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Kuwait Ambassador Salem Al-Sabah and Rima Al-Sabah . .
Interview with Fashion Designer Rebecca Moses . . . . . . .
Essential Dublin with Kevin Chaffee . . . . . . . . . . . .
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TRENDREPORTReporting for Duty . . . . . . . . . . THEDISHDishes from 1789 Restaurant & Indebleu . . .
The 2005 Ambassadors to the U.S. Directory . . . . . . . .
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PARTIES&EVENTS Bruce Bon Voyage Bash . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . Brewhouse Bash Benefiting Hurricane Katrina Victims . . .
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ONTHECOVER Jimmy Smits, Eva Longoria & Sen. Barack Obama. § SNAPS FROM TOP Janet and David Bruce at their going away party; § Debra Lee at the First Ladies Luncheon § Gwen Holliday, Anita McBride and Luma Kawar at Stuart Holliday’s 40th birthday party. Corrections:WL inadvertently listed Mrs. Lucky “Selwa” Roosevelt in the Balls & Galas Directory as the Opera Ball chairwoman. Mrs. Roosevelt is actually the chair of the Golden Gala on March 19; Betty Knight Scripps is chairing the Opera Ball on June 2. For September’s fashion feature, Mrs. Roosevelt’s hair was done by Albert of the Colonnade. In addition, Mary Bird was incorrectly identified as Anna Maria Via in the Around Town column.WL regrets the errors
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Editor’s Letter f summer slipped by quickly, September seemed to move at an even more (at Liljenquist & Beckstead) in What’s Hot. rapid pace for Washington Life. Fortunately, we managed to mix a bit of Our talented contributing Fashion Editor Barbara McConaghy showcases top Turkish designers, modeled by Mimi Logogolu, wife of Turkish Ambassador pleasure with business for a final end-of-summer hurrah on Nantucket with Osman Logogolu; Massumeh Farhad, chief curator of the Freer and Sackler some of our friends and long time readers—including Kathleen and Chris Matthews, Alice and David Rubenstein, Marion and Bob Rosenthal, Margaret galleries; and museum benefactors Mary Ourisman and Serpil Ayasli. The designs and Terry Lenzner, and Barbara Harrison and will be presented in a fashion show John Pyles—who graciously allowed us to take against the backdrop of the new you on an insider’s tour of their island retreats. Imperial Ottoman Costumes exhibit (See Inside Homes, page 25.) at the Freer and Sackler galleries’ After we returned, our neighbors Lorraine opening night gala, with special and Chris Wallace kicked off the fall social guest Oscar de La Renta. Special season with an A-list cocktail party that was thanks to Nuri Yurt, of Toka Salon, for a beautiful job with hair. sparked with an edgy “back to school night” WL readers are at the forefront electricity. Likewise, Lynda Webster welcomed back 200 of our most fashionable women at of relief efforts for victims of her annual Chevy Chase Club get together. Hurricanes Katrina and Rita. In our We danced the salsa and celebrated the new Washington “Power Couples” feature Kuwaiti Ambassador Salem accomplishments of Latin American artists with Eva Longoria, Jimmy Smits, Sen. Barack Obama, Al-Sabah and his wife Rima, discuss Attorney General Alberto Gonzalez, Elizabeth their nation’s outsized contribution Vargas and a host of other Washington, New to victims of Katrina. In addition, York and Hollywood VIPs, including special WL covers a fundraiser for Katrina surprise guest Los Angeles Mayor Antonio hosted by Andrew Wright, Ray Villaragosa at the WL-sponsored Noche de Regan and Winston Bao Lord. Our Gala festivities. Special thanks are in order for signature social coverage this month Carol Marshall and Felix Sanchez for giving us Nancy Bagley and Los Angeles Mayor Antonio Villaraigosa at WL’s after-party also includes Washingtonians at the following the National Hispanic Foundation for the Arts’ Noche de Gala exclusive photo opportunities and interviews Preservation Society of Newport’s with the stars. (See our Pollywood cover story, page 50). Dynasties and Dragons Ball as well as a fond farewell to Janet and David Bruce. We hope you are as excited as we are about October’s social calendar.This A busy crush of venerable WL-sponsored events occurred after our print month WL looks forward to serving as the exclusive magazine media sponsor deadline, leaving us unable to cover them in this issue including: opening night for the Andy Warhol-themed party hosted by the Corcoran’s 1869 Society at the Washington National Opera with Placido Domingo, Linda and Michael on October 7; the Freer and Sackler Gala and style and status fashion show Sonnenreich, John Pohanka, Jacqueline Badger Mars, Betty Knight Scripps, Betty Casey and numerous other luminaries and Trustees; baseball’s inaugural on October 26 (see page 38 for a fashion show preview); the Washington International Horse Show, October 25-27; and the National Building Museum’s Washington Nationals Foundation Diamond Gala with the team; the USO Gala with Wayne Newton, Generals Richard Myers and Peter Pace, Shaquille 25th Anniversary dinner on October 29. O’Neal, and John Elway; the Thelonious Monk International Jazz Competition It was a pleasure to hear the overwhelming positive feedback about our at the Kennedy Center; and, an exclusive WL-Washington Ballet-Saks Fifth magazine’s new look and I am truly proud of our staff for their efforts. Don’t Avenue fashion show featuring Septime Webre, Kay Kendall and the ballet’s forget WL is also available for purchase at Whole Foods, and you can also sign-up extraordinary dancers and friends strutting their stuff on the runway. to receive the new Digital Edition along with our email newsletter and invitations to exclusive movie premieres and other happenings at www.washingtonlife.com. This month, we welcome new and regular contributors to Washington Life. Franco Nuschese of Café Milano shares his battle-tested rules of etiquette. Kevin Washington Life looks forward to continuing as your number one pleasure read. Chaffee takes you on a flâneur’s tour of Dublin. 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KEVIN CHAFFEE Kevin Chaffee is the Assistant Features Editor and Society Editor at The Washington Times. He recently traveled to Ireland to attend the July wedding of Chris Murray and Carlotta Hester and agreed to record a few essential impressions of Dublin on the way.
JANET DONOVAN Janet Donovan (shown with Matt Drudge) is the Founder and President of Creative Enterprises Int’l, a publicity firm based in Washington, D.C. whose clients include celebrities, authors, politicians and publications. She created and hosted The Beltway Broads radio show and writes the column Hollywood on the Potomac.
PORTER GIFFORD During his 15 year career as a photographer, Porter Gifford’s work has appeared in leading publications in the US and abroad, including the New York Times,Time, Fortune, Life, Businessweek, Newsweek, U.S. News and World Report, People and Forbes. In addition to his many professional credits, Gifford is also an accomplished photojournalist. He has produced photo essays on such diverse subjects as heroine addiction and homelessness in New York City, the Native-American cactus harvest in the southwest US, high tech heart surgery, the Kentucky Derby and America’s gun culture. Gifford also produces images for commercial clients such as Hewlett-Packard, Columbia University and Fleet. He lives in Cambridge, Mass. with his wife and two children.
