FASHION WASHINGTON | FALL 2013
Put Color To Work
Geometric blocks of color add modern, arty flair to fallâ€™s best bags, dresses and jackets 12
A D.C. power-dressing pro reveals what to wear on the job so youâ€™ll look sharp and promotable 6
Where to score a stylish rug, from an import shop in G-town to a country-cool outpost in Old Town 8 A PUBLICATION OF
Do gift bags make a party special, or do they just turn guests into materialistic monsters? 11
INSIDE On the Cover:
At the Former Residence of the Ambassadors of Spain, the SOS Spanish Office Showroom exhibit serves as a sleek backdrop for a Rag & Bone dress and bag ($795 and $895, Rag & Bone, 3067 M St. NW, 202-295-9072), gold hoops and a silver/gold ring ($2,950 and $1,985, I. Gorman) and Warby Parker glasses ($95, warbyparker.com). Shown with an LZF “Agatha S” light by Luis Eslava (via apartmentzero. com) and a “Stua Gas” chair by Jesus Gasca (dwr.com).
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Color blocks rock Oliver Peoples’ shades ($335, Saks Fifth Avenue), a Cedric Charlier shearling coat and Joseph Garbdine pants ($3,995 and $350, Relish), a Stella McCartney sweater ($800, Neiman Marcus), Rag & Bone boots ($595, Rag & Bone) and a Chloe tote ($1,995, neta-porter.com). See story on page 12 for store details and credits.
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Rembrandt portraits and kinetic mobiles by Alexander Calder attract crowds to the National Gallery of Art. But me, I’m always drawn to one Piet Mondrian painting, a diamondshaped canvas that weaves the Dutch modernist’s signature chunks of rich colors with squares of black and white. It’s a sort of crisp, chic foil for many of the museum’s lusher offerings. For fall, fashion designers seem to be digging the stark color combos of mid 20th-century painters, too, since they’ve put graphic blocks of hues on bags, dresses and coats. It’s a work-ready trend we show in our cover story (page 12), shot at the Former Residence of the Ambassadors of Spain, where an exhibit of hip Spanish office furniture set the scene.
Local image consultant Lauren Rothman is also thinking about what Washingtonians should sport on the job, which she explores in her new book, “Style Bible: What to Wear to Work.” We chat with her about it — and how wrinkled clothes at the office are a no-no — on page 6. We also profile Byron Lars, one of the first lady’s go-to designers for feminine, workday glam, on page 4. You’ll find all this, plus our coverage of parties, new shops and more in this issue. Check it out, and look for more style scoop at our freshly redesigned website, fashionwashington.com.
Jennifer Barger, Editor
Kids’ parties always came with goodie bags; now adult bashes do too. Should you expect a present along with an invite? PAGE 11
Is your floor bare? Step into three stores that sell room-making rugs, from Moroccan shags to country-cool crewels PAGE 8
The Washington Ballet Ball and a gala saluting women artists brought out some of D.C.’s bestdressed revelers PAGE 16
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Byron Lars In an era of placemat-sized mini skirts and skinny jeans that only suit waifs, New York designer Byron Lars has made a name focusing on dresses and jackets with curvy, feminine appeal. No wonder first lady Michelle Obama often rocks his Beauty Mark by Byron Lars day-tococktail frocks and sportswear. The industry vet (in business since 1991) also creates capsule collections for Anthropologie. Locally, he’s sold at Proper Topper (1350 Connecticut Ave. NW; 202-842-3055), where FW will co-host a trunk show Sept. 6-9, with 10 percent off in-stock merch and a chance to specialorder items. JENNIFER BARGER Your styles have darts, tucks and boning to shape a woman’s figure. Why is this important? I try to make clothes that make you feel better. And that kind of structuring helps a girl keep in full control of her assets. What’s your line like for fall? I was interested in mixing in tough elements — sequins that look like python scales, pieces in a really good pleather. It drapes really well on dresses and skirts, and feels feminine but powerful. You’re known for well-cutblouses. What’s the secret? I have a really good fit model. And I also try to add visual elements that are slimming and flattering — ruching, draping.
4. Regal Issues
Ancient Egyptian queens and Byzantine princesses knew the power of simple-yetdramatic baubles. So does German jewelry designer BERND WOLF, whose stones-andgold-plate pieces now reign at downtown gem boutique I. Gorman (1133 20th St. NW; 202-7758544). Ideal as pick-me-ups for neutral outfits: a pendant with an Aztec-inspired coral medallion (shown, $680), a fit for-a-pharaohess turquoisestudded collar ($350) and elegant, blocky earrings in gold and lapus lazuli.
THE SEASON’S COOL ITEMS AND GLAM HAPPENINGS
1. Rooms to Exhale In
The soft palettes (misty blues, creamy whites) and mod spins on storied furnishings (center hall tables, bergere chairs) used by D.C. designer THOMAS PHEASANT could soothe the most stressed-out K Street lobbyist. The iconic decorator (he’s helping redo the White House’s guest quarters, Blair House) releases the book “Simply Serene” ($41, Rizzoli) on Oct. 8. It’s full of his modern classical rooms — a foyer sparked by gold-leaf, a macho den. “Clients choose me because my rooms are organized and calm,” Pheasant says. “It’s an emotional connection.”
