Washington Life Magazine - February 2012
Our The Young and The Guest List issue features over 250 top opinion makers shaping the city's social scene... and future
EXCLUSIVE YOUR GUIDE TO LIFE UNDER 40 IN THE NATION'S CAPITAL THE YOUNG AND THE GUEST LIST 250 WASHINGTON LIFE FEBRUARY 2012 � $7.9 5 OVER TOP OPINION MAKERS SHAPING THE CITY'S SOCIAL SCENE ... AND FUTURE PLUS ANGELINA JOLIE TAKES DC REAL ESTATE NEWS FORMER GOLDMAN SACHS EXEC SELLS HOME FOR MILLION KENNEDY CENTER HONORS MERYL STREEP AND YO-YO MA & PARTIES PARTIES PARTIES! Pictured: Nicole Brener-Schmitz, federal political and field director of International Brotherhood of Teamsters; Alex Skatell, media director for National Republican Senatorial Committee; and Britt McHenry, sports reporter with ABC7 News TURNBERRYTOWER.COM | 703.243.3000 1881 NORTH NASH STREET, ARLINGTON, VA 22209 SALES OFFICE ON 21ST FLOOR / OPEN 7 DAYS, 9 TO 6 COME VIEW OUR SIX NEW DESIGNER FURNISHED MODEL RESIDENCES. MAGNIFICENT TOWER RESIDENCES FROM THE $700,000's. Obtain the Property Report required by federal law before signing anything. 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OVER THE MOON Hunt Country Happenings 53 49 30 FYIDC THE YOUNG AND THE GUEST LIST Heroines in Technology Awards Gala..................... Stand Up for Children Gala .............................. National Museum of Catholic Art event ................. EDITOR'S LETTER .................................... WL-EXCLUSIVE EVENTS Evers & Co. Art Exhibition ............................... Ramsey Asset Management USO event ................. Amanda Smith Book Party ................................ The Heinz Awards .......................................... Saks Jandel Fashion Show ...................................... FYIDC....................................................... WHO'S NEXT ........................................... POLLYWOOD HOLLYWOOD ON THE POTOMAC .......... Kennedy Center Brunch .................................... Amanda Smith Book Party ................................ Luncheon in honor of Janet Langhart Cohen ........... The Heinz Awards .......................................... WASHINGTON SOCIAL DIARY Capital City Ball............................................ Choral Arts Society Gala .................................. Starlight Midatlatic's 'Taste of the Stars' Gala ......... Washington Winter Show .................................. HOME LIFE INSIDE HOMES History Renewed .................. RE NEWS Alluring Abodes ............................. SPOTLIGHT ON REAL ESTATE Washington Fine Properties' secrets to success ................................. LIFESTYLES FASHION Take refuge from the stress of the city in a stylish oasis ................................................... Saks Jandel Fashion Show ................................. National Museum of Catholic Art event ................. SHOP TALK Q&A with fashion designers Christian Siriano and Cushnie et Ochs ............................. TREND REPORT resort wear for both the men and the ladies ........................................................... 62 OPEN HOUSE Ringing in the New Year ........... MY WASHINGTON Andrea Mitchell's favorite places ........................................................... WL-SPONSORED EVENTS Capital City Ball............................................ Choral Arts Society Gala .................................. Starlight Midatlantic's 'Taste of the Stars' Gala ........ Washington Winter Show .................................. Washington Ballet's Nutcracker Tea ...................... ON THE COVER Three members of 2012's Young and the Guest List, from left: Nicole Brener-Schmitz, Alex Skatell and Britt McHenry, shot on location at The Park Hyatt Washington. Full credit details see page 30. 4 WA S H I N G T O N L I F E | FEBRUARY | washingtonlife.com south moon under inspiring self expression through the art of fashion Bethesda 301.564.0995 | Clarendon 703.807.4083 | National Harbor 301.567.0511 Gaithersburg 301.948.0971 | Reston 703.435.0605 | southmoonunder.com T H E I N S I D E R'S G U I D E TO P OW E R , P H I L A N T H R O PY, A N D SO C I E T Y S I N C E 1 9 9 1 EDITOR IN CHIEF Nancy Reynolds Bagley EXECUTIVE EDITOR Michael M. Clements SENIOR EDITOR MANAGING EDITOR Kevin Chaffee ASSOCIATE EDITOR Anne H. Kim ASSISTANT EDITOR Alison McLaughlin COLUMNISTS Brittney Dunkins Janet Donovan,Vicky Moon, Stacey Grazier Pfarr and Donna Shor CREATIVE DIRECTOR J.C. Suar�s GRAPHIC DESIGNER Mary Endres CONTRIBUTING DESIGNER Tanya Nuchols CONTRIBUTING PHOTOGRAPHERS Joseph Allen, Luis Aragon, Ben Droz, Alfredo Flores, Dustin Lilley and Kyle Samperton PUBLISHER & CEO Soroush Richard Shehabi ASSOCIATE PUBLISHER John H. 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Study after study shows that more and more Americans in their 20s and 30s are flocking to cities just like ours. In fact, a recent Brookings Institution study adds that this demographic is choosing cities like Washington not necessarily for any economic advantage, but because these urban outposts are "cool." It's official. Washington is cool. After all, our February Young & The Guest List story identifying the area's young arbiters of "cool" is one of our most highly anticipated cover features each year. As in the past, this year's list includes 40-and-under overachievers from the world's of business, art and entertainment, philanthropy, politics, issue advocacy, food, fashion, sports and media.You'll notice some familiar names and many who have "graduated" onto our alumni list.You'll also notice many new names.This new class of notables breathes new life into our Y&GL, rounding out and further enhancing the depth and breadth of the list. We've chosen a few of these "newbies" as prime examples of Washington's young influentials beautifully photographed by Washington's own Dustin Lilley. These include a union powerhouse (a rare woman in a decision-making role in a male-dominated field), a political filmmaker making waves online for his political advertisements, and a fashion trailblazer, to name a few. We also give you a peek into resort and spring fashion with a sumptuous editorial photographed by Luis Aragon. Don't miss our trend report for ideas on what to pack for your late-winter getaway. This issue also features our usual panoply of social engagements from the Washington Winter Antique Show's 50th anniversary and the Choral Arts Society's spectacular holiday gala, to the Washington Ballet's always delightful Nutcracker Tea (featuring members of the cast), and George and Liz Stevens' A-list Kennedy Center Honors brunch (we were dazzled by Robert De Niro!). There's more to come in March as we look forward to Choral Arts Society's cocktail soiree, the 25th anniversary Washington Concert Opera gala at the Russian Embassy and more. Nancy R. Bagley Editor in Chief Readers wishing to contact Nancy Bagley can email her at email@example.com 8 WA S H I N G T O N L I F E | FEBRUARY | washingtonlife.com Every day, Chevron relies on small businesses around the world. Electricians. Mechanics. Manufacturers. We spent billions on local goods and services last year. And helped thousands of entrepreneurs get ahead with microloans. We're helping small businesses thrive. Because we need them. Just as much as they need us. Learn more at chevron.com/weagree CHEVRON, the CHEVRON Hallmark and HUMAN ENERGY are registered trademarks of Chevron Intellectual Property LLC. �2010 Chevron U.S.A. Inc. All rights reserved. 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Ford's Theatre offers another glimpse of the past with the Richard Hellesen-produced, "Necessary Sacrifices," a play that explores the relationship between Frederick Douglass and Abraham Lincoln.The engrossing tale premiered last month to much fanfare and is set to play through Feb. 12. www.fords.org 24-7 fine dining in DC Washington finally has a 24/7 fine dining destination, with the opening last month of The Hamilton, a 37,000 square foot restaurant and music hall created by Clyde 's Restaurant Group. For a century, the landmark building at the corner of 14th & F Streets was occupied by Garfinkel's and Border's Books. These days The Hamilton keeps things pumping in its cabaret-style entertainment hall, featuring February perfor mances by Chubby Checker, Eddie Money and tribute shows for The Beatles and Simon & Garfunkel. The artwork is visually stunning, including an entire collection of Audubon prints, artwork from artist Hunt Slonem, and oversized portraits of rock legends like Bob Marley.Where else but The Hamilton can you find a Gospel Brunch on Sundays, or Baja Fish Tacos and Proscuitto & Eggs on a grilled ciabatta at 3 am? 600 14th St. NW, www.clydes.com Sip and Savor PERFECT PAIRINGS Keep your glass half full with two festivals set to wet your whistle. Sip locally sourced libations at the chic Fairfax Hotel during the opening reception of the Capital Wine Festival (Through March 28, www.capitalwinefestival.com). Later this month sample 600 selections from international vintners at The International Wine and Food Festival. Expect a craft beer garden and demonstrations by local mixologists. Feb. 10-12, www. wineandfooddc.com 10 WA S H I N G T O N L I F E | FEBRUARY | washingtonlife.com P H O T O S C O U R T E S Y O F W I K I M E D I A C O M M O N S . 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No Bank Guarantee. May lose value. ADV-7108 �2012 The PNC Financial Services Group, Inc. All rights reserved. FYIDC | WHO'S NEXT WHO'S NEXT Karti Subramanian Co-founder, Vera Solutions P H OTO BY L E N D E PA S INTERVIEW BY KEVIN CHAFFEE G rowing up in different countries gave Karti Subramanian, 26, a unique perspective on the world. Troubled by the vast inequalities he saw around him, he majored in economics and mathematics at Amherst College with the intention of one day making a difference. That came soon enough. After spending two years as an investment banker in New York, he quit to found Grassroots Soccer, an HIV and AIDS organization in South Africa. Now he is focusing on Vera Solutions, a new social enterprise that uses the power of data to streamline, automate and transform the quality of care given to those who are most in need throughout the world. I GUESS THERE ARE GOOD AND BAD ASPECTS TO THAT You simultaneously get used to fitting in everywhere and nowhere. In the end it's a huge asset. WHAT MOTIVATES YOU THE MOST ABOUT VERA SOLUTIONS? I really like digging in with new organizations to see what they do and then coming up with creative ideas to make them more effective. GIVE ME AN EXAMPLE In Africa, we are working to digitize the Elton John AIDS Foundation's records and customize and configure software to track patients' treatment every step of the way. It is really exciting to be able to increase the quality of their care. We've found a completely new way to use cool technology to monitor the effectiveness of individual people so that NGOs can be more effective and data driven. YOU AND YOUR PARTNERS MANAGE TO WORK IN THREE DIFFERENT CITIES We operate from London, Washington and New York. We've only been in the same room together twice. YOU HAVE A VERY "GLOBAL" BACKGROUND I moved around a lot growing up because my parents worked for international organizations. I went to school in Washington, D.C., Egypt and Switzerland, learned English, French and Spanish, and spoke a bit of Hindi at home. I got used to being the exotic guy. 12 WA S H I N G T O N L I F E | FEBRUARY | washingtonlife.com www.tokasalon.com The Young & The Guest List Over the Moon Around Town and Exclusive Parties Parties Parties! David and Kirsten Pollin at the Starlight Taste of the Stars Gala with gala chair Jim Bell (Photo by Alfredo Flores) WA S H I N G T O N L I F E | FEBRUARY | washingtonlife.com 15 Christie Nightingale and Liz Sara Gabriel Fronce, David Berkey and Michele Lebar Bobbie Peterson, Chris Magnan and Arlene Archer WL SPONSORED CAPITAL CITY BALL Washington Club | PHOTOS BY BEN DROZ SWEET CHARITY The fifth annual Capital City Ball l n turned into a rousing black-tie bash to help prevent human , trafficking. Executive Board members John Dunford, n Liz Sara, Bruce Fries, Marco Garcia, Michele Lebar and Tanya Lynn c Sabel joined over 400 guests as they sipped cocktails to live music d by Bi ersweet, an 11-piece dance band. Over 200 lots were sold y at the silent auction, including theater tickets and items previously owned by Hollywood celebrities. Proceeds benefited local nonprofit groups, including the Bridge to Freedom Foundation, Courtney's House, HIPS and WEAVE. VIEW ALL THE PHOTOS AT WWW WASHINGTONLIFE COM! Emmanuel Blackwell and Sharon Valencia Austen Shearer, Quin Woodward Pu and Laura Simmons Juan Narvaz, Dawn Tayman, Kelly Noonan and Tim Dorman Jim Doan, Deborah Lindsay, Tracy Laslo and Jeff Linney Kesi Howell, Veronica Amaya, Cassandra g Clifford,, Greg Carkhuff and Melanie Turner Jonathan Weinberger, Morgan Ortagus with Michael and Evy Mort Bill Farrand and Tanya Lynn Sabel 16 lass, Pauline Hersart de la Villemarque, Alexandra Doug ia Labossiere and Mary Barrela Douglas and Glor Jo Joanna Banks and Lisa SpodenI N G T O N and WA S H LIFE | FEBRUARY Tricia Carlisle and Brook Katzen | washingtonlife.com Paul Wojcik and Diane Schaefer Jack and Michelle Evans with Bobby Haft Cathy Jones, Wes King and Walter Oliver Susan Blumenthal, Stephane and Brooke Carnot and Kandy Stroud WL SPONSORED CHORAL ARTS SOCIETY GALA Steven and Ellyn Wexler The Kennedy Center | PHOTOS BY KYLE SAMPERTON SCRIBNER'S SWAN SONG In a glowing salute to its founder and artistic director Norman