Archive for November, 2010

Russian fashion show at the Pasha Lounge

21 Nov

by George Njiiri

This past Friday evening, Dupont Circle in Washington D.C. had the honor of hosting  Moscow’s own Evgenia Luzhina-Salazar.  The Russian native displayed her set and costume design talents, with great aplomb.The event was hosted by the International Club of DC at the Luxurious Pasha lounge, at the heart of Dupont circle.  The High fashion soiree was the scene of International sounds and light drinks served before the drama unfolded. The models made their entrance with bold costumes that displayed Evgenia’s talent for brilliant colours and strong geometric proportions with a hint
of the rich fabric of Russian culture and sensibilities.  It was a great night of fashion, fun and networking and we hope to follow this Evgenias’ penchant for theatrical creations in the near future.

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Pakistan fashion fighting flood

17 Nov

by Yulia Mikhalchuk

Yesterday night Pakistani Embassy was flooded… with people. Everybody came to  celebrate the launch of Fashion for Pakistan Flood Relief, a non-profit organization established to raise funds for the floods victims and to increase the awareness among Americans of this tragedy.

Ambassador of Pakistan  Husain Haqqani and his wife Farahnaz Ispahani warmly greeted all the guests, gently reminding about the importance of the cause they all gathered together for. Fashion is wonderful but money has to be raised to surmount the tragedy. Although the most of the water has receded, complete devastation, disease and hunger remain. There is limited access to clean water… and food shortages. Standing water, submerged land and dead livestock have led to numerous cases, particularly in children, of gastroenteritis, diarrhea, skin infections, cholera, typhoid, malaria and hepatitis.

The fashion designer featured that evening, Deepak Perwani, asked the media to send a word out that Pakistan is not “only bombs”, which is only small, negative part of the whole culture, it is many positive things, including fashion. Fashion defines whether or not country is in stable economic situation, but it also shows people’s hope for brighter future, despite of current tragical situation. He believes that his country will manage to overcome these hardest obstacles and become even stronger and happier nation. His clothes made the audience go “awe” numerous times, and cameras would not stop clicking.

Designer Deepak Perwani flanked by models and Ambassador couple

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Fashion with a Purpose by Cinderella Foundation: no single slipper lost

15 Nov

by Yulia Mikhalchuk

On Sunday, November 14, in beautiful Mandarin Oriental Hotel, Cinderella Foundation presented its signature fundraiser, “Fashion with a purpose”.  Hosted by top billboard jazz pianist and NAACP Image Award Nominee Marcus Johnson; CNN Legal Correspondence Sunny Hostin and Wisdom Martin from FOX5 DC, this event included a captivating performance by the Ailey Fordham BFA Dancers, a private VIP jazz lounge reception with saxophonist Brian Lenair, a live and silent auction, a personal fashion consultation and an onsite shopping suite.

The Cinderella Foundation Glass Slipper Award is presented to outstanding women for their astounding accomplishments, whose pioneering spirit and unprecedented strides in business have paved the way to success for many others. This year’s recipient of Glass Slipper Award was Amsale Aberra, the leader in bridal couture. Award was presented by founder of Cinderella Foundation Diane Stevens, and Lisa Crary.

Featured designers included:
* Jerell Scott, Project Runway Season 5;
* DC very own Tashia Senn;
* Carol Hannah Whitfield, Project Runway Season 6;
* Kustom Looks Clothier
* Reco Chapple, Bravo TV “The fashion show”;
* Posh Couture (Jewel Green)
* Belafigura (Minoo Movin-Ventura)
* Korto Momolu, Project Runway Season 5

The event was produced by fabulous Maggy Francois.

Jerrell Scott designs

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You better not pout, Paul Wharton is coming to Macy’s

14 Nov

by Yulia Mikhalchuk

It is Holidays season and time to cuddle up in warm coats! Weather isn’t joking.  Last Saturday Paul Wharton was rolling a mini fashion show at Macy’s in Pentagon City Mall. You can’t find a better host for a fashion event – Paul will make you laugh and will laugh himself, while describing stylish trendy pieces, giving away gift cards and being a personal styling guru. Yes, after the show you might be one of those lucky ones to shop with him and get a makeover! Where will he be coming next?

"Grey is new black" (c) Paul Wharton

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Embassy fundraiser helps DC kids go to New Zealand

13 Nov

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by Yulia Mikhalchuk

What a great way to finish your working week – helping kids make their dream come true. NZ Embassy hosted a fundraising dinner to help students of DC Hyde school go to  New Zealand to play and study rugby with some of the top coaches and athletes in the world. Two NZ rugby stars – Michael Jones and Frano Botica – attended this event to help raising money.  Signed jerseys, balls, New Zealand wine and other goodies were presented at the auction and people were very excited to participate and support. Even Michael’s new baby, being wide awake due to time difference, seemed to be part of the team. Over $13,000 was collected for that wonderful cause.

Jersey signed by both Michael and Frano started at $500...

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“Washington is L.A. with ugly faces” (c) not telling you

11 Nov

by Yulia Mikhalchuk

Kevin Spacey visited DC on Wednesday to attend premiere screening of “Casino Jack” . The director of the movie, George Hickenlooper, who was supposed to come too, unexpectedly died on October, 29, at the age of 47. “My biggest fear, – Spacey quoted Hickenlooper, – is that my death will be boring”. “Well I think that after watching the movie you can tell that George was anything BUT boring”, – Spacey remarked.

