- The Washington Times - Monday, January 16, 2006

Christopher Reiter stood in leather jacket and jeans atop the runway, greeting a crowd of hundreds cramming into Muleh, his uber-trendy furniture and clothing emporium at 14th and T streets Northwest.

The line of people pleading for admittance to Thursday night’s highly touted fashion show stretched all the way to the corner; beefy bouncers were on alert. Rumors that Brad Pitt was coming had not exactly been discouraged by the event’s PR reps throughout the preceding week.

Furnishings had been banished to the basement. Racks of clothes were pushed to the side walls for what was billed as “An Evening of Speed and Style.” Biker fashion! A “SportClassic Launch Party” promoting the sleek and classy Ducati line of motorcycles and apparel (the latter sold at Muleh, of course).

“L.A. comes to D.C.,” someone commented as the tall, thin, impossibly glam models (both male and female) pranced and preened in multicolored leather jackets, gloves and helmets — the latter accessory being de rigueur for the occasion — as videos of the famed luxury motorcycles danced on the walls. The real article — including a few vintage beauties — were lined up like rainbows outside on the street. (For those in-the-know, the appearance of legendary racer Paul Smart, the 1972 Imola 200 winner, was the real attraction along with contemporary road-racing performer Ben Bostrom.)

Retro styles were set off by the night’s uniform: hip-hugging jeans — for those who had hips. That didn’t preclude a bevy of beauties appearing in chiffon tops and near-summer frocks. The weather outside, after all, was a freakishly springlike 60 degrees — perfect for a cycle ride through Rock Creek Park.

But, no, invitees stayed crammed together in the large white room, downing Red Bulls and beer and feeling oh-so-cool and intimate at the insiders’ party of the week.

Spotted in the crowd: Pamela Aparicio, wife of the ambassador of Bolivia, man-about-townG. John Cecchi, and the comely editors of all the town’s social/lifestyle magazines — Nancy Bagley (Washington Life), Dana Spain-Smith (D.C. Style), Ann McCarthy (DC) and Kate Gibbs (Capitol File).

Ann Geracimos

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