Scribner, a sold-out crowd packed the Concert Hall for a final holiday concert led by the famed conductor, who retires this year a er 47 years. The Choral Arts Chorus and the Ural Philharmonic Orchestra performed a stunning rendition of Bach's "Opening Fanfare" and Handel's emotive "Hallelujah Chorus." A memorable performance by Russian opera singer Irina Shiskova was an additional treat. A erward, guests retired to the Roof Terrace for a lavish gala led by co-chairs Brooke and Stephane Carnot. It included a silent auction and a Russian-inspired dinner of smoked salmon and blinis, short ribs and cabbage. The night concluded with live music and dancing just before the stroke of midnight. VIEW ALL THE PHOTOS AT WWWWASHINGTONLIFE COM! Jay Johnson and Sydney McNiff Johnson Norman Scribner, Barbara Rossotti, Amb. Sergey Kislyak and Debra Kraft Tucker Carlson and Ande Grennan Moshira Soliman and Les Deak Bill Mullins, Bob Ryan and Laura Ann Mullins Lynda and William Webster Carlos Orta and Gloria Rodriguez PH OTO CAPT I O N H E RE Sh Shawn and Cassie McLaughlin with Fra Fran and Gant Redmon WA S H I N G T O N L I F E Chandler Tagliabue, Pilar and Bill O'Leary Susan and Paul Tagliabue Lehrman | H O L I D AY | washingtonlife.com A Anita and a David Ensor 17 Caroline Gould and Geoff Orazem Rachel Sheridan, Karen Lohnes and Annie Magruder Franco Nuschese (Photo courtesy Starlight Children's Foundation) WL SPONSORED Sara Lange and Jennifer Chapman Mary-Morgan Limperis, Kimball Stroud and Eric Tomlinson S STARLIGHT CHILDREN'S FOUNDATION `TASTE OF THE STARS' GALA ` F Four Seasons Hotel | PHOTOS BY ALFREDO FLORES L LIGHT UP THE NIGHT: Guests started the night with a spirited cocktail and wine re reception, followed by dinner and an award presentation honoring Caf� Milano's Franco N Nuschese. The noted restaurateur received Starlight's Community Star Award for his o outstanding support of the foundation's mission to provide entertainment, education and fa family activities for critically ill children. Starlight chairman Tom Woteki also presented G Georgetown University Hospital's Dr. David Nelson with the Peter Samuelson Founders A Award. Zhane Taylor-Watson wowed guests with an elegant rendition of "Somewhere O ous Over the Rainbow" before a successful live auction. The Fabulous Fantoms concluded th tion. the evening with live music during the dessert and dancing reception. V VIEW ALL THE PHOTOS AT WWW WASHINGTONLIFE COM! Cid Szegedy and Daryl Judy Anna Jensen and Peter Badner Farrah Erculiani and Elizabeth Leavitt Mandi Howard, d, Kenneth Suarez and d Mallory Kirsh h Tim and Jocelyn Greenan with Jim Bell Michael Huber, Lauren Huber and Rick Zullo Mia Spiker, Kevin Kuriowski and Colleen Hanlin Kristen Hostetter and Chris Mahoney 18 Bob and Teresa Marshall with Kristin and John Cecchi WA S H I N G T O N L I F E | N OV E M B E R | washingtonlife.com Sally Steponkus Kelley Proxmire, Frank Randolph and Jennifer Sergent Mike and Skippy Miller Palmer and Barry Graham Ann and Neil Kerwin Susan Harreld, Leslie Jones and Michael Harreld WL SPONSORED Hannah Cox and Betsy Nalty THE WASHINGTON WINTER SHOW American University Katzen Center| PHOTOS BY KYLE SAMPERTON CELEBRATING THE WHITE HOUSE: This year's show honored Jacqueline Kennedy's legacy as founder of The White House Historical Society 50 years ago with her daughter Caroline Kennedy serving as Honorary Chair, and also included lectures by former White House florist Nancy Clarke and pastry chef Roland Mesnier. Featuring the wares of 45 antiques dealers and a rare loan exhibition curated by the White House Historical Association's Leslie B. Jones, the event was chaired by Amy Zantzinger, directed by Jonathan Willem and presented by PNC and its Regional President Michael Harreld. VIEW ALL THE PHOTOS AT WWW WASHINGTONLIFE COM! David Decklebaum, Deborah Lehr and Stan Kelly Melanie New, Megan Rupp and Heather Florance Jeremy Bernard and Ximena Gonzalez Lizzie Cantacuzene, Coleman and Mary Ellen Matheson Sarah Cannova and Elizabeth Miller Stephanie Kenyon and James Quiggle John Irelan, Bonnie Nicholson, Austin Kiplinger and RoseMarie Bogley WA S H I N G T O N L I F E | N O V E M B E R Virginia Mars and Annie Cleland Richard and Amy Zantzinger, with Genevieve and Fred Ryan 19 | washingtonlife.com Marian Osher with her artwork David Burke, Donna Evers and Al Charbonneau WL EXCLUSIVE Dave Jacobin, Annie Stone and Tim Mullin John Coplen and Sabri Ben-Achour EVERS & CO ART EXHIBITION Evers & Co. | PHOTOS BY BEN DROZ Artists Bill Jonas and Rosetta DeBernardinis Ju Yon Yu, Vince Murphy, Marina Krapiva, Eric Murtagh and Cat Arnaud Bonnie Roberts-Burke, Maggie Coakley and Catarina Bannier ART & COMMERCE: Art enthusiasts joined real estate experts at Evers & Co. for a "meeting of the minds" in support of area painters and mixed media artists Andrea Barnes, Robert Cole, Rose a DeBernardinis, Susan Faden, Carol Jason, Bill Jonas, Kreg D. Kelley and Marian Osher. "We want to participate and do all that we can to encourage artists by giving them a place to display their art, talk about it and sell it!" said Evers & Co. founder Donna Evers, who is planning to hold regular artful events at both her Washington and Chevy Chase offices. VIEW ALL THE PHOTOS AT WWW WASHINGTONLIFE COM! Heather Stroup with David and Paige Dekker Hosts Russ and Norma Ramsey with Phil Simonides WL EXCLUSIVE K Kim Roellig, Joanne Cerretani, Chris Braley and Beth Eckert C HOLIDAY PARTY TO SUPPORT THE USO Brix American Bistro | PHOTOS BY BEN DROZ PATRIOTIC FESTIVITES Ramsey Asset Management joined with event venue Brix American Bistro to host a holiday celebration for a very worthy cause. Funds raised from the rollicking event went to Operation Enduring Care, which aids our troops and The USO, which brings support and entertainment to soldiers and their families. VIEW PHOTOS AT WWWWASHINGTONLIFE COM! Aaron Marquez and Zach Maurin U.S. Army Staff Sgt. David Lovett and Angela Kegler Connie Bertram, Kathleen Rhoads, Hillary Facchina and Riffat Zaman Leah and Jacques Gansler 20 WA S H I N G T O N L I F E | FEBRUARY | washingtonlife.com Amy Baier and Paul Baier Jean -Marie Fernandez, Alina Fernandez and June Drummond WL SPONSORED Hillary Sigmund and Deborah Sigmund WASHINGTON BALLET'S NUTCRACKER TEA T The Willard Hotel | PHOTOS BY KYLE SAMPERTON T TEA FOR TUTUS: A perennial family favorite, the Nutcracker Tea, immediately follo lowing a matinee performance of The Washington Ballet's "The Nutcracker," was extra sp special this year since it marked the popular holiday production's 50th anniversary. T Tiny tots and children at heart joined chairwomen Jean-Marie Fernandez and Anna T Trone for white-gloved tea service and photographs with dancers in the Nutcracker c cast as the ballet's artistic director, Septime Webre, greeted guests. V VIEW ALL THE PHOTOS AT WWW WASHINGTONLIFE COM! Shigeko and Timothy Bork k Hsu, Damon Hsu, Dylan hitney Hsu Amber Hsu and W Angelique Ledoux and MariellaTrager Riley Tracey and Norah O'Donnell Septime Webre Mary Oates Walker, Stacie Turner and kids WA S H I N G T O N L I F E Stacey Lubar, Sydnee Lubar, Meredith Cymerman and Ariella Cymerman | N OV E M B E R | washingtonlife.com Irma Frank, Richard Frank, Pilar O'Lea ry and Paloma O'Lea ry Anna and Robert Trone, Sophia Trone, Carly Lau and Evan Lau 21 AROUND TOWN Roderick and Alexia von Lipsey with Fernando Batista at a special event for Washington Project for the Arts (Photo by Christopher Cunetto) Pop-up Galleries and a Diamond Discovery Washington Project for the Arts goes to the bank; the Hope Diamond stars in a novel BY DONNA SHOR Goslee; performance artist Andrea Collins; Fernando Batista, a connector in the arts and in investments; Jose Ortiz, director of Arlington's Artisphere; Andrea Pollan of Curator's Office and New York-based artist Jose Vargas Suarez. Supporter Roderick von Lipsey, private wealth managing director at UBS Financial Services, arranged for the program and buffet dinner at his firm's handsome K Street headquarters. Von Lipsey, who modestly said he's just beginning as a collector, has an amazing history. A much-decorated Marine lieutenant colonel and aide-de-camp to Gen. Colin Powell, he was one of Time magazine's heralded "Fifty for the Future" and a fellow at both the White House and the Council on Foreign Relations. As a Marine captain he led a daring flight into East Iraq during Desert Storm and safely brought all 35 planes back. For this act, among the dozen top service awards he earned, he shares the Distinguished Flying Cross with Charles Lindbergh and Amelia Earhart. MYSTERY SOLVED We've told how mining heiress Evalyn Walsh McLean offered the Hope Diamond to her son John's bride, only to have the superstitious girl turn it down. Brownie McLean, one of Palm Beach's best-known doyennes for more than 50 years, has said she was "spooked," because it "glowed" when she approached it. The stone, now safely at the Smithsonian, was rumored to carry an ancient curse. Now Stephen Strickland of the United Nations Foundation, who sidelines as a book publisher, has brought out a thriller that by coincidence may explain that glow. "Hope Not Lost" by Jonathan Kelly (Whodunit Press), spins a tale of the fictional theft of the famous gem.The hero proves it has been replaced by a fake when he exposes it to radiation, then turns off the light, knowing that a true blue diamond will, by phosphorescence, emit an orange-reddish light. There's no glow. He's proved his point, now he has to go through hair-raising adventures to get the gem back. And it looks as if he has proven Brownie's, too. ALL FOR ART Jean-Michel Ross, here to address Washington Project for the Arts (WPA) members, is a Canadian artist, collector and exhibition curator with impressive credits. He could also pass as a varsity jock able to score a basket or win a marathon. His videos and witty commentary on what it takes to curate an exhibition show that he needs all the speed and stamina he can muster. Pictures don't just randomly hang themselves. A curator's decisions, he pointed out, are based on aesthetic considerations and philosophical choices. Ross also believes strongly in collaborative interaction with the artists. He's doing a stint as artist-in-residence at Brooklyn's ISCP (International Studio and Curatorial Program), which is partnering with WPA in a lecture series with InfoEx. Last year, to encourage cultural dialogue, Ross began Free Pass, an online magazine in English and Spanish, with a French edition in the works. He asked the WPA crowd to submit art news and critiques, and brought "add your own photo" press passes for the takers. "Since I arrived at ISPC I've started two new businesses," he said, going on to speak of pop-up art galleries which have emerged despite a real estate recession, with property owners allowing artist's shows in their empty spaces. He's even designed a portable blocklike sign identifying the temporary gallery. Seen: WPA chair Fred Ognibene, a collector with over 250 pieces of art; artist Patricia 22 WA S H I N G T O N L I F E | FEBRUARY | washingtonlife.com Jaclyn Mason, Howard Lee and Erika Gutierrez Christina Carter, Brooke Carnot and Kandy Stroud WL SPONSORED Mexican Amb. Arturo Sarukhan and Veronica Valencia Sarukhan Pat and Lawrence Skantze Sarah Burch and Stephen Fry STAND UP FOR CHILDREN GA The Mayflower Hotel | PHOTOS BY ALFREDO FLORES AN EVENING IN OLD HAVANA Former members of The Miami Sound Machine let loose, lending their talents for the Innocents at Risk gala, chaired by founder Deborah Sigmund. A er noshing on Cuban-inspired cuisine, guests were reminded of the horrors of child trafficking by viewing segments of a new documentary by filmmaker Carl Colby. VIEW ALL THE PHOTOS AT WWW WASHINGTONLIFE COM! Lady Stella St. John and Deborah Sigmund Michelle Delino and Lynda Erkiletian Pierson G. Mapes and Donald Sigmund Tim and Jen Bakus with Individual Heroine awardee Teresa Bozzelli Angela Drummond and Tim Rodgers with Kerry and Mike Smith Jacqueline Bell and Rising Heroine awardee Tiffany Mensah Corporate Heroine awardee Marta Wilson, Adam Kamran, Ardell Fleeson and Narjis Ali WL SPONSORED MARCH OF DIMES' HEROINES IN TECHNOLOGY AWARDS GALA Hyatt Hotel, Reston, Va. | PHOTOS BY KYLE SAMPERTON WOMAN'S WORLD: The March of Dimes' annual Heroines in Technology gala recognizes women who have made significant contributions to the technological community in the Washington area. This year's event spotlighted seven exceptional awardees while raising $165,000 to support the March of Dimes' mission to improve infant health. VIEW ALL THE PHOTOS AT WWW WASHINGTONLIFE COM! Becky Nolan and Susan Zimmerman Leslie Barry and Martin Cummings Duane Maser and Lifetime Heroine awardee Gail Drake WA S H I N G T O N L I F E | FEBRUARY | washingtonlife.com 23 OVER THE MOON Middleburg Players Tutti Perricone and Elizabeth Rice with Tom Pratt at the Boxing Day party (Photo by Jim Postin). "Fairfield," built circa 1768 by a first cousin of George Washington in Berryville, Va., is on the market for $2,775,000. Over the River and Beyond Tony f�tes and juicy real estate news help Hunt Country residents avoid the post-holiday blues BY VICKY MOON T om Pratt hosted a hunt country Boxing Day "party with a purpose" inspired by the British day-afterChristmas tradition, which dates to the Victorian era when well-to-do households presented the less fortunate with a gift in a box. Dubbed as "Swing and Swoon" with 1940s and 1950s music, it benefited the Free Medical Clinic of the Northern Shenandoah Valley and Evans Home for Children. Co-hosted by the Middleburg