Fall 2019 Fashion Issue
Living in Washington, D.C., means engaging with the grandiose on an everyday basis. Immense concrete buildings shape the physical landscape, and their brutalist architecture transforms the city into a world of striking geometry and unforgiving edges. Whether at Federal Center SW or on the National Mall, the District’s edifices create a canvas for fashion to stand out.
For this fall’s fashion issue, The Guide chose clothes that reflect the structure built into the fabric of the city while also breathing new life into the dreary winter days with bursts of color and texture. The clothes radiate strength — a strength that refuses to be boxed in.
The Phoenix is a sustainable, family-owned boutique located on Wisconsin Avenue. Opened in 1955, The Phoenix has been passed down as a family business, and current owner Samantha Hays-Gushner represents the third generation to run The Phoenix. The boutique carries high-quality brands that also understand their responsibility to take care of the environment.
As a sustainable boutique, The Phoenix works to supply brands that are friendly to the planet both locally and globally for its clothing, home goods and jewelry collections. Powered entirely by solar energy and sponsoring several environmental education events, The Phoenix offers a lifestyle that is not limited to the physical walls of the store.
Scout & Molly’s is a boutique that puts its customers’ comfort at the forefront of the shopping experience. A franchise boutique, Scout & Molly’s has five locations in Virginia — the Ballston and Reston locations are both owned by Betsy Abraham (COL ’15) and her mother Jane Abraham — and other stores across the country.
Scout & Molly’s provides a welcoming space to any shopper to further shape their own stylistic voice. Featuring a wide array of silhouettes and brands, Scout & Molly’s can find an outfit for any customer and does so in an environment that meets shoppers where they are and invites them in. Georgetown students can bring in their GOCards for a discount in-store.
Carmen Lopez channeled her appreciation for designer fashion and sustainability into the modern consignment store Current Boutique in 2007. Current Boutique caters to women looking for stylish attire across social settings; “Boho Romantic,” “Downtown Darling” and “Polished Professional” are some of the diverse looks that the store counts in its inventory.
All of their pieces are “pre-loved.” Current sells preworn goods to new owners in an effort to minimize waste and be sustainably conscious. The store looks for goods that use environmentally friendly materials like natural fabrics, cotton, linen and more as it acknowledges that being fashionable and being sustainable are not incompatible.
Locations include Bethesda, Clarendon, Logan Circle and Old Town.
Madeline Broderick King
Yu Young Lee