2. A Natural Fit
Mount Rainier, Md., artist SEAN O’HARA spent 10 years in Los Angeles building props for such movies as “Castaway” and “Batman Forever.” The experience exposed him to hightech materials, but for his sinuous, rough-meetssleek stools ($295-$545) and bowls (shown, $65-$195) sold at Trohv (232 Carroll St. NW; 202-829-2941), he harnesses reclaimed wood, copper and stainless steel. “It’s about the process and the organic quality,” says O’Hara, who often patches natural flaws in the wood with metal plates, beautifying nature’s imperfections.
You also do a line with Anthropologie. How is it different from your main line? The Anthro styles skew a little more eccentric. And it’s nice that the store can include a pretty comprehensive range of pieces — jackets, coats, etc. You designed a glam line of Barbies from 1997 to 2011. How was that different from doing womenswear? With Barbie, you’re tapping into a fantasy — she’s got to be bigger and more fabulous than any real person. She’s kind of like Prince; you don’t need too many of her rocking around in real life! What would you like to design that you haven’t? Extended sizes! Right now my line goes up to size 12, but I’d love to do women from 14 to 20. Many brands who serve these women just dial it in. Get the looks above: A shapely jacket and pencil skirt, left, ($414 and $190) and an embellished top ($280) all at Proper Topper or via Bryonlars.com.
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5 5. Everyday Edge
STEVEN ALAN’S sportswear for men and women is so comfortable and chic, you’d swear you were getting away with wearing fancy pajamas. The American designer opens his first D.C. boutique (3319 M St. NW) this fall at Georgetown’s Cady’s Alley. In the snug 670-square-foot space, expect effortless, hipster classics for men and women, like a buttondown for him (shown, $198) and a prep-pretty sweatshirt dress ($265) in navy blue. Also on tap: loads of accessories and select pieces from cult-y designers like DemyLee and Clare Vivier.
3. Boots & Backstory
There’s a pair of FRYE’S chunky-heeled “Campus” boots in the Smithsonian’s collection. The historic brand — founded in New England in 1863 to craft shoes for factory workers — is now also showcased at a new Georgetown flagship (1066 Wisconsin Ave. NW). Keeping with Frye’s rep for industrial-cool leather goods, the new boutique fills the rehabbed 1844 Vigilant Firehouse with boots, shoes and bags — many made in the U.S. Wide plank floors and vintage metal tool cabinets set off styles like the studded, biker-meets-Blondie “Jenna Disc” boot (shown, $428) and the men’s dandyish “James” wing tip, particularly Gatsbyesque in green ($248).
6. English Channeled
British fashion isn’t just Kate Middleton’s baby-bump wear and Kate Moss’ shredded jeans. It can also mean a cheeky, feminine glam. “They’re good at classics with a twist, pieces with whimsy,” says Marlene Hu Aldaba. No wonder the owner of Georgetown boutiques Hu’s Wear (2906 M St. NW; 202-342-2020) and Hu’s Shoes (3005 M St. NW; 202-3420202) picked up two killer U.K. brands for fall: ERDEM, with its posy-strewn frocks (shown, $2,085), and CHARLOTTE OLYMPIA, the shoe and bag atelier known for kitty-cat-face flats ($595) and sexpot heels.
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“Dressing in monochromatic colors is elongating,” says Rothman, in a Diane von Furstenberg dress ($365) and herown jewelry. She assists client Gregory Wright who wears a Giorgio Armani shirt, jacket and pant ($425, $1,095 and $395), Ferragamo belt ($280) and Canali scarf ($250). “The gray suit is the quintessential look for every man.” Rothman adjusts Gregory’s Behar tie ($95). Suit by Armani ($1,295).
too tight. “Look Lauren! I can’t muscle up my arms and cross them sideways.” And I just ask them if that’s something they need to do at work. Other than shaking hands or doing a half hug or speaking at a podium, you don’t really need to do gymnastics. Is it appropriate to let your work clothes express your personality? I think you want to know going into a job how you want to be perceived. Do you want to be seen as a fashion enthusiast or a kooky person who wears a different trend every single day? The latter draws the wrong kind of attention. A great fit and standout accessories will do the opposite.
A Wardrobe That Works
How lax is too lax for casual Fridays? The biggest misconception? That causal Friday means you can dress like it’s the weekend. Really, it’s one step down from what you wear Monday through Thursday, and one step up from what you wear on Saturday and Sunday with your kids or to the flea market. You’re not going to the mall or for a drink with a friend — you are still going to work. Have more style questions? Rothman is hosting a fashion show and book signing at the Park Hyatt Hotel on Sept. 30 from 6-9 p.m. Tickets ($100- $150) are available at knockoutabuse.com.
You encourage readers to dress for the job they want. I tell my clients to lead in style. You can typically identify who the leader is when you walk into a meeting. So much of that has to do with executive presence. The way you dress should never indicate that you are a level below someone else. How can men avoid the D.C.“uniform” of khakis and a blue shirt? Add color. We’ve gotten plenty of private sector guys who will wear pink and purple. Still, even though brighter colors have gone mainstream, you’d be hard-pressed to find any of that on the Hill.