Players, local divas Tutti Perricone, Terri Avie and Elizabeth Rice also performed. Among those at historic "Buchanan Hall" in Upperville were Barbara du Pont, Gay Estin, Elsa Rosenthal and Kit Hemion (all providing hors d'oeuvres); Mary and Arthur Ostwen, Billy Snow, Anna and Stanley Dees, Diana McNamara (widow of Secretary of Defense Robert S. McNamara) along with Nancy and John Abbott and Middleburg's favorite walker, Jimmy Hatcher. After the New Year, as cabin fever set in, we crossed over the Potomac River and through the trees to the charming village of Millwood. This area of Clarke County has become quite fashionable, with many moving there from Washington. Danielle Kazmier, a former public affairs consultant and her fianc�, Ronald M. Bradley, recently purchased "Locksley Manor," which listed at $4.9 million. Bradley, a government contractor, sold his business, Bradson, in 2006 to KForce for $73 million and is now an investor and philanthropist. "We fell in love with this area years ago when I was playing polo," Kazmier says. "We're thrilled to make it our home." Continuing our drive, we head north through Berryville, where polo aficionados and real estate specialists Robin and George Greenhalgh have listed "Fairfield" at $2,775,000. Built circa 1768 by a first cousin of George Washington, it has been in Robin's family since 1830. "I cannot put into words the feelings `Fairfield' evokes," she says. The imposing two-and-a-half-story native limestone Georgian manor set on 38 acres has seven bedrooms, four-and-a-half baths and eight fireplaces. Add to this several cottages, a summer cabin, smokehouse and greenhouse for a weekend getaway. And, then it's on to Charles Town, W.Va., a 90 minute drive from Washington. Most horse people only think of its racetrack and casino, but the old section oozes charm. Named for George Washington's younger brother, the streets honor family members: George (who once had an office here), Samuel, Lawrence and Mildred. The circa 1836 Greek Revival Jefferson County Courthouse was the scene of the trial of abolitionist John Brown. On Dec. 2, 1859, Brown was forced to ride atop his own coffin to the site of his execution, which is now listed on the National Register of Historic Places. The five-bedroom Victorian house, built in 1891 by Col. John Gibson, is a steal at $1.4 million. (Hint: it would make a fabulous bed and breakfast.) "The entrance contains Tiffany glass and several Waterford crystal chandeliers. The third floor was used by Gen. Lee right after the war," says Janeen Marconi of 1757 Real Estate in Leesburg. Six blocks away, there's big news at Charles Washington's circa 1780 Classical Revival mansion, "Happy Retreat." AcademyAward-winning actor Richard Dreyfuss has announced his Dreyfuss Initiative, a civics education program that will team with the nonprofit Friends of Happy Retreat. They will fundraise to purchase and restore the 12acre property where the first owners, Charles Washington and his wife Mildred, are buried. It is estimated to be a $2.7 million project and Dreyfuss is expected to host a number of events. Finally, word that Upperville grande dame Rachel "Bunny" Mellon, 101, the widow of banking heir and philanthropist Paul Mellon, is selling her 7,000-square-foot cedar shingled compound in the Cape Cod village of Osterville, Mass. for $28.7 million. The 26acre property along 1,000 feet of shorefront computes to $1 million per acre. 24 WA S H I N G T O N L I F E | FEBRUARY | washingtonlife.com POLLYWOOD The Nexus of Politics Hollywood Media and Diplomacy | Hollywood on the Potomac, Kennedy Center Honors Brunch and more WL Editor's Pick: A Must-See Film of the Year Angelina Jolie at the DC premiere of her film "In the Land of Blood and Honey." Jolie and Brad Pitt schmoozed at the reception afterwards until the last guest left at 1 a.m. (Photo by Alfredo Flores) WA S H I N G T O N L I F E | FEBRUARY | washingtonlife.com 25 POLLYWOOD | HOLLYWOOD ON THE POTOMAC MOVIES Honorable Mentions Washington celebrates the Kennedy Center Honors B Y J A N E T D O N O VA N `IN THE LAND OF BLOOD AND HONEY' Writer-director Angelina Jolie and long-time love Brad Pi arrived on the red carpet for the premiere of "In the Land of Blood and Honey," her gripping film about two lovers on opposing sides of the Bosnian War, befi ingly held at the Holocaust Museum. P Cambodia, what would the public -- vividly and with more presence and greater clarity," he said. "I have always been interested in science and for 11 years did a science program on television." On the red carpet at the ceremony, honoree Neil Diamond commented on his meteoric rise to fame at an early age: "I wrote `Red, Red Wine' when I was 19 while working in a haberdash- ery store on Long Island," he recounted. "There were no customers. I sat behind the counter and wrote the song in a couple of hours.That was the journey of the song." Elmo provided a few laughs in his own upbeat way, telling the audience that his bedtime was a little later that night. "It's usually 8:30 to 9," he said, "and I am three and a half going on 52." have happened to their birth parents? So, I feel a direct connection and responsibility to other people's children as well as my own, not just my own safety." Q&A QUICKIE HEARD QUOTABLE QUOTES FROM AROUND TOWN Before leaving for Sundance, 8112 Studios Executive Producer Pergrin Pervez hosted a bon voyage cocktail hour for Washington's "The novelty "Official Creative of chipotle Ambassadors to for breakfast Sundance" at Serendipity seemed like in Georgetown. A er that a good idea he kept us posted on all at the time. the news from Park City Now I'm via Twi er. One notable reconsidering." example: "Just ran into Elija Woods in the tortilla chips section. Perhaps he was on a quest for the one chip to rule them all at Whole Foods." SOPHIE LA MONTAGNE co-owner, Georgetown Cupcake: "We are excited to call Georgetown Cupcake the home of the World's Largest Cupcake and set Guinness World Record history!" BRAD PITT on "In the Land of Blood and Honey": "I'm really proud of Angelina. It's a difficult subject ma er." FLORENCE HENDERSON on her book "Life Is Not a Stage": "The thing that is very rewarding about my book is that I helped a lot of people and inspired them, which was its purpose." JUSTIN KRAEMER on the art of wine at Elisir: "Pairing wine with great cuisine is a performance art, one part intuition about your audience, two parts flavor combination, and a large dose of passion in your presentation." 26 WA S H I N G T O N L I F E | FEBRUARY | washingtonlife.com A L A N A L DA W I T H I T Z H A K P E R L M A N A N D F LO R E N C E H E N D E R S O N P H OTO S BY N E S H A N N A LTC H AYA N . A N G E L I N A JO L I E AN D B RA D P I T T P H OTOS BY AL F R E D O F LO RE S . J U ST I N K RA E M E R P H OTO CO U RT E SY J U ST I N K RA E M ER . rivate parties before and after the Kennedy Center Honor s kept companies with gas-guzzling limos in business. The most intimate and highly coveted invite of all? Liz and George Stevens Jr.'s Sunday Honors Brunch at the Mandarin Oriental, where A-List guests including Robert De Niro, Glenn Close and Alan Alda mingled with Washington stars like Nancy Pelosi and David Rubenstein. A fascinating take-away from the Oscar-feeling brunch was Alda's dedication to science -- all that doc stuff from his days on "MASH" must have worn off on him. "I helped start the center for communicating sciences at Stony Brook University and we train scientists to communicate with As a human rights activist who o en travels to destinations other than the French Riviera, it was natural to ask if she is ever afraid to go to certain places. "I have fear because I'm a mother and Brad o en reminds me to be as safe as possible," she said. "I don't go to places unless I feel the need. I go because my children are from some of these countries. If no one had paid a ention to the Alan Alda and Itzhak Perlman poor people of Vietnam or Julie Chen and Les Moonves Andrea Mitchell, Alan Greenspan and Alan Alda Jacques d'Amboise, Glenn Close and Sir James Wolfensohn Ben Bradlee and Sally Quinn WL EXCLUSIVE THE KENNEDY CENTER HONORS BRUNCH Mandarin Oriental | PHOTOS BY NESHAN H NALTCHAYAN Emily Ma and Yo Yo Ma Neil Diamond and Katie McNeil Christine Baranski and Lily Cowles Kyle MacLachlan Hosts Liz and George Stevens Adrienne Arsht Todd Gambill and Timothy Watkins Jo Carol and Leonard Lauder John Lithgow and David Gregory Robert De Niro and Rep. Nancy Pelosi Lionel Richie Bob Barnett with Ann and Vernon Jordan Herbie Hancock and Michael Kaiser Sam Waterston, Jerry Rafshoon and Greg and Derry Craig WA S H I N G T O N L I F E | N OV E M B E R | washingtonlife.com 27 POLLYWOOD Julia Valentine and Lauren Lawler Michael O'Connell and David Wilson Michael Collins, Jean Kennedy Smith, Amanda Smith, Marie Collins and Victoria Reggie Kennedy gg y Ludmilla Cafritz, Elizabeth Wilson and Mai Abdo Amanda Smith and Sen. John Kerry WL EXCLUSIVE AMANDA SMITH BOOK PARTY Washington Club | PHOTOS BY KYLE SAMPERTON WORDSMITHS: Guests toasted Amanda Smith's recent book, "Newspaper Titan: The Infamous Life and Monumental Moments of Cissy Pa erson," at Pa erson's former Dupont Circle residence. Sen. John Kerry stood amid the captivated crowd as Smith read passages about the former WashingtonTimes Herald publisher. Vicki Reggie Kennedy, wife of the late Sen. Edward Kennedy, hosted the f�te in honor of the irrepressible icon. "Cissy would appreciate that Washington is coming out to celebrate her one last time," Smith said. VIEW ALL THE PHOTOS AT WWW WASHINGTONLIFE COM! Mariella Trager and Izette Folger Trevor Potter, Anne Dickerson and Dana Westring Cissy Millspaugh, Frances Wyrough and Chip Dorsey Kate Chartener, Deborah Winsor and Megan Gabriel Rhona Friedman, Lucky Roosevelt and Kathy Dur Nini McNiff Johnson, Eileen Shields-West and Tamara Buchwald WL EXCLUSIVE Joanne LeedomAckerman and Willee Lewis LUNCHEON IN HONOR OF LUNCHEON IN HONOR OF JANET LANGHART COHEN'S JANET LANGHART COHEN'S PLAY `ANNE && EMMET' PLAY `ANNE EMMET' HOSTED BY BARBARA HARRISON AND HOSTED BY BARBARA HARRISON AND WILLEE LEWIS ON BEHALF OF FOUNDING WILLEE LEWIS ON BEHALF OF FOUNDING FRIENDS OF PEN/FAULKNER FRIENDS OF PEN/FAULKNER Barbara Harrison and Janet Langhart Cohen Home of of Barbara Harrison | PHOTOS BY KYLE SAMPERTON Home Barbara Harrison | PHOTOS BY KYLE SAMPERTON VIEW ALL THE PHOTOS ATAT WWW WASHINGTONLIFE COM! VIEW ALL THE PHOTOS WWW WASHINGTONLIFE COM! Mary Haft Katherine Kendall and Kathy Stephens 28 WA S H I N G T O N L I F E | FEBRUARY | washingtonlife.com Rebecca Jackson Honorees John Luther Adams, Joan Kleypas, Louis Guillette, Nancy Knowlton and Nancy Rabalais Sens. Tom Udall and John Kerry with Dick Friedman WL EXCLUSIVE John Holdren THE HEINZ AWARDS Folger Shakespeare Library | PHOTOS BY KYLE SAMPERTON ENVIRO HEROES: Host Vartan Gregorian's observation that "We are born original, how do we die a copy?" hardly applied to the winners of this year's Heinz Awards. The 10 environmental pioneers' work ranges from global warming studies and the impact of toxic chemicals on alligators to the creation of sound and light installations that give voice to the rhythms of the sun and the moon. "They refuse to rest," benefactor Teresa Heinz noted, "until they have pushed back the boundaries of science, technology and human thought." VIEW ALL THE PHOTOS AT WWW WASHINGTONLIFE COM! George Whitmer and Rose Gibson Teresa Heinz and Vartan Gregorian for Occassions Caterers The Ar t of the Meal w w w. o c c a s i o n s c at e r e r s . c o m Stars from the 2012 YGL from left: Stephanie Valencia, deputy director with the White House Office of Public Engagement; Holly Thomas, D.C. editor of Refinery29; Nicole Brener-Schmitz, federal political and field director of International Brotherhood of Teamsters; Alex Skatell, media director for National Republican Senatorial Committee; and Britt McHenry, sports reporter with ABC7 News. 30 WA S H I N G T O N L I F E | FEBRUARY | washingtonlife.com WASHINGTON'S YOUTHFUL -AND-UNDER LEADERS PUSH THE CITY FORWARD WITH INNOVATIVE IDEAS IN POLITICS GOVERNMENT MEDIA BUSINESS TECHNOLOGY FASHION THE ARTS AND ENTERTAINMENT WE PROUDLY PRESENT THE LUMINARIES ON OUR LIST PHOTOGRAPHY & ART DIRECTION DUSTIN C LILLEY DCL IMAGERY WWW DCLIMAGERYCOM ASSISTED BY MARIANNE LUTHER AND OTHELLO BANACI HAIR/MAKEUP LIZ WEGRZYN WWW FACESBYLIZCOM PHOTOGRAPHED ON LOCATION AT THE PARK HYATT WASHINGTON D C WA S H I N G T O N L I F E | FEBRUARY | washingtonlife.com 31 COLIN & PEYTON Noteable: Founders of a growing custom menswear shop in a town with a dearth of quality men's fashion. Even better? The haberdashery employs a high-tech 3-D, white-light body scanner to take exact measurements. Colin's guilty pleasure: The Hunger Games books Favorite app Spotify Little-known fact: He's been hospitalized twice in foreign countries after encounters with wild animals Peyton's charity/ cause: Alex's Lemonade, in memory of his cousin Guilty pleasure: He enjoys shopping more than his wife STEPHANIE Noteable: A key leader in the White House's Office of Public Engagement, this former press secretary to Sen. Ken Salazar and Rep. Linda Sanchez heads the administration's "Champions of Change" and "Community Leaders Briefing Series" -- two programs that bring community DEPUTY DIRECTOR WHITE HOUSE leaders to share their concerns OFFICE OF PUBLIC ENGAGEMENT and innovative ideas with the White House.Valencia has also worked with the Latino community, and on immigration and housing issues for the OPE. She says the biggest challenge of her job is working