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March 2014

Spring! 5 Looks to Love

PLUS Michelle Obama’s Makeup Artist a p u b l i c at i o n o f

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7 trends you’ll love for the season ahead (Plus a couple more right from the runway)

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14 Perfect Home for a ‘Sun Junkie’ Publisher Judith Beermann finds shelter high over Georgetown Washington’s Fashion & Lifestyle Magazine


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“New” is in the air: a new season, a new frequency (12 times a year instead of only four) and a new team of editors raring to go. To start off, here’s our spring fashion roundup (page 7), and an interview with Carl Ray, Michelle Obama’s makeup artist (page 6). Plus: an Escape to Middleburg, a sunny condo overlooking Georgetown and the latest from our FW Scouts. Enjoy! This publication was produced by The Washington Post Custom Content department in partnership with, a Web site for Washington women, and did not involve the news and editorial departments of The Washington Post. FW is a trademark of The Washington Post | My Little Bird is a trademark of Kelly Publishing LLC. For advertising information, contact 202.334.6163, 5224 or 5226. To subscribe, contact Sandra Ballentine at 202.334.5228.

6 Style Setter Carl Ray, makeup artist to FLOTUS, talks beauty, celebs and … discretion

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On Michelle (left), Stella McCartney coat; see page 10 for details. On Hanna, Rag & Bone T-shirt ($185, Rag & Bone, 3067 M St. NW; 202. 295.9072). Stella McCartney oyster Scuba Shapes zip jacket ($1,040, Stella McCartney New York, 112 Greene St.; 212.255.1556) and Tome belted karate pant ($740,

13 ESCAPE Food writer Walter Nicholls set out for Middleburg, Va., to see Salamander Resort for himself, and stayed for a cozy Sunday Supper 15 Scene Stealers Backstage at D.C. Fashion Week and the grand re-opening of Immortal Beloved On the cover: Michelle wears a Tibi V-neck leather top ($365, Saks Chevy Chase), R.J. Graziano teardrop earrings and pearl wire cuff ($35 and $38, Lord & Taylor, Chevy Chase and Tysons Corner Center). Photography by Stephen Mark Sullivan.

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Makeup Man Michelle Obama’s go-to guy talks beauty


arl Ray can’t take credit for Michelle Obama’s strikingly lovely facial features but as the first lady’s makeup artist-in-chief, he is responsible for making them glow from Boston to Beijing, at state dinners, inaugural balls and for TV appearances and magazine covers. When he’s not with Mrs. O, Ray can be found at the Four Seasons Hotel’s George Salon, where he’s been the resident makeup artist for 15 years. We spoke to him by phone from Culebra, an island 19 miles east of Puerto Rico, where he was taking a break from winter.

FW: How did you nail this position of First Makeup Artist? CR: I was contacted by a White House personal aide to

W: Do they come in for makeup for special F occasions? Any other reasons? CR: There’s always something going on in D.C. where

the East Wing about auditioning for FLOTUS. After doing Mrs. Obama’s makeup about three or four times, I got the job. I think my reputation for discretion with my salon clients cinched it for me.

people want to be camera-ready because they’re going to a wedding, giving a speech, hosting a book signing or chairing a board meeting. Sometimes people come in because they’re going on a first date and want to look their best.

FW: But you’re allowed to say that you do her makeup, right? CR: Absolutely! I’m responsible for all her official

W: What does a makeup session with you cost? F How long is it? CR: It’s $175 for a 45-to-60-minute makeup application


FW: What about your other clients? Who are they; where do they come from? CR: Seventy percent are local, and many of those are

longstanding customers. Word of mouth plays a big role in my business. The rest of my clientele includes hotel guests (from the Four Seasons as well as other big-name hotels in town) and out-of-town clients.

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in the salon. If I go to someone’s home, it’s $250 to $300. Some clients come in to have lashes applied, which costs $20, plus the price of the lashes (either a few individual ones or a whole strip, faux or natural). FW: Can you share a tip? CR: To make your cheekbones pop, mix a highlighter

with your foundation, put it on your brow bone right above your eye and on the bow at the tip of your lip.

