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Fashion Washington

Contributors Mark Finkenstaedt photographer

Washington’s Fashion & Lifestyle Magazine

April 2014

from the editor April in Paris is not in the cards for us this year, but a French-focused Washington is. The on-trend flowy skirts of spring bring to mind Edgar Degas’ ballerinas. So we asked The Washington Ballet’s dancers to show us their moves (page 7). Paris, Va., is home to the charming Ashby Inn. Food writer Walter Nicholls poked around the area (page 12). Also: shops around Washington with a Gallic touch (page 13).

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7  BIG SKIRTS, SMALL WAISTS BRING BALLERINAS TO MIND We watch the Washington Ballet go with the fashion flow

6 Scouted Our FW Scouts uncover what’s new and now this month

10  A ‘SHACK’ FULL OF CHIC Catharine Roberts brings Paris and Washington together in one Palisades bungalow 13  GALLIC TO GO Five retailers — selling furniture, frocks, bed fashion and fruit tarts — are touches of France in D.C. On the cover: Morgann tops off her 3.1 Phillip Lim silk muscle T-shirt ($195, Saks Fifth Avenue, Chevy Chase) with a Jennifer Fisher X Stop It Right Now rose brass choker ($375, and 14k gold amethyst cluster necklace ($3,350, Tabandeh, Mazza Gallerie).

11 Style Setter FLOTUS makeup artist Carl Ray decodes the contents of a cosmetic bag 12 ESCAPE Food writer Walter Nicholls visits Paris, the one in Virginia, discovering RdV wines and rediscovering the Ashby Inn 15 Scene Stealers Party shots from The Elixir of Love and the Mitchell Gold + Bob Williams 25th Anniversary Party

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Go With the Flow BY JANET KELLY Photography by Mark Finkenstaedt


n a Sunday afternoon before a late-winter snowstorm, FW went to The Washington Ballet to photograph the “femme” and flowing look of fashion’s fresh silhouette for spring. De rigueur for the season: fuller skirts, longer hemlines and a focus on the waist. To give an idea of the look, we enlisted principal dancers Sona Kharatian, Morgann Rose and Francesca Dugarte wearing fanciful wigs the color of French macarons. Principal dancer Brooklyn Mack and Washington Ballet School students got into the act, too.

Everything is beautiful at the ballet

Previous page: Posing with dance partner Brooklyn, Sona is clearly getting a kick out of spring in her Red Valentino silk chiffon, floral print dress with tulle underlay for more volume ($995, Saks Fifth Avenue, 5555 Wisconsin Ave., Chevy Chase; 301-657-9000). Notching up the glamour, she wears an Iradj Moini multi-strand freshwater pearl necklace with emerald and citrine clasp ($2,680, Tabandeh, Mazza Gallerie, 5300 Wisconsin Ave. NW; 202-244-0777) and a Kate Spade bow ring (stylist’s own). These pages: Morgann and Francesca with Washington School of Ballet students Nardia Boodoo, Goldie Walberg, Kelia Ideishi and Maya Harr. Morgann, left, wears an ethereal Escada sheerstriped knit dress with fluted hem ($1,875, Neiman Marcus, Mazza Gallerie, 5300 Wisconsin Ave. NW; 202-966-9700) and RJ Graziano gold collar necklace ($55, Bloomingdale’s, Wisconsin Place, 5300 Western Ave., Chevy Chase, Md.; 240744-3700). Her left hand is adorned with a brass prism ring and a peak ring ($295, $125,, while her right arm brandishes a brass geometric spine cuff ($1,680, available by phone from Jennifer Fisher at 888-255-0640). Francesca, right, is pretty in pink from head to toe in a Rag & Bone fleet top ($255, Saks Fifth Avenue, Chevy Chase), pleated skirt ($39.95, H&M area stores), Samira13 baroque golden pink pearls and pave diamond ball ($3,900, Tabandeh, Mazza Gallerie) and daisy ring (stylist’s own). Styling: Stara Pezeshkian Hair: Zara Korutz Makeup: Carl Ray