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Carol Joynt is the owner of the popular Georgetown res-
4 YM and Seventeen magazines; appeared on Montel Williams; and dressed stars such as Lauren Hutton, Brandy and Jennifer Love Hewitt.
taurant, Nathans. After 9/11 Joynt began hosting monthly neighborhood power lunches at her restaurant and in minutes they became the ultimate insiders’ insider lunches. With guests such as Tom Brokaw, Dan Snyder, Tim Russert, Leslie Cockburn and Fred Smith, the lunches feature the city’s best known leaders speaking candidly in an intimate atmosphere. When not at Nathans, Joynt focuses her time on her priorities: family; raising her son, Spencer, their dog, Leo, and Ozzy, the bird; and writing her memoir, “Innocent Spouse.”
CHRIS MURRAY After earning his B.A. degree in Philosophy at Georgetown University, Chris Murray founded Govinda Gallery in 1975, in Georgetown. Some of the Gallery’s highlights have included several exhibitions for Andy Warhol, with whom the Gallery was closely associated, the first exhibition of Annie Leibowitz’s photographs, and a 20th Anniversary exhibition featuring photographs of Mohammed Ali by Howard Bingham. Govinda Gallery actively publishes catalogues for many of its exhibitions, which Murray has edited. This fall, Govinda Gallery celebrates its 30th Anniversary with the first exhibition ever of songwriter and musician Donovan’s Sapphographs.
ALISON LUKES After four and a half years in New York and Paris and landing her dream job at Michael Kors, Alison Lukes, WL’s new Style Editor, returned to Washington ready to dress some of the city’s power players. As a personal stylist she is sought after by some of Washington’s best dressed and will help anyone find the perfectly appropriate and effortlessly chic wardrobe. She heads up her own company, Alison Lukes et Cie. www.alisonlukes.com.
BARBARA MCCONAGHY Barbara McConaghy, fashion contributing editor for Washington Life, is a nationally recognized fashion stylist, show producer and editor. In upcoming issues she’ll share her take on Washington men’s and women’s fashion, and the city’s celebrity style. Her work has appeared in Elle and Detour magazines, and locally as Fashion and Lifestyle Editor for DC Style, Washingtonian, Baltimore Magazine, for Special Sections of the Washington Post and Fashion Editor for Capital Style. She has produced national tours for
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Hospitality entrepreneur Franco Nuschese is president of Georgetown Entertainment Group LLC, the management company for Café Milano, Sette Osteria, and Sette Bello in Arlington,Va. Nuschese, 44, mastered the art of blending hospitality and entertainment skills during a career that includes public relations in top hotels in London and Las Vegas. He is on the boards of the Washington National Opera and the Foundation of the Georgetown University Hospital. He is a trustee of The American Academy of Hospitality Sciences and is member of the advisory board for LifeLink MD, Inc. He also enjoys serving on the boxing committee for the District of Columbia Sports and Entertainment Commission.
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FRANCO NUSCHESE dishes on protocol pitfalls, pratfalls and predicaments
uring 13 years at Café Milano, I have learned a lot about etiquette.You might think it would be an easy transition from the shores of the Amalfi Coast, where celebrities frolic, to the banks of the Potomac, where the big names all politic. Think again. Moving from one culture to another forced me to learn many things that are instinctive to people born in America. Even the way I talked had to change — from the rapid, almost brisk, non-stop way in which so many Italian men converse to a slower pace — listening to others, instead of yelling ciao, and moving on.The pace of business, even at a business lunch, is faster here than in southern Europe, where afternoon relaxation is a way of life. I had to learn the more independent role of women in America, and especially in Washington. I learned that often the surest way to get attention was to try to not get attention. When Washington Life asked me to write an etiquette column based on my experiences hosting events and operating Café Milano, I thought, hey, I’ve tip-toed for years through a social swamp chock full of pitfalls, pratfalls and predicaments—and fallen a time or two. And, I can’t resist a challenge. I came, I saw, and I am still trying to conquer the ever-changing Washington social scene. Here’s a few of my own rules of etiquette:
• Show respect to your guests or hosts by dressing well--but not so flashy as to seem to want to be the focus of attention. Ladies: Don’t try to out-cleavage the young actress who is your leading guest.
• Let your guest of honor take center stage. For receptions at Café Milano, it’s important for them to be in the spotlight. Too many hosts, and even restaurant owners, try to snare some of the reflected glory. (At Café Milano, I sometimes come in a little late to let the reception develop and form a personality of its own.)
Moderate the tone of your voice. Arnold Schwarzenegger’s “Hasta La Vista, Baby,” is an example of what tone can do. It might be cute, conspiratorial, or funny. Choose your tone carefully, and keep it calm. • Show respect for others’ conversations. It’s fine to “work” a room, but when you come up to two people talking, wait for a momentary break and then greet both of them, not just the more important of
the two. It is insulting to interrupt a conversation by thrusting your hand toward one person while ignoring the other. (As a restaurant proprietor, I instruct our waiters not to interrupt a patron’s punch line by breaking in with “How was the wine?” or “Are you ready to order now?” Instead, they need to quickly assess a conversation and wait to approach the table until there appears to be a brief lull in conversation. You should tell your event or personal staff the same). • Be sure to acknowledge the presence of people around you. Italians have a saying: “A compliment may be forgotten tomorrow, but a slight will be remembered forever.” • Don’t inject whatever unyielding views you might have into conversations with new acquaintances. Get to know someone, and let them get to know you, before issuing declarations on gay marriage, abortion, God, how to raise children, or whatever other nonnegotiable views you have. • Try to find out what you may be discussing at the dinner table beforehand. See if you can get a copy of the guest list and study it. If the person across the table is a renowned spine surgeon, you may not want to instruct him on the pros or cons of pain killers. If the woman is a world-class soccer player, perhaps it would be wise not to sermonize about the intricacies of the offside rule. If he’s French, definitely don’t lecture on the art of kissing.
I’ll have more rules next time. I’d welcome your questions or suggestions for future columns. E-mail to Franco@washingtonlife.com and be sure to put “Rules” in the subject line. Franco Nuschese is the President of Georgetown Entertainment Group (Café Milano, Sette Osteria, Sette Bello)
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GRACIOUS GIFTS Up close and personal with two of Washington’s premier diplomatic hosts
ashington Life recently met with Ambassador Salem Al-Sabah and his wife Rima Al-Sabah of Kuwait as part of a series of interviews with “Power Couples” who live in Washington. Recently, the government of Kuwait announced that it will contribute half a billion dollars in oil and cash for the hurricane Katrina relief effort. The Ambassador, who is also a member of the rul-
ing family of Kuwait, took his post in 2001, three weeks before 9/11. Since living in Washington the dynamic duo have made a name for themselves on the political stage as well as with the A-List social circuit. Recently WL visited with the Al Sabah’s at their private residence in Washington to develop a deeper understanding of this extraordinary power couple and to discuss their philanthropic, political and social activities in Washington.
