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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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Gilt City’s “Friends with benefits” preview with cocktails

23 Jul

by Yulia Mikhalchuk

Again, those lucky got their free tickets to “Friends with benefits” movie preview, even before it hit the theaters, plus a cocktail reception before, by GiltCity. Bar area in Clyde’s restaurant at Gallery Place Chinatown was filled with excited previewers-to-be, mingling, sipping on the cocktails and craving on the bites. When it’s hot like that outside, all you really want is to be inside of air-conditioned environment, absorbing cold drinks. Tuesday, July 19, was one of the days to do so.

Enjoy the pictures.

Attendees enjoying the reception

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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

 

“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

few more pictures