against the partisan political culture to bring about changes that will improve people's lives.The best part of her job is bringing people to the White House who may not have otherwise been able to come. New Year's resolution: Run a half marathon (she's currently training for the Rock and Roll) Little-known fact: She was head page during former President Bill Clinton's impeachment trial in the Senate STEPHANIE VALENCIA ABEER AL OTAIBA Engineer; wife of UAE Ambassador YOUSEF AL OTAIBA Ambassador of the United Arab Emirates JAMES ALEFANTIS Owner, Buck's Fishing and Camping and Comet Ping Pong ANIELLO ALIOTO Political Director, Progress Now DAVID ALL Owner, David All Group; Publisher, Tweet Watch Report; Executive Director, AMP Summit GRANT ALLEN Vice President, ABB Technology Ventures DEVEN ANDERSON Senior Programming Associate, National Coalition on Black Participation ROSHANAK AMELI-TEHRANI Entrepreneur/Film Producer SAMAN ARBABI Executive Producer/Cocreator, Parazit! RONIT AVNI Founder/Executive Director, Just Vision MOIRA BAGLEY Communications Director, Senator Rand Paul (R-Ky.) LUCAS R BAIANO Political Filmmaker BRANDON BANKS Wide Receiver, Washington Redskins KENDRA BARKOFF Press Secretary to the Vice President of the U.S. NATASHA BARRETT Anchor, WJLA-TV VINODA BASNAYAKE International Associate, Patton Boggs LLP; Co-founder, Night Life Agency Group Inc. AARON BATALION CTO, LivingSocial STEPHANIE BAUCUS Vice President of Government Relations/Public Affairs, Perennial Strategy Group ZENO BAUCUS Senior Associate, Orrick, Herrington & Sutcliffe LLP CHAD BAUMAN Director of Communications, Arena Stage ANNE BLAKEMAN VP Sales, Turnberry Tower ASHLEY BOALCH Miss DC 2011 CEDRIC BOBO Vice President, The Carlyle Group J QUINN BRADLEE Author/Filmmaker LESLIE BRADSHAW Co-Founder, JESS3 ERIC BRAVERMAN Partner, McKinsey & Co. GRETA BRAWNER Journal Host and Producer, C-SPAN's Washington 32 WA S H I N G T O N L I F E | FEBRUARY | washingtonlife.com COLIN HUNTER CO-FOUNDER ALTON LANE SNAPSHOT PEYTON JENKINS CO-FOUNDER ALTON LANE SCENE LEADERS: 19 TRENDSETTERS IN ALL THINGS CHIC , TOP TOQUES AND EATS WILLIAM T BRAWNER JR Washington-based Partner, PUBLIC New York City NICOLE BRENER-SCHMITZ Federal Political and Field Director, International Brotherhood of Teamsters LEE BRENNER Founding Principal, FastFWD Group; Publisher/CoFounder, Hypervocal PAMELA BROWN Weekend Anchor, ABC7 AUSTIN BRYAN Global Account Manager, Pingtone Communications EVAN BURFIELD Chairman/Founder, Synteractive DESMOND BUTLER Reporter, Associated Press WILL BYRNE Executive Director, Groundswell NICHOLAS CAMBATA Co-Founder, 8112 Studios ALEJANDRA "ALI" CAMPOVERDI Deputy Director of Hispanic Media, White House ZACH CARTER Senior Political Economy Reporter, The Huffington Post DAVID CATANESE Senior National Reporter, Politico; Contributor, MSNBC DREW CHAFETZ CEO/Co-Founder, Love.f�tbol GLORIA CHAN Executive Director, APA Institute for Congressional Studies (APAICS) TERESA CHANG International Campaigns Coordinator, U.S.A.S. TOBY CHAUDHURI Political Consultant KEO CHEA Adjunct Office of Assistant Secretary for Civil Rights, U.S. Department of Agriculture PETER CHERUKURI VP/General Manager, D.C. Bureau, The Huffington Post GEORGE CHOPIVSKY III Vice President, Development, Simpson Housing, LP CLARA BRILLEMBOURG CHOPIVSKY Associate, Foley Hoag LLP KARIM CHROBOG Producer, 18th Street Films; Founder, Tangier Pictures CARMELA CLENDENING Manager, Public Affairs & PAC, HP MICHAEL COE COO/Executive Vice President, Government Relations, Hawthorn Group L.C. ELBRIDGE COLBY Analyst, CAN JOHN COLLERAN Office of Management and Budget, The White House TIM CONLON Artist JEN CONSALVO WA S H I N G T O N L I F E | FEBRUARY | washingtonlife.com 33 NICOLE Noteable: As the federal political and field director for the International Brotherhood of Teamsters, this 28year-old directs the union's political and field activities around candidate and issue campaigns. Brener-Schmitz, working together with local unions, has a strong say in which congressional candidates the mighty labor group will support financially and organizationally on behalf of its 1.4 million members. With campaigns all across the country and the 24-7 nature of today's news cycle, she is understandably busy, vetting candidates for federal office and then deciding a plan of action. "You could just never stop working," she said. But, it's well worth it. "Knowing that the work I do helps ensure we elect people who will stand up for working families and give them a voice on Capitol Hill" is what she loves most about her job. Favorite Washington spot: The Kennedy Center and Zara Washington: underrated: Metro. It's clean and efficient, and Recessions' King Kong drafts Little-known fact: This rare female voice in a male-dominated world was Miss Lewis County 2002, a local Miss America pageant NICOLE BRENER-SCHMITZ FEDERAL POLITICAL AND FIELD DIRECTOR INTERNATIONAL BROTHERHOOD OF TEAMSTERS COO/Co-editor, TECH Cocktail RORY COOPER Director of Communications, The Heritage Foundation PETER CORBETT Founder/CEO, iStrategy Labs RACHEL COTHRAN Public Relations, Corcoran Gallery of Art; Editor, ProjectBeltway.com DANIELLE CRUTCHFIELD Director of Scheduling, Office of the President BEN CUNIS Actor, Synetic Theatre MONIQUE CURRIE Forward, Washington Mystics BROOKE DALEY Legal and Policy Counsel, Personal.com KATE DAMON Owner, Kaze Design LINDSEY DAVIDSON Pernod Ricard Brand Development Manager, Republic National Distributing Company BRAD DAYSPRING Communications Director, House Majority Leader Eric Cantor (R-Va.) TARA DE NICOLAS Executive Director, Fashion for Paws benefiting the Washington Humane Society MICHELLE DESROSIERS Trade Development Director, M�et-Hennessy USA RENAUD DE VIEL CASTEL General Manager,Veolia Environment Inc. ANAIS DE VIEL CASTEL Public Relations/ Fashion Consultant LAURENT DESBOIS Correspondent, France 2 Television NICHOLE DEVOLITES President/CEO, Conversa Group RICH DINNING General Manager, Tysons Galleria MICHAEL DOVE Co-founder/Artistic Director, The Forum Theatre MARK DRAPEAU Director of Innovative Social Engagement, Microsoft JOSHUA DUBOIS Director, White House Office of Faith-Based and Neighborhood Partnerships JEFF DUFOUR Editor, UrbanDaddy DC BEN DUNHAM Environmental Advisor, Sen. Frank Lautenberg (D-N.J.) JOSH EARNEST Deputy Press Secretary, The White House JON EDWARDS Senior Consultant, Blue Canopy JULIA EISMAN New Media Communications Director, HHS EBONG EKA President, Ericorp Consulting, Inc. LISA ELLMAN 34 WA S H I N G T O N L I F E | FEBRUARY | washingtonlife.com THE CAPITOL GANG: 52 ACES FROM THE HILL TO THE WHITE HOUSE HALLS SEBASTIAN Noteable: The son of a "successful diplomat" and a "brilliant engi- neer," Rivera studied economics in his native Guatemala and the People's Republic of China before settling on a successful career in mortgage banking -- where his greatest pleasure is "driving through a neighborhood and realizing that many of the families are living there because I helped them finance their dream." Washington: overrated: The cupcake wars Guilty pleasure: An enormous Saturday morning breakfast Little-known fact: He plays piano; favorite composers are Chopin and Rachmaninoff LAURENT Noteable: His name is synonymous with coverage of the U.S. political scene for millions of TV viewers in France whether he's reporting on the latest fractious presidential debate or trying -- so far unsuccessfully -- to get Republican presidential candidate Mitt Romney to speak French. Favorite Washington spot: His own place since he travels so often Charity/cause: Reporters Without Borders in honor of his colleague who was killed while covering a story Guilty pleasure: His vast sneaker collection Little-known fact: He was a junior karate champion in his native province of Brittany SEBASTIAN RIVERA SENIOR LOAN OFFICER POTOMAC MORTGAGE GROUP LAURENT DESBOIS CORRESPONDENT FRANCE TELEVISION Senior Counsel, Office of Legal Policy, Department of Justice RONAN FARROW Special Adviser, Global Youth Issues, Secretary of State Hillary Clinton JON FAVREAU Director of Speechwriting, White House Office of Communications SARAH FEINBERG Communications Strategy, Bloomberg News ABBY FENTON Director of Community Relations, WJLA/TBD TV KAITLYN FERRARA Marketing Manager, W Washington D.C. ADAM FRANKEL Senior Presidential Speechwriter, White House Office of Communications EDDIE FREDERICK President/Co-Founder, LivingSocial DAVID JOHN FRENKIL Energy Attorney,Van Ness Feldman Law MATTHEW GARDINER Associate Artistic Director, Signature Theatre PATRICK GAVIN Staff Writer, Politico FLETCHER GILL Vice President, Montview Realty Advisors MARK GILLESPIE Artistic Manager,YOA Orchestra of the Americas SHANA GLICKFIELD Partner, Beekeeper Group BECCA GLOVER WATKINS Deputy Press Secretary, Rep. Darrel Issa (R-CA) ANGIE GOFF Weekend Morning Anchor, NBC Washington; Blogger LORI GRAHAM Founder, Lori Graham Design ELIZA GRAY Reporter, The New Republic JONICE GRAY TUCKER Partner, BuckleySandler ADAM GREEN Co-Founder, Progressive Change Campaign Committee MORGAN GREENHOUSE Founder, The verdeHOUSE LLC RYAN GRIM Washington Bureau Chief, The Huffington Post KATE MARIE GRINOLD Global Shaper, World Economic Forum FRANK GRUBER Founder/CEO, TechCocktail KRISTIN GUITER Vice President of Communications and Marketing, Corcoran Gallery of Art and College of Art + Design ERIKA GUTIERREZ Founder/President, epgPR, LLC CARLOS GUTIERREZ JR Human Rights Activist DANNIA HAKKI WA S H I N G T O N L I F E | FEBRUARY | washingtonlife.com 35 JESSE & LESLIE Noteable: The founding duo LAUREN HICKEY PUBLIC AFFAIRS SPECIALIST STATE DEPARTMENT behind JESS3, the nationally recognized digital creative agency with a roster of clients that includes Facebook, the Washington Post, Nike, C-SPAN and Google. Jesse and Leslie are the creative force behind "The Zen of Steve Jobs," a comic book created in partnership with Forbes honoring the tech legend. His New Year's resolution: To honor his vegan mom by working out and eating more veggies Her motto: "Always maintain grace under fire, which also happens to be a popular mid-90s TV show." JESSE THOMAS CO-FOUNDER JESS LAUREN Noteable: The 24-year-old Georgetown grad is well on her way to becoming a veteran politico; she just finished a few-year stint working for Rep. John Sarbanes (D-Md.) before joining the Secretary of State's team. Pageturner: "There is Power in a Union: The Epic Story of Labor in America," Philip Dray A.M. Must Read: Politico's Playbook and Morning Score JOB CREATORS: 26 BUSINESS BIGWIGS AND TOP TECHIES OF TOMORROW Co-Founder, MoKi Media BLAKE HALL CEO, Troopswap ROY HELU Running Back, Washington Redskins LAUREN HICKEY Public Affairs Specialist, State Department FRANCIS HOANG Partner, Fluet Huber + Hoang PLLC; President, MAG Defense Services LLC HAYS HOLLADAY Musician, Bluebrain RYAN HOLLADAY Musician, Bluebrain ALEX HORNBROOK Director of Scheduling for the Vice President of the U.S. KAMBIZ HOSSEINI Host/Writer, Parazit! WIN HUFFMAN President, Capital Club COLIN HUNTER Co-Owner, Alton Lane DUNCAN HUNTER Member, U.S. House of Representatives (R-Calif.) SHIN INOUYE Director, Specialty Media/ LGBT, White House PEYTON JENKINS Co-Founder, Alton Lane KIERRA JOHNSON Executive Director, Choice USA KATHERINE KALLINIS Co-Founder, Georgetown Cupcake GOLDY KAMALI Founder/CEO, FedScoop OLIVIER KAMANDA Associate, White and Case CASSIDY KARAKORN Associate Marketing Director, Human Rights Campaign; DJ SAM KASS Assistant, White House Chef; Senior Policy Advisor, Healthy Food Initiatives CODY STEPHEN KEENAN Presidential Speechwriter LINDSAY KIN Executive Director of Business Development, Luke's Wings EZRA KLEIN Reporter/Columnist, The Washington Post ERIKKA KNUTI Communications Director, Health Information Center CARINE KREIWIC Owner, Carine's Bridal Atelier MATTHEW KROENIG Stanton Nuclear Security Fellow, Council on Foreign Relations JACKIE KUCINICH Reporter, USA Today ANNA LEFER KUHN Executive Director, Arca Foundation MARIA TERESA KUMAR Founding Executive Director,Voto Latino HILDY KURYK 36 WA S H I N G T O N L I F E | FEBRUARY | washingtonlife.com LESLIE BRADSHAW CO-FOUNDER JESS ORA NWABUEZE OWNER THE DUNES LLC ORA Noteable: An entrepreneur and cor- porate scenester is founder of the Dunes, a gallery and performance space that is raising the bar on cool in Columbia Heights Littleknown fact: He's a former lawyer and investment banker who grew up wanting to be a jazz guitarist Page-turner: Lately, a lot of contracts, leases and blueprints Finance Director, Democratic National Committee ABA KWAWU President, The ABA Agency CHRISTINA LAGDAMEO Deputy Director, White House Initiatives on AAPIs SOPHIE LAMONTAGNE Co-Founder, Georgetown Cupcake SARA LANGE Special Events Manager, National Children's Museum MATT LAUER Partner, Qorvis Communications LLC BECKY LEE Executive Director/ Founder, Becky's Fund EDDIE LEE Associate Director, White House Office of Public Engagement AAPI Outreach PUM LEFEBURE Co-founding Partner/Creative Director, Design Army JAKE LEFEBURE CEO/Co-Founder, Design Army SVETLANA LEGETIC Founder, BrightestYoungThings JEFF LERNER Political Director, Democratic National Committee RACHEL LERNER Vice President, J Street Education Fund ALEXIS LEVINE Founder, Savvy Media PAUL LINDSAY Communications Director, National Republican Congressional Committee KIRSTEN LODAL Co-Founder/CEO, LIFT ALLISON LONG HARDY Artist RAFAEL MENDES LOUREIRO Foreign Associate, Hogan & Hartson LLC ANNIE LOWREY Economic Policy Correspondent, The New York Times RUFUS LUSK Partner/Producer/Director, Cowboy Bear Ninja Productions DANA MANATOS