Washington Life: The government of Kuwait recently announced that it would be giving $500 million to the United States for humanitarian assistance to the victims of Hurricane Katrina.What was the impetus for this incredibly generous gift? Ambassador Salem Al-Sabah: It is our duty as
friends and it is our pleasure to come to the assistance of the United States in its hour of need. The people of Kuwait were devastated when they saw the amount of destruction that Katrina left in its wake. Our government announced this donation because we are close friends of the United States and you know, “friends in need are friends indeed.” The United States was there for us in our hour of need back in 1990. WL:When will the assistance arrive and in what form will it be provided? SAS: Four hundred million dollars of the aid
package will be in fuel and crude oil and one hundred million will be in the form of humanitarian assistance and cash. As we speak, we are in discussion with the administration about the legalities of transferring both the fuel package and the humanitarian package. WL: Will you place any conditions on the aid? SAS: No, absolutely no conditions. It is entirely
up to the U.S. and the various Non-Governmental Organizations (NGO’s).We are looking at the Red Cross, The Bush-Clinton Fund and other NGO’s. Of course, the fuel will be given directly to the U.S. government. So it’s a broad spectrum of recipients and it will be entirely up to them to decide how best to dispense it. WL: George Washington University is receiving $3.3 million from the Kuwaiti Foundation for the Advancement of the Sciences to fund a chair for Persian Gulf and Arabian Peninsula affairs, also known as “the Kuwaiti Chair.” How do you hope this will impact the education of American students about the Near East? SAS: What September 11th brought to the fore-
front was the need for more knowledge in America about our region and more knowledge about America in our region. It’s reciprocal. We believe there is a lack of curriculum [in American universities] concerning Middle Eastern countries and Middle Eastern issues hence the need to establish a chair for [Persian] Gulf studies.
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more people know about each other, the less chance there is for violence to erupt between communities.
think that is an accurate statement. RAS: It’s not for us to say but it’s a great
WL: Are the same number of students coming to America from Kuwait as before 9/11? Does the Kuwaiti government or people encourage students to study here? SAS: Absolutely, and with full government schol-
WL: On March 8, 2006 you are hosting the “Bridges of Hope” Benefit Dinner with the Kuwait America Foundation.What is going to happen that night? RAS: The dinner will benefit UNICEF for the
arships. Currently the embassy oversees the study of approximately 1,600 students here in the United States. After 9/11, I think we lost 50 percent of our students because of visa and other issues but Kuwaiti students are starting to come back. In two to five years, we’ll be up to the pre 9/11 numbers.
rehabilitation of schools in Afghanistan and will be celebrating the 60th anniversary of UNICEF and international women’s day. For 15 years, girls in Afghanistan were deprived of an education and the country has a whole generation of illiterate women. It is an issue very dear to my heart. Corporations such as Chevron Texaco, Dow Chemical, Shell, and Exxon Mobil, among others have been very generous and we are very close to reaching our goal of $1 million. SAS: One million dollars is not going to go very far, of course, in fixing the educational system in Afghanistan, but it’s a start. And hopefully it will open a few hearts and minds to carry the program even further.
WL: Mrs. Al-Sabah, you conceived, organized and hosted the “Tribute to Friendship” Benefit Dinner for the United Nations High Commissioner for Refugees (UNHCR) at your residence.You amazed all of Washington by single-handedly raising $1 million.What is the secret to your success? Rima Al-Sabah: The secret is to believe in what
you are doing and to be passionate about it.There had not been a single fundraiser for Iraqi women and children in Washington and UNHCR was in urgent need of funds to help Iraqi women and children return to their homeland. It was the right cause and the right thing to do and everybody was very supportive. It was truly a KuwaitiAmerican partnership for Iraq. WL: You draw the largest attendance of A-listers in town to your dinners, which are attended by cabinet members,White House officials, CEOs of large corporations, and famous actresses such as Angelina Jolie.What is it about the style and feel of your events that make them such a hot ticket? SAS: We love Washington and Washington has
welcomed us. I think Rima really immerses herself, putting every ounce of her fiber into preparing for the events. She’s meticulous in setting them up. RAS: The first secret of a successful party is the seating and knowing who will have great conversation with whom. SAS: Don’t give your secrets away Rima! [laughs] WL: You have been called the top Embassy hosts right now. How do you feel about that and do you
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WL: Switching to the personal, may I ask how did you two meet? SAS: We met in college at the American Univer-
sity of Beirut 23 years ago. RAS:, It was love at first sight. I had met my soul mate. He was doing his Master’s in Political Science and I was doing my B.A, and we used to sit down and write our papers together. We were inseparable, and we have been inseparable ever since. WL: When you’re not working, what do you like to do together? SAS: We read, we go to the gym. I love yoga
and Rima loves cardiovascular workouts. We go to restaurants and the movies whenever we can. I also love to go biking with the kids in Rock Creek Park.
SAS: I don’t have a single preferred designer. I like her to wear what works well for her. I don’t care if it’s a pair of Levi’s jeans or Dolce and Gabbana. She has style and she always picks the right thing. WL: And now for your turn, Mrs. Al-Sabah…where does the Ambassador like to dine? RAS: He loves sushi, especially from Sushi-Ko. WL: What is something about each other that that people might be surprised to learn about? SAS: That the best time we have is when we’re
alone together WL: What is something that you do that most makes your husband smile? RAS: When I tell him we have no plans for the
weekend. WL: Mr. Ambassador, what most makes Mrs. AlSabah smile?
SAS: Weekends in New York. WL: Well, clearly you know each other quite well. Now, Mr. Ambassador, what do you most want to accomplish before you leave Washington? SAS: I’d like to change the stereotypes that exist
in American minds about Arabs and Moslems.We are living in an age where a few people are distorting the image of the many. Unfortunately, because of the violence that’s coming out of our region, people tend to stereotype Arabs and Moslems as being violent and it’s simply not true. WL: Do you feel that religion has been hijacked by the events that have come to pass? SAS: Absolutely. Less than one percent of the
Moselm population are violent fundamentalists and the other 99 percent are paying the price for the misdeeds of that one percent. That’s not fair and I would like to change that if I can.
WL: And now, for the dating game part of this interview….Mr. Ambassador, do you know where Mrs. Al-Sabah likes to shop in Washington? SAS: Yes, Neiman Marcus
WL: In the four years you’ve been en poste, you’ve clearly done a lot for Washington and the United States. How many more years are we going to have you here? SAS: It’s hard to predict. There is no set term. WL: What word of advice will you offer
WL: And which designers do you like to see her wear?
your successors? SAS: Embrace this town, it will embrace you back.
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ince Dan Snyder took over the team in 1999, the Redskins have not won a single playoff game. However, he has managed to turn the team into a very profitable one. The Redskins are the most profitable franchise in the NFL which speaks to how Snyder lures the very passionate Redskins’ fans to FedEx Field each season. He shared that same passion for the team with Carol Joynt while at a Nathans community lunch. Carol Joynt: You’ve said you’ve been an entrepreneur since you were seventeen.Will you tell us a little something about your career from seventeen on? Dan Snyder: I was a bad student,
so I went to a community college and then went to the University of Maryland for, I guess a year. I remember one of my teachers saying in a business class, “You’re not in this class.” I said, ‘I am.” He said, “This is the final exam. Why are you here?” I said, “To take it.” I took that exam, I don’t think I did very well. I wasn’t a good student, I was more of a rebel from that standpoint.
DS: I want to beat the Cowboys. I want to run
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up the score. CJ: Are there owners of other teams you have become good friends with? DS: Dan Rooney (of the Pittsburgh Steelers), he’s a
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Redskins are my greatest passion. CJ: When was the moment you knew you had Joe Gibbs and how did you know? What did you feel inside? DS: Far out! We were in an eleven-hour meeting.
