November 20th, 2014

Baby, It’s Cold Outside: Puffy Coat Picks

My husband never gets cold. Earlier this week, he declared to our entire family, “It’s COLD. Everyone wear coats. Seriously.” We had all gotten away with hoodies and light jackets so far this fall. But we knew it was time. Time to break out the puffy-coat weaponry.

Here are some of our pick for dead-of-winter everyday outerwear.

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Lauren Ralph Lauren $300

Mackage- Kay Lavish $750

Mackage-IRMA $390

DVF $598

Mackage-EILEEN $690

Mackage-YARA INK $390

T Tahari $199.90

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November 18th, 2014

Corporate Style: Evers & Co. Happy Hour

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Last week, the DC Style Factory team produced a fall style showcase for one of D.C.’s premier real estate companies — Evers & Co. Our team of stylists, hair and makeup artists and models transformed Rosa Mexicano in Chevy Chase, DC into a runway fashion event for one evening. The focus of the style showcase was to demonstrate ways to add polish, personality and punch to your work wardrobe. Because real estate agents do have more flexibility with workwear (they do not have to be in in a suit each day), we knew we could have a little fun with both office-casual and dressier looks.

The crowd “oohed” and “aaahed” at the gorgeous looks while asking a variety of questions: Round-toe or pointy-toe pumps? Where was that cobalt crossbody from? Where can I find that men’s coat? How can I upgrade my denim for casual Fridays at work? Can you wear nude pumps in the dead of winter?

A very special thank you to First Home Mortgage for sponsoring the event; our beauty team — Sunny Oh and Denise Sharpe of Denise Sharpe Hair & Beauty; our gorgeous models Monling Lee, Marisa of A Clover Riot, Michael Vergara, Alison of DC Celine , Chris Waiters and our very own N’jeri Agyeman;  Bloomingdale’s Chevy Chase for the gorgeous clothing and accessories we pulled for the show; our amazing photographer Emma Mcalary; and of course our very own DC Style Factory stylists, N’jeri and Jenn.

We couldn’t have asked for a better audience in Evers & Co. — the agents  were engaged and full of humor.

“The evening was really informative — I learned a lot. I am so used to thinking of clothing and style as inaccessible and frustrating. But tonight it made me feel like I could take those tips and ideas and try them out on my own. Nevermind that the whole thing was just plain fun!”

 

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To find out more about how DC Style Factory can work with your business or company, visit our website or email dcstylefactory@gmail.com.

 

 

 

November 5th, 2014

Designer Spotlight: Meg Kinney

You could call New York City-based, Calgary-born Meg Kinney a designer every girl. After all, her frocks, jackets and knits possess both high-style touches (asymmetrical hems, cool faux leather fabrics) and easy-to-wear silhouettes (A-line shifts, draped cowl-neck tees). Adding to the appeal of her eponymous women’s label (just Meg, please!) — is the fact that the entire line is made in America. Kinney has boutiques in New York City, Brooklyn and Toronto, though not in DC (we can hope!). She and her staff will host a trunk show Saturday Nov. 8 from noon-6 p.m. at Cork Market, 1805 14th St. NW. We caught up with her just before she hit town with covetable pieces from her fall and winter collection.

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Why are Meg clothes a good fit for DC women?

MK: I feel like DC is similar to Toronto, in that women here need the right clothes for a working wardrobe. I believe in clothing in such a functional way, and these are pieces you don’t have to think about.

 

One of your big points is you dress real women. Why does your line appeal to them?

MK: From a design aesthetic, I keep my styles super clean, but not boring. And I try very hard to use utilitarian but interesting fabrics that you can throw in the washing machine — interesting knits, patterns. And I’m also about timeless, classic shapes.

 

Why do you produce the in line New York?

MK: I find that I lose control of the manufacturing process overseas. And I can do the same pieces for the same price here, so why not?

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What influenced your fall collection?

MK: I was definitely thinking of a masculine/feminine thing. And I have a new French chick who works for me, so there’s a bit of that in there too.

 

Any heroines in the design world?

MK: There are so many different women designers I love, from Stella McCartney to Phoebe Philo. And then I really admire Tory Burch’s thinking. She’s a great business woman.

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Who is the Meg customer?

MK: She’s me, through all the phases of my life. I used to be a working woman in my 20s who needed core pieces; now I’m a young mom trying to go to the park to look cool. And I also dress women in their 60s and 70s.

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Dresses are a big part of your line. Why are they such a top seller?

MK: There’s nothing more feminine than a dress to make you feel powerful and comfortable. I’m a one and done girl, and dresses are just that.

