One More Post ‘fore I Go….*

Posted on January 30, 2009
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Ach, I hate it when I have literally five minutes to post something before I have to run out of the door (in different clothes)! Anyway, I have had a busy week but have some fun posts brewing in my head for next week as always….

Before I go, I quick post because I can’t say no to charity and apparently, Katherine Kennedy (and who can? read my interview with her a while back here): a CD release event going on tomorrow at Smith Point to debut new song called “Try Me” that will appear on Blonde Charity Mafia. It was written by her boyfriend Billy Glading, who performs with the group Miles Midnight. The fashion angle to all of this is that Katherine is guest bartending, and her tips will go toward her fundraising goal for the upcoming Washington Humane Society event, Fashion For Paws.

Smith Point, tomorrow 9-11
$20, open bar + free CD

*who can guess the song I’m playing on…? Er, it’s not Miles Midnight.

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Reason #452 I need to learn how to sew

Posted on January 29, 2009
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$295?!? FOR REAL, PEOPLE?

But I totally want one. le sigh.

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Neiman Marcus Spring Preview

Posted on January 28, 2009
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I attended the Spring trend preview at Neiman Marcus Mazza Gallerie over inauguration weekend (great swag including Bobbi Brown makeup and the book InStyle Parties). Ladies-about-town Tina Alster, Sissy Yates and Mary Amons, above, were there, as was The Washington Post’s Janet Bennett Kelly, who brought her hubby along. Ali Wentworth (Sissy’s sis) hosted alongside InStyle’s Hal Rubenstein and Ken Downing, Fashion Director for Neiman Marcus.

Hal started the presentation off a bit oddly (“2008 sucked right?!”) – but no matter; the idea was right: to present clothes that uplift the spirits in the way Spring collections always do. In the dark and cold of winter, very little is more appealing than gorgeous floral prints, soft-looking, flouncy skirts, and the color hibiscus – all in shapes that celebrate and flatter the female figure. Meaning: no more shapeless, childish fit. These were clothes with a decidedly womanly look, several of which called to mind the Mad-Men fifties and sixties. Others, like two black, gray, and white dresses from Roland Mouret, served up a sharper slice of what it means to celebrate womanly curves. As Rubenstein pointed out, “you’re only as small as the narrowest circumference you’re wearing.” Other shopping pointers, ideas, and looks for Spring: go shopping with two pairs of shoes, treat the cardigan as the new jacket, layer beaded necklaces for a bold look, look for all shades of pink, the “sophisticated global” look, and adding subtle embellishment with metallic fabric in neutral tones.

Only a few looks were crowd displeasers: a short-dress-and-cardi look that played a bit too youthful against the others, and a Chanel number with beaded logos dripping off the sleeves. Not exactly subtle. Though having that much cash certainly wouldn’t suck, now would it, Hal?

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Color Story: Richard Nicoll & Sasha Obama

Posted on January 26, 2009
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Richard Nicoll's Spring 2009 RTW collection was the first thing that popped into my head on inauguration day when I glimpsed the impossibly cute ensembles worn by the First Daughters. His was one of my favorite collections for Spring, and the color-combination on little Sasha was just perfect. All around, I loved the way each of the Obama women wore bold colors during the inauguration day ceremonies (I'm so hungry for color!). Michelle's look was elegant and unapologetically bold and pretty. As I said in the CNN taping (which apparently did air, after all...now we're working on the digital evidence), Michelle Obama is the only First Lady I can recall where women see her on TV and think, "I wonder where she bought that?"

She looked glamorous and First-Lady appropriate, but the green accessories added a quirky, unique touch. I loved that. This is going to be a fantastic four years of fashion in Washington.

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