D.C.’s style scene is growing, but politics still plays its part

From left, Giovanna Gray Lockhart, Madeline Grayson, Maria Trabocchi, Deb Waterman Johns, Lynda Erkiletian and Carol Joynt at the creative women in business panel on March 5. (Julian Thomas)

It is not typical to walk into an event in D.C. and see a woman in a Big Bird-esque, oversize, electric-blue fur coat. But this get-together was no stuffy Washington suit-and-tie affair.

A crowd of women — including local journalists Kristen Berset Harris and Debra Alfarone — took to Georgetown on Monday night with designer purses draped across their arms to hear five Washington female entrepreneurs speak during a Creative Women in Business discussion at the Scout Bags showroom. The accessory label’s founder, Deb Waterman Johns, hosted a panel discussion moderated by writer Carol Joynt that featured: THE Artist Agency chief executive Lynda Erkiletian; senior adviser for the Wing and former Washington editor of Glamour, Giovanna Gray Lockhart; Tuckernuck clothing boutique founder Madeline Grayson; and one-half of the husband-wife duo behind the Fiola restaurant empire, Maria Trabocchi.

D.C. is not exactly considered a hub for entertainment and fashion — “the other f-word,” said Waterman Johns — making fun of how…

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