Vice President of Operations, Edward Marc Chocalatier TOM MANATOS Senior Advisor to the Chairman, Democratic National Committee SARAH MARGON Associate Director, Center for American Progress VIOLETTA MARKELOU Photographer/Visual Artist KOURI MARSHALL Director, Obama for America Washington, D.C. LINDSAY MASK Principal, Global Vision Communications JACLYN MASON Owner, Charm Georgetown ALYSSA MASTROMONACO WA S H I N G T O N L I F E | FEBRUARY | washingtonlife.com 37 THE MODERN MEDIA ELITE: 44 HEADLINERS FROM FRONT PAGE READS TO PRIME TIME LEADS DAVID JOHN Noteable: This legal eagle is at the center of the DAVID JOHN FRENKIL ENERGY ATTORNEY VAN NESS FELDMAN debate on renewable energy. He is often asked to speak at various conferences, consulted by legislators and private companies and has written extensively on cleantech and government energy financing for publications here and abroad. But it's not all work all the time. Before law school, Frenkil pitched for a professional baseball team in Antwerp, Belgium. iPhone/ Blackberry: iPhone for this lawyer Washington: underrated: ARASH Noteable: is part The city's entrepreneurial community Favorite app: MapMyTracks Rag and Bone FOUNDER/PRESIDENT ambassador, part BULLITT BOOKINGS music indusAGENCY try mogul and all entrepreneur. Shirazi, who immigrated to the U.S. from Iran has risen through the ranks of the music scene as the co-founder of Bullitt agency, a D.C. and Barcelona based booking agency for djs and musicians. Page-turner? Decoded" by Jay Z and "How to Speak Money" by Ali Velshi & Christine Romans. ARASH SHIRAZI Deputy Chief of Staff, White House SOMMER MATHIS Editor, Atlantic Cities SETH MCCLELLAND Co-Owner, One Lounge AMBER MCDONALD Associate, Baker & Miller; Founder, The Kindness Collective TOMMY MCFLY DJ/Radio Host, 94.7 Fresh FM BRITT MCHENRY Sports Reporter, WJLA-TV ABC 7 ANDREW J MCKENNA Founder/President/CEO, McKenna & Associates PARAG MEHTA Special Assistant to the Director, OFCCP, U.S. Department of Labor SPIKE MENDELSOHN Restaurateur, Good Stuff Eatery/We, the Pizza ALICIA MENENDEZ Senior Advisor, New Democratic Network ELAINE MENSAH Founder and Fashion Director, SVELTE LLC; MARIKA MEYER Marika Meyer Interiors KATE MICHAEL President, K Street Kate, LLC JEFF MILLS Executive Director of Food Service, D.C. Public Schools DIANA MINSHALL Agent, TTR Sotheby's International Realty NAVROOP MITER CEO/Co-Founder, Gryphn LISA MORALES-HELLEBO Founder, Shopsy DAVID MUSE Artistic Director, Studio Theatre DEEJAY NEEKOLA DJ/Music Producer JARED NELSON Company Dancer, The Washington Ballet KONRAD NG Asian Pacific American Program Director, Smithsonian PAUL NITZE Special Assistant to the U.S. Attorney, District of Maryland ANDREW NOYES Manager, Public Policy Communications, Facebook ORA NWABUEZE Owner, The Dunes LLC MAGGIE O'NEILL Owner, O'Neill Studios LLC CARLOS ODIO Director of Special Projects, New Organizing Institute ANNE OLAIMEY Director of Office of Business Liaison, U.S. Department of Commerce BRIAN ORAKPO Defensive End, Washington Redskins ALEX OVECHKIN 38 WA S H I N G T O N L I F E | FEBRUARY | washingtonlife.com AFSHIN Noteable: The seasoned traveler, lauded author of "Soul of Iran" and Middle East scholar is regarded the world over for his thoughts on geo-politics and economics. He regularly appears on CNN, NPR and the BBC. Buzz word: Arab Spring: the former Washington Post and Reuters journalist is now studying the aftermath and implication of the modern revolution. Little-known fact: "I'm too old to be on any `young' list" AFSHIN MOLAVI CO-DIRECTOR WORLD ECONOMY ROUND TABLE HOLLY THOMAS DC EDITOR REFINERY HOLLY Noteable: She's the Washington D.C. editor of Refinery29, a global platform for discovering and celebrating personal style. She was previously a fashion and lifestyle columnist for the Washington Post for seven years. Over-achiever alert: She's also the cofounder of Butler & Claypool, a vintage retail and design collective based in Washington Personal style: Vintage-inspired, curated and boy-meetsgirl Animal lover: She plans to adopt a retired racing greyhound (or two!) soon. NHL Left Wing, Washington Capitals; Founder, Crazy Eights CHARLIE PARET Co-founder, Paxton Stuart LLC DAN PFEIFFER Communications Director, The White House MACON PHILLIPS Director of New Media, White House Office of Communications ERICH PICA President, Friends of the Earth ADA POLLA Founder and CEO, Alchimie Forever MICHAEL LEE POPE Author/Reporter, National Public Radio DREW PORTERFIELD Curator/Director, LongView Gallery JEN PSAKI Senior VP/Managing director, Global Strategy Group BEN QUAYLE Member, U.S. House of Representatives (R-Ariz.) GAUTAM RAGHAVAN LGBT Liaison, White House Office of Public Engagement OSCAR RAMIREZ Principal, Podesta Group STEVE RESSLER Founder/President, GovLoop BEN RHODES Deputy National Security Advisor for Strategic Communications, White House KAREN RICHARDSON Associate Director, White House Office of Public Engagement SEBASTIAN RIVERA Senior Loan Officer, Potomac Mortgage Group JOSEPH E ROBERT III Board of Directors, Fight for Children; Sergeant, U.S. Marine Corps NICOLE RODGERS President, Role/Reboot LUKE RUSSERT News Correspondent, NBC/MSNBC KARIM SADJADPOUR Associate, Carnegie Endowment VICTOR SANCHEZ President, U.S. Student Association JAYNE SANDMAN Director, BrandLinkDC MICHAEL SAPIENZA Executive Director, Chris4Life Colon Cancer Foundation DJ SAUL Vice President of New Ventures, iStrategyLabs LEO SCHMID Editor, Thrillist TAYLOR SCHLETTE Marketing Assistant, South Moon Under AARON SCHOCK Member, U.S. House of Representatives (R-Ill.) JOHN SCHRIFFEN Reporter, WRC/NBC-4 WA S H I N G T O N L I F E | FEBRUARY | washingtonlife.com 39 BRITT MCHENRY Noteable: The self-proclaimed high school nerd-turned-out- and-about sports reporter at WJLA/ABC 7. At 25, the former D1 soccer player is poised to take M.V.P. in female sportscasting. Favorite Washington spot: The WJLA/ABC-7 suite at Nationals Park where she'll chow down on some Ben's Chili Bowl cheese fries and watch the game ("It's the best view of the park.") LUCAS R. BAIANO Noteable: Award-winning politi- cal wunderkind; he's responsible for the most trafficked political YouTube videos in 2011, a year that also brought profiles of the 23-year-old in Time, Variety and Details magazines as well as the Wall Street Journal, just to name a few. Famous fan: Stephen Colbert did an eight-minute opening fanfare segment on Lucas's work Word on the street: He's been called the "Michael Bay of politics." BRITT MCHENRY SPORTS REPORTER WJLA-TV ABC LUCAS R BAIANO POLITICAL FILMMAKER NIKKI SCHWAB Yeas & Nays Columnist, Washington Examiner SHELDON SCOTT General Manager, Marvin RACHEL SERGI Beverage Director, Jack Rose RAJIV SHAH Director, USAID NICK SHAPIRO Special Assistant to the Homeland Security Advisor RENEE SHARROW Director of Public Relations, Park Hyatt Washington MUNA SHIKAKI Correspondent, Al Arabiya ARASH SHIRAZI Founder/President, Bullitt Bookings CYNEE SIMPSON Reporter, WJLA/ABC-7 NICOLE SIOBAL Founder/Product Manager, New Media Strategies ALEX SKATELL Media Director, National Republican Senatorial Committee AMOS SNEAD Principal, Story Partners NORA SOMMERKAMP Model; Guest Relations Manager, Jefferson Hotel DOUGLAS SONDERS Co-founder, 8112 Studios; Photographer PAMELA SORENSEN Founder, Pamela's Punch MICHAEL STEEL Press Secretary, Speaker of the House John Boehner (R-Ohio) SAM STEIN Political Reporter, The Huffington Post SALLY STEPONKUS Sally Steponkus Interiors KARTI SUBRAMANIAN Co-Founder,Vera Solutions QUBAD J TALABANI Representative to the U.S., Kurdistan Regional Government KATHERINE TARBOX Senior Editor, Realtor Magazine ASHLEY TAYLOR Marketing, Sales & Operations Manager, Washington Fine Properties JOSIE TAYLOR President, The Madison HOLLY THOMAS D.C. Editor, Refinery29 JESSE THOMAS Founder/CEO, JESS3 AURETA THOMOLLARI President, D&A Luxury Consulting JOHN THORNLEY Lead Singer, US Royalty PAUL THORNLEY Guitarist, US Royalty ERIN THORNTON Global Policy Director, ONE SCOTT THUMAN Anchor/Reporter, WJLA/ABC-7 40 WA S H I N G T O N L I F E | FEBRUARY | washingtonlife.com POWER PLAYERS: 86 NEW FACES FROM WASHINGTON'S ROSTER OF HEAVY-HITTERS ALEX SKATELL Noteable: At 25, he's respon- sible for the production of all Web, video and print advertising on behalf of U.S. Senate candidates -- overseeing a multimillion dollar budget. Little-known fact: He worked in construction during summer breaks in college, fully intending to enter the field after graduation Charity/cause: Susan G. Komen Foundation; he lost his mother to cancer while in high school and she was involved with SGK even before her diagnosis. Guilty pleasure: Reality TV ALEX SKATELL MEDIA DIRECTOR NATIONAL REPUBLICAN SENATORIAL COMMITTEE YGL ALUMS 2012 Huma Abedin � Amy Baier � Greg ELLIOT TOTAH Executive Vice President, The Oxbridge Group STEPHANIE VALENCIA Deputy Director, WH OPE OMAR VARGAS Executive Director of Global Policy/Government Affairs, PepsiCo. TOMMY VIETOR Press Secretary, National Security Council AMELIA WANG Chief of Staff, Rep. Judy Chu (D-Calif.) JON WARD Senior Political Reporter, Huffington Post WILLIAM "PEPPER" WATKINS Special Projects Manager, The National Trust for Historic Preservation ANDRE WELLS Founder, Events by Andre Wells CHRISTINA WILKIE Staff Reporter, Huffington Post ERICA WILLIAMS Senior Strategist, Citizen Engagement Lab JESSICA WRIGHT Director of Scheduling, The White House URI ZAKI Director, B'Tselem USA KATHARINE ZALESKI Executive Producer/Head of Digital News Products, The Washington Post RYAN ZIMMERMAN Third Baseman, Washington Nationals Behrman � Meghan Blair � Michael Bloom � Robert "Bo" Blair Erinn "Ebs" Burnough � Sarah Cannova � John G. Cecchi Chris Cooley � Alexandra Cousteau � Philippe Cousteau Jr. Lindsay Czarniak � Nathan Daschle � Jill Daschle � Raymond "Tripp" Donnelly III � Amy Donnelly � Ross Douthat � Cate Edwards � Carolina Furukrona � Dean Garfield � Robert "Bo" Garza � Chuck Ghoorah � John Goodwin � Garre Graff Mae Haney Grennan � Heather A. Higginbo om � Joseph P. Ireland III � Sassy Jacobs � Brian Komar � Sherri Kraham Marne Levine � Carrie Marrio � David Marrio � Maggie Michael � Eduardo Morales � Ross Mueller � Norah O'Donnell Omar Popal � Christy Schlesinger � Christina Sevilla � Ali Shirazinia � Heath Shuler � Thomas Snedeker � In memory of Josh Thomas � Jessy Tolkan � Geoffrey Tracy � Paul Wharton Amal Zaari WA S H I N G T O N L I F E | FEBRUARY | washingtonlife.com 41 LIFESTYLES TAKE REFUGE FROM THE CITY'S FRENETIC PACE IN A STYLISH OASIS PHOTOGRAPHY & ART DIRECTION MANICURE LUIS ARAGON TITILAYO BANKOLE @ GIGI CREATIVE TALENT WWW GIGICREATIVETALENTCOM ASSISTED BY DAMION MILLER MARTIN DE LA PAZ WARDROBE MODEL WWWTITILAYOBANKOLE COM TONI LEINHARDT @ GIGI CREATIVE TALENT WWW GIGICREATIVETALENTCOM HAIR/MAKEUP AMY MERVINE @ MODELOGIC SHOOT ASSISTANTS MARCELA DORANTES AND BRITTANY FREDERIC KATHY ARAGON @ ARTISTS BY TIMOTHY PRIANO PHOTOGRAPHED ON LOCATION AT RENAISSANCE ARLINGTON CAPITAL VIEW HOTEL 42 WA S H I N G T O N L I F E | FEBRUARY | washingtonlife.com PH OTO CA PT I O N H E R E NANETTE LEPORE ivory and ink cotton stripe jacket ($428) and navy and white pin point pants ($298); Periwinkle, 1557 Potomac Greens Dr., Alexandria, VA 22314, 703519-5242. TIFFANY & CO. 18-kt. gold hoop necklace with diamonds ($2,850), 18kt. yellow gold Marrakesh dome pendant ($6,000), 18-kt. yellow gold row wave ($2,900), 18-kt. yellow gold large bangle bracelet ($9,500) and 18-kt. Marrakesh bangle ($7,000); Tiffany & Co. Fairfax Square, 8045 Leesburg Pike, Vienna, VA 22182, 703-893-7700. 