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.
Well, it’s been a while! I’m resurfacing to share a few things.
The Spring 2015 issue of Capitol File magazine is (just) out and features a roundtable discussion of “style setter” locals including yours truly. We talk “D.C. style” and how Washington has changed (or hasn’t). Robin Givhan was there and that was worth the thing, full stop.
In other news:
Fashion editor Kate Bennett has left Washingtonian for POLITICO, where she’ll author her own gossip column, “The KGB File” (more about it here on Poynter) In a personal email, she wrote that it “will cover all things Washington: insight, politics, happenings, fashion, parties, who’s who, entertainment, tech, power circles, openings/closings, real estate, business, the White House and more …perhaps the most exciting part is that everything is on the table.” Word has it that a certain former scribe at Washingtonian has been invited back to pick up where Kate left off….*
Blog All Things Fashion DC, on hiatus, has launched a Kickstarter campaign to create The Fashion Source, a “comprehensive print book & digital resource guide spanning 3 states, 30 neighborhoods, 35 features, & 1k+ fashion businesses.”
Meanwhile, Local line Hugh & Crye now has a podcast called The Protagonist.
The NYT hints that powerhouse styling agency The Wall Group may soon open a D.C. outpost.
Mark your calendars & buy your tickets: The District Sample Sale is March 3.
UPDATE March 20: Didn’t mean to leave anyone hanging. The new Fashion Editor at Washingtonian is Sarah Zlotnick. She had previously left Washingtonian for Wedding Wire.keep looking »
Shot at the National Arboretum and in dense woods in Virginia, the trailer for Washington Ballet Artistic Director Septime Webre’s original ballet is darkly beautiful and full of drama. The ballet debuts February 18-22 at the Kennedy Center. Tickets.keep looking »
Here’s where you need to be; here are the parties you need to see.
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