No one puts on a fashion show like the French. On September 25th at the Dupont Circle Hotel, L'Alliance Francaise hosted "Beyond the Little Black Dress," and the title didn't disappoint. Six exceptional designers and a world renound photographer attended to see the spectacular display of elegant, bohemian, sexy, avant-garde ... and bustiers reminiscent of can can dancers, and which Scarlett O'Hara would die for.
St Benedict, a 6th Century Italian Monk, is still respected and studied by scholars as one of the foremost experts of life and work balance. His ancient wisdom resonates today in our hectic world and divides life into five essential daily practices: Prayer or Meditation (for the non-religious), Recreation or Rest, Hospitality, Wisdom or Study, and Work. Each day should inlcude each practice to achieve a balanced and happy life. This Friday and Saturday, Laurence Freeman, a Benedictine monk, priest and the leader of the World Community for Christian Meditation, will be presenting "Work: Sacred and Secular."
On Friday, Oct 9, 7:00 pm, there will be a talk and meditation followed by a reception with light refreshments. On Saturday, Oct 10, 10:00 am-12:30 pm, the conversation will continue with Fr. Freeman and a panel. A light breakfast is available at 9:30. The location is St. Alban’s Episcopal Church, 3001 Wisconsin Avenue in Northwest Washington, DC. Register online here, or tickets are also available at the door. Friday is $40, Saturday is $20, $50 for both days. Free parking in the rear. Bus stop directly in front. All are welcome.
"Beyond the Little Black Dress," an Alliance Francais Fashion Show and Silent Auction, with patrons: the Ambassador of France, Gerard Araud, and the Ambassador of the Principality of Monaco, Mrs. Maguy Maccario Doyle, will take place this Friday, September 25th at the Dupont Circle Hotel, 1500 New Hampshire Avenue, N.W. at 7:45 pm.
"Beyond The Little Black Dress" marks the Alliance Francais de DC's reconnection to fashion. At its beginnings, l'Alliance, a French language and cultural center which gives French language classes, lectures, tastings and screenings, held regular fashion shows. One was co-chaired by Jacqueline Kennedy Onassis's mother, Mrs. Mrs. Hugh D. Auchincloss on October 18, 1968.
This Friday, "A new group of socialites and notable members of the French and diplomatic community will be in attendance while emerging French and American couture designers, fashion photographers, stylists and beauty and fashion entrepreneurs take this male-dominated industry by storm showcasing modern couture trends," said Alliance Francais' Executive Director, Sarah Diligenti.
l'Alliance's first fashion event this season occured last Friday, September 18th, when fashion, art and architecture phenom, Larissa Noury, spoke about how fashion through the centuries was influenced by art and architecture (Noury holds two PhD's in architecture and art).
For tickets to Friday, September 25th's Fashion Show, click here.