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EDITOR’SLETTER . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .  CONTRIBUTORS . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .  FYIDCAnnie Leibovitz exhibit opens . . . . . . . . . . . 

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TRAVELSt. Regis Washington, InterContinental Hong Kong and The Inn at Little Washington . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 

POLLYWOOD MEDIASPOTLIGHT Hardball, fashion and Ike . . . .   HOLLYWOODONTHEPOTOMAC Washington’s world of political celebrity . . . . . . . . .

POPPOLITICS Rep. Ed Markey talks energy . . . . .  DIPLOMATICDANCE Monaco’s new digs. . . . . .  Prince Albert’s historic 1913 visit. . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 

LIFESTYLES THATWASTHEN THISISNOW Ann Geracimos’ capital fashion retrospective . . . . . . . . . 

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WLTRAVEL San Ysidro Ranch tucked into the lush Santa Barbara foothills . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 

ON THE COVER Marlene Hu, Lana Orlo, Paul Wharton, Linda Erkiletian and

James Cornwell. Photo by Tim Coburn. Style by James Cornwell. For full fashion credits, see our Style Feature on PAGE 67. FROM TOP Mai Abdo, Gwen Holliday and Jennifer Camel Toueg (Photo by Kyle Samperton) / The St. Regis Hotel, featured in FYIDC Travel on PAGE 24 / Norah O’Donnell and Geo Tracy invite us Inside (their) Home(s) (Photo by Bob Narod) / Tiany & Co.’s ring ($720,000), 301-657-8777 / Rick Kay, Michelle Freeman, Jack Davies and Raul Fernandez at the CharityWorks Dream Ball (Photo by Tony Powell).


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t’s fairly safe to follow this rule – if rocker-chameleon David Bowie sang about it, it’s an iconic part of American life. Fashion, therefore, is here to stay, with all its beribboned flourishes and shifting styles. Cavemen may have dressed purely for function – tiger skins being a natural, albeit flimsy, prophylactic against predators – but modern men and women make a statement every time they leave the house. Whether we choose to admit it – or whether we remain blissfully, obstinately ignorant in sweatpants and mock turtlenecks – a large part of life is show, and our style choices are judged as keenly by our neighbors as a prized Pomeranian is by the Westminster Kennel Club (or Fran Drescher – see Media Spotlight to make the connection). In this issue, WL takes a look at some of Washington’s most stylish personalities. Who’s wearing what in the clubs, to galas, to the Whole Foods on P street? Fashion is certainly no accident; as a society changes its mores and predilections, clothes follow suit. Longtime fashion journalist Ann Geracimos shares some thoughts on the evolution of women’s fashion in Washington; our Trend Reporters and stylists offer flawless advice on remaining à la mode in any situation (we’ve even got the right bags for every outfit – see our accessories feature, shot by Len DePas and styled by James Cornwell). Thanks to style mavens Paul Wharton, Lana Orloff, Marlene Hu, Lynda Erkiletian and James Cornwall for providing commentary, as well as guidance to future gurus of garb. Personal style trickles down into every facet of one’s being, as our Inside Homes section clearly illustrates. Norah O’Donnell and husband Chef Geoff Tracy could well be discussing their wardrobes speaking of the careful minimalism which inspired the classic lines of their Wesley Heights dream home. This goes for food as well.Thanksgiving dinner plans can be helped by a peek at WL’s Holiday Settings special. If your cranberry stuffing doesn’t make jaws drop appreciatively, there’s still time to wow your relatives next month – take a look at our Luxury Gift Guide, which showcases some of the most sought-after and high-end items money (and taste) can buy. The one constant about fashion is that it’s always in flux. WL staffers and friends went through more costume changes than Mariah Carey this month, as they worked on our exclusive coverage of Polly Kraft’s art opening, Sally Quinn and Ben Bradlee’s housewarming for son Quinn, Rima Al-Sabah’s baby shower, Winston Lord’s fundraising bash on Jim Kimsey’s spectacular rooftop, Joan Tobin’s party for Letitia Baldridge and Columbian Ambassador

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Carolina Barco’s intimate dinner with musical star Totó La Momposina and many more.We are also proud to have served as the exclusive media sponsor for the Opening Night of the Opera, the Charity Works’ Dream Ball, the Children’s Law Center benefit and the National Hispanic Foundation for the Arts’“Noche de Gala,” among others. That’s a lot of little black dresses!” Even our Pollywood section suffered from a case of fashionitis, or, at the very least, fashionistas. Janet Donovan covers the “For the Love of Children” benefit fashion show in Media Spotlight, Donna Shor’s Around Town dishes on galas (and Presidential glassware) and, in Pop Politics, Rep Ed Markey sits down with WL for an intimate chat about the future of alternative energy and environmental security. Next, we party at the posh resorts of Saint Regis, dine on dim sum at the Intercontinental Hong Kong, clamber into the comfy beds at the Inn at Little Washington’s new Presidential suite, ranch at SanYsidro and – thanks to Ellen, wife of Monaco’s ambassador, Gilles Noghès – travel back in time to Prince Albert’s historic 1913 sojourn in Wyoming. Was WL overly ambitious in our wandering this month? Perish the thought. After all, half of the battle as far as fashion is concerned is being seen by the right people … at the right places. Where are the right places? Here are WL’s November must-attends – we proudly sponsor the Lombardi Gala on the 3rd, Fight Night on the 8th, the Corcoran Gallery of Art’s 1869 Gala on the 10th and the Starlight Starbright Gala and dinner on the 16th and 17th. In shopping news, Zegna’s Tysons Corner opens on the 9th (come meet Mr. Zegna himself!) and the 30th anniversary of Mazza Gallerie is on the 7th. In December – aka the month wherein fashion becomes briefly functional as neccessitated by thousandcalorie dinners – check out the Kennedy Center Honors and the Choral Arts Dinner. Luckily, those hot new skinny jeans – and their five percent of forgiving spandex – are prête à porter, even when “Under Pressure.” We told you Bowie was good.

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LETITIA BALDRIGE is a well-known

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TIM COBURN is an award-winning photographer with a concentration in commercial photography. He has trained in all aspects of photography and digital imaging and has been working as a professional photographer since 1996. Coburn photographed our cover image. 3

JAMES CORNWELL is a resident hairstylist and makeup artist for PR at Partners Salon and Tim Coburn Photography. What with his uncanny eye for trends in fashion, Cornwell was a natural to weigh in on our style feature. 4

DEBORAH K. DIETSCH writes on art,

architecture and design for The Washington Times and other publications. Dietsch takes us into Norah O’Donnell and Geoff Tracy’s home this month.

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LEN DEPAS has studied under celebrated photographer Philippe Halsman and advertising photography guru Joseph Schneider. DePas photographed our fashion feature. 6

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experience in residential real estate in the Washington Metro marketplace. She is the broker and president of Evers & Co. Real Estate, the largest independent woman-owned and run residential brokerage in the area. Evers researches and reports on Metro area history on her radio show, “Real Estate Today.”

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Times Senior Features Reporter and reports on fashion, food, home design and consumer trends in the wine and spirits trade. She is well acquainted with the ins and outs of Washington’s social scene. A passionate traveler, Geracimos writes about fractional ownership vacation homes.

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Gala Events, Inc., has a national reputation for being one of the most creative event designers in the country. She set our holiday table in our table settings feature.

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BOB NAROD is an accomplished photographer who began his photo career in Philadelphia, where he covered everything from business tycoons to entertainment. In 1984, he relocated to Washington, and changed his focus to architecture. Currently, Narod resides in Sterling,Va.

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LANA ORLOFF is a contributing style editor and a personal shopper. With many years of experience and a love for shopping and fashion, Lana offers style and image management, closet and wardrobe organization and special event styling and makeovers, among other fashion services. NP

DONNA SHOR is an internationalist who has lived in five countries on three continents, climbed the Great Wall of China, tracked tigers in Bangladesh, raised twins in a Provencal mas and a Bordeaux wine chateau, and hobnobbed with greats from Peck (Gregory) to Picasso (Pablo). She has written widely, from National Geographic to the Paris-based International Herald Tribune. 14

PAUL WHARTON Paul Wharton has been prominently featured as a Style Expert on VH-1, MTV and The CW. In 2008, see him on TV Land’s “She’s Got the Look” and TV One’s “Makeover Manor”. Paul owns Evolution Look Modeling Agency and provides commentary for our style report. Corrections: In the October ’07 issue WL misidentified Angela Chao as the daughter of Secretary Elaine Chao. Angela is Elaine’s sister. In the Ambassador’s Directory, WL placed the Ambassador of Cyprus under Asia, his listing should have been under Europe. WL mis-identified the Ambassador of Azerbaijan and his wife, the correct spelling is Yashar and NargizAliyev. In the June’ 07 Wealth List, WL incorrectly referenced the case between Jan Pottker and Kenneth Feld. The case is still pending and awaiting a trial date.

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MARK ZUCKERBERG Facebook founder

STEVECASE Favorite TV Shows include “American Idol”

MARIOMORINO Founder of VPP

DONGRAHAM Reclusive Washington Post publisher

JEANCASE Interests include Tae Kwon Do and Sudoku

AMYARGETSINGER Loves Scrabble, Ian McEwan and garlic

ARIANNA HUFFINGTON Member since 2007

CHRISTINE PELOSI Perhaps her mother should join as well

EDHENRY Favorite music includes Fergie and 50 Cent

TEDLEONSIS Favorite quote: “Make dust or eat dust.” JOHNCECCHI Graduated from Dennison University in 1996

JUDYWOODRUFF Has 59 friends through the service MICHAELMOORE His profile shot is a movie poster from “Sicko”

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In its 21st year, these awards commemorate the triumph of human spirit in the face of extreme physical adversity. Previous awardees have included the likes of Johnny Cash, Kirk Douglas, and Senator Bob Dole. 6 p.m. cocktails and silent

auction; 7:30 dinner; Omni Shoreham Hotel; business; $400, Contact Leslie Concha at 202-877-1781.

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Funny Girl’s Fannie Brice, one of the most celebrated entertainers of her time, will be played (appropriately enough) by Helen Hayes Award winner Jacquelyn Piro Donovan. A VIP reception for Producer and Sponsor level donors will follow the concert at the Signature Theatre. 8 p.m.;

Signature Theater; cocktail; $500 for producer level; Contact Katie Raffaelli at 571-527-1828.

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Kelly Johnston, Joe Morrell, Leonard Monfredo and JT Kelley at 2006’s Corcoran 1869 Gala.

generation of African American innovators who pursue STEM (Science, Technology, Engineering, and Mathematics) careers in the tradition of this 18th century scholar, craftsman, astronomer and engineer. Join keynote speaker Bill Cosby for a night of dinner, cocktails and jazz music. 6 p.m. dinner; 7:30 p.m. ceremony; 9:30 p.m. jazz/cocktail/ desserts; J.W. Marriot; $250; black-tie; Contact 202-265-8280.

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traditionally featured the sport’s brightest stars, such as knockout artists Sugar Ray Leonard and Evander Holyfield. 6:30 p.m.; Washington Hilton and Towers; $1000; black-tie; Contact Ellen Blankenstein at 202-725-5604.

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$550 preferred; black-tie; National Museum of Women in the Arts; Contact Jillian Timm at 202-266-2815.

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The National Defense University Foundation gathers true patriots and party animals alike to recognize the lifelong service of Sen. John Warner and Congressman Ike Skelton. 6:30 p.m. reception; 7:30 p.m. dinner; Ronald Reagan Building and International Center; $1000; black-tie; Contact Ron Spratt, NDUF Chief Development Officer at sprattr@nduf.org.

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Rocking band Burnt Sienna provides tunes, MK Catering serves up stylish sustenance and Elliot and Diane of radio station DC 101 host this evening of dancing, networking, and raising funds for St. Judeâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s Childrenâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s Hospital. 8 p.m.; the Galleria at Lafayette Center; $85; cocktail; Contact Joy Dzurovcik at 703-486-4520.

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A DIFFERENT KIND OF WASHINGTON If Air Force One is in the shop and you can’t make it to Hong Kong, there is another presidential getaway just a short motorcade away. The Inn at Little Washington has just opened a presidential suite of its own, the Claiborne House – named for late food writer and cookbook author Craig Claiborne, who celebrated many birthdays there when it was the private residence of the Inn’s chef, Patrick O’Connell. The house features two bedrooms, two and one-half baths, living and dining rooms, a media room and library (plus views of the Inn’s herb and cutting garden). Past guests include Al and Tipper Gore and Warren Beatty and Annette Benning (none presidential, though one got awfully close). Get There: Middle and Main St., Washington, Va., 540-675-3800, www.theinnatlittlewashington.com.

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THEEVENTThe appetizer for this annual black-tie gala was a mouthful – and it wasn’t food. Polish director Mariusz Treliński’s contemporary interpretation of the classic La Bohème was not something opera aficionados have come to expect in a Puccini score, and it certainly gave the audience something to chew. Rodolfo (Viorio Grigolo) wore trendy Italian fashion, Mimì (Adriana Damato) held a video camera, there were over-the-top costumes and Elvis and Ronald McDonald were onstage. As the $1,000 ticket holders sauntered from opening night to the roo+op terrace for dinner, one question could be heard over and over: “What did you think of the show?” THESCENE La Bohème might have had a modern twist, but dinner was a classic Washington National Opera black-tie affair. The Capital’s staunchest opera supporters mixed with ambassadors, arts leaders, La Bohème cast and crew and society stalwarts. And while WNO General Director Plácido Domingo extolled the virtues of a;racting younger opera followers, WNO President Kenneth R. Feinberg courted high profile guests such as Meryl and Michael Chertoff, Justice Ruth Bader Ginsburg, Newt Gingrich, Brazilian Amb. Antonio Patriota, U.S. Amb. to Barbados Mary Ourisman, and Leslie Cockburn.

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THE EVENT The season opening night gala for the National Symphony, with two standing-ovation performances by fourteenyear old Chinese piano prodigy Peng Peng and legendary opera singer Reneè Fleming. A+er surprise encores from Fleming, including Puccini’s crowd pleasing “O Mio Bambino Caro,” many patrons were saddened to remember that this was conductor Leonard Slatkin’s last opening night. But the music seemed sweeter when Steve Schwarzman announced that over $2.2 million was raised with the help of ball chairs Marty Alloy and Daris Cli!on. THE SCENE A+er the two-hour concert, 1,100 guests made their way to a rose and gold colored tent for dinner and dancing. Many were still on their feet well a+er 11 p.m. on a Sunday night. THEGUESTSDavid Rubenstein and wife Alice Rogoff Rubenstein, NSO Chair Ann Jordan and husband Vernon Jordan, David and Katherine Bradley, Esther Coopersmith and British Amb. Sir David and Lady Manning.

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THE EVENT Cocktails to celebrate the opening of Polly Kra!’s latest exhibit of paintings and drawings at Addison Ripley Gallery in Georgetown. Kra+ has been spending her summers in Eastern Long Island since she was a child, and her landscapes evoke a simpler time. The widow of famed Washington lawyer Lloyd Cutler has exhibited her work in Washington and New York for many years, but these days she fears for the future of the farms and vistas she paints. “I’ve loved the landscape for so many years, but it’s being ruined by overdevelopment,” she said. THEGUESTSAlan Greenspan, Andrea Mitchell, Judy Woodruff, Miles and Nancy Rubin, Sir David and Lady Manning, Jane Hitchcock.

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Robert Lehrman and Polly Kraft

Anne Levine, Rebecca and Beatrice Houston

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THEEVENT Friends and supporters of CharityWorks, a unique Washington-based organization of community leaders, donors, and volunteers gathered for dinner and dancing to benefit the Center City Consortium charter schools in Washington, D.C. The evening also honored Raul Fernandez, one of the area’s most respected philanthropists, and a founder, along with Steve Case, Ted Leonisis and others, of the Venture Philanthropy Partners. The event was hosted by the Freddie Mac Foundation. THE SCENE Susan Gage provided the catering (an avocado and gazpacho terrine followed by filet for the main course). Guests danced to big-band sounds and bid on treats ranging from furs to vacations to a day with Oprah, and lots of first-rate mingling. THEGUESTSAmong the more than 500 guests, we spo;ed: Marvin Gaye’s widow Sherrill Lockhart, Tom Liljenquist, Leah Gansler, Lindsay Czarniak.

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THE EVENT A black-tie gala and awards ceremony paying homage to the 26,000 volunteers who help to boost the morale of armed forces world wide. At his last public event in office, Chairman of the Joint Chiefs of Staff Gen. Peter Pace became emotional when he said “One of the things I always get asked by the troops is, ‘Do the American people support us?’ One

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of the things you can point to very readily is USO, whether it be overseas when they come to us with entertainment, or overseas where we can stop in at their locations around the world, or right here at home at the airports, it’s a li;le bit of home.” THESCENE CBS’s “Late Late Show Host” Craig Ferguson, the Dallas Cowboy Cheerleaders and Wilmer Valderamma were on hand to bestow awards. John Ondrasik, lead singer of the band Five for Fighting, serenaded the crowd a+er dinner. THEGUESTSChris Mahews, serving as master of ceremonies, Sam and Jan Donaldson, and even Jenna Jameson were spo;ed among the bright faces that night.

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Actors Jimmy Smits and Sonia Braga at the National Hispanic for the Arts’ Noche de Gala. Photo by Tony Powell

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THE EVENT It wasn’t politics as usual at the National Hispanic Foundation for the Arts’ 11th annual Noche de Gala. A+er rumors spread that presidental candidates Barack Obama and Fred Thompson would be speaking, actor Jimmy Smits insisted it wasn’t so. “This night is to recognize Hispanics,” the dashing actor remarked. THE SCENE Somewhere between honoree Kenny Ortega and Rep. Ed Markey, talented Latin pop singer Gloria Trevi and actress Yvonne Delarosa sizzled, while actress Sonia Braga held court. The energy kicked up a notch when Columbian-born Valery opened the festivities, before the speakers. THE GUESTS Benito Martinez of The Shield, Venezuelan Ambassador Bernando Herrera and too many congressional members to list.

