It's Vintage Darling

The WW Club Lookbook

DC men are great in many ways; their intelligence, motivation, and passion are incredibly stimulating, and when those three elements are directed at style, it's magic. To celebrate that, I'm happy to present a pop-up speakeasy event The WW Club, complete with complimentary whiskey tasting and burlesque performances, which you can get tickets to attend HERE. To offer you some sartorial inspiration, I shot a menswear lookbook sure to challenge your ideas of DC style. These looks are bold; styling duo Peterson and Payne made sure of that. But don't be scared; if these are too much for you, just take one page out of our stylish models' books and try a hat, a pocket square, or a cuffed pant to change up your hum-drum look. Baby steps, right? For more, check out the lovely feature that Washingtonian Magazine ran on us HERE


More fabulous photos after the jump, so click through!

Photos: Kate Warren
Styling: Elise Peterson and Eliot Payne, with support from Quincy Jones
Models: Dan Dzombak, Lamine N'dour, Josh Simon
Clothing courtesy of: Federal, It's Vintage Darling, Ginger Root Design, and Dr. K's Vintage 

Style Flash Mob DC

OK! So here are the long-awaited style mob photos! Thank you so much for your patience, I'm really excited to share them. Everyone looked amazing, the vibe was very laid back, and can't WAIT to do it again soon. And we will! Feedback was overwhelming; DC can't wait for the next occasion to get dressed. We'll do it soon, so stay tuned! 

Many thanks again to Smith Commons for hosting and Thirst DC for co-sponsoring. Cheers!

Paul Klein's delightful bow tie, shirt, suspenders print mix was one of my favorites of the night.

Cheralee Lyle and Alexander Gorman

Allix Wright

KC Ellis and her bold, beautiful fushcia lip

Myself, my cousin Jenna McMahon, Michelle Ferng, and stylist Elise Peterson

Shannon Cusello of Immortal Beloved, getting a little 1960's girl group oh la la in my apartment lobby

It was Cheralee's first time seeing snow! I think this joyful snow dance is my favorite photo of the night. 

Thirst DC cofounder Eric Schulze's pristine vintage 1960's work boots are courtesy of Dr. K's Vintage, of course. The man knows his work wear!

Thirst DC cofounder Lori Noto rocking some serious 70's style and fur. 

Smith Commons manager Anna Maria was dressed impeccably for the occasion. I love her brooch and silk shirt combo!

Accoutre founder and menswear icon Eliot Payne rocking SO. MUCH BEARD! And of course, his signature bow tie. 

So nice! Smith Commons surprised me by creating a custom cocktail for the party, with my favorite gin, Hendrick's! It was delicious and got everyone at the party!

Hanging out behind the bar in my sheer vintage beaded top and vintage Max Mara leather pants (It's Vintage Darling). 

Manager Sheldon made sure to take care of us all night, while looking incredible with that tie pin and perfect button-up shirt. 

Interior design guru Kia Weatherspoon and her husband Omar looked so old-school-meets-new-school fresh in fur and a perfect mix of prints. 

Plus, LOOK at her shoes. Yum, color blocking.

Michelle rocked a buttoned-up silk ruffled shirt with a vintage Burberry vest that she scooped form her grandmother. Keeping things all in the family, I love it!

Stylish men of the hour making nice! Paul Klein, Eric Schulze, and Omar

Cat power with some serious animal print for ladies and gentlemen. Trend? Definitely.

I LOVE this menswear-inspired outfit! Altered blazer makes for the perfect minidress, and her earrings are by a local jewelry designer. 

Late Night at IVD: Rodarte

Per usual, I was up at IVD until the wee hours of the night last night planning some fantastically twisted editorial shoots with my creative genius stylist Elise Peterson. After discussing for hours and landing on our plans, she lightly mentioned that she had some new goodies in the back the she had pulled for an upcoming music video shoot that she was styling in a Japanese motorcycle bondage gang look. Of course. She brought the looks out, and I had a minute when I saw this insanely gorgeous woven leather Rodarte crop bolero. You know that detailing makes me swoon, so the intricate detailing in the various leather treatments gets me just right. This was another one of those nights where I'm exceptionally glad to be hanging out in a vintage store way, way after hours. 

