Lights, Camera, Fashion!

Posted on May 12, 2009
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Not to equate fashion with celebrities (often, quite the opposite is more the case), but there are a number of fashiony events starting Thursday, a handful of which have enough star power to please those of you who didn’t get to do the straining-with-digital-camera-overhead thing this past weekend.

Above: Christian Siriano, Lauren Goldstein Crowe, Glamour.com’s Tracey Lomrantz, and THE VALENTINO MOVIE!!! (that I’m, well, obviously, dying to see) and a ton more at The Front Row in Bethesda this weekend. Bethesda just got about eightybajillion times more interesting.

We hear that the premiere of Night at the Museum: Battle of The Smithsonian will take place Thursday evening at the Air and Space Museum, with red carpet arrivals at 6:30. Bring your cameras, star-struck Washingtonians: expect Amy Adams (in the movie as Amelia Earhart = awesome), Ben Stiller, Owen Wilson, Robins Williams and Hank Azaria.

And don’t forget – on Thursday, Macy’s Metro Center transforms from a department store to a gallery, showcasing the impressive artwork from students at the Corcoran College of Art + Design, all alongside hippie fashions inspired by The Summer of Love. More details here.

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Prom!

Posted on May 12, 2009
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The Washington Times’ Stephanie Green wears a corsage

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The Examiner’s Kiki Ryan with Meghan Mccain

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The Post’s Jonathan Capehart with political analyst Michelle Bernard and crew

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Ted Gibson

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I didn’t take a ton of celeb photos this year for the WHCA weekend, mainly because I skipped the photo-op-happy pre-dinner gathering and Tammy’s brunch and just enjoyed myself at the Cap File party Saturday evening. What impressed me the most were some of the outfits I saw on the “regular” folks in attendance. The responses from three particularly well-dressed women I stopped: “Marchesa” “Phillip Lim” “Mayle” (the backless black ruffled number above). I wore a favorite vintage tiered ruffle one-shoulder dress and, by around 12:30 a.m., some very uncomfortable shoes. A highlight of the evening: I met the ineffably charming Ted Gibson and he lovingly touched my hair (it’s the little things…).

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Only in Washington.

Posted on May 8, 2009
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Prom is this weekend! And by that I mean the White House Correspondents Association Dinner (see why many refer to it as just “prom”?), a big ol’ dinner that, for the past handful of years has been a bit of a snooze, followed by sponsored after-parties that are always the fun part. I don’t think I need to spell out how and why this year’s dinner – and of course, the after-parties – will be some of the most exciting and glamorous this town has seen so far. The recession may damper things a bit, but I think the star-power will certainly blind most to say, cheaper wine or fewer appetizers.

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Faces of Washington, New York, and LA at least year’s WHCAD.

I snapped for Washingtonian last year and got a ton of great photos (Donatella Versace! Heidi and Spencer!), everywhere from media maven Tammy Haddad’s insider-essential brunch to the pre-dinner gathering and Bloomberg after-party.

Desiree Rogers and Valerie Jarrett came to the Corcoran in March to shoot the cover for Capitol File’s Summer 2009 issue (designer.clothes.everywhere!), which will be unveiled at their after-party tomorrow night, also at the Corcoran. Peek at the spread here. Washington event designer extraordinaire Andre Wells designed the event, and guests will include both Rogers and Jarrett and a host of other faaaabulous celebrities so faaaabulous that I don’t even know who they all are yet. But there will be photos, promise!

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Wells just got a great shout-out in the new May Vogue, as did Washington Life magazine and its Young & The Guest List party, novelist Jane Stanton Hitchcock, Post writer Jim Hoagland, florist Sue Bluford and, in a particularly hilarious line that anyone whose been to the restaurant will understand, Cafe Milano). Its Norwich Notes column declares that “Washington, D.C. is the new New York.” Um, what? Really, Washington is the new Washington, a phrase many here have uttered recently. In fact, can that be our city’s new slogan?

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Walker Rules.

Posted on May 6, 2009
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Walker Lamond, one of my favorite stylish local gents, is my Sidewalk Style subject this week. I think I first saw Walker at the Jete Society’s “Dance Party” in 2008 – pretty sure I took his photo and never posted it, for one reason or another. I then saw him again at the Sartorialist opening at Adamson Gallery, and then included him in the big “Great Hair” spread I had in Washingtonian magazine a while back. So I guess you could say that I’ve been following Walker, and his style, for a while now.

Walker’s style is basically original prep. No shapeless khakis with embroidered animals or sack-style navy jackets to be found. His is a carefully considered yet unfussy blend of labels both old and new, all with a decidedly 50s-retro look. The unfussy part is what I find particularly attractive about the look – think beachside walks in white jeans rolled up to mid-calf, an old white oxford shirt worn like second skin. Totally classic, just like the advice he doles out on his blog (and soon, book!), Rules For My Unborn Son.

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