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Archive for February, 2011

Crystal Couture finished the marathon with a triumph

06 Feb

by Yulia Mikhalchuk

For five days straight, Crystal city was blessed with fashion shows featuring 14+ designers, 30 participating boutiques and lots of different fun activities, all for free! “Exotic and Elegant to Everything Everyday”, that was the name of the event for this year,  amazed fashion appreciators with variety of styles, formats and directions that would please any captious personality.

Crystal Couture marries fashion with image and showcases the sexy, chic, stylized side of Crystal City—in a way that has never been done before. Crystal Couture is part art exhibition, trendy nightclub, fashion show, and hip retail store all rolled into one. There were cash bar, body painting, hair and makeup makeovers, henna, DJ entertainment, runway shows, T-shirt design competition, and more.

The date for Crystal Couture for 2012 is already arranged! Mark your calendars – February, 7-12, 2012!

Enjoy the pictures.

body painted

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First “Shutter Wars” winner is announced before even airing

05 Feb

by Yulia Mikhalchuk

Marcus Wattz is the winner of first season of “Shutter Wars” which will start airing this February. As it was promised earlier, his personal exhibit was unveiled by Art Soiree this Friday in L2. Armin DeFiesta, founder and producer of the show, as well as 2 of 3 judges – Nicole Wolf and Douglas Sonders, and all 5 participating photographers attended the event.  Brick walls of L2 held tons of all kinds of art before, and now their space is granted as a prize for the winner of reality show! Congratulations to all the photographers taken part in this show as being pioneers is already a great benefit – Jessica Stoker, Jack Fleming, Katherine Klegin, Ivory Lawrence, Crystal George. Great thanks to Sandro Keresa and Tati Ana of Art Soiree for delivering yet another fantastic event.

Enjoy the pictures and don’t forget to watch the show.

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“Fashion for paws” kick-off party for fundraising models

04 Feb

by Yulia Mikhalchuk

Literally, there was no space to lift your hands with the camera on Thursday night in Teatro Goldoni. Fashion for paws, benefiting Washington Humane Society, threw a party celebrating all the fundraising models for 2011 Fashion for paws (which will take place in National Building Museum on April, 9)

Vitamin Water and Georgetown Cupcake, as well as Teatro Goldoni itself,  provided sips and bites for the party. Svedka Vodka offered special “doggy” cocktails, and was entartaining all the guests in dress-yourself-up photo&video booth.

Spotted: Lisa LaFontain of WHS, Tara de Nicolas of WHS’ Fashion for paws, serving as commitee co-chair Tommy McFly of 94.7 Fresh FM radio, F4P executive co-chair Amanda Polk, Commitee fundraising chair Windy Shepard, Committee co-chair Wendy Gordon, Tysons Galleria’s Rich Dinning, Syzygy Event Productions’ Julie Shanklin, TV personality Paul Wharton, artist Don Patron, Nina Snow of PSAOB, Maggie O’Neill of O’Neill studios, Mark Drapeau of Microsoft, Aba Kwawu of Aba agency, Lindsay Kin of ICRW, Lawrence O’Neal, Dr.Alex Naini of Austhetic Dental Spa, photographers Moshe Zusman, Daniel Swarts, Vithaya; Michelle Benaim of A.B.E. Networks, Erika Paola Gutierrez of epgPR, stylist Lana Orloff, and so many more!

Yours truly is going to raise money for this wonderful organization, too. Please visit my personal fundraising page on WHS website HERE.

Enjoy the pictures.

Lisa LaFontaine, Rich Dinning, Tara de Nicolas, Tommy McFly

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10th annual “Sugar and Champagne affair”

04 Feb

by Yulia Mikhalchuk

On Tuesday night ballroom of Ritz Carlton DC transformed into almost Thanksgiving feast in February! Tenth annual “Sugar and champagne affair”, hosted by Chef Todd and Ellen Kassoff Gray of Equinox, attracted hundreds of people with their furry (and not so) companions. Over 40 restaurants and gourmet food trucks presented their best creations for animal lovers – sweets, finger foods and, of course, elite sparkling nectars. “Sugar and champagne”, which started in 2001 as a small fundraiser, now became huge significant event that all the dog owners and dog “wanters” are happy to attend and support. 100% of funds collected benefit Washington Humane Society, which relies solely on donations and does tremendous amount of work. There have not only been many “wealthy” four legged friends, there were also rescued and offered for adoption ones. It is amazing how kind and forgiving dogs are to people, no matter what they have been through, they still are full of love and sparkle and trust.

Spotted: Cheff Todd and Ellen Gray of Equinox restaurant and Watershed, Lisa LaFontaine of WHS, Holly Morris of Fox5, Tommy McFly, Stef Woods, Mark Drapeau of Microsoft, Tara de Nicolas of WHS’s Fashion for paws, Nikki Schwab, Svetlana Legetic, Donna Donella, Wendy Gordon, Leslie Maggos, Dr.Alex Naini, Stephanie Williams and many-many more of DC’s animal lovers.

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