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Forrest Gump was right Life is like a box of chocolates –you never know what you’re gonna get. “Hardball” host Chris Matthews found this out the hard way the night before his 10th MSNBC Anniversary party at ecatur House in October. D Matthew appeared on The Daily Show with Jon Stewart to promote his new book, “Life’s a Campaign.” The testy exchange resulted in Matthews proclaiming, “This is a book review from hell. This is the worst.You are the worst.You are the worst.” The incident showed up as event cocktail buzz, where a quick thinking Matthews was overheard claiming the incident was fun: “It created a moment … a moment.” The star-studded media crowd included Andrea Mitchell, Alan Greenspan, NBC honcho Phil Griffin, and Rep. Ed Markey (on crutches). Congressional members were keeping their presidential preferences close to their vests: Sen. John Kerry demonstrated restraint when commenting on fellow Bostonian Mitt Romney;and Rep. Steny Hoyer said nothing worth reporting: “It’s a D emocratic year.” Few braved the predictions fever. “Giuliani and Edwards in a surprise move,” offered Rep. Charlie Gonzalez. “Hillary is not locked in; Obama has a chance if he wins Iowa. Romney for the Republicans,” suggested Pat Buchanan. Matthews was wired –no surprises here. Introduced as “Chris is always going to tell me something I don’t know. Tonight we’re waiting for him to tell us something we don’t know.” Whether Spiro Agnew “was

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graced The McLaughlin Group. Other “models” included Sarah Bennet, Sheila Harvey, Michelle Lee (n o, not that one), Suzane Malveaux and Faith Shah. Helen Thomas and Sue Merry enjoyed the view. “We are also most fortunate to have such an exemplary group of Washington women come together and rally for such a wonderful cause,” said Kay Enokido, executive vice president/owners representative for the Hay Adams. Here’s looking at you, kids. Heavy lifting New York Times bestselling author Michael Korda arrived at Bonnie McElveen-Hunter’s Georgetown manse in September with a former president in tow –in the form of his rather ambitious and weighty 800-page biography Ike: An American Hero. It’s not only a story of military prowess, but one of family origins and life, “It is as well the portrait of a tumultuous and often difficult marriage, for Mamie was every bit as stubborn and forceful as her husband, and it was by no means the sunny, happy marriage that Republican publicists presented to the public when Ike made his first moves towards the presidency.” The prolific author has written more biographies than a cat has lives (he even wrote Cat People –perhaps to keep the “lives” thing going.) It was a spirited event, and guests included: Susan Eisenhower, Bob Merry, Sheila and Ed Weidenfeld, Ann Stock and Nini Ferguson. Look for more fabulous entertaining at this residence; Bonnie Hunter heads up The American Red Cross.

Chris Matthews, Andrea Mitchell and Alan Greenspan at “Hardball’s” 10th year anniversary fête. (Photo by Neshan H. Naltchayan)

not an American hero” is something new, Matthews said it anyway along with some Cheney comments. What’s not new is that he has been successful and continues to be the darling of MSNBC. Applauding his success: Sen. Ted Kennedy, Rep. Patrick Kennedy, Frank Mankiewicz, Margaret Carlson, Gloria Borger and Tim Russert. Fashion alert The qu ickest way to part with your money on September 28th was by attending the FLOC (For the Love of Children)benefit fashion show at The Hay Adams. Headlined by radio talk show host Diane Rehm and designer Nina McLemore (whose fashions are worn by Sen. Hillary Clinton), guests were watching their waistlines;some even switched the more carb-laden main course for a double dose of the lobster appetizer. Newsweek’s Eleanor Clift modeled several outfits, making her one of the more fashionable panelists to have

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From Cancer to Controversy Fran tawks the talk, inside the dark world of Trade and who is Michael Clayton? BY JAN ET D O N OVAN

tawking the Tawk It’s hard to upstage Fran Drescher, but that’s exactly what happened when The Nanny celebrated her 50th birthday at a small private dinner party at Teatro Goldoni.Although Esther Drescher F( ran rDescher’s compact Pomeranian)couldn’t get a seat at the table, she displayed exquisite manners by suppressing all doggie activities and remaining close to her mistress. In town to garner further support for her Cancer Schmancer Foundation, the lovably nasal actress spent time with reporters and friends explaining her Congressional efforts on behalf of women’s health care and the importance of early detection. “Remember –on the day the doctor tells you that you have cancer, he goes home to eat dinner with his family while you go home to eat your heart out with yours!” Popping in to be sure that Esther was under the same watchful eye as her famous mother, Wayne Pacelle p( resident &CEO of The Humane Society) joined Susan Hurley Bennett, Daily Café’s Mary Alice Williams, Christine Warnke, U.S. News & World Report’s Paul Bedard, Linda Roth, Eric Huey, Silvestro Conte and Yeas & Nays columnist Patrick Gavin. the real Michael Clayton George Clooney wasn’t at the pre-screening of Michael Clayton, but his on-screen persona was so intense he could have been sitting next to you.The actor plays an elite New York attorney known among his colleagues as “The aJ nitor,” because for 15 years he’s worked behind the scenes to clean up his high-profile clients’ messy personal problems. So who is Michael Clayton? Most certainly not .C.’S D very own Michael Clayton. As reported by The Washington Post’s Reliable Source: “Real-life Michael Clayton

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LEFT: Humane Society President and CEO Wayne Pacelle with Fran and Esther Drescher at Teatro Goldoni. (Photo by Neshan H. Naltchayan). ABOVE: “Trade” actress Alicja Bachleda with Debbie Sigmund. (Photo by Vicky Pombo).

is an intellectual property and trademark lawyer. .D C.’s Clayton first heard about the movie months ago via a joshing e-mail from the director of the International Trademark Association.“My first concern was that M ‘ ichael Clayton’ was going to be some axe-murdererrapist.” Writer/director Tony Gilroy, who was on hand for a A & Q, has had other Washington close encounters –you may recall that sculptor Frederick Hart and the Washington National Cathedral sued Warner Brothers for the 1997 Devil’s Advocate, starring Al Pacino, claiming they used Hart’s bas-relief at the church’s entrance in a “grotesq ue distortion,” making it appear to be “an embodiment of all things demonic.” Gilroy penned the flick. Sad, but true “Trade” used to mean what business people did amongst themselves –trade services.Today it is more likely to mean child trafficking –

the impetus for Debbie Sigmund, founder of Innocents at Risk, to hold a private screening of Trade which opened in theaters on September 28. Presented by Roadside Attractions and The D istrict of Columbia Human Trafficking Task Force at The Freer Gallery of Art, both producer Rosslyn Heller and actress Alicja Bachleda were there to mingle with guests and discuss the film. Starring Academy Award winner Kevin Klein and written by Academy Award nominee oJ se Rivera of Motorcycle Diaries, it’s a frightening story of courage and a devastating expose of one of the world’s most heinous crimes. Inspired by Peter Landesman’s chilling New York Times Magazine piece on the U.S. Sex Trade, The Girls Next Door, it was hard to watch;but do. What producers want to project is that if you aren’t seeing this problem in the U.S., or even in your own neighborhood, you just aren’t looking.

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Anne Nitze, HRH The Duchess of Gloucester and former British Amb. David Manning2

Adrian Fenty and Michael Kahn1 The Washington Ballet performs to Beatles songs during opening night.3

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GRAND OPENING OF THE HARMAN CENTER Harman Center and the National Building Museum PHOTOSBYKEVINALLEN "VIRGILIOSANTOS ANDCAROLROSEGG 

THEEVENT Billed as a performing arts center for the 21st century and a home for the nation’s classical theater company, the Harman Center appropriately put on an entertaining opening night starring wellknown performers Stacy Keach, Sam Waterson and Kelly McGillis; VIPs included Chelsea Clinton, Michel Kahn, HRH The Duchess of Gloucester and Harman Center architect Jack Diamond; Stephen Breyer, Michael Chertoff; Sandra Day O’Connor, Ted Stevens and HUD Secretary Alphonso Jackson. THESCENE The glass facade of downtown’s newest landmark was buzzing with silhoue;es of prominent black-tie a;endees, but performances by violinist Pai LuPone, The Washington Ballet (who stole the show), and Wynton Marsalis truly jump-started the evening. A+erwards, guests strolled a three-block red carpet pathway to the National Building Museum while being entertained by street performers and fireworks. The evening was a showcase event for the city and one of the most coveted tickets of the fall social season. It was a special night for Sidney and Jane Harman as well. The couple recieved lavish praise for bringing the project to fruition. The big winners? The Shakespeare Theatre Company and The Washington Ballet, which now have a state-of-the-art theater and the downtown district, which now boasts a truly world-class performing arts center.

Chelsea Clinton and Nicholas Goldsborough2

Patrick and Paige Davis1

Kate Medina and the Hon. Sandra Day O’Connor1 Katherine Weymouth, Donald Graham and David Gergen1

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â&#x20AC;&#x153;America should be the world leader, not the â&#x20AC;&#x2DC;world laggerâ&#x20AC;&#x2122; on environmental issuesâ&#x20AC;? Rep. Ed Markeyâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s green initiative may be electrically charged, but it is powered by alternative means

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cientists warn that this is a critical moment in the history of civilization and that the Earth is warming at a dangerous rate. Likewise, security experts â&#x20AC;&#x201C; like former CIA Director James Woolsey â&#x20AC;&#x201C; say that our dependence on foreign oil may become a national security risk. Representative Edward Markey has long been a champion for common-sense environmental and energy security legislation. This year, he was appointed as chair of the newly created Select Committee on Energy Independence and Global Warming. Washington Life caught up with Markey on Capitol Hill to discuss pending legislation on global warming and energy security. WA S H I N G T O N 

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Environmentalists have argued that if we raise fuel economy standards by only 10 miles per gallon, we would not need oil from the Middle East. Is this true? Is it also true that the Model T car achieved better fuel efďŹ ciency standards than some U.S. cars? If both of the above are correct, then why hasnâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;t the federal government mandated raising fuel efďŹ ciency standards by 10 or more miles to the gallon? REP EDWARD MARKEY That is correct. If we increase the fuel economy standards for the American automotive companies from 25 mpg

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now is how â&#x20AC;&#x201C; as a nation â&#x20AC;&#x201C; to work smarter and not harder. We need to use technology to solve our problems so we donâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;t get deeper and deeper into OPECâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s debt by importing oil. WL There are two important

energy bills in the House and the Senate. What do you hope the results will be? EM The ďŹ rst key provision in an energy bill would be to increase the fuel economy standards of our automotive ďŹ&#x201A;eet to 35 mpg. The second would be to increase the amount of electricity that we generate from renewable energy (like solar) to 15 percent by 2020 and to increase the amount of cellulosic fuel (fuels from crops) Rep. Ed Markeyâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s commitment to environmental change includes that we can put into the gas tanks a specific focus on promoting renewable sources of energy. of Americans. That increases the percentage of our fuel that comes â&#x20AC;&#x201C; where it is today â&#x20AC;&#x201C; to 35 mpg, then by the year 2020, we will back out of the equivalent of all not from the Middle East but from the â&#x20AC;&#x153;Middle of the oil which the U.S. today imports from West.â&#x20AC;? Those factors â&#x20AC;&#x201C; combined with the the Persian Gulf. That would be a very powerful efďŹ ciency of the appliances that we use and the signal to send to OPEC. It would tell them that new homes, businesses and commercial structures the U.S. is going to use technology as a weapon to that we build â&#x20AC;&#x201C; would be a tremendous down reduce our dependence upon imported oil. Over payment. the years since the Model T, the auto industry has spent too much of its time ďŹ guring out how WLWhat are the obstacles standing in the way to make cars bigger and more powerful and not of this goal? enough time trying to determine how to make EM The American public overwhelmingly them more efďŹ cient and to run on less gasoline. wants to see dramatic change using technology The debate that weâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;re having in our country right to solve our problems. Unfortunately, there are

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many in the utility industry, the coal and the fossil fuel industries and the auto industry that are still fighting this change. We are working toward the goal of passing the most important energy bill in a generation. WL Do you think passage by Congress of a

strong energy security bill will be sufficient? Does this really get to the level of change needed to deal with global warming? Many scientists are arguing that we need to reduce emissions by 80 percent by 2050 in order to really tackle this issue? EMIf we can pass a strong energy bill and a strong mandatory cap to trade, then we will meet the goal of an 80 percent reduction in greenhouse gases by 2050. Speaker Pelosi has publicly stated that to be her goal and to be the goal of a Democratic congress. The question is this: would President Bush sign legislation with that as its goal?

ABOVE: Wind powered technology – such as this 80-turbine Caprock Wind Ranch near San Jon, N.M. – is one of the many alternatives to traditional energy resources. RIGHT: Peugeot’s 207 EPURE concept car uses an electric motor combined with PSA Peugeot Citroen Group’s new 20 kW GENEPAC experimental fuel cell, which has been designed in partnership with the French AEC (Atomic Energy Commission).

WL Why are some automakers against the increased fuel efficiency standards in the Senate bill? For example, is it true that Toyota – who has generally been extremely forward-thinking – is against it, and do you know why? EM It’s a mystery. They already meet 35 mpg as a standard in Japan that they would have to meet in the U.S thirteen years from now.

better-balanced incentives.

WLLet’s talk about incentives and disincentives to energy corporations and companies. What kind of subsidies are we currently giving the oil, gas and nuclear industries that we don’t give clean energy? What kinds of market or tax incentives should we be providing? EM We do need to change the incentives that exist in our country. My goal is to promote incentives encouraging wind, solar and other renewable energy resources, as well as those fostering the development of cellulosic and technology that can capture the carbon dioxide produced from burning coal. I want to create disincentives for the purchase of “gas guzzlers” and other incentives that take America in the wrong direction. Adam Smith is spinning so fast in his grave that he would qualify for tax exemption under some of the very bad tax policies we have in our country. It’s time for us to make it possible for the new technologies to finally emerge by creating

WL People like former CIA director James Woolsey and scientists and economists such as Amory Lovins argue that nuclear without tax subsidies is more expensive than many alternative energy sources that are currently available. Is this true? EM The nuclear industry is advocating for subsidies. The tax legislation which gives unlimited loan guarantees – often billions of dollars to the nuclear industry – creates a very uneven playing field for wind, solar and other renewable generated options of electricity. If we are going to have a level playing field, we have to ensure that the nuclear industry does not tip the scales in a way that makes it impossible for the future of renewable power to unfold in our country. If they can make it in the marketplace, then they should do just that. But, to a large extent, they have already met their maker in the marketplace. It is now time to give the incentives to

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new technologies that will produce the low emission energy of the 21st century. WL Do we need a New Deal for energy and

environmental security ? EM The young people in America are the green generation. They want a new agenda for their country. They want to embrace the new technologies that will make our country greener. We should be the world leader, not the world lagger, on these issues. WLWhat would it take to get these bills passed? EMCongress is a stimulus-response institution.

There is nothing more stimulating than millions of Americans calling their congressman. If the American people demand it, Congress will give it to them. Whether or not President Bush will sign legislation is unknowable, but at least we should give him a chance to go down as one of the greatest people who ever lived because he took the initiative to end global warming and to give America a path to energy

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Prince Albert II Slips In A WL exclusive as Monaco camps on Wyoming Avenue and Nancy Brinker follows protocol BY GAIL SCOTT

prince albert returns Prince Albert II of Monaco, the 49-year old bachelor son of Grace Kelly and Prince Rainier, formally opened his principality’s first U.S. embassy with great pomp and color r(ed carpets and sashes were everywhere at this former residence of Warren G. Harding on Wyoming Ave. NW). Ambassador of Monaco Gilles Noghès, along with his wife Ellen, diplomats, Kalorama neighbors, long-time American friends e( ven a few bunk mates from New Hampshire’s Camp Tecumseh) and a costumed Ben Franklin and Buffalo Bill Cody (the Prince’s great-great grandfather went bear hunting with the real Cody in 1913) welcomed the Prince to his country’s combined embassy and ambassadorial residence. “Today, I have many thoughts of my parents, especially my mother .… I am very fond of this country and harbor many happy memories here,” said Prince Albert, whose American cousin, John Kelly, will be leading the new American arm of the Prince Albert II Foundation. The Prince, who is trying out new solar panels and hybrid cars back home, said his American summer camp experience instilled him with a love of nature. Signed, framed pictures of Grace de Monaco - evidence of Monaco’s Camelot days of Prince Rainier and his storybook American princess - are displayed throughout the handsomely decorated residence. Keeping with the green theme, the embassy is the only in Washington with an all-hybrid fleet of cars. Nancy Brinker’s New JOB It’s finally official: Nancy Brinker, former U.S.

