DC Fashion Week launches its 11th season today when designers and models from around the globe and United States bring elegance and some of the most cutting-edge fashion available to the nationвЂ™s capital.
DC Fashion Week Executive Director Ean Williams said the event, which will culminate with an вЂњInternational Couture CollectionsвЂќ show at the French Embassy on Sunday, September 20, shows how divergent cultures influence global fashion.
вЂњWe have an exciting line-up of events taking place throughout the city вЂ“ IвЂ™m very proud of this seasonвЂ™s events,вЂќ Williams said. вЂњFor the first time, we will spotlight a designer from Pakistan. We also have clothing designers from Iran, Nigeria, Italy, Mozambique, Florida and, of course, right here in Washington, D.C. DC Fashion Week continues to put the nationвЂ™s capital on the worldвЂ™s fashion map.вЂќ
DC Fashion Week gives local businesses and people interested in working in fashion industry a chance to network and attend a community fashion event. A вЂњFashion Industry Networking PartyвЂќ on Thursday from 6 p.m. to 9 p.m. at Senate Square will bring together local make-up artists, photographers, models, designers, boutique owners, fashion buyers and others interested in a fashion career. Williams said, вЂњEvery major label has a presence here.вЂќ Williams will also present a ready-to-wear and urban fashion collection at 3 p.m. on Saturday at the вЂњH Street Festival and BazaarвЂќ in northeast Washington. The festival promotes community arts and culture.
Williams said the response to the networking event has been overwhelming. вЂњMichelle Obama, stylish in her iconic sheaths, also adds to the ascendancy of Washington, D.C. as a fashion center,вЂќ he said.
The finale couture show at the French Embassy will also feature local celebrities as models. These include contestants from the popular вЂњAmericaвЂ™s Next Top ModelвЂќ television program, the reigning Ms. D.C. International, and Ms. Teen D.C.