Archive for May, 2011

Runway ready fashion show

28 May

West Potomac Academy Fashion Design Presents
Runway Ready 2011 “Chapeaus, Accessories & Collections”
Hosted by: Anji Corley, Entertainment Reporter & Bianca Richardson, ANTM, Cycle 13

West Potomac Springbank
6500 Quander Road
Alexandria, VA 22307

June 10, 2011
7-9 pm
(Doors open at 5:30 pm for shopping with vendors)

WPA Designer Collections:
Mixed Up
Blooming Charm

Guest Designer: Cantoire, Ugglee Collection & My Bougie Baby

Student $8.00
General $10
Day of Event $12

Red Carpet by Fashion BS & RIEN Online
Music By DJ Neekola, Voted Best of DC


Portrait of Georgia in National Portrait Gallery

27 May

by Yulia Mikhalchuk

National Portrait Gallery housed , as it seemed, about thousand people on Tuesday night, May 24, for Portrait of Georgia gathering. The event was to celebrate 20th Anniversary of the restoration of Georgian Independence. All guests were personally greeted at the entrance by Georgia Ambassaador Temuri Yakobashvili and his wife Yana Fremer. 24 years old opera singer Sophie Nizharadze performed both Georgian and American anthems, as well as “Happy Birthday” song to Congressman Doug Lamborn.

All guests could “discover Georgia” through its classic and contemporary art, photography, dance, music, and, of course, wine and food. Georgians are well renowned for their hospitality and generosity. Four original Georgian chefs prepared a fiest, and a river of special Georgian mineral water “Borjomi” and wine would not end. Georgia is the oldest wine making region in the world. According to a legend, on the day God was allocating parts of the world to the people of the Earth, the Georgians were feasting. As a result, they arrived late and were told by God that all of the land had already been distributed. When the Georgians replied that they were late only because they had been lifting their glasses in praise of Him, God was pleased. In return, He gave the Georgians that part of Earth that He had been reserving for Himself.

There is a phenomenon called the Georgian syndrome.

Georgian National Ballet Sukhishvili kept guests ecstatic during whole time of their fantastic performances.

Batik art by Nino Khoperia was on sale, and special 3D  exhibit by Gia Kereselidze was presented to complete the Portrait Of Georgia.

Enjoy the pictures and some video.

Ambassador of Georgia in the US Temuri Yakobashvili greeting guests

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Springtime Bliss by “New To You” boutique

26 May

by Yulia Mikhalchuk

On Sunday afternoon, New to You boutique in Falls Church, VA, hosted Springtime Bliss, an accessory showcase featuring the spring collections of three local designers – Abby Joy Jewelry, Belle Bonne, and Debra Fabian Design. Along with shopping for designer labels clothes customers could shop for proper accessories , as well as enjoying complimentary sips and bites.

Enjoy the pictures.

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Art and Fashion show in Aaron gallery

26 May

by Shaun Sargen

The Leukemia and Lymphoma Society’s D.C. chapter teamed up with the Aaron Gallery, renowned designer Tsyndyma Kroujilov, and exceptional abstract expressionist Abol Bahadori to raise funds to continue the fight against one of the world’s most prolific diseases. The society’s man of the year Gaston Boisson was there to lend his support along with Art Soiree’s Sandro Kereselidze and a host of D.C.’s most charitable citizens. DJ Tom “from Prague” Cvinger kept the crowd jumping and set the sounds for an inspiring evening of superlative art, fabulous designs, and the spirit of giving. The night was topped off by a top flight fashion show by Julia Bella and a host of the city’s most beautiful models.

Tsyndyma designs

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The Front Row Grand Finale – KIDVILLE

25 May

by Yulia Mikhalchuk

On a sunny Saturday, when everybody else were preparing themselves for apocalypse, kids on Bethesda Lane were having a blast. Piles of Lego pieces to unleash their the most wild imaginations, watch the music concert, listen to the stories, do some arts and crafts and have lunches for free (with adult purchase).

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

Young fashionistas posing with the Eiffel Tower

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The Front Row fashions drove away the foul

24 May

by Yulia Mikhalchuk

On Friday, May 20, Bethesda Lane promenade was full and buzzing. Fashion appreciators of all ages all streamed up here so they could see the showcase of about 11 boutiques, celebrating Summer and (can you believe it?) Fall 2011. Very chosen ones could enjoy private pre-runway reception with New York Times bestselling author Kelly Cutrone in Redwood restaurant. Only 100 of those got the complimentary copy of her “Normal gets you nowhere”, lavishly signed.

Runway event was opened by Eun Yang of NBC Washington and met lots of exclamations, applause and endorsement from the public. *Pictures are included to support the statement*

Lebanese Taverna invited the guests for an afterparty with complimentary pomegranate martinis and hors d’oeuvres, as well as extended Cutron’s book sale and signing.

Participating runway boutiques (all clickable):

Daddy&Son Camiceria Italiana Equinox Ginger J.McLaughlin LouLou Lucy Activewear

Luna My Eye Dr. Sassanova Urban Chic Wear It Well

Enjoy some pictures and don’t forget to visit whole gallery of 164 images. See you there next year!

Aspiring fashionistas watching the show

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“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

more pictures from afterparty, since, as you understand, no photography was allowed during the screening


Sport for Social Change Awards Celebration

23 May

Time: Wednesday, June 1 · 7:00pm – 10:00pm


Ambassade de France

4101 Resevoir Rd
Washington, DC
Celebrate the Use of Sport for Social Change at the 2011 Sport For Social Change Awards.

–A Parisian themed event to benefit the use of sport as a development tool for homeless youth and young adults. Please join us in celebrating our esteemed honorees:

(You must get tickets here to reserve your place
email questions to

Also Learn more about the 20 city National Cup at Kastles Stadium and the chance to enter your team/company team at

Leadership in Sport Award
Troy Vincent
The National Football League

Philanthropy through Sport Award
Mark Ein
Washington Kastles, World Team Tennis / Venturehouse Group

Youth Service Award
Will Garofalo
Senior, St. Alban’s School

Salamander Award For Women’s Impact
Lisa Wrightsman
SSUSA Program Graduate, Sacramento, CA


Marylou Luther visited Tysons

20 May

by Yulia Mikhalchuk

A celebrated fashion journalist, Creative Director of Fashion Group International® Marylou Luther,  has visited Tysons Galleria on Tuesday. She served as special guest speaker at  Fashion Group International DC’s Fall 2011 Trend Presentation.

Marylou Luther speaking after presentation

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Art and Fashion to fight Leukemia and Lymphoma

19 May

A Fashion Show, Art Exhibit, and Benefit Reception

Please join us at the Aaron Gallery and enjoy a fantastic fashion show, featuring the new collection of Tsyndyma and paintings by the abstract artist Abol Bahadori ABOLART com

Ticket price in advance $25
Minimum door donation: $30 on the date of the event

Everyone who donates $25.00 or more online prior to May 20, 2011 through our LLS website will be automatically included on our
Red Carpet guest list.

Please donate here:

Special guests include:

Miss USA International – Casandra Tressler
Miss Maryland – Allyn Rose
Lindsey Mask-founder of Ladies in DC

Fashion show production- Jana Sedlakova

hair by W SALON
make up by INK COSMETICS

DJ – Tom from Prague

Complimentary EMPEROR Vodka cocktails and wine (2 tix)

Attire: Glamorous

All donations will benefit the Leukemia and Lymphoma Society.

Brought to you by Team Matrix
Daring to dream!
Of a cancer free world