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Hawthorne prepping for Baltimore Fashion Week

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Philip Hawthorne will unveil his latest collection on Sunday in Baltimore. (Photo courtesy of Jason McQuain/jasonmcquain.com)

As the rainclouds began to overtake the sunny skies on a hot summer day, Washington, D.C.-based fashion designer Philip Hawthorne expressed both anxiety and excitement over his upcoming presentation at the 2011 Baltimore Fashion Week.

“I’ve been so busy getting ready for the show for the last couple of months,” says the designer who describes himself as a man of many talents when it comes to the arts. “But I’m ready for it!”

On Sunday, Hawthorne, who is gay, will be among several fashion designers to show off his latest collection to the fashion press, buyers and the general public at Baltimore Fashion Week taking place August 18-21 at Harbor East. This year’s theme is “the Mystique of Fashion,” and will include international designers from Ireland and France.

The path to Baltimore Fashion Week has been in the works for many years for the designer.  “I have been designing since I was 5 years old, I basically grew up around fashion,” Hawthorne says. His mother, Carolyn, has been a dressmaker and seamstress for more than 40 years and he recalls sitting under her sewing machine for hours, “watching her make at the time what I thought was magic.”

Hawthorne, armed with a strong emerging talent, would find himself consulting his mom’s clients on the outcome of their outfits. “I would sketch out something and they would love it.” In high school, he majored in drawing and black and white photography and is now in his second year at the Art Institute of Washington majoring in fashion and retail management.

“Effortless, classic and elegant” is how Hawthorne describes his current collection and personal style, whether he’s wearing jeans and a deep v-neck or a nice pair of slacks with a vest or a sweater. “Relaxed fit jeans and slim/straight leg pants for men and the Grecian couture look for women,” are what he prefers.

On a rooftop overlooking the city, he shared a preview of his collection. “I love vintage and period pieces,” he says. “So when you see my dresses you can see a modern version of something that may have been worn in the ‘20s and ‘30s.”

In fact, his collection seems to borrow from the power suit that Yves Saint Laurent feminized in the 1970s, which was inspired by the fashion icon Katharine Hepburn during the ‘30s and ‘40s. Hawthorne wants to bring a modern twist to that. Not only is he debuting a 20-piece collection that ranges from sportswear and high fashion, he will debut as a menswear designer — all in one show. That is a feat that can be very stressful for any designer at any level. Very few top designers such as Marc Jacobs or Rick Owens show their men’s and women’s collections all in one show. “It’s a great challenge,” says the Baltimore native.

 

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Billy Porter performs at the 2024 Capital Pride Festival on Sunday. (Washington Blade photo by Michael Key)

The 2024 Capital Pride Festival and Concert was held along Pennsylvania Avenue in Northwest D.C. on Sunday, June 9. Performers included Sapphira Cristál, Keke Palmer, Ava Max, Billy Porter and Exposé.

(Washington Blade photos by Michael Key)

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Events scheduled throughout weekend

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Baltimore Pride Parade (Washington Blade file photo by Michael Key)

Baltimore Pride begins this weekend on Friday, June 14 in the heart of the city.

There will be a variety of events, the main ones being Mt. Vernon Pride on June 14 at 2 p.m. on the 200 Block of W. Read St., the Parade and Block Party on Saturday, June 15 at 3 p.m. on N. Charles St., and Pride in the Park on Sunday, June 15 at 3 p.m. at Druid Hill Park.

For more event details, visit Baltimore Pride’s website

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DC/DOX, a new film festival in Washington D.C., began on Thursday, June 13 at E-Street Cinema, the U.S. Navy Memorial Burke Theatre and Eaton Cinema.

The festival is dedicated to promoting documentary as a leading art form and a series of documentaries on LGBTQ+ stories will premiere, including “Love That Dares Not,” “Sabbath Queen,” and “Familia.” 

For more information, visit DC/DOX’s website.

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