Oh yes, and the Bergdorf's tags were still on. Trust me, you don't even want to know how much. 

IVD Roundup, Ladies and Gentlemen

As I often do, I spent an inordinate amount of time people watching, photographing, and studying style at It’s Vintage Darling this weekend. These photos are the most recent, hailing from a project meeting last night peppered with some work, play, and interesting people. I photographed the store for national fashion influencer Refinery 29, since IVD has some wild and wonderful new merchandising (hello cow skull!). In addition, stylist Elise Peterson and I met with the ever-brilliant Michelle German and Kimee Brown to discuss some exciting avant-garde projects that are coming up quickly. We were joined by my two stylish guy friends, clothing designer Alexander Gorman of The Good Kin and rock band front man Deane Calcagni of Kinky Creature.

Makeup artist Michelle German is rocking a homage to MLK with her African print bow tie and menswear vibe. Her strong brow really pulls the look together; I really enjoy it.

Deane was enjoying rocking a vintage jacket with his power stance.

Can one have too many cow skulls? Nope. 

Elise was wearing a cinched-up leather skirt that was wonderfully buttery and voluminous.

IVD has lots of really fun vintage Penthouse magazines that Deane was enjoying creeping on. I love how campy that Lucky Strikes ad is (Don Draper would be proud)! 

I have another week filled with exciting photo meetings; I promise I share lots of news soon! 2012 is looking good, DC, well done. I can't wait to keep photographing. 

Late Night at IVD

As happens more than I care to recount, last night I ended up hanging out at It's Vintage Darling talking big plans, personal style, and creative brainstorming until the wee hours of the morning. Buyer and manager Elise Peterson (who I've photographed so frequently, you can't go through this blog without getting hit in the head with a post featuring her modern-infused, disco fabulous style), Eliot Payne and I are involved in numerous yet-to-be-announced projects that demanded some serious hang time. So in typical stylista fashion, we ended up having a photo shoot with all of the new goodies IVD has. Official photos are forthcoming, but I was so enthralled with the stylish bits that I had to snap some photos with my trusty phone. Don't judge the photos, but focus on how super-swoon to-die-for the clothes are. 

This first look is very ethereal; I adore this high neck hand-beaded sheer top. With endless styling options from the most exposed to subtle, the potential of this impeccably cut piece sent me swooning. For our shoot, we paired it with a green khaki leather pencil skirt to get a mix of soft and feminine with a harder edge. We then added peep-toe Fendi sandals in greens and blues to give the look a subtle pop of color. 

I just had to document this impeccably-styled mannequin; the Native American printed coat is complimented with a 1950's feel classic button-up and squared tie. 

These ties are so colorful, they just made me smile. So dapper!

Annnnnnd vintage YSL heels. In my size. SWOON. 

NYE 2012: Sequins, Snakeskin, and Silk

For New Years' Eve, my cousin and I threw an intimate cocktail party before we all went out for some late night adventures out on the town. As I guessed here, our  party was filled with all manner of stylish wildness, including massive quantities of sequins, glitter, fur, Hendrick's, champagne, and quality terrace time.  I had a blast with lots of friends, including GoKateShoot regulars Cheralee Lyle, Elise Peterson, Cat Diesel, Mundy Spears, and Michelle Ferng. 

Elise is rocking a vintage hand-beaded shawl worn backwards as a scarf, paired with a velvet minidress and super-vamp lips. 

Yes, that cigarette matches my dress. I don't smoke but couldn't resist snagging one for coordination's sake!

Elise and Mundy sampled our fabulous Ghirardelli's chocolate-covered strawberries. 

Miss Lyle and I rocked dueling vintage sequin dresses. Mine is courtesy of It's Vintage Darling, of course.  Peep the detailing below. 

Actress Mundy Spears and her super-glam makeup. 

I love the tile in our entryway; it is complimented with 20' ceilings and triple crown molding that carries into our apartment and is just to die for. 

