They've Got It, So They Flaunt It

Photography and fashion collided (beautifully, might we add) last weekend at Anacostia's Honfleur Gallery. Flaunt, an art and fashion collaboration, wrapped up last weekend with a runway show. Pictured: Mirza Mperial by Taimur Baig. Flaunt paired four photographers with four fashion designers to create a vibrant, intense style of fashion photography. Pictured: L-Shandi by Lara Akinsanya. Anacostia's Honfleur Gallery works to provide access to the arts for residents “east of the river,” while also hosting while also non-salable, socially minded exhibitions and installations. Pictured: Artistic Aya by Dana Ayanna Greaves. The show was curated by Rachel Cothran, founder of DC's popular street fashion blog, Project Beltway. A desire to showcase the talent of local designers and photographers was the inspiration behind the concept, Cothran says. She created Flaunt with Ten Miles Square founder Heather Goss. “It was very important to put fashion in an art space because I think that people don't think about it that way,” said Cothran. “Especially here.” Pictured: Artistic Aya by Dana Ayanna Greaves. She's not just an attorney! DCist's Arts and Managing Editor Heather Goss founded Ten Miles Square, a venture to promote local photographers. Pictured: Mirza Mperial by Taimur Baig. Photographers were Joshua Yosypn, John Ulaszek, Meaghan Gay and Steve Goldenberg. Goldenberg partnered with Durkl, captured their vibrant designs in stark contrast to the muted tones of Washington's K Street. "I thought, how cool would it be to take this colorful '80s pop style and take it down to Connecticut and K Street at rush hour?” he said. “ It was really fast-paced and it came out exactly how I wanted it to.” Pictured: Durkl by Will Sharp. Designers included Taimur Baig of Mirza Mperial, Lara Akinsanya of L-Shandi, Dana Ayanna Greaves and Will Sharp of Durkl. Durkl's PR director, Lucas Pierce, said they were excited to work with the Honfleur and expand to another part of the city. “It's a new neighborhood for us,” said Pierce. “We don't make it down to Anacostia a lot.” Pictured: Durkl by Will Sharp. Guests each received a goody bag with music and beauty care products, as well as a special sunglasses giveaway from Durkl. Pictured: L-Shandi by Lara Akinsanya. DJ Kenan Orr provided his services for the evening free of charge. Guests each received a goody bag with music and beauty care products, as well as a special sunglasses giveaway from Durkl. Pictured: L-Shandi by Lara Akinsanya. The show was attended by fashionistas, designers, photographers and power players in the DC arts scene. “I really like the way the show came together,” said Eric Brewer of Dissident Display Gallery. “It was very natural and I thought the designs were very creative and playful.”

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Flaunt, an art and fashion collaboration, wrapped up last weekend with a runway show. Pictured: Mirza Mperial by Taimur Baig.
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Flaunt paired four photographers with four fashion designers to create a vibrant, intense style of fashion photography. Pictured: L-Shandi by Lara Akinsanya.
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Anacostia's Honfleur Gallery works to provide access to the arts for residents “east of the river,” while also hosting while also non-salable, socially minded exhibitions and installations. Pictured: Artistic Aya by Dana Ayanna Greaves.
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Ra-Jah S. Kelly
The show was curated by Rachel Cothran, founder of DC's popular street fashion blog, Project Beltway. A desire to showcase the talent of local designers and photographers was the inspiration behind the concept, Cothran says. She created Flaunt with Ten Miles Square founder Heather Goss. “It was very important to put fashion in an art space because I think that people don't think about it that way,” said Cothran. “Especially here.” Pictured: Artistic Aya by Dana Ayanna Greaves.
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Ra-Jah S. Kelly
She's not just an attorney! DCist's Arts and Managing Editor Heather Goss founded Ten Miles Square, a venture to promote local photographers. Pictured: Mirza Mperial by Taimur Baig.
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Photographers were Joshua Yosypn, John Ulaszek, Meaghan Gay and Steve Goldenberg. Goldenberg partnered with Durkl, captured their vibrant designs in stark contrast to the muted tones of Washington's K Street. "I thought, how cool would it be to take this colorful '80s pop style and take it down to Connecticut and K Street at rush hour?” he said. “ It was really fast-paced and it came out exactly how I wanted it to.” Pictured: Durkl by Will Sharp.
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Ra-Jah S. Kelly
Designers included Taimur Baig of Mirza Mperial, Lara Akinsanya of L-Shandi, Dana Ayanna Greaves and Will Sharp of Durkl. Durkl's PR director, Lucas Pierce, said they were excited to work with the Honfleur and expand to another part of the city. “It's a new neighborhood for us,” said Pierce. “We don't make it down to Anacostia a lot.” Pictured: Durkl by Will Sharp.
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Guests each received a goody bag with music and beauty care products, as well as a special sunglasses giveaway from Durkl. Pictured: L-Shandi by Lara Akinsanya.
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DJ Kenan Orr provided his services for the evening free of charge.
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Ra-Jah S. Kelly
Guests each received a goody bag with music and beauty care products, as well as a special sunglasses giveaway from Durkl. Pictured: L-Shandi by Lara Akinsanya.
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The show was attended by fashionistas, designers, photographers and power players in the DC arts scene. “I really like the way the show came together,” said Eric Brewer of Dissident Display Gallery. “It was very natural and I thought the designs were very creative and playful.”
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