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EmPower Ball to empower and support – Tigerlily

01 Jul

by Yulia Mikhalchuk

For the third time, The Tigerlily Foundation had its annual Gala – EmPower Ball – to raise funds and awareness to fight and prevent breast cancer. Every year, breast cancer gets younger and stronger, and therefore, The Tigerlily has more and more work. Fortunately, the organization has more followers and supporters, too. The same ballroom in Willard Intercontinental Hotel they had last year for Gala was packed from doors to the stage. Educating, advocating, empowering and supporting young women affected by breast cancer is the essential objective of the organization.

After the foyer reception with cocktails and tempting silent auction items, guests streamed into the ballroom, where Mistress of Ceremony, Natasha Barrett, welcomed everybody, and Rabbi Bonny gave a blessing and even performed a song!

Special guest, singer and harpist Rashida Jolley, “touched the strings” of everybody’s hearts with her marvelous performance (see the fragment of it in a video provided).

Maimah Karmo, Founder and President of Tigerlily, highlighted once again the importance of  early prognosis of the disease. Surprisingly, still, in XXI century, women have to fight to get their mammograms taken, even though there are cases of breast cancer known in women at the age of 25 and even younger. “Be your own advocate” is the mantra we all should repeat to ourselves.

Daughters of breast cancer survivors – Noelle Karmo (8), Molly Kaufman (13) and Kimberly O’Neil (38) shared their experiences in speeches on stage, what brought first tears of the evening…

This year, three awards have been presented. Jennifer Griffin, FOX News correspondent, received The Transformation Award (presented by Surae Chinn of W*USA 9). KM Warrior Award (named after Kristen Martinez, who passed away due to BC last June) was presented by Angela Kegler to loving husband and son of Michelle Bynum – who passed the torch earlier this year. Moving and genuinely heartfelt speech of 6 years old Reid had everybody in tears (and laughter at the same time). Inspire Award went to Doctor Michael Schultz, Director of the Breast Center Cancer Institute at St.Joseph Medical Center (presend by Tony Perkins of FOX 5 Morning News). One more title and recognition was awarded to Tigerlily 2011-2012 Ambassador of the year, who raised the most money – Jewel Green – she even got crowned!

Tigerlily offers education, help and support to young women before, during and after breast cancer. Distributing brochures to raise awareness, paying bills, providing meals etc. to those who are sick and feel alone and helpless – just to name a very few of what they do. The organization is founded and contented of women – BC survivors, so they know better than anyone, what’s needed to be helped through the fight. For more information about the organization, as well as how you can help, please visit their website HERE.

This year Gala was produced by The Posh Planner.

Enjoy the pictures and video/pictures collage and don’t forget to visit whole gallery of 123 images.

Tigerlily Vice President Donna Guinn Kaufman (far left) and her daughter Molly (center), Tigerlily Founder and President Maimah Karmo (right) and her daughter Noelle (left)

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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


Shutter Wars 1st winner’s exhibit by Art Soiree

23 Jan

Join us at DC’s most upscale evening establishment – L2 Lounge – as Art Soiree hosts a solo-exhibit for the winner of a new reality show SHUTTER WARS.
Shutter Wars” is an American challenge-based webisode show created by DC photographer and producer Armin DeFiesta scheduled to air February 2011. Photographers of all levels and styles compete alongside in an exploding market of photographers proving once and for all that beyond point-and-shoot lies a creative force within all of us.

Three judges, six photographers, one chance to create a photograph that wins them a sponsored prize of a solo-exhibit with Art Soiree.  Contestants draw on their talent, drive and business acumen to create the best image possible.  Meanwhile, faced with time restrictions, equipment, and themes, contestant photos go in front of a judging panel that chooses only one winner.  Join us February 4th as we reveal the winner at an exclusive solo-exhibit prior to the airing of the show!!!


Hair Gaga: Washington’s Premier Fashion Event

06 Dec

by George Njiiri

The mercurial and effervescent Glynn Jackson, was hosting his annual Golden scissors event in the Nation’s capital.  There were thousands of participants and patron’s of the 19th version of this annual extravaganza.  Current Mayor elect of D.C., Vincent Gray made a guest appearance in honor of Glynn Jackson.  Other notable celebrities were actor Darrin Hanson, WPGC’s Anji Corley and WKYS’ Jeanie Jones. DC diva Lola Monroe also performed her new single, “overtime.”  This year’s theme was “Hair Gaga, fashion to the extreme”.  Costumes were unabashed, hair designs woven like a basket, shoes riddled with bullet shells and glass!  The foremost Costume was a wedding cake outfit, with a couple on the top, to boot.  There were spectacular outfits reminiscent of something from a sci-fi movie, that would make Lady Gaga proud.  The overall winner of the stylist of the year  and accompanying $1000 prize, was Christopher D. Fountain aka the Pastor, from Connecticut. Next years’ event will be bigger and better and Washington holds its’ collective breath, for what’s in store.

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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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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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Adams Morgan pageant: beauty should be shown!

31 Oct

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by Yulia Mikhalchuk

They call it “private event” and yet it created so much buzz nobody could park in miles radius around Washington Hilton.

Just a remark, such prestigious (and huge!) hotel right in the heart of nation’s capital, should care more about their guests and show attendants in terms of parking. They say “it’s full” and you could see two cars parked on three spots, and some old dirty carpet is “parked” there, too, on Saturday night not less! I’ve seen Divas, certainly pageant participants,  circling around few times and leaving who-knows-where, disappointed.

With that aside, “fantasious” event!

Enjoy the pictures.

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The Power 30 Under 30 Awards presentation in DC

22 Oct

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by Yulia Mikhalchuk

City Club of Washington has already probably used to many upscale and private events but the one happened on Thursday night, October, 21, was still one of a kind. FIRST in DC “Power 30 under 30” awards presentation attracted all the young nominees  in this fabulous venue, where finally “the 30” out of 140 finalists were announced.

Event chair of APEX society Chelsey Rodgers announcing the winners

What is Power 30 under 30? It is one of the most prestigious awards given to young professionals today. It was created to honor and encourage outstanding young individuals, in following categories:

*Arts, Entertainment & Media

* Business

* Community Service

* Politics

* Science & Technology

* Sports

It is National organization and you can nominate someone you know and who, by your opinion, deserves to be noticed and rewarded for their outstanding accomplishments.

Cities where currently The power 30 under 30 are being held: Miami, Los Angeles, Dallas, San Francisco, Houston, Atlanta, Philadelphia, Chicago, Boston, New York, Seattle, and, of course, the very close to the heart Washington, D.C. If your city is not on the list, you can still apply under “All other cities not listed”.  All award should go where they are due!

Congratulations to the chosen!

The list of the honorees and some pictures

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