- The Washington Times - Tuesday, August 11, 2009

Fashionable finds

As the world of high fashion prepares for New York Fashion Week next month, G2 has learned that Washington will have a fashion week of its own with supermodel and Youth Aids Ambassador Frederique van der Wal and “Project Runway’s” Tim Gunn in attendance.

The goal of the “high-level three-day trend event” Sept. 17-19 at Tysons Galleria “is to introduce the access and excitement of Bryant Park during New York Fashion Week to the DC area,” says Washington fashion publicist Aba Bonney Kwawu, who is producing the style extravaganza to take place at center court at the popular shopping center in Virginia.

Ms. Kwawu says the weekend will commence with an opening night industry panel and include runway shows hosted by Ms. van der Wal, and “glamour stations” for gals and “grooming stations” for their male companions to learn about the latest makeup and skin care products.

This fashion thing must really be going around. We hear power couple Morris and Jaci Reid, who have established themselves as “hosts with the most” in Washington society, will fete Elle magazine’s Editor in Chief Roberta Myers on Aug. 25 at their home in Northwest. A senior executive from luxury retailer Louis Vuitton will also be there, so we’re thinking the swag bags will go fast.

Mr. Reid, a former top aide in the Clinton administration to the late Commerce Secretary Ronald Brown and now the managing director for BGR Group, and Mrs. Reid, who worked for former Secretary of State Madeleine K. Albright and is now the brand ambassador for Guerlain cosmetics, got to know Ms. Myers while vacationing together, in, you guessed it, the Hamptons.

Who says there aren’t any chic parties happening in August?

Court jesters

Some of the actors from “Barack Stars,” a comedy revue lampooning the Obama administration that ended its run this past weekend at the Woolly Mammoth Theater, were treated to a tour of the West Wing of the White House arranged by White House Chief of Staff Rahm Emanuel, who is humorously depicted in the play.

The sometimes gruff Mr. Emanuel and his lovely wife, Amy, saw the show on Aug. 1, and rolled out the red carpet for their friendly teasers.

“We got to see the Oval Office, Cabinet room, Roosevelt Room, outside the Oval Office and the press briefing room. Everyone was thrilled with the visit!” said Woolly Mammoth Communications Director, Michael Kyrioglou.

Mr. Emanuel even poked his head out for a moment to say hello to the cast members. Sounds like he can be quite friendly to those who are on his good side!

New to night life

G2 has learned that Washington’s first ever “entertainment parlor” is debuting next week.

The Michael Romeo Group, the owner of D.C.’s Fur, Lotus and Tattoo nightclubs, is opening Midtown Loft, located on the third floor of 1219 Connecticut Ave. NW on Aug. 17. Visitors will be able to entertain themselves by playing shuffleboard, foosball, or pool on-site. Unlike its sister clubs, the Loft will feature relaxing music rather than danceable beats.

And did we mention that the bar is 26 feet long? Hello!

We’ll be watching this new hot spot to see if it attracts the celebrity following of its chief rival, L2 Lounge, in Georgetown, a favorite of actor Owen Wilson’s while he was in town this summer.

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