Smoking is bad. These rainbow-colored cigarettes look really, really good. Can I just carry them around and not smoke them? 

I love how soft-focused these shots of Cheralee and Oliver came out

Drink it, Mundy. No confusion. 

There is an INSANE floor-to-ceiling mirror in our entryway that is perfect for checking outfits before going out, or for big ol' group shots that include the photographer!

Cheralee rocking her vintage sequins with Oliver's jacket on top. Love that masculine/feminine mix.

Cat Diesel and I get our hair cut by the same wild-and-out stylist, Tyler Larish. 

Photos courtesy of a team-team photo attack by myself and photojournalist Michelle Ferng. Happy New Year, all!

Fly Girls: The Details

As promised, here are some of the detail shots of the Fly Girl five year anniversary party last week. 

Only the fabulous Michelle German (Chic Makeup Geek) can pull off blue lipstick like this; she's so killer! And the vintage Gucci? Yes? Are we seeing this fabulous framed bag? Adore. I'm not a label hound by any means, but this bag fits with her 'you-wish-your-grandma-was-this-fly' look. Her pants are sheer and meant to be worn in the summer, but I love this chic update with tights underneath. 

Can we talk for just a minute about how Kimee Brown (The Model is Wearing) has SEVERAL of my favorite things going on here? As you all know, I love bow ties, turbans, and menswear-inspired anything, and she is completely rocking it. And her LEGO Chanel pin? Fabulous. So much.

As always, my partner in crime and stylist Elise Peterson (IVD) was super fresh; I love the tied up chiffon blouse with the encrusted jeweled skirt. This is a great example of taking a look that is perfect for summer and making it work for colder months. As usual, we both rocked vintage fur. I know, I know...but once you start wearing it when it's super-brr outside, there's nothing warmer! I will choose to be both warm AND fabulous, thank you! Her envelope clutch is killer and I love how she mixes slightly different shades of nude to create a softer, feminine look with a masculine flavor from the buttoned-up top.

Photo of me courtesy of Elise; when we got back to my apartment and figured out we hadn't documented ourselves! My hat and mink are courtesy of IVD, and my fabulous 1940's-inspired silk pants were a sneaky backroom sale from Anthro. I love the classic lines of the hat and veil, and even though it's a little kooky was really excited to wear it. Life is too short not to rock a big hat! Besides, I'd rather be That Girl In the Hat than a lot of other things!

This last photo is not really up to snuff in terms of quality, but I included it anyway for it's energy; the free-spirited fun vibe between Elise and I in the entryway of my building is completely indicative of our style partner in crime relationship. I love how sassy fresh this is!

We then went inside, took our crazy heels off, and ate pasta on the couch. Sometimes the best nights end the most simply. 

Vintage Christian Louboutin

You know I love to ferret out crazy-incredible finds, so I'm excited to show these immaculate vintage Christian Louboutins. 

They are beautiful gray suede size 8.5 at  It's Vintage Darling, and at $450, they're a steal in comparison to new C.L.'s. This is why I love vintage...because the gorgeous designer shoes are more accessible to people who would not otherwise be able to afford them. 

Unfortunately, they are exactly my size, and I'm moving this week and need to save my change for that. Drat! I'm sure someone will scoop them up quickly though; these staple shoes are a great wardrobe foundation.  

Such a great DC find. 

Two Stylish Days

I had a pretty stylish week, and by that I mean the people in my life have been extra stylish this week, and it's pretty wonderful. 

On Wednesday, I went to a panel as part of #DCWeek that discussed the Future of Fashion in DC. It was a pretty intimate crowd of regular DC fashion offenders, and a panel that included a mix of local designers, boutique owners, fashion industry business people and politicos, of course. There was a rousing discussion about how to best grow the local industry and the role of the various stakeholders. It got me thinking about how I can engage more directly in my creative endeavors, so my little brain is going a mile a minute with lots of new ideas. 

As usual, certain ladies looked lovely. 

