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Posted at 4:00 PM ET, 02/23/2011

D.C. Fashion Week events

By Jess Righthand

Clothes from Ukrainian designers Myroslava and Orysia Zubachyk will be showcased during D.C. Fashion Week for the second time. (Nazarij Boblyk)

D.C. Fashion Week has picked up some serious steam in the past few years. Some designers from Nigeria, Ukraine, Thailand and Kazakhstan see Fashion Week in the U.S. capital as an opportunity to gain high-profile exposure without drowning in the infinite sea of designers who flock to the Big Apple year after year. Add to that a growing number of high-end local designers, and the result is an inspired medley of everything from jewelry to couture frocks to men's swimwear. Throw yourself into the fashion fray with these four events:

Networking Party at Tabaq Bistro
Aspiring models, photographers, makeup artists, designers and entrepreneurs: Bring your business cards. Hobnob with up to 1,000 industry professionals and ask those burning fashion questions you've had on the back burner. A special composite show will feature a couple of looks by every designer participating in Fashion Week.

Corjor International Fashion Show
Ean Williams, the executive director of Fashion Week, used to work with NASA. But you won't find any spacesuits in his collection of red-carpet looks. Williams will show a collection of old-Hollywood-style evening gowns with a contemporary twist, plus a few pieces for women and men inspired by his recent trip to Europe.

Washington Menswear Collections
With all the politicos and businessmen in this town, there's little doubt that Washington men are well versed in wearing suits. But you won't find anything quite so middle-of-the-road at this show. Nine local menswear designers present their best looks, from repurposed vintage military jackets to punk-rock-inspired get-ups.

International Couture Collections
Fashion Week's grand finale features mostly women's collections by some of the week's most renowned designers from around the world. Models will walk down a black mirror runway in innovative, hand-crafted pieces. The show will be projected on multiple screens for optimal viewing.

By Jess Righthand  | February 23, 2011; 4:00 PM ET
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