43 LIFESTYLES Opposite: MILLY black cotton swing dress ($450); Hysteria, 125 S. Fairfax Street, Alexandria, VA 22314, 703-548-1615. BEVERLY FELDMAN black mesh sling-back heel with leopard bow detail ($185); Periwinkle, 1557 Potomac Greens Dr., Alexandria, VA 22314, 703-519-5242. TIFFANY & CO. diamond drop hoop earrings ($5,700), 18-kt. rose gold diamond bangle ($7,900), 18-kt. white gold diamond bangle ($7,900), 18-kt. yellow gold diamond bangle ($7,900), platinum butterfly diamond necklace ($4,700), platinum dragonfly diamond necklace (price upon request) and pav� diamond lock necklace ($12,500); Tiffany & Co. Fairfax Square, 8045 Leesburg Pike, Vienna, VA 22182, 703-893-7700. Above: ALEXANDER BERARDI red chiffon dress ($429); Hysteria, 125 S. Fairfax Street, Alexandria, VA 22314, 703-548-1615. TIFFANY & CO. black silk pompom necklace ($550), green jade sphere silk necklace ($3,100), Frank Ghery torque micro 18-kt. white gold square hoop pav� diamond earrings ($4,250), doughnut black, red and maroon lacquer bangles (price upon request); Tiffany & Co. Fairfax Square, 8045 Leesburg Pike, Vienna, VA 22182, 703-893-7700. BOURNE ELLE black suede bow bootie ($295); Periwinkle, 1557 Potomac Greens Dr., Alexandria, VA 22314, 703-519-5242. WA S H I N G T O N L I F E | FEBRUARY | washingtonlife.com 45 LIFESTYLES TORY BURCH navy and cr�me gabardine dress (price upon request) and long heart chain necklace (price upon request) with navy and tortoise shell resin bangles (price upon request); Tory Burch Spring 2012, Tory Burch Tysons Galleria, 703-288-0786. BEVERLY FELDMAN double dip camel suede wedge heels ($198), Periwinkle, 1557 Potomac Greens Dr., Alexandria, VA 22314, 703-519-5242. This page: ELIE TAHARI long white dress ($998) and gold chain-edged cuff ($198); Elie Tahari, 571-765-3396, www. elietahari.com. TORY BURCH gold circles logo cuff ($145); Tory Burch, 703-288-0786, www.toryburch.com. POUR LA VICTOIRE "Tifara" mirrored sandals in gold ($295) and SAKS FIFTH AVENUE gold double teardrop rhinestone earrings ($160); Saks Fifth Avenue at Tysons Galleria, 703-761-0700, www.saksfifthavenue.com. Opposite: ANNE FONTAINE black neck collar ($550) and red satin flower handbag ($750); Anne Fontaine, 703-714-0509. TINY JEWEL BOX black pierced evening stone ball earrings ($1,425); Tiny Jewel Box, 1147 Connecticut Ave. NW, 202393-2747, www.tinyjewelbox. com. NAUDRI pav� cuff ($425); Saks Fifth Avenue at Tysons Galleria, 703-761-0700, www.saksfifthavenue.com. 46 WA S H I N G T O N L I F E | FEBRUARY | washingtonlife.com PH OTO CAPT I O N H E RE 47 LIFESTYLES Kristen Rose, Cindy Jones, Amy Donnelly and Susanna Quinn Raegan Morgan, Cynthia Vance and Joni Sandman WL EXCLUSIVE Anna Trone, Jean -Marie Fernandez and Karen Donatelli Meg Ferguson and Mae Haney Grennan Laura Branker and Cheryl Cooper SAKS JANDEL BRUNCH Saks Jandel | PHOTOS BY KYLE SAMPERTON BOUTIQUE BENEFIT: Both the fashion forward and socially conscious came out for Champagne and canap�s at Saks Jandel's annual brunch, fashion show and fund-raising event. Local favorite Christian Siriano and up-and-comers Cushnie et Ochs showcased their Spring 2012 lines on the runway while guests shopped the collections in support of Children's National Medical Center. Hosts Cindy Jones, Amy Baier and Mae Haney Grennan welcomed the crowd and introduced newly-named hospital CEO Dr. Kurt Newman. VIEW ALL THE PHOTOS AT WWWWASHINGTONLIFE COM! Michelle Ochs and Carly Cushnie Stacey Lubar, Ronnie Stewart and Amy Baier Toni Marx and Nina Totenberg Katherine VernotJonas, Kurt Newman and Christian Siriano Richard and Ellen Vlasak with Sharlia Lee Alexandria Choral Society WL SPONSORED Scott Thuman Ed Williams, Dan Gaddy, Christina Cox and James Connelly NATIONAL MUSEUM OF CATHOLIC ART AND LIBRARY PARTY The George Walter Smith Mansion | PHOTOS BY ALFREDO FLORES Paul Wharton and Nyree Wright Diana Minshall and Amy Dorcy 48 Britt McHenry and Ski Johnson VICTORIAN CHRISTMAS: Santa's helpers decked out a vacant 19thcentury mansion in the heart of Georgetown for a holiday reception supporting the Museum of Catholic Art and the U.S. Marine Corps' Toys for Tots program. Museum Founder Christina Cox and Churiazzi International CEO Gordon Root decked the walls with priceless nativity art and bronzes from the Naples, Italy-based foundry. Three-time Grammy-nominated jazz saxophonist Ski Johnson and the 16-member Alexandria Choral Society performed holiday favorites with Franco Nuschese contributing Italian delicacies from Caf� Milano and wine from his Italian vineyard. General Motors shu led VIP guests to and from the event in chauffeur-driven 2012 Escalades. Tu o era bene. VIEW ALL THE PHOTOS AT WWW WASHINGTONLIFE COM! WA S H I N G T O N L I F E | FEBRUARY | washingtonlife.com Shop Talk CFDA/Vogue Fashion Fund nominees Carly Cushnie and Michelle Ochs and fierce phenom Christian Siriano create collections for style-conscious women. The design duo and famed former reality star spill here about teaming up for Saks Jandel's annual charity brunch, their Spring 2012 collections and what's next for their brands. in Venice sporting chic white summer dresses, wide-leg men's trousers, and tailored silk blouses. I hope this collection will similarly inspire any woman who wears it. My goal is, as always, to make my customer feel special when she is getting dressed. I think what is great about this collection is that there is such a mix of wearable clothing and something sophisticated for evening. YOU'VE BEEN A PHILANTHROPIC PRESENCE IN WASHINGTON FOR A FEW YEARS NOW HOW DID THIS START? CS: I loved showing my collection at Saks Jandel and when they asked me to support this cause it was a wonderful opportunity to give back using what I do every day. I try to use fashion and a show or performance to raise awareness because clothing is emotional. We all feel something different when we get up, get dressed and attack the day. WITH SO MANY MILESTONES BEHIND YOU WHAT ARE YOUR PLANS FOR THE NEXT SIX MONTHS? CS: I may be opening some type of retail store in New York next year, so that could keep me busy for awhile. But we did have a wonderful year and I'm working very hard to keep my brand going. As a young designer that isn't always easy. WHAT DO YOU CONSIDER YOUR "I MADE IT" MOMENT? CS: I don't think I have had that moment yet. The brand is going to really grow in the next few years. In the works will be retail stores, bridal, more accessories, possibly more collaborations and maybe even more media and TV. I always say that being popular in the press is wonderful but the customer and retailers must be your biggest supporters. If the clothes don't sell, nothing else matters long term. Carly Cushnie and Michelle Ochs WHAT INSPIRED YOU TO CREATE CUSHNIE ET OCHS? Carly Cushnie: We were friends first so the working relationship is the same and quite organic. It's very much a back and forth which is a great benefit creatively. WHICH DESIGNERS DO YOU ADMIRE? CC Madame Gr�s and Geoffrey Beene for their craftsmanship and Diane von Furstenberg and Donna Karan for empowering women through clothing and business. Michelle Ochs: Our current line was inspired by the idea of playing house and traditional views of becoming a lady through youthful eyes but with a modern perspective. WHY DO YOU THINK YOUR DESIGNS RESONATE WITH WASHINGTONIANS? MO Washington women respond to our designs because our aesthetic is very clean and very focused on the female body. It's edgy while being sophisticated and wearable for professional and everyday life. YOUR VISION FOR THE BRAND? CC To have grown the collection from readyto-wear to include shoes, handbags, accessories and licensees. MO We want to create a wardrobe that our customer can build on each season with pieces that they can come back to years down the road. Christian Siriano THERE IS A LUXURIOUS AESTHETIC TO YOUR SPRING COLLECTION WHAT WAS THE INSPIRATION? Christian Siriano: Its about casual luxury, the type of looks that work well for the woman who's fond of traveling in style. I imagine her echoing the things she sees from the shores of Bali, Honduras, or Belize in her wardrobe. WAS THERE A MUSE FOR THE GLAMOROUS WOMAN YOU IMAGINED? CS: A great visual inspiration for this collection was Katharine Hepburn's wardrobe and movement in the 1955 film "Summertime." As Jane Hudson, she arrives WA S H I N G T O N L I F E | FEBRUARY | washingtonlife.com 49 LIFESTYLES | TREND REPORT FashionForward Bright colors and prints whisk you away y to warmer climates. VLOV BY QING QING WU J CREW MAD PLAID With rolled up jeans or jazzed up with a jacket, plaid is a versatile staple on vacation. G EN ER AL ID EA COLOR BURST Don't shy away from color. Stand out with flashes of royal blue, red or orange. P H OTO S C O U R T E S Y O F E AC H C O M PA N Y. PE RRY EL LI S STREET WISE Play it cool (and comfy) with laidback pieces ideal for sightseeing, should the mood strike. For the Guys 50 BUCKLER BY ANDREW BUCKLER For the Gals SUNSET HUES Tap into a tropical sunset with sizzling reds and corals. PORTER GREY Y RICHARD CHAI PE TE R SO M PRINTS CHARMING Mix it up with florals and abstract prints that move easily from day to something special. LO N D O N : P H OTOS BY SA M A N T H A SAU LT NE W YO RK : P H OTOS BY A RN A B KA R N AN ET TE LE PO RE NEON ACCENTS Take a hint from sports like surfing and liven up a look with well-placed neon details. CYNTHIA A ROWLEY Y CUSTO BARCELONA BA BCBG MAX AZRIA LE LA RO SE | FEBRUARY | washingtonlife.com 51 WA S H I N G T O N L I F E GIGI C R E AT I V E TA L E N T rep . manage . consult www.gigicreativetalent.com firstname.lastname@example.org HOME LIFE Real Estate News andOpen House I Inside a designer's home Real Estate Forecast and My Washington HISTORY RENEWED DESIGNER SIMON JACOBSEN'S VISION FOR CHANGE HONORS THE PAST The rear view of Jacobsen's Georgetown residence shows the glass addition and the original 1863 house on the right. The wing on the left features full-height, floor-to-ceiling glass windows and doors that open to a spacious garden. PH OTO CA PT I O N H E R E P HOTOS CO URT E SY JACO B S E N A R C H I T ECT U RE WA S H I N G T O N L I F E | APRIL | washingtonlife.com 53 HOME LIFE | INSIDE HOMES Designer and homeowner Simon Jacobsen The all-white room lined with "Eggcrate" bookcases (a signature element in Jacobsen Architecture designs) makes for a serene library and showcases the stainless-steel "Bob Vanasse" desk and "Gooch" coffee table, both designed by Simon Jacobsen. Museumquality lighting, via nearly invisible fixtures, unobtrusively highlight artworks. "O 54 ut with the old, in with the new." It's a sentiment that reverberates every year as the clock strikes midnight and dawn breaks on a new year. It's also an idea that plays out in construction sites across the country owners and developers bulldoze classic buildings to make way for cookie-cutter homes or gray strip malls decorating a concrete jungle. Simon Jacobsen, designer and principal of Washington's Jacobsen Architecture, describes the capital's own architectural erosion in his blog, The Ruined Capitol. "It attempts to chronicle, in a drive-by shooting kind of way,Washington's disenchantment with European-influenced building design after two world wars," he says, "and the `erase and replace' purge in the name of a persistent vision of progress." Thank goodness for the Commission of Fine Arts, which Jacobsen notes was established in the 1960s to help ensure there was a process and some thinking before demolition. In Jacobsen's world, a healthy respect for the old is perfectly balanced with the needs of the new, resulting in structures framed by history but re-energized with a contemporary touch. For this, the designer and his father, world-renowned architect Hugh Newell Jacobsen, were recently inducted into Architectural Digest's esteemed AD100 list of top design and architecture firms. Jacobsen's own Georgetown residence exhibits the firm's trademark style. An "elegant little" Greek Revival built in 1863, the house was just 15 feet wide when he purchased it and the adjoining structure. He then combined the two into one space large enough for a rambunctious modern family. His home remains true to its mid-19th-century origins but is thoroughly modern with technical features (discreet air conditioning/heating and automatic window shades) and its volume of clean, RIGHT: Jacobsen broke through the wall joining two small houses on Georgetown's 28th Street NW to create his dream home. "This is an eccentric space," he says, "and I had to be careful with what was going to go in there." Children, parties, music, art, books, arm wrestling and tactical dart gun battles all had to feel at home." The "Spoon Light" on the front is a Hugh Newell Jacobsen design. FAR RIGHT: Full-height glass windows with views of the trees outside make the quintessentially minimalist master bedroom the aura of a tree house getaway. Air conditioning and heat are delivered via a discreet black slot in the ceiling, while hidden mechanical shades silently darken the room at the touch of a button. WA S H I N G T O N L I F E | FEBRUARY | washingtonlife.com A glowing fireplace and Joseph Albers' vibrant "Homage to the Square" warm up a cleanly appointed dining room. The black steel, pipe and glass dining table and silver candlestick holder on the mantle are Simon Jacobsen designs. white space. "I have long believed that acknowledging the architectural past doesn't mean burdening the house down with a Colonial red dining room and fake toile living rooms," he says. "Don't be so quick to fill empty space just because it is there. Architecture isn't about the stuff that is in it. "I believe that the success of the spaces were the result of restraint and what was not done rather than a heavyhanded invasion of a `Me-ism,'" Jacobsen adds. "A good house has to be able to handle all of these with equal justice. If it doesn't, then you live in a museum to yourself." Though the house was completed a few years ago, Jacobsen admits there's more he would like to do, including the addition of another bedroom. But for now, his little Greek Revival continues to surprise guests. A wall intentionally placed at the front door conceals the vision to come. "One turns the corner and the parts of the whole all collide in a pure white, shiny cavernous gallery of light and space." Every house should have a surprise, or as his father likes to say, "Every house should have a Jesus Christ.You walk in the front door and you say `Jesus Christ!'" WA S H I N G T O N L I F E | FEBRUARY | washingtonlife.com 55 HOME LIFE | REAL ESTATE NEWS Alluring Abodes Classic houses fetch major prices for sellers John Warner IV Mort Kondracke and Steve Shafran , BY STAC E Y G R A Z I E R P FA R R THE DISTRICT The third most expensive Washington, D.C. listing and largest single-family residential sale for TTR Sotheby's in 2011, WOODLAND DRIVE NW, sold for $7.7 million. Steve Shafran, a professor at the McDonough School of Business at Georgetown University and a former Goldman Sachs executive, sold the stone manor to an undisclosed buyer with the help of TTR Sotheby's Tom Daley. The six-bedroom mansion was built in 1927 and sits on nearly an acre of park-like grounds. It features a dual-gated entrance, swimming pool, elegant rooms for entertaining on the main level, a gourmet kitchen, wood-paneled library and formal dining room. Nora L. Cameron sold N STREET NW for $4.6 million with the help of Trudie Musson of Sarah M. Gorman Inc. Real Estate. Cameron shared her home with her late husband, Juan Cameron, a former editor of both Fortune and Time magazines. Past occupants