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of French and American legislators. Not a bad opportunity to note the parallel to renewed Franco-American ties, a policy cornerstone of French President Nicolas Sarkozy. According to V imont, the young French aristocrat Lafayette was “immediately captivated by the vision of a free and independent United States” and “this became his life ambition.” “He believed so much in this noble cause that he decided to dedicate his fortune and use his personal connections at the French Court of ersailles V to help the patriots succeed in the Revolution.” Lafayette felt a “very deep and warm friendship with the American people … and with George Washington, whom he regarded as his adoptive father.” No wonder Lafayette was the first foreign dignitary Calif. Rep. Edward Royce and his wife Marie Therèse, HRH Prince Albert II of Monaco, Ellen Noghès and Monaco Amb. Gilles Noghès. to address the U.S. Congress in 1824.To this day, only two organizations and not-for-profits to help advance portraits hang in the U. S. House Chamber: the principles of diplomacy. By achieving a better George Washington’s and Lafayette’s. understanding between our peoples, my hope is that we can have a positive impact in furthering Slovenia’s turn to shine bilateral relations.” In this appointed position, Slovenia’s new embassy and residence on Brinker may accompany the President on California Street (the former Yugoslavian official visits abroad and will oversee state visits Embassy)has opened just in time for this young here, including arrangements at Blair House, the country (Slovenia never existed as a separate official White House guest uqarters. She will also nation before the break-up of Yugoslavia) serve as the President’s personal representative to hold the European Union presidency and liaison to the Washington diplomatic for winter-spring 2008. “This building was corps. Watch for more creative programs for renovated as to reflect the characteristics of ambassadors and their spouses. Slovenia –including transparency, friendship and modernity,” said proud Slovenian Amb. Samuel Žbogar in an address welcoming founding Father Figure French Amb. Pierre Vimont began his over 500 guests along with Foreign Minister duties here by celebrating the 250th birthday Dimitrij Rupel, a familiar face and one-time ambassador here. of the Marq uis de Lafayette with a gathering Ambassador to Hungary and the well-known founder of the Race for the Cure, is the new chief of protocol of the United States. Brinker promises to create an “extensive broad-based outreach program” to bring “together leaders in business, education, government, cultural

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Barbados Amb. Michael Ian King and wife Jacqueline, and Amb. of Grenanda Denis G. Antoine Secretary of HUD Alphonso Jackson, Marcia Jackson and Amb. of St. Kitts and Nevins Dr. Izben C. Williams

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TOTÓ LA MOMPOSINA PERFORMANCE Embassy of Colombia PHOTOSBYJONAHKOCH

THEEVENT Those fortunate enough to have a;ended the Totó la Momposina performance were regaled with the soaring sounds of the legendary folk singer performing traditional tunes with her 12-piece orchestra. THE SCENE The evening began with dinner in a tropically-themed room, complete with fruit bearing floral arrangements. A live percussion performance served as a prelude to Totó la Momposina and her orchestra’s classic folk pieces. The lively air continued throughout her performance as guests rose to dance during her last two songs. THE GUESTSSpo;ed dining – and possibly dancing – were a number of diplomatic faces: Barbados Amb. Michael Ian King and wife Jacqueline, Argentinean Amb. Jose Octavio Bordon, the Peruvian Amb. Felipe Ortiz de Zevallos, Alfonso Jackson, Secretary of Housing, and wife Marcia, Septime Webre, of the Washington Ballet, Cristian Samper, Acting Director of the Smithsonian, Carlos Gutierrez, Secretary of Commerce, and his wife, Edilia Gutierrez.

Carl Colby, Minerva del Risco and Dominican Amb. Flavio Dario Espinal

Nicolas Lloreda and Peruvian Amb. Felipe Ortiz de Zevallos

Cristin Vaughan and Eduardo Guerlein

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Connected by Wyoming In 1913 Prince Albert I became the first European head of state to visit the U.S., establishing “Camp Monaco.” Ellen Noghès, wife of Monaco’s ambassador, Gilles Noghès, weighs in on the historic trip and an evolving diplomatic friendship BY ELLEN NOGHÈS

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n 1956, America discovered Monaco when the fairytale wedding of His Serene Highness Prince Rainier III of Monaco and Miss Grace Kelly of Philadelphia formed a union that would forever bond our two countries together in friendship. Few know, however, that as early as 1868, a 19 year-old crown prince of Monaco discovered America as he toured from New York to the Midwest, and even sailed the full length of four of the five Great Lakes. In 1913, this prince returned as Albert I and was the first European head of state to visit the United States of America. Enamored by the wide open spaces, this trip took Prince Albert I as far west as Wyoming, where he hunted bear and elk with Buffalo Bill Cody and established “Camp Monaco,” which still exists today, deep in the wilderness near Yellowstone Park. In 1921, this adventurous prince, one of the founding fathers of oceanography, made yet a third trip to America when he addressed the National Academy of Sciences here in Washington. Today, Prince Albert II carries forth not only the name of his great-great grandfather but also the same keen passion for exploration, accomplishment and concern for the environment. In April of 2006, on the 100th anniversary of

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Clockwise, top to bottom: Prince Albert I leans against the “Camp Monaco” tree alongside a member of his hunting party, 1913. (Photo: Buffalo Bill Historical Center) / A signed photograph of Princess Grace of Monaco at the Ambassador’s Residence on Wyoming Ave. (Photo: Tony Powell) / To highlight climate change, Prince Albert II, pictured here, became the first head of state to reach the North Pole, 100 years after his greatgreat grandfather’s Artic expeditions. / Buffalo Bill Cody and Prince Albert I of Monaco meet with a Native American in downtown Cody, Wyoming in 1913. (Photo: Buffalo Bill Historical Center)

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the Arctic expeditions of Prince Albert I, Albert II became the first Head of State to reach the North Pole. This formidable exploit was not undertaken as just another personal achievement for this five-time Olympian. With his ancestor’s detailed research and records in hand, he was able to make comparisons and precise determinations on the damaging effects of global warming and bring greater awareness to the perils it represents to the Poles and the planet. To this effect, in 2006, as part of his personal commitment to the protection of the environment and to sustainable development, Prince Albert II created his own foundation dedicated to three main areas of concern: climate change, the protection of biodiversity, and access to drinking water. The American arm of the Prince Albert II Foundation is in the process of creation, and we look forward to forming meaningful partnerships on this side of the Atlantic that will be able to reach out and embrace these issues in new and effective ways. In September, Prince Albert II came to Washington to celebrate another priority, the formalization of full diplomatic relations between our two countries, and to inaugurate this new, much less rustic, “Camp Monaco.”

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Russia Amb. Yuri Ushakov and his wife Svetlana

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THEEVENT For the past 29 years, the National Multiple Sclerosis Society has hosted the largest gathering of diplomats outside of the U.N. The event honored the diplomatic corps and gave nods to Esther Coopersmith and Ruthy Frenzel for their support over the years. Since its inception, the ball has raised over $11 million for MS research. THESCENE Musicians Farafina Kan had the crowd grooving with infectious “Sounds of Africa” drumming.

Swedish Amb. Jonas Hafström and his wife Eva

Event honoree Ruthy Frenzel and Antonia Gore

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As MARIE BELLE’s chocolates come in 72 exotic flavors, they’re sure to please the most devilish (or angelic) sweet tooth ($48). Saks Fifth Avenue, 2051 International Dr. McLean, Va., 703-761-0700.

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BOONE & SON’S 7.4ct pavé diamond flower earrings ($13,250). Boone & Sons, 5550 The Hills Plaza, Chevy Chase, Md., 301-657-2144.

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18K WHITE GOLD large starburst link necklace ($6,100). Bailey, Banks and Biddle, 1100 S. Hayes St., Arlington,Va., 703-415-8888, www.baileybanksandbiddle.com. TIFFANY & CO.’s 16K fancy intense yellow diamond ring in 18K gold with platinum-set round modified brilliant diamonds ($720,000). Tiffany & Co.,The Collection at Chevy Chase, 5481 Wisconsin Ave., Chevy Chase, Md., 301-657-8777, www.tiffany.com.

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GUCCI’s dark gold leather evening bag with mink tassels and Swarovski crystal detailing ($895). Gucci, 5481 Wisconsin Ave. Chevy Chase, Md., 301-986-8902.

LA PRAIRIE’s Caviar Luxe gift set has caviar extracts to help firm and nourish the skin ($650). Neiman Marcus, 5300 Wisconsin Ave. NW, 202-966-9700.

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BUMBLE & BUMBLE hair product trio gift sets ($80). Nordstrom, 1400 S. Hayes St. Arlington,Va., 703-415-1121.

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ERMENEGILDO ZEGNA’s small crocodile leather goods. ($53-$1,225). Ermenegildo Zegna, 1776M International Dr., McLean,Va., 571-730-1900.

CREED’s dob kit brings the legendary parfumier back to its leather-making roots ($1,200). Neiman Marcus, 5300 Wisconsin Ave. NW, 202-966-9700.

Electronic martini shaker by CUISINART that offers separate stir and shake functions ($190). Neiman Marcus, 5300 Wisconsin Ave., NW, 202-685-5335.

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BULGARI’S handcrafted ballpoint pen with sterling silver ($275). Bulgari, 5481 Wisconsin Ave. A-1, Chevy Chase, Md., 301-986-8610.


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ADELER’s sterling silver money clip featuring a Spanish eight-Reales coin recovered from a site of a 1715shipwreck ($1,290). Adeler Jewelers, 772-E Walker Road, Great Falls,Va, 703-759-4076.

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Celebrating Washington’s classic icons, fashionable duos, style ingénues and trendsetters

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ashingtonians spend a lot of time and money getting the right look together – this is important when one has to “see and be seen.”While New Yorkers and Parisians might disagree, WL knows this city has style – we see wonderfully dressed people on the scene whereever we go.With the help of our FIVE FAB STYLE MAVENS here’s our ode to the individuals who make Washington a world class style capital.

MARLENEHUALDABA

LANAORLOFF

PAULWHARTON

LYNDAERKILETIAN

JAMESCORNWELL

Owner of Hu’s Shoes and dubbed a “Trend Spotter” by The Washington Post.

Style consultant company owner and regular contributing WL fashion editor.

Style expert for VH-1, MTV, The CW, TV Land and owner of Evolution Look modeling school.

Founder and CEO of T.H.E. Artist Agency, a premiere agency for models and stylists.

Resident hairstylist and makeup artist for PR at Partners Salon and Tim Coburn Photography.

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GET THEIR LOOK!

MARLENE: PINK TARTAN black skirt ($325), and PHILOSOPHY lilac shirt ($440). Saks Fifth Avenue, Tyson’s Galleria, Va., 703-761-0700. DA GOLD diamond bracelet ($3,875), MATTHIA AND CLAIRE onyx and diamond ring ($2,535), and GARAVELLI mesh diamond earring ($4,000). Liljenquist and Beckstead, Tyson’s Galleria, Va., 703-749-1200. LANA: LIDA BADAY jacket ($1,150), ELIE TAHARI silk kimmie blouse ($198), and DKNY black pants ($275). Saks Fifth Avenue, Tyson’s Galleria, Va., 703-761-0700. ALEXANDER MCQUEEN vintage python zipper pump ($885). Hu’s Shoes, 3005 M St. NW, 202-342-0202. ANTONINI alaska collection earrings ($4,720), and pavé diamond ring ($4,210). Liljenquist and Beckstead, Tyson’s Galleria, Va., 703-7491200. PAUL: ERMENEGILDO ZEGNA chocolate brown double breasted suit ($2,895), pink and navy striped shirt ($325) and buckle shoe ($675). Ermenegildo Zegna, Tysons Galleria, Va., 571-730-1900. LYNDA: ZENITA fur vest ($1,475), GIOCHI grey knit top ($200), CLELIA grey knit skirt ($470) and black rail pumps ($470). MaxMara, 5471 Wisconsin Ave., Chevy Chase, Md., 301-656-0581. BVLGARI diamond bangle ($11,000) and drop earrings ($3,150) and ZERO diamond ring ($2,950). Liljenquist & Beckstead, Tysons Galleria, Va., 703-749-1200. JAMES: PRADA wool coat, SAKS EXCLUSIVE star tux vest ($175), ZENGA pink shirt ($255), GIORGIO ARMANI white tie ($120), 7 FOR ALL MANKIND jeans ($198), GUCCI belt ($275), DAVID DONAHUE cufflinks in sterling silver ($135) and GUCCI patent style high top sneakers ($495). Saks Fifth Avenue, Tyson’s Galleria, Va., 703-761-0700. PHOTOGRAPHY BY TIM COBURN. STYLE BY JAMES CORNWELL AND LANA ORLOFF. HAIR AND MAKEUP BY PR at PARTNERS.


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LAURA BUSH Paul: The texture of the dress and gold jewelry add a certain flair. Lynda: The ultimate in style and sophistication. Her choices of designers are some of my favorites.

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CONDOLEEZZA RICE Lynda: As a government official, she can be over-styled; as a woman, she is very fashion conscious. Lana: Feminine, flattering, beautifully cut clothing, yet she still means business Marlene: Bows are so conservative â&#x20AC;Ś

3 GREGA DALY Paul: Meticulous detail, phenomenal jewelry: not modern, but classic.

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4 LEILA CASTELLANETA Paul: Timeless Italian elegance and sophistication. Lynda: I love her natural yet well-composed style and grace. Belissima! Lana: Very pretty belt and cuffs accent. Looks beautiful in gold.

5 RIMA AL-SABAH Marlene: Iâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;m green with envy. She always looks dazzling. Lynda: With the frequent demand of public appearances, I am consistently impressed by her ease of style and array of couture. James: Love the dress, and would like to get my hands on her makeup case!

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MARY OURISMAN Paul: When you look this good, â&#x20AC;&#x153;you always get your way.â&#x20AC;? Lynda: Her commitment to style never waivers. Flawless! Lana: Timeless elegance. A beautiful woman with beautiful taste. James: Stunning. But I might have tried the hair down. If not, then keep the shawl up.

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JANE CAFRITZ Lana: Lovely little black dress. Marlene: Feminine, simple and understated. Her style exudes confidence.

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Lynda: I love her dress and meticulous attention to detail. A woman who enjoys being glamorous. James: Did Washington Life go to England?

4 NINI FERGUSON Paul: Understated beauty. An American classic. Lana: Nini is very fit, she can wear almost anything and stay true to her classic style. Lynda: Refreshing simplicity meets confidence. Very becoming.

5 KATHERINE BRADLEY Paul: I love her whimsical and feminine look.

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CLASSICSTYLE NORAH O’DONNELL

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Paul: A classic look on a vibrant young woman. James: I really like her makeup, it’s elegant yet understated.

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ANIKO GAAL SCHOTT Paul: A true Washington fashion icon. Lynda: The District’s fashion ambassador, a mélange of whimsy and elegance. James: Love eggplant.

3 BARBARA MCCONAUGHY Paul: Her grace and elegance transcend every social circle. Feminine, elegant style personified. Lynda: Could write the book on fashion. She has the ability to take her knowledge and create her own sense of style .

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4 INA GINSBURG Paul: D.C.’s Alexis Carrington. Two thumbs up! Lana: So refreshing to see this kind of style in Washington. Lynda: Never disappoints. Styled immaculately head to toe. James: Speechless.

5 PIPER GIOIA Lynda: Professional polish, she adds panache to the working woman’s wardrobe.

MARLENE ONSTYLE “True style obeys no rules! Originality comes from within.”

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FASHIONABLEDUOS ADRIAN AND MICHELLE FENTY

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Paul: Basic black is anything but basic when you wear it well. Marlene: Despite hectic schedules, this politically correct duo always looks fresh – even after 5. Lynda: The city’s best political fashion-forward couple in years; you’ve got my vote. James: That’s hot!

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JONAS AND CAROLINE FURUKRONA Paul: They both look good, but I’ve seen them look amazing. James: A little casual mixed with classy. Nice.

AND 3 JOHN IRENE DANILOVICH Paul: His smile is a fabulous accessory.

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Lana: Irene really likes to mix things up. Her necklace is gorgeous. Even though it’s heavy, she pulls it off.

ROBERT AND 4 JOE ASHLEY TAYLOR Lana: Ashley went with an easy and natural look to complement the big print dress, and it worked beautifully. Joe is an elegant gentleman who really knows how a suit should fit. Marlene: Two knockouts. Lynda: A dynamic couple. She is the total package: hair, make-up, wardrobe and accessories. James: I’m not mad at them I swear!

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“Style is an expression of your confidence and your attitude.”

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FASHIONABLEDUOS

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STUART AND GWEN HOLLIDAY Paul: Living, dressing and looking really good. Marlene: I love Gwen’s style. She combines texture, color and accessories very elegantly. And, Stuart’s a silver fox. James: Classy. They get an “A.”

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RENAUD AND ANAÏS DE VIEL CASTEL Lana: Beautiful couple. Love him in Zegna and her in MaxMara. I have never seen Anaïs not looking magnifique. Marlene: Très chic. Only the French can be this beautiful and well-dressed. Lynda: A very handsome couple who effortlessly complement one another. We will see them on this list for years to come.

AND KENYA 3 JERRY PIERCE SANTOS

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Paul: One of the most stylish and desirable couples on this list. Lana: Stunning couple. Kenya has a fantastic sense of style. Gorgeous dress, amazing fit. This is what I call perfect. James: Work it out! Fantabulous.

AND 4 DANIEL MARIELLA LEVINAS Paul: Their youthful exuberance and confidence shines through. Lana: Mariella has classic taste, always so together. Love her hair and make-up

PAUL ONSTYLE “It’s all about paying attention to the small details of your appearance.”

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FASHIONABLEDUOS AMAN AND KRISTEN DAIE

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Lana: Note the working button holes on his sleeves – it says “I have style and confidence.” Lynda: Simply gorgeous, the consummate style couple. James: Feeling HOT, HOT, HOT!

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PHILIP AND MICHELLE SCHOENFELD Paul: Stylish, attractive and he’s licensed to administer injectables! Marlene: I love how comfortable (and happy) they look. Their style reflects that.

BUSCH AND 3 GREGG BROOK ROSE Paul: A dynamic duo. Smart and stylish.

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Lynda: Ralph Lauren meets Prada and lives happily ever after.

AND TANDY 4 WYATT DICKERSON Lana: Very sharp looking couple. May I recommend new glasses though? Lynda: Anyone who looks this happy must be doing something right.