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Of all the challenges you encounter at work, deciphering your company’s dress code may be the most perplexing. What, truly, is business casual? Does a gig on the Hill still mean nothing but suits and pantyhose? D.C. stylist Lauren Rothman (styleauteur.com), who has helped dress everyone from interns to high-level execs, tackles these issues in her new book, “Style Bible: What to Wear to Work,” on sale Oct. 15 ($23, Bibliomotion). D.C. has a reputation for being a conservative town. Does that mean our work wear is extra conservative? This is a city that’s always hungry for more power. And power in D.C. looks different than other cities. In Silicon Valley, power might be jeans and a suit jacket. But if you try to wear that here in a boardroom, it’s not going to work.
clothes! Unless you’re on the campaign trail, there’s no reason you should be sleeping in your clothes.
What is the biggest workwear no-no? For women, it’s over-exposure. Exposed bra straps, excessive cleavage, visible panty lines. And for men it’s clothing that’s wrinkled, stained or ripped — the fraternity boy look. Some guys look like they’ve slept in their
Is it possible to look sharp and be comfortable at the same time? Structure to your clothes is what gives you that presentable look. Men’s jackets should not be oversized. I’ll have clients put on blazers and contort their arms to tell me it’s
How can women modernize the power suit? The coordinated set is the new suit. Women can make their own suit by pairing a cream skirt and a cream cashmere sweater.
A Flea Change
D.C. has a rich tradition of flea markets, from the craft and import souk outside Eastern Market on weekends to the Sunday flea in Georgetown, where you’re as likely to land a vintage dress dummy as a pair of 1950s cowboy boots. A crop of new bazaars are now injecting energy into the scene by selling edgier, often locally made goodies and way-beyond-Grandma’srocker antiques. HOLLEY SIMMONS
Hula-hoopers, food trucks and hipsters on bikes set a city-cool scene at this year-old outdoor marketplace, organized by Virginia Arrisueno of DeNada Designs and husband/artist Kelly Towles. More than 40 local vendors convene monthly to display letterpress prints, whimsical kids’ clothes and handmade jewelry from the likes of Holly Blue and Saint Clair (necklace, left, $136). First Saturday of the month April-Dec. in the parking lot at 15th and P Streets NW; dcmeetmarket.com.
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“This is what I call executive casual,” Rothman says of Wright’s outfit. He wears a suede blazer by Corneliani ($1,395), shirt by Burberry ($275), sweater by Tahari ($248), Gucci bag ($1,675), Ferragamo belt ($310) and Saks Fifth Avenue Men’s Collection loafers ($298).
“This dark jean is exactly the type of denim that’s officeappropriate,” says Rothman of Wright’s Tahari jeans ($178); sweater by Armani ($275), shirt and vest by Burberry ($250, $550) and shoes by Cole Haan ($248). Makeup by Kate Broadhurst. Clothing courtesy Saks Fifth Avenue Men’s Collection (5555 Wisconsin Ave., Chevy Chase, Md.; 202-363-2059).
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Visit this one-weekend-amonth pop-up, and you’ll think you’ve slipped into a savvy antique dealer’s Instagram feed. French chairs, industrial finds (typewriters, test tubes) and funky lamps fill a sprawling Falls Church warehouse. Owner Kelly Millspaugh, who blogs at stylishpatina.com, scores the stock, which also includes chalkboard paint.
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A rug is more than just a place to wipe your feet or a way to cover up a scuff on your floor. “When you buy a handmade rug, you’re investing in a functional piece of art,” says Elizabeth Esfahani, co-owner of the newish Matt Cameron Rugs and Tapestries (1651 Wisconsin Ave. NW, second floor; 202-333-0642). “It’s the difference between buying a shirt from The Gap and buying a couture blouse made by a master.” Luckily, D.C. boasts a tapestry of carpet sources, offering exotic imports, antique reproductions and bespoke designs. HOLLEY SIMMONS
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“Rugs define an area in ways that furniture can’t.” – TIMOTHY WORRELL, TIMOTHY PAUL CARPETS + TEXTILES
Since opening in October of last year, the D.C. locale of Houstonheadquartered Matt Cameron Rugs & Tapestries has amassed hundreds of antique, vintage reproduction and original designs. The strongest asset here: a huge selection of exotic tapestries, including shaggy Beni Ourain rugs from Morocco and lush, silk-blend carpets made in Nepal. “The rug world is as big as, well, the world,” says Esfahani (above, left), who co-owns the shop with Dara Mersky (above, right, in the shop with Nepalese and flat-woven rugs). “You have styles from China, the Caucasus, Sweden. Every culture has a rug history.” Rugs are sold on the second story of an antique shop, where the pair also does custom orders.
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Timothy Paul Carpets + Textiles has been a Logan Circle mainstay since 2003. The showroom forgoes stuffy Persian floor coverings for more than 1,000 contemporary runners, room-size and area rugs hand-knotted in Afghanistan, China, Nepal and beyond. “Rugs define an area in ways that furniture can’t,” says co-owner Timothy Worrell. “It’s like a frame around a piece of art.” Expect a rotation of vintage offerings as well, including Chinese Khotan rugs and textured Moroccan weaves (shown, $4,250).
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ashington’s only surviving example of the grand mansions that once graced
at the second-story balcony to address
Dupont Circle is now listed for sale by TTR Sotheby’s International Realty.
throngs of guests who came to cheer for
Prominently situated at 15 Dupont Circle at the corner of P Street NW, the
him following his transatlantic flight in 1927.
