WL Lists: Substance and Style 2015

by Laura

Find out who made the cut for this year’s “Men and Women of Substance and Style” feature. 

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From fashion critic Robin Givhan to Obama’s former Body Man, this town is crawling with substantive people who are sartorially creative as well. (Designed by Matt Rippetoe)

Musician Wynton Marsalis has been famously quoted as saying, “Don’t settle for style. Succeed in substance.”

Our feature story this month showcases power couples and other individuals who’ve done just that. Outwardly, these accomplished local residents are always impeccably dressed, so of course we asked them about their personal style. Our main focus, however, was on their significant accomplishments.

Salem Al-Sabah, the ambassador of Kuwait, sends daily dispatches back to his country, a key U.S. ally in the Middle East, as the two nations work together in the fight against terrorism. His answer to our question about the threat posed by ISIL is both insightful and informative. His wife, philanthropist Rima Al-Sabah, an acclaimed Washington hostess with an enviable wardrobe, is a former journalist with a special interest in the plight of refugees. She was recently appointed a goodwill ambassador to the United Nations Refugee Agency, and shared details about her mission.

As you’ve seen on our cover, we also interviewed journalist and “CBS This Morning” co-anchor Norah O’Donnell, who has helped the program reach its largest audience in more than two decades. O’Donnell shares her thoughts on the show’s success. Her husband, popular restaurateur Geoff Tracy, continues to expand his Chef Geoff franchise, having recently opened an outpost in Terminal C at Dulles International Airport. He lets us in on a few secrets related to his continued growth in the competitive restaurant industry – and his favorite dishes, too!

Marla and Barry Beck made business news headlines in January when they finalized a deal to sell Bluemercury, the beauty products empire they started here, to Macy’s for $210 million. The couple, who will remain based here, exemplify a consummate mix of professionalism and charisma. They tell us how they worked together to become so successful. Any budding entrepreneur will want to read their advice.

Read the feature below.

See the full March issue below.

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