I wanted him to know every detail of how the team is run and how the operation is run so he could feel comfortable and want to do it. At the end of the session I said, “Well Joe,” and he said, “I guess I am the head coach.” I gave him a big hug. Joe works harder than anyone I know. Quite frankly, I can’t keep up. He has more energy than anyone I have ever met. CJ: How many times a day do you talk to him? DS: Several.We spend a lot of time together, par-
ticularly in the off-season. CJ: Do you ever workout with the team? DS: That would be embarrassing. The coaches
CJ: What kind of businesses did you get into? DS: I started a tour business for college kids. I
love college kids, and I love to travel. I took them to spring break and bowl games.
CJ: Did you know Jack Kent Cooke well? DS: No, I met him once at a Super Bowl Party in
CJ: You were also in the communications industry in a big way, weren’t you? DS: I started a magazine company called Campus
USA and went swinging for the fences, made it real big and then lost a lot of money. I put my entire family in to major debt, and then paid off all those debts. I turned it into direct marketing/advertising agency and then sold it in March 2000 to a French company. CJ: Are the Redskins your primary work now? DS: I would say a combination of the Redskins
and a lot of non-profit and profit boards. The
good friend. Pat Mullen, of the Denver Broncos.
sure it works here in Washington. It’s tough and it hasn’t worked twice before. Everyone seems to go away in August. I went to a hockey game last year and I finally learned what the blue lines are. It took me an hour to learn that. CJ: What are the most important lessons that you have learned since owning the Redskins? DS: Don’t listen to the media. CJ: Does it make a difference to you whether the Washington fans like you? DS: It would be nice for folks to see the effort we
put in.When it all comes down to it, when you’re losing, you’re losing.When you’re winning, you’re winning. That’s why we keep score in football. CJ: Do you think you are starting to grow on people? DS: I think people are figuring out that all I want
to do is win.
Minnesota and he was in a pretty good mood. I think he was enjoying himself that night. CJ: How is your style different from Jack Kent Cooke’s? DS: I’ve only been married once. CJ: Other than the Redskins, what is one of your Washington passions? DS: I have a bunch of hobbies. I like to ski and
getaway during the off-season. I primarily spend time with my family. I have little kids and spend time with them.
CJ: Can you eat or drink anything during the game? DS: After the game. CJ: Do you talk to anyone during the game? DS: My wife says, “You have all these people,
[Alan]Greenspan, Colin Powell, in the box and you are the worst host.” [That’s because] I am so focused on the game. CJ: Under what circumstances would you sell the Redskins? DS: After I am dead. Second in an exclusive series by Carol Joynt on
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Style to Go
Fashion designer REBECCA MOSES is just wild about cashmere BY A L S I O N LU K E S
aks Fifth Avenue recently unveiled plans for “Wild About Cashmere,” an initiative launched in all 59 Saks stores this September that will run through the end of the year. Supported by the Italian Trade Commission, Saks Fifth Avenue will feature an unprecedented array of exclusive Italian merchandise commissioned in part by renowned designer Rebecca Moses, who serves as the Creative Director and Consultant for the project. Washington Life’s Alison Lukes recently asked Moses about her love of cashmere and experience directing this initiative.
Alison Lukes: Saks Fifth Avenue recently launched a national retail initiative, “Wild About Cashmere,” with you serving as the Creative Director and Consultant. How did this project come to fruition? Rebecca Moses: During the Milan collections last October, Ron Frasch, vice chairman and
chief merchant of Saks Fifth Avenue, approached me to see if I would be interested in the project and I have always respected Ron. I was able to create products of my own for Saks and also work with other designers — many of them my fashion friends who I’ve known my entire career. They were as excited as I was to create exclusive designs. Additionally, Saks wanted the “Made in Italy” label, which has always been such an important part of my work. AL: Over the years, you have used cashmere in your collections in ways many designers weren’t. What first attracted you to explore and experiment with cashmere? RM: I fell in love with cashmere in the begin-
ning of my career. I have always sought beautiful materials that have an amazing touch, the ability to be worn year round and also have the ability to dye incredibly. Cashmere is a unique fiber that is as beautiful knitted as it is woven. It can be made feather light in weight and can be worn in the summer as in the winter. I have traveled my entire life and have needed clothes that have sense of mobility and comfort. I call it “mobile
and women’s accessories to home goods, gifts and cosmetics. It is wild. It is all about being a dream merchant.We have cashmere felt chargers for table top, we have optical printed blankets, cashmere vases, big cashmere cubes to sit on.....and many other fun and wild objects. So, lifestyle is the key to all my inspiration. AL: Many of the world’s most famous designers have also created exclusive merchandise for “Wild About Cashmere.”What are some of your favorite pieces? RM: One of my first meetings was with Yves Saint Laurent Beaute— what a fabulous group.
style” or “style to go!” Cashmere, in regards to fashion, is the perfect element for mobile style. Unlike other fibers, it is truly addictive. You can never give up on it. From a creative point of view, I am constantly thinking of ways in interpretation and usage. AL: You designed over 250 products for “Wild About Cashmere,” ranging from whimsical items such as jump ropes and hammocks to new takes on the staple cashmere sweater, luxurious loungewear. What has been your inspiration for this project? RM: The challenge of the project was to develop
exciting product, but also to get Saks Fifth Avenue thinking about the product as one store with one point of view. The challenge was to get everyone together and get them to interface their creative thought process. Cashmere is a dream, a dream you can touch. Cashmere is also a way of life… And in each way of life, we create an array of products that epitomize that dream way of living. Cashmere is also shock and pop, reflecting a lifestyle filled with bold confidence, color, vitality and even pop elements. In fact, we have everything from men’s
We went to them with a lifestyle concept called “Cashmere is New Age Glamour.” We asked them to embrace what they do with some interpretation of cashmere. We defined “New Age Glamour” for them and they related the concept to the color palette and came back with an amazing concept— a black cashmere satchel which contained a gold charm bracelet, with each charm containing another beautiful color makeup, so totally chic, and two other best selling cosmetic tools. Carlos Falchi did the most amazing handbags with crocheted leather and beads and cashmere so beautiful; Graff Jewelers created an amazing bracelet with diamonds spelling out cashmere!! How indulgent!! Hugo Boss created a beautiful White cashmere blazer for men— the ultimate for the chic male wardrobe; Vera Wang created a beautiful crocheted ensemble, so glamorous. AL: You are an American, living and working in Italy. Do you consider yourself an American or Italian designer? RM: I am undeniably a New York girl, but Italy
has become my second home. I have been a part of the globalization of fashion which began when I arrived in Italy. I am proud to have been on the forefront of this amazing evolution. I like to consider myself an international designer.