FW: You have a lot of celebrity clients. Can you name names? Any men? CR: I did Claire Danes’s makeup for last year’s White

House Correspondents’ Dinner and Meryl Streep for the Kennedy Center Honors in 2011. My male clients have included Sir Paul McCartney, Stevie Wonder and former President Bill Clinton. W: We hear you’ve come out with your own F makeup line. Tell us about that. CR: The small cosmetic line is named Carl Ray and it

includes 12 lip glosses, 12 lipsticks and five eyeshadow palettes, which are sold at George Salon and will be available online at

FW: So, what made you decide to be a makeup artist in the first place? CR: I have been painting since I was a child. When I was

13 or 14, my parents were divorced, and my mother was dating. I watched her do her makeup and thought I could do a better job. She let me give it a try. FW: How did it work out? CR: I’d say pretty well. She’s been re-married now for

28 years. Janet Kelly

Time to shine

Michelle drapes Lagi Nadeau’s Jeanne trench ($950, Julia Farr, 5232 44th St. NW; 202.364.3277) over her shoulders; underneath, cactus-print sleeveless dress and on her feet, sandals, both from Tibi ($425 and $365, Saks Fifth Avenue, 5555 Wisconsin Ave., Chevy Chase; 301.657.9000). Stella McCartney citron Beckett bag ($1,030,; a Tom Binns leaf ring ($175, Tabandeh, Mazza Gallerie, 5300 Wisconsin Ave. NW; 202.244.0777). Major Chair courtesy of Mitchell Gold + Bob Williams, 14th Street NW Styling: Allison St.Germain Hair: D’Angelo Thompson Makeup: Ronnie Peterson Models: Michelle De Swarte and Hanna Paat, Wilhelmina Models

SIGNSof SPRING Peel away the layers and launch into spring with our five favorite trends — splashy prints, pale pastels, daytime metallics, boho-esque fringe and a garden of florals. Not enough variety, you say? See more of the season’s best looks on page 12.

Photography by Stephen Mark Sullivan | Produced by Janet Kelly

Petal power

Hanna looks sweet and ready for spring in Clover Canyon’s Fluorescent Rose Cut Out dress ($317, Bloomingdale’s, Wisconsin Place, 5300 Western Ave., Chevy Chase; 240.744.3700), a 3.1 Phillip Lim daisy bomber jacket ($895, Saks Fifth Avenue, New York; 212.753.4000), pave, multi-band ring ($235, Tabandeh, Mazza Gallerie), SJP Collection by Sarah Jessica Parker ankle-strap pump ($355, Nordstrom, Pentagon City and Tysons Corner Center) and R.J. Graziano Mosaic Drop earrings ($38, Bloomingdale’s Tysons Corner Center; 703.556.4600).

Glam graphics

On Michelle, Ralph Lauren jacquard knit top, matching A-line skirt ($1,395 and $895, Ralph Lauren, 5471-A Wisconsin Ave., Chevy Chase; 301.718.4223), Gum Tee Shirt cuff ($1,300, Christian Dior, 5471-E Wisconsin Ave., Chevy Chase; 301.986.8715) and Ivanka Trump Fine Jewelry earrings ($1250, Chas Schwartz & Son, Mazza Gallerie, 5300 Wisconsin Ave. NW, 202.363.5432). Hanna wears Ralph Lauren Collection patent trench coat ($10,000, Ralph Lauren, Chevy Chase), black knit top and white canvas pants ($1,195 and $795, A pop of color comes from Gum Tee Shirt necklace ($1,500, Christian Dior, Chevy Chase).

Pastel pretty

Michelle in Stella McCartney camomile wool-and-silk-blend Flore coat ($2,100,, Tome Peasant Tunic ($425,, Prada bag ($3,950, — and check out Prada Tysons Galleria, opening later this spring), LaylaJoy nude shoes ($140,, Iradj Moini gold-plated brass snake chain with ruby and aquamarine stones ($1,950, Tabandeh, Mazza Gallerie).

