Press Release

Release Date: Jan 25, 2018



CONTACT: Robert Mandle,, 703-412-9430




CRYSTAL CITY, VA—More than 30 of the region’s most fashionable boutiques, clothing shops, and designers will gather for two days of shopping, runways, and fashionable fun in Crystal City in less than two weeks. Celebrating its 10th year, the Crystal Couture Show & Sale, the area’s largest pop-up retail shop and fashion show, will be open to the public on February 2nd and 3rd, 2018.


Crystal Couture - Show and Sale Details:

What: The Crystal Couture Show & Sale is the area’s largest combined pop-up retail shop and runway show. Hosted by the Crystal City Business Improvement District in space provided by JBG SMITH, Crystal Couture is professionally managed and choreographed by local fashion maven, Maggy Francois. This year’s Crystal Couture guests can expect:

  • More than 25 pop-up retailers consisting of the metropolitan area’s most stylish boutiques and designers
  • Special Crystal Couture sales pricing
  • Featured celebrity fashion brands including Chris Brown’s Black Pyramid and LaLa Anthony
  • Special guest hosts including Ashley Darby of the Real Housewives of Potomac and musical recording artist Brave Williams
  • Local personalities and hosts include Paul Wharton, Sunni from WPGC, Diego Gonzalez-Zuniga of Diego Downtown, and media personality Ashleigh Demi.
  • Featured beauty brand by Robyn Dixon of Real House Wives of Potomac
  • Professionally choreographed runway shows by Maggy Francois every 15-minutes featuring more than 30 individual designers and boutiques
  • Beer and wine bar (cash/credit)
  • Free 5-minute make-up and hair makeovers
  • Music entertainment from Celebrity DJ Sabeel Chohan
  • Entry is free, but a special $20 VIP ticket option is available which provides $20 in Couture Cash to spend at any vendor on site and four beverages from the bar

Participating Boutiques & Designers:

Amanda Casarez

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Cathy Ebrada Bridal

Pretty in Ink

Bathhouse Swimwear by Bernard Moore

Carrie Rockwell

D’Milikah Swimwear

Belle Flowers Fashion Designer

Chic Bella Boutique

Dahnistry Couture

Beyond the Velvet Rope Boutique

Black Pyramid

Dynasty By Brittany

I-Wear by Raqui

Christopher Schafer Clothier

Evelyn Brooks Designs

Jree Desiree Collections

CJKollective Boutique


Kim Elleen Collection

Make Up

Humility Clothing Co.

LaLa Anthony Collection

MB Design Gallery

Hush Boutique

Lash Moi

Melissa Lew


Love Always YJE


Top Rank

Luxury Guilt

MK Vendetta

Victor Hou Designs

Virlé Cole

Wuayra Peruvian Silver Jewelry

Cathy Ebrada Bridal


Where: Crystal City Shops at 1750 Crystal Drive, Arlington, VA 22202
When: Friday, February 2 ~ 5:00pm to 9:00pm
Saturday, February 3 ~ 2:00pm to 9:00pm
Admission: Free and open to the public; special VIP ticket available (not required)
Images: View images from past Crystal Couture Show & Sale events
Social Media: Tell us and your friends that you’ll be there via the Facebook Event and interact with us on Twitter using #CrystalCouture.
Media: Members of the press who wish to attend any of the events may contact Robert Mandle at (703)-412-9430 or Interviews with event organizers are available upon request.


About the Crystal City Business Improvement District

The Crystal City Business Improvement District (BID) is a public-private partnership established in April 2006 to promote the vibrant Crystal City business, retail, restaurant and residential community. The BID is committed to showcasing the area as a world-class destination for visitors, employees and residents.

About Maggy Francois, LLC

Maggy “Fancy” Francois is the brains behind Maggy Francois, LLC, a boutique event design firm that focuses on the comprehensive planning and design of fashion, social, corporate and non-profit events, activations, image consulting and styling.  Francois is a firecracker, blending her signature style, innovative ideas and creative magic to deliver inspired, one-of-a-kind productions and experiences. Francois has produced Crystal Couture in partnership with the Crystal City BID since 2010.

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