112-year-old Patterson Mansion boasts historical dignity and prestige and a storied life as
the heart of the city’s social scene. This iconic, 36,470-square-foot property is listed for
create what architect Stanford White
sale at $26 million.
described as possessing a “light and
Commissioned by Robert Patterson, editor of the Chicago Tribune, and his
Inside, elegant interior appointments
wife, Elinor “Nellie” Medill Patterson, daughter of Joseph Medill, the mayor of Chicago
with antique limestone, white marble or
and owner of the newspaper, the Patterson Mansion was designed by renowned New
sand-cast mantles; cast iron banisters;
York architect Stanford White of prestigious firm McKim, Mead & White. The Pattersons
crystal chandeliers in the dining room and
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situated in the capital’s most desirable neighborhood, served to bring together prominent
the ballroom; maple flooring in the dining
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room; historic tiger oak flooring in the upper
mansion was later passed along to the Pattersons’ daughter, Eleanor Josephine Medill
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central landing create a home worthy of
remained at the epicenter of Washington social life.
the grandest of social events. In addition to the prominent guests who frequented the
residence, President and First Lady Coolidge called the mansion home while the White
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19th and early 20th centuries, the four-story white marble and brick Patterson Mansion
House underwent renovations in 1927.
embodies the family’s plans for an impressive exterior and grand interiors suitable for
entertaining on a large scale. The home’s white exterior walls, decorated with a glazed terra
Patterson’s death in 1948 and was subsequently sold to The Washington Club, the first
cotta, Ionic orders, attic story, enriched bands and garlanded window pediments create a
women’s organization to be incorporated in the District of Columbia; the club conducted its
most impressive and elegant façade. This remarkable façade has served as a backdrop
activities there from 1951 until 2013. The landmark is a District of Columbia Historic Site and
for the likes of such famous historical figures as Captain Charles Lindbergh, who stood
is part of the National Register of Historic Places and Massachusetts Avenue Historic District.
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The Patterson Mansion was left to the American National Red Cross after Cissy
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Maximum Global Exposure or Private Exclusive Listing: Which is Best for You? The Lure of a Private Exclusive Listing As competition in the real estate market heats up and inventories dwindle, home owners may be tempted to get a leg up on the competition by exploring alternate routes for selling their homes. One such method? A private exclusive listing, also known as a “pocket listing” – a term that can be particularly enticing for homeowners who place a high value on their privacy or owners of a high end property. A private exclusive listing is a home for sale that is not listed on the multiple listing service (MLS) but is sold oﬀ-market by wordof-mouth within an agency. The property may also be visible on the agency’s website but not on other websites. While it’s hard to measure exactly how many private property sales take place because they are not put on the MLS, one indication of a potential private sale is the presence of a home on the MLS with zero days on the market. In February 2013, data ﬁrm RealEstate Business Intelligence, a subsidiary of Rockville, Md.-based MRIS, reported 215 homes that were listed and sold on the same day in the Mid-Atlantic region. It’s certainly possible that some of these sales really are homes that were placed on the MLS and went under contract on the same day; however, at least some of those sales are likely to have been marketed privately by the listing agent.
A home that has been prepared to show, priced appropriately and shown to as many qualiﬁed buyers as possible will be more likely to sell for a higher price than a home that has only been viewed by a limited group of prospective buyers. Owners concerned about selling their home quickly are likely to ﬁnd that an appropriately priced property in good condition can sell quickly as long as it is suitably marketed. In fact, average days on market in the Mid-Atlantic region dropped by 16% from March 2012 to March 2013. Many listing agents opt to establish a speciﬁc day to review oﬀers, such as three to ﬁve days after a property goes on the market, to create a sense of urgency among buyers. Sellers can compare oﬀers and choose one, negotiate with prospective buyers or decide to keep their home listed longer on that date. *
While some sellers may feel a private exclusive listing that is not accessible to everyone will generate interest in their property, particularly because a “secret”listing can seem more appealing, a home that is actively, widely and appropriately marketed will garner even more activity and attention from qualiﬁed buyers. At a time when demand outstrips supply, a private exclusive listing may seem like a good idea – proponents attest that listing agents can more easily ﬁnd buyers on their own or through agents in their own brokerage. And there is no doubt that inventory is dwindling. In March 2013, there were 23% fewer active listings than in March 2012. But, it’s important to note that brokers oﬀering the private exclusive listing approach are keeping your listing “in house”, in essence boosting commissions for their own ﬁrm.
Private Exclusive Listings are Legal; May Not be in a Seller’s Best Interest While pocket listings are by nature secretive and not openly available to all Realtors and all qualiﬁed buyers, these private arrangements are legal as long as the home seller agrees to it. However, real estate law says that Realtors must put their client’s interests in front of their own self-interest. If the sellers actively choose a private exclusive listing, then their listing agent is providing them with the service they want, but if listing agents are advocating for the private listing because they want to keep both the buyers’ and sellers’ commissions for themselves or their brokerage, that may not be in the best interests of the seller. Sellers also need to realize that Fair Housing Laws say that homeowners cannot discriminate against potential buyers. A private listing cannot be used to screen buyers.
