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Recap: Fashion Art Design Georgetown Kickoff VIP Press Brunch

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Recap: Fashion Art Design Georgetown Kickoff VIP Press Brunch

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Ashley VanGemeren and Diego Gonzalez-Zuniga enjoy the red carpet photo opportunity at the FADGeorgetown Kickoff VIP Press Brunch.

Ashley VanGemeren and Diego Gonzalez-Zuniga enjoy the red carpet photo opportunity at the FADGeorgetown Kickoff VIP Press Brunch. Photo by Alexandra Booze


Fashion is about confidence, pushing the envelop, and expressing a distinct, stylistic personality that is unique to each individual. In an industry obsessed with catering to the youthful, many forget that fashion is nothing short of the science of appearance – an art that inspires generations of both men and women no matter their age.
Annemarie Feld, Dagmar Painter, Advanced Style director Lina Plioplyte, and actress Debra Rapoport enjoy the Kickoff VIP Brunch. Photo by Alexandra Booze

Annemarie Feld, Dagmar Painter, Advanced Style director Lina Plioplyte, and actress Debra Rapoport enjoy the Kickoff VIP Brunch. Photo by Alexandra Booze


The art of fashion reveals a person’s most inner feelings, and on Saturday, October 25, 2014, the Georgetown Business Improvement District (BID), partnered with the historic City Tavern Club to both celebrate the latest fads and styles, and inspire people of all ages to express their stylistic desires while also helping the community.
BID, a nonprofit organization that has been dedicated to protecting and enhancing the accessibility, attractiveness and overall appeal of Georgetown since 1999, launched its 2nd Annual “Fashion Art Design” Georgetown event at a Kickoff VIP Press Brunch. The neighborhood celebration promoted more than 50 of Georgetown’s most stylish retailers, as well as welcomed the exclusive D.C. premier of the fashion-forward documentary Advanced Style, which illustrates the personal lives of New York City’s most fashionable women over 60.
Kirsten Holtz of The Chic Incumbent, Anchyi Wei, Eric Niu, and Ashley Mason-Greene of BrandLink Communications at the FADGeorgetown Kickoff VIP Press Brunch. Photo by Alexandra Booze

Kirsten Holtz of The Chic Incumbent, Anchyi Wei, Eric Niu, and Ashley Mason-Greene of BrandLink Communications at the FADGeorgetown Kickoff VIP Press Brunch. Photo by Alexandra Booze


Upon entering the gorgeous City Tavern Club venue, which was adorned with Tiffany blue table linens and flowers and a soft glow from chandeliers that lined the walls and ceilings, guests received gift bags that included  a bottle opener from Jack Spade, gift cards to Calypso and Nick’s Riverside Grill, and certificates to Paolo’s and Daily Grill.
Elizabeth Webster and Cecilia Browning of the House of Sweden, a sponsor of the FADGeorgetown Kickoff VIP Press Brunch, enjoy the array of food and beverages offered during the event. Photo by Alexandra Booze

Elizabeth Webster, and Cecilia Browning of the House of Sweden, a sponsor of the FADGeorgetown Kickoff VIP Press Brunch, enjoy the array of food and beverages offered during the event. Photo by Alexandra Booze


Kickoff Brunch VIP attendees included actress, designer, and reflexologist Debra Rapoport, who also stars in the Advanced Style documentary inspired by Ari Seth Cohen‘s book Advanced Style; and documentary director, Lina Pliooplyte.
More than 100 members of D.C.’s fashion and media community sipped on fine wines, mimosas, and champagne with assorted fruit flavorings, and snacked on crepes, duck hash, and shrimp rolls from D.C. staples that included Cafe Bonapart, Paolo’s Ristorante, and Luke’s Lobster. A glamorous photo-shoot overlooking the brunch venue allowed guests to snap professional photos while the open coffee and wine bars were only steps away.
Mildra Flores and Bisma Fazeen of George Mason's Alpha Phi Omega sorority volunteer at the welcoming booth at the FADGeorgetown Kickoff VIP Press Brunch. Photo by Alexandra Booze

Alejando Velez and Kogjo Etenda of Cafe Bonapart serve assorted crepes at the FADGeorgetown Kickoff VIP Press Brunch. Photo by Alexandra Booze


U.S. Royalty’s DJ John Thornley spun techno tunes as guests mixed and mingled while sharing fashion tips, inspirational stories, and unique closet staples.
Following the VIP brunch, attendees continued to enjoy BID’s Fashion Art Design’s high-profile style and culture events which included art and designed themed events, trunk shows, in-store parties, special promotions and discounts on merchandise, street-style photo opportunities, and an outdoor street performance by Grammy award-winning artist Christyles Bacon.
Georgetown Business Development CEO and President Joe Sternlieb enjoys the 2nd Annual Kickoff VIP Press Brunch at the City Tavern Club. Photo by Alexandra Booze

Georgetown Business Development CEO and President Joe Sternlieb enjoys the 2nd Annual Kickoff VIP Press Brunch at the City Tavern Club. Photo by Alexandra Booze


As the event drew to a close,  Ms. Rapoport, accompanied by Director Lina Piloplyte, was asked to speak to the audience to express the  important roll that organizations such as BID play in developing and promoting the fashion industry for every age.
“Age is a fad, and we are all going to get get older,” said Rapoport. “We are all going to get there someday, so we might as well do it with a little flair.”
 
Advanced Style Director Lina Plioplyte and actress Debra Rapoport address the crowd at the 2nd Annual FADGeorgetown Kickoff VIP Press Brunch. Photo by Alexandra Booze

Advanced Style Director Lina Plioplyte and actress Debra Rapoport address the crowd at the 2nd Annual FAD Georgetown Kickoff VIP Press Brunch. Photo by Alexandra Booze


 

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