of the 1850s Greek Revival-style residence include attorney and diplomat Adrian S. Fisher and journalist John Pierson, whose work at The Wall Street Journal secured his spot on President Nixon's famed "Enemies List." The property features columned porches, a double drawing room with multiple fireplaces, a pool and landscaped gardens. A private trust sold the longtime Georgetown home of the late insurance company founder Huntington T. "Bucky" Block and his wife Amie Willard Block for TH STREET NW was also $4,150,000. once the home of Elizabeth Bishop, a Pulitzer Prize-winning author and poet laureate of the United States from 1949 to 1950. When Bishop lived in the five-bedroom Italianate East Village property, it was known as Bertha Looker's Boardinghouse. Built in 1868, it The residence of the late Huntington and Amie Block at 1312 30th Street NW was sold by a private trust for $4,150,000. was restored by the Blocks in the 1960s and completely renovated in 2005.The residence sits on a double lot and features 12-foot ceilings on the entry level, 11-foot ceilings on upper floors, a temperature-controlled wine cellar and mahogany-paneled library. Washington Fine Properties' Jamie Peva was the listing agent. Washington Fine Properties' Susie Maguire represented the buyer. Elizabeth Barnes and Craig Wisooker bought WYOMING AVENUE NW from Upscale Capital Housing LLC for $2.5 million. Barnes owns a publishing house while Wisooker is a management analyst at the Department of Energy. The historic Italianate five-bedroom Kalorama residence was built in 1908 and features a dramatic double living room with dual fireplaces, a large dining room and an eatin kitchen. The property also features a twocar garage with a staff apartment above. The listing agent was John Pruski of Cathie Gill Inc. Sylvia Bergstrom and Marin Hagen of Coldwell Banker represented the buyers. Matthew and Season Appelget sold LOWELL STREET NW to Kurt Reisenberg and Jennifer Dryer for $2,190,000. Mr. Appelget is president of East End Resource Recovery, a company that owns and operates a landfill in Richmond, Va. Mr. Reisenberg is executive director of corporate finance at the Corporate Executive Board. Ms. Dryer is a yoga instructor at Flow Yoga in the District.The six-year-old Arts and Crafts-style house in Wesley Heights has six bedrooms and six baths and features a gracious foyer, great room with wood-burning fireplace, lower-level suite ideal for nanny quarters and an elevator. Greg Gaddy and Carroll Dey of TTR Sotheby's International Realty were the listing agents while Richard Seaton and Claudia Donovan represented the buyers. John Echeverria and Carin Pratt sold MASSACHUSETTS AVENUE NE in Capitol 56 WA S H I N G T O N L I F E | FEBRUARY | washingtonlife.com Annapolis, MD A perfect blend of formal elegance and casual Annapolis lifestyle. This custom built 6 BR, 5.5 bath home sits on prime 6.24 waterfront acres in Fishing Creek Farm. Features a formal LR and DR, gourmet kitchen with family room overlooking pool and pool house, separate 8 stall garage with private office, and a 2 BR, 2 bath guest house. Boasts 1,600 linear feet of perfectly wrapped shoreline, 196' pier and 2 separate boat barns. $15,000,000. Kalorama, DC 1920's historic residence situated on 2 oversized lots in the heart of Kalorama. Meticulous and thoughtful 2011 renovation with a substantial addition features gracious public rooms, ideal for large scale entertaining, 8-9 BR, 8.5 baths, fully finished lower level, spectacular oversized terrace/formal gardens and 2 car garage and gated motor-court with room for an additional 8-10 vehicles. $7,995,000. Kalorama, DC A unique architectural and interior design experience fusing together the renewed 1905 structure with modern contemporary solutions. Measuring over 5,600 sf on 4-levels, this home boasts state-of-the-art amenities and luxury features, including chef's kitchen, surround sound system, private elevator and pi�ce de r�sistance rooftop terrace. $3,190,000. Foggy Bottom, DC Apartment 801 & 806 is a spectacular renovation and redesign of a nearly 4,000 sf combined apartment. This unit offers fantastic entertaining space, an open concept floor plan with formal living, dining, family room and exceptional kitchen that all flow into one another. There are breathtaking and sweeping wrap-around views which include the Georgetown waterfront, Key Bridge and Rosslyn. $2,995,000. Michael Moore 202.262.7762 Alex Venditti 202.550.8872 Paul E. Pike 202.550.8871 Robin Waugh 703.819.8809 Lauren Herberghs 703.625.3590 Michael Rankin 202.271.3344 Maggie Shannon 202.486.4752 McLean, VA Own a fabulous piece of Fairfax County history! The original Mackhall Home Place was erected circa 1730, in what was later to become McLean. The original house was expanded with a newer addition that has today's amenities, including an in-ground pool, country kitchen, 6 BR and 3.5 baths. The home is surrounded by 11 acres of beautiful natural grounds and is peaceful and serene yet minutes to DC, Tysons Corner and airports. $2,600,000. Alexandria, VA Located in Harborside, this spectacular waterfront townhouse overlooks the Potomac River and offers a private boat slip. 5 levels of elegant living custom designed by owner's architect and designer features custom woodwork, built-ins, marble and granite finishes and custom faux painting throughout. Full floor MBR w/ luxury bath and sensational closets. Complete with an elevator that services all levels, a wonderful brick terrace and 2-car garage. $2,495,000. Baltimore, MD Wonderful opportunity to own a slice of Baltimore's Historic Mt. Vernon Square. The only detached home on the block, 16 Mount Vernon Place and the adjoining carriage house/garage/apartment/studio at 17 Branch Lane is a spectacular renovation from top to bottom which incorporates the grandeur of the 1850s with the conveniences of the 21st century. One of the original Garrett owned properties. $2,450,000. Logan Circle, DC This one-of-a-kind 2 BR, 3.5 bath custom corner penthouse is appointed with floor to ceiling glass that provides breathtaking views of the very best sights of DC. No detail is spared in the lavishly finished baths. Endless storage and luxurious amenities in the kitchen are available to the most high performance chef. Boasts 5 star lobby, rooftop lap pool and 3 garaged parking spaces. $2,199,000. Gloria Adams 703.356.6645 Michael Rankin 202.271.3344 Rick Leverrier 202.957.7777 Dave DeSantis 202.438.1542 Thomas Castagnola 202.297.5151 McLean, VA Stately all brick home located in the gated community of Evans Farm on a premium corner lot with fantastic views of Evans Pond. Located only a few blocks from downtown McLean, a short distance from Tysons Corner, and convenient to D.C., airports and Metro the home boasts 5 BR, 4.5 baths and a finished walkout lower level with an extra large storage area. $1,895,000. Georgetown, DC Offered for the first time since 1961. This Victorian style home has been loved by the same family for the past 50 years. Meticulously maintained, this home exhibits the grace and charm of Georgetown architecture circa 1880 with original wood floors, custom moldings, 10.5' ceilings, 6 fireplaces, mature rose garden, patio, sleeping porch, and generous room sizes waiting for an update. $1,785,000. Berkley, DC Foxhall Crescents � Architectural Design Chic with walls of windows, gourmet kitchen, 3 spacious BR, elegant baths on 3 levels, circular staircases, gleaming hardwoods, marble flooring, formal living room, dining room and library, 3 marble fireplaces and entry-level 2-car garage. Privately sited on a premium lot with terraced gardens. Minutes to the White House. $1,299,000. Watergate, DC This truly magnificent Watergate apartment offers spectacular uninterrupted views over the Potomac River and downtown Rosslyn, VA. This sensational lateral co-op offers "Best Address" living in the heart of Washington, DC. The accommodations comprise a full service building with 24 hour front desk, doorman, maintenance and steps from historic Georgetown and the Kennedy Center of Arts. $579,000. Gloria Adams 703.356.6645 Rick Leverrier 202.957.7777 Robin Waugh 703.819.8809 Stan Kelly 202.997.1872 www.ttrsir.com Downtown, D.C. 202.234.3344 Georgetown, D.C. 202.333.1212 McLean, VA 703.319.3344 Chevy Chase, MD 301.967.3344 � MMXII Sotheby's International Realty Affiliates LLC. All Rights Reserved. The Sound, used with permission. Sotheby's International Realty� is a registered trademark licensed to Sotheby's International Realty Affiliates LLC. An Equal Opportunity Company. Equal Housing Opportunity . Each Office is Independently Owned and Operated. a maternal grandson of arts patron Paul Mellon, is a former race car driver turned documentary director. The four-bedroom East Village Federal-style townhouse was built in 2003. The property features many upgrades and a double-sized rooftop deck. Washington Fine Properties' Eileen McGrath was the listing agent while Former Goldman Sachs exec. Steve Shafron sold 2860 Michael Rankin of TTR Sotheby's Woodland Drive NW for $7.7 million to an undisclosed buyer. represented the buyer. Hill North to John and Teresa Fish for $1.25 Mort Kondracke and Marguerite Sallee P STREET NW in Georgetown for million. Echeverria is a professor of law at sold Vermont Law School and former executive $2 million. Kondracke, a well-known journalist director of the Georgetown Environmental Law and political commentator, was executive editor & Policy Institute at Georgetown University of Roll Call and co-host of "The Beltway Boys" Law Center and general counsel of the National on the Fox News Channel. He is a regular Audobon Society. Pratt was the executive contributor on "Special Report" with Bret producer of CBS News' "Face The Nation Baier. Sallee is CEO of America's Promise, a with Bob Schieffer" and an editor at The nonprofit working to help disadvantaged youth. Washington Post. The four-bedroom Victorian The three-bedroom Federal townhouse in the boasts four finished levels that include a top- heart of the East Village was built in 1811 and floor master suite with roof deck, double parlor, features seven fireplaces, original floors, twoformal dining room and gourmet kitchen. The car garage, and private gardens in the front 2,471-foot residence was built in 1900. Listing and back. The listing agent was Washington agent for the transaction was Coldwell Banker's Fine Properties' Eileen McGrath. Michael John Parker while Megan Shapiro of RE/MAX Rankin, managing director of TTR Sotheby's International realty, was the buyer's agent. Allegiance represented the buyer. John W. Warner IV and his wife Shannon sold OLIVE STREET NW to Alison Anne MARYLAND Stanley for $1,950,000. Mr. Warner, the son Frederick Dombo III and Michele Matan NORTHAMPTON of former Virginia Senator John Warner and Dombo bought STREET NW in Chevy Chase from Jane Carey Long for $1,380,000. Mr. Dombo is a partner at the Nossaman law firm in the District. The seven-bedroom classic residence was built in 1911 and features a wraparound porch, high ceilings, bay windows and screened-in second-floor porch. The listing agent for the transaction was TTR Sotheby's Claudia Donovan while Laura McCaffrey of Evers & Company represented the buyer. Steven Flajser sold ARMAT DRIVE in Bethesda for $2,010,000 with the help of Long & Foster's Marc Fleisher. Flajser is a principal at Washington Technology Strategies, a national security and intelligence consulting firm. The seven-bedroom Colonial was built in 1994 by acclaimed builder Jeff Robins and features embassy-sized living and dining rooms, French doors, 10-foot ceilings, five fireplaces and a three-quarter-acre lot with custom pool. VIRGINIA Gregory and Kathryn Bronstein sold WYNFIELD WOODS DRIVE in Great Falls for $2,070,000 with the help of McEnearney Associates' Anne DiBenedetto. Mr. Bronstein is an executive at Wells Fargo.The six-bedroom Fox Run house was built in 2005 and features both gourmet and caterer's kitchens, a formal dining room, a living room with separate study, sun room, screened-in porch and an outdoor kitchen. PROPERTY LINES PUTTIN' OFF THE RITZ The chairman and CEO of Ritz Camera and its group of affiliated companies is selling his Potomac house for $6,850,000. David and Robyn Ritz are parting with FOX MEADOW LANE in Bradley Hills. The seven-bedroom Nantucketstyle abode was built in 2002 by acclaimed architect Bruce Rich and includes a two-story English conservatory, library with nautically influenced custom mill work, gourmet kitchen with two-story ceiling, detached exercise facility and eightcar garage on three private acres. The listing agent is Long & Foster's Marc Fleisher. SHAKESPEARE SCHOLAR LISTS Gail Kern Paster, director emerita of the Folger Shakespeare Library and the widow of lobbyist Howard Paster, has listed LINNEAN AVENUE NW in Forest Hills for $2,395,000. The stately Colonial was built in 1940 and offers seven bedrooms, gracious entertaining spaces and a beautiful walled garden. The property is listed by Ellen Abrams and Anne-Marie Finnell of Evers & Company. PRESBYTERY SELLS The National Capital Presbytery, an organization of the Presbyterian Church that oversees 108 churches in Maryland, Virginia and the District, is selling its Middleburg retreat facility, "Meadowkirk," for $16 million. The 358-acre property at DELTA FARM LANE includes an eight-bedroom manor house (circa 1901), a newly constructed 20room inn, three cottages, a pool and several outbuildings, including a renovated stone dairy barn. SheridanMacMahon Ltd.'s Paul MacMahon is the listing agent. Ritz Camera chairman and CEO David Ritz and his wife Robyn are selling their Nantucket-style home at 9210 Fox Meadow Lane in Potomac's Bradley Hills for $6,850,000. CLIFTON CASTLE ON MARKET A 27,000square-foot Clifton, Va. megamansion owned by architect Ron Hubbard and his wife, Cheryl, is on the market for $12.5 million. Hubbard formerly worked with the Department of Defense and has overseen many DoD construction projects. He is founder of C+H Associates, an architectural plan- ning firm. The French-inspired "Chateau in Oak Hollow" at DOYLE ROAD is situated on five acres and was built in 2000. The seven-bedroom property includes an indoor pool, art gallery, threestory marble entrance, golf green, two ponds and eight-car garage. The listing agent is Jobin Realty's Meghan Wasinger. 