Advantages in Selling on the Open Market Home sellers have two primary concerns: selling their home quickly and for the highest price. While a broker may emphasize the word “exclusive” and imply that this will garner a special buyer for a property, the reality is that a pocket listing excludes many potential buyers from seeing the home. For some sellers, keeping visitors out of their home has an appeal. After all, no one relishes opening their closets and cabinets to the scrutiny of a stranger. The problem with that mindset is that an exclusive listing can prove to be extremely limiting. Using this listing method could mean that the home is actually on the market longer because the pool of potential buyers is limited to those agents and home seekers the sales agent contacts directly. Limited viewings will lower demand. Lower demand typically translates into a lower sales price, which completely defeats the goals of the home seller.
Why Exposure Matters in Real Estate Even if sellers feel satisﬁed that they received a fair price for their property and relieved that they sold their home quickly, the reality is that sellers who choose a private exclusive listing will never know the true market value of their property. Competition between qualiﬁed buyers is the only way to ﬁnd out the top dollar that someone is willing to pay for a home at any particular time. A traditional marketing plan, unlike a pocket listing, provides maximum exposure for a property to generate interest among a variety of buyers locally, regionally, nationally and even globally. A private exclusive listing means that the marketing outreach only goes to a select few agents that a listing agent reaches and to the other agents within the brokerage. The pool of potential buyers will naturally be smaller than the number of buyers reached through the MLS, multiple websites, true global aﬃliations (especially important for luxury home sellers) and social media.
Choose a Brokerage Based on Marketing Ability and Reach When listing their home for sale, sellers will be best served by interviewing multiple agents. While a sales professional may ﬂatter a seller by promising a great sales price and extol the virtues of a private exclusive listing, sellers should ask each Realtor some key questions about their marketing plan.
Questions you should ask your realtor: Will my home be listed in the MLS immediately? Will all Realtors from all companies have access to my property? Will your marketing expose my property to just local agents or will it be seen worldwide? How will your marketing plan increase demand for my home? How will your marketing plan reach the largest number of qualified buyers?
An experienced Realtor, particularly one backed by the strength of a powerful and well-recognized brand, can provide much more than just a quick sale. A licensed real estate agent knows that it is not just about helping people to buy or sell their homes – it’s about providing buyers and sellers with local market knowledge and global outreach, and oﬀering the total homeownership experience. An experienced, professional Realtor provides valuable insight into what buyers want in a home today and how sellers can showcase the qualities that make their home an attractive place to live as well as a valuable investment. An experienced Realtor knows that high quality professional photos, accurate and interesting descriptions of a property, and widespread exposure are what make a home sell faster and for more money than an under-marketed residence. When it comes time to look at oﬀers, a highly professional Realtor can help sellers recognize a strong oﬀer and weed out the oﬀers that may not make it all the way to the settlement table.
Choose Your Partners Wisely At Long & Foster, buyers and sellers alike can reap the beneﬁts of and garner exposure from the company’s exclusive aﬃliation with Christie’s International Real Estate, as well as strategic aﬃliations with Leading Real Estate Companies of the World and Luxury Portfolio International. Long & Foster’s multiple services include mortgage lending, insurance, settlement services and property management and all Long & Foster Realtors have an array of local, trusted resources such as moving companies and contractors they can recommend to make every move as smooth as possible. Before you decide whether to list your property on the open market or to oﬀer it as a private exclusive listing, contact a Long & Foster sales associate in your area to discuss the beneﬁts of working with the number one seller of luxury properties in the Mid-Atlantic region.
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Jeﬀrey S. Detwiler is president and chief operating oﬃcer of The Long & Foster® Companies, parent company to Long & Foster Real Estate, Inc., the largest independent real estate company in the U.S., and Prosperity Mortgage, a joint venture with Wells Fargo. From extensive, neighborhood-level market information to Long & Foster’s core services companies —providing mortgage, settlement, insurance and property management services in a streamlined manner — Long & Foster oﬀers the services necessary to make today’s real estate transactions manageable for owners and investors. *Source: Data is supplied by the local MLS in each local jurisdiction and their member Association(s) of REALTORS, who are not responsible for its accuracy. Contact Long & Foster for more details on speciﬁc MLS sources.
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features way-markeddown fashions from 25 local boutiques (Wink, Muleh) plus snacks and drinks. Tickets: $40-$500; buy in advance at districtsamplesale.com. 5:309 p.m. The Sphinx Club, 1315 K St. NW
What’s in the Bag? Our interviews for this article turned up party gift ideas both nifty and nonsensical. Here are a few winners and losers: Nice: A box of crayons for a kids’ party, donations to a charity and, says Arlington event planner Vicky Choy, “a cell-phone charger for my car. It’s got a company logo on it, but, hey, I use it every day!”
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Not: “A beer koozie,” says bakery owner Kimberly Robinson. “I mean, after you’re 21, who needs that?” Kids’ parties are often the worst offenders. “They get these bags of cheap, plastic junk,” says Lisa Rosenberg, a Chevy Chase nonprofit lobbyist and mom.