 

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 Post by DC Style Factory stylist, Jenn Barger. Jenn has 13 years’ experience working as a fashion  journalist in the nation’s capitol. Her DC Style Factory clients include professional Washingtonians looking to add unusual, funky pieces to their classic DC wardrobes. She specializes in vintage shopping and is an expert in combining pieces with history with new, modern looks. Email dcstylefactory@gmail.com to work with Jenn.

October 31st, 2014

Client Profile: The Beauty of Basics

We recently worked with one of our favorite clients — a businesswoman who loves, loves, loves to shop. She knows her stuff. She selects interesting and daring silhouettes. She not only embraces pattern and color and texture — she truly lives it. Walking into her clothing room (because calling it a closet does it a disservice) is like walking into a candy store for a personal stylist.

The first time we met several years ago, I struggled, though. I struggled to put together outfits that showcased her fun, funky style but in a way that felt elevated, polished, sophisticated and fitting of an accomplished, successful businesswoman.

She complained that she often felt out of place working with some of her high-profile clients. She loved her wardrobe, but wasn’t  putting together looks quite the way she wanted.  So the challenge was on. We wanted to stay true to her,  but also send the right message for her work and her life.

Here over at DC Style Factory we are the patron saints of wardrobe essentials. The basics. These are the quiet pieces. The “boring” pieces. The pieces that don’t draw a ton of attention, but anchor your look and allow the special pieces, full of color and sparkle, to do what they do best – -shine.

So, we gave her some wardrobe essentials homework. A black blazer, a neutral top to layer, a white button-up, black pumps. She completed it diligently — not overnight, but over the course of several seasons. And each season, we were able to see her style evolve into what  she wanted.  

Check out some of the looks we put together for her. Can you spot some of our wardrobe essentials?

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October 27th, 2014

In Georgetown, Fashion Both New and Ageless

Normally, we don’t go in for fads too often. But Georgetown’s  second-annual FAD (Fashion Art Design) event on Saturday was a quick — well, daylong— hit of style we couldn’t pass up. The neighborhood-wide event celebrated the new fashions, enduring restaurants and cool decor boutiques  that make D.C.’s oldest ’hood a daytime shopping destination and nighttime draw.

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First off, DC Style Factory Assistant Stylist N’jeri Agyeman and I spent a couple of productive (and fun) hours helping customers get the scoop on autumn trends (and pointing them towards a flattering pair of jeans or two) during guerilla styling sessions with our friends at stylish boutique Urban Chic (1626 Wisconsin Ave. NW; 202-338-5398), manager Erin Matthews and assistant manager Adele Chapman. The bright boutique offered up fall staples like silk blouses by Joie, striped tees by Velvet and a slew of holiday-ready frocks from Shoshanna.

“We’re also selling lots of jackets, including lots of bombers,” says assistant manager Adele. The shop’s clientele — which includes many young, hip moms — also drops in for cashmere pullovers, this season’s hot (and toasty) ponchos and delicate jewelry by brands like Elizabeth & James.

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After our session at Urban Chic, I strolled down Wisconsin Avenue to K Street NW, checking out other FAD events, including the live classical music outside Patisserie Poupon  and a pop-up vintage shop from Uesusa Goods Vintage at posh French café Mal Maison.

Capping my fashionable day: A matinee screening of the glam documentary “Advanced Style” at the AMC Loews Georgetown. Based on the popular blog  by shutterbug Ari Seth Cohen, the flick follows him as he photographs and gets to know some of New York City’s fearlessly fashionable women over 50. These mature glamazons refuse to fade into the shadows, instead strutting orange false eyelashes (90-something Ilona Royce Smithkin), Grace Kelly-worthy classic frocks (80something Joyce Carpati) and insanely chic hats (sassy 80-year-old Manhattan boutique owner Lynn Dell).


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Filmmaker Lina Plioplyte captures them and several other older-is-better ladies in everything from ball gowns to spiked purple hair. “When I grow old, I want to be like them,” said Plioplyte in a post-screening panel. One of the films subjects, Debra Rapoport (hip and punky at 68), was also on hand, sporting a purple feather collar and sculptural hat. “We all get dressed every day, but we have choices,” she said. “There’s a fine line between dressing like yourself and wearing a costume.” Oh, and besides rocking what you like at whatever age, she laughingly advised, “Never wear black.”

If you missed the screening Saturday, you can catch “Advanced Style” on Amazon and other streaming services now.

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Post by DC Style Factory stylist, Jenn Barger. Jenn has 13 years’ experience working as a fashion  journalist in the nation’s capitol. Her DC Style Factory clients include professional Washingtonians looking to add unusual, funky pieces to their classic DC wardrobes. She specializes in vintage shopping and is an expert in combining pieces with history with new, modern looks. Email dcstylefactory@gmail.com to work with Jenn.