Art All Night — Enlightenment Past Your Bedtime

When you’re done sampling some of the brews featured at bars throughout the city for DC Beer Week, feed your cultured side at Art All Night, a free arts festival in eight neighborhoods starting at 7 p.m. Saturday and continuing into Sunday morning. Watch dancers and painters, hear musicians, take a look at photos, sculptures, films, fashion and more.

Shaw

This neighborhood is the birthplace of Art All Night — where it all started in 2011. This year, at ShawtasticVoyage, from 7 p.m. to 3 a.m., you can participate in interactive events, watch the parade, try some do-it-yourself art and check out the street performers and face & body painters.

Congress Heights

Enjoy live art demonstrations, music and a fashion show at this neighborhood’s All Night Homecoming, 7 p.m. to 3 a.m., 3109 Martin Luther King Jr. Ave. & 5th Street SE. Music genres include rap, go-go, swing, soca, funk, R&B, hip hop and more.

Deanwood Heights

This is Deanwood’s first year participating in Art All Night, and they plan to have music, dancing, food, poetry and photography, plus a bus that can take you to all the Ward 7 participating locations. See circus spinners, a Chinese lion and more, 7 p.m. to midnight.

Dupont Circle

Experience music, dance, painting, sculptures and photos in more than 22 locations — including the embassies of Argentina, Bolivia, Costa Rica, Cote D’Ivoire, Guatemala and Peru, 7 p.m. to midnight.

H Street

Feast for the Senses, running from 7 p.m. to 2 a.m., includes music, dance, photos, fashion, film, poetry, literature and … fire!

Minnesota Avenue

Music, dance, poetry, interactive activities and more will be on tap for Swinging in the Streets, running from 7 p.m. to midnight. For details on performances and their locations, visit the Community Welcome Center at the Benning Road Library, 3935 Benning Road NE.

Tenleytown

See more than 200 artists at 19 venues in this neighborhood — including a silent disco, pop-up comedy club, bluegrass showcase and an arts market — celebrating from 7 p.m. to midnight.

North Capitol

Attend concerts, see a fashion show and shop at an art and fashion bazaar at Visual Candy: Good & Plenty. Experience more than 100 artists in eight locations from 7 p.m. to 3 a.m.

 

 

 

 

Feel the Heat at Sneaker Con This Weekend

Pull your kicks out of your closet — or your special velvet-lined, humidity-controlled box — lace ’em up (or Velcro them closed) and head out to Sneaker Con DC this weekend.

The sneakerheads are coming together at the Walter E. Washington Convention Center to buy, sell and trade top brands, including:

  • Adidas
  • Jordan
  • Nike
  • Vans
  • Converse
  • Yeezy
  • Reebok
  • New Balance
  • Balenciaga

Plan to spend money — the Air Jordan 11 Jeters are $27,000. No, that’s not a typo — 2-7-0-0-0. Will the owner bring them to the show in a suitcase handcuffed to his arm, like a jeweler?! Yes, I’m using sexist language. Sneakerhead women exist, but they are few and far between. 

Although the Jeters are by far the most expensive pair of sneakers at this convention, you will find dozens more for several thousand dollars each.

If you can’t afford your fire sneakers, take heart — you can get a pair of Barkley Posite Max Sixers for $10. In fact, there are dozens of options under $50.

Once you’re out of money, roam around with the pack of dudes you came with and gawk at what 10 grand looks like displayed on top of a cardboard box.

Remember when teenage boys had to have jobs serving fries or stocking shelves instead of making big bucks trading shoes online?

Devotees have been all about that sneakerhead life since the first convention in NYC 2009. The venues have grown in size and the tour has gone international. Just a few years ago, Sneaker Con DC was held at the Armory. Then it moved to Gaylord and now it’s at the convention center. Sneakers aren’t just a fad like Beanie Babies and Cabbage Patch kids were. It’s become a way of life.

Organizers say each event has its own flavor, depending on the city it’s happening in. Here in D.C., expect attendees to be looking for Yeezys and Jordan 1s.

Wear ’em, store ’em, buy ’em, sell ’em — just get yourself some sneakers!


Sneaker Con, noon to 7 p.m. Saturday and Sunday, Sept. 7 and 8, Walter E. Washington Convention Center, 801 Mt. Vernon Place NW; tickets, $28 one day, $40 both days.

 

Elegance and Excitement on the Catwalk during DC Fashion Week

DC Fashion Week has come and gone again, leaving in its wake a trail of feathers, sequins, glitter and excitement.

