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Washington, DC—The 22nd DC Fashion Week (DCFW) will kick off with a celebration of up and coming “NEXTGEN” student designers on Feb. 18, 2015. This season the five-day long festivities, which will proudly introduce the Fall/Winter collections of designers from across the world from Feb. 18 – 22, is upping its commitment to paying it forward and expanding its efforts to encourage students to pursue a career in fashion.

The opening event, sponsored in partnership with award-winning DC organization H Street Main Street, will showcase the work of faculty-nominated students from Delaware State, Howard University, Liberty University and West Potomac Academy. Participating students will get a platform to exhibit their unique collections and will gain hands-on knowledge and a behind the scenes understanding of the economics of the fashion industry, all for free.

“Giving back to students and our community by showcasing their undiscovered designs in the heart of the H Street fashion market is what makes this collaboration so poetic,” said DCFW Executive Producer Ean Williams. “DC Fashion Week has always had a strong commitment to the next generation of designers, and we are thrilled to be able to have so much promising talent participate in our show.”

Unlike previous DCFW opening events, this year’s showcase will be a dynamic popup entertainment and retail experience, repurposing existing retail space on H Street NE for the show and for temporary spaces to house local fashion retailers, such as Catwalk Boutique, Cutlass and Cane and Euro Styles.

“Hosting such a unique and community-building event is a wonderful opportunity for the H Street NE Corridor,” said Anwar Saleem, Executive Director of H Street Main Street. “When we come together and encourage students to succeed and our businesses to thrive, everyone benefits. We thank DC Fashion Week for having their event in our neighborhood and look forward to working together again in the future.”

The event will take place from 7 – 9 p.m. on Feb. 18, 2015 at 823 H Street NE. Admission is free an open to the public. Join the conversation on twitter by using #NEXTGENDESIGNERS.

DC Fashion Week doesn’t stop there! Please check out the other wonderful events we are putting on for the rest of the week:

Feb. 19 – Fashion Industry Networking Party hosted at Dirty Martini Bar & Restaurant in Dupont Circle: This festive engagement is where designers, models, photographers, media and retailers network and showcase their talents. The event has expanded to all three floors to accommodate the popular Jewelry & Accessory Fashion Show, as well as the after party. Free and open to the public.


Feb. 20 – Haute & Modesty Fashion show (women only) hosted at the District Architecture Center in the heart of DC’s bustling Penn Quarter District: Simply captivating designs abound as this showcase transcends the latest cultural convergence of fashion.Tickets/press passes required.

Feb. 21 – Metropolitan Emerging Designers & Indie Artists (M.E.D.I.A.) Show hosted at Washington Post Conference Center (1150 15 St NW): Special music guest performance by actor/singer Ivan Ellis from Fox’s new hit series “Empire.” Tickets/press passes required.

Feb. 22 – International Couture Collections Show at the Carnegie Library in Mount Vernon Square. Tickets/press passes required.

The unbridled popularity of these events makes DCFW’s 10-year anniversary destined to leave its mark on history – for the next generation.

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About DC Fashion Week: DCFW is Washington’s premier apparel trade show, and the only fashion tradeshow entity formally recognized by the District of Columbia. A partnership of independent fashion designers, producers and models, DCFW was created toincrease economic development in the area of fashion design, clothing merchandising and modeling, and to enhance the visibility of the nation’s capital as a center of international fashion. DCFW showcases the fashion industry in the D.C. area and includes a wide range of domestic and international fashion trade professionals including buyers, sourcing agents, merchandisers, exporters and high-end retailers.

About H Street Main Street: Established in 2002, H Street Main Street works with private and local partners to encourage and support small business growth and revitalization along the H Street NE Corridor. Over the last decade, the organization’s work has supported the creation of more than 286 new businesses and over 2600 new jobs in the District. H Street Main Street’s work has been so successful, the organization was presented with a 2013 Great American Main Street Award (GAMSA), recognizing H Street as an outstanding example of urban commercial revitalization. Follow H Street Main Street on Twitter and Facebook.

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