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Recap: Fashion Meets Art Runway Show

Unique ideas totally inspire me.  A fashion show on Connecticut Ave across from the Metro stop?? How cool and artsy is that!  So chic. Who needs NYC when we have our very own talent right here in the District.  Last night the attendees of the Fashion Meets Art Runway Fashion Show watched the models strut their stuff out of the store on to Connecticut Ave. down to the art gallery on the corner.  Many passersby were caught off guard. I was so busy trying to snap photos of the models and the clothing I didn’t catch the 80-year-old man who thought he could catch a glimpse of something. Hilarious to watch the facial expressions of folks who were clueless then eventually became very interested in the festivities

Last evening Carbon and International Visions Gallery joined forces for Fashion Meets Art Runway Show. This event marked the beginning of International Visions Gallery end of Summer Sale and the 2nd Annual Artisan Series inspired by Rush Philanthropic Arts Foundation, sponsored by Bombay Sapphire. Carbon is located next to one of my favorite restaurants Lebanese Taverna near the Woodley Park Metro.

Carbon offers a unique selection of men’s and women’s shoes and clothing, accessories, and handbags produced by independent designers. Owner Katherine Limon brings her experience as an eco-fashion stylist to cultivate a store that promotes sustainable fashion. I had the pleasure of meeting her last night and discussing with her what events she has coming soon to promote sustainable living.

Me and Katherine Limon the owner of Carbon

She states on her website Carbon strives toward reducing your carbon footprint by offering high-quality products sans detriment to the Earth and the workers who made them. Carbon proudly supports local and international environmental and worker rights initiatives

I love the style of this skirt with and asymmetrical hemline and exposed zipper

The walls of Carbon are adorned with artwork from local artist which ties right into the fact that her entire inventory is filled with upscale clothing, jewelry and accessories from local independent designers. I look forward to having my designs in her store some day 🙂

Luxe brand bags by Diamantina made from Argentine leather

These handbags are just great. The color is sensational (Check back for the designer)

While attending the fashion show I ran into my good friend Laura Lee from DC Threads

I ran into my buddy Laura Lee of DC Threads

Me and Jennifer of JEM Designs. She is wearing one of her tie dyed scarves which were featured in the show. I'm wearing Vintage Liberty by Sydney from It's Vintage Darling in Columbia Heights DC

Laura, in the middle brought her friends Ava and Amy to the show. Great ladies

LillyBee line by local shoe designer, Kassie Rempel of Simply Soles. These shoes are professional, sweet, and a very high quality!

Here is Pam who I met at the fashion show. She came in wearing one of the Calamarie hair accessories made from discarded orange peels

These necklaces, earrings and hair accessories by Calamarie are all made from discarded orange peels and coffee grinds.

cALAMARIe Designs

As the show was about to begin everyone began to move outside to the sidewalk or to the opposite side of the store. Each model carried a piece of artwork which was very well-coordinated with the garment they were wearing. Beside being all organic and keeping the clothing made by local independent artists, what I really appreciated was that the models were women who represented a good spectrum of sizes. They were real women not all a size 2 and 6 feet tall.  Not only was this satisfying it also allowed those who were viewing the clothing to see themselves in these designs. Katherine you and your team did a great job. Enjoy the pics!


The clothes and the art were very well coordinated

Check out the detail on the rear of the jacket

This model had some serious art work on her back. You will see in a later photo

Model wearing JEM designs

One of the models grabbed a piece of artwork off the wall on her way out the door

Models on their way back down Connecticut. the man on the left is clueless

Model wearing JEM Tie dyed scarves

This model has body art that sorta works with the clothing designs

Model after the show posing outside of Carbon wearing designs by JEM