Tamika, assistant to local designer KAS

Elise Peterson of It's Vintage Darling, Desireé of Fashion Empowering Women, and Tamika 

Elise loves a maxi dress and the 70's in general. Shocking. Never would have guessed. On our way to meet a friend, we stopped at the Atlas Theatre on H St. to take some snaps.

I rocked a perfect tweed dress from Pretty People Vintage earlier this week; the tailoring was impeccable and the wool was super-toasty warm! 

After the Atlas, Elise and I continued along to meet up with the unmatched and stylish Eliot Payne, founder of local bow tie company Accoutre Me. How we met is very modern and appropriate I suppose; he tweeted me during our look book shoot last weekend, and I quickly discovered just how dapper he is and we became fast friends. We met up at Dangerously Delicious Pies for a little nosh and chat...and quickly made vintage-oriented plans for the next evening. Of course, we took some snaps at the Atlas before calling it a night!

Can we talk about his epic mix of prints?! And pink cardigan?! Look at that tie. 

Despite his assertions that he is not a photographer, he got two lovely little shots of me off before I hopped in a cab and whisked away for the night. 

I'm wearing a mink from Pretty People Vintage that just seems to match everything I own, and elbow-length houndstooth gloves that I bought with my mother years ago. Its a shame I don't have photos of my whole outfit, because it featured an amazing taffeta skirt with a crinoline that was just to die for...but the waist was so tiny I was glad to get out of it at the end of the evening!

The next night, I met up with Eliot and a few other characters at Dr. K's, one of my favorite vintage shops and overall places to hang out. I don't ever really go when he's actually open, and more often than not I come to eat dinner in the back, drink a few beers, and generally shoot the shit with the revolving cast of characters that use the shop as a hangout. And I don't actually shop; the owner, Somkiat, is a lovely man who buys me things I didn't even know I needed until I walk in and he says, "I have something special for you, I've been saving it!" He's responsible for almost everything I'm wearing for the Tweed Ride and a half dozen other items that I'm lusting over. His pieces are incredible; buyers from Ralph Lauren come to him to source things to imitate. It's always just men (and me) hanging out, and I've received an incredible education in vintage so far. 

I am so grateful to have such interesting and stylish friends! The last time I was in he had a vintage Birkin that went viral after I posted it, and I certainly wasn't disappointed this time! This doctor's bag is from the 1920's and still smells like medicine; it is so special with all the history attached.

Somkiat was benefitting form Washingtonians' Tweed Ride preparations, and brought out this gorgeous vintage Harris Tweed for me to peep. 

And of course, the dapper Eliot Payne brought the style noise...plaid pants and yellow brogues?! Amazing, I love it! 

Collins, the head of security at local night hotspot Marvin came down to hang out with us as well. He is known as one of DC's most stylish men, and you can see he brought his tweedy best to showcase how men can dress for the upcoming Tweed Ride. 

Elbow patches, waistcoast, and the perfect mix of prints; I love it!

Eliot had QUITE A TIME trying on everything in sight in the store. It was his and Collins' first times in the shop and both stylish gentlemen were going nuts for Dr. K's goods. 

Eliot taught me to tie bow ties...what do you think? Not bad for the first time, eh? I was twitterpated to learn and he was very patient; I can't think of a better person to learn to tie one from, he's a certified expert!

And then he fell in love with a silk smoking jacket and it was allllll over! 

Eric Channing Brewer of Dandies & Quaintrelles stopped by as well. We had such awesome tweedy gentlemen and such a good repoire with the whole crew, chatting late into the night about all things style, life, and otherwise. 

Tweed Ride Promotional Photos, Part III

Welcome to day three of Pre-Tweed extravaganza! 

Per usual, check out the ride and party event registration HERE, time is almost out to get in on that! 


In this post, I'll list where each piece we're wearing is from, so you can start to get a better idea of the kind of beautiful vintage our generous partners at It's Vintage Darling and Pretty People Vintage  have. Part of why I love vintage so much is the quality, but also the thrill of the hunt. These shops get new pieces in every day, and I love going in or getting a call that starts, "Oh hey, I have something special for you, I've been saving it!" followed by them disappearing into the back to fish out some gorgeous specimen of timeless fashion that you never knew you've always needed. 

