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DC’s New Home for Designers

I spent an evening at the DC Fashion Incubator. The idea is to grow local talent.. and in turn help stir the economy. The incubator is modeled after other programs that have found success in Atlanta and Chicago. Right now the program has 4 designers working to produce their Made in DC label. By the summer they hope to move into a big warehouse in SE DC that can hold and help nurture up to 24 designers.

Check out my story and stay tuned for a Nonstop Scene Fashion Special still to come. That air date will be released soon!

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DC Mayor Gray Inaugural Gala draws 11,000 guests for black-tie celebration

‘…as we make our city – the District of Columbia – the greatest city in the world!’ – DC Mayor Vincent C. Gray

The Walter E. Washington Convention Center filled with 11,000 loyal supporters for the DC Mayor Vincent C. Gray Inaugural Gala. Hosted by Darian ‘Big Tigger’ Morgan of the Big Tigger Show and Jamie Foster Brown of S2S Magazine, the gala was a black-tie celebration complete with great food, drinks, dancing and entertainment. Grammy Award nominated R&B artist, Raheem Devaughn, and the legendary ‘Godfather of GoGo’, Chuck Brown kept the party alive, performing songs for every age. Mayor Gray took the stage to show appreciation and recognized many of his fellow officials including Chairman Kwame R. Brown, Councilmember At-Large Michael A. Brown, and former mayor and current Ward 8 Councilmember Marion Barry. Other notable guests included immediate and distant family members of Gray, all sponsors of the Gray campaign, lobbyists like Rhoda Washington, President of the GWFCC Christine Brooks-Cropper, DC Housewife Stacie Turner, the current Miss DC Stephanie Williams,  and more.    

By Rachel DeMita 

DC Mayor Gray poses for quick photo with daughter, Jonice (gown by Badgley Mischka from Saks Fifth Avenue).


Gucci in DC: US Air loses $50,000 worth of luggage


The heir to the GUCCI dynasty was in DC during his first visit to the US. 83 year old Giorgio Gucci spoke on Capitol Hill on the issue of the black market. He urged leaders to pass stronger counterfeit laws and follow through with enforcement. An unfortunate fashion note… Gucci addressed the crowd in an emergency buy… an untailored, slightly too big Jos. A Bank suit. The designer scrambled to find something to wear after US Airways lost $50,000 worth of his luggage! Gucci himself did not seem rattled. I was impressed with his graciousness.


Highlights from the forum included an outstanding performance by opera sensation Cristina Fontinelli who sang the National Anthem. Rep. Diane E. Watson was honored as well for her push to protect designers and fashion commerce. I was honored to emcee the talk that included great insight from expert panelists Jean Bonilla, Caroyl Miller and Steve Hilson. The Greater Washington Chamber of Commerce and Emperor Brands hosted the forum.

Check out my interview with him about what he thought about his first visit to the Nation’s Capitol.  I’ll be airing more video on the WUSA9 Morning Show Friday. Tune in.

Taimur Baig: Spring 2011 Preview

He is one of my favorite designers and has dressed me for everything from charity fashion events to New York Fashion Week.

Taimur Baig is his name.. his brand.. his beautiful creations. Close friends, fashion leaders and investors toasted the DC based designer at a private party at Vetro celebrating his Spring 2011 Collection. Watch coverage of the night on WUSA9 here.

GWFCC’s Christine Brooks-Cropper, Taimur Baig and Celebrity Stylist George Worrell

 The Corcoran’s Kristin Guiter, The Post’s Holly Thomas and Dept of Labor’s Krista Haywood

Angie with photographer Tim Coburn

The Corcoran’s Rachel Cothran wearing one of Taimur’s gowns

Timur Tugberk in shades with Friend

Sex & The City 2 Screening, What DC Wore & Says

WATCH NOW: SATC2 Screening at AFI on WUSA9 TV

We came, we saw, we wore stilettos.. wedges.. platforms and even flashy flats!

