Press Release

Release Date: Jan 27, 2010

Next Week: Fun Fashion Comes to Crystal City

For Immediate Release: January 26, 2010
Contacts: Laura Gross,, 202-265-5383, c: 202-255-2054
  Abbey Franke,, 202-362-1444, c. 202-251-4637

Next Week: Fun Fashion Comes to Crystal City

Jungle, Jeans, Tats and Tees Featured at “Crystal Couture”
Free Event - February 1-6, 2010
Two Contestants from America's Next Top Model to Participate

CRYSTAL CITY, VA—Next week, Crystal City is poised to join the ranks of top fashion destinations along with Milan, Paris and New York City. For one week in February, Crystal City will be the center of free fun and fashion during the second annual Crystal Couture. Building on the success of last year’s similar event, The Crystal City Business Improvement District will turn available retail space into an exotic runway, boutique and night club – featuring trunk shows, live theater, DJs, specialty drinks, food, comedians, dancing and more.

Dubbed “Jungle, Jeans, Tats and Tees,” (a.k.a. festive animal/island prints, denim, body art and t-shirts), the free event is designed to bring great retail and runway straight into the hands of attendees - whether seasoned fashionista or eager newbie.

The creativity does not end on the runway – fashion designers of all skill levels may submit proposals for cutstom T-shirt and/or jean designs. All submissions will be presented on the Crystal City BID Web site and through digital projection at the event. Audience members will vote on a winner – on Tuesday night, voting for the T-shirt design will take place and on Wednesday, voting for the jean design will occur. Prizes will be awarded.

Local non-profit groups will also be on site to collect donations of new or gently used clothing and footwear. Go Red for Women will also have a presence at the event.

Move over New York City, here comes Crystal City!


Crystal Couture – a week of fabulous fashion, fun and festivities Runway shows, local DJs, body painting, dancing, open bar, free snacks, free makeovers from makeup artists and hair stylists, prizes for best themed- and more!

Bianca Richardson and Isabella "Kelly" Falk from America's Next Top Model will participate in runway shows.

T-shirt Design Competition. Entry form and more information can be found here.

Jeans Design Competition. Entry form and more information can be found here.

The American Heart Association’s Go Red for Women hosts a national casting call for a national spokeswoman to share their stories and the choices they make to live a heart-healthy lifestyle. More information at


A storefront will be turned into a fashion hotspot at 23rd Street and S. Crystal Drive (across from Jaleo); Arlington, VA


February 1 – 6, 2010, 6:00 – 10:00 p.m. every night

Go Red Casting Call, February 5.


No ticket is necessary - the event is free and open to the public.

Photos: High Resolution photos for the media are available upon request.
Media Pass:

Members of the media who would like to attend should contact Laura Gross at or at 202-265-5383, c: 202-255-2054.

More 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. Crystal City is ACTIVE, ARTFUL, ACCESSIBLE, and GREEN. For more information, visit