There was a  screening, Q&A with “hardball” Chris Matthews, and a private dinner. Movie was brought to DC by continual alliance of The Creative Coalition and Lanmark Technology, Inc.

American lobbyist and businessman Jack Abramoff, whom Spacey is portraying in the movie, is being released from jail on December, 5.

Kevin Spacey before the premiere screening

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Arts for autism Gala

07 Nov

by Yulia Mikhalchuk

Arts For Autism Gala was an evening to celebrate kids, adolescents and adults with autism, to recognize their talents and achievements. Proceeds raised at that event will benefit families in Northern Virginia with mini-grants offered through Autism Society of Northern Virginia (ASNV). As you may know, some things that seem very easy to do for non-autistic people, might be very challenging and nerve-racking for autistic ones, especially kids, and that’s why Autism Society runway show was such a tremendous success and was always  praised with loud and warm applauds. There was also adult runway show, where over 50 champion fundraisers demonstrated designer clothes, and at the end of the night two best ones (male and female) were awarded with special prizes.

The jewel of the night was 9 year old Matthew Cahill, who performed, for his very first time onstage, “Don’t stop believing” song. Finally, it seemed like all attention was where it was supposed to be, and not distracted by open bar. See this overwhelming success for yourself:

DON’T STOP BELIEVING. That’s a motto for Arts for Autism.

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Passport to Paris by KEENfest

06 Nov

by Yulia Mikhalchuk

You do not need visa to go to the Embassy and yet, as soon as you step on the grounds, you are considered to be on that country’s territory. Nobody took advantage asking for political asylum on Friday night in French Embassy. In fact, people came to share their wealth and blessings with others – kids with disabilities. Tenth Annual Dinner&Auction by KEEN happened that night on Reservoir road.

KEEN (Kids Enjoy Exercise Now) provide programs helping kids with disabilities to experience joy of fun, friendship and fitness for 18 years. KEEN’s programs are open to any child, regardless of the nature or severity of his/her disability and offered to their families or caregivers at no cost.

There was dinner, silent auction, live auction, raffle tickets… All proceeds will benefit and support 19 of KEEN’s programs in DC area and across the country.


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Project Fundway named the winners!

05 Nov

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by Yulia Mikhalchuk

On Thursday night, The Greater Washington Fashion Chamber of Commerce hosted Second  Annual Project FUNDway Fashion Design Competition. For such promising and exciting event you can’t choose a better location than regal and sublime historic Warner Theater.

In this bouncy economy, it is important to support young emerging talents, and this is what Project Fundway does. It assists young men and women, who demonstrated outstanding academical achievements, to FUND their way towards brighter future as fashion designers.

Four finalists had to be scored by very distinguished judge panel, in order to compete for scholarships. Guest judges were:

Aba Bonney Kwawu of  The Aba Agency;
Stacie Turner – cast member of Real Housewives of DC;
Surae Chin, WUSA 9, Anchor Reporter;
Katy Adams of Yeas & Nays;
Kara Allan of Style for Hire, DC;
Janice Wallace –  The Capital Fashionista;
Linda Lee –  VCU Fashion Design Professor;
Jewell Green, Founder of POSH Boutique and wife of Pro Football Hall of Famer Darrell Green;
Maurisa Potts of Spotted MP;
L’Shandi of L’Shandi Designs;
Ryan Charchanian of Rein Online

After fashion shows competitors had to offer, scholarship winners have been announced:

$3000 FEDEX Scholarship: Angela Robinson of West Potomac Academy;
$1000 Bruno Mazli Scholaship: Agata Miczek of Virginia Commonwealth University;
$500 Downtown Silver Springs Scholarship: Daniel Herbick of Bethesda Chevy Chase High School;
$250 Honorary Fashion Judge Scholarship: Kim Truong of Virginia Commonwealth University.

Congratulations on your hard job being appreciated, and keep going to achieve your goals!

Happy winners!

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“Labels for love” are hate-proof

04 Nov

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by Yulia Mikhalchuk

First you might think – what time and location could be worse for an event – weekday, November, night, by the water, under rain, not_on_the_map lumber shed… But when it comes to “Labels for love” by Mary Schmidt Amons, you realize that nothing can stop really  passionate people. Modus Union parisian salon party – an exclusive evening of fashion, art and philanthropy – successfully delivered yesterday. The event benefited Cancer Schmancer Foundation, which is dedicated to saving women’s lives through early detection and prevention of cancer.

Once you please your insides with hot yummies provided by numerous sponsors, it does not feel like November chill anymore and you can enjoy the art of all forms – paintings, furniture, clothes, jewelry, all spiced with live music and circus performances.

Unique Art Whino showcased 6000 sq ft art exhibit and Live painting by Brandon Hill, Ariit Das, Cita, Michael Owen, James Walker, Josh Taylor, Maggie O’Neill and Sylvia Ortiz.

Next time, even if it’s happening on a Moon during a “Moonquake”, we are coming!

Maggie O'Neil of O'Neil Studios and Mary Amons of Labels for Love

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