Fringe benefits

On Hanna, Ann Demeulemeester fringe collar and James Perse T-shirt ($365 and $65, Tabandeh, Mazza Gallerie), Stella McCartney leggings with seam detail ($745, Saks Fifth Avenue, New York), Proenza Schouler bag ($2,995,, Ivanka Trump Fine Jewelry octagonal bracelet with rock crystal and black onyx in 18kt rose gold ($19,500, Chas Schwartz & Son, Mazza Gallerie. For a behind-the-scenes look at our photo shoot, visit

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s we hustle to the entryway of Salamander Resort & Spa on a late-winter Sunday, my date and I are intent on our goal: We’ve come for “Sunday Supper,” a three-course $42-perperson family-style meal, served in the resort’s Harrimans Piedmont Grill. For an up-market Hunt Country destination, we sensed a deal. Opened in late summer 2013 near the town center of Middleburg, Va., the 340-acre property has lots of outdoor pleasures, offering equestrian facilities, bocce courts, a swimming pool and hiking trails. Just beyond the lawn chess boards there’s a “Culinary Garden,” where the resort’s chefs are growing their favorite varieties of vegetables. Nearly 10 years earlier, I had crossed a barren hilltop, where expansive Salamander now stands, to interview owner Sheila C. Johnson. The co-founder of the Black Entertainment Television (BET) cable network has made a sizable investment here, but there were plenty of bumps along the way. An original concept called for a small, 48-room inn, but advisers suggested early on that there should be far more rooms, as well as a conference center and wedding pavilion. On came squabbles — land preservationists, the town council and area residents. Years ticked by, then the project slammed into the Great Recession. Opening day of the 168-room complex finally arrived: August 29, 2013. Inside, rather than dazzle the eye, the large public

The look of Salamander Resort, above, is low-key, the restaurant food kinda fancy.

rooms are calming and clubby. Horse motifs reign. There is comfort in the fabrics and furnishings, inspired by designs from Washington-based Thomas Pheasant. Today in the inviting wood-paneled Sundlun Library, a dozen lively young women scrunch together in front of a gorgeous fire for afternoon tea, munching on attractive sandwiches and sweets. Nearby, in the casual Gold Cup Wine Bar, a family of four kick back, sharing burgers and watching sports on wide-screen TVs. We head down a long window-lined corridor to Harrimans restaurant, hexagonal in shape and named after the former owners of the acreage, ambassadors Averell and Pamela Harriman. Did I mention that the culinary director of Salamander is Todd Gray, co-owner and award-winning executive chef of Equinox, an easy walk from the White House? From our table, “It’s like looking at a Currier and Ives

print,” says my friend of the pastures in front of us as we settle in. Dylan, our welcoming server, tells us that in addition to the a la carte menu, the Sunday Supper list of options changes weekly and calls for family-style eating, which means everyone at the table is served the same thing. I was expecting homespun fare, but the fancy of the chef is felt even at Sunday Supper. We select cooked-to-order rib-eye steaks from a local farm, passing up the duck-egg omelet with duck gravy or the vegetarian option, a mock meat stew. With the sides, salad and a very nice creme brûlée dessert ... well, let’s just say Sheila Johnson and Todd Gray are not about to let a Salamander guest, even a Sunday Supper guest, go home hungry. Walter Nicholls Salamander Resort & Spa, 500 N. Pendleton St., Middleburg, 540-687-3600,; Harrimans Virginia Piedmont Grill, 540-326-4162

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Perfect Home for a ‘Sun Junkie’

In leaping, Beermann landed herself a real winner. At the moment, the two-bedroom, two-bath third-floor condo glows in the late-afternoon sun. There are expanses of floorto-ceiling glass on all four sides of the place, interrupted, of course, by an interior core that encloses bathrooms and the rear of the kitchen. The windows look down on courtyards on one side, the backs of small rowhouses on another. She “shares” a magnolia tree (or at least the sight of it) with nearby neighbors, the A List architects Hugh Newell Jacobsen and his son and design partner, Simon Jacobsen. Overall, the “borrowed” exterior space makes the compact condo feel larger than its 1,100 square feet of living space.