AND YASMINE 5 IRAKLIS KARABASSIS

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Paul: Neither of these two can ever say “I have nothing to wear.” Lynda: Well-suited classic couple.

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“The final ingredient is an air of confidence which conveys that you are dressing for yourself and loving who you are.”

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STYLEINGÉNUES

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PILAR O’LEARY Paul: Latin-inspired style maven. Marlene: Elegant gown … classic tailoring with a modern twist. Lynda: Her sari-inspired print is a successful blend of Far East meets East Coast.

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MARIA CHIARA FERRARI Paul: Pairing this lovely necklace with the deep neckline was a brilliant choice. Lana: Such lovely and dreamy pastels. From necklace to shawl – beautifully feminine. Lynda: Love her necklace.

3 MAI ABDO Paul: Mai has a good sense of her own personal style. Lynda: The epitome of clean beauty and minimalist elegance, combined with personality – a ten in my book.

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4 CINDY JONES Lana: Beautiful print. Tasteful soft makeup. What’s not to like? Lynda: A designer’s dream come true; never afraid of the cutting edge.

5 JENNIFER CAMEL-TOUEG Paul: A harmonious blend of ethnic colors and her own exotic look. Lynda: Her innate style and intuitive fashion sense makes her a Washington favorite.

6 KIRSTEN POLLIN Paul: The third sister of Gwyneth Paltrow and Amber Valletta? Lynda: This polished beauty goes from a polo match to a black-tie affair without missing a beat.

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TRENDSETTERS JAMES WOODYARD

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Paul: Washington’s ambassador to the Hamptons. Lana: Cool shades! James is always trendy.

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OMAR POPAL Lana: I like the way he mixes colors. Very sharp, slim fitted outfits. Lynda: A perfect gentleman, his style is sleek and elegant. Simply delicious, love him. James: Sexy.

3 DABNEY DOSWELL Paul: I don’t love the ribbon, but she is alwaya quite stylish and beautiful. Lana: She’s an interior designer, so her style is always carefully selected but never overdone.

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4 OSMAR NUNEZ Paul: Osmar’s style is perfect. Just ask him … he’ll tell you. Lana: Osmar has a very chic, European flair. Here, he mixes blacks and puts tone-on-tone – a difficult combo to try. But he pulls if off with confidence.

5 KATIE ROST Paul: Call her Ms. Rost … the Boss (of looking fabulous). Lana: Always picture perfect. James: That’s what I call a trendsetter. Go, girl!

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“Style is a person’s interpretation of their personality.”

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TRENDSETTERS

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COCO BENSAHEL Paul: The most evolved and unique style in Washington. Marlene: Coco knows how to balance playful accessories with beautiful clothes. Lynda: I love everything about what she is wearing, especially her choice of accessories. James: Mardi Gras?

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DANIEL GARZA Paul: Quality and refinement. Take notice fellas! Lynda: This fashion superman is better suited than Clark Kent. James: I’d take him to Sunday brunch ...

3 LISA SUN Paul: Her closet is filled with MaxMara and Gucci and she knows how to wear it!

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Lana: I’m so jealous; she has the best closet of anyone under 30 in this town ... and a room just for handbags!

4 ERIKA GUTIERREZ Lana: Looks great in bright colors. This green form-fitted dress is not an exception. Marlene: Pulls off a difficult design challenge – patterns. She knows how to let fashion speak.

5 ERWIN GOMEZ Lana: From haircut to graphic t-shirt … very hip. Marlene: Erwin’s fashionforward flair is refreshing for oftentimes staid D.C.

6 SEPTIME WEBRE Paul: His style is unique and unmistakable. Classic Septime. Marlene: Hip with a Fred Astaire quality, even when he goes casual, like here.

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WL STYLE SPECIAL

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mavens and stylish boutiques here was a time Washington might not have the same fashion cachet always have existed here – in Washington, as Paris or Milan, but the city has a distinct style – and think Jackie Chalkey and other decades ago, when its evolution is giving women more fashion freedom pioneers – to serve forwardfrumpiness was next thinking women. They set the to godliness, and pace when Presidential wives any woman seeking perfection could not. Mamie Eisenhower of style – even her own sense of and Pat Nixon feared the wrath of style – would be thought of as stepping outside convention (even a peacock or something worse: for a mink coat). Jackie Kennedy a show-off looking to seduce came along in the 1960s and lo, the through the body instead of the light did shine – even though the mind. Good-looking women classy Oleg Cassini wardrobe and looking good weren’t à la môde Camelot myth were something in a politics-takes-all town. of a political tool. Nancy Reagan Designer duds were off-limits put couture on the map again and lest the press get wind of the cost. Barbara Bush followed in her way, And heaven forbid if a woman relying on staid designers who turned up for lunch in trousers. knew how not to upset the norm Pants suits didn’t cut the mustard (or the form). Hillary Clinton along the Potomac. experimented a bit too much, but Flash forward to the settled into a reassuring routine present day when a secretary Politics (First Lady Laura Bush) and fashion (designer Oscar de la Renta) take center stage at the Red of state wears stiletto-heeled Dress Campaign fashion show during Mercedes-Benz Fashion Week 2007 in New York City. Photo and even had guests at White courtesy of the National Heart, Lung, and Blood Institute. House functions who were every boots to “review” the troops bit as glamorous as the Reagans’ (as Condolezza Rice did in Germany not long ago) and Speaker of the fashion takes a few steps forward (Ms. Rice again, glitzy Hollywood crowd. Most recently, Laura Bush House Nancy Pelosi routinely dons Armani in a very unself-conscious and stunningly bare- has brought conservative elegance back. Matters are brightening. Presidents’ – in bright colors, no less. Where ambassadors’ shouldered gown) it occasionally takes a few steps wives once wore a hat and gloves as a matter of back (Capitol Hill staffers abandoning power suits wives no longer lead – nor should they. Not protocol, they now are more likely to appear in in favor of T-shirts and flip flops).Washington role in an era when Washingtonians are more be-ribboned Gucci and the latest Chanel, minus models such as journalistic dynamo Katharine adventurous in dress than ever before and head or hand adornments beyond jewels of Graham and social doyenne Pamela Harriman more willing to experiment by shopping were never notably interested in, nor achieved in an increasing number of specialty stores. choice. Fashion in the capital follows the politics of recognition for, their fashion – who they had at What the future holds is anyone’s guess – the election cycle can influence trends in ways the day in many ways. Domestic dress trends are their tables mattered much, much more. Fashion – good taste, even elegance – has not even pollsters can predict. Count on a tied to ricochet rhythms of public life. A senator campaigns in handsome conservatively-tailored seemed something of a dirty little secret in growing need for – and an appreciation clothes and makes waves with her energy and these parts. Hence, as a subject of importance, it of – self-expression. The visual profile of industry; but, let a little décolletage pop into the is largely hidden; it comes to the fore more as a Washington has come into its own in the age picture, and the bloggers start meowing. Still, as cult than a creative obsession. Nonetheless, style of YouTube and Facebook.

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“Simplicity is the purest form of luxury” We caught up with Estée Lauder Creative Director Aerin Lauder at the launch of her Private Collection Tuberose Gardenia perfume and discovered she is following nicely in the footsteps of her famous grandmother

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TOP: Aerin and her mother Jo Carole Lauder at the launch of Aerin’s Private Collection at Saks Fifth Avenue, Chevy Chase. BOTTOM: Tuberose Gardenia, the new perfume from Aerin Lauder’s Private Collection, is inspired by the jewelry and works of art collected by Aerin’s grandmother, Estēe Lauder.

How did your grandmother Estée Lauder influence you? AERIN LAUDER She was an amazing woman with great vision and a timeless sense of style. The private collection that Estée first created many years ago was a wonderful concept because it was the idea that she kept this fragrance for herself and for her close friends. The tagline when the ad was first launched was, “Now you understand why she kept this fragrance for herself.”

based on these rich notes. WLWe love the packaging; how

did it come about? AL It really is a combination

of everything that I love. The eau de parfum is a wonderful package because the cap is hammered gold, which is very much a core part of the Estée Lauder heritage. Estée herself always used to wear hammered gold pieces of jewelry. The cap of the perfume bottle was inspired by a Joseph Hoffman brooch. I love when things are just a touch of blue or cream or, pale, pale yellow. I just think that it looks so rich and modern.

WLDid she let you try it? ALWhen I was very little I used

to always play with fragrances with Estée. She taught me that you can pour things into each other and create an amazing mixture. Ever since I can remember I’ve always been wearing the most floral of the Estée Lauder fragrances. I love flowers in my home. It’s something that is very much a part of me. WL Is that why your private collection is

unabashedly floral?

WL Well, thank you for not keeping this all

ALYes, the first fragrance in the new collection

to yourself! AL(Laughing) I kept this collection for myself for a few years and now I’m very excited to share it with everyone else.

is Tuberose Gardenia. Both Estée and I always shared a love for these special white flowers so it made perfect sense to create a fragrance

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Being cozy and chic involves playing up the luster of patent leather, the hauteur of fur or the cheekiness of crimson accessories. Itâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s all in the details and this fall, details are in! PHOTOGRAPHYBYLENDEPAS STYLEBYJAMESCORNWELL

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LEFT: ADRIENNE LANDAU rosette brown fur scarf ($245). Available at Bloomingdale’s, 5300 Western Ave., Chevy Chase, Md., 240744-3700. SALVATORE FERRAGAMO brown and olive round toe pump ($580), orange shearling gloves ($230). All available at Salvatore Ferragamo, Tyson’s Galleria II, Va., 703-748-7620. BELOW: STUART WEITZMAN cognac leopard pumps ($345). Available at Bloomingdale’s, 5300 Western Ave., Chevy Chase, Md., 240-744-3700. BOTTOM: ATHENIENSE dark brown woven ostrich tote ($1,040). Available at Sangaree, 3288 M St. NW., 202-333-4690. BLOOMINGDALE’S leather gloves in plum ($135). Available at Bloomingdale’s, 5300 Western Ave., Chevy Chase, Md., 240-744-3700. RIGHT: BURBERRY plaid scarf ($370), red patent leather bag ($ 1,995), black and plaid boots ($855). All available at Bloomingdale’s, 5300 Western Ave., Chevy Chase, Md., 240-744-3700.


LEFT: GUCCI FOR UNICEF indy bag in sand GG fabric with red snakeskin trim ($2,750). Available at Gucci, 5481 Wisconsin Ave., Chevy Chase, Md., 301-986-8902. GUCCI FOR UNICEF sling back sandal in sand GG fabric and red snakeskin ($795). Available at Gucci, 685 Fifth Ave., New York, N.Y., 212-826-2600. RIGHT: L.A.M.B. cheetah bag ($425), BETSEY JOHNSON walsh shoes in ivory and black ($230). Available at Bloomingdaleâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s, 5300 Western Ave., Chevy Chase Md., 240-744-3700.


LEFT: ADRIENNE LANDAU gray scarf ($245), MCM black patent leather bag ($1,150), BLOOMINGDALE’S black leather and fur gloves ($115), TORY BURCH black patent leather boots ($545). All available at Bloomingdale’s, 5300 Western Ave., Chevy Chase, Md., 240-744-3700. BELOW: VERSACE camel zipper pumps (Price Upon Request), camel hit bag ($2,330). Available at select Versace boutiques or visit www.versace.com.


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THE  EVENT A reception to celebrate the opening of Bloomingdales’ new Chevy Chase location, hosted by Bloomingdale’s CEO Michael Gould. The event was underwri;en by Bloomingdale’s; proceeds from ticket sales, and 10% of the evening’s sales, benefited the John F. Kennedy Center for the Performing Arts. THESCENE Fashionistas mingled with Bloomies bigwigs, while DJs Bosque and Seyhan Duru kept everyone spinning. Guests included Franco Nuschese, Michael Gould, Anne Ashmore-Hudson, Ashley Taylor, and Murray Horwitz.

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MAJORICA grey baroque pearl bracelet ($165). Saks Fifth Avenue, 5555 Wisconsin Ave. NW, 301-657-9000.

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BALLY gladdis wingtip shoe ($575). Bally,Tysons Galleria II, Va., 703-760-8924.

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THE ART OF SHAVING Sandalwood ($22) and Unscented ($22) Shaving Cream. Saks Fifth Avenue, 5555 Wisconsin Ave., Chevy Chase, Md., 301-657-9000.

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Originally part of land titled in 1769 by the Kind of Spain, modern day San Ysidro Ranch has served as a way station for Franciscan monks, a working citrus ranch and A-list hideaway. Winston Churchill was quite fond of the grounds, and John and Jackie Kennedy choose it for their honeymoon in 1953.

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A legendary hacienda tucked into the lush Montecito foothills re-stakes its claim as a haunt for Hollywood stars, politicos and savvy travelers BYMICHAELCLEMENTS

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or three months during the winter of 1912-13, Winston Churchill, then 38 and having recently been named First Lord of the Admiralty, found himself – surprisingly – not greatly involved in affairs of state. Instead, the iconic British leader sank head first into the California lifestyle. Still 40 years removed from his 1953 Nobel Prize in Literature, Churchill waxed poetic about his stay at San Ysidro Ranch: “The mountains, scored by deep canyons,” he wrote, “rise up behind, for all the world like grandopera scenery idealized, and far below, across the green plains of Montecito, one sees the white line of the beach and the Pacific stretching westward to blue islands shimmering in the haze.” He would return 16 years later in the fall of 1929 after visiting with publishing mogul William Randolph Hearst in San Francisco to engage, Hemingway-style, in bill fishing off the coast of nearby Catalina Island. The former British prime minister wasn’t the first public figure, and he certainly won’t be the last, to grace this former 500-acre citrus farm nestled in the lush foothills of Montecito. Originally named in 1769 by the King of Spain, San Ysidro Ranch has housed a long line of discerning guests: Vivien Leigh and Sir Laurence Olivier exchanged wedding vows here in 1940; John and Jackie Kennedy choose it for their honeymoon in 1953; and Audrey Hepburn, Cary Grant, Jean Harlow and Gloria Swanson all came for seclusion, ocean breezes and pampered luxury during their heydays. In 2003, Ty Warner purchased the Rosewood Resort and promptly sunk a B-list blockbuster fortune ($150 million) into upgrades. Sandstone was brought from a local quarry to complete the final touches on the Stonehouse Restaurant, and the 40 guest cottages received makeovers – most notably the Kennedy Cottage (1,800 sq. ft.; $2,990/night) and Warner Cottage (2,200 sq. ft.; $3,990/night).

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Forty individual cottages are appointed with Pratesi linens, European down pillows, outdoor hot tubs and rain showers.

A new generation of political and Hollywood star-power has taken note. In September of this year, Oprah Winfrey made her nearby $64 million mansion the setting for a highly publicized fundraiser for U.S. presidential candidate Barack Obama. Winfrey recommended San Ysidro Ranch to her out-of-town guests, who included George Clooney, Halle Berry, Jamie Foxx, Beyoncé Knowles, David Geffen and Jeffrey Katzenberg, among others. With its legendary history, fragrant gardens, and discreet high-end service, the property is an ideal year-round wine country getaway. ROOMS Forty individually appointed cottages are situated along San Ysidro Creek on the eastern side of the property and treed-lined paths to the west. All feature sunken hot tubs on private patios with outdoor rain showers, floor-to-ceiling windowed French doors, plasma televisions, distinctive antiques, original artwork, and fireplaces made of hand-cut stone or classic masonry. Refined touches include Pratesi fine linens, European down pillows and hand-stitched French quilts. Bathrooms are tastefully appointed with radiant-heated floors, Acqua Di Parma bath amenities,Votive candles and fresh floral bouquets. TIP Book a cottage along the creek. The Lavender ($1,228), Wisteria ($1,782), Willow ($1,661), Daisy ($639) and Iris ($900) are all within earshot of the babbling brook. FYI Outside hot tubs are wonderful, but at night we heard the shuffling of footsteps outside our gate … raccoon or groundskeeper?

The reception area’s French doors open to reveal the garden courtyard, two-bedroom Orange Suite and Montecito Foothills. Many of the garden’s vegetables are used as ingredients at the on-site Stonehouse Restaurant, pictured below. This former 19th century citrus packinghouse provides gourmet cuisine, sweeping vistas of the Pacific coastline and romantic starlit dining.

