09 Oct Event Recap: Gilt City DC’s Stacy London Book Party at Muleh
by ATFDC Contributor Susan Stipanovich
Friday evening’s event at Muléh Boutique on 14th St was nothing short of inspiring. The gorgeous space was witness to many women (and a few men) finding their style and learning new ways to use clothes in order to find the most confident, stylish versions of themselves. Muléh presents minimalist options for the modern woman who knows what she likes and invests in quality pieces. Designers such as Philip Lim, Vivienne Westwood, and Mulberry adorn the displays making for a highly curated shopping experience. GiltCity had reserved the lovely boutique in order to host one America’s famous style experts, Stacy London, as she promoted her newly released book, “The Truth About Style”.
Ms. London joined TLC in 2002 as one of the original hosts of “What Not to Wear” after years of styling experience in fashion editorial for such publications as American Vogue and Mademoiselle. In 2005 she and co-host Clinton Kelly wrote a book together titled “Dress Your Best: The Complete Guide to Finding the Style That’s Right for Your Body.”
London has dedicated her professional life to helping men and women find their style, and even supports the Triple Negative Breast Cancer Foundation by providing makeovers for double-mastectomy survivors. She is also the co-owner of Style for Hire, an online service that matches people with personal stylists that live in their area. The goal of the online agency is to bring personal styling services to average income people. The venture was launched as a pilot in 2010 in our very own Washington, D.C. to test the idea before being fully launched nation wide in the spring of 2012.
London lectures across the country on the connection between personal style and self-esteem. She has spoken at Oprah Winfrey’s O You! Conference for the past three years and given a keynote lecture on self-esteem at Harvard University in 2006. Friday’s event was much less about her upcoming book and rather London’s personal thoughts on fashion, what inspired her to launch Style for Hire, and also a wonderful Q&A with the stylist about issues that guests were seeking advice on. Guests questions ran that gamut, inquiring about everything from what to wear when you’re expecting to whether accessories need to match perfectly.
London didn’t disappoint, bringing the same engaging, vibrant energy that makes her so popular on “What Not To Wear” to Muléh’s intimate showroom. London, who looked amazing in a white pencil skirt, peplum blouse, and sky-high Louboutins took the time to talk to every guest who queued up to ask her a question. The crowd was thrilled by her energy and honesty, giving advice and uplifting suggestions frequently peppered with her signature phrase, “Shut up!” As the event came to a close, guests left with new tips on how to improve their wardrobes as well as a signed copy of London’s new book “The Truth About Style”.
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All photos by Alex Kafka for All Things Fashion DC
Susan Stipanovich is a stylist and writer who lives and works in Washington D.C. She researches counter terrorism methods and international security sector reform in Africa and the Middle East by day as a Department of Defense associate and spends her free time curating a fashionable lifestyle through her blog Hepburn Loves Givenchy.