Photos: Kala Photography
Friday, February 23, 2018
“Diplomacy of Design” fashion show – The Haitian Embassy
The embassy, in and of itself, was a majestic sight to behold…spiral staircases, beautiful Haitian artwork adorning all the walls, exotic flowers, people & architecture. The show started about 2 hours, on “Haitian time!” Just as interesting as the models and designs was the live Haitian music booming in the background – tribal Voodoo drumbeats, compas & meringue. The fashion show featured the works of Prajje Jean-Baptiste and Victor Glemaud, two Haitian-born designers. The venue was filled to capacity with local Haitian celebrities, government officials & tastemakers.
Prajje Jean-Baptiste showed first, a collection of goddess-themed gowns and party dresses, featuring playful beading & embroidery. He narrated his show & spoke of his Haitian heritage, political position – against the “Trumposphere”, and love of beautiful colors, fabrics & designs. Everything was sexy with just a little hint of slutty. He has been featured in “Teen Vogue”. His designs appeal to the younger, not quite sophisticated woman.
Victor Glemaud exuded a higher-class collection of beautifully made knits. Having worked in the design houses of Versace, Helmut Lang, Marc Jacobs, and Paco Rabanne, his work was reminiscent of a 1940s vintage Gucci tennis wear collection. In addition to actual tennis sweaters, he also showed beautiful, long, knit gowns and flapper dresses.
Saturday, February 24, 2018
Crystal City Gateway Marriott
This show was full of excitement – an eclectic mix of fashions, price points, models & designers.
The House of Churchill featured children’s couture: peplum tops, plaids & polka dots, beautiful prints & floral bows. For every dress she sells, she donates one to an orphanage.
Linestrax’s collection included men & women’s oriental-inspired abstract designs featuring asymmetrical zippers & bold hand-painted prints.
Maison Chazelle showed lots of fun tops with lots of bows & exaggerated shoulder details.
Nadia Azumi Silk Couture showed beautiful silk kimono-inspired designs with hand-painted designs in rich colors.
Overall, DC Fashion Week, was a wonderful experience – full of interesting people, beautiful fabrics, colors, designs, models & venues; a thoroughly delicious experience of fabulosity.