In fashion, there are no rules.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.”