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Newsworthy for Spring
SPRING'S BIGGEST TREND? Finding must-have pieces from designers previously unavailable in Washington


For women, easy dresses ruled the runway. Whether the fluid and fun pieces from Christopher Deane or the structured, almost architectural dresses and skirts from Lanvin–you'll be right on mark for Spring. For a more glamorous evening, Collette Dinnigan couldn't be more of the moment. And for all of the men in our life, Eric Finn's custom suits allow him to be as trendy or traditional as his comfort allows. Add innovation to his suit with accessories-we love the new take on one of Britain's most refined men's shoes, Barker Black.


Design duo Christopher Crawford and Angela Deane have fused their artistic talent into the design label Christopher Deane. The line features a chic range of day and evening pieces and is easy yet polished. Spring promises easy cotton peacoats and feminine flowing dresses. New this spring to Alex Boutique–owner Liberty Jones loved the line so much there are only a few pieces she didn't order.


Australian designer Collette Dinnigan's dresses and gowns are favorites of Elle Macpherson, Naomi Watts and Charlize Theron and now available in Washington. The new Boutique at International Lifestyles exclusively carries Collette Dinnigan, Little Joe by Fail Elliot and Meli' Melo' Bags. Tulip Print Silk Georgette with Rouched Bodice Halter Gown retails for $1,790.00 at The Boutique at International Lifestyles 1300 9th Street, NW Washington DC 20001 202-332-5508



Eric Finn is emerging as Washington's premier custom menswear line. Offering made to order shirts, suits and jackets flawlessly constructed in the finest Italian and English fabrics. Their innovative designs, individual options and quality craftsmanship give men custom pieces at comparable pricing. An added bonus, their wardrobe consultants come to their client's home or office. Eric Finn custom suits range between $1100 and $4000. www.ericfinn.com



Until now the distinguished shoe line Barker Black has only been in the United Kingdom. Exclusively available at Saks Fifth Avenue, the Barker Black line is the epitome of English refinement. Made from the finest Italian and French calf, the sleek and sophisticated line embraces over 125 years of its storied past while forging ahead with it's modern design.

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