Yes, it's like THAT. 

Just wait until you see what I'm wearing for the Tweed Ride, you'll die. I did. And the story's great to boot, so that makes it all better. But I'm over-excited and getting ahead of myself as usual. 

So here is the the low-down:

On Emma: Hat, fox fur collar, and gold lamé top from Pretty People Vintage

Earrings in focus from It's Vintage Darling

Gorgeous array of gloves, bags and hats! All a mix, but the gloves and bags from It's Vintage Darling, and the hats are a mix from them and Pretty People Vintage

Per usual, Eric is doing Eric and dressed himself, so I don't have the slightest where anything is from. 

On Arial (left): fascinator by Ciao Nina, fur from the private collection of Elise Peterson, brooch and dress from Pretty People Vintage. On Tiffany (center): Hat and jacket from the person collection of Kimee Brown, gloves and leather skirt from It's Vintage Darling. On Indigo (right): All pieces from It's Vintage Darling

Beautifully detailed gloves from It's Vintage Darling

Fur hat (which is coming home with me permanently, haha!) from It's Vintage Darling, scarf and bracelet from a secret vintage spot in Vermont, vest from pop-up vintage boutique Pastiche (who's look book I shot a couple weeks ago and can't wait to share!), and incredible eagle ring (also considering purchasing this myself, after borrowing it for two shoots!) courtesy of Pretty People Vintage

Back row of hat from Pretty People Vintage, front fur hats from It's Vintage Darling

On Kimee: Hat, blazer and blouse from her personal collection, pants from It's Vintage Darling, and pearl brooch from Pretty People Vintage

There you have it! I'd like to extend a warm thanks for the vintage shops for lending us clothing for the shoot! 

Keep an eye out, I'l be publishing some super-casual photos of a few of DC's most stylish men, very soon! In the meantime, go to Dr. K's or Rock It Again on U St. They rock. Seriously. 

Tweed Ride Promotional Photos, Round II

Wow, what a great response to the photos so far! To get you up to speed, I put together an amazing photo shoot to showcase some of DC's best vintage from It's Vintage Darling and Pretty People Vintage in honor of Dandies & Quaintrelles upcoming Tweed Ride. In addition to our participants that I listed yesterday, this post features the delightful Nina O'Neil, founder of Ciao Nina; her fabulous fascinators were recently featured on the hit TVshow Gossip Girl. Aren't we (the city of DC, and not just me) just so lucky to have such lovely and talented creators? Shop Nina's creations on the link. 

Now to the meat of the matter!

What is a Tweed Ride, you may ask?

A DC style institution! Twice a year, hundreds of Washingtonians get dressed in their finest dapper duds inspired by the 1920-30's (although we enjoyed pushing that to the 1950's while mixing decades for the shoot) and go for a bike ride to a party. 

Why Tweed Ride, you may ask?

Why not? In today's society, we have, as my friend's mother used to say, "Lost our sense of occasion". Gone are the days it was the norm to put on heels, a hat, and some jewelry before leaving the house. No more are regular at-home cocktail or dinner parties that demand the perfect bowtie. And so what are a stylishly-inclined photographer and her vintage-buyer friend to do? Create an occasion, and that we did with this photo shoot, just as Eric Channing Brewer did with the Tweed Ride and the spring Seerksucker Social. 

What about style tips? Do I have to wear tweed?

I'm glad you asked! Check out yesterday's post, which features our stylist Elise's take on the looks you see here. You don't have to just wear tweed, but any retro style that makes you feel dapper. 

I will also offer a few personal style tips:

1. Wear everything you love every day, even if no one else will be. This is the single key to my key style: I wear all of my favorite pieces at the same time, every day. You know that gorgeous cocktail dress in the back of your closet that you stare at wistfully thinking, Well, it will be perfect for New Year's Eve...get it out! Put it on, and figure out how to make it work for your daily life. The same goes for crazy high heels, cocktail jewelry, hats, elbow-length gloves, furs, and on an on. If you love it, wear it, because life is too short and you can't take it with you. 