A ‘Shack’ Full of Chic

“But it’s just a little shack,” Roberts says, wondering out loud why anyone would want to visit, much less take pictures of the place she shares with her yellow Lab, Stella. Um, yeah, a “shack” packed with pieces she brought back to the States after living in Paris, which was after she had lived in Switzerland, which was before she lived in London and New York. As important as the individual treasures that cover almost every surface of her home, though, is the shabby chic style with which Roberts arranges and displays everything. Sofas and loveseats are covered with creamy white, “so I can take the covers off and wash them,” Roberts says. That’s because 10-year-old Stella has her pick of where she wants to nestle. Practical concerns aside, all that creaminess is the perfect backdrop to the pictures and maps and lamps and hanging cabinets that evoke an earlier time and a far more romantic place. One of the romantic places that influenced Roberts’s style — perhaps more so than her years spent in Europe — was the plantation house owned by her mother’s sister in Mississippi. “It was a simple house,” she explains, “one story. But I always thought it had an elegance about it.” The walls were covered with horizontal planks of dark wood — ”probably from an old house somewhere” — and all the furniture was covered in white. “There Catharine Roberts, and her darling Stella, top right, share a home were black coal stoves keeping things warm filled with Parisian style, including, above right, an all-marble and always magnolias in vases — I thought display piece from a French pastry shop. The color palette of the it was just so sophisticated,” Roberts says. whole house is muted, so details — a sisal rug, silvery mercury Born and raised in Memphis, Roberts was lamps, old black-and-white maps — stand out. sent off for a year abroad in Switzerland 10 | | APRIL 2014

when she was 19. After university and a degree in French, that year abroad turned into summers abroad, in London or Paris. But the worlds of Paris and of design really opened up to her when she met, and spent five years with, French designer and architect Marc Berthier (his rubber-clad Tykho radio was once featured on the cover of Time magazine). Back in the States, like many antiques dealers, Roberts started selling because she loved to buy ... too much stuff. (As we’re chatting, she has people clearing years of acquisitions from her basement.) She and friends began selling in an antiques center in upstate New York. But then, priced out of the Manhattan apartment market, she moved to Washington, where she had family and friends. Then, 14 years ago, she joined colleagues in the Georgetown shop Oliver Dunn, Moss & Co., Catharine Roberts, where the three owners share responsibilities on the sales floor.

“I think people are just more aware of design” “These days I would say we specialize in home accessories,” says Roberts, who sits surrounded by same. “We have furniture, but the biggest part of our business is lamps, linens, that sort of thing.” Interior designers are among the shop’s steadiest customers — they go there for paintings and other unique things they can’t find in trade showrooms — but Roberts notes that Georgetown University students often arrive with their parents, who might buy something for their student’s apartment or dorm room. “I think people are just more aware of design,” she says. “With a show like ‘Mad Men,’ for instance,” she adds, “a big part of it was the [interior] design.” Roberts still travels to Paris for fresh finds. “You know, I didn’t always have a basement,” she says. “But as soon as I had one, it filled up.” Nancy McKeon

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f you don’t have the time or money to get yourself to Paris this spring, you could drop by the Georgetown antiques shop in which Catharine Roberts is a partner. Even better: You could try for an invitation to her home!

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ver the years, I’ve peeked into many clients’ cosmetic cases. I’ve seen it all, from expired mascara, near-empty lipstick tubes, dull tweezers, dirty sponges, old brushes and driedout eye color palettes.

Let’s focus on some basic tools a functional makeup bag should contain. Grab yours and we’ll review the essentials — what to add and what to toss. The key is to keep your bag clean, simple and fresh, eliminating what you don’t use. Also, consider what works for you and your lifestyle. The first essential item is tweezers, handy for plucking stray hairs in between visits with your professional brow technician. (Note: Tweezerman offers free sharpening.) Tip: Pluck after a hot shower; stand next to a window for the natural sunlight to help you see stray and fine hairs more easily. Curled lashes make your eyes look brighter and more awake. Kevyn Aucoin’s eyelash curler features a bright red pad that makes it simple to line up with the roots of lashes to ensure a precise long-lasting curl. Tip: Curl lashes in segments; start with the base of lash then middle and finally the tips. Foundation should always be applied with a latexfree makeup sponge after face primer. Beauty Blender makes a sponge with an elliptical shape that helps give coverage in all the nooks and crannies on your face (under eyes and next to nose) and creates a professional finish. Tip: Use wet to make foundation more sheer.