“I love solving design problems. I love the process of elimination — I’m such a minimalist, a good editor for ‘stuff.’ ” The living-dining room, with an open-plan kitchen adjacent, looks south and on this clear fall day is filled with blue, blue sky, fluffy white clouds scudding by. The place is indeed perfect for a self-described “sun junkie.” The pair of charcoal gray sofas embodies one of Beermann’s principles: symmetry. Each has a gray flannel bolster pillow perched at one end, hand-crafted with small loops of fabric marching across it. It took her three years to find pillows that matched the color of the sofas. “This is the kind of thing I can obsess over for months,” she says. “This is how I spend my time.” Well, hardly. Having taken early retirement from a federal government job, Beermann spent a few years working on advertising and her art. Then the longtime resident of Georgetown (since 1976) 14 | FASHION WASHINGTON | MARCH 2014

met entrepreneur Beth Solomon, who had created a local site,, and was looking for help. Bang! Beermann was associate publisher; now, a few years later, she owns the site and happily rides herd on the Georgetowners who contribute articles about local events and skin care and politics and, well, lots of things that might interest a worldly crowd of local readers. Beermann’s interests are also visible around her condo. Or perhaps I should say not visible. Definitely part of the anti-clutter crowd, Beermann keeps surfaces clear of random objects; even the pale floors betray no trace of her two Maine coon cats. Even the cats’ scratch post fits in: Made of thicknesses of corrugated cardboard pressed together, it takes the shape of a sculpture — or perhaps a throne, given the look of disdain one feline gives as he lounges across the top of it. There are things — in life and in her home — that Beermann can’t control. Some of the floor-to-ceiling windows are made of a translucent thermal glass, to keep some of the outside world from looking in and to temper the effects of weather. The developer didn’t talk about the “temperature challenges.” Beermann, who bought her home in 2006 and moved in in 2008 after one and a half years of construction, says with a laugh, “[The windows] should have been more ‘thermaled.’ The temperature can vary 30 degrees from room to room.” In fact, the original Judith Beermann’s living room, above, and bedroom, right, face in different directions, but both are drenched with light.

air-conditioning unit wasn’t large enough; the building’s developer had to install a larger one to make the place comfortable on some summer days. (A couple of units in the building, almost as bright and airy, are up for resale for about $1 million.) Beermann adds, “I plan my entertaining by the sun.” In other words, Fourth of July fireworks party? Of course. Sunny noon brunch in December, when the sun is low and blinding? “No!” The condo is very comfortable for entertaining, Beermann says. “I can feed eight at the table, but I like the cocktail format. I do more entertaining than cooking — I believe in ‘artistic presentation feeding!’ ” Beermann grew up in a Silver Spring home filled with books and antiques and oriental rugs. But now she craves “Serenity; I like colors to be quiet. “I don’t want anybody to leave here remembering anything specific. I don’t want to do ‘look at me’ decorating. This,” she adds, gesturing toward the round glass dining table, the sofas, the fireplace, the lamps made of marble, “This should all be a backdrop to people.” Nancy McKeon

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udith Beermann has certain principles she lives by — design principles as well as life principles. But when it came to buying her Georgetown condo, she took an enormous leap of faith: There wasn’t even the shell of an apartment to visit. “There was nothing here,” she says, looking around the newly constructed space.

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Immortal Beloved Fashionable Washingtonians stepped out for the grand re-opening of Immortal Beloved salon on 14th Street and we were there to capture the moment. See more of our favorite looks at

Models get ready backstage

The 20th cycle of D.C. Fashion Week started off with a bang, featuring shows by Howard University design students and D.C.-based Irena Levkovich. The student designers used natural and reconstructed fabrics for their garments, while Levkovich’s line featured plenty of spring trends. See more snapshots at

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