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Cozy Up to Fall
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Features 7 SWEATER WEATHER A whole new season of exaggerated shapes and sizes and textures, all bundled up in cozy fashion packages.
Departments 4 MAKEUP MAN Carl Ray gets our faces ready for fall.
Washington’s Fashion & Lifestyle Magazine
5 Scouted Six things our FW Scouts are loving this month.
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14 DESIGN Doug Meyers calls himself a hoarder, but the objects of his passion, at home and in business, are beautiful Danish modern furnishings.
In preparation for fall, the FW team escaped in August — to New York to shoot the Fall Fashion Roundup, to Richmond to lavish ourselves in the luxury of the famous Jefferson hotel. We escaped our ordinary lives with a chance to be whisked out to Tysons to chit-chat with Sarah Jessica Parker (we talked about shoes — what did you think?). We even escaped Washington’s traditional-furniture reputation with a visit to Doug Meyers and his impeccable collection of Danish modern. But we’re back now, raring to head into fall and all the trends ahead! 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 202.334.5224, 5226, 6163. To subscribe, contact Sandra Ballentine at 202.334.5228.
16 ESCAPE Writer Stephanie Cavanaugh finds the ultimate Southern exposure at The Jefferson hotel in Richmond.
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ABOVE: Tiana in Stella McCartney sweater (see page 9). 18k gold jewelry is from Tiffany & Co.’s new Tiffany T collection: Square Ring ($1,200), Square Bracelet ($5,000) and Chain Bracelet ($5,500), all at Tiffany, The Collection at Chevy Chase, 5481 Wisconsin Ave., Chevy Chase, 301-657-8777; and Fairfax Square, 8045 Leesburg Pike, Vienna, 703-893-7700. ON THE COVER: Tiana wears Tibi’s tweed cardigan ($485, Nordstrom Montgomery Mall), Elizabeth and James fur jacket in raisin ($1,095, Bloomingdale’s Chevy Chase) and cashmere turtleneck with leather detail ($495, mansoorscott.com). Gold ring with black bead ($68, circasixtythree.com).
17 CHECKING IN Sarah Jessica Parker chats with FW about walking her kids to school (in flats!) and the 1970s shoe designers who influence her fall collection for Nordstrom. 18 SCENE STEALERS FW made the scene this summer, capturing these folks at the Sinatra Soiree.
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Contributors BROOK MOWREY paper artist
We first noticed Brook Mowrey when we saw the fantastic Marie Antoinette gown she made out of pieces of paper for the window of the Periwinkle gift shop in Northwest Washington (you can still see it on Brook’s Facebook page). A graphic artist for most of her career, she’s lately been making her mark with paper, and her talent is evident in our fashion pages. Brook, who grew up in Chadds Ford, Pa., lives with her husband, daughter and a couple of crazy chihuahuas in Taylorstown, Loudoun County, Va.
MEGAN PFIFFNER fashion stylist
The first studentproduced fashion show with high school designers from all over Fairfax County made the front of The Washington Post’s Style section back in 2000. It was the creation of 17-year-old stylist and fashion consultant Megan Pfiffner, who now lives in Brooklyn with her husband and cats but grew up in Burke, Va. She still loves red lipstick and leopard prints. Who can argue?
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Metallic eye shadows Metallic eye shadows are hot for fall because of their versatility. You can wear metallic shadow sparingly on lids paired with a pop of color on your lips or apply it all over, accompanied by a sexy nude lip for a sultry, modern look. Tip: Add a touch of shimmer in your inner corners for an eye opening effect. NARS Shimmer Eyeshadow in Euphrate, $25, narscosmetics.com
intense lip color Berry and deep red lips are all over the runways and in makeup campaigns for upcoming seasons. The look is super sophisticated and elegant. It works best when eye makeup is natural, and it looks amazing with a touch of eyeliner. I especially love it paired with an exaggerated cat eye. Black eye liner (like the Clinique I suggested last month) or vibrant color gel liners look great. MAC lipstick in Dubonnet, $16, nordstrom.com
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Full brows Full brows are in again this season. There’s nothing better to enhance your natural beauty than a pair of bold and full eyebrows. After all, brows frame your face and help determine your expression.
