Wednesday, August 18, 2010

Neiman Marcus Hosts Fall Fashion Preview

Aptly timed with fall’s beckoning presence, Neiman Marcus at Mazza Gallerie hosted an evening of fashion’s fall trends courtesy of two DC resident fashionistas. Andrea Rodgers of Ask Miss A and model Katie Rost styled six models each in their favorite fall trends.

Rodgers, an admitted Chanel aficionado, opted for classic, tailored day and cocktail dresses with the necessary pop of hot pink such as a pink marabou shrug worn over a knee-length black fitted dress.

Rost, on the contrary, pulled separates that could be worn from day to night. Her first look introduced this season’s “jeggings”, aka denim leggings, paired with a Theory t-shirt and Diane vonFurstenberg leather jacket.

At the top of their list ranks 50s redux, sequined and gold studded embellishments, statement necklaces, and leather jackets.

“Although Katie and I have different styles,” Rodgers said, “we both incorporated similar fall trends.”

Common designers among their picks were dresses by Diane vonFurstenberg and Carmen Marc Valvo, Chanel jackets and handbags, Tory Burch suede knee-high wedge boots, St. John skirt suits, Alexis Bittar jewelry, and emerging designers, Aidan Mattox and Sue Wong, cocktail dresses.

For good measure, Liberty Jones, PR Manager for Neiman Marcus, suggested adding lace, capes or a poncho, and boots to your fall wardrobe. “Consider incorporating lace whether in a shoe or hair piece,” says Jones. “Trilogy offers an amazing fur poncho and Rebecca Taylor’s faux fur vest.” For boots, she seconds Tory Burch’s knee-high boots. "These are all smart DC looks."

Following the presentation, guests took advantage of free makeovers and noshed on cupcakes while listening to the jams of DJ Neekola.

Rodgers and Rost’s spotlight continues with their upcoming profiles in the September issue of Vogue. The magazine features women who are making a difference in their communities through their charitable work. Both Rodgers and Rost lead foundations committed to improving the lives of children in need, Courage for Kids and Ronald F. Rost Foundation, respectively.