ALL AMERICAN BALL 2013

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Written & photographed by Baille Gelwicks & Lisa Klein.


It was like an apocalypse, a Fashion Apocalypse, where only the fancy dressed people were saved….

Media pass in hand and 10 lbs of hairspray keeping this look together, I forged on to the All American Ball for what would be a fashion filled evening. Fellow Fashiontographer Lisa and I had our work cut out for us with four packed rooms of proud Americans, all out to celebrate the 57th Presidential Inauguration. The first room rendered two gorgeous Ralph Lauren dresses; one a short gold sequence number and the other a long white jersey dress. Two Nicole Miller dresses were spotted right away when we noticed her signature rouching. As we entered the main room we found a gorgeous sequin Escada with an almost sun burst effect at the side, a purple Diane Von Furstenberg with a barely there back, and right outside, a J. Mendel with a mermaid bottom and pin-tucks to die for.

The most popular dress of the evening however did not come from any world renowned designer but from Macy’s. The mermaid bottom dress with a cut out lace back was seen in four different shades. We lost count after a while. The biggest trend seen at the All American Ball was the one-shoulder gowns. The sequins Escada, purple Trina Turk, creme BCBG and gold Giovanni all proved that two sleeves are not better than one.

Leaving the glitz and glamour behind and as we headed home, we realized DC had a different feel. It was like an apocalypse, a Fashion Apocalypse, where only the fancy dressed people were saved. There was not a person in sight that was not dressed to the nines. Oh if only every day could be Inauguration Day!

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