It’s not exactly a tool, but a must-have in your cosmetic case is a lip conditioner to smooth dry or chapped lips. You can wear it alone or over your favorite lip color for a dewy effect. Rosebud Salve is my go-to lip emollient. Tip: You can also use it to tame unruly eyebrows and give them a sheen. Pencil sharpeners with two openings (one for eye pencils, one for chunky lip pencils) are important to have on hand to keep eye and lip pencils sharp and performing precisely. The last but most important tool in any makeup bag is brushes. At the very least, you need an eyeshadow brush for applying shadow on the entire lid from lash line to brow, a blush or bronzer brush (I use two separate brushes — one for blush and one for bronzer; remember to clean them between each product or application or makeup will look muddy) and a twosided eyebrow brush, one side a spool for combing brows upward and the other end a stiff angled brush for applying powder to fill in brows. Tip: Don’t skimp. Buy brushes with quality bristles and construction. They’re key to a flawless application. Clean them weekly with baby shampoo; shape hairs while wet and dry overnight. carl ray


A Trip to Paris A

My last visit to the 30-year-old critically acclaimed Ashby was a good two decades ago. Little has changed. Just inside the front door of the circa-1829 inn, there is a tiny sitting room, which, like the 10 guest rooms, is furnished with period antiques and oriental rugs. Comforts are simple with a relaxed sense of place. Up one level, my snug Fireplace Room, pleasant for a solo traveler, has three windows for entertainment and a colonial bed requiring a footstool to mount. More-deluxe quarters are steps from the main building, in the School House annex, each appointed with a king-size bed, wood-burning fireplace, television, mini-fridge and porch with a view of the Blue Ridge Mountains. Much of the action centers on the restaurant’s four small dining rooms, where chef David Dunlap turns local and select ingredients into memorable, modern American meals. In a further toast to locavore ideals, each dish has a suggested wine pairing from top Virginia vintners. At dinner, I choose seared Pacific salmon, served with red quinoa, enlivened with grated daikon radish and green curry. Light and healthy, it’s on the mark, and so is Dunlap. New to the Ashby last fall, this former sous chef at The Inn at Little Washington is readying the Ashby’s garden for plantings of his favored French varieties of melons, radishes and strawberries. Up the trellises will go nine varieties of heirloom tomatoes, including one that’s sweet and snow white.  After a light breakfast of fresh sliced fruit and nutty-good house-made granola, I drive a few miles west to the State Arboretum of Virginia, lured by the website promise of 700 acres of gardens, including one-third of the world’s species of conifer. Serene with open glades as well as peaceful sheltered allees, it provides my first exposure to variegated boxwood and the rare and striking Japanese umbrella pines.  This was once part of the antebellum and still privately owned Tuleyries estate, named by first owner Joseph Tuley to combine his name with the fabled but doomed Tuileries Palace in the “other” Paris.  Just south of Paris, I hang a left at a railroad crossing, and straight ahead is Delaplane Antiques, a sophisticated shop for fine collectible china and rustic early American and Continental furniture. With great desire, I eye a carved, geometricpatterned (and costly) tramp-art hutch, then settle back to earth. Of equal interest is the historic red brick building, circa 1852. Originally known as Piedmont Station, here Top: A colorful dish served at Ashby Inn & Restaurant. Above: The otherworldly General Stonewall Jackson loaded fiberglass silo at RdV Vineyards stands out on the Virginia landscape ... and his troops on trains headed for the so do RdV’s wines.

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Battle of First Manassas. Then, I discovered, I had saved the best for last. Just up Delaplane Grade Road a mile or so, a Netherlands native, a former Marine with family investors, is making extraordinary wine at RdV Vineyards. In 2008, ambitious Rutger de Vink brought together a team of the world’s top wine consultants, bought a 100-acre cattle farm with thin, gravelly soil, planted Cabernet Sauvignon, Merlot, Petit Verdot and Cabernet Franc grapes and achieved what Thomas Jefferson only dreamed of at Monticello. And as if that were not enough, he built his winery into the solid granite rock below, crowning it with a spectacular modernist take on a traditional barn. Starting this April, visitors are welcome, by appointment, for retail sales or a tour. “We’re going to unlock the doors and go at it organically,” de Vink tells me after opening a bottle of his 2010 Lost Mountain, a velvety Bordeaux-style blend, priced at $95 per bottle. I take a walk through the vineyard and down to a garden plot, where RdV fan and luminary chef Jose Andres is growing experimental vegetables, particularly legumes, for his restaurants. With every step and breath of fresh country air, I feel this cool vibe. What a gorgeous place — the perfect ending to a weekend in Paris. Walter Nicholls Ashby Inn & Restaurant, 692 Federal St., Paris, Va., 540-5923900, (Saturday/holiday rate: $165 to $295) State Arboretum of Virginia, 400 Blandy Farm Lane, Boyce, Va., 540-837-1758, Delaplane Antiques, 3054 Delaplane Grade Rd., Delaplane, Va., 540-364-2754, RdV Vineyards, 2550 Delaplane Grade Rd., Delaplane, Va., 540-364-0221,

vineyard: Gordon Beall; food: Molly Peterson

t the foot of a steep granite hillside planted with the grapes of Bordeaux, I’m sipping ruby-colored world-class wine inside a stunning translucent fiberglass silo. Minutes earlier, I was exploring the pastoral Tuleyries gardens under a canopy of exotic conifers, opening to a meadow of restored native grasses. Next stop: a shabby-chic antiques shop from a past century, stocked with European and American treasures. All three are minutes away from the historic Ashby Inn & Restaurant in the quiet village of Paris, Va., my headquarters for a compact getaway break, one hour west of Washington.

