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DC Fashion Incubator show

By Nicole L. Gill

Fashion is about more than the clothes – it’s a business. The DC Fashion Incubator at Macy’s Metro Center was created to ensure that emerging fashion designers in the D.C. area have the training, mentoring and business savvy to maintain a sustainable enterprise. To that end, the incubator’s yearlong designer in residence program provides showroom space and retail opportunities for the selected designers. The designers presented their Spring/Summer collections during the Steal the Scene showcase at the W Hotel.

W Hotel lobby

W Hotel lobby

DC Fashion Incubator at Macy's Metro Center took over the lobby of the W Hotel for its Steal the Scene fashion show

Thomas Massanier Atelier, Thomas Massanier, DC Fashion Incubator designer in residence

Thomas Massanier Atelier, Thomas Massanier, DC Fashion Incubator designer in residence

Midori Amae displays Thomas Massanier's scarf

W Hotel lobby

W Hotel lobby

Audience checks out designs from Shaka King Menswear

Pearlina Designs, Jacqueline Chase Hudson, DC Fashion Incubator designer in residence

Pearlina Designs, Jacqueline Chase Hudson, DC Fashion Incubator designer in residence

“My line is for a full-figured, curvy woman. It’s a classic silhouette with a modern flow. I love a classic silhouette,” says Hudson

The Wearable Art Gallery (WAG), Jordan, DC Fashion Incubator designer in residence

The Wearable Art Gallery (WAG), Jordan, DC Fashion Incubator designer in residence

The ZAP collection for STING and Summer 2017

The Wearable Art Gallery (WAG), Jordan, DC Fashion Incubator designer in residence

The Wearable Art Gallery (WAG), Jordan, DC Fashion Incubator designer in residence

WAG collection is characterized as “art to wear”

King’s Gold, Alecksander King, DC Fashion Incubator designer in residence apprentice

King’s Gold, Alecksander King, DC Fashion Incubator designer in residence apprentice

Clothing is about “being comfortable in your own skin,” says King, right, of his T-shirt collection seen on left

Belle Flowers, Shantae Flowers, DC Fashion Incubator designer in residence

Belle Flowers, Shantae Flowers, DC Fashion Incubator designer in residence

Hummingbird Collection by Shantae Flowers, front, is made of silk and chiffon

Belle Flowers, Shantae Flowers, DC Fashion Incubator designer in residence

Belle Flowers, Shantae Flowers, DC Fashion Incubator designer in residence

Hummingbird collection is “inspired by the still classy and elegant feminine style,” designer Shantae Flowers has said

Thomas Massanier Atelier, Thomas Massanier, DC Fashion Incubator designer in residence

Thomas Massanier Atelier, Thomas Massanier, DC Fashion Incubator designer in residence

“My work is fine art proofs done in a fashion aesthetic,” says Massanier

Thomas Massanier Atelier, Thomas Massanier, DC Fashion Incubator designer in residence

Thomas Massanier Atelier, Thomas Massanier, DC Fashion Incubator designer in residence

Scarves by Thomas Massanier

Shaka King Menswear, Shaka King, executive director of DC Fashion Incubator

Shaka King Menswear, Shaka King, executive director of DC Fashion Incubator

Collection speaks to the "police killing African Americans”

 

Shaka King Menswear, Shaka King, executive director DC Fashion Incubator

Shaka King Menswear, Shaka King, executive director DC Fashion Incubator

Shaka King hadn't shown a men's collection in a number of years, but "I realized I had something to say," he says

Shaka King Menswear, Shaka King, executive director DC Fashion Incubator

Shaka King Menswear, Shaka King, executive director DC Fashion Incubator

“Purity and love exist in everyone and should be respected at all times,” says Shaka King

LaQuerencia USA, Patricia Gavin, DCFI Public Designer

LaQuerencia USA, Patricia Gavin, DCFI Public Designer

“I’m developing yogawear for hot yoga” that also is “breathable after-wear in fabrics that aren’t synthetic,” says Gavin

Dur Doux, Cynthia Burt and Najla Burt

Dur Doux, Cynthia Burt and Najla Burt

"Oceania" collection from Cynthia Burt, left, and Najla Burt

Evelyn Brooks Design, Evelyn Brooks, DCFI Public Designer

Evelyn Brooks Design, Evelyn Brooks, DCFI Public Designer

“We have more minimalist pieces with some bold,” says Brooks who describes her Peruvian jewelry line as “exotic.”