2. Know your body, love your body, dress for your body. You're beautiful! Whether you're in generous portions or a little bit wispy, you are what you are. And for the same reason we celebrate vintage, you should celebrate your body: it is a reminder of where you come from. I have my mother's slender torso, and also her juicy butt and hips, Lord help us all. But that's wonderful, because that means I am constantly reminded of her, and of where I came from. Our personal style icons, from our mothers to Dovima or Tyra Banks, dress in a way that celebrates their shape. That self knowledge is style. 

3. Wear something that starts a conversation. I go to a lot of events and meet a lot of new people, but I enjoy wearing clothes that help get the conversation started. Giant eagle head ring that's easy to spot as I gesture or shake your hand? Check! Octopus necklace, fur, a hat, or red lipstick? Check! Somewhere along the line people get shy, and fashion can be an easy entry point to any new conversation. With that comes a desire to wear something no one else will have. Vintage is great for that, but so is going local. Shop your local designer at your local boutiques (Nana and Redeem are two of my favorite DC spots), and start a dialogue with people there to find pieces that will make your wardrobe cocktail party conversation-ready. 

4. Have fun. Be whimsical, silly, nostalgic, ladylike, mannish, and everything in between. Play dress up. Make yourself and others smile with what you wear. The vintage clothes from Pretty People Vintage and It's Vintage Darling were fun, incredibly detailed vintage that made our shoot so special; there's no reason you can't dress like that every day. 

As a reminder, you can sign up for the Tweed Ride and after-party HERE. Do it! Come out and introduce yourself, I want to meet all of you in your dapper duds. And then I'll take your picture. Obviously. :) 

Tweed Ride Promotional Photos and Background Story

Hey team! You know I always encourage being able to communicate visually in an intelligent way with what you wear, but as someone who writes for a living (certainly loves to talk more than anything else, as those of you who know me are well aware!), I believe it is equally important to be able to speak and write well. We practice what we preach, so enjoy reading pieces we put together about our Tweed Ride photo shoot below.  

Check out the gorgeous vintage generously lent by Pretty People Vintage and It's Vintage Darling.

The following are the stories of three people intimately involved with the Tweed Ride and the photo shoot it inspired. Katie Warren was the producer and photographer of the shoot. Elise Peterson of It’s Vintage Darling styled the shoot. Eric Channing Brewer is the founder of Dandies & Quaintrelles.


Katie Warren, Creative Director and Photographer: "This is not my photo shoot. It’s ours," was the first notion I shared with our make up artist and models as they arrived to the third floor of Smith Commons.  "Approach this like a child about to play dress-up," I announced.  Warm introductions were made before I directed each of them to immerse themselves in the beautiful, glittering vintage set about. I encouraged them to find pieces they connected with emotionally and said that Elise would style a look around their choices. This is not the practice for your average photo shoot, but this, like many of my shoots, is anything but average. In choosing who to invite, Elise and I decided to unite a group of women who were beautiful, smart, talented and with unique perspectives to contribute. We selected women with distinctive senses of style, who present themselves with flair and a joy for how they live their lives.
On this brisk and pristine November day, we had a vintage dress-up party and created stylish, romantic images that share how Washington women with truly distinctive styles and skills can come together to create a unique scene. Over the next several days, we will release photos and intimate portraits of the women we chose, allowing Washingtonians to become inspired by their poise and style. The images reveal passions and talents of everyone involved. For women who live such stylish lives, what makes them truly admirable is their ability and willingness to inspire and support one another.