Those lucky enough to get tickets to one of the sold-out events over the weekend were in for a treat — these designers’ styles delivered a healthy dose of haute couture to stuffy D.C., home of the ubiquitous uniform of navy blue suits and crisp, white shirts.

What did we get to see at this exiting bi-annual event showcasing emerging designers from across the U.S.?

A half-pint-sized model about 10 years old strolled down the runway in a beautiful evening gown with a rich lace collar and a long, frilly black bustle-skirt. The average 5th-grader might not have the patience for such a frilly garment, but Agape Kidz Couture clothes are for special occasions.

Politically motivated brand a-OF-g (absence of government) dressed its models in pale, faded blue shirts with logos and colorful, messy-looking, semi-sheer mini-capes. These uniquely designed clothes stood out, especially beside extravagant evening gowns.

Fashion Week founder Ean Williams’ magnificent collection included models adorned in flowing, elegant dresses. The first looked absolutely stunning in a sweeping, skin-tone gown with a swirling dark-green pattern and a collar made of shining black feathers. Atop her head she wore an antler-like headdress. The second model wore a long, black-and-tan dress with a layered tulle bustle and a slit up one side. She, too, wore a birdlike headdress. The third wore a glittering, large-skirted gown of black, green and blue.

A Dahjay Renee’s model wore a brightly colored, wildly patterned, Ziggy Stardust-like jumpsuit with sky-high (though thick) black heels with thin ankle straps. Another model wore a black gown with a large, floating skirt and a rosette-covered train trailing behind her. Her shoes were much simpler.

Philanthropic brand Designs by BJHNSN (“trying to change the world, one garment at a time”) showed off a model in a sheer, neon yellow raincoat with a tight black teddy underneath. She wore patent leather stilettos, large sunglasses, red lipstick and a blank expression. According to the designer — a Michigan native making his DC Fashion Week debut — the outfit represents the Flint water crisis, hence the raincoat.

Ethereal and Grace’s collection is targeted to curvy girls. Their first model wore an elegant black jumpsuit with a high neck and gray trim. The second wore a sweeping, V-neck black gown a lacey, silvery pattern with a fitted waist. According to the designer, these outfits are meant to help plus-sized girls “look and feel beautiful.” I think she succeeded.

ModCloth (motto: Vintage Made Modern) dressed a model in a dark blue jumpsuit with minimal trim. Another wore an elegant, cranberry-colored minidress with a matching jacket. This year’s September collection — cleverly called “Getting Her Master’s” — is all about professional wear. According to the well-dressed representative, “Everything at ModCloth is vintage-inspired, with a modern twist.” They’ll be opening a store on H Street Northwest.

Sierra Mitchell, a designer who likens her technique to a sculptor, dressed her models in stylish crop-topped outfits, one adorned with gold, black and red sequins, the other more plain. Yet both looked truly elegant. Mitchell herself is a west-coast designer making her DC fashion week debut. She says she tries to help women of all body types “feel their very best,” no matter where they’re going.

Statement Made Apparel showed D.C their line of eye-catching bathing suits. The first suit featured was a one-piece, made of a vibrant red fabric with glittering, bronze trim. With it the model wore a pair of black high-heeled ankle boots. So … not exactly beachwear, though still stylish. The second wore a brightly colored, wildly patterned bikini and a pair of shiny, strappy gold shoes. This brand makes suits for all body types.

The steamer trunks are packed up and the glam of the weekend is little more than a memory — until next spring.

 

 

Glam, Glitz & Glitter at DC Fashion Week

Just when you thought the only fashion we had in D.C. was navy blue suits and wing tips, DC Fashion Week is back with trending styles by local and international designers.

Held twice a year, the fall show kicks off Wednesday, Sept. 19, with a media-only sneak peek at the new collections. Fashion Week opens to the public on Thursday with a networking party at The Living Room DC. Admission to this event, scheduled for 6 to 10 p.m. with a fashion show at 7:30, is free and open to the public. Stop in for a drink and mingle with models, photographers, designers, hair stylists and more.

The second fashion show, held the following night at 8 at Madame Tussaud’s Wax Museum, is sold out. The 29th Emerging Designers Showcase will be held from 6 to 9 p.m. with a fashion show at 7 on Saturday in Crystal City. Front-row seats to this event are sold out, but general admission seats are still available for $50 plus a $3.50 processing fee.

Fashion Week wraps up with on Sunday with the 29th International Couture Collections Show at the Embassy of France from 5 to 8 p.m. with a fashion show at 6. See spring and summer collections from designers from around the world. VIP tickets for this event are sold out, but general admission tickets are still available for $70 plus a $4.50 processing fee. Proper dress required.