Patricia Gomez-Gracia shows her cutting-edge style at Lacy Couture Apparel

The London fashion designer has dressed celebrities like Carrie Underwood and Kourtney Kardashian.

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Lacy Couture Apparel, a boutique located in that suburban border of Rockville and Potomac, has a low-key presence. The store is located in the Potomac Woods Shopping Center alongside a Starbucks and has plenty of outdoor parking.

Inside the store, however, was anything but suburban Monday night as fashion designer Patricia Gomez-Gracia flew in from London to emcee a fashion show of her current collection last Monday night.

Gomez-Gracia, a Spanish native, whose designs have recently been seen on celebrities like Carrie Underwood, Kourtney Kardashian and the current Bachelorette, Emily Maynard, is a petite, feminine presence with a load of tenacity.

Her partner, Eric Blake, recounts how once she got her job with Alexander McQueen, she spent hours mastering all the things she said she could do. She obviously succeeded. Her own feminine, yet edgy collection reveals more than just a peek of thigh or a well-toned back. The clothes, suitable for women of all ages, are a reflection of the designer’s confident personality as well.

“It’s not about age. It’s about attitude. It’s about edge and power,” Blake says. Featuring classic, sophisticated silhouettes with details like ruching, asymmetrical lines, cut-outs, embroidery and lots of texture, the clothes appeal to “a confident woman who wants to feel sexy,” Gomez-Gracia says.

Lacy Ezra, owner of Lacy Couture Apparel, says she spotted the line at a show three years ago. She says she is the only one in the area to carry it. Pieces range from about $550 to $1,500 (higher for more elaborate designs not found in the store).

Below are a few highlights from the fashion show—a locally produced affair. The models are Ezra’s clients and friends (and daughter). Amy Pepper of North Potomac crafted their jewelry. Marcela Urioste and her assistants did all the models’ hair and makeup. Urioste owns Style Salon in White Flint Plaza and says they’ve also been responsible for the chic tresses of some of the Real Housewives of D.C. 

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