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The view of Nantucket Harbor from the Rosenthal’s deck; (inset) In their 1946 woodie nicknamed Shore Leave after their island home
NOT JUST FOR SUMMER ANYMORE These Washingtonians’ Isle of Choice is Definitely nantucket ashington Life spent Labor Day weekend on Nantucket taking in the cool island breezes and visiting with many of our readers and friends. Chris and Kathleen Matthews and Barbara Harrison and her husband John Chester Pyles, III recently purchased houses on the island, joining the swelling ranks of prominent Washingtonians who summer there, including: John Kerry and Teresa Heinz, Tim Russert and Maureen Orth, Bill and Alison Paley, Bob and
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Carol Foley, Robert and Marion Rosenthal, David and Alice Rubenstein, Robert and Mary Haft, Evan and Cindy Jones, Bob and Laurie Monahan, Smith and Elizabeth Bagley, Terry and Margaret Lenzner, Max and Heidi Berry, George and Evelyn Constable, and Molly Raiser. But, as Barbara Harrison explains, Nantucket is
“not just for summer anymore” (see page 29 for an insider’s tour of the new Harrison-Pyles’ compound).
honeymoon hideaway Having rediscovered Nantucket, Chris & Kathleen Matthews jaunt to their new digs on the dunes as often as possible
t’s hard to imagine that Kathleen and Chris Matthews, who purchased Joan Bingham’s modest Nantucket-style shingled house on the dunes, ever have time for weekend getaways. Still, the broadcasting power couple somehow manage to regularly retreat to their new home away from home, a major feat given that Kathleen anchors ABC-7 news at Five, hosts “Capital Sunday,” and is working on a new prime time news magazine while her husband is busy with his new “Chris Matthews Show” in addition to hosting MSNBC’s “Hardball.” When we caught up with the busy couple, Chris was being quizzed on American History poolside by his 16 year-old daughter Caroline who has turned their mutual love of history into a “friendly competition” that makes Advance Placement preparations a wee bit more fun. Whew! No rest for the weary. Meanwhile, in between photos, Kathleen managed to entertain Wayne and Catherine Reynolds and Gahl Burt who stopped by for lunch. While Kathleen was teaching her course, “Tower of Babble: Making Sense of News in the New Millennium,” at Harvard’s Kennedy School of Government, she and Chris, a native Philadelphian, rediscovered Nantucket where they honeymooned 25 years ago. Asked whether they have animated political discussions at home, Kathleen responds,“We have our sparks that fly.”The couple certainly keep the sparks flying on the Washington social scene while helping their many charitable causes, including the Catholic Charities Foundation, Shakespeare Theatre, Black Student Fund and Girl Scouts, among others…
here once were men from Nantucket, “Native American that is,” Alice Rogoff Rubenstein says. After many years of traveling to Abrams Point (named for Abram Quary, Nantucket’s “last Indian,” according to Francis Karttunen’s “the Other Islanders,”) Alice and her husband David Rubenstein, the founder and managing partner of the Carlyle Group, fell in love with the beauty and Native American history that surrounds their house there. Inspired by the historical geography of Nantucket and her passion for the environment, Alice, along with other mothers from the Potomac School in Washington, organized the first ever Alaska Native Art and Culture Festival at the Smithsonian National Museum of History, scheduled for November 4-7, 2005.“Alaska Natives live on the edge of the world, creating this extraor-
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dinary artwork, which is a tribute to their innovation, strength and tenacity,” Alice explains. At their annual summer’s end dinner guests including Harvard President Larry Summers, historian David Halberstam, Lou Gerstner, Daisy and Paul Soros, and Maureen Orth listened to her relate how the earliest impacts of climate change are being felt by Alaska’s Native people, whose way of life remains dependent on the land and the sea for survival, particularly their fisherman who are literally falling through the melting ice. “We must listen to their stories,” she says, “so that people around the country can be part of the solution to help them preserve their culture, artwork and way of life…”
The other islanders For David & Alice Rubenstein, the history of Abrams Point is even more important than their end-of-summer soirée
or over 25 years, Terry and Margaret Lenzner have traveled to their Nantucket retreat to escape the frenetic pace of Washington. When we caught up with them, daughter Emily, who works with George Stephanopoulos at ABC News, had just thrown a birthday fete for Margaret with the help of her siblings and family friends. The Lenzner house sits on the shoreline with a spectacular view of the harbor and easy access to their sailboat. Terry, who is an avid sailor, runs the Investigative Group International, Washington’s “primo private eye firm.” Known for unearthing hard-to-find intelligence on certain former presidents and major corporations, he is pictured here next to a wall-hanging of Richard Nixon, Robert H.Abplanalp and Bebe Rebozo on a boat in Nantucket (adapted from a NewYork Times front page photo by a local Nantucket artist). The tapestry was given to Terry by his wife Margaret, a painter and art lover, to commemorate his role as assistant chief counsel to the Senate Watergate Committee and his investigation and subpoena of the aforementioned trio in the Nixon-Howard Hughes illegal campaign contributions scandal…
bebe, margaret & me Though Terry and Margaret Lenzner come to the island to get away from it all, their past is never far behind.
or the past 25 years, Robert M. Rosenthal, Chairman of Rosenthal Automotive, and his wife Marion, a strong supporter of the National Galley and NSO, have journeyed to their beautiful New England getaway for rest and relaxation just steps from the island’s quaint beaches. When we joined them for tea in their sunroom overlooking beautiful Nantucket Harbor, the Rosenthals, who try to play nine rounds of golf per
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shore leave Thrilled to finally get some downtime, Robert & Marion Rosenthal are ready to hit the greens day, explained that they just haven’t had enough “Shore Leave” this year as Bob who has built an empire of 15 Washington area Rosenthal automotive dealerships, has been busy preparing for the opening of his new ultra-modern Jaguar/Land Rover showroom in Chantilly,Va. Bob, along with his friend John Pohanka, Chairman of the Pohanka Automotive Group and member of the Washington National Opera Board of Trustees, have also been busy with the $3.4 billion sale of the Capital Automotive REIT, a company they founded and took public together in 1998. On island Bob and Marion keep an electric car as well as their classic 1946 Woodie dubbed Shore Leave.