Eric Brewer of Dandies & Quaintrelles: “The energy during the photo shoot at Smith Commons was a pleasure to witness. People’s willingness to enjoy themselves and the company of good friends while embracing vintage styles on an easy Sunday is what makes the DC Tweed Ride such a hit. The ladies had a blast during the shoot and it reminded me of past D&Q events.
We were also excited to showcase the feel of Smith Commons as the venue for the 2011 DC Tweed Ride Celebration. For folks who cannot take part in our vintage-themed bike ride but want to help DC celebrate classic styles inspired by D&Q, the after party at Smith Commons is the only place to be on Sunday.
Katie and I met at an event that celebrated mid-century modern design in furniture and architecture, and  instantly connected while discussing our perspectives on personal dress style. The Sunday vintage shoot was a result of a conversation about the possibility of a new a Tweed Ride style guide on the D&Q blog. Katie created an occasion that produced photos meant not only to guide but to inspire. I'm very excited with these images and we both are eager to share them!”

Elise Peterson, Lead Stylist: "As a vintage enthusiast, I was thrilled to take part in a project that embraces the refined style that is quintessential to Dandies & Quaintrelles. I wanted to stay true to the spirit of the Tweed Ride through iconic fashion, while incorporating modern edgier touches. This "Nuevo-Tweed" was brought to life by switching staple pieces such as tweed skirts with sexier leather silhouettes. There was a strong emphasis on accentuating traditional Quaintrelle ensembles with touches of fur in jackets, stoles, and collars. The addition of bolder hardware such chunky metal rings and fabulously gaudy earrings added finishing touches to perfectly Dandy duds. Nods of metallic and sheer fabrics replaced traditional cotton blouses. Of course, the staple tweed can be found in traditional pieces such as overcoats, hats, and pants. Overall, I hope people continue to embrace the vintage feel that is synonymous with the Tweed Ride while still creating unique fashion forward looks (and having fun!)."


Katie Warren : Creative Director, Photographer {Founder, GoKateShoot}
Elise Peterson : Lead stylist, model {Buyer, It's Vintage Darling}
Michelle German : Makeup artist, model {Founder, Chic Makeup Geek, The Model is Wearing}
Shannon Cusello : Hair stylist, model {Manager, Immortal Beloved}
Erin Berteaux : Model {Media consultant and anthropologist}
Emma Jade : Model {Writer, musician, student}
Stephanie Mills : Model {Model and muse, The Model Is Wearing}
Kimee Brown : Stylist, model {Stylist, The Model is Wearing}
Ariel Mantilla : Model {Physical therapy student}
Tiffany Chow : Model {International relations}
Indigo Hikim : Model {Student, stylist}

Fashion and Vintage Contributors
It's Vintage Darling
Pretty People Vintage
Ciao Nina

Tweed Ride is an opportunity for Washingtonians to inspire one another through arresting visual sentiments that vary and touch thousands every year. Just as the ladies of our shoot came together to make something beautiful, so too can the people of our city. Come out to the Tweed Ride and join the dialogue; show us your unique, stylish voice! 

The main Tweed Ride route will be about 10 miles and is mostly flat and downhill with a few short inclines. The shorter route will be about 5 miles. We think that most everyone should be able to cover the 10 mile ride if they've dressed keeping both fashion and function in mind. The starting point will be announced to registrants on Friday.

Sneak Preview: Tweed Ride Photo Shoot

Hey team. As I mentioned before, I partnered with Dandies and Quaintrelles to produce and photograph the promotional photo shoot for the upcoming Tweed Ride. In a day and a half, I gathered an amazing team and gorgeous vintage from It's Vintage Darling, Pretty People Vintage, and the private collections of the stylists on the shoot (myself, Kimee, and Elise) that made the photo shoot go flawlessly on Sunday. The clothes were such an important part of the shoot, so thank you to the local vintage shops who so generously lent us pieces from their incredible collection. The ladies looked amazing and did a great job!

I'm excited to bring you the photos, full details, and the low-down on who was involved later tonight, but in the meantime here are two photos to get you in a tweedy mood. Don't forget to RSVP for the Tweed Ride and after party here. The party always sells out and will be absolutely fabulous. More details after the jump.

PS - My leather pants are vintage Max Mara. This buttery soft hotness was $34. YES. 

Shannon Cusello of Immortal Beloved, wearing a vintage Miss Dior hat

The fabulous creative team: Kimee Brown (assistant stylist), Michelle German (makeup), Elise Peterson (head stylist), and myself. 