Jewel tones Jewel tones and bright hues are the talk of the town. Think shimmery shades of emerald and sapphire for shadows.
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sweater weather It’s one of those fashion conundrums that when it’s 85 degrees Fahrenheit outside, we’re photographing clothing you could wear in a deep freeze. Such was the case in mid-August when FW headed to New York to shoot our September issue. Paper artist Brook Mowrey came to our rescue, fashioning a fall fantasy of paper leaves and thistles, the backdrop for the season’s trends of oversize coats, cozy knitwear, rich brocades and fun furs. Kind of makes you feel a stiff breeze coming. Produced by Janet Kelly
Photographed by Stephen Sullivan
Heading into the new season, Tiana sports a turban fashioned from a white cashmere scarf, $445, and wears a wool-cashmere-blend sweater jacket in navy and offwhite with black trim, $1,490, both from Amina Rubinacci, 2822 Pennsylvania Ave. NW, 202-965-2822. The sweater jacket is layered over a striped Suno sweater, $595, and Vince leather straight-leg pants, $1,095, both from Saks Fifth Avenue New York, 611 Fifth Avenue, 212-753-4000. Nancy Gonzalez large green crocodile bucket bag ($3,550, special order, Bergdorf Goodman, 754 Fifth Ave., New York, 212-753-7300; other colors at Saks Fifth Avenue and Neiman Marcus stores), Prada ankle-strap shoes, price available upon request.
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Clara pulls on her anthracite-and-nuvola (off-white) cashmere-blend Flora sweater coat ($970, Amina Rubinacci) over a charcoal wool neckpiece ($390, tomenyc.com) and black cashmere shell with silk trim ($450, Amina Rubinacci), paired with a leather pleated full skirt with exposed zipper closure at front ($1,200, tibi.com). Bling is courtesy of gold-and-black bauble necklace ($1,000, circasixtythree.com). Fun accents: a furry clutch from Nancy Gonzalez ($2,350, special order, Bergdorf Goodman, New York) and red-andblack Savona bootie from Gio Diev ($875, giodiev.com).
Tiana in an oversize Stella McCartney textured wool pullover ($2,745, Saks Fifth Avenue, 5555 Wisconsin Ave., Chevy Chase, 301-657-9000) and burgundy cashmere scarf ($445, Amina Rubinacci) over LaMarque leggings ($695, lamarquecollection.com). Her charcoal gray wool topper is from Prada ($7,090, Prada at Tysons Galleria, 2001 International Dr., McLean, 703-245-3438 ). Mulberryâ€™s ladylike Olivia purse ($1,650, Mulberry, Tysons Galleria, 2001 International Dr., McLean, 703-748-7300) is coupled with Tory Burch floral-printed sneakers ($185, Tory Burch, Tysons Galleria, 1734 International Dr., McLean, 703-2888-0786). Her big gold ring with gold ball is $68 from Circa Sixty Three.
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ABOVE: Clara wears Michael Kors vanilla wool melton coat
($2,795, Neiman Marcus, Mazza Gallerie, 5300 Wisconsin Ave. NW, 202-966-9700) over Georgette sheer blouse ($1,490, Prada, Tysons Galleria), green fur vest, $795, and tapestry skirt, $350, both from Tory Burch, Tysons Galleria. Stella McCartney triple-sole platform loafers ($995, Saks Fifth Avenue, Chevy Chase). On both hands, rings designed by architect Oscar Niemeyer for H.Stern in 18k white gold with diamonds. Ring on left hand, $7,300, ring on right hand, $2,900, Saks Fifth Avenue, Chevy Chase. RIGHT: Clara and Tiana are sitting pretty on a teak Kayu Dining Bench from Design Within Reach ($995 through DWR Studios in Bethesda and Georgetown, or at dwr.com). Tiana is in a black lace shirt from Tome ($1,080, tomenyc.com), Derek Lam leather culottes ($2,690, Saks New York), Tory Burch pumps ($395, Tory Burch, Tysons Galleria). Her primrose ombrĂŠ cashmere cardigan (on bench) is $1,850 from Wes Gordon (through shopspring.com). Clara in dark green cape with toggle closure, part of the Massimo Dutti Equestrian Collection ($350, Massimo Dutti, 1220 Wisconsin Ave. NW, 202-944-8780), Tibi jacquard skirt ($550, Nordstrom, 8075 Tysons Corner Center, McLean, 703-761-1121; Saks Fifth Avenue, Chevy Chase, and Neiman Marcus, Mazza Gallerie), stone gray pullover ($395, mansoorscott.com), high-heeled Mulberry booties ($895, Mulberry, Tysons Galleria). Rose-gold crystal earrings ($125, laruicci.com)
