Beyond the Little Black Dress: Francophile-Dream Fashion Show


As a self-professed Francophile, I couldn’t pass up the opportunity to attend and cover this exclusive Fashion show sponsored by Alliance Francais of Washington D.C. This sparkly event was held at the French Embassy on October 7, 2017. Beyond the Little Black Dress is an exclusive gem that D.C trend-setters and fashionistas usually attend.

Whenever I cover an exclusive event, my biggest worry tends to go to parking. However, street parking was abundant and free for this show.  I was quite surprised since Washington D.C is notorious for street parking conundrums (towed cars, hefty tickets, and usual antics).

Sherryn in red
Courtesy of Nandor Nagy 

As soon as I walked in, I was awe-struck by all of these glamazons decked in black attire.  Albeit, Black is the go-to color to wear to all D.C events. For a quick second, I thought I was covering a NYFW show in New York City due multiple fashionista, blogger, and press coteries spanning the party.

Beyond the Little Black Dress had an impressive VIP reception before the show. The reception included complimentary cocktails, goody bags, a silent auction and fun red carpet opportunities. The silent auction featured a Saks Fifth Avenue shopping spree, a hand-made silk couture dress, Parisian food goodie bags, and a romantic trip to Paris and Prague. My heart was totally gunning for the romantic trip to Paris!  Whomever won that bid is one lucky human being.

Models in Black
Pictures courtesy of Nandy Nagar

The show, itself, heralded remarkable D.C fashion designers and companies such as Zophia, Mindy Lam, Le Bustiere, SK Paris, and The Jarmal Harris Project. Lucky for me, the French embassy had both high-end coutour and red wine. I was able to savor aromatic notes of cherry while falling in love with Jarmal Harris’s golden gown ensembles being paraded by some of the most beautiful models I have seen in D.C.

Dani Sauter, founder of Blonde in the District, emceed the event to a packed audience. Her heartfelt words on confidence, inner beauty and on supporting designers who create fashion for women of different body types won the audience over. Her powerful words opened up the audience to some memorable eye candy.

I, as well as various bloggers on scene,  were mesmerized by Stephanie Jacek of Le Bustiere’s handiwork. Her European-inspired lingerie opened up a vortex of opportunities for black hued camis, bras, and undies to make a comeback. My personal favorite was the black, silk, lingerie suit paired with a floppy bunny eared-headpiece. Le Bustiere Boutique is located in Adams Morgan and I hope attendees of the show also check out her hosiery, corsets, and swimwear at her store. Her passion for fashion was quite evident that night.

Designer Mindy Lam, of Mindy Lam Couture, weaves swarovski crystals into her signature metal lace jewelry pieces. Her work has a fresh modern take on florals and vintage style. Much like a magician, she grabbed ocean colored blues, twisty metals, and shiny crystals and transformed these earthly wonders into an ensemble inimitable to most. Her pieces were highly sought after at the silent bid and can also be purchased at

One wouldn’t think of wearing aluminum dresses to a party but Stephane Koerwyn of SK Paris opened up this possibility after having several models parade in designs. His aluminum inspired dresses are designed to evoke emotion by allowing enough light to appear through varied forms and reliefs. His work has been displayed in several exhibitions over the past years in Paris, Brussels, London, and Washington DC.

After the show attendees were treated to iridescent macaroons, tarts, and mousse-based desserts in dainty cups from Michel et Augustin. Naturally, this delicious experience was paired with legendary teas from Kusmi Tea. I was privileged to have tasted the Anastasia (orange-blossom-flavored black tea with bergamot & lemon) and the Prince Vladimir (black tea with citrus fruits, vanilla & spices) and I can attest those two teas left a great impression with me.

About The Alliance Francaise De Washington DC

The Alliace Francaise de Washington DC is a 501cs membership-based, non-profit and non-governmental organization. The non-profit’s mission is to build connections through French language and culture. Beyond the Little Black Dress is the alliance Francaise’s largest benefiting cultural programs.

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