58 WA S H I N G T O N L I F E | FEBRUARY | washingtonlife.com HOME LIFE | SPOTLIGHT ON REAL ESTATE From left: Washington Fine Properties' partners Tom Anderson, Bill Moody, Marc Schappell and Dana Landry. (Photo by Joseph Allen) REAL TITANS DESPITE A DIFFICULT ECONOMIC ENVIRONMENT WAS WASHINGTON FINE PROPERTIES' MOST SUCCESSFUL YEAR SALES INCLUDED TWO HISTORIC GEORGETOWN PROPERTIES HALCYON HOUSE AND EVERMAY THE FIRM'S FOUR PARTNERS SHARE THEIR SECRETS FOR SUCCESS AND PROVIDE INSIGHTS ON WHAT TO EXPECT IN WASHINGTON'S HOUSING MARKET THIS YEAR 60 WA S H I N G T O N L I F E | FEBRUARY | washingtonlife.com "GONE ARE THE DAYS OF `FOR SALE BY OWNER' and buying based on computer-generated valuations.Today's buyers and sellers are more cautious than ever and want to put themselves in the hands of an expert. Regardless of price range, there is an emphasis on quality in times of uncertainty." emphasis on quality in times of uncertainty. Because of the tightening of mortgage funds, today's buyers are looking for homes that are fully renovated and in great condition. Real estate is often our clients' largest single investment, so they rely heavily on the expertise and negotiating skills of their agents. WL: This is our "Young and the Guest List" issue. What neighborhoods are becoming popular for the under-40 crowd? What trends do you see with younger home buyers? WASHINGTON LIFE You sold almost three times as many houses over $1.5 million than your closest competitor last year. How have you managed to turn the closing of a luxury home sale into what is almost a science? WASHINGTON FINE PROPERTIES WL Your firm has earned a stellar reputation in the Washington area. How do you account for your success, especially as a relatively smaller company? WFP We've seen a surge in young people It all starts with the quality of our people. We are fortunate to have some of the most experienced and successful agents in the area who appreciate the firm's core principles of collegiality and teamwork. Our clients know that when they list their home with any WFP agent, they get the whole firm working to accomplish their goal. This has earned us national recognition in 2011 as having achieved the highest average sales production per agent of any firm in America, as well as the highest average sales price of any firm in America. Additionally, while WFP dominates the luxury market sector, over half of our transactions are under $1 million. WL What are the unique challenges of selling very high-end properties such as Evermay and Halcyon House? WFP Market knowledge and position both locally and nationally, insight relative to what makes the property worthy of its price, instilling confidence to the principals of the transaction, and agent relationships are some of the key factors that make such deals come together. Our involvement in most high-end transactions in the region gives our agents the credentials necessary to make clients feel comfortable in proceeding with a high-value purchase. moving to Logan Circle, American University Park and North Cleveland Park in the District; Arlington, particularly Rosslyn and Clarendon WFP The firm just celebrated its 13-year in Virginia; and Bethesda in Maryland. anniversary and achieved over $1.4 billion One of the largest trends we have recently in sales in 2011, making us the 71st largest seen is that once there is volatility in a market, firm in the United States in terms of sales clients reach out to professional advisors, and this volume. We are proud holds true for younger to be an independent people as well. They firm in the powerful utilize the Internet to Washington market gather information on and not part of one their own, but when of the conglomerate it comes time to write franchises. Our size the check, they connect provides agility and with the professionals allows us to focus on who can properly guide supporting our agents them to maximize , in fully meeting their their investment and to mortgage interest deduction clients' needs. We've negotiate the best deal benefits and sellers having earned our reputation for them. realistically adjusted their by taking the high WL When is the best road in every aspect expectations, there are time to buy property of our business and unbelievable opportunities in the Washington area providing the finest within the current market." in 2012 and why? service to buyers and sellers of homes in all WFP Contrary to the price ranges. old "spring market WL What real estate trends do you foresee theory," the capital region experiences in 2012? consistent sales activity throughout the year. It's not "what" time is best to buy your house, but WFP Gone are the days of "For Sale By rather "when" the best property and investment Owner" and buying based on computer- is available. With interest rates at all-time lows, generated valuations. Today's buyers and sellers mortgage interest deduction benefits and sellers are more cautious than ever and want to put having realistically adjusted their expectations, themselves in the hands of an expert. there are unbelievable opportunities within the Regardless of price range, there is an current market. "WITH INTEREST RATES AT ALL-TIME LOWS WA S H I N G T O N L I F E | FEBRUARY | washingtonlife.com 61 HOME LIFE | OPEN HOUSE Ringing in the New Year Luxury properties sure to entice the most discerning buyers in 2012 ALDERLEY INNSBRUCK AVENUE GREAT FALLS VA This Cotswold stone manor sits on five gated acres surrounded by 30-foot evergreens, just minutes from downtown Great Falls. Boasting 25,000 square feet of living space, the interior includes a gourmet kitchen, breakfast room, handsome dining and living rooms, home theater, gym, wine cellar, spa and abundant storage. The master suite features his-and-her baths and dressing rooms.There are an additional five bedrooms and five full and two half-baths as well as a guest cottage. Exterior amenities include an electronic gate, pool, lighting, generator, Virginia flagstone terraces and three-car garage with ample parking area on the circular gravel driveway. Asking Price: Listing Agents: $9,975,000 Mark McFadden | 703-216-1333 Washington Fine Properties Asking Price: $6,900,000 Listing Agent: Marc Fleisher 301-961-3180 The Fleisher Group of Long & Foster Real Estate Inc. POTOMAC NEWBRIDGE DRIVE POTOMAC MD Premier builder David Niroo custom built this property in a European villa design with a limestone elevation. The house contains seven bedrooms and seven full and five half-baths. Imported stone and fixtures, plaster moldings, a gourmet Habersham kitchen, an Italian-inspired, fully paneled library, home theater and outdoor pool are just a few features this residence of unparalleled design and detail has to offer. Asking Price: $7,900,000 GEORGETOWN N STREET NW WASHINGTON DC Located on historic Cox's row, this Federal townhouse was built by Col. John Cox circa 1805 and is abutted on two sides by a professionally designed flagstone terrace. Recently restored to its past glory by the renowned design firm RixeyRixey Architects, the main level includes a double living room with two fireplaces, dining room with custom built-ins and a chef 's kitchen featuring design-grade amenities. Built on a grand scale, there are six bedrooms, six full baths, three half-baths, eight fireplaces and private parking for three cars. Listing Agent: Michael Rankin 202-271-3344 TTR Sotheby's International Realty 62 WA S H I N G T O N L I F E | FEBRUARY | washingtonlife.com #1 Seller of Luxury Homes! Philomont, Virginia $5,500,000 Potomac, Maryland $4,250,000 Clifton, Virginia $3,900,000 Potomac, Maryland $2,750,000 The Middleburg Christmas Tree Farm, a unique 127 acre property (four parcels) -- a turnkey operation in land use with a custom built 4,000 SF quarry stone home overlooking a 1-1/2 acre stocked lake. Nancy Itteilag 202-905-7762/ 202-363-1800 (O) Enjoy both easy entertaining and quiet family life in this gorgeous 7BR/7+BA Colonial. Distinctive residence with grand yet gracious design. 8 fireplaces, 5-car garage. Double ovens. Shake roof. Quality throughout! Krystyna Litwin 301-299-6098/ 301-983-0060 (O) Incredible five-story mansion on five acres. Spectacular floor plan, luxurious appointments, 5-stop elevator, indoor lap pool, full apartment above the garage, multiple decks and gazebo. www.LILIAN.com Lilian Jorgenson 703-407-0766/ 703-790-1990 (O) Extraordinary new home on a prime lot. 2 master bedroom suites. All bedrooms with private bath. Study with fireplace and French doors to covered porch. Fabulous gourmet kitchen with Viking appliances and more. Easy commute to DC, VA and airports. Parvin Navid 301-325-6401/ 240-497-1700 (O) Bethesda, Maryland $2,395,000 Sophistication and casual elegance are found in this exquisite, 2008 custom-built home. The 6-bedroom, 6-baths home's superb gourmet kitchen with an oversized concrete island and a breakfast nook opens to the family room with a stone fireplace. Bethesda Miller 301-229-4000 We invite you to tour all luxury listings at www.ExtraordinaryProperties.com. Wesley Heights, DC $1,995,000 Enjoy a luxury lifestyle in this 7BR/5+BA Colonial. Remarkable home with superlative design flair. 3 fireplaces. Classic Colonial warmth and charm! Miller Spring Valley 202-362-1300 Washington, D.C. $1,400,000 Enchantment! Gorgeous 5BR/3+BA Victorian. Beautifully designed, with fireplace. Many lovely touches! Erica Lee 202-446-7699/ 202-966-1400 (O) Washington, DC $1,900,000 Arlington, Virginia $1,590,000 Potomac, Maryland $1,549,000 If you are searching for the sublime, look no further than this luxurious 6BR/3+BA Colonial. Stunning residence providing an attractive pool and a patio. 4 fireplaces. A gorgeous ambiance and so much more! Peggy Ferris 202-438-1524/ 202-364-1300 (O) Both elegant and functional, this distinguished 4BR/5+BA Contempo ideally set on 0.69 acres shows off stylishly. This superlative home boasts fireplace. Spacious floorplan. A perfect ambiance and so much more! Arlington Office 703-522-0500 Sited on 2 serene acres,this stunning 5 bedroom, 5 1/2 bath Colonial boasts a 2-story foyer, 1st-floor library, master suite with fireplace and 3-car garage. Walls of windows in the kitchen and morning room offer panoramic views of the wooded landscape. Margie Halem 301-775-4196/ 301-907-7600 (O) Visit us at ExtraordinaryProperties.com Arlington, Virginia $1,199,000 Bethesda, Maryland $1,100,000 Foggy Bottom, DC $899,000 Revel in the rewarding character of this distinguished 2BR/2BA condo. A gracious lifestyle, complemented by fireplace. Airy and bright floorplan, loft. Entrancing home with exceptional design. Friendship Heights Office 202-364-5200 Stunning home provides a graceful elegance. Granite Kitchen, Pantry with Laundry, large Deck off Family Room, Den/Library/Office. Membership available in Avenel's Swim-Tennis Club and TPC Golf Course. Chevy Chase Sales 202-363-9700 Perfection! Gorgeous 2BR/2BA condo. Inspiring unit with stunning appointments. Double ovens. Roof deck. Graceful styling and lovely comforts. Community swimming pool. Woodley Park 202-483-6300 Follow us on: WHO HELPED GUIDE YOUR CAREER THE MOST? I've been blessed with extraordinary mentors: Jim Snyder at Channel 9; Sid Davis, who brought me to NBC News in 1978; and of course the one and only Tim Russert, who really taught me how to cover politics. 1 3 4 5 My Washington 2 Andrea Mitchell, NBC News' chief foreign affairs correspondent SOMEONE YOU WANTED TO MEET BUT NEVER DID? I'd love to question the real power in Iran, the Supreme Leader Ayatollah Ali Khamenei about his country's nuclear intentions. W hile not born and raised here, I feel as though I'm a lifetime Washingtonian because I've loved politics all my life and can't believe I'm lucky enough to live and work around the Capitol, the White House, and the monuments that make our nation's history come alive. THE LINCOLN MEMORIAL is both heroic in scale and deeply human, the statue's face reflecting the gravity of our nation's greatest moral and political crisis. I first went there as a teenager, drawn by the images I'd seen on television of the great civil rights march and Dr. King's speech. THE STORY OR SCOOP YOU ARE PROUDEST OF? HOW DO YOU DESCRIBE YOUR `REPORTER'S INSTINCT'? It's a feeling in the gut when you just know something is happening -- even before you can prove it. Usually, your instinct is right. Unfortunately, it's not something that can easily be taught. For its simplicity and emotional power, the VIETNAM MEMORIAL (1) feels like a sacred place, seeming to rise from the earth thanks to architect Maya Lin's brilliant design. It perfectly conveys sacrifice, honor and loss. I love to wander through DUMBARTON OAKS and run through BATTERY KEMBLE and ROCK CREEK PARKS . 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