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The 60ss, the steak, and the fashion

29 Mar

by Yulia Mikhalchuk

The night of March 25 was very well anticipated and buzzed about way in advance. It was THE_Mad_Men_night, when season 5 premiere aired. Many venues around the city (public and private) hosted viewing parties, but of course I will tell you about the one I attended, – in Bourbon Steak at Four Seasons DC. Private lounge was pure resemblance of that era, from beautiful outfits to floral table treatments, from waitresses’ uniforms to the drinks’ recipes… The only difference there were… nobody smoked (phew!) Two hours of season kick-off flew in a blink, and food and drinks never ended (too bad somebody had to drive home!)  Please enjoy the pictures!

Regarding the movie itself… I would say, it was “okay” appetizer – good enough to tease but not good enough to fully satisfy. It felt a little flat, like it was rushed and not thought out, like producers decided to rest on the clouds for a while. It would get full house anyway, why bother too much! Of course, fashions were impeccable. To me the most impressive is always not what leading actresses wear, but large crowds appearing on the screen for literally seconds!

Question of the evening – WHERE IS BETTY?

Sarah Mais and Gavin W Bowie

Amazing salad with marshmallows!

awaiting

martini and olive

Vintage coat of Cyndy Esty

marvelous dessert!

Yes it is spring in Four Seasons!

Whole gallery of 27 is HERE

 
 

DRESSED – “The best art comes from pain” (c) Nary Manivong

08 Oct

by Yulia Mikhalchuk

Bethesda Row Landmark Cinema welcomed a hand-picked crowd of guests for DC premiere of “Dressed” documentary on October 6. “Dressed” is an award winning film that follows acclaimed women’s ready-to-wear designer Nary Manivong on his unprecedented journey from homeless to New York Fashion Week. Originally from Laos and abandoned by parents, Nary from the very early age had to face incredibly difficult circumstances which did not break him down but gave him guts and courage to reach for his dreams.  Simon Doonan, Fern Mallis, Nanette Lepore, Lynn Yaeger and other fashion figures are featured in the movie. Despite common thought that fashion business is very glamorous, they all agree on that it is very competitive and butchery industry. After first 2 years, 80% of designers are out of business. It is never pure luck if you make it, although one can not overestimate its role in the industry. Nary, who started from subzero base, thanks to his unbelievable passion and commitment, and ability to overcome his own fears and failures, now has his own line. In addition, he now collaborates with Ally Hillfiger on “NAHM” line, reinventing shirtdresses. NAHM stands for their combined initials (Nary-Ally-Hillfiger-Manivong) and also means “water” in Laos.

After the screening in Bethesda Row, Nary and director of the movie David Swajeski were interviewed by Kate Bennett of Capitol File magazine. Followed, anxious viewers took turns asking questions (and have been rewarded for them with soundtrack CDs!). The afterparty was held at Jaleo Bethesda, where guests mingled and were profusely fed and suffused.

Nary, who once was very shy to people and сonfessed in the film that communication is not his strongest skill, now admitted that his friends helped him to open up and it actually moved his business a lot. Asked if he is going to make clothes for men, too, “Not yet, maybe in the future”, – he replied.

Enjoy some pictures and don’t forget to visit whole gallery.

Nary with the poster in Jaleo

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