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Claraâ€™s felt cashmere coat from The Row is as soft and enveloping as a blanket (price upon request, similar styles available at area Neiman Marcus stores and neimanmarcus.com). Underneath she wears a Dolce & Gabbana tweed dropwaist dress ($1,795, Saks Fifth Avenue New York) and Tory Burch cropped ankle pants ($250, Tory Burch, Tysons Galleria). Nancy Gonzalez coral crocodile bucket bag, $3,450, Bergdorf Goodman; other colors, bergdorfgoodman.com, neimanmarcus.com, saksfifthavenue.com. Prada shoes, price available upon request. Tiffany T square bracelet in black rodium ($950, Tiffany, Fairfax Square and The Collection at Chevy Chase). Silver ring with pearl, $125, laruicci.com.
Tiana wraps up in the season’s favorite color. Gray “coatigan” ($595, mansoorscott.com). Accents are her Nancy Gonzalez bucket bag (see previous page for details) and Peace Treaty double dangling fringed earrings ($180, apeacetreaty.com).
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Doug Meyers, above, lives amid his modern possession obsession. Prized pieces include, top, his Model 45 chair by Finn Juhl with accompanying settee. All of his wall units, like those shown at left, are jam-packed with small pieces of midcentury modern design.
A Master of Modern
like storage pieces,” says Doug Meyers, as my eyes travel around the living room of his Columbia Heights home.
“Surprise, right?” The man has a point: Lining the walls of the Victorian row house are rosewood buffets, sideboards, walnut wall units combining shelves with cubbies that lie behind tambour doors. Although the place looks a little like a furniture showroom, in fact it’s a home that Meyers rents with housemates, who allow him to furnish the main level with midcentury modern pieces he’s been collecting for 15 years or more. How else would they get to live with a orange velvet sectional sofa that’s 50 years old and still going strong? The storage pieces serve Meyers as more than eye candy. “I’m a hoarder,” he acknowledges. He flips open cabinet door after cabinet door, opens a succession of drawers. All are filled to the brim with small midcentury accessories. Meyers prizes Danish pieces over American ones, dark wood over light. “The Danes know their designers the way we know our presidents,” he says, pointing to a dresser by Finn Juhl, considered by most to be the father of modern Danish design. It’s a special piece he values at about $12,000. He also has a Model 45 chair by Finn Juhl and matching settee that he bought as an investment. Meyers loves the stories that accompany each piece he has bought, often from older couples downsizing. “They’ve had the furniture for 50, 60 years, and it’s in perfect condition — it’s been loved,” he says. And for the past four years Meyers has been able to sell that furniture to the children or
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grandchildren of their original owners. Yes, as these things often unfold, the collector — mentored by painter (and collector) Robin Rose — became a dealer, turning eight storage units packed with furniture into a shop, Modern Mobler, with locations on upper Georgia Avenue NW and on Howard Avenue in Kensington, Md. Meyers came to Washington from his home near Atlantic City to attend George Washington University, where he got an undergraduate degree in finance and a master’s in taxation. But the midcentury modern call was stronger than his job recruiting financial and tax professionals for companies (his recruiting career ended with a position at Choice Hotels, “the best company I ever worked for”). Now he rotates furniture in and out of his living room, selling to a wide customer base. “The largest bloc is people in their 30s and 40s, often with their first house. They say they’re ready for ‘real furniture now.’ ” The scale of midcentury pieces, Meyers points out, is also good for those who live in small condos downtown. “They don’t have room for 90-inch sofas.” The popularity of “Mad Men” on TV has made Meyers’s living room furniture more valuable. But more important to him is this: “These pieces are the best design of their day,” he says. “If you take care of them, they will last another 50, 60 years.” NANCY McKEON
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The Jefferson hotel in Richmond was built in 1895 as tribute to the owner’s hero, Thomas Jefferson. Clockwise from far left is the loggia outside the Presidential Suite, the indoor swimming pool and the hotel’s Rotunda with its impressive staircase that may have inspired the one in “Gone With the Wind.” Below, the Clock Tower of the hotel, a National Historic Landmark.