Katherine Kennedy, Courtney Robinson, Amanda Polk and Nina Snow

There wasn’t an extra seat left in the historic AFI Silver Theatre for the official Warner Bros. & Moet-Chandon screening of Sex and the City 2.  Here’s what some of Washington’s top fashionistas had to say after the Champagne & Cinema night:
My favs were many of Samantha’s one liners (like “ohhh Charles of my Labia” instead of Charles of Arabia) – HAH! -Kristina Dorville, Government 

I appreciated how they focused on what real women go through from being single, married, kids and menopause, lol. -Maggy Francois, Greater Washington Fashion Chamber of Commerce

I wish there was more flashbacks to their youth when they first arrived in NYC. It was a blast of a movie that sure didn’t disappoint but left me holding my breath for the trilogy. 
-Katherine Kennedy, KMK PR

Movie Times: Sex and the City 2

SATC is like seeing old friends again. Everyone smiles when their favorite comes on the screen. I was sort of disappointed that they took the ladies out of NYC. I always enjoyed finding out the new hot restaurants, night clubs, stores. -Amanda Polk, Philanthropist 

I had such a great time with all of the girls and loved the Moet combo. -Courtney Robinson, ABC7 Reporter

I loved the flashbacks to them first arriving in new york and samantha getting kicked out of the country for making out on the beach was classic. -Lauren Pomponio, Muscle Milk

Loved: The dynamic about mothers was especially lovely to share with my mom and I felt like it helped me better understand how it must have been to raise me as a single parent
-Carissa Maguire, Event Planner

I liked some of the outfits and how the middle east was portrayed as modern and old, extravagant and over the top in some ways and simple and 3rd world in other ways…that is soooo true🙂  -Dr. Alex Naini, Aesthetic Dental Spa

Pros: Great fashion, Aidan is hot, loved Carries hair (but hated a couple of outfits where her boobs were bursting out. It looked a bit desperate). Cons: There was a TON of advertising -Jenny Goff, Teacher 

I was expecting more fashion but loved when the middle eastern women de-robed w/ the spring collection of some known designers. -Christine Brooks-Cropper, GWFCC

I also like how they show that no ones life is perfect. If you are single, married, or have kids, there are always new challenges! -Keri Ann Meslar, Philanthropy/Events

Andrea Roane, Wes Vaughn , Suzanne Mansfield and Jenny Goff

Christine Brooks-Cropper, Maggy Francois & designer Tashia Senn

Jeannie Jones aka J Kitty in the City ‘MEOW!!!’

Best hair of the night: Emcee Paul Wharton here with guest

More photos by Alfred Flores of

Oh Snap! State of Style on the Hill

The  State of Style Awards on Capitol Hill, honoring fashion legend Fern Mallis.

WATCH: Angie’s WUSA- TV Report on ‘State of Style Awards’

Fern Mallis received the Elements of Fashion Legacy Award during the Greater Washington Fashion Chamber of Commerce‘s first annual ‘State of Style Awards’ at the Hart Senate Building. Following the awards a panel including Mallis and local designers Tala Rassi, Tashia Senn and Evelyn Brooks discussed DC fashion issues on industry, politics and resources. The State of Style Awards recognize leaders and emerging professionals making a difference in the fashion industry here in Washington. Spotted: WaPo’s Robin Givhan, DC Councilmenber Michael Brown, philantrhopist Amanda Polk, designer/advocate Lara Miller. Pictures by: Vithaya Photography

GWFCC’s Ingrid Rios, Christine Brooks-Cropper with Angie Goff, Fern Mallis, Tashia Senn

Designer Tala Rassi was on the panel

Timur Tugberk, Alex Naini and Emily Nolan attend

Amanda Polk & Ingrid Rios award Evelyn Brooks

Video: Washington Fashion Elite Honored, Party

Full Story: OMG on WUSA9 This Morning

Angie Goff with more on Washington’s first annual Fashion Awards. They’ve been announced and we get you up close to an exclusive party to celebrate our city’s most stylish. Ashley Taylor in Ann Hand jewelry and Pamela Sorensen in DVF were among Washington’s fashion elite at ‘Washington Life Magazine’s Fashion Awards’ party at the Textile Museum. WL’s Karin Tanabe talked with Aureta Thomollari about her vintage Yves Saint Laurent. Also in today’s report, local designer Tashia Senn presents her Fall 2010 collection a throwback to 1960’s glam… with a twist! [Picture Right: DC’s First Lady Michelle Fenty, described as a “Design Star” by WL]

The List: 2010 Fashion Awards

Society 2.0: DC Fundraisers Go Online

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