Alex Prager takes D.C. (in Bottega Veneta)

Posted on January 24, 2014
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One thing you should do before you die–or at least before March 9–is decamp to the Corcoran Gallery of Art to see the work of LA-based artist Alex Prager. Her first solo museum exhibition in the U.S. is on view, Face in the Crowd, and while I’m biased as the Corcoran’s PR director, it’s a gorgeous, complex and immersive project. Those of us who are fascinated with the space between our private and public selves (and vintage clothing and styling) will relish this show, which includes an 11-minute, 3-channel video projection featuring actress Elizabeth Banks that brings Prager’s cinematic images to life.

The show was sponsored by Bottega Veneta and W, so enjoy these snaps of Alex in a gorgeous black Bottega frock, W editor Stefano Tonchi and a crew of stylish gents, and others. If you’re into her work, don’t miss the “Touch of Evil” video project she made for T, the New York Times magazine, in 2011.

A great date to come out is next month’s Corcoran Uncorked (Feb. 19)–an amped-up monthly cultural Happy Hour. This one’s inspired by Alex’s film inspirations. It’s a tribute to Alfred Hitchcock; expect movie trivia, a chance to print your own vintage movie poster, screenings of “Rear Window” and “The Birds,” and a tour of the show.

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Prager and friends

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Marni Owens and makeup artist Nichole Servin

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W’s Stefano Tonchi (r) and friends

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A Night With Edgar

Posted on March 8, 2013
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Last night I unearthed one of my favorite outfits for the grand opening of Edgar, the new power lunch/drinks spot on Connecticut Avenue. The outfit? Oh, just a vintage plum-and-black satin-striped jumpsuit with exaggerated sleeves. Yes, just this old thing. I wore normal work clothes and then may or may not have changed in the bathroom of an office building across the street where I had an appointment prior. The invite said cocktail attire, and I take these things seriously.

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I arrived to a purple carpet and a gaggle of leggy models donning smoldering YSL Le Smoking-style tuxedo looks. After a dinner of cheese, charcuterie and Moet–but still craving something sweet–I took my leave to discover one of the best, most unexpected parts of the night: the Carpe Donuts truck parked outside, serving free delicious hot cider and fresh hot sugar donuts.

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Olympias.

Posted on July 27, 2012
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She apparently slept with snakes. You wouldn’t know this particular goddess’s claim to fame for her Wikipedia page. Click to the “medals” section. She was the ultimate prize.

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Seersucker Bliss

Posted on July 11, 2012
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The Seersucker Ride and Social was scheduled on one of the first hot-but-not-unbearably-so days this season and felt like a utopian fantasy conjured from the Gatsby era. A crowd of shiny happy people–including a smattering of adorable and happy children–drank, danced, and napped in the grass for hours. If you have never been to Hillwood, you are missing out. It’s a short walk, bikeride, or drive from Mt. Pleasant Street and feels completely disconnected from the city hubbub.

I wore a dress that reminds me of a picnic with a dash of Vivienne Westwood tailoring at the bust, and great vintage shoes you’ll see in the above and in the last shot, one of my favorite pictures of the day.

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