here are reasons why some hotels rate five stars from Forbes. Like pulling up to a grand porte-cochere in a 20-year-old pick-up, duct-tape patched and loaded with old house parts, and being greeted like her ladyship back from the hunt. (Which she was: Richmond has fantastic salvage yards). Such a place is The Jefferson in Richmond, Virginia, exorbitantly gracious and luxurious to the tips of the terry slippers set out beside your turned-down bed and the Molton Brown soaps and creams in the marble bathroom. Built in 1895 by Colonel Lewis Ginter, a Confederate officer and tobacco baron, who also designed the beautiful Ginter gardens on the edge of town, the Beaux-Arts masterpiece immediately and forevermore became the centerpiece of Richmond’s society events. Among the guests were 12 U.S. presidents, F. Scott Fitzgerald, Frank Sinatra, Charlie Chaplain, Elvis and most of the cast of the recent hit movie “Lincoln.” A weekend here could be filled without leaving the premises. There’s a lowerlevel health club, spa and beauty salon. Palms surround the second-floor indoor pool, which gives out onto a sundeck overlooking rooftops that range from antebellum to contemporary. As for food, there are divine grits in the casual TJ’s, and Southern-accented
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fare in the more formal Lemaire. Morning coffee can be taken in the upper lobby, where a life-size Carrara marble statue of Thomas Jefferson stands beneath the vast stained-glass dome of a Tiffany stained-glass skylight. Even more impressive is the sensational lower lobby, dominated by an extraordinary sweeping staircase that may have inspired the one in “Gone With the Wind,” the steps that Rhett swooped Scarlett up in the film’s most palpitating scene. Have we mentioned that this place is astonishing to look at? Set at city center, it takes no more than 10 minutes to reach any part of the Confederate capital, from the Riverwalk along the sparkling James, to the mile-long stretch of bistros and boutiques in Carytown, and myriad historic sites. Distances between most attractions are amusingly listed in yards, not miles, on hotels.com. Room rates begin at $350, but there are frequent special offers. Starting October 19, the Virginia Museum of Fine Arts is hosting an exclusive exhibition, “Forbidden City: Imperial Treasures From the Palace Museum, Beijing.” The hotel’s package for two, valid Sunday to Thursday through January 11, includes valet parking, breakfast and tickets to the show, and starts at $315. Plus, the hotel always offers guests complimentary car service to whisk you around town then bring you back to your robe and slippers. Now that’s luxury. STEPHANIE CAVANAUGH
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arah Jessica Parker arrived at Nordstrom in Tysons Corner at the end of August to introduce the fall season of her exclusiveto-Nordstrom SJP shoe line. The store hummed with the excitement. Although she wasn’t due until 5 p.m., the line started forming to buy shoes and snag her autograph at 9 a.m. that morning. We got a chance to chat with her about her new collection and footwear philosophy. Manolo Blahnik CEO George Malkemus, Sarah Jessica’s partner in producing the line, chimed in. FW: You’re a believer in high heels, which makes up the majority of your collection, but what do you walk your kids to school in? SJP: I make two runs every day from home to school and
back; my priority is safety, so I wear weather-appropriate, practical shoes — Converse high-tops, Hunter boots, boots with lining. FW: Love the pale pink grosgrain ribbon trim on the back seam of your shoes. Is there a story behind that? SJP: It’s a bit of nostalgia. When I was a little girl, we
wore ribbons in our hair every day. The pink shade makes a great contrast to the shoe colors, and it’s a signature of the brand. FW: I’ve read that you’re very involved in the design process and were influenced by shoe designers whose stores were popular in New York City in the ‘70s. Who were some of your favorites? What impressed you? SJP: Charles Jourdan, Maud Frizon, Walter
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