Behind the Scenes: Vintage Photo Shoot {Styling}

If you follow me on Twitter, you know that I have been prepping like mad for a photo shoot. I am partnering with Dandies and Quaintrelles to produce and shoot their promotional campaign for this year's Tweed Ride. We will be shooting at Smith Commons in the H St. corridor, where the after-ride party will also occur. I spent several hours last night and today working with my fabulous stylist Elise Peterson, who is the buyer for It's Vintage Darling. We had an absolute blast going through several vintage shops, their back rooms, and secret stashes to find the most tweed-tastic fashions for the shoot. 

Here are a few behind-the-scenes shots to whet your appetite for the shoot and the ride, which is next Sunday, November 13. I'll be posting for D&Q all week on top of my regular posts here, so be sure to check them out. 

Register for the ride here, and get your tickets to the sure-to-sell-out after ride party here. Hope to see you there in all your dapper duds!

All photos of me by Elise Peterson. 

Refinery 29 DC Launch Party

Last night I had the pleasure of attending the Refinery 29 DC launch party, hosted by Madewell. With such an intimate fashion scene here in Washington, it was great to go to the party and know well over half of the people there. People don't host enough events for us all to get dressed up and have our picture taken at! Though, I can't provide details yet, but that is a problem I plan on personally addressing within the coming months. 

But anyway! 

The party was filled with a mix of DC fashion scenesters and Refinery 29 fans alike, decked out in their fashionable best. Here's my gripe: a lot of people I see at these parties dress in a sort of cookie-cutter way that I'll call "blogger stylish" without truly expressing a sense of style. Step it up girls, and express an opinion! Go hunt some vintage! Shop at obscure British boutiques online and worry customs will detain your beautiful new Saville-Row blazer! Live a little, and have some fun with you fashion! And live I did; I wore an early 1960's vintage car coat in bright blue and white silk with gold braided trim and gold buttons. Layered with one of my go-to well-tailored red dresses, black tights and a killer pair of pumps, my vintage-meets-power woman look got lots of smiles and snaps. I'll be sure to post photos as they emerge. 

But enough about me, this post is for the people! 

Here are some snaps of my favorite people, looks, and details from the party. I'll try to ID where I can, but this pile of lady biz cards next to me is sky-high and I need all the help I can get; leave me a comment or tweet @GoKateShoot with your name, link, info, whatever so I can fill in the blanks. 

Thanks team. Enjoy

My vintage fashion partner in crime, Elise Peterson of Its Vintage Darling

Shannon, manager of edgy DC salon Immortal Beloved, blogger of the District Darling, and fellow wearer of octopi necklaces!

Andrea Pippins of Fly and her incredible broach 

Style consultant Star Flood 

A fabulous local jewelry designer

Arm candy on the stylista behind Curious Chase

Mera Anwar, in a skirt of her design for her line Miri

Kristen of Ginger Root Design, a fabulous local designer that repurposes vintage and creates their own vintage-inspired looks

Studded smoking loafers, which you know I've been hyper for for a hot minute

The fabulous Miss Sai of Because I'm Fabulous in all her finest feathered frippery

Kristen of Ginger Root Design hamming it up for my camera

The lovely ladies behind Spicy Candy DC; love the fall-ready burgandy lipstick

One of the jewelry designers who presents her stuff (she's wearing it, check it out!) at Ginger Root Design

Miss Elise Peterson's fabulous vintage cube ring

Jason of IPO Clothing Co. wearing one of their shirts and amazing feather necklaces

Miss Shannon of Immortal Beloved; I love her half horned-rim glasses and hair color. Not to mention I'm a fan of ladies who join me in pulling out and pulling off the powerful red lip.

Interesting contrast between Shannon's open-backed shirt and feminine rose tattoo

Kind husbands and boyfriends came and entertained the kids; and what stylish gentlemen they are!

DC vintage fashion icon Stephanie Mills

Love Stephanie's two-tone manicure

Make-up guru Michelle, totally pulling off yellow lipstick

I love Kimee's dark and mysterious dark and lipstick, so perfect for fall!