“If you don’t take money, they can’t tell you what to do” (c) Bill Cunningham

23 May

by Yulia Mikhalchuk

He ripped his first check (and many others) in pieces from New York Times because he wanted to stay artistically free. And he did.

He is one of the last tenants standing, along with Editta Sherman, of Carnegie Hall NYC.  He doesn’t care about celebrities, food, or romance. He is always sitting in first row on New York Fashion week, as well as Paris, where they once called him “The most important person in the world”. He is shooting film. He is wearing blue working uniform jacket for $20 because it has many pockets and doesn’t wear out so quickly because of the camera constantly rubbing against stomach area. This legendary New York Times photojournalist, Bill Cunningham, is the object of new documentary, privately screened this Thursday in Bethesda Row Landmark Theatre.

Great afterparty was held at Mon Ami Gabi.

Enjoy the pictures of the afterparty only, since, you understand, no photography allowed during screening.

New York street fashions captured by Bill Cunningham over the years

it's pouring outside, but it didn't scare the attendees

High-heeled cupcakes by Georgetown Cupcakes, designed just for The Front Row

The team from Federal Realty Investment Trust (owners of Bethesda Row): Kellyn Mahan, Jill Powell, Jenn Adams, Kara Hughes and Lynn Zacharia

Barbara d.Martin of BrandLink DC and Kathryn Bangs of St. Germain

Lindsay Masciana and Kara Manos

Lydia Russo and Annie Perezchica


Sara Torneden, Lauren Lee

Marissa Schneider, Vanessa Rodriguez of Bethesda Row, Marina Gita and Ryan Snow

Barbara and cupcakes!

Catherine Calabrese, Yousuf Hanif and Vida Mokthari

cocktail, anyone?


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