Partying Gifts If you attend a charity gala or wedding, isn’t it greedy to expect a goodie bag, too? TEXT JENNIFER BARGER
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It’s a ritual repeated at parties from Georgetown to Old Town. After behaving like grown-ups all evening while greeting acquaintances (“Mrs. Obama! Nice dress!”), nibbling undersized crab cakes and quaffing cheap wine, guests dash for the goodie-bag table, grabbing and — right then or later — pawing through their gratis loot-sacks like a pack of over-cupcaked toddlers. “People sometimes skip a party if they don’t think there will be a good gift bag,” says Barbara Martin, principal at D.C. public relations firm BrandLink, which often hosts events. “They love free stuff.” Inside the shiny bags or recycled logo totes: Everything from the somewhat fabulous (full-size bottles of perfume, store gift cards) to the utterly forgettable
(bottles of vitamin water, postcards hawking new restaurants). But why, if you’ve just been to a nice charity gala/friend’s wedding/store opening, should you expect freebies in addition to a good time? “Some people or businesses think it’s proper etiquette to thank someone for coming with a gift,” says Arlington
event planner Vicky Choy. “If it’s in the party-thrower’s budget and they want to, I say ‘Why not?’ ” After all, it’s a long-standing tradition to send revelers into the night with a little something: In first century B.C., Cleopatra doled out such parting gifts as gold sofas and live gazelles. And celebs notoriously leave awards shows with swag including trips to Australia and even, for this year’s Academy Award nominees, a voucher for a $5,000 “Vampire Facelift” — whatever that is. Still, for less stratospheric occasions, loading attendees down with junk amounts to a party foul. “I don’t need a bag full of paper or another key chain,” says Kimberly Robinson, 29, founder of D.C. bakery Ma k in’ W hoopie and a frequent partygoer. “I understand that these bags serve a purpose — to promote a business or commemorate an event. But if you’re going to do one, think
about what people would actually use.” This means yes to things that can be consumed (chocolates with a store logo on them, a bottle of wine emblazoned with a picture of the bride and groom) and no to stingy 10 percent-off paper coupons from boutiques (most people lose ’em or don’t use ’em) or Hobbit-size perfume samples (one squirt won’t tell you if you love Eau de Hipster). “If you’re marketing via a goodie bag, you leave a bad impression if there’s nothing good in it,” Martin says. “Make people remember you.” Robinson, for instance, recalls an attention-getting takeaway: a fancy metal cocktail shaker stuffed with information and goodies. “It was fun and useful,” she says. Some say that just attending a party is a treat in and of itself. “Guests need to go to events with clear, pure motivations, either because they believe in a cause, are interested in a business or they care about the person giving the party,” says Northern Virginia etiquette consultant Rhoda Wheeler. Or, as Robinson says, “What I’d love is a handwritten note from the host, just thanking me just for coming.”
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The board room isn't boring when you’re in a Fendi colorblock dress ($1,700, net-a-porter .com) and Elsa Peretti cuff ($625, Tiffany & Co., Fairfax Square, 8075 Leesburg Pike, Vienna, Va.; 703893-7700). Shown with a Patricia Urquiola’s knit “Mangas" rug (Apartmentzero.com).
Work clothes get a chic update via fields of color Mid-century artists and grade-school kids with crayons aren’t the only souls dialed into the simplicity of color blocking, aka pairing squared-off, geometric planes of clear hues with similarly shaped neutrals. “Fashion and interior designers use color blocking to bring order out of the chaos of everyday life,” says Douglas Burton, co-owner of Apartment Zero (703-538-2309, apartmentzero .com). His Arlington design firm helped the SPAIN Arts & Culture organization and curator Juli Capella put together “S.O.S.: Spanish Office Showroom,” an ongoing exhibit of mod Iberian furniture at the Former Residence of the Ambassadors of Spain in Columbia Heights. The show’s sleek vibe served as an ideal background for fall’s color-blocked, graphic workwear: tri-tone dresses, black-onbright coats and geometric-cool bags.
Above and Left: The sneaky secret to workday drama? A Tory Burch silk dress, sweater and velvet pump ($495, $325 and $395, Tory Burch, Tysons Galleria, 1734 International Drive, McLean, Va.; 703-288-0786) and a Miu Miu “Madras” leather tote ($1,450, net-a-porter.com). Backdropped by a “Quo” metal filing cabinet by Dynamobel (theluciagroup.com) and Metalarte’s “Hopper” hanging lamp by Lievore Altherr Molina (metalarte.com).
Previous Page: Modern fashion meets modern lighting design via a Cedric Charlier faux-leather top and skirt ($895 and $725, Relish, 3312 Cady’s Alley NW; 202-333-5343), Marni pump ($750, Relish), Marni two-tone clutch ($790, net-a-porter.com) and an 18-karat yellow gold, sterling silver and druzy ring ($1,575, I. Gorman, 1133 20th St. NW; 202-775-8544). “Moare” lamp designed by Antoni Arola for Santa & Cole (santacole.com).
