Night Out with Robin & Andre

Posted on April 13, 2015
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I attended the book party and signing for Robin Givhan’s The Battle of Versailles at the residence of French Ambassador Gerard Araud. Robin and Vogue Contributing Editor Andre Leon Talley (in a sweeping custom cape, natch) enjoyed witty, collegial banter about fashion history for the benefit of the crowd. Talley in particular was a steady stream of Tweetable one-liners–starting with interjecting “since the Civil War!” while being introduced as a longtime editor to the magazine.

Robin: “Women [the international jet-set; royalty] were showing up in their full-length gowns and tiaras and diamonds that they owned.”

Talley: “Grace Kelly in suites of diamonds. SUITES OF DIAMONDS.”

I’m nearly halfway through the book, and it’s a fascinating read for anyone interested in American fashion, especially those of us young enough to not be personally familiar with a time when ready-to-wear didn’t exist and copies of clothing were encouraged by design houses, not discouraged.





I’d be remiss if I didn’t add here that the Ambassador’s residence in Kalorama is stunning. From the gated entrance that opens to a half-moon driveway to the elegant mix of period paintings and decor with contemporary art and modern textiles, seeing it was a truly a special and only-in-Washington experience.


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Dispatch from the Weekend

Posted on March 17, 2015
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Giddy with spring fever on Saturday and looking for some affordable wardrobe freshness, I made a trip to Inga’s Once is Not Enough in The Palisades. Returned home with a pair of never-worn Falke tights ($8) and these two funny snaps (priceless).



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This weekend: the many many shopping options

Posted on November 14, 2014
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What: Union Market’s curated retail series and shopping event
When: November 14 from 1pm-6pm | November 15 from 10am-6pm | November 16 from 10am-5pm
Where: Maurice Electric Warehouse, 500 Penn Street, NE, DC
About: Thread is Union Market’s free shopping affair, featuring an array of carefully curated fashion vendors. The Maurice Electric Warehouse space will transform into a bazaar-like journey through the best of on trend fashion. The market continues to recruit a variety of local and national fashion creatives – and for the first time ever – will welcome mobile vendors to this November’s line-up. Southern trendsetter Billy Reid and beaded jewelry designer Tsion Rocks are just a few of the names that will set-up-shop for the weekend.


What: Gilt City merchandise, accessories, home goods and more at up to 90% off retail plus an exclusive John Varvatos pop-up shop
When: November 14 from 7pm-11:30pm & November 15 from 9am-5pm
Where: Dock 5 @ Union Market, 1309 5th Street, NE, DC
About: The Gilt City Warehouse Sale is coming to Union Market. This Sale will feature all of your favorite designers at a discounted price and a John Varvatos Pop-Up Boutique within the space.

While in the ‘hood, don’t miss……


Nomad Yard//Old New Collectiv
What: A new collective of artists/creatives/retailers in a shared collective at the Union Art Building. Tour through the whole building this weekend to discover this and other spaces. There has been little buzz around this but the Nomad Yard space is right on the ground floor off New York Avenue and it looks awesome and chock-full of goodies. One of the founder is Tara Papanicolas, a stylist who used to run Alex, one of D.C.’s best early boutiques (it was way ahead of the curve and was located in an all-wrong spot downtown) that many new to the city will have never heard of. But it was legit and I think this will be, too.
Where: 411 NY Avenue–Union Arts Building

Meanwhile, across town:

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EF Collection Trunk Show & Designer Meet & Greet at Hu’s
What: Hu’s Wear welcomes LA-­?based jewelry designer Emily Faith for a special, one-­?day trunk show on Saturday. The trunk show will run throughout the weekend but Saturday is your chance to meet the designer. Faith’s EF Collection is PURE unstudied elegance. Pieces use handset white, black, and champagne diamonds and are faves of boldface Hollywood names such as Jessica Alba, Lupita Nyong’o, and Jennifer Lawrence.
When: Meet & greet 10-7 on Saturday.
Where: Hu’s Wear, 2906 M St. NW


Alice + Olivia Opening Party
WHAT: Alice + Olivia just opened in Georgetown. They’re having a party and you’re invited! Local DJ Ca$$idy (who I snapped/met for the first time in 2009…God I’m old). The alice + olivia team also taped local illustrator, Elizabeth Graeber who is painting alice + olivia inspired birds throughout the dressing rooms to help celebrate the opening of the store.
WHEN: Saturday 1-3 p.m.
WHERE: 3303 M St. NW

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The Fall Agenda

Posted on October 17, 2014
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Here’s where you need to be; here are the parties you need to see.

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Kate Spade Saturday opens in Georgetown
Kate Spade Saturday, the Kate Spade offshoot known for its cheery selection of pumped-up wardrobe staples, is opening a brick-and-mortar in Georgetown on M Street (in the old Kate Spade store, which has moved across the street into the old Juicy Couture space). I can’t wait to check out the goods, including cute sweaters like the one above (no more boring sweaters again, evah!) The store opens officially this Saturday (natch), October 18 at 3061 M St. NW.

Advanced Style Exclusive D.C. Premiere + Fashion Art Design


Linda Rodin (above). Iris Apfel. Tziporah Salamon. All incredibly stylish, all completely confident and self-possessed in their manner of dress. These are the Advanced Style women–swans of the street as photographed by Ari Seth Cohen for his hugely popular street-style blog-turned-book, now-turned-documentary film. It debuted a few weeks ago in NYC and will come to D.C. for one day only during Fashion Art Design (the new Fashion’s Night Out) October 25 in Georgetown. I’m proud to say that I worked to make this happen, and I hope to see you all there! So buy tickets before they sell out.

Teri Agins Book Talk (with Robin Givhan) at Mazza Gallerie


A fashion media powerhouse two-for-one on October 20, when WSJ fashion writer Teri Agins appears in conversation with The Washington Post‘s own Robin Givhan. The talk is also a book signing for Agins’ book, Hijacking the Runway: How Celebrities Are Stealing the Spotlight from Fashion Designers. Sounds dishy!

Thread at Union Market


{photo Kate Warren via The Washington Post}

Union Market’s Thread, the pop-up featuring local makers and other “curated” retailers, returns this November. A little birdie tells us mid-November. So watch this space for the full details.

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