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Getting Dressed for Crystal Couture

Annual event spotlights local designers.

Models, fashion, accessories and sales promise to be front and center as the fourth Crystal Couture event hits the runway at the Crystal City Shops Feb. 7-11.

The five-day event will feature eclectic styles from more than 40 local designers. Big names and fresh newcomers alike will "show and sell" as everything modeled will be for sale to the public.

"Crystal Couture presents a broad cross section of designers; they all bring something special to the event," said Angela Fox, president and CEO of the Crystal City Business Association. "It can be hard to have store front retail because of the expenses, so this is a great opportunity for people to get their name out there."

Show and Sell

<1st>The fourth Crystal Couture event will be held Feb. 7-11 at the Crystal City Shops at 1750 S. Bell St. in Crystal City. The event takes place daily from 6-10 p.m., is metro accessible and free parking. The event is free, and designer wear is marked at a steep discount. For more information visit: crystalcity.org/artful/couture

Kim Truong, a business major at NOVA Community College and rising fashion designer, hopes to impress with her Kim Chu Collection of environmentally conscious material and organic style.

"People need to take more risks with style."

— Sara Callahan, a spokesman for Profile Fashion in DC

"I’m more inspired by the fabrics; they’re eco friendly. I’ll throw it on a mannequin and follow whichever way the fabric wants to flow. This year it’s a feminine, spring style," said Truong. "Crystal Couture is pretty laid back. I did it last year, I’m trying to get my name out there."

"People need to take more risks with style," said Sara Callahan, a spokesman for Profile Fashion in D.C. "From a designer side it’s important to find something new and introduce it, rather than use the same thing over and over."

This year space for the designers was filled in a record breaking three weeks, and organizers expect upwards of 4,000 people to attend the five-day event. The continued success of Crystal Couture has taken on professional dimensions, yet organizers maintain fun remains at the core.

"Crystal Couture presents a broad cross section of designers; they all bring something special to the event."

— Angela Fox, president and CEO, Crystal City Business Association

"There’s something for all demographics," said Fox. "It’s a different kind of experience, it’s fun and the number of people who show up every year lends credibility to the event."