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Above: Hallie the minion (left) wears vintage glasses (stylist’s own), Adam Lippes tweed pants and an Akris pullover ($690 and $395, Saks Fifth Avenue, 5555 Wisconsin Ave. Chevy Chase, Md.; 301-657-9000), an Elsa Peretti “Negoro” lacquer bangle and lacquer bean necklace ($500 and $685, Tiffany & Co.), a Lanvin Partition bag ($3,490, net-a-porter. com) and Balenciaga booties ($705, Hu’s Shoes, 3005 M St. NW; 202-342-0202). Hallie the boss lady (right) rocks a Victoria Beckham dress ($2,325 Neiman Marcus, 5300 Wisconsin Ave. NW; 202-966-9700), Step by Step’s aluminum necklace, Antonio Bernardo’s sterling cuff and Maria Rzewuska carbon and gold plate bracelet ($450, $2,950 and $895, I. Gorman). Shown at a "Dublo" table by Luis Peiro in “Pad” chairs by Alejandro Zaera Dynamobel (theluciagroup.com) with a “Soho” lamp by Joan Gaspar for Marset Barcelona (marset.com/usa) and 18 Karat red vases (apartmentzero.com). Right: Hallie dons a Proenza Schouler drop-waist dress ($1,850, Hu’s Wear, 2906 M St. NW; 202342-2020) with Elsa Peretti's ”Sevillana” black lacquer earrings and pendant ($600 and $225, Tiffany & Co.) and a Marc Jacobs “East End Colorblocked Madame Hilli” bag ($568, Neiman Marcus).
About the exhibit: The Former Residence of the Ambassadors of Spain in Columbia Heights (2801 16th St. NW) hosts "S.O.S.: Spanish Office Showroom," an ongoing exhibit of contemporary Iberian workplace furniture curated by Juli Capella and organized by SPAIN Arts & Culture and Apartment Zero. Visits to the exhibit in the circa-1922 mansion can be arranged by appointment; email firstname.lastname@example.org. For more information, see spainculture.us. Special thanks to Xavier Ruiz Sánchez, Maria-Laura Reos and Yolanda Rodriguez at the Embassy of Spain.
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Left: Hallie’s on her way out the door in a Burberry patentpanel trench ($1,995, Saks Fifth Avenue), Chloé's "The Alice” leather tote ($1,995, Net-a-porter.com) and Tiffany diamond circle wedding band and engagement ring ($15,200$70,000, Tiffany). Shown with a "Slat16" chair by Dynamobel (Apartmentzero .com) and a "Neta" table by Luis Peiro for Dynamobel (theluciagroup.com). Shoot credits: Exhibit concept styling: Douglas Burton, Apartment Zero; Model: Hallie for Modelogic for Wilhelmina, Richmond; Photo assistant: Scott Ely Photo tech: Jim Osen; Hair: Brian Oliver, THE Artist Agency and David Rios Salon; Make-up: Connie Tsang, THE Artist Agency; Shoot assistants: Sarah Dmitrovsky, Holley Simmons and Dominique Vu.
S C O U T E D boutiques PHOTO – HILTON HOLLIS FALL 2013 COLLECTION
HUGO BOSS TRUNK SHOW SEPT 13 – 14
Go Ahead ... Be Extraordinary
DONNA DEGNAN TRUNK SHOW OCT 4 – 5
HILTON HOLLIS TRUNK SHOW OCT 18 – 19
Core72 is a local, women’s activewear boutique with high quality, hard to ﬁnd, personally selected activewear and lifestyle brands from around the world.
1224 CONNECTICUT AVENUE NW WASHINGTON, DC
5502 Connecticut Avenue NW
Make a Statement!
Come discover Yoana
New–Designer–Consigned 3231 P Street, NW, Washington, DC 20007 ella-rue.com | 202.333.1598
GET THIS LOOK Gypsy Rose Red Dress Sheath by Black Halo $395 Crystal Artemis Earrings by Kara Ross for $235 A women’s fashion and wardrobe consultation boutique featuring collections from established and emerging designers, offering you essential, elegant and enlightened looks for each season.
5232 44th Street, NW | 202.364.3277 | juliafarrdc.com
SCO U T E D boutiques Issue Date: November 6, 2013 Space Deadline: October 3, 2013
To advertise in our next issue contact Diane DuBois at email@example.com or call 202-334-5224.
Everard’s Clothing Trunk Show Saturday, September 28th 1802 Wisconsin Ave NW Washington, DC 20007 202-298-7464 everardsclothing.com
Sophisticated & Chic Capitol Hill Pop-up Store
Thursday, September 5th - Saturday, September 7th located at tabula rasa | 731 8th Street SE, Washington DC 20003 703.836.1401| mystiquejewelers.com Like Mystique Jewelers on Facebook for more information
Luxury Woman For you: only the best. For us: the claim to see fashion as a type of art. Getting the detail absolutely right is what makes TRIXI SCHOBER your personal showcase. Passionate, seductive and always uncompromisingly elegant! 1100 Connecticut Ave NW, Washington DC 20036 202.223.4050 | Riziks.com
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THE BEST OF WHO, WHAT AND WEAR TEXT BY CHELSEA HUANG | PHOTOS BY ABBY GREENAWALT
Spring Gala APRIL 26, 2013 AT THE NATIONAL MUSEUM OF WOMEN IN THE ARTS
Floor-length gowns grazed the tiles of the National Museum of Women in the Arts for the museumâ€™s 26th Annual Spring Gala, â€œLighting the Way: Celebrating the Brilliance of Women in the Arts.â€? Guests mingled at the museumâ€™s largest annual fundraising event, supporting and celebrating the achievements of women in visual, performing and literary fields. Partygoers viewed an exhibit by Danish painter Anna Ancher before proceeding toward the silent auction and seated dinner in the museumâ€™s ballroom.