RESTAURANTS The Stonehouse Restaurant has returned to its gourmet origins under the guidance of executive

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After $150 million in renovations, San Ysidro Ranch is luring a new generation of notable guests – RFK, Jr. stayed here last year and Oprah recently recommended it to out of town guests attending her fundraiser for Sen. Barack Obama. Political notables past have included: Winston Churchill, Hubert Humphrey, Adlai Stevenson, Jerry Brown, and Richard Nixon, who, legend has it, requested a “bug-free” cottage following his successful 1961 primary bid for the U.S. Senate.

chef John Trotta, who helmed the kitchen before renovations. Ingredients are wonderfully fresh as most vegetables come directly from the ranch’s gardens. Entrées range from $31 to $50 and reservations are required. Wood in the highpitched ceiling has been restored to accentuate the structure’s 19thcentury packinghouse ambiance. The Plow & Angel restaurant is located in the building’s pub-like basement and serves the same menu, but reservations are not necessary. TIP Reserve an outside table for sunset views and star gazing. The floors are heated, but coastal California nights are cool, so bring a jacket or shawl. FYI If Chef Trotta is serving braised-beef short-ribs, order them. AMENITIES Wildlife in the San Ynez mountains abounds, and with 17 miles of trails close by it’s also readily accessible. Spa treatments are handled in the privacy of your cottage. Facial treatments average 75 minutes and cost $210225; 17 massage services vary from traditional Swedish massage (60 minutes/$135 or 90 minutes/$195) to the Ranch Signature treatment, which includes “craniosacral therapy” (90

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minutes/$275). The heated outdoor pool is lined with freshly toweled chaise lounges and complimentary bottled drinks. The concierge service is professional, knowledgeable and efficient: after a light mid-day bottle of Central Coast white wine was requested, a delightful Au Bon Climat from nearby Los Olivos Vineyards was served with a side dish of fresh local olives; a horseback ride near Ronald and Nancy Reagan’s former Santa Barbara retreat was booked on the same day (CircleBarB, 805-968390; 1–1.5 hr. ride, $30/person.); and complimentary daypacks and water for hiking excursions were readily available. Room and turn down services were discreet and punctual. TIP Grab a hammer and mallet and enjoy a civilized round of croquet on the meticulously manicured grounds near the pool. FYI Save money and drive three minutes to the deli at the corner of San Ysidro Road and State Road 192 to select a pack lunch from a variety of delicious sandwiches and locally grown fruits, nuts, berries and vegetables. Contact:

Imbibe the Central Coast Sideways Retrace the misguided adventures of lead characters Miles and Jack from the hit film Sideways at these film locations: KALYRAWINERY (343 N. Refugio Rd., Santa Ynez) Scene: While tasting wine, Miles and Jack meet Stephanie, a

flirtatious wine pourer who becomes the object of Jack’s affection. FIRESTONEWINERY (5000 Zaca Station Rd., Los Olivos) Scene: Miles, Jack, Maya and Stephanie sneak out of a wine

lecture to share a romantic walk though the Barrel Room. SANFORDWINERY (7250 Santa Rosa Rd., Buellton) Scene: Miles teaches Jack the basics of wine tasting.They start with the Vin Gris in which Miles smells “citrus, strawberry, the faintest soupçon of asparagus and just a flutter of a nutty edam cheese.” SOLVANGRESTAURANT (1672 Copenhagen Dr., Solvang) Scene: As they sit down for breakfast, Jack grumpily insist that Miles’ gloominess not thwart his attempts to get lucky before the wedding.

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A Jinx and a Diamond Seating etiquette with Nancy Pelosi, migratory ambassdors and opening night at the Harman Center

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ancy Pelosi took my seat; it’s

okay, she’s Speaker of the House – I’m sure Tom Delay felt worse. It happened soon after I settled into my chair at National Italian American Foundation’s VIP dinner at Café Milano. There was an “open seating arrangement” that night, which is slightly akin to scouting the cool lunch table in high school but on a more Alist heightened level. Behaviorally speaking, however, the same human dynamics apply. Two sips into the best Sicilian red wine I’ve ever tasted, my plus-one received a hurried tap from Speaker Pelosi’s secret seating service, who informed her that Mrs. Speaker would soon assume control of my seat. If one must be usurped, let it be by the first female Speaker of the House. On my way up and out, I chatted quickly with Madame Pelosi about the Mother’s Day piece her daughter, Christine penned for our May issue this year. In the article, Christine relayed how her mother delivered five children in six years … no wonder she can handle neocons with steely resolve. Any temporary sadness I felt at missing an opportunity to dine with legendary singer Dion, CNN’s Bill Schneider, and one of the most powerful women in the world quickly vanished at my next self-appointed table where I found Reliable Source’s Roxanne Roberts cooing with La Bohème tenor Vittorio Grigolo and Washington Times social editor Kevin Chaffee wooing with his Bond-like command of Italian and French. I’m convinced Chaffee is a spy and his “luxury travel reviews” are merely his clever ruse. After dinner the crowd thinned quickly as all rushed to catch Italian crooner Neil Sedaka (“Calendar Girl” and “Breaking Up is Hard to Do”) and his “Salute to the Martini” at the Washington Hilton and Towers. I remained at Milano with Hollywood on the Potomac columnist Janet Donovan and the Examiner’s Patrick

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WL Executive Editor Michael Clements keeping an eye on the comings and goings of media, arts and society in Washington.

Gavin.We held our own salute to the remnants

of the afore-mentioned Sicilian wine just long enough to spy Billy Crystal arriving for a late dinner with Joe Robert and friends in Milano’s private side room. I realize Ted Leonsis and Dan Synder are noted local film producers, but Robert, with his Hollywood celeb cachet, seems more like D.C.’s defacto studio bigwig. Back to Gavin: a week later, he and partnerin-scribe Jeff Dufour ran an item about the dreaded WL “Embassy Row jinx” in their Yeas and Nays column. Apparently, some of the ambassadors we’ve featured in our Embassy Row section over the past two years have left Washington (except for Russian Amb. Yuri Ushakov and Italian Amb. Giovanni Castellaneta, of course). In a related story, readers of Audubon magazine expressed outrage over the publication’s “Canadian Geese jinx.” It seems every time they

feature the birds on the cover they leave Canada and fly south – a concerned group of bloggers have been following the story in between sessions of Half-Life 2. The $77 million Harman Center for the Arts has patrons flocking downtown. Opening night was billed as the event of the social season. It might have been. The evening had a wonderfully upbeat energy to it ... and not because of the superfluous fireworks and costumed jugglers.The positive vibes came from the pride supporters felt knowing that the Washington performing arts scene had just taken a monumental leap forward. As Sydney Harman, whose $15 million cornerstone gift helped launch the project, addressed the black-tie audience in the stateof-the-art auditorium, I tried to put myself in his shoes. How much pride must he and Jane Harman feel? I hope one day to make such a monumental contribution to the arts. Hats off to both Harmans – their legacy will be forever linked with the suspended bridges and glass façade of this cultural diamond. The good feelings were shared by Washington Ballet artistic director Septime Weber, whose troupe stole the show opening night. So impressed with the modern choreography set to classic Beatles songs, I later tried to coax Chelsea Clinton (who has an impressively firm handshake, by the way) into attending the Jete Society’s “Beer and Ballet” viewing of Where the Wild Things Are. She thought I was joking. I wasn’t. The next one is in January.You have to go.What could be better than beer and ballet in January (besides beer and a playoff game at FedEx field)? One last note: Paul Wharton – the next time we have drinks at Fly Lounge, please don’t chastise us for never putting you on the cover. I prefer Veuve Clicquot … Readers wishing to get in touch with Michael can email, letters@washingtonlife.com.

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Emmanuel Jal performing songs from his latest album “CeaseFire.”

Karim Chrobog and Roshanak Ameli-Tehrani

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THE EVENT Sudanese child soldier turned international Afrohip-hop star, Emmanuel Jal entertained a diverse and socially conscious mix of WL’s The Young & the Guest List crowd, college students and Save Darfur advocates. The evening was a fundraiser for Gua Africa – a non-profit building schools in southern Sudan. THE SCENE Over 500 concert-goers got in the philanthropic groove, thanks to the hard work of event organizers Roshanak Ameli-Tehrani, Karim Chrobog (whose upcoming documentary about Jal, War Child, is set to debut this winter), Pamela Sorensen, club owner Eric Clay and WL night life maven Anna Croll. Guests in WL’s VIP section enjoyed complimentary Christiania Vodka. Noted for his work on the Blood Diamond soundtrack and his collaboration with Moby, Jal traveled from London to perform songs from his latest album, Ceasefire.

Lauren DeMarco and Steve Chenevey

Mehrnoosh Aryanpour and Farid Hekmat

Jonas and Caroline Furukrona with Zeina Ayvaz

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District after Dark Giving thanks for Washington’s social scene this November

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ightlife is nearly synonymous with “the good life,” at least, it should be – if all goes well and no one loses his or her debit card or dignity in the process. Thanksgiving’s coming up, and it’s everyone’s duty to find something for which they give thanks – even if it’s as prosaic as a fun night out with friends. Example: the WL-sponsored “Good Life” party at hotspot Ultrabar (911 F St. NW) saw Jonas and Carolina Furukrona partying under the pink lights to thumping house music with Phillipe Cousteau and pals. Sponsored by Stella Artois and Snow Queen Vodka, the fête’s spokeswoman plied Kevin Chaffee and Paul Wharton with free shots under the trippy, green disco lights. Fly Lounge (1802 Jefferson Pl. NW) will soon have layovers available in Baltimore and Aspen; as the latter is known for film festivals and high altitudes, the Flyboys’ foray into the Hollywood hills comes as no surprise. In fact, the cast of major-buzz flick Love in the Time of Cholera graced Dupont Circle’s Fly Lounge recently for a private, red-carpet afterparty. The film’s star, Rosario Dawson, looked gorgeous in a black and white polka-dotted frock, Scrubs star Judy Reyes shone in silver and Wizards basketball star Roger Mason hooped it up with the gorgeous “flight crew.” By air, by land, and now, it seems like Richard Eidman and Koch are going by sea as well; hip club Current (1215 Connecticut Ave. NW) – designed, in Eidman’s words, after “an ultra-futuristic luxury yacht” – set sail on its maiden voyage early this month. Ribbed walls, Buddha Bar, enormous outdoor deck and “cabin” style space – with high-energy tunes – are promised. Another club cutting the

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red ribbon this month is the colorfully named Tattoo (1413 K St. NW). Finally, much hyped The Park at Fourteenth (920 14th St. NW) opened at the close of October. “Famoso Restaurant Lounge and M café” in Chevy Chase, meanwhile, has insinuated itself into the thick of the scene over the past year; luxury shoppers and event planners, looking for a chic spot for cocktails, simply can’t get enough of it. The proof ’s in the (gourmet) pudding, as

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1. Love (1350 Okie St. NE, 202-636-9030). WHYWith its posh VIP experience, you’ll feel like a King with a flute in your hand ($150). Ultrabar’s luxe VIP section, Chroma, was the setting for WL’s “Good Life” soirée.

2. Lima (1401 K St. NW, for VIP table service, call 571-722-3923).

Jimmy Choo, Bulgari and Care for Kids all chose the venue for recent events. These more subtle changes are echoed at Adams Morgan standby Cashion’s Eat Place (1819 Columbia Rd. NW), where ownership has shifted to the capable hands of the Manolatos brothers (George and John) and partner Justin Abed. Cashion’s has recently become an eat late place; frustrated by the absence of anywhere for late night snackers and those in “the industry” to “mangia” after midnight, they’ve started an after dark menu. On Friday and Saturday nights from 12 a.m. to 2 a.m., diners can enjoy such tasty temptations as the new shaved beef ribeye, a playful take on the classic steak and cheese, with fontina, broccoli rabe and sautéed onions to boot. No more questionable decisions made by the refrigerator light at 3 a.m.? For this, we give thanks.

WHYDiscreet, street-level entrance –

the perfect spot for a secret celebration ($125).

3. Mie N Yu (3125 M St. NW, 202-333-6122.) WHYReserve the “BirdCage” table. Just what it sounds like ($92). 4. Lotus (1420 K St. NW, 202-289-4222.) WHY On Wednesdays, the bottle service is half-price (regularly $150).

5. FLY LOUNGE (1802 Jefferson Pl. NW, 202-828-4433.) WHYFirst-class, baby ($195)..

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Three generations of Isabels: Grandmother Isabel Stokito, Mother Isabel Celeste and Rosario Isabel Dawson.

Phillipe Prosper and Alessandra Torres

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The Bradlee Bunch Sally goes all out and Winston goes off BY K ATI E TA R B OX

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Bao Lord, turned 40 this past month. They say

40 is the new 30 (he even tried to convince me the date for her house it’s his 30th birthday), and Lord is trying to be warming party, little did I the poster boy for this saying. In September he know that this would be Sally Quinn’s attempt hosted a rooftop bash at Jim Kimsey’s office on to throw her son Quinn and his new houseguests Pennsylvania Avenue which raised money for the E. L. Haynes Public a lavish housewarming. Charter School. Over After finishing film several hundred guests school, Quinn Bradlee gathered for a last kiss convinced his parents, of summer with lots of Sally and Ben, to rent booze, good music and him the guesthouse guests thrilled to get at their Q St. estate in their $55 worth but with Georgetown – complete little clue as to what that with a membership to money was for. Lord, the the pool and tennis court. de facto standing chair Now Bradlee, his friend for most younger social Stephen Ball (a former events, will chair The chef at the Pentagon), Quinn Bradlee with his new landlord and father Ben Bradlee. Washington Ballet’s Jeté Brown and Lindsey Society dance party on Volckmann (a health IT liaison at the National Cancer Institute) have Sally January 26 with Ashley Taylor, right before (drum roll please) WL’s Young and the Guest List Party and Ben as landlords. The party was hot (well over 80 degrees) and on February 1, 2008. I’m saddened, too, (tear) that packed. Sally, who would never fail to live up to this will be Mr. Lord’s last year on the list. her reputation as one of Georgetown’s premier hostesses, couldn’t disappoint. She tented How do you get on the list? I hear rumors of some sort of mystery the tennis court, hired a soul band, booked a caterer and stocked the bar. I remembered how surrounding the list’s creation. And, admittedly, nice it is to see the Georgetown set behave in there is a je ne sais quoi – which is hard to a civilized manner rather than trying to slug explain, let alone translate – about the people on down as many RBVs (Red Bull vodkas) as they the final list. It does come down to whether they can in between suggestive dances to ’80s tunes. have “it” or not. We can’t help the fact that we Instead, we found Maureen Dowd trying to be want to see Katie Rost in her gorgeous gowns inconspicuous in the corner while at the same at events – but, in addition to that, she is active time flirting with younger men who seemed in philanthropy not only here but also in New to be enjoying her company. (I see no shame York. That’s the key. Our committee looks at in pulling a Demi. Heck, I was trying to hit how these members contribute to society, how on them as well). In the end, the Sally charm they’ve established themselves professionally worked, as the evening ended with Quinn and and what sort of background they may come from. It’s not a perfect science.We welcome your Anna Kimsey dancing closely. Georgetown’s other premier host, Winston suggestions at wl@washingtonlife.com.

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Jacquelyn Davis and Winston Bao Lord joined forces to throw a fun last kiss of summer rooftop party to benefit the E. L. Haynes Charter School.

WL’SPICKSFORTHE FALL/WINTERSEASON NOVEMBER The Corcoran 1869 Society’s Fall Fête Admittedly, these events were not the height of the social season last year but the Corcoran is changing things up, and this will be a great dance party. www.corcoran.org

JANUARY Children’s National Medical Center’s Dancing a er Dark Not usually one on our radar, but we expect this will be a good turnout with a fun crowd in a cool venue (Post Restaurant). Contact Grace Easby-Smith for more details at gesmith@cnmc.org.

JANUARY The Washington Ballet’s Jeté Dance Party Last year, this event sold-out with over 300 on the waiting list. This year’s sexy Monte Carlo theme at the French Embassy will sure to sell it out as well. www.washingtonballet.org

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Lion Kings to Spanish Kings Legacies of women in the performing arts, Presidential Dish and Royal Relations BY DONNA SHOR

GLAMOUR GALORE Diahann Carroll, Jane Curtin, Della Reese, Loretta Swit and The Lion King’s Julie Taymor, five groundbreakers in music, film, theater and television, joined the National Museum of Women in the Arts’ 20th anniversary celebrations. After short video biographies of these gutsy women, – each with a strong point of view – they took questions from the audience, with Kathleen Matthews moderating. Seen: Sam and Jan Smith Donaldson, Bonnie McElveen-Hunter, Mary Mochary, Philip Wine, Carol and Climis Lascaris, Myrna Colley-Lee (Mrs. Morgan Freeman), Irene Natividad and the Museum founder and president, Wilhelmina Holladay and her daughter-in-law Winton Holladay. NOCHE TROPICALE One of the spiciest evenings in town raised funds for one of Washington’s most quietly deserving charities: Mary’s Center for Maternal and Child Care. PBS newsman Ray Suarez, La Romana’s scorching salsas, the Tobias Dinastia dancers and a great dinner (tender hunks of filet, nothing “mignon” here) raised $250K, said Center founder and CEO Maria Gomez. dishing on the president Connie Carter chaired the Woodrow Wilson House reception opening The Presidential Dish, a re-creation of Mrs.Wilson’s White House China Room with 130 pieces of rare presidential porcelain in widely varying patterns. That weird red ice-cream plate topped by a scupted gold snowshoe landed in Lucy Hayes’ cabinet after husband Rutherford B. – the president who pulled the last Union troops out of the South – celebrated unification with china picturing the four U.S. compass points and snowshows meaning “north.”

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Washington personality, Baroness Garnett Stackelburg, shared the same

Loretta Swit, Della Reese, Jane Curtin, Julie Taymor and Diahann Carooll celebrate the 20th anniversary of the National Women in the Arts.

THE SPANISH INFANTA Stately Princess Elena, daughter of King Juan Carlos I of Spain and Queen Sophia, opened the National Portrait Gallery’s Legacy: Spain and the United States in the Age of Independence:1763-1848. At this don’tmiss exhibit, magnificent paintings of the American and Spanish notables involved and the accompanying texts remind us of the help Spain gave us in winning our Revolutionary War. Infanta Elena, who spoke authroitatively and warmly to the guests, is now fourth in line to the throne after her brother, Crown Prince Felipe, and the two daughters born to him and his wife Letizia, Princess of Asturias, a former television journalist. IT’S ALL RELATIVE Two family tales, one royal, one noble: At the National Portrait Gallery reception with Infanta Elena , we learned that

godmother with Elena’s brother the Prince of Asturias.Through her husband Constantine (“Steno”) Stackelburg, Garnett was related to the Spanish royal house (as well as those of England, Greece, and Sweden), son Sandy and the crown prince had as godmother Victoria Eugenia, wife of Alexander XIII, and Queen of Spain. There was another “relative connection” at Barbara and Chiswell Dabney Langhorn Jr’s cocktail party, “Shaken, Not Stirred,” benefiting the privately funded Trees For Georgetown. The first Chiswell Dabney Langhorne of Virginia fathered five celebrated beauties. One sister married artist Charles Dana Gibson, and became the model for his “Gibson Girl,” the legendary – but discreetly covered – “pin-up” of a century ago. Sister Nancy left Virginia for England, became the wife of Lord Waldorf Astor and scored fame as Lady Astor, the first woman seated in the English parliament. And, said “Chillie” (Chiswell) Langhorne, through two great-grandmother sisters, yet another Washingtonian is also in the loop – his first cousin, Tandy Dickerson. Ancestor Astor, a no-nonsense American and tart-tongued firebrand, was famous for her put-downs: On her hapless husband: “I married beneath me. All women do.” And when harddrinking Winston Churchill was invited to her costume ball he asked what would be his best disguise and she answered, “Come sober, Mr. Prime Minister, come sober.” Is there an event Around Town should know about? Email donnashor@aol.com.