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THROUGH THE LOOKING GLASS
Westmoor Farm: The Holiday Home of Barbara Harrison and John Chester Pyles, III Written by Mary K. Mewborn Photographed by Porter Gifford
hen by sheer chance, NBC News 4 anchor Barbara Harrison literally ran across the former Vanderbilt family estate known as Westmoor, it was a dream come true. Barbara and her husband, developer John Chester Pyles, III, president of Washington Management Development Inc., had been looking for a Nantucket vacation home large enough to accommodate their extended family for Thanksgiving, Christmas and other holidays. Barbara never thought they would actually find one for the family, a veritable modern
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day “Brady Bunch” with eight children. Last summer, while lost and jogging with friends, it was as if Barbara fell through a rabbit hole and into a “fairy tale environment, a magical spot.” Even before she realized the old Vanderbilt estate could comfortably sleep more than two dozen people, she knew she had found her ideal holiday home when she discovered the property “was populated with an amazing assortment of bunnies.” It was her “fantasy world come true.” Harrison and Pyles purchased the property
“as is,” from Michael Egen, the former chairman of Alamo Rent-a-Car, complete with rabbits, goats, chickens and a moose head hanging from a wall in one of the compound’s eclectic mix of buildings.The estate includes twelve traditional New England-style guest cottages bearing the names of the farm’s fabulous flora and fauna, including Wisteria, Holly, Rose and Dogwood. A nine-bedroom great house resembling an Alpine ski lodge rises over the landscape. Two large Mid-Western style structures, known as the Red and Green Barns offer additional shelter and purpose. There is also an enormous stable. If the couple’s time at Westmoor is spent living the fantasy life Barbara recalls from childhood, she is determined to share her joyful experience. For 20 years, Barbara, broadly recognized for her community service and philanthropic and charitable activities, has been making children’s dreams come true through her work on Channel Four’s news segment “Wednesday’s Child.” Now she plans to use Westmoor as a place where “abused and abandoned children” can escape to the fairy tale existence they deserve. Besides hosting the children and their social workers, Barbara and John also hope
at westmoore farm Barbara Harrison and John Chester Pyles, III feel like their new compound is a “dream come true”
colleagues, family and friends will flock to their newfound “Shangri-La,” (as Mary Haft, a dear friend and Nantucket neighbor refers to the Harrison-Pyles’ home). This fall, Barbara is especially looking forward to scalloping, building bonfires and enjoying cookouts on the beach: all things that her husband who is “drawn to the sea” eagerly anticipates as well. The couple also looks forward to greeting guests in the Green Barn with its full sized theater stage, ballroom, basement game room, and authentic tin roofed Irish Pub and to spend cozy moments in the Red Barn’s main room where two huge “walk-in” fireplaces will surely add to the warmth of friendships fueled in front of the flames. This year, Barbara and John will create holiday cheer in the commercial-sized chef ’s kitchen which could easily cater a Thanksgiving feast for a hundred hungry pilgrims. The kitchen also has an industrial-size ice cream maker, perfect for producing the pie a la mode which Barbara will no doubt bake once the apples in her orchard are harvested this fall. The Red Barn also houses Barbara and John’s master suite, which the couple constructed out of a multi-room office on the top floor. From their restful retreat they can survey their pristine property and watch the trees change color. Here too, they will first hear the symphony of farmyard sounds as Barbara prepares to run in the cool morning mist along garden paths, past her Koi pond, waterfalls, a croquet and game pitch, Little League baseball field, and flowering gardens. For Barbara, who rises for work at 3:00 a.m., in Washington, one of the nicest things about being on vacation at her Nantucket home is that she “gets to extend her dreamtime.” Indeed, spending time on this beautiful island along the Atlantic seaboard is living a dream. No wonder she and her family plan to make worthwhile use of Westmoor all year round.
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Poetry in Motion
DONOVAN Goes Greek for Govinda Gallery’s 30th
eorgetown’s Govinda Gallery celebrated 30 years on September 23 with a presentation of the first photo exhibition of musician and artist Donovan’s “Sapphographs.” The show can be seen through November 12. Over the years, some of the gallery’s highlights have included several exhibitions for Andy Warhol, with whom the gallery was closely associated, the first exhibition of Annie Leibowitz’s photographs and a 20th Anniversary exhibition featuring photographs of Mohammed Ali by Howard Bingham. This fall, Donovan celebrates his 40th anniversary as an entertainer. Along with his exhibition at Govinda Gallery, a career retrospective box set “Try for the Sun: The Journey of Donovan” and his autobiography, “The Hurdy Gurdy Man,” were released to mark this occasion. A prolific songwriter, poet and musician, Donovan is recognized as one of the most popular and innovative recording artists of our time. Donovan sat down with Govinda Gallery owner Chris Murray to discuss the show and give us a little insight into his inspirations. Chris Murray: What inspired you to create this visual tribute to the ancient Greek poet Sappho? Donovan: My interest in photography goes back
to my father. When I was a boy in Glasgow, I used to watch him develop pictures in his dark room. It was magic seeing them come to life in the white China tray— as if by magic— so photography was always a love. While taking an art course some years ago, I took my Roliflex and started shooting ancient sites, like the Etruscan Ruins above Florence and Vesoli, and that got me going on my love of Theology again. One day I was in California and got to thinking about the Greek drama, so I put my daughter Oriel, her friend, and my wife in white face and white linen and I started to get into this Greek drama thing. I looked into the poems of Sappho and thought that I’d be great to do a series Cindy Sherman-style, where I create photographs of an
Mine,” and recently an unknown fragment of Sappho’s work has been uncovered. Is the fact that only fragments remain of Sappho’s poetry part of the allure for you? D: Even the fragments are fascinating. There’s
imaginary Greek play. CM: What qualities of ancient Greek mythology to you feel are important today? D: If it wasn’t for the Greeks,
where would we be? The invention of the written word was not Greek, but they took it to a fine art and of course they invented Democracy. The speech to the Ephesians by Pericles and others, the ancient works really [established] how each member of the tribe in society should have a say, and stop tyranny and aristocratic rule, which always ends in bloodshed. We may not have gotten rid of the bloodshed, but without the Greeks, we wouldn’t have the systems we have. Greek art was extraordinary. The Renaissance benefited from Greek culture, Michelangelo, Leonardo da Vinci and all modern artists have benefited from Greek art.They taught us how to think, how to rule, how to party, and how to create art. CM: In your album, “Sutras,” you do a beautiful song based on a fragment of the poet Sappho’s “Be
one complete poem and the rest are like broken pieces of sculpture. In fact, the latest finding, I believe, was found written on papyrus wrapped around an Egyptian mummy from the 3rd century B.C. But for me, putting parts of her poems together, like reconstructing it for the song “Be Mine,” was fascinating. The brand new fragment that was found may be another full poem but who knows? This one is lamenting her growing old, although I don’t know who actually translated it. It was discovered last year by researchers at Cornell University that she laments aging. [Quote from poem] “My once tender body, old age now has seized, my hairs turn white instead of dark, my hearts grown heavy, my knees will not support me, that once on a time where fleets of the dances fawns, the state I oft bemoan but what to do, not to grow old? Being human, there’s no way.” CM: Beautiful. D: It’s a fascinating piece and I will put it music
as well, maybe for my exhibit of Sapphographs coming up. CM: I want to congratulate you on your extraordinary box set that Sony is releasing and your autobiography that are both just coming out now. D: The Sapphographs may take precedence over
both of those items, but the fact that they come out at the same time, is extraordinary. Sapphographs at Govinda Gallery is the first of what’s loosely called my 40th anniversary.
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Reporting for Duty
Fall is having a MILITARY MOMENTâ€”but you donâ€™t have to look like youâ€™re wearing fatigues
NEW STYLED TAKES ON OLD FAVORITES MAKE THIS TREND ANYTHING BUT STANDARD ISSUE!
