Fashion on Pointe
Washington Life and Saks Fifth Avenue
partnered the perfect pas de deux
with The Womens’ Committee of the
Washington Ballet on September 20
for a night of fashion, dance and martinis
to celebrate the season opener:
Septime Webre’s “Carmen/Nine Sinatra
Songs / Serenade,” running November
2-6 at the John F. Kennedy Center.
Sinatra was the theme of the evening— his music, his hip joie de vivre, and his
sophisticated style that Washingtonians
and the “Rat Pack” alike adore. The holiday
fashion preview was modeled by company
dancers, board members, womens’ committee volunteers and their spouses
and children. It was a night with all the
right moves for the Washington Ballet.
OUR HOLIDAY HIT LIST
For an evening at the ballet, or a night on the town.
1 ANYTHING VELVET
Black and rich jeweled tones as tuxedos, pants, blazers, gowns, skirts, shoes, boots and capes
2 THE COCKTAIL DRESS
Channel Sarah Jessica Parker in a full, flirty knee length dress that has motion and screams “let’s dance and have a martini!”
3 THE EMPIRE STRIKES
Empire, goddess gowns that drape and flow or sensuously hug the body in ruched curves.
4 COLOR WATCH
Black is the new black—again; Browns and bronze; Gold on its own or as accents and as accessories; Purple, eggplant and the Bordeaux family of colors
5 FUR: REAL AND FAUX
Coats, collar, capes, capelets and woven throws
6 OPULENT JEWELRY
Real or faux Jet beads, gold, tassels, glamorous gems, oversized cocktail rings and exotic chandelier earrings—but watch the proportion of necklace to earrings!
7 EVENING BOOTS
Who knew boots would be heading for cocktails? Wear a hot new croc, snakeskin or velvet boot
DONNA PITTSENBERGER Womens’ Committee member in Carlos Miele purple silk
print halter dress and Prada mules escorted by
2005 Ballet Gala
Chair, in Carmen Marc Valvo Black velvet
strapless gown with pink tulle trim and
Prada black suede platform pumps.
SAVE THE DATE
Washington Life is proud to sponsor this year’s Washington Ballet’s NUTTY OR NICE BALL featuring a gala reception with dinner and dancing immediately following the opening of Septime Webre’s The Nutcracker at the Willard Intercontinental Hotel on December 2; with chair Gahl Hodges Burt.
And, reserve tickets now for The Nutcracker, December 1-24. Visit www.washingtonballet.org or
by phone (202) 362-3606 ext. 11
SPECIAL THANKS TO SAKS FIFTH AVENUE
for their gracious and fashionable hospitality: Catherine Bartels, General Manager; Andrew Blecher, public relations and fashion director; Brian Dire; Susan Neimann and Ridgewells for catering the evening. Also, special thanks to Armani Cosmetics for models makeup; Mary Bird, assistant director for the Womens’ Committee; all the volunteers who made the show so memorable; and Heidi Schroder, Special Events Director of the Washington Ballet.
By Barbara McConaghy - Photographed by Zaid Hamid