Burks Talks Collection

The exclusive chair he designed, this guest seriously walked in, sat in the chair and did not want to get up : )

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Check out the amazing interior designs!

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Loved the Roche Bobois Missoni Home collection collaboration.

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The guests were chic as well…

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RED CARPET RECAP: THE POLITICS OF FASHION MOVIE PREMIERE

What would a movie premiere be without a red carpet? DC’s fashion industry  elite came out last night to support the film premiere of The Politics of Fashion: DC UNBOXED  in Friendship Heights at AMC Theater. The VIP Lounge was buzzing with photographers, models in Spring looks from Neiman Marcus and beauty stations courtesy of Trish McEvoy. Check out some of our favorite red carpet moments and chic trends at the event:

Elaine Mensah, Writer, Producer and Director of The Politics of Fashion and Founder of SVELTE LLC  with her husband and absolutely adorable daughter!

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Kate Glassman Bennett (Cast Member), Editor-in-Chief, Washingtonian Bride & Groom

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Elaine Mensah and Ada Polla (Cast Member), CEO of Alchimie Forever

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Lynda Erkiletian, (Cast Member) Founder of T.H.E. Artist Agency

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Marissa Schneider (Cast Member), Senior Curator at Gilt City DC gets our vote for one of the BEST dressed of the evening! She gave us a little Angelina Jolie in her Helmut Lang dress and Brian Atwood accessories. Beyond CHIC!

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…okay, so we were kind of obsessed and had to take another.

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Nicole Aguirre (Cast Member – left) Founder of  Worn Creative

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Models in Spring looks from Neiman Marcus

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Loved this Gucci bag and texture mixing

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THE POLITICS OF FASHION: DC UNBOXED MOVIE REVIEW

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Last night We the Chic had the pleasure of attending one of the most epic fashion industry events in DC history, the film premiere of The Politics of Fashion: DC UNBOXED at the AMC Theater in Friendship Heights. The film written, produced and directed by Elaine Mensah, Founder of SVELTE, LLC, is the first of its kind to explore the evolution, significance and challenges that currently exist in the fashion hub of our nation’s capitol. Mensah brilliantly captures the perspectives of over 35 DC fashion influencers and tastemakers, which include Pulitzer Prize Winning Fashion Critic, Robin Givhan, the Founder of T.H.E. Artist Agency, Lynda Erkiletian, Editor-in-Chief of Washingtonian Bride & Groom, Kate Glassman Bennett, and GILT City DC Senior Curator, Marissa Schneider to name a few.

The film explores a series of questions that address the current fashion climate in the city: the importance of local designers, retailers, DC style, and the existing impact (or non existing to some) of the Obama family. The cast, provides frankly honest commentary evoking moments of laughter, and others that tug at the heart strings urging the need for the support of local fashion designers, educators and businesses. It’s a thought provoking film that will leave you asking yourself: “Where does the fashion industry in the District go from here?”

The film is a MUST SEE! A second showing will take place on June 17th at Landmark’s E Street Cinema. Get your tickets HERE while they last!

 

 

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