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DC Fashion Foundation 2017

D.C.’s fashionistas came out in full force for the New/NEXT Fashion Showcase sponsored by the DC Fashion Foundation. The night of fashion and philanthropy at Blind Whino SW Arts Club featured the creations of participants and supporters of the foundation’s DC Fashion Incubator. The collections from six designers included womenswear, menswear and accessories. The foundation said more than $10,000 was raised to go toward renovating space for the program's designers in residence.  By CouncilMag.com

Blind Whino SW Arts Club

Blind Whino SW Arts Club

The former Friendship Baptist Church is now home to community-based arts programming and events

Backstage before the New/NEXT Fashion Showcase

Backstage before the New/NEXT Fashion Showcase

From left, Sheyda Khodaei, Mary Earley, Amani Mamodesene, Amanda Casarez, Imani Foster, Taiana Hale, Ronicia V. Williams

From left, Sheyda Khodaei, Mary Earley, Amani Mamodesene, Amanda Casarez, Imani Foster, Taiana Hale, Ronicia V. Williams

"I did take a little bit of the Japanese influence and you can see that with some of the silhouettes and the ties and of course the belts that we incorporated." -- Amanda Casarez, in center

Designer Sheridonna Wilson-Bedell, right, with model

Designer Sheridonna Wilson-Bedell, right, with model

Wilson-Bedell will be a part of the 2017-18 DC Fashion Incubator class 

Models in Elegant Erkél Neckwear

Models in Elegant Erkél Neckwear

Art at Blind Whino

Art at Blind Whino

From left, Keera Batiste, Midori Amae, Cyerria Mowler, Deja Logan, Mya Bass, Modupe Oluwalade

From left, Keera Batiste, Midori Amae, Cyerria Mowler, Deja Logan, Mya Bass, Modupe Oluwalade

Models are wearing Thomas Massanier

Models in Elegant Erkél Neckwear

Models in Elegant Erkél Neckwear

Designer Amanda Casarez makes final adjustments

Designer Amanda Casarez makes final adjustments

Models and designers gather before the show

Models and designers gather before the show

Artwork adorned Blind Whino's walls

Artwork adorned Blind Whino's walls

DJ Suspence provided the tunes for the night

DJ Suspence provided the tunes for the night

VIP room

VIP room

Models walk down second runway

Models walk down second runway

From left, Taiana Hale, Sheyda Khodaei, Amandeep Nijjar

From left, Taiana Hale, Sheyda Khodaei, Amandeep Nijjar

Taiana and Sheyda are wearing Amanda Casarez; Amandeep is wearing Belle Flowers

Khrys Kelly McQuay presents Embode Healing Arts

Khrys Kelly McQuay presents Embode Healing Arts

Jewelry from Global Goddess and Boho Luxe collections were featured at pop-up shop

Guests wait for show to begin

Guests wait for show to begin

Model makes way down first runway

Model makes way down first runway

Elegant Erkél Neckwear

Elegant Erkél Neckwear

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Elegant Erkél collection features ties and pocket squares

Elegant Erkél collection features ties and pocket squares

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Elegant Erkél's Elshadei Fantahun, left, with model DeQuanya

Elegant Erkél's Elshadei Fantahun, left, with model DeQuanya

Piano keys

Piano keys

Designs by Belle Flowers Designs

Designs by Belle Flowers Designs

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Shantae Flowers of Belle Flowers Designs, left, with guest

Shantae Flowers of Belle Flowers Designs, left, with guest

Designs by Pearlina Designs

Designs by Pearlina Designs

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From left, Pearlina Designs' Jacqueline Chase Hudson, with models Chiquita and Karrnett

From left, Pearlina Designs' Jacqueline Chase Hudson, with models Chiquita and Karrnett

Designs by Pearlina Designs

Designs by Pearlina Designs

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Guests take in models for the second leg of runway walk

Guests take in models for the second leg of runway walk

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Photographers are in position

Photographers are in position

Designs by Amanda Casarez

Designs by Amanda Casarez

   
  
 
  
    
  
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   "I was really inspired by the brick color and of course the mustard color – those are some of my favorites." – Amanda Casarez, designer

"I was really inspired by the brick color and of course the mustard color – those are some of my favorites." – Amanda Casarez, designer

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Designs by Andrew Nowell Menswear

Designs by Andrew Nowell Menswear

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 Andrew Nowell's collection had a Western flair

Andrew Nowell's collection had a Western flair