Friday, September 7, 2012

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Fashion's Night Out 2012 - Georgetown DC Recap (PHOTOS)

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Unlike last year when I schlepped north to New York City, I opted to stay close to home this year and checked out Fashion's Night Out DC and specifically FNO Georgetown. Because that date, September 6, is  also my birthday, I got a late start getting to the events because I had a jam packed day of fun and festivities before hitting the town. 

In the morning, I cashed in a spa gift certificate to the Elizabeth Arden Red Door Salon that my husband got me for Mother's Day which I was saving to use when I met a specific weight loss goal. That didn't happen but I figured I'd give myself a birthday treat. It was a sweet treat to start the day off with a massage, facial, mani-pedi and make up refresher.

Then after collecting the kiddies and hanging out with them, the hubby came home and we cut my birthday cake.

Next, my sister Posh who blogs over at PoshTheSocialite.com and Grammy-nominated singer Wayna came over and together we headed into the city to start the night.

Wayna, JJ and Posh get ready to head out to FNO Georgetown
When we got to the City, it was already pulsating with activities. We passed a pop up outdoor party in the parking lot of PNC Bank on Wiscosin avenue complete with DJs and disco lights and peeped several DJs spinning in store front windows. 

Georgetown cupcake, which is the store that is the focus of the TLC show DC Cupcake had lines out the door and up the street of people waiting to get their free Red Velvet cupcake.




Isabelle's Okyo Salon gave out cupcakes from G'town Cupcakes  - Facebook
We passed stores brimming with fashionistas, sipping on champagne, noshing on appetizers and trying on some of the new fall collection items being offered by the various boutiques. 

Kiehl's was offering complimentary facials. 
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Our first stop was the Cady's Alley where we took a photo in front of one of four red carpets and step-and-repeat stops set up at stops on Wisconsin and M Streets in Georgetown. Everyone got to be a celebrity. Fab!
Then we grabbed cocktails and Thai food from the most deelish food truck sponsored by the carpet store Flor. Check out master Flor designer Justin with Posh. He had on some wicked kicks! I spotted my friend Nicole Commissiong of Mum in Motion blog there with her super cute teen daughter Sierra. We raised a toast to the evening.

Next, we hit the Brightest Young Things lounge on the patio of Dean & Deluca. The scene was on and popping with fashionably dressed patrons, bars, a Heineken counter, and...

more Balloon People. They were everywhere...
 
And so were widely available Pedi Cabs to transport shoppers up and down the boulevard. 

We closed out the night at SportsZone and got there in time to see it well into a mid-show feature when they plucked folks from the audience to walk the runway and compete for a $50 gift card. We got to see my friend's daughter Sierra in the competition walk. 


She ultimately won! Thanks to some raucous supporters who loved her fresh, youthful look and natural bounce! Woot. 

Check out the doting parents:


Who we didn't get to see walk during the official runway show was my other baby sister Hawa Jay, who is represented by Wilhelmina PA and was a finalist for the Rose by Vanessa Simmons model search (coming to a reality TV channel soon). Initially, the show organizers solicited her to walk in the show. Sadly, by the time she got to make up, show organizers told her they had met their quota of brown and dark-skinned models and would only let White and Light-skinned girls walk their show. Bananas! 
My other sister Hawa Jay was set to model but ended up doing promo modeling because of her skin complexion.
Skin color discrimination in the fashion industry is alive and well. It was alarming that after I tweeted a mention of the slight, one of the organizers tried to claim the "diversity" defense, saying the store wanted to rep all types! Their right as a private company, I guess. However, it sad that a store that is located primarily in black and urban neighborhoods and patronized predominantly by kids of my sis's complexion didn't want that skin tone to be overwhelmingly represented in their show. 

Anyway, my night ended at Bistro Francois where we had French Onion soup and watched the president's accept his party's nomination for reelection. 

Fun times!

If I don't return to New York City next year, I'd definitely do FNO Georgetown again for sure!




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