The TV Star.

Posted on January 23, 2009
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Elizabeth on NBC, inauguration day 2009 from jma on Vimeo.

So, my big news last week was that I was interviewed, alongside Robin Givhan (!!) about Michelle Obama’s style for CNN’s The Situation Room. The piece was set to air pre-inauguration, but got delayed due to that surreal, and heroic, plane crash in New York. Now that we have Toledo and Wu and J.Crew to talk about, I have a feeling it’s been relegated to the editing-room floor. Who knows though, maybe they’ll insert a gem or two from me in something or another (I hope I had at least one gem to Robin’s eightythousand…she is intimidatingly well-spoken, not to mention smart as hell and funny). I’ll keep you posted.

So, I didn’t make my big television debut after all, but my sister Elizabeth did, on NBC News on Inauguration Day (in her gorgeous Karen Millen coat). None of us were shocked that Elizabeth was singled out – her eloquence is always tough to top in a speech or toast.

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Diane!

Posted on January 23, 2009
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I'm catching up on some inauguration posts! Getting to be in the same room as Diane von Furstenberg on Sunday (and her goat coat...this is what I heard...) was certainly exciting. The event, a cocktail gathering at hostess Juleanna Glover's home in Kalorama, was held to raise the profile of Vital Voices, a pretty exceptional NGO that supports female leadership around the globe. Von Furstenberg is a member of the board, and when she was asked to speak, she spoke about her own mother's strength - her mother survived a concentration camp and weighed under 50 pounds when she was set free - and how women have always inspired her in her work (the proof's in this video for her Spring 2009 collection). She was gracious, funny, and well spoken. I'm sure that their event at The Kennedy Center on March 19 will be incredibly moving and well-attended.

A hearty thank-you to the neighbor down the street who unknowingly provided the shrubbery cover for the fur-lined boots I wore for the walk over (I slipped into my Cole Haan patent pumps before walking in). I will not be a slave for fashion.

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R-e-s-p-e-c-t the Hat(s).

Posted on January 22, 2009
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It was sparkly, it was big, it had a bow. Upon rushing into Congresswoman Suzanne Kosmas' office in the Cannon House Office Building on Inauguration Day (I had tickets, they did me no good), the first thing I saw on the television there was The Hat.

Aretha rocked the hell out of that song, and she rocked the hell out of that awesomely ridiculous church hat. Of course, I've been a fan of statement church hats from the beginning of the blog. So now that everyone's all aboard the huge hat train, a review of the bold, sartorial excellence that's been a celebrated tradition in our city's churches for years:

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Taken June 2007, near Metropolitan Church on Vermont Avenue Northwest.

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Last February in Georgetown, at 26th & P Streets Northwest.

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My favorite, taken July 2007.

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Taken September 2007.

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Creative Coalition

Posted on January 21, 2009
Filed Under Events, Only in Washington | 1,145 Comments

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Wow - my head is spinning and my legs are aching from this weekend! I attended an intimate house party with Diane von Furstenberg, a fashion show with InStyle's Hal Rubenstein, and heard both Moby and Adele perform. I'm running around with family in town today still, but for now check out where I was last night: on the (blue) carpet shooting the Creative Coalition Ball. It was hard to shoot - the press area was packed and just really intense. You have a pretty limited time to get your shot and everyone else is jostling to get the shot too (the shot above should tell you how packed it was). Craziness.

Anne Hathaway was the first big star to arrive, in a gorgeous red dress. Here's Dana Delaney laughing at all of the photographers screaming her name. I think Rachael Leigh Cook had the prettiest dress - not sure who made it but it was a column dress soft cream/pink color with ruffled tiers. And Phillip Bloch has such a cool look. Check it all out here!

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