Hollywood on the Potomac
Lauren Weisberger was the guest of honor at the exclusive launch of the sequel to her best seller turned box office hit, The Devil Wears Prada at the W Washington D.C. rooftop, P.O.V.
“At its core, Revenge Wears Prada, like The Devil Wears Prada, is about the struggle for power–just while wearing great shoes,” said Lauren Weisberger. “I can’t think of a better place to celebrate this story in Washington than overlooking The White House, which currently symbolizes both power and fashion better than anywhere else.”
Increased awareness of the growing interconnection between the United States and Asia and the need for a networking collaboration was the theme emphasized by each of the prestigious speakers at the Asia Society Awards Dinner on Tuesday night at the Four Seasons Hotel. The audience included a score of ambassadors along with members of Congress, senior U.S. government officials and global business leaders.
The energetic dinner chairman, James E. Rogers, bounded onto the stage with a warm and rousing greeting for the audience―perhaps not surprising, he is the Chairman, President and Chief Executive Officer of Charlotte-based Duke Energy, and he probably uses a lot of it to handle all those positions. Duke Energy is the largest power holding company in the United States, distributing power to seven million customers. Its founder in 1900 was the tobacco and hydroelectric power tycoon James Buchanan “Buck” Duke, who made his fortune with the consolidated American Tobacco Company, and whose daughter was the legendary heiress Doris Duke, horticulturalist, art collector and philanthropist beloved of the tabloids.
I was sitting in my office minding my own business,” said Joe McLean, “when I got an email from my wife (Kiki – Democratic strategist) which read “this is the greatest evening you will ever get, Miss America is going to stay at your house tonight.” I said, “only forty years too late.”
It was the beginning of a roudy and crazy night at an intimate dinner at Georgetown’s Cafe Milano as each guest introduced themselves to Mallory Hagan, a.k.a. Miss America, who was in town to host a Capitol Hill event on education earlier in the day.
“I’m Rich Galen and I have a very special skill, I rotate Tammy’s (Haddad) tires and I can tell you it’s a full time job.” We didn’t ask. Galen is a columnist and Republican strategist.
And then the games began. Yes, adults play games too…..think “What’s My Line” think “Hollywood Squares” think “Trivial Pursuit.” We even got to raise our hands just like our kids do.