D.C. Scene: Oscar de la Renta, Cameron Silver, Harry Connick, Jr., oh my!

Tuesday, May 18, 2010

Hey kids! Thanks for your patience/style support as I settle in to ze new job. (It's going very well, thank you, but I still have lots to learn!) As part of my transition, I wanted to debut a semi-regular (as in, as often as I can) new section.

Now that I'm not writing professionally about all the things I'm doing (and wearing) around D.C., I thought I'd start sharing it here. It'll mostly be a round-up of news, pix and other D.C.-specific stuff, plus some calendar highlights for the future, in case you like to start planning outfits early. (And for those of you not in D.C., you may feel free to skip these sections. It will not hurt my feelings, though I'm going to try to make them interesting for you as well. Like: Outfit shots!)

Which brings us to: Recent highlights! D.C. has been absolutely crazy lately; I've never been so busy. First of all, Oscar de la Renta came (above) and staged a fashion show of his fall collection at Neiman Marcus Chevy Chase. It. Was. Outstanding. (It was also my *very first* Oscar show, as I've never been able to score a ticket during fashion week.)

Here we have Oscar's limo outside the Mazza Gallerie. Which, I assume, whisked him off to his private plane. Because Oscar only travels private, of course.

The day before, DecadesTwo owner and vintage lover extraordinaire Cameron Silver set up a super-secret one-day-only pop-up shop at Hu's in Georgetown. There was a mix of vintage Chanel, YSL, Judith Leiber and more.

My heart fell in love with this 1980s Mark Beall dress below. But, at $1400, my bank account did not. I left it behind for another vintage lover. Sniffle.

And then! I got to join my friend Daniel at the gala for National Building Museum's Honor Award, which was given to an impressive roster of architecture and building innovators, including (swoon) Harry Connick Jr. (below, left), who helped create a new musicians' community in New Orleans following Katrina.

Let us just say that Harry is aging verrrry nicely. And also that we managed to, rather surreally, corral him into a lengthy chat about raising chickens (thank goodness we could reference Making It Lovely's recent post on cool chicken coops. Which I'm not sure Harry really appreciated, but oh well).

I also hit up the soft opening for the retro-rific Ted's Bulletin resto/bar on Barrack's Row in Capitol Hill, which serves up great comfort food and cocktails. And has amazing decor (mostly salvaged from the old Philadelphia Convention Center), right down to the colorful cake stands in the bakery section.

Obviously, I'm not very good at this recap stuff yet. Because there was so much more that I forgot to photograph! Like my dress from the gala! (Vintage, poufy.) And my fall fash trends talk for Fashion Group International's DC chapter at Tysons Galleria. And the rooftop soiree at the eco-chic WestEnd25. Next time.

So here's where you'll find me next:
+ Bethesda Row's The Front Row all this weekend (in particular, the Friday night fashion show, where we all get to rub elbows with Project Runway alum Laura Bennett and Tinsley Mortimer. Think I can get the full scoop on Devorah Rose?)

+ If I can fit it in, the Rachel Roy meet-n-greet at Tysons Galleria this Saturday, 5/22. She's one of my favorites.

+ On a much-anticipated thrifting spree with Project Beltway and Ms Holly. Value Village, here we come!


stylestalker said...

love your blog

jennine said...

that dress is darling on you!

Righteous (re)Style said...

I still have to post those pics of us from that night at Hu's and the condo opening. I'm going thrifting at my favorite warehouse sized Goodwill in southern virginia this weekend.

Quindome said...

That dress looks great on you, but your face is priceless because we can tell you REALLY wanted it!

Unknown said...

The dress was super cute! I also love the runway pics! Here's an article I found on shopping for vintage clothes you might like:

Ola said...

love ur blog
great post



Irenelim said...

$1400! That's a nice price! :)

Catie said...

Betsy, I've been reading you for years and I really enjoy it when you share your behind-the-scenes adventures with us. Thanks for all the accompanying photos too - your enthusiasm is contagious.

Anonymous said...

More DC-related stuff please...

Beth said...

I love the Mark Beall dress too!

Easy Essay said...

this is awesome....!! i love fashion show...!
n this one is very interesting...!
thanks for the sharing...!!