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uddenly it was the spring of 1956, and for a multitude of reasons, I had to come home and start to work in my own country. It was not easy to come back. I had no idea what I was taking on in my new job as the first woman executive at the staid old male bastion of Tiffany’s, the leading jeweler, silversmith and stationer in the world at that point - not just America. My new boss, Walter Hoving, often called “the Merchant Prince of New York” because of the length of his résumé as head of the major high-end retail stores in America, considered himself an expert on the subject of taste - and frankly, few would dare to disagree. Taste and good design were upper most in his thoughts. When he was chairman and CEO of Tiffany & Co., he wrote and lectured constantly on the subject of taste and organized seminars with the leading experts in the field of design. One day, early in my career at Tiffany, he overheard me talking to a china buyer in the executive circle of desks on the fifth floor. I was offhandedly referring to a low-end store that had opened on Fifth Avenue as an “emporium of tacky taste.” “Miss Baldridge, wrong! There is no such thing as tacky taste!” He intoned emotions like a preacher at the height of his passion, and I

wondered, Oh Lord, what terrible thing have I done this time? “You are absolutely wrong!” he bellowed again at me from the other side of the executive circle. All the other executives working at their desks stopped whatever they were doing and listened. I thought I had infuriated him by criticizing another store on his sacrosanct Fifth Avenue. Instead, he was chastising me for my viewpoint, something that was to occur with frequency during our professional relationship. When Hoving was mad, he was mad, intimidating everyone from the Mary Haft and Letitia Baldrige freight elevator attendant to his outside directors. “There is no bad taste!” he repeated, “no atrocious taste, no cheap taste. There is only taste, and it implies good, never bad. Otherwise, the word may not be used. If something has no quality, use any word other that taste.” WL EXCLUSIVE

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THEEVENT Earlier this year, diplomatic hostess Rima Al-Sabah and her husband Kuwaiti Ambassador Salem Al-Sabah (already the proud parents of three teenaged sons), were pleasantly surprised to learn they were expecting their fourth child. The generous couple is known for throwing memorable affairs (including annual star-studded gala dinners, a baby shower for Norah O’Donnell and an overthe-top birthday celebration for Marvin Hamlisch) which have a;racted the likes of Angelina Jolie, Michael Douglas and Laura Bush. It’s no wonder that no less than four baby showers would do. THE SCENE Esther Coopersmith, Deni Mineta, Grace Bender, Edi Guiterrez, Marcia Jackson, Susan Blumenthal and Debbie Dingell hosted about 100 at Coopersmith’s residence for a+ernoon tea. Barbara Harrison threw a ’50s-themed shower for about 20, including the First Lady Laura Bush, who dropped by with a copy of Hop on Pop inscribed with messages from her and the President. Our own Nancy Bagley and Ali Wentworth hosted a ladies’ lunch for about 30. Diane Bodman and Mary Kennedy had a luncheon for a smaller group. The newest Al-Sabah already has his own fleet of cars (a miniature Mercedes and a Jeep), a closet of designer baby duds and a zoo full of stuffed animals.

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f Saks Fifth

Avenue’s ANDREW BLECHER bids farewell to BARBARA

MCCONAGHYat a going away party held in his honor at Napoleon Bistro in Adams Morgan.

c DIANEBLAGEMAN and BRUCEKEILOCH celebrate at the Rex Foundation’s annual fundraiser, an organization started by the Grateful Dead. Since 1984, the Foundation has granted $8.2 million to causes in the arts, sciences and education. Photo by Kyle Samperton.

c LIZUNDERHILL, ANDREWBLECHER, KATHRYNKEY and

CINDYJONES gathered for Blecher’s send off to New York, where he will continue to work in the public relations department at the corporate offices of Saks Fifth Avenue. Photos by Jaime Windon.

d Baseball legend FRANKROBINSON with his wife BARBARA at the Washington Sports Alliance’s Sneaker Ball.

c NFL Defensive linebacker BRIGOWENSand his wife PATTIcome out in support of the Sneaker Ball at the National Building Museum.

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d GARYCLARK celebrates with Teatro Goldoni’s new owner MICHAELKOSMIDES at a dinner held at the restaurant in early fall. Photo by Neshan H. Naltchayan.

c DEBBIEFRANCIS, Sen.KAYBAILEYHUTCHISON and STEPHENBENNETT at the United Cerebral Palsy Life Without Limits Congressional Luncheon. Photo by Elizabeth Reitz.

d Italian Amb. GIOVANNICATELLANETA, First Lady LAURABUSH and LEILACASTELLANETA at Villa Firenze following the “Filarmonica della Scala” Concert at Strathmore Hall.

c Supreme Court Justice SAMUELand MARTHA-ANNALITO. Photos by Vicky Pombo.

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No Dog and Pony Show Nothing goes together like a horse and carriage BY VICKY MOON

Off and Running The fall steeplechase circuit – kicked off by the running of the Blue iR dge races at Merry Carol and Herb Jonkers’ Woodley Farm in Berryville – is going full tilt. Diana Gillam, on Marino Feliz, won the Martha o Rbinson Byrd Cook Memorial open hurdle race for owner Gary Baker. Susie and Wayne Chatfield-Taylor parked their purple-and-green camper in just the right spot to enjoy Chip Embury’s magnificent tailgating. The festivities were off and running, with Tom Hulfish’s Bad Dog Press capturing the timber race for rider Woods Winants. Going to the Dogs Lisa and Zohar Ben-Dov – along with Diane Spreadbury and Montie Gibson – hosted a cocktail reception at Kinross Farm to introduce two marvelous dogs from Canine Companions for Independence. Bailey and Brad Davis, Carolyn and Doc Saffer, Dagmar Wittmer, Cindy and Mark Thompson and more came to meet Caroline Elgin (a resident of nearby Aldie), Sajen and Buddy Hayes and pooch Ellie. These clever dogs not only open doors, but they’ve also mastered the art of blogging, as this excerpt evidenced: “This was not just any farm, but a racehorse farm, complete with its own track. It was an awesome view of the Blue iR dge Mountains. I was treated like royalty and everyone wanted to meet me and speak to me,” barked one precocious pup. The Ben-Dovs have recently finished renovating Poplar Grove.The 160-acre property – which they saved from development – is just across the road from Atoka Farm, the former home of Senator John Warner. The evergenerous Ben-Dovs also hosted a reception for the Atoka Preservation Society. Guests included Senator Warner and his daughter Virginia Warner, as well as neighbors Mia and Donald Glickman, Jackie Gammons and a slew of other

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ABOVE: Riders atop antique coaches at the National Sporting Library’s Coaching Weekend. RIGHT: Miss Wheelchair of Virginia, Buddy Hayes, with pooch Ellie. Photo by Karen Buckley.

committed citizens interested in protecting this special corner of the countryside. It’s quite a corner – it includes such historical treasures as the Caleb eRctor House, where Confederate Col. John Singleton Mosby signed documents converting his Civil War aRngers into Company A of the 43rd Battalion of the Virginia Cavalry. On the Road Again The u Otlaw returned to Llangollen Farm for a spectacular weekend of coaching. For the uninitiated, The O utlaw is a road coach and was once owned by the late Elizabeth Whitney Tippett, former mistress of the magnificent 1,100-acre estate in U pperville (now owned

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LEFT: Chip Embury at the Blue Ridge races. ABOVE: Tailgating takes on new meaning at the Blue Ridge Hunt races.

by Patricia and Donald Brennan). These days, The O utlaw – pulled by four brown and white Paint horses – is owned by Phyllis Mills Wyeth and driven by James O’Rourke. Phyllis’s husband, artist Jamie Wyeth, joined her for a whirlwind weekend of events (A tiny image of a swine has been painted on the door of her yellow-and-black coach as a subtle reminder of Jamie’s famous “Portrait of a Pig”). Phyllis’ sister Mimi Abel-Smith and brother Jimmy Mills joined her on The O utlaw for a stunning drive from the U pperville Horse Show grounds to Llangollen for a luncheon party with a record number of horses, coaches and carriages from around the country. Phyllis’ parents, the late Alice and James Mills, once owned the 381-acres of Hickory Tree Farm in Middleburg, which was sold last spring for over $9 million to Mary Lea and Jim Treptow. Coaching participants included Gloria Austin, Bruce Duchossois of Aiken, South Carolina, Johnson &Johnson heir Tucker Johnson of Hobe Sound, Florida and Don Rosato of Chester Springs, Pennsylvania. Gloria has 150 carriages – one of the largest collections in the country – at her farm near cOala, Florida. Held for the benefit of the National Sporting Library in Middleburg and cochaired by coaching enthusiasts Jacqueline Ohrstrom and George A. “Frolic” Weymouth, the weekend included a reception at the library, a dinner party hosted by Jacqueline Mars and several cocktail parties and cross country drives

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in elegant carriages. The guards on the rear of these coaches blew three-foot-long brass horns to provide joyful fanfare for the journey and to alert others on the road. sUed today in the same universal key, these long, low pitched calls include Change Horses, Near Side, Slacken Pace, Pull pUand Steady. Inside a glittering and glowing tent, the ball – and the highlight of the weekend – took place. Set up within the legendary horseshoe-shaped barn (the very same stable where Liz Tippet once kept a black bear in a stall … when he wasn’t chained to a tree), it was complemented by the nearby grandeur of a 13,000-square-foot formal Georgian-inspired columned manor house, built in 1830. Manuel Johnson, chairman of the library, and his wife Mary and charming sister Mary Holman Johnson danced the night away with Charley Matheson and Julie Martin, Gail and Malcolm Matheson, Alex and Walter Woodson, Rein and Mike du Pont, Barbara and Victor duPont, Lee and Michael McGettigan, Nina Auchincloss Straight, Betsee Parker and Marlou and John Gregory. Peter Duchin and his orchestra kept guests on the floor all night. The traditions of the grand hunt balls – frequented by the likes of Doris Duke, Elsa Maxwell, Eddie Arcaro and Prince Aly Khan – continue today. Just ask Patti and Phil Thomas, Annie Cleland (who designed the centerpieces created from 2,000 roses), Douglas Hytla and Richard Arentz, Mary and Peter Winants and Karen and Hector Alcalde.

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Along the Road Sometimes, one has to travel away from home in order to see one’s neighbors. Two groups from Middleburg found themselves at CaféMilano in Georgetown. The Hunt Country Society of Gardeners (of which the men are the members and the wives are also included): Michael and Jenette Petite, Frank and Ruth Ripley, Bob and Linda Newtown, Bill and Nancy Dunlap, Hank and Betty Long were in town after visiting the garden of Jim van Sweden. And who do they run into but neighbors Jacqueline Mars and Janet Whitehouse, attending a goodbye luncheon in honor of Lady Manning.

HUNTCOUNTRYCALENDAR NOVEMBERTHROUGH The 11th Annual Beastie Bazaar, at Ayrshire Farm in Upperville; info@beastiebazaar.org.

NOVEMBER A Different Angle harpsichord performance by Don Angle to benefit the Friends of Music at the Smithsonian; Buchanan Hall in Upperville; www.smithsonian.org, 301 652-3311.

NOVEMBERTHROUGH The 58th annual Christmas Shop sponsored by Emmanuel Church; www. emmanuelmiddleburg.org; 540-687-6297.

DECEMBER Christmas in Middleburg Parade and street fair; Middleburg; 540 687-5152.

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Annie Cleland with Nancy Parsons

John Sharp and Mary Jensen

Mimi Able Smith with Justin Wiley Young equestrians-in-training make friends with the coaches’ “engines.”

MIDDLEBURG COACHING WEEKEND Upperville, Va. BYLOUISAWOODVILLE PHOTOSBYCYNTHIABENITZ

THE EVENT Spry ponies, teams of horses and four-in-hand coaches were the conveyances of choice at this pastoral Piedmont Hunt event. Jacqueline Ohrstrom and George Weymouth co-chaired the weekend’s festivities, which included a look at philanthropist Paul Mellon’s famed Rokeby Farm. Saturday’s midday destination was Llangollen; the current owners, Mr. and Mrs. Donald Brennan and their daughter Maureen, graciously provided this hilltop se;ing with its breathtaking views for both the luncheon and the black-tie gala Saturday night, where Peter Duchin and his orchestra entertained nearly 400 guests.

Don and Judy Rosato in The Rokeby, pulled by cross-bred bay warmbloods. Jacqueline Ohrstrom’s coach, pulled by her team of Hackney ponies.

A contestant participates in the horn blowing contest.

Sandy Lerner with Scott Caspersmith

Nancy Parsons and Donald J. Rosato

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early every day for seven years, Norah O ’Donnell and Geoff Tracy drove past a cheerful yellow cottage in Wesley Heights on their way to work from their tiny Georgetown row house. “We always thought it was such nice house,” Tracy recalls, “It’s well situated next to a park, near a community garden and close to our jobs.” When the 1932 dwelling was put on the market in 2005, the couple quickly bought it and spent the next six months overhauling its outdated rooms. It is remarkable that they found the time to take on this project given their consuming careers. ’O Donnell is MSNBC’s chief Washington correspondent and Tracy is Chef Geoff, the owner of two eponymous restaurants

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and the recently opened Lia’s in Chevy Chase. This May, a year after moving into their renovated home, the busy couple became parents of twins, Grace and Henry. In remodeling their center-hall Colonial, ’O Donnell and Tracy wanted a better flow of living spaces, a larger master suite and a more spacious and up-to-date kitchen.They also sought a more subdued, sophisticated décor than their previous home with its bright mix of reds and yellows. “We both have very hectic jobs, so cool, calm colors and clean, simple lines appealed to

us,” says ’O Donnell says.With that look in mind, she tapped Washington interior designer Frank Babb R andolph, whose cool, pale-on-paler style perfectly fitted her agenda. “He is a classic designer and not into a lot of fluff.” ’O Donnell is unflappable when it comes to interviewing hard-nosed politicians, but the thought of consulting aRndolph, who decorated the vice presidential mansion for the Cheneys in 2001, was “a little bit intimidating,” she admits. Jitters quickly vanished as the homeowner and

“THE O NLY THINGS I MAKE are banana bread and BLTs,” ’O Donnell says.

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designer began working to make the small house feel larger and more serene with the help of Rockville contractors Pedro and Antonio Tellez. “We gave a fresh, young, contemporary zing to it by finding space that wasn’t being utilized,” Randolph says. “You can make a house feel elegant without making it feel formal by cleaning up the space and furnishing it sparingly. Designers typically throw in too much stuff. ” On the main floor, built-in bookcases and china cabinets were ripped out to streamline the rooms. To create a better spatial flow around the center staircase leading up to the second floor, doorways were raised and five-inch-wide oakplank flooring was installed throughout. Walls were uniformly painted in a light bluish-gray and gray silk taffeta was hung at the windows. In the living room, a simpler, lower mantelpiece surrounded by white marble was substituted for a larger one to make the fireplace more in scale with the room. A vintage starburst mirror found by Randolph in Boston hangs above the mantel, and comfortable armchairs, covered in periwinkle-blue damask, flank the fireplace. A tufted sofa by Washington designer Thomas Pheasant was upholstered in a soft but durable indoor-outdoor lavender fabric and paired with a glass-topped coffee table from the couple’s previous house. Artwork, both antique and contemporary, reinforces the light, tonal color scheme. Two pastoral plaster reliefs over the sofa subtly contrast with abstract canvases placed to either side of the doorway leading to the adjacent sitting room. Across the hall, the smaller dining room is simply furnished with ivory-painted Klismos chairs, designed by Randolph, pulled up to a custom-made round mahogany table centered in the space. At one end, reproduction antique mirrors and small console tables flank a large glass bay which incorporates French doors leading to the garden terrace. The room also reflects Randolph’s rule for dining rooms: no rugs. “The minute you put a carpet,” he says, “there’s a maintenance problem, and the room In the living room, pale armchairs, an ottoman and silk drapes reflect designer Frank Babb Randolph’s signature style. Randolph found the vintage starburst mirror over the reconfigured fireplace mantel in a Boston antique shop. The master bedroom is furnished simply with a custom-designed headboard and nickel-plated bedside tables set with lamps made from antique Italian porcelain vases. From windows on one side, it offers a view of the verdant rear garden.


