Think Runway, Shop Beltway: A Whole New REALM

Posted on April 26, 2007
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Clear Quartz & Lapis Pin Choker
$100

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Double Strand Pearl Pin Necklace. A badass take on the pearls-and-cardigans uniform.
$40

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Aventurine & Wood Stretch Bracelet, $40 and Ring, $15

Local REALM designer Jesse Walker is all over the city, literally: formally trained at FIT, the multitalented designer sells his jewelry at Eastern Market, creates the exclusive pillow line for Apartment Zero downtown, and recently teamed up with Lori Parkerson of the darkly hip Redeem on 14th Street for an exclusive line of jewelry. Oh and he was @ STYLEistics the other night. Pics from that tomorrow I promise!!

It’s easy to see why Parkerson chose REALM: the designs are often ironic and edgy twists on classic looks. Walker takes classically beautiful semi-precious stones and other traditional jewelry components & mixes them with modern, industrial elements like steel ball chain and kilt pins. “My work is about contrasts,” says Walker. “I’m always amazed at how new and fresh certain materials can look, when taken out of their traditional contexts, and mixed with the unexpected.” Walker takes his inspiration from the great cities of the world and well as seventies & eighties punk style, and the overall effect is incredibly textural and surprisingly pretty. Walker sees Washington as beginning to break out of its style mold: “DC style has come a long way in the past few years. I still find it frustratingly conservative much of the time, but it’s definitely getting better. It’s exciting that it’s kind of up and coming in that way. It means there are lots of possibilities.”

REALM by Jesse Walker
Online, at Redeem and Eastern Market.

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Muleh discounts, the French Market in Georgetown, Pretty Bling, and DC’s Sweeter Side: Where You Might Wanna Be in the Next Few Days.

Posted on April 26, 2007
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You know you’ve done it: drooled in front of the Muleh windows at the gorgeously crafted Phillip Lim dresses all while staring sadly at your nearly empty wallet. Tonight’s event offers 25% off select clothing, which, after a few complimentary drinks, might be just enough to convince you to spend your tax return cash.

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Wear Your Cake & Eat It Too

Posted on April 26, 2007
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At the Heart of America’s Sweet Charity event on April 16, everything literally looked good enough to eat.

The event at The Mandarin Oriental featured more than fifty tasting stations manned by some of the city’s top chefs, including CakeLove’s Warren Brown, Kinkead’s David Collier, Charm City Cakes’ Duff Goldman, IndeBleu’s Vikram Garg, and Geoff Tracy from Chef Geoff’s and LIA’s (I made a beeline for his signature wasabi-glazed tuna sashimi on wonton crackers–YUM). It was a foodie fantasy spun from sugar paste and puff pastry: sugar lily bouquets, colorful candy sculptures that looked like blown glass, and as much cake, candy and ice cream as you wanted (savory too, if you care about that sort of thing).

The overall effect was a delicious sensory overload in a Charlie and the Chocolate Factory kind of way, especially when it came time for the highlight of the evening: the “Chocolate Fashion Show.” Some models pranced down the runway, discs of chocolate flying from their dresses; others walked more precariously, trying to keep elaborate cake hats or chocolate sculptures from tumbling. I can’t help but point out the delicious spin this puts on fashion shows and the fashion industry: the show encouraged eating, and the only real benefit to being in the first row is that candy might fall into your lap!

If guests left with a tummy ache, they at least left with a clear conscience: Heart of America’s mission incorporates American values (compassion, responsibility, unity) and service to ensure that generations to come have access to books, hope, and successful futures. Pretty sweet.

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At Howard University

Posted on April 25, 2007
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You all might remember Sarde from my Women of Howard series.

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