Colorful, innovative and proud — the artistry at the District of Fashion Runway Show at the Smithsonian American Art Museum was as if the clothing designs stepped off a museum display and strutted down the cat walk.The mere number of options in menswear was exciting for men’s fashion enthusiasts. From white clean lines to tailored three piece suits and afrofuturistic fashion — no matter what your cup of tea, there was something for everyone! We are highlighting several of our favority looks.
First a grey toned plaid, three piece suit with a solid white button down underneath and a flashy pair of tuxedo shoes. The suit by Christopher Schafer Clothier was tailored perfectly, and paired with the print showed off long lines that are both becoming and attractive.
Next, was a chic outfit designed by Andrew Nowell… perfect for a white party on a friend’s yacht, or maybe more realistically, a medium boat party. A white button down with a white linen blazer on top paired with a clean white hat and matching sleek white kicks. The kicker? A pair of slightly translucent white slacks with a special detail – opaque back rectangular pockets that made this other wise simple look a bit funky.
Finally, a style that was so different and original it looked like it could have come out of costume designer, Ruth E. Carter’s repertoire. In reality, this was the work of DC Based Trufacebygrace. Although you can see the similarity to Carter’s work, there was also individuality in this afrofuturistic design. A large gold carved collar with another half collar hanging from from the first was shown out against a bare chest back drop. The designer added a gold shimmering sarong that was just about as long as briefs. Thin golden cuffs around his wrists and ankles finished the look.
The District of Fashion Runway Show was presented by the DowntownDC Business Improvement District as a DC kickoff to New York Fashion Week.