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front of a bay window adjoins the main part of the kitchen. It is set with Billy Baldwin slipper chairs and a sofa upholstered in printed beige fabric that aRndolph previously used on furniture in the vice presidential pool house.“The twins do their tummy time on the rug here,” ’O Donnell says. “We really live in this space.” Hanging from the pitched ceiling is a lantern finished in nickelplating to match the kitchen cabinet knobs. U pstairs, the couple joined two small bedrooms together to create a larger master suite focused on a bed with a tall ivory-upholstered headboard. Sitting on top of the glass-topped bedside tables are lamps converted from 19thcentury Italian porcelain vases. His-and-her closets flank a door leading to a small outdoor terrace. At the other, an existing bathroom was revamped

with white marble and new fixtures, including a rain-head in the spacious shower stall. Across the hall in a smaller bedroom, the nursery continues the pale look with white cribs fitted with Picci baby linens. Pillows embroidered with the twins’ names and birthdates are a gift from NBC’s Tim uRssert, host of Meet the Press. Back in the kitchen after the tour, Tracy buttons his chef ’s jacket and reflects on the renovation before leaving for work.The kitchen is clearly his domain but he relates that his wife drove much of the home’s redesign. “I was told about everything after it was purchased and installed,” he laughs.Tracy is obviously pleased with the results, especially the way all the ground-floor rooms now connect around the center hall to the kitchen. “It will make a nice running track for Grace and

Chef Geoff’s limestone-topped kitchen island incorporates its own stainless-steel prep sink. Another sink across the room is used for washing dishes.

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Hire a good designer: “It is ultimately cheaper to use an expert, because you end up with a space that is right for you.” He and ’O Donnell selected designer Karen Hourigan of Kitchen and Bath Studios in Chevy Chase, Md., based on Hourigan’s kitchen for pal Juleanna Glover Weiss.

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R e search appliances before shopping:“It took me 20 minutes at the store to pick out and order everything, because I knew exactly what I wanted.”That included a Viking range with six burners and a griddle;three Viking refrigerators for food, wine and beverages and twin Fisher & Paykel under-counter dishwashers.

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rO ganize around the classic work triangle: “It’s important to make sure the prep area, sink, oven and refrigerator are in close proximity to one another.”

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Multiply the preparation areas: “If you’re making different dishes, it’s good to have separate prep areas for each one. They also help when you have different people in the kitchen preparing at the same time.”

The smaller dining room is simply furnished with ivory-painted Klismos chairs, designed by Randolph, pulled up to a custom-made round mahogany table centered in the space.

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Double the convenience: “Two sinks are essential, one for food prep and one for washing the dishes,” says Tracy.“Two dishwashers are great especially when you entertain.”


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STAR TER Butternut Squash and Green Apple Soup DINNER Herb Roasted Turkey with Pear Giblet Gravy Corn Bread, Exotic Mushroom and Toasted Pecan Dressing Cranberry, Kumquat and Pomegranate Relish Cippolini and Sage Tart Mashed Squash and Potato Soufflé with Amaretti Sweet Potato Brûlée Roasted Baby Brussel Sprouts with Thyme Autumn Beet Salad with Spiced Pecans and Fourme D’Ambert DESSER T Pumpkin Ginger Snap Pie Apple, Quince Charlotte with Cardamon Ice Cream Chocolate Praline Bread Pudding

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Thanksgiving Table Jaime Greenwald of Gala Events and Bill Holman of Design Cuisine show you how to arrange a fabulous table setting for Thanksgiving Dinner Photos by Gala Events and Beth Farnstrom

Candles add warmth and style. Consider adding fragrant candles such as Jo Malone’s Lime Basil & Mandarin event set ($150).

Forgo the typical place cards – use a marker to write each guest’s name on a mirror that can also serve as a placemat.

A monochromatic floral scheme adds drama.

Mix floral displays by turning pitchers and bowls into vases.

Send guests home with something sweet to nibble on. Krö n Chocolatier’s flower boxes are decorative and delicious.

Small floral arrangements at each seat add extra elegance.

Thanksgiving can often take hours. Provide guests with comfort and style by using decorative throw pillows.

Even with a modern décor, use some traditional elements, such as fine heirloom china.

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Built-In History More than mere buildings, these homes come with back stories BY MARY K. MEWBORN

THEDISTRICT In 1929, Washington brewer Christian Heurich built the grand Tudor at $Thompson Circle as a wedding present for his daughter Anita Heurich Eckles. The four-story, 15,351 square-foot stone structure in Massachusetts Avenue Heights has 112 windows, seven bedrooms and baths, staff quarters, a gymnasium, a wine cellar and an expansive terrace with a reflecting pool and soapstone fountain. Anita’s former Tudor residence is well worth the $5.9 million price tag.The sellers were Steve Sablotsky and Michael Falke. The buyer is 4 Thompson Circle, LLC. Carroll Dey and Greg Gaddy with Tutt,Taylor & Rankin orchestrated the sale. Beginning in the 19th century, Foggy Bottom was home to the Heurich Brewery. In 1965,Anita Heurich Eckles and her siblings donated $150,000 worth of their land to serve as the site of the future Kennedy Center Opera House.Today, the area is home to yet another architectural masterpiece, a contemporary townhouse at ()* )+th Street﹐NW. The house is uniquely designed and reconstructed by internationally acclaimed Canadian architect Bruno Freschi, who bought the residence in 2003 for $1,175,000. Four bedrooms have become two spacious studios separated by a two-story, glass-roofed terrace.The kitchen, dining and living room areas flow seamlessly together as one’s eye is drawn toward a dramatic cobalt blue wall beyond a distant Zen garden. Light reflects off every surface to cast a colorful glow over the interior. The third floor’s master suite has a spa bathroom, high ceilings, a loft-like atmosphere and sunny, treetop views. Freschi has offered his home for sale for $2,150,000. Tutt, Taylor & Rankin realtors Kimberly Casey and Daryl Judy currently have it under contract. A corner condo in the elegant Beaux Arts building known as the Chancellery is due to change hands for $1,275,000. Built in 1912 and located in a quiet Kalorama enclave at

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The Cannonball House, located at 200 Mulberry Street in St. Michaels, was originally built for shipbuilder William Merchant in 1805.

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LEFT: 4 Thompson Circle. RIGHT: 508 Lost Acre Lane in Great Falls was sold for $1.235 million by its original owner Rear Admiral Joseph S. Sansone.

)1$1WyomingAvenue﹐NW, Unit #22 has high ceilings, large windows and an atrium affording abundant light and beautiful vistas. The grand-scale rooms have been renovated, and their hardwood floors and plaster moldings meticulously restored.There is a gracious foyer, gourmet kitchen, banquet-size dining room, library and two bedrooms and baths.The seller is Leif Jensen. The prospective purchasers are Jonathan Senner and Michael Coyne. Bobbie Brewster with Washington Fine Properties plans to close the deal early this month. In Georgetown, Long & Foster realtor Nancy Itteilag listed and sold the four-story townhouse at 6++8WinfieldLane﹐NW. Situated in the tree-lined Cloisters community, the residence features views of the Georgetown Visitation School. It has four bedrooms – including two master bedroom suites – and four and a half baths.The lower level houses a family room with a fireplace and there is a private garden with a patio and hot tub.The buyers, Doug Hollowell and his wife Linda Cipriani, paid $1.5 million. Nancy Itteilag also listed 6(16IvyTerrace Court﹐NW, located in Georgetown’s gated Hillandale community. The three-story townhouse has four bedrooms, three and a half baths and both garage and driveway parking. The buyer, developer Bobby Schwartz, paid $1,299,000.The sellers are Lori and Gary Cohen with the Willco Company. Cohen, along with Tom McCullough, developed Jefferson Row, the luxury condominium complex built in and around the Queen Ann-style rowhouses at 1828-1834 Jefferson Place, NW. The men purchased the 19th century, three-story buildings in 2004 from Texas billionaire Robert Bass for $4.6 million. The 23 new units range from $499,000 to $2 million.

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Washington Fine Properties’ agent Jim Bell has helped sell 8;+ Massachusetts Avenue﹐NE. The Capitol Hill residence has five bedrooms, four baths, a formal living room, updated kitchen and a spacious dining area with pocket doors and rich wood accents. A two-bedroom guest suite has a large sitting room and its own private entrance. There is also a fenced rear garden with a deck and patio, plus a garage and two extra parking spaces. Built in 1900, the brick Federal-style rowhouse was listed for $1,250,000. The sellers, Paul Turczynski and James Gordon, recently purchased 18*$WyomingAvenue﹐ NW in Kalorama for $2,195,000. The buyers are Oliver and Tara Rothschild.

MARYLAND When he’s not selling, he’s buying. Washington Fine Properties’ agent Jim Bell, and Mark Sco, a mortgage lender for Sun Trust, have purchased one of the most architecturally and historically significant houses on Maryland’s Eastern Shore. Known as The Cannonball House, );; Mulberry Streetin St. Michaels was built circa 1805 for shipbuilder William Merchant and is listed in The National Register of Historic Places. It was the only structure in St. Michaels to sustain damage during the War of 1812. Forewarned that British barges plied their waters, the residents of St. Michaels staged a blackout, then hung lanterns beyond the town’s boundaries to trick the enemy into aiming their cannons away from the town. Still, an errant cannonball managed to crash through Merchant’s roof. Bell and Scott bought The Cannonball House from William Kirby for an undisclosed amount.

VIRGINIA Spread over two acres, the brick residence at *;8LostAcreLane in Great Falls was sold for $1.235 million by its original owner, Rear Admiral Joseph S. Sansone. The new owners are Bob and Lori Morrison. The home has five bedrooms and a loft, plus a woodpaneled den. Weichert realtors Annie Cefaratti and Scott Shawkey facilitated the sale. Thanks to the team of Cefaratti and Shawkey, Adrian Edwards of Adrian Edwards Builders has received $1.485 million for his award-wining contemporary at 1$=8 Waterfront Road on Lake Newport in Reston. The house has water views – especially fine from the master bedroom –as well as a slate terrace with a lily pond and lakefront dais. The new owner, who paid cash, is Stephan Deurer, an international commercial real estate developer from Germany who reportedly wanted a home near Dulles to expedite his travels. In addition to his proximity to the airport, he may also appreciate having five bedrooms, four baths, a home office and a billiard room. As a developer, he probably also appreciates the significance of Reston as a planned community meant to revolutionize America’s suburbs. In 1961,when Robert E. Simon, Jr. paid $13,150,000 to purchase 6,750 acres of Virginia countryside from Lefcourt Realty, he spelled out seven principles as a blueprint for Reston. Among them was his belief that structural and natural beauty are necessities of the good life, as are abundant opportunities for the full use of leisure time. Clearly Simon wanted Reston to be not just a place to live but a way of life. Please send real estate news items to Mary_Mewborn@Yahoo.com

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Great Falls Luxury Estates

McLean Luxury Homes Just Minutes to DC

Just 20 Minutes to DC

Evoking the magnificent manor houses of the French countryside, the “FRAISER” conveys a sense of old-world luxury. Beautifully situated on 1.73 acres on a quiet cul-de-sac. Great Falls. $4,650,000.

French Country charm nestled on a private lot with tennis court. Fabulous floor plan perfect for both formal and casual entertaining. McLean. $3,675,000.

Magnificent “Stone Court”, a masterpiece of perfection and attention to detail, sited on 5 gorgeous acres on Clarks Branch. Great Falls. $4,250,000

Straight out of Architectural Digest. This unique contemporary was beautifully updated and renovated! With show kitchen & more! McLean. $2,990,000.

Sited on 2.29 acres this is truly a rare offering on prestigious Innsbruck Ave. Walk to the shops, restaurants, library, playground and sport fields in Great Falls Village. Great Falls. $4,250,000

Elegant home sited on a spectacular 1 acre premium lot surrounded by greenery. The large, flat backyard is fully fenced and includes a large deck overlooking the pool. McLean. $2,575,000.

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Located in Mass Avenue Heights, this former Ambassadorâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s residence (circa 1924) has been newly restored by Abdo Luxury. It is situated on a double lot surrounded by torched bluestone terraces, a 45-foot pool and parking for up to eight cars. Its interior features an oversized master suite with luxurious master bath featuring steam shower, dressing room and private terrace. It has six architecturally unique bedrooms, separate staff quarters with kitchen, full bath and private stairs, gourmet center-island kitchen with butlerâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s area, ďŹ nished basement, bathrooms by Waterworks and wood-paneled elevator accessing all four levels. ASKING Listing Agent: Eden Ellis & Gregory Nelson Eden Properties Contact: 202-364-3640

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This magniďŹ cent home, located on a quiet, private cul-de-sac in prestigious Wesley Heights, has had an incredible transformation. Once a Vice Presidential residence, this sophisticated, English ďŹ eldstone Tudor backs to Glover Archbold Park on over one-half acre of landscaped grounds. Completely updated and refurnished with exquisite architectural detail, the original millwork has been restored. The embassy-sized rooms are sure to provide elegant and formal entertainment spaces.The superior craftsmanship of this historic treasure has been meticulously maintained and adds to its gracious atmosphere. With over 9,300 square feet of living space, eight bedrooms and six and one half baths, this special property presents an extraordinary opportunity to own one of Washingtonâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s most beautifully renovated and restored historic residences. ASKING Listing Agent: Meg Crowlie W.C. & A.N. Miller Realtors, A Long & Foster Company Contact: 301-641-7488

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FORT WASHINGTON, MD

$2,600,000

Waterfront Estate - Located just twenty minutes to downtown Washington, enjoy spectacular views from Old Town to the National Cathedral, minutes to the National Harbor.

Doc Keane, 202-441-2343 Dan Corr, 202-494-3530 / 202-362-1300

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$2,395,000

Masterfully rebuilt in 2003, this stunning 6 BRs, 5½ bath home offers today’s state-of-the-art amenities, with the grace and charm of an older era. Large lot offers great outdoor entertaining space, or stroll to a popular Bethesda restaurant for dinner instead! www.andy4homes.com

FOREST HILLS DC

$2,345,000

PARADISE FOUND! Luscious gardens and open floor plan; steps to restaurants, shopping and Metro, this tastefully renovated French Manor home in Forest Hills has 7 BR, 4 FB, 2PR, 3 FRs, loads of sunlight.

Andy Alderdice, 301-466-5898 / 301-229-4000

Cheryl Hanks, 202-302-5770 Irina Thomas, 240-277-2811 / 202-966-0400

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SPRING VALLEY / DC

$2,295,000

Stunning fully renovated 4BR, 3.5 BA home in a premier DC neighborhood. Gracious rooms are perfect for entertaining. Custom moldings, builtins, gourmet kit,2-car gar. Spacious manicured front & rear gardens.

Sarah Dahlgren Talcott 202-365-0056 / 202-362-1300

POTOMAC, MD $1,819,000 Paradise on over three acres. Incredible living and entertaining spaces inside and out, 6 BR,7.5BA, two story English Library, full in-law suite, separate studio/office. Visit: www.tkhomes.com

$1,695,000

Contemporary Waterfront. Enjoy water views from every room in this new construction home, commercial grade kitchen, and stunning craftsmanship throughout the home.

Toni Koerber, 301-802-6770 /301-299-6000

Dan Corr, 202-494-3530 Doc Keane, 202-441-2343/ 202-362-1300

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Stunning award winning Victorian themed exterior estate home on 3.5 acres - open floorplan, 4/5 bedrooms, 4.5 baths, gorgeous landscaped grounds with pool, Shows like a Model! Visit: www.tkhomes.com

$1,075,000

Historic “Bolington Farm” – circa 1740- brick and log residence, restored and updated. 10 acres with bank barn, spring house, toll house. Visit: tkhomes.com

$1,599,000

WASHINGTON, DC

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Meg Crowlie, 301-641-7488 / 301-229-4000

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Georgetown former storefront belies amazing urban home with New York City sophistication. More information and additional listings at: www. MelmanMolik.com

Toni Koerber, 301-802-6770 / 301-299-6000

Dan Melman, 202-841-8353 Mary Jane Molik, 202-669-4689 / 202-966-0400

ALEXANDRIA, VA

WASHINGTON, DC

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$869,500

Toya Giacomini, 301-452-6417 / 301-229-4000

$795,000

The Best of Watergate. Panoramic view from every corner of this 1350 square foot apartment. Expansive balcony. Garage parking is included.

Hamid Esfandiary, 202-363-4433 / 202-362-1300

$1,325,000

Remarkable end-unit TH, totally updated with 3976 square feet on 3 levels - 10’ ceilings, sun-filled living, dining and great rooms, Chef’s kitchen, 4 bedrooms, 4.5 baths, 3-zone HVAC, 2-car garage, front and back patios. Beautiful!

Toni Koerber, 301-802-6770/301-299-6000

One of the largest & best 2 BR+ den+ formal DR at Liberty Row! Very stylish with high ceilings, hdwd flrs throughout & many more upgrades. Better than new corner unit includes top-of-the-line appliances, great bathrooms, large Laundry Rm/pantry, 42” plasma TV, custom bookshelves, excellent closets, FP, balcony & 2-car garage. Gorgeous!

CHEVY CHASE, MD

Beautifully updated classic Colonial with gourmet kitchen/family room addition, library, 6 bedrooms, 4.5 updated baths, backs to Chevy Chase Club. Walk to Metro and shops at Friendship Heights!

$725,000

5 BR, 4.5 Bath Colonial- Two story FR w/raised Hearth Stone Gas Fireplace, Oversized Kitchen w/Cherry cabinets and Black Granite, Cherry stained Hardwood floors, Walk-out LL w/French doors, deck, garage & more…

Dotty Abt, 301-980-4909 / 703-356-0100

Mary Asmar, 202-262-0718 / 202-362-1300

$949,000

Extraordinary Duplex in sought after 8101! Largest floor plan available, 2262 square feet. Stunning interiors, luxurious updates, three bedrooms, two and one half baths, two garage spaces, and more!