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SIGERSONMORRISON MOSSSTORMPOINTED FLAT $395 available at Sassanova in Georgetown, www.sassanova.com
CHRISTOPHER FISHERCASH CASHMERECREWNECK $245 and SCOTTBARBERPLAID SHIRT $115, both available at Sherman Pickey in Georgetown, www.shermanpickey.com HERMESSILKAND SILKTWILLTIES $145 - $155 each available at Hermes boutique, Fairfax Square, www.Hermes.com
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Whip It Up
Delicious recipes from some of D.C.’s finest chefs Lamb marinade Makes 1½ cups
¼ ¼ ¼ 1
ederal decor and sumptuous meals at the 1789 explain why dining at this Washington institution makes one feel right at home. Gourmets including the late Julia Child have come to celebrate special occasions there. Chef Ris Lacoste’s seasonal menus paired with her signature dishes, such as pine nut crusted chicken paired with a balsamic reduction or the tender lamb paired with creamy feta potatoes are among the most popular dishes. Named on of “America’s Top Ten Tables” by Gourmet magazine, 1789’s fabulous lamb is worth a try at home. www.1789restaurant.com
Rack of Lamb Serves 6
3 8 oz. chop large eyed racks of domestic lamb, trimmed to the loin, bones fully exposed and scraped 1 cup lamb marinade 6 cups spinach, well cleaned 2 ounces butter 2 cups lamb sauce creamy feta potatoes salt to taste
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cup chopped fresh parsley cup fresh cracked black pepper cup garlic, minced cup olive oil zest of 2 lemons, finely chopped
Combine all ingredients. Make the marinade up to 2 weeks ahead and keep covered in the refrigerator. 2. Roast the lamb scraps until well browned. Meanwhile, in a large sauce pot, heat the oil and add the onions, carrot and celery. Cook until the vegetables are lightly browned. Add the roasted lamb and deglaze the roasting pan with the merlot. Add the merlot and juices from the pan. Add the veal or lamb stock and bouquet garni, bring to a boil and then let simmer until reduced by 1/3 or until desired sauce consistency is reached. Make sure to skim as often as necessary to remove unwanted fat and impurities. Add about 1/2 cup of red pepper puree and strain all through a fine mesh chinois. Season with salt and pepper to taste. Adjust with more red pepper puree, salt and pepper. If adding more red pepper puree, make sure to repass the sauce through the chinois. Keep warm until ready to use. The sauce can be made a day ahead and reheated. 3. To put together the lamb dish: Set the oven to 450 degrees. Rub each lamb rack with lamb marinade and season well with salt. Set the lamb on a roasting sheet and cook in the preheated oven for 8 minutes. Remove from the oven and let sit for 20 minutes or so. Just before serving return to the oven and cook for 3-5 minutes longer for medium rare. It is hard to judge how long to cook the rack since ovens are different and rack size varies. What is important that the rack is allowed to rest after the first cooking to allow the heat to evenly penetrate the rack. For an accompanying merlot sauce, please see www.1789restaurant.com/in_the_kitchen/recipes.shtml
INDEBLEU Few restaurants that have made such a stunning debut as IndeBleu, located in the heart of the redeveloped Penn Quarter. Conde Nast Traveler magazine has named it one of the hottest new restaurants in the country, and recently James Beard House in New York requested a dinner featuring its signature dishes. Behind all the accolades is a savory menu that makes Washington a fortunate city to have such a culinary star. www.bleu.com
Pan Seared Wild Salmon with Orange Gastrique Serves 4
3 1½ 1 ¼ ¼ 1
Orange sauce cups orange juice Tblsp. Sugar Star anise tsp. Red chili flakes tsp. Salt tsp. Unsalted butter
Combine orange juice, sugar, star anise, chili flakes & salt and reduce by 1/4th. 2. Just before serving whisk in butter and pour over salmon.
4 6 ounce King salmon fillet skinless ½ ounce Oil Salt to taste
Salt salmon and sear in hot pan to desired temperature.
Garnish Orange Segments 1 ounce Micro Mustard Greens
“I HAVE INHALED THIS GEOGRAPHY MY WHOLE LIFE SO IT IS ONLY NATURAL TO HAVE BEEN INSPIRED BY THE COLOR, SCALE AND PATTERNS OF THE CLOTHING AND TEXTILES OF THE IMPERIAL OTTOMANS AS WELL AS ALL NATIONS THAT HAVE SURROUNDED ME. BUT MY VISION IS ALSO INFLUENCED BY A GLOBAL FASHION MENTALITY IN A RATHER ECLECTIC WAY.” —YILDRIM MAYRUK
produced By Barbara McConaghy Styled by Barbara McConaghy & Alison Lukes Photographed by Zaid Hamid at the Smithsonian Freer and Sackler Galleries
Hair by Nuri Yurt Owner TOKA Salon Makeup by Bill Weidan TOKA Salon & Susan Heydt T.H.E. Artist Agency Special thanks to Katie Zigler, Director of External Affairs, Freer and Sackler Galleries
ight now, it’s all about the Ottomans—the fabrics, the dazzle, the imperial splendor of the Topkapi Palace Museum in Istanbul. It is fashion at its most resplendent, and it’s coming to Washington (see page 42 for details). In late October the Arthur M. Sackler Gallery will present Style and Status: Imperial Costumes from Ottoman Turkey. The exhibition will showcase over fifty of the world’s finest Ottoman royal textiles from the collections of the Topkapi Palace Museum, Istanbul, the Kremlin Armory, Moscow and other international collections. These Ottoman Imperial silks are rich in their visual design and technical complexity. Designed to impress, the Imperial Kaftans were the ultimate luxury items of style and status. These beautiful textiles have also been influential to many of Turkey’s top designers working today. Along with previewing the Kaftan exhibit, this years gala will honor some of Turkey’s most sought after fashion designers with a fashion show, including the designs of Gonul Paksoy, Atil Kutoglu, and Yildrim Mayruk—whose beautiful modern interpretations grace the following pages, modeled by some of the Freer and Sackler Galleries’ indispensable gala and exhibit sponsors.
IMPERIAL Style and Status: Rich Textiles and Ottoman Silks Inspire Turkish Designers in a New Exhibition and Gala
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INSPIRATIONS At right: MEVHIBE (“MIMI”) LOGOGLU wife of Turkish
Ambassador O. Faruk Logoglu in a black and gold cut velvet dress with fur trim by YILDIRIM MAYRUK featuring gold filigree drop earrings, $390; gold jeweled cuff, $750, and hammered gold cuff, $210, all from
TABANDE. Opposite left: A silk satin kaftan with inlaid applique design from the 17th century; Istanbul, Topkapi Palace Museum
MARY OURISMAN Gala Committee Member & Benefactor in a red and gold gown and tasseled wrap by CEMIL IPEKCIâ€” her red chandelier earrings, $275, topaz enamel ring, $2,950, and citrine ring, $140, are from TABANDEH. At right: A quilted silk satin kaftan with applique design from the 16th-17th century; Istanbul, Topkapi Palace Museum
“THE OTTOMAN CAFTANS ARE SO AMAZING IN STYLE, CUT, FABRIC AND PATTERN, THAT THEY HAVE ALWAYS BEEN A BIG INSPIRATIONAL SOURCE FOR MY WORK. THEY ARE SO PRECIOUS AND DELICATE AS A WHOLE; THE CUT COMPLEMENTS THE FABRICS, AND THE PATTERNS AND COLORS ARE SO MUCH IN HARMONY WITH EACH OTHER AND THE FABRIC.” — ATIL KUTOGLU Above, left to right:
MASSUMEH FARHAD Chief Curator Freer and Sackler Galleries wearing purple silk jersey dress by
ATIL KUTOGLU and MRS. SERPIL AYASLI, Freer Sackler Benefactor and Gala Committee Member, wearing black two piece silk jersey dress with jet beaded belt by YILDIRIM MAYRUK. Farhad’s gold filigree earrings, $70, belt, $150, and gold cuff, $210, & Ayasli’s beaded drop earrings, $185, and gold cuff, $750, all from
TABANDEH. At far left: A silk and taffeta kaftan from the 16th-17th century; Istanbul, Topkapi Palace Museum
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SERPIL AYASLI and MARY OURISMAN Gala Committee Members and Benefactors, and MEVHIBE (“MIMI”) LOGOGLU, wife of Turkish Ambassador O. Faruk Logoglu, all wearing the designs and accessories of GONUL PAKSOY. Below: A silk satin kaftan with applique design from the 17th century; Istanbul, Topkapi Palace Museum
“THE MAIN LINES AND GEOMETRY OF THE IMPERIAL KAFTANS INFLUENCE ME. THE TRUTH OF THE MATTER IS THAT, ONE REPRESENTS THE PAST AND THE OTHER THE PRESENT.” — GONUL PAKSOY 42
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MEVHIBE (“MIMI”) LOGOGLU wife of Turkish Ambassador O. Faruk Logoglu in a taupe and café strapless satin gown by YILDIRIM MAYRUK with bronze cluster necklace, $350, and drop earrings, $355, both from TABANDEH
SAVE THE DATE! WASHINGTONLIFE is proud to sponsor this years
FREER&SACKLERGALA featuring a sizzling fashion show with top Turkish designers and special guest
OSCARDELARENTA October 26, 2005, in the Arthur M. Sackler Gallery. A reception and private tour of ‘Style and Status’ in the Sackler will begin at 7:00 p.m., followed by dinner in the Freer at 8:30 p.m.
