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D.C. Fashion Week goes out in style

This post was written by Hatchet reporter Samantha Hatton.

Photo courtesy of Omar Madrid Photography.

As local fashionistas kick off their heels and runways are disassembled, the District says goodbye to fashion week.

D.C. Fashion Week’s 15th season concluded at the French Embassy Sunday, Sept. 25 with the International Couture Show. The finale showcased 10 designers from various countries and featured more than 100 models.

VIP ticket holders were greeted with a red carpet photo opportunity and a small reception with food and drinks in a private lounge. Attendees also enjoyed clothing and accessory displays from several local vendors before the show.

The first collection to take to the runway was Heydari, designed by American designer Mariam Heydari. Her line included monochromatic looks with loose silhouettes, complemented by bold necklaces.

Indian Princess Fashion, a collection produced by a team of Indian designers, made use of several different types of textiles in vibrant, neon colors. Rather than donning the classic high-heeled look, the models for this collection walked the runway wearing neon socks.

Another Indian design team, comprising designers Zarmina Said and Nicole Alfieri, showcased a more neutral collection that used earthy hues and all natural fabrics.

Ellen London’s collection for Firefly Designs was the last show before intermission. Her designs were heavily inspired by her travels to Thailand, Morocco, Bangladesh, France and Ethiopia. The Asian details, headscarves and elegant dresses that graced the runway reflected the diversity of London’s travels.

The second half of the show featured Bolivia Moda by Bolivian designer Adriana Echeverria, who titled her collection “Life in Roses.” The ultra-feminine line of evening wear consisted of shimmering textiles and specially cut dresses that were shorter in the front and longer in the back. Echeverria surprised the audience by walking the runway in one of her own luxe creations.

Pure Elegance Boutique showcased traditional South Asian attire, including saris and skirts made with richly colored fabrics and gold detailing.

On the runway for Angels Divas were several looks that used feathers to create skirts, sleeves and garnished necklines. The line’s designer, Eryka Becker, is based in New York City and designs for the strong, confident fashionista.

Olga DeNogga from Ukraine focused on menswear as her male models came down the runway barefoot in modern wool and velvet jackets, wearing loose pants and shorts.

The next fashion week will feature collections from the fall 2012 season and will take place during spring of next year.

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