Femmes Fatales

I’m honored to have been asked to co-host Femme Fatale DC’s first ladies-only networking party and fashion show later this week.  Femme Fatale DC’s founder Yasmin Radbod is on a mission to bring together local creative women in various industries through a series of parties in a fun, informal setting. The focus of this first party is fashion, and it will showcase the work of the amazingly talented local designers and stylists featured below.  Click here for more information on the event and to purchase tickets.

A Lauren Design is what founder Adrean “Buffy” Sims refers to as”an ethical creative design house.” Buffy’s custom designs are made of recycled/repurposed eco-friendly materials and select vintage pieces.

Afrovelvet is the brainchild of wildly creative Malissa Wilkins. Her work combines clothing design, personal styling, and stunning visuals to present what she calls a “new world” in fashion; i.e. one that not only includes, but empowers, people of color. (www.afrovelvet.com, @afrovelvet)

Bene Caribe designs those easy breezy clothes that you want to wear all summer long. As the name suggests, the Trinidad and Tobago based brand is very much inspired by the vibrancy of the Caribbean woman who wears her heritage with pride. Locally hand-made batiks are used in many of the designs, and the company donates a portion of their proceeds to support Caribbean based non-profits.

The DC Artiste is illustrator Janai Macklin’s foray into wearable art inspired by traditional African and indigenous textiles.  Her unique textile designs are converted into everything from dresses and skirts to hoodies and leggings with a bold but whimsical twist.

Dynasty by Brittany is a modern ready-to-wear collection for the young, driven, edgy urbanite. Designer Brittany McCoy’s vision for the brand is to offer sophisticated, accessible, versatile fashion that fits the busy lifestyles of today’s up and comers.

Michelle C. Gibson offers made-to-order contemporary fashion for women who value sophistication with a touch of fantasy.  Her utra-feminine designs combine classic, elegant lines with vibrant palettes and abstract digital designs that she creates herself.

Virlé Cole is vintage obsessed Bettina Coleman’s mission to “motivate young souls to wear old clothes.”  She sources eye-catching, one-of-a-kind pieces from the 60s, 70s and 80s that can be worn alone or mixed with contemporary clothing by the fashionista who not only dares to be different, but who wouldn’t have it any other way.


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