[Updated] Wednesday night, Bloomingdale's Chevy Chase hosted DC techies, and the people that love them, for the third annual Geek 2 Chic Fashion Show. Proceeds benefited Network for Teaching Entrepreneurship (NFTE). Male entrepreneurs were strutting their stuff down the runway wearing the latest looks from Bloomingdale's, including pieces from Ralph Lauren, Theory, Seven For All Mankind, and more. NBC's Angie Goff was back as the event's emcee, and did her best to jape with the entrepreneurs from behind her very blurry prop glasses.
After the party, everyone skipped to The Brixton for the "Entreprelooza!" after party, co-sponsored by Startup DC and Microsoft. Guests enjoyed open bar and conversation, and the few that didn't fill up on mini ice cream cones and pac man grilled cheeses at Bloomingdale's ordered from the restaurant's menu.
Over the course of the night, we spotted: Microsoft's Dr. Mark Drapeau, Maggie O'Neill, Miss DC 2011 Ashley Boalch, Christopher Brown, Marybeth Coleman, Alyssa Farah, Meredith Fineman, George Foulard, Katelyn Gimbel, Heather Guay, Brad Hoffman, Fitz Holladay, Brendan Kownacki, Vivan Leslie, Sondra Ortagus, Matt Schwartz, Becca Thorsen, Anchyi Wei, and Lucien Zeigler.
Modeling in the show: Adam Conner, Facebook; Adam Jaffe, Mercury Continuity; Adam Sharp, Twitter; Adam Zuckerman, Foster.ly; Alex Priest, Uber; Arash Shirazi, The Bullitt Agency; Ashish Jaiman, Microsoft; Ben Magarik, Opower; Bennett Richardson, hin.ge; Blaze Sanders, Solar System Express; Brandon Andrews, U.S. Senate; Brandt Squires, Swipely; Chris Roche, Startup America; Eric Schulze, thirst.; Jim Rogers, Neustar; Jimmy Gardner, Innovative Solutions Consortium (ISC); Jonathon Perrelli, Fortify.vc; Lee Brenner, HyperVocal; Lou Aronson, Votifi; Micha Weinblatt, Betterific; Michael Clements, ArtJamz; Navroop Mitter, Gryphn; Neeraj Jaiman, Beamsmart; Sean McElrath, Hallway; Sergio Rodriguera, U.S. House of Representatives; Stephen Bates, EMC; and 2012 NFTE graduate, Jordon Brooks.
NFTE provides programs that inspire young people from low-income communities to stay in school, recognize business opportunities, and plan for succesful futures.
My favorite runway look for the evening was definitely Sergio Rodriguera Jr. His whole look was just working for me; his geekishly-chic accessories of bow tie and thick rimmed spec's, to his anything but geeky in a Hugo Boss shirt, Armani blue velvet blazer and pants, and kicks by Too Boot New York. Sergio also opted for my accessory of choice, a glass of champagne,and while I can't say I often find myself doing the Victor Cruz shuffle as he did, I appreciated the added flare. Bravo, Sergio! Next stop, Milan!
-Becca Thorsen, GofG Fashion Columnist