In the Neighborhood

Five Shops With French Style

courtesy of Ligne Roset, Patisserie Poupon

1. Ligne Roset ▲ The designers and design studios that collaborate with Ligne Roset create everything from modern planters to outdoor tables and chairs to modular storage furniture and squooshy, organic-looking sofas — and just about everything else in between. The clean lines of the designs look as great juxtaposed against traditional interiors (think crown molding and ceiling plaster) as against modern settings. The Roset family has been behind the Briord, French-headquartered firm since 1860, making everything in their own factories. Now the company has more than 200 stores around the world, including one in Washington. Ligne Roset; 2201 Wisconsin Ave. NW, Washington, D.C. 20007; 202-248-3112;

2. Patisserie Poupon

Tucked in among the art galleries and antiques shops on upper Wisconsin, Patisserie Poupon’s French-press coffee and chocolat chaud from the espresso bar and fresh orange juice beckon in the a.m.; the petits fours, including mini eclairs and lemon tarts, entice in the afternoon. For lunch, a crusty baguette filled with prosciutto and brie, topped with a grainy mustard, will satisfy any francophile. Pastry chef Joseph Poupon, who is from Brittany, runs the kitchen; his wife Ruth, who’s from College Park, Md., wears the other hats. On March 19, they opened a new location in downtown Baltimore. Patisserie Poupon; 1645 Wisconsin Ave. NW, Washington, D.C. 20007; 202-342-3248;

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In the Neighborhood

American in Paris proprietor Joelle Solimano, born in the south of France to a French mother and Italian father, favors her French side. (She doesn’t ever eat pasta, she says, preferring Gallic cuisine.) Her tiny boutique, which caters to a neighborhood clientele, can’t claim a lot of inventory among the designers she carries, which includes Yoanna Baraschi and David Meister. All the clothing is pristinely arranged, so this isn’t a place to browse, she notes. However, if you want one-on-one service to pick out the perfect cocktail dress for the occasion or a skirt suit that says you’re a professional, this is the place for you. 1225 King St, Alexandria, VA 22314; 703-519-8234;

4. Yves Delorme ▲

Six generations of the Fremaux family have been at the helm of Yves Delorme since the business began as a linen-weaving mill in Lille in 1845. In the early 1980s the company teamed with Yves Delorme, a stylist in home decor, and began to expand its high-end bed and bath collections to include table linens, lingerie, home fragrance, decorative accessories and furniture (at the Bethesda concept store). A spring 2014 linen collection with a charming print of a field of wildflowers is called Beaucoup. 10301A Old Georgetown Rd., Bethesda, MD 20814; 301-8975009; 6651A Old Dominion Dr., McLean, VA 22101; 703-356-3085

5. Roche Bobois In 1960 the Roche brothers met the Chouchan brothers at a furniture fair. Inspired by clean Scandinavian design, the two Paris retailers joined forces to form Roche Bobois (from the Chouchans’ store, Au Beau Bois). Their latest ad clip shows models stripping (in a computerized way) the veneers of classic French chairs and tables to reveal modern shapes and colors within. The most recent icon of RB is the endlessly customizable modular “sofa” (really a lineup of cushions and backs in zany prints and colors) by Hans Hopfer, who has been tinkering with his on-the-floor piece since 1971! Roche Bobois; 5301 Wisconsin Ave. NW, Washington, D.C. 20015; 202-686-5667;

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Mitchell Gold + Bob Williams 25th Anniversary Party

The Elixir of Love

Area mixologists from Founding Farmers, Satellite Room, The Gibson, Room 11 and more came together to compete for the best cocktail in celebration of the Washington National Opera’s Elixir of Love.

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The 25th Anniversary of Mitchell Gold + Bob Williams was a hip celebration of success, friendship and of course, furniture. Many of the guests were long-time Mitchell Gold + Bob Williams enthusiasts who made themselves at home throughout the 14th Street store. See more party snapshots at

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