STYLEANDSTATUS IMPERIALCOSTUMES FROMOTTOMANEMPIRE The exhibition will showcase over fifty of the world’s finest Ottoman royal textiles from the collections of the Topkapi Palace Museum, Istanbul, the Kremlin Armory, Moscow and other international collections. These Ottoman Imperial silks are rich in their visual design and technical complexity. Designed to impress, the Imperial Kaftans were the ultimate luxury items of style and status. Oct. 29, 2005 – Jan. 22, 2006 Arthur M. Sackler Gallery For ticket information contact Jessica Hammond at 202-633-0447
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nnie Creamcheese, a vintage boutique formerly in Arlington, opened a new location in Georgetown this spring, providing vintage-starved fashionistas with one-of-akind, original pieces by such designers as Emilio Pucci, Gucci, Missoni, Lanvin, Yves Saint Laurent, Valentino, Christian Dior, Ferragamo, and Mollie Parnis. Located at 3279 M St., N.W., the boutique also features many pieces from up-and-coming designers, plus a men’s vintage line. Couture fashion designer Nanette Lepore was recently spotted shopping in the store and spending $2,000 at the high-end but funky shop. Clothes are handpicked from a highly selective list of private owners from cities around the world. Annie Cream Cheese also provides
alterations at no charge. Owners Annie Lee and Garrett Bauman opened Annie Creamcheese, modeling it after a Las Vegas vintage boutique frequented by celebrities in the 70s. Lee is also working on a new television show on the Discovery Channel called “Pop Nation,” airing in October. “It will be sort of a hipper, more humorous ‘Antiques Road Show’ for younger generations,” said Lee, who will appraise vintage clothes for their owners. The show has also partnered with Ebay so that the appraised items could be auctioned off if owners wished. To view Annie Creamcheese’s fabulous finds, visit its website at www.anniecreamcheese.com.
Annie Creamcheese 3279 M. Street, N.W.
ADOPTFURRY VICTIMS OFKATRINA
any owners of household pets were forced to give up their best furry friends when flood waters from Hurricane Katrina ravaged the Gulf Coast in early September. Now, the animal victims are currently available for adoption at the Washington Animal Rescue League (WARL). The shelter has over 50 animals from Katrina alone up for adoption. Founded in 1914, WARL was the city’s first animal shelter and operates solely on private donations and volunteer efforts. The shelter is also accepting donations of food, toys and blankets. The organization held its annual Jeep Yappy Hour, a BYOD (bring-your-own-dog) event, on September 15, to benefit the WARL and to save homeless pets. For more information, visit www.warl.org.
auricio Fraga Rosenfeld, owner of Chi-Cha Lounge and Gua-rapo, has teamed up with D.C. club promoter Osmar Nuñez Vilches to launch Maté, a swank Latin Sushi lounge at 30th and K Streets N.W. The
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99-seat restaurant with its club-like atmosphere and roped VIP section opened at the end of June, and takes its name from Yerba Maté, an herbal tea introduced to the world by the Guarani Indians of South America. Maté imports blends of the tea from Argentina. Maté’s menu features a “Latin Sushi concept” that spices up traditional sushi with Latin American ingredients. Signature drinks include tropical fruit purees of tamarind, passion fruit and guava mixed with maté, as well as Maté-tinis and Maté-jitos. Drawing inspiration from Danish architect Verner Panton, Maté’s design features red, black and white décor as a backdrop to the contemporary Latin/Jazz lounge music spun by a DJ. Maté is open for dinner until 12:30 a.m. Sunday through Thursday, and on Friday and Saturday until 1:30 a.m.
.L. is proud to sponsor The Washington International Horse Show (WIHS), which will bring the â€œcountry to the cityâ€? once again for a week beginning on October 23 when Olympic horses and riders compete for some of the most coveted and prestigious equestrian awards Visting the pony pavilion in the world. Many of the worldâ€™s top equestrians fly races and a bull riding event on the their multi-million dollar equine athletes evening of Sunday, October 23, and the to Washington to vie for top honors in $100,000 Presidentâ€™s Cup Grand Prix, this world class show jumping event. followed by a concert featuring country Proceeds from this event will be donated to Starlight Starbright Childrenâ€™s Founda- music star Tracy Byrd and culminating tion, whose mission is to brighten the lives with a private party hosted by WIHS President Sheila Johnson on Saturday of seriously ill children and their families evening, October 29. Last yearâ€™s by bringing together experts from pedievent drew such celebrities as Bruce atrics, technology, and entertainment. Special exhibitions will include Springsteen and local sports heroes Art Monk and Charles Mann. barrel racing, Jack Russell Terrier
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estaurateur Franco Nuscheseâ€™s restaurant empire is expanding up and out. The â€œupâ€? is at CafĂŠ Milano, where regulars await even more exciting expansions and developments this fall. Nuscheseâ€™s reach extends â€œoutâ€? in ClarBob endon in early fall, where Johnson he opens Sette Bello, a new hot spot for the young and beautiful at 3101 Wilson Boulevard. All of his restaurants â€” CafĂŠ Milano in Georgetown, Sette Osteria near Dupont Circle and Sette Bello â€” are now organized under a new management entity, Georgetown Entertainment Group, with Nuschese as CEO. One
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of the most respected businessmen in town, Bob Johnson of BET fame and the owner of the NBAâ€™s Charlotte Bobcats, is a partner in the Sette Bello venture. â€œMr. Johnson has a great creative and business perspective that will be a tremendous advantage to our Group,â€? Nuschese says. â€œWe are very fortunate to have him aboard.â€? Nuschese also has been on the move in a cultural sense. He was recently named to the board for the Washington National Opera. A classical music aficionado, Nuschese has been a long-time opera fan.
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