We were on the edge of our seats at a riveting and oversold Q & A Café with Matt Cooper, waiting for special prosecutor Patrick J. Fitzgerald to announce the anticipated White House indictments, but we may as well have been extras in “Invasion of the Body Snatchers” when Nicole Kidman walked by filming a remake of the alien thriller— she plays the Washington psychiatrist. That’s when it hit me, what I love about Washington is the juxtaposition of culture and access, intrigue and intimacy, energy and ambition, where the pace never slows and the powerful never doze. Here in the power center of the world, media is celebrity; and who said what to whom and when can make all the difference.
And talk about busy . . . this month Washington Life served as the exclusive magazine media sponsor for a host of A-list parties and benefits. With the assistance of generous WL readers who donated over $20,000, we showed our support for our troops at the USO Gala honoring General Richard Myers and his wife Mary Jo. We also sponsored the Washington National Opera’s golden season opening night gala, the Corcoran’s 1869 Society’s Andy Warhol fête, the Washington Nationals’ Diamond Gala, the Thelonious Monk Jazz Competition at the Kennedy Center, the Best Buddies Ball at Eunice and Sargent Shriver’s house, the Capital Baron’s Ball at the Ritz Carlton, the Generation Engage fundraiser at Ralph Lauren in New York City with President Clinton, and the Washington International Horse Show featuring the world’s top equestrians.
Following on the hooves of the horse show, we travel to Middleburg for a horse country-inspired fashion shoot with Tareq and Michaele Salahi of Oasis Winery as well as other top Washington area equestrians who modeled our favorite tweed blazers and warm sweaters from Hermes and Burberry. To commemorate the opening of the newly expanded Tysons Corner Center, WL sponsored a party and fashion show with Tommy Hilfiger. We then followed up with coverage of the Saks Jandel fashion show benefiting the Salvation Army which featured evening wear from designer Rena Lange.We round out our fashion spectacular with an exclusive interview with designer Stuart Weitzman, coverage of the Ferragamo and Ralph Lauren store openings, and a WL sponsored fashion show with the Washington Ballet at Saks Fifth Avenue modeled by Ballet dancers, Board and Women’s Committee members along with Septime Webre and Kay Kendall showing the best of evening attire from Oscar de la Renta, Chanel and Vera Wang.
This month, we also unveil our expanded real estate and home design section, bringing you our inaugural REAL ESTATE ROUNDTABLE with Mark Bisnow leading an insiders discussion with prominent realtors, Jane Fairweather (MD), Casey Margenau (VA) and Jim Bell (DC) on today’s housing market. Architects Theo Adamstein and Olvia Demetriou kick off our DESIGN feature with tips on how to choose your perfect sofa. We close the section with our staple INSIDE HOMES, a tour of some distinguished properties ON THE BLOCK, and leave you sated with the latest REAL ESTATE NEWS.
In our cover story, one of Washington’s favorite power couples, Sally Quinn and Ben Bradlee, discuss Deep Throat, “Leak Throat,” politics and the Washington social scene. Also in this issue, Stephanie Mansfield revisits the Green Book after 75 years, Kathy Kemper discusses her bipartisan power breakfasts, Alice Rogoff Rubenstein shares her passion for Alaska’s environment and native arts, and in our regular Q & A Café, Carol Joynt puts Michael Isikoff back into the hot seat to discuss Monica, Abu Gharib, and prospective White House indictments in the Valerie Plame CIA disclosure case. (Stay tuned for the follow-up with Matt Cooper in our December holiday issue.)
This month Washington Life will also be available for purchase at many area newsstands including locations at Union Station, National, BWI, Dulles and select international airport lounges in addition to your local Whole Foods. Or, just log on to our website to download our new Digital Edition.
Autumn in Washington is truly spectacular as the colors turn; so before the winter chill sets in make sure you get out to Rock Creek Park, one of the few urban National Parks in the country with water running through it, and enjoy the change of season.
Sincerely, Nancy Reynolds Bagley