The Allure of Spring Glamour

Posted on September 25, 2008
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Just when I was all geared up to wear black again, Richard Nicoll’s Spring 2009 collection came along to tease me with its soft, flowing fabrics (can’t you just feel those pants against your skin?!) and elegant, unapologetic prettiness. These have a certain easy, relaxed, oh-I’m-just-hanging-out-in-my-dressing-gown glamour.

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Oui, Nanette!

Posted on September 24, 2008
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The past few days have been chock-full of fashion. Hours after landing back in the District, I was slipping into my trusty Nanette Lepore cocktail dress (purchased eons ago with my mother at the original NYC Filene's) to have dinner at Indebleu with Nanette and 14 or so others. I'd always thought Nanette was French, but as it turns out, she is from Ohio. And just as nice and laid-back as you can imagine. At her opening party last night in Chevy Chase, she seemed slightly overwhelmed and confessed to me that she couldn't wait for "a beer and to dance barefoot." My kind of lady.

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By the time I left a little before 9, she'd gotten to the beer part (that's us in the first photo above...check out my $38 David Meister score from the Chevy Chase Bloomingdale's!). She was dancing too, albeit in heels, to the live Brazilian band - her cousin's - in from New York for the party. And she wasn't the only one! Yes, people were dancing at a magazine-sponsored (Cap File) party... in the Chevy! It seems to me that parties here in Washington are loosening up a bit more...there's a liiiitle less of the uncomfortable, standing around/posing/looking at who's here stuff going on. And thank goodness. Kudos to Publicist Extraordinaire Barbara Martin, who more and more seems to be the creative force behind every fashionable party in Washington these days.

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There was a ginormous rose chandelier, delicious, perfect little bites of food, and rows of pretty dresses, including this fancy black frock one of Nanette's publicists was wearing. Congressman Tim Ryan, who Nanette will throw a fundraising party for in New York at the end of October, gave me his vote for best dressed Congressman ("David Dreier") and charmingly used the word "boobies" during our conversation. Two of my favorite shopgirls from Annie Creamcheese were there; Nanette had stopped in earlier in the day and purchased 12 black dresses from their "couture" section. Linda Roth publicist Carrie Foster arrived with peacock feathers in her hair. Tres French...tres Nanette!

And! I had the opportunity to drop in on a fashion shoot for FW's holiday/inauguration spread. It's going to be very, very beautiful...

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The Lady in Red

Posted on September 24, 2008
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My sister was utterly radiant at her wedding on Saturday. Not only did she look like a total movie star in her custom silk dress, she was just so poised, relaxed and happy that she seemed bathed in sunlight the entire weekend. It was so inspiring to watch her and Jasmine say their vows (I started tearing up the second she appeared, of course) and to celebrate with such a cool and fun group of friends and family (my dad dancing around with his tie wrapped around his head, my (seventy-five-year-old-plus) Aunt Edie complaining that Justin Timberlake's "Sexy Back" was too slow for her, a hilarious toast by the other Maid of Honor that involved Brenna & Jasmine's friends singing "A Whole New World" from Mulan). We ate (a lot), drank, danced our asses off, and I lost my cell phone. But it was worth it.

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My sister Elizabeth is in the middle (in long white leather gloves), reciting Most Like An Arch This Marriage

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Elizabeth and Paul's son Little Malcolm, named after my father. We're preeetty sure that was water.

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Monique and I were Maids of Honor

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My mom - who wrote today saying that she's still "floating" from the wedding - and my niece Hannah (check her out in this video! Go Suzanne!)

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My dad laughing. I think this picture just says it all.

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Saja Trunk Show at Ginger Tomorrow

Posted on September 23, 2008
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Nolita-based line Saja will bring its entire Fall 2008 collection to Ginger tomorrow. The line manages to be both totally feminine and utterly modern, resulting in the kind of clothes that make you feel comfortable and pretty without looking too girly-precious. That mix is exactly what Ginger does so well as a store, come to think of it. My favorites include their dressy trenches, perfect skirts (adore that purple skirt & pink top combo!), and genius dresses - this black one is quiet perfection.

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