DC Has a New Very Exclusive Club for Designer Fashion Fans


Photos of Couture Circle’s current personal party at Tiffany & Co. by Kerrenton Snow, courtesy of Couture Circle.

Personal shopping already appears ultra-unique. But the barrage of Instagram posts from the latest occasion for Couture Circle—a new invite-only team for fashion-loving minds—reads straight out of the Sweet Household Alabama proposal scene. 

Not next? A swift refresh circa 2002: in the rom-com, Patrick Dempsey (a.k.a. McDreamy) whisks Reese Witherspoon to Tiffany’s right after-several hours, in which a dozen staff stand by as he pops the dilemma. And then, gesturing all around to all of the engagement rings, he invites her to “pick a person.” 

Couture Circle’s private event at Tiffany & Co. at CityCenterDC on Sunday, July 10 appeared a little like that–minus the engagement ring (as considerably as we know). Aptly dubbed “Breakfast at Tiffany’s,” the personal gathering invited members to sip Champagne as they perused jewellery each new and classic. Guests photographed themselves donning jewellery from a non-public collection—reportedly worn by this sort of stars as Jennifer Lopez—before leaving with Tiffany-branded goodie bags. 

But the function alone, although special, was not new for the unique team. Just before Breakfast at Tiffany’s, there was a non-public searching knowledge at the Sophie Blake boutique in Fairfax. And just before that, the group’s initial formal event in Might: a welcome reception of gentle bites and bubbles at The Ritz in Tysons Galleria, adopted by a private searching expertise and dessert at Gucci, exactly where users were being gifted customized-engraved bottles of Gucci’s Bloom fragrance.

Other perks from the group’s young existence: particular obtain to the Louis Vuitton X Nike Air Drive 1 show by Virgil Abloh in New York. On the horizon: “a pampering session” for associates with the Virginia Institute, a skincare boutique and middle for facial plastic operation and aesthetics.

But it is not all designer shopping, Couture Circle’s govt director Baille Benemelis, will have you know. Benemelis is properly related in the manner and artwork globe as the regional director of the Style Group International of Greater Washington, DC and a vocation marketing specialist. The club concept, she says, really began back again in 2018 as a fundraiser for the Rodarte show at the Countrywide Museum of Women in the Arts (NMWA), for which Couture Circle, now a nonprofit team, serves as “a very pleased benefactor.”

Couture Circle includes 19 users, and counting—although membership will be capped at 25 to begin. In the combine are stylists, manner bloggers (DC Fashion Idiot Barnette Holston, for a single) advertising and PR experts, an inside designer, a skin doctor (Dr. Tina Alster), a photographer, a jewelry designer (ahem, Sophie Blake), a retired U.S. Navy Captain, Mrs. DC America 2021 (Anchyi Wei), a VP of federal federal government relations, and far more. What do they have in prevalent? An affinity, says Benemelis, for vogue and artwork.

Compensated yearly membership dues are only disclosed to “prospects,” according to Benemelis, with 10 per cent of the elusive cost heading to the NWMA. In return, Couture Circle associates are promised entry to a wide range of unique occasions, as nicely as other luncheons and receptions hosted by luxury brand names, non-public museum excursions, sneak-peeks at new designer collections, and designer meet-and-greets—plus savings and gives on products and solutions and companies from area enterprises, and far more. 

Intrigued individuals can join the waitlist at the Couture Circle web-site, but to achieve entry, you’ve obtained to have an in—members have to be referred by latest customers. Otherwise, you can hold seeing the rom-com versions with the relaxation of us. 

Amy Moeller

Editor, Washingtonian Weddings

Amy qualified prospects Washingtonian Weddings and writes Model Setters for Washingtonian. Prior to becoming a member of Washingtonian in March 2016, she was the editor of Capitol File journal in DC and right before that, editor of What’s Up? Weddings in Annapolis.


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