Muffin Amorosi Lynham 202-274-2048 / 202-362-1300

WASHINGTON, DC/LOGAN Starting at $214,000

THE GRANT - A stylish restoration of 63 condos in this hot area are selling fast! Trendy Studios, 1BRs, 1BR + Dens, & 2BRs with today’s finishes and amenities. Walking distance to 3 Metros, and views of Thomas Circle. See www.TheGrantDC.com

Page Eisinger, 301-461-3934 Andy Alderdice, 301-466-5898 / 301-229-4000


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HIGHONDUMBARTONHILL  TILDENST NW WASHINGTON DC

PARKPLACE

Constructed in 1928, this spectacular seven bedroom, six and one-half bath ďŹ eldstone estate is prominently sited on 1.25 acres overlooking Rock Creek Park. The interior allows for gracious living and large-scale entertaining but retains intimacy and warmth for comfortable family living. The main level boasts multiple bay windows in the formal living room, which overlooks a magniďŹ cent south facing garden terrace.The house also features an elegant dining room with ďŹ replace, sunroom and a powder room. The upper levels contain seven bedrooms and ďŹ ve full baths, including a spacious master suite with his-and-her baths ensuite and a dressing room with built-in closets and drawers. The lower level includes a recreation room, laundry room, storage room, wrapping room, exercise room, hall bath and detached twocar garage. ASKING Listing Agent: Ellen Morrell, Matthew McCormick and Patrick Chauvin Washington Fine Properties Contact: 202-728-9500

ARTSANDCRAFTS  NORTHBRANCHDRIVE BETHESDA MD  MASTERCRAFTSMAN

This exquisite â&#x20AC;&#x153;Arts and Craftsâ&#x20AC;? style house, designed by acclaimed architect Glenn Fong, was built just three years ago by Augustine Homes. Its magniďŹ cent pool and spa are enhanced by terraced ďŹ&#x201A;agstone patios and waterfall fountains. The property boasts a gracious gourmet kitchen with a beautiful sun-ďŹ lled breakfast room opening to a show-stopping family room with a coffered ceiling, ďŹ&#x201A;oor to ceiling wainscoted wall and dramatic ďŹ replace with an oversized mantlepiece. Artfully blending formal and informal rooms in an arrangement perfectly suited for modern living, this work of art combines high ceilings, custom millwork, oversized windows, French doors and oak ďŹ&#x201A;ooring in a spectacular rendition of Craftsman style. ASKING Listing Agent: Krystyna Litwin Long & Foster Co., Potomac Village Contact: 301-332-7615

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Kalorama

Mediterranean Revival.This substantial 8 bedroom, 7 bathroom home presents the finest modern technology within a framework of grand, turn-of-the-century architecture. Elegant embassy-sized spaces. Restored and renovated throughout. Garage and driveway parking. Located in Washington’s distinguished Kalorama neighborhood.$5,995,000. Jay Dahill 301.646.5816 Friendship Heights Office 202.364.5200

Chevy Chase/Kenwood

Sensational 1936 Fieldstone Colonial expanded and renovated to perfection. Over 8,000 s.f. of living space and 18,399 s.f. on the property. “Great Room” off the breakfast room and kitchen, high ceilings, stenciled floors, Palladium windows, hand-painted walls, media room, extra sitting rooms off two of the bedrooms. Virtual tour-HomeVisit.com. $3,495,000. Mary Ann Corette 202.256.5501 Georgetown Office 202.944.8400

Bethesda

European style residence re-designed & renovated to create a supremely super interior that is compatible with endless views of extensive plantings. Masterfully crafted, exquisite in every detail: coffered ceilings, inlaid floors, new media room,wine cellar, custom milled woodwork throughout, 5 fireplaces & more. All on a spectacular 1.7 acres with pool, spa, pond, secret garden, night lights & sound. $3,495,000. Mary Ann Corette 202.256.5501 Georgetown Office 202.944.8400

McLean

Chalice Crest, a new enclave of 13 custom homes Build by Sekas Homes, LTD. A distinguished and private cul-de-sac in close to everything. Truly a commuter’s dream. Two stop lights to Washington, D.C. Only minutes to downtown McLean, Tyson’s Corner, Tyson’s Galleria, Route 495 and I-66. Prices start at $1,899,900. Model is open every Saturday & Sunday until Thanksgiving. $2,395,000. Lilian Jorgenson 703-407-0766 McLean office 703-790-1990

We sell more property in DC than the next two companies combined.* TUTT, TAYLOR & RANKIN SOTHEBY’S

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Georgetown

East Village, circa 1820 with heart pine floors, double parlor with fireplaces, high ceilings, beautiful garden, new kitchen with stainless steel appliances, half a block to Rose Park. Second floor master bedroom has sitting room/library each with a fireplace, another bedroom overlooking the garden and two baths. The third floor has two bedrooms and a hall bath. The lower level has laundry, full bath, and a large beamed room with two windows facing south that can be an office or playroom. 1 car garage. $2, 695,000. Sandy Hall Haffler 202-271-5955 Georgetown Office 202.944.8400

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Georgetown

Exceptional, rarely available Federal Row near Montrose Park on quiet tree-lined street with ample parking. Elegant & bright with 3 large bedrooms, 3 updated batrooms including soaking tub. Expansive living room, dining room with marble fireplace, period details. Built-ins, hardwoods, large windows, very high ceilings. French doors to private brick patio & serene garden. Updated Bosch tablespace kitchen opens to patio. Finished separate-entrance basement has storage, built-ins. $1,395,000. Hilary Dove 202-271-9039 Mary Zitello 202-549-7515 Chevy Chase Office 202-363-9700

Totals 67 percent. Does not include brokers with less than 5 percent market share.

Chevy Chase

GLORIOUS LIVING IN DC! Custom built in 2003. Magnificent home with 6 bedrooms, 4 l/2 baths, family room, 2-car garage offering nearly 8,000 square feet of luxury for today’s modern lifestyle. Close to Rock Creek Park and ten minutes to downtown. Well-priced at $1,995,000.

Terri Robinson 202.966.6223 Georgetown Office 202.944.8400

Logan Circle

Rare Find! Unique mint-condition 1880’s 4-level, 4-unit with stunning Circle views. It’s head of its class in quality and design. Character abounds in tall ceilings, gorgeous crown moldings, restored original flooring and custom cabinetry throughout. Washer/Dryers in each unit. Perfect for a buyer/investor to occupy and live with mtg. covered. $1,395,000. Derry Haws 202.285.6702 Dorothy Simmons 202.588.2300 Georgetown Office 202.944.8400

* July 2007 Washington, DC Sales Based on Dollar Volume(Sold).The statistics reported above show sales by the top five brokers from July 1-July 31, 2007, as reported in the Metropolitan Regional Information System(MRIS) and Data Concepts.

Historic Westchester

New York Park Avenue Style. Old World Grandeur. Quiet corner apartment with grand proportions and an elegant floorplan. Gracious foyer with antique mirror, step-down living room, large formal dining room, library with built-in bookshelves, custom gourmet kitchen. 3 bedrooms, 3 baths. Overlooking park. Jeanne Livingston 202.321.2600 Susan Daves 202.236.5958 Georgetown Office 202.944.8400

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Exquisite Arts and Crafts Style home , designed by the acclaimed architect Glenn Fong & built just 3 years ago by Augustine Homes, terraced flagstone patios, a magnificent pool and spa enhanced by waterfall fountains. This home boasts a gracious gourmet kitchen with a beautiful sun filled breakfast room that opens to a show stopping family room featuring a coffered ceiling, floor to ceiling wainscoted wall and dramatic fireplace with a fitting oversized mantle. Artfully blending formal and informal rooms in an arrangement perfectly suited for modern living, this three year young home combines high ceilings, custom millwork, oversized windows, french doors, and oak flooring in a spectacular rendition of Craftsman style.

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The Queen of the District The camera-ready Kennedys evoked the mystique of Camelot BY DONNA EVERS

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hen President John Fitzgerald Kennedy and his beautiful, young wife moved into the White House, it was the beginning of a new era in American style. Handsome and photogenic, with adorable little children in tow, they provided a considerable contrast to the plain, aging Eisenhowers of the preceding administration. The newly refurbished Executive Mansion became the setting for glittering dinner parties featuring a stunning guest list of notables from the world of music, art and literature and feasting on fine cuisine prepared by French chefs. Princess Diana may have captured the hearts of her countrymen in the 1980’s, but in the ’60’s, Jackie was our queen. We all know how the story unfolded. Majesty turned to tragedy by way of an assassin’s bullet.The magical era – named “Camelot” after the fact – was gone in an instant, even while the nation was still trying to realize the promise of that “one brief shining moment.” Jackie Kennedy’s unique style comprised much of the Camelot mystique. Born into wealth and privilege – and as intelligent as she was beautiful – she was named “Deb of the Year,” won Vogue magazine’s coveted “Prix de Paris” writing award in 1951, and her marriage to dashing young Senator John F. Kennedy was the “Wedding of the Year.” The Kennedys lived in many houses in their favorite neighborhood, Georgetown. They may have started out at 3321 Dent Place NW, but their most well-known home was 3307 N St. NW, which Jack bought for Jackie when daughter Caroline was born. . When Jackie became first lady, every fashionconscious American woman probably owned at least one sleeveless sheath dress and pillbox hat. Years later, in 2001, the Corcoran Gallery’s exhibition of her clothes would be one of the best attended shows in the museum’s history. During

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ABOVE: A photo of Jackie Kennedy during her White House years. RIGHT: The Kennedy home at 3307 N St. NW.

the Kennedys’ highly publicized tour of Europe, Jackie occupied the rightful place of a style icon: the forefront. In France, she was such a hit that the President wryly conceded that he was simply “the man who accompanied Jacqueline Kennedy to Paris.” Newspapers featured photos of Jackie with Charles De Gaulle, Pope John XXIII and Nikita Khrushchev. In the nightmarish hours and days after her husband’s death, Jackie refused to take sleeping pills. She wanted to ensure that this last homage would be perfect. And it was: the beautiful, wide avenues of Washington provided a backdrop for the drama, while the echoes of another slain hero-president – Abraham Lincoln – lent historic reference. The entire spectacle was breathtaking and unforgettable, from the riderless horse next to the caisson carrying the flag-draped casket to the little son of the dead president saluting as the horsedrawn wagon passed by. Jackie stood quietly behind her black veil for three long days until the final scene in Arlington Cemetery, where she lit the eternal flame on the hillside that Jack

Kennedy once said had the prettiest view in all of Washington. The grief-stricken young widow who helped to create this remarkable tribute was only 34 years old at the time. Ten years ago, the Kennedy family put the last of Jack and Jackie’s belongings up for auction. The photo of Jackie holding toddler John-John, with his baby fingers entwined in her threestrand pearl choker, was on display for all to see before the auction began and one of her sets of simulated pearls was auctioned off for $211,500! Jackie’s engraved Tiffany tape measure sold for $48,875 (to a designer who later quipped that the first thing he should measure was his sanity). It was the public’s last chance to own the remaining bits and pieces of Camelot. Shortly before Jackie died, she said of her life, “I have been through a lot and have suffered a great deal. But I have had lots of happy moments as well ...You cannot separate the good from the bad. And perhaps there is no need to, either.” This was her last gift to us – words of wisdom from a woman of incomparable style.

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MCLEAN, VA

offering. $17,500,000. Ruth Ellis-Morillo Jonathan Taylor Michael Rankin

Magnificent chateau built with exceptional craftsmanship and design. Extraordinary and elaborate details throughout. A rare 703.582.4254 202.276.3344 202.271.3344

KALORAMA

Park Avenue splendor in DC! 6,400 sq ft six bedroom, sixand-a-half bath duplex residence upgraded to the highest standard. $3,990,000. Also available as two 3,200 sq ft apartments for $1,995,000. Susan Safer 202.232.1674

SPRING VALLEY

Classic white brick colonial on gorgeous block with secluded 18,000+ sqft lot. Huge yard and gardens w/park-like setting, 7BR/6BA, sunken library, large rooms throughout. Two-car garage plus driveway parking. $1,825,000. Jonathan Taylor 202.276.3344

KALORAMA

Spacious three bedrooms, two full baths, lightfilled condo boasts historical elegance and warmth. With a renovated kitchen, fireplace, parking and plentiful closets, it is perfect for gracious entertaining & convenient everyday living. $899,000. Daryl Judy 202.380.7219

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Perfectly sited on an exclusive two block street in one of Washingtonâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s most desirable neighborhood. This 3-story residence has exceptional style and grandeur, great privacy, terraces and pool. $10,000,000. Jonathan Taylor 202.276.3344 Michael Rankin 202.271.3344

MCLEAN,VA

10,000 sq ft masterpiece with four enormous bedrooms, seven full baths, three half baths, three fireplaces, two wet bars, library, staff quarters, sauna, game room, home theatre, wine cellar, elevator, safe room & three car garage. $3,195,000. Kimberly Casey 202.361.3228

DUPONT

Restored 1883 Victorian house with many original architectural details completely intact w/LL in-law suite. Two-level beautiful professionally landscaped back patio and 2-car pkg garage. $1,345,000. Michael Rankin

CRESTWOOD

Classic Wardmanstyle 4BR/2 BA townhouse with spacious in-law suite. Gleaming wood floors and original details, exceptional eat-in kitchen, terrace, MBR w/dressing room, gar. Min to downtown and Rock Creek. $819,000. Stacie Turner 202.494.8220 John Mahshie 202.271.3132

One of Washingtonâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s great residences, this brick and limestone faced historic residence exemplifies the best of BeauxArts architecture. Located among other historic mansions on Embassy Row. $5,499,000. Jonathan Taylor 202.276.3344 Michael Rankin 202.271.3344

GEORGETOWN

Circa 1804 three bedroom, three and a half bath detached residence rich in architectural history and details. Well preserved original appointments including five fireplaces and moldings throughout. English garden opening to most of the residence. 1-car gar. $2,395,000. Patricia Holley 202.379.8901

KALORAMA

Exquisite row house in soughtafter Kalorama Triangle. 4BR/ 4.5BA on three gorgeous levels, many original details throughout, patio with fountain and two-car parking w/ one car garage. $1,350,000. Jonathan Taylor 202.276.3344 Michael Rankin 202.271.3344

CHEVY CHASE

Sprawling 5BR/ 3.5 BA home adjacent to Rock Creek. Dramatic living room with cathedral ceiling and 15 ft stone fireplace, updated eat-in kitchen, family + recreation room, garage, private yard with patio. Stacie Turner 202.494.8220 John Mahshie 202.271.3132

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THISTOWN

Be Fruitful and Multiply Children are the latest pawns in well-heeled influence peddling – and no laws exist to curb the extravagant Mitzvahs, baby showers and school admissions hustling BY MICHAEL STRANGE

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advance your business and social ambitions. If you indulge them enough, they will become like the eighth grader who, when admonished by a teacher in science class for calling another student a word he shouldn’t have, shouted back: “You can’t tell me what to do. My father paid for this science lab!” I could fill pages about clothes, allowances, cars and other perks, but it’s the “right school” phenomenon that most spirals out of control in this town. Another true-life moment: the “Smiths” have three lovely children – two older girls and a younger boy.They are attractive, interesting, lively and loving young people. Any parent would be proud. But little Gregory Smith didn’t make the cut at a lofty local boys school last spring, and the father said to us, “I can’t help it. I’m so damned mad at him. I know I shouldn’t be, but I am. I actually can’t speak to him.” I asked my dear husband with the two law degrees, “Would I go to jail if I kidnapped Gregory?” Funny that soon after, my dinner partner was the headmaster of that same school, where the application rate is fifteen to one. Perhaps because I am without children in the pipeline, he felt comfortable to let down his guard.“You wouldn’t believe the admissions process,” he spilled. “The degree of coercion, manipulation and influence peddling that goes on would get an elected official thrown out of office.” I asked him to what ends will a desperate but well-connected parent go? “Would you believe we get letters from Supreme Court justices recommending nine year-olds for our fourth grade?”

Mention the words “Bar” or “Bat Mitzvah” to managers of our bigger hotels, and you will hit the jackpot of parental indulgence. The cost can start at half a million. At a recent Four Seasons Bar Mitzvah, when the big band was momentarily hushed and the hired Redskins and Wizards stepped aside, and the grown-ups in black-tie and ball gowns took their seats, the father made a toast to his son.“My dear boy, you should be grateful to your mother for your being here tonight, and not only for the act of birth. Before I even laid eyes on you, she sent a message out with the nurse: Call the Four Seasons immediately and book Saturday night for 13 years from now.” I say good luck, children, and you better hope the well doesn’t run dry.

Readers wishing to get in touch with Michael can email her at: mstrange@washingtonlife.com

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ou are not what you own.” That bumper sticker, on the rusted fender of an oldVolvo, hit me between the eyes as I walked to the last of five baby showers, (yes, five) for a friend who was being fruitful and multiplying. I wanted to scratch out the sweet nothing I’d written on her gift card and scribble instead,“You are not what you have.” I was sick of buying her presents, anyway. This is not a condemnation of my pregnant friend, or of children, but an observation on the latest out-of-control trend in excess among people who can afford excess. The adoration of rich offspring has become an industry in itself, with enablers galore who seductively feed the addictions of the acquisitive. What I see more often than not, though, is little “Madison” or “Jacob” at their birthday party, sitting in the corner with their imported nanny, who is called their “caregiver,” but who in fact is actually raising them.They look across the tables of catered food, and piles of presents, at Mom and Dad, wanting only some love from them.“Mom, I don’t want a Louis Vuitton backpack for school,” a 12 year-old daughter shrieks at her mother with me in the room.“I told you! I want LL Bean! Can’t I please just have what I want?” The mother fumes to me, “She’s so ungrateful. What do I do?” I look at the cool but unwanted article in question and volunteer, “I’ll take it.” But here’s the thing, and you don’t have to be a parent to get this: children are not a means to an end.They are the whole package, with unique personalities and needs and wants. They are not status symbols, a social advantage, an excuse to work the other parents on the sideline at soccer games or a reflection of your power – or lack thereof – because you could, or could not, get them into the school that you felt would most


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