Hemingway in Paris Ball APRIL 12, 2013 AT THE LIBRARY OF CONGRESS
D.C. public school students dressed as Spanish flamenco dancers greeted guests on the steps of the Library of Congress for the Washington Balletâ€™s Hemingway in Paris Ball. The blacktie gala, which raises funds for community engagement programs, also benefitted 500 aspiring dancers in the D.C. school system. Guests sipped on Jack Roses â€” the classic drink imbibed in Ernest Hemingwayâ€™s â€œThe Sun Also Risesâ€? â€” and gathered in the grand parlor of the libraryâ€™s Jefferson Building to catch a few abridged scenes from WB director Septime Webreâ€™s romantic story ballet, â€œHemingway: The Sun Also Rises.â€?
Gerry Ehrlich RETIREE
WEARING Royal blue dress by Nina Raynor and multi-colored clutch by Versace.
DEVELOPMENT MANAGER FOR SIGNATURE THEATER
DANCER WITH THE WASHINGTON BALLET
WEARING Jacket by Armani Exchange, shoes by Zara and Leviâ€™s pants.
DANCER WITH THE WASHINGTON BALLET
WEARING A suit of his own
design in linen and satin with Ferragamo shoes and a Ralph Lauren Purple Label tie.
WEARING A dress gifted to her
from a boutique in New York and a gold clutch by BCBG.
WEARING Oscar de la Renta
dress with Manolo Blahnik shoes and cuffs by Chanel.
Embellished powder blue dress by Tony Bowls Le Gala.
with lace insets by BCBG.
PRESIDENT, THE NMWA BOARD OF TRUSTEES
OWNER, DANCE TRANCE D.C.
green lace dress with a silk shawl.
WEARING Air Force uniform;
WEARING Bright pink gown
WEARING Floor-length lime
Lieutenant Daniel Foose and Caroline Lewis
WEARING Hunter green evening gown by Oscar de la Renta.
Karen Donatelli HOMEMAKER
WEARING Black and white
asymmetrical dress with a Valentino belt and Cartier jewelry.
For looks we saw at the Washington Humane Societyâ€™s annual Fashion for Paws show â€“ and more looks from the National Museum for Women in the Artsâ€™ Spring Gala â€“ visit our redesigned web site Fashionwashington.com
calendar of advertiser and Whatâ€™s in Store editorial fashion selections
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September 2013 September 5 â€“ 7: Mystique Jewelers is bringing its sophisticated fine jewelry to Capitol Hill. The jewelry store will host a three day pop-up store at Tabula Rasa. Cocktail party on Thursday, September 5th from 5-7pm. Private showing of bridal designs from Andrew Meyer, as well as, every day wearable jewelry designs. Throughout the weekend there will be celebrity designers in the sustainable jewelry movement. Mystique will be offering free pearl 11.5mm earrings with any purchase. Friday and Saturday open 10am to 5pm. Tabula Rasa; 731 8th St. SE; 703-836-1401; mystiquejewelers.com September 13-14: Betsy Fisher Hugo Boss trunk show. 1224 Connecticut Ave. NW; 202-785-1975; betsyfisher.com September 22: Mitchell Gold + Bob Williams Fall Launch & Connectors Cocktail Event. 6:30 â€“ 8:30 p.m. 1526 14th St. NW; 202-332-3433; mgbwhome.com September 23-29: DCFASHIONWEEK A partnership of independent fashion designers, producers and models, DCFASHIONWEEK was created to increase economic development in the area of fashion design, clothing merchandising and modeling, and to enhance the visibility of the nationâ€™s capital as a center of international fashion. 202-600-9274; dcfashionweek.org October 2013 October 1-31: Queenstown Premium Outlets Pink Event. Visit participating Premium Outlet CentersÂŽ to make $10 donations to benefit Susan G. Komen for the CureÂŽ and receive
a discount card, while supplies last. With the help of generous customers, Premium Outlets will guarantee a contribution of at least $100,000. 441 Outlet Center Dr., Queenstown; 410-827-8699; premiumoutlets.com October 5-28: South Moon Under Annual Denim Event â€“ 20% off all denim, expanded collection, gifts with purchase, and many opportunities to win free denim! All locations; facebook.com/southmoonunderfan October 11-14: Queenstown Premium Outlets Columbus Day Sale. 441 Outlet Center Dr., Queenstown; 410-827-8699; premiumoutlets.com October 17: Macyâ€™s Five Fall Essentials Fashion Show. Macyâ€™s presents fallâ€™s five Essentialsâ€”key pieces that say fall 2013. Grab a seat at our stage and our stylist will show you how easily these five essentials will update your wardrobe for fall. 1201 G St. NW; 202-628-6661; macys.com October 17: South Moon Under Care for Kids Shopping Party from 7-9p.m. Purchase your Care for Kids card to benefit Childrenâ€™s National Hospital and receive 20% off your purchase. 2700 Clarendon Blvd, Arlington; 703-807-4083; facebook.com/southmoonunderfan October 18-19: Betsy Fisher Hilton Hollis trunk show. 1224 Connecticut Ave. NW; 202-785-1975; betsyfisher.com October 18-27: 10th Anniversary Care for Kids shopping event. Save 20% at hundreds of stores and restaurants using the Care for Kids Card. Purchase your Care for Kids Card at your local Long & Foster office or visit BoardofVisitors.com/CareforKids.
Published on Sep 4, 2013
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