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DC EXCLUSIVE: Meet Jane Pendry of Dovima Paris

March 3, 2014

"A capsule collection of understated dresses, with French workmanship and élan, in delectable Italian fabrics that you can dress up or down." Vogue US

Inspired by a 1950’s Dior model, British designer Jane Pendry chose Dovima Paris as the name for her fashion house when she launched her first line of dresses in 2011. The British-born Pendry had already spent 25 years working for luxury brands including Yves Saint Laurent, Givenchy, Alexander McQueen and Ralph Lauren.

Showing a small line of tunic dresses and shirtdresses by private presentation by asking a few of her Paris friends to recommend five people who would appreciate her pieces, the designer invited the group to a showing of the collection at her home in the Marais. Following rave reviews, Pendry went on to offer small atelier showings in clients’ homes, and has recently brought her collection to the US.

“Timeless dresses that we can wear for a long time. Beautifully made dresses that we can slip into and run out the door knowing that we look great,” says Pendry. “The collections are very edited, but presented in a selection of colors and fabrics which gives lots of choice. My aim is really for clients to create their own look with accessories, so as that each dress becomes very personal in terms of taste and style.”

Dovima Paris by-invitation-only presentations take place twice a year. The dresses are made in France, and the fabrics come mainly from Como in Italy. Delivery takes between six to eight weeks.

This season, Dovima Paris will present her spring/summer collection in Paris, London, Washington DC, New York, Chicago, Hamburg and Munich.

Jane Pendry will be in Washington, D.C. at a private home in Cleveland Park on March 13th, 14th and 15th.  

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Fiola Mare Opens at Washington Harbour

February 20, 2014

James Beard award-winning chef, Fabio Trabocchi, is opening his third D.C. restaurant, Fiola Mare cucina di pesce, at the Washington Harbour in Georgetown on Friday evening, February 21. Like his flagship restaurant Fiola, Fiola Mare will offer world-class hospitality and service complete with a one of a kind view of the Potomac River.

“Our inspiration comes from the coastal restaurants that dot the entire Italian peninsula, on the Mediterranean and Adriatic coasts. The foundation of Fiola Mare is the highest quality seafood available today - from lobsters, oysters, local and imported fish, sustainable Italian caviar, hand made pastas, Italian wines and Italian inspired cocktails - the sum of it all is simplicity, purity, natural flavors and elegance,” says Trabocchi.  “The idea of the restaurant and the waterfront location are inseparable.” 

Trabocchi will present fine coastal fare, prepared with his personal Italian interpretation, as he embraces some of his favorite dishes from Italy, Spain and his adopted homeland in the US, at the iconic Georgetown Harbour.  Over stunning waterfront views, guests may choose to begin the meal with Fiola Mare Oysters & Caviar with Prosecco ZabaglioneFrutti di Mare seafood platters; Tutto Crudo! Italian style raw fish preparations such as Nantucket Bay Scallops with Norcia Black Truffle, Sea Urchin Panna Cotta with Meyer Lemon and Olive Oil Croutons; and Italian Caviar selections. Pasta and Risotto dishes include Sardinian Cavatelli of Vesuvio Tomatoes, Basil, Formaggio di FossaGragnano Spaghetti with Middleneck Clams, Parsley, Chilies; Bucatini with Red King Prawns and Catalina Sea Urchin; and Venetian Style Acquerello Risotto with Squid Ink, Cod Tripe & “Kokotxas”.

A principal component of the restaurant is the “Seafood Market Counter,” from where guests may select whole fish (Dover Sole, Spanish Branzino, Calamari, Mediterranean Dorade, Turbot), priced per pound, grilled, then filleted by staff tableside. 

Fiola Mare is located at 3050 K Street (entrance at 31st Street and the waterfront). Tel: 202.628.0065 

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A Très‎ POSTES Valentine's Day

February 10, 2014

Sweet Pea, Amore and Lola ... just a few ways to say 'I love you' from the new POSTES Collection available exclusively online here through designer, Claudine Sorel.

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