SS20 Press Release


10+ Fashion Local and International Designers to Strut the Runway on September 5


WASHINGTON, DC (August 26, 2019)  – The DowntownDC Business Improvement District (BID) presents its third District of Fashion Runway Show on Thursday, September 5. For the first-time ever, District of Fashion will showcase its spring and summer (S/S) collections from local, national and international fashion designers and models at the prestigious and historic Smithsonian American Art Museum (SAAM) in the dazzling Robert and Arlene Kogod Courtyard.


District of Fashion continues to convene hundreds of fashion and beauty aficionados, renowned guests and models from across the DC/MD/VA region. Celebrity TV personality and stylist Paul Wharton will host the District of Fashion’s runway event, just ahead of New York Fashion Week, to bridge the gap between the two cities and elevate DC’s position in the fashion industry. New to this year’s show includes international Elle cover star and celebrity model, Olivia Martin, runway music curated by Vette Bailhache, and music spun by DC native DJ Face. Returning this season, also features veteran District of Fashion hair and makeup director, Eva Styles, to oversee the season’s hottest trends for hair and makeup.


“For the third time in 12 months, the DowntownDC BID is thrilled to showcase an amazing slate of local and international designers and support the local fashion industry through our District of Fashion Runway Show,” said BID President & CEO Neil Albert. “We have depended on key public and private partners to help us keep pace with the flood of interest and energy around this signature event and fulfill our mission to elevate the local fashion industry.”


DowntownDC’s District of Fashion Runway Show S/S 2020 collection event is in partnership with Mayor Muriel Bowser’s Commission on Fashion Arts and Events (CFAE), 202Creates, the Office of Cable Television, Film and Entertainment (OCTFME), and the Smithsonian American Art Museum (SAAM).


This season’s runway show will feature various national and international designers primarily from DC/MD/VA including Dur Doux, Shari Henry, SJL Collection, Abrams Wearable, Insight DC, Mylk and Honey Clothier, BeMade, celebrity designer TruFacebyGrace and returning District of Fashion celebrity all-stars Andrew Nowell Menswear, Cheero Citizen, Christopher Schafer Clothier, Grindstone Universal, SincerelyKAJ, and DiDomenico.


Sponsors include RASA, Eva Styles, Blume Honey Water, FashionWeek Online, RNWY, Amaryllis Floral & Event Design, Miss Jessie’s, Sephora, Le Pain Quotidien, Catoctin Creek, Janet & Jo, El Silencio Mezcal, Atmosphere Inc., Sephora, The Ronin, Smithsonian American Art Museum, Vette Bailhache, Paul Wharton Style, MISCellaneous Distillery, Courvoisier, Effen Vodka, Roku Gin, Peroni, Roti, Washington DC Economic Partnership, and Martino by Martino Cartier.


For more information about DowntownDC BID District of Fashion Runway Show, or to apply for press credentials, please visit or contact Catherine Llamido at


About District of Fashion

The District of Fashion Runway Show is DowntownDC’s premier fashion event. It serves as a unique platform for designers, buyers, fashion press, stylists, and other fashion creatives to conduct world-class business in Washington, DC. District of Fashion events are held in September and February as kickoffs to New York Fashion Week. The DowntownDC Business Improvement Corporation (BID) is working to establish the District as a thriving fashion capital and to create awareness about DC’s local, innovative and inclusive fashion industry. The event seeks to solidify DC’s status alongside thriving industry destinations such as New York, L.A, Paris and Milan.


About the DowntownDC BID

The DowntownDC Business Improvement District (BID) was founded in 1997 and is a private non-profit organization that provides capital improvements, resources and research that keep the BID area clean, safe, economically and environmentally strong and accessible. The DowntownDC BID is a catalyst, facilitator and thought leader in diversifying the economy, promoting public/private partnerships and enhancing the DowntownDC experience for all. This special district, where property owners have agreed to tax themselves to fund services, encompasses a 138-block area of approximately 520 properties from Massachusetts Avenue on the north to Constitution Avenue on the south, and from Louisiana Avenue on the east to 16th Street on the west. Find DowntownDC BID on FacebookTwitter and Instagram.




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