The sixth annual installment of Washington Life’s The Young and The Guest List party celebrated art, fashion, food and creative inspiration at Long View Gallery.
Unless you’ve been buried in your law books or thumbing through 1,000 of pages of new legislation for your boss, you’ve probably noticed that Washington D.C. is in the midst of a creative renaissance. One of the main areas where local creatives are showing their prowess on a national level, is in the kitchen and our local galleries. This year, our annual The Young and The Guest List event – which celebrates 250 of Washington’s Top 40 and under movers and shakers – gave a nod to our emerging food and arts scenes, by choosing as our event location Long View Gallery in Blagden Alley and chef RJ Cooper’s soon-to-open boutique fixed-menu restaurant, Rogue 24.
As in year’s past, the party drew a collection of influential under-40 leaders from across disciplines. The 2011 list includes 250 overachievers, including members of Congress, White House policy makers, entrepreneurs, lawyers, musicians, artists, activists and media personalities. It also reflects the area’s growing dining scene with restaurateurs, mixologists and other fabulous foodies. See the full list of honorees here.
2011 THE YOUNG AND THE GUEST LIST: BY THE NUMBERS
- 150 Business Leaders
- 53 White House and Capitol Hill Staff
- 35 Media Elites
- 11 Restaurateurs
- 7 Athletes
- 3 Diplomats
Since its inception in 2005, Washington Life’s annual The Young and the Guest List has been the marquee event recognizing the most accomplished young leaders in the nation’s capital under the age of 40. As the city becomes more vibrant with each new crop of twenty- and thirty-something movers and shakers, deciding whom to include becomes an ever-more daunting task.
“Our 2011 roster makes it clear, once again, that Washington continues to be a hub of growth, fed by young people with a seemingly endless supply of energy and ideas to match their positive outlook,” said Nancy Bagley, Washington Life’s editor-in-chief.
“The city has become a center for independent artistic spirit and there is a fervor for social change and many dynamic ideas for new businesses.” Washington Life will partner with Juicy Couture to host this year’s event, titled “Creative Inspiration.”
Last year, the city’s rich history was celebrated by hosting the event at the Washington Club, the former Patterson Mansion on Dupont Circle. This year, Bagley said it is time to support and encourage the city’s creativity by showcasing elements of food, fashion and art.
“We found a location that would do just this in the collaboration between Long View Gallery and Rogue 24,” she said. Washington Life is honored to debut the exclusive sneak peek inside Rogue 24, Chef RJ Cooper’s “urban fine dining institution.” Cooper, a James Beard Award winner, was previously the chef at Vidalia in the District. He says he has gone “rogue,” creating a 24-course tasting menu that serves as the initial inspiration for his new restaurant.
Long View Gallery has been promoting local established and emerging artists on its walls since 2006, and through its various events and exhibitions has strengthened the District’s thriving arts community.
The tented outdoor patio between Rogue 24 and Long View Gallery hosted the Juicy Couture fashion lounge, featuring alluring surprises from the magazine’s exclusive fashion sponsor. General Motors, this year’s automotive sponsor placed keys in swag bags claimed by two random YGL’ers that will “turn the key” on a complimentary one-week loan of the 2011 Cadillac CTS Coupe.
Washington Life also partnered with Erika Gutierrez and Howard Lee of the boutique public relations firm epgPR, who provided the always coveted VIP swag bags. Their luxury contents are kept secret until the end of the YGL party.
For the third year in a row, the party will be under the ingenious management of Andre Wells, one of the nation’s most sought-after event planners. “We anxiously await the fabulous surprises and lavish details he has in store for this year’s guests,” Bagley said.
The guests were kept fueled by generous support from alcohol sponsors Pernod Ricard which provided Absolut and Malibu Rum which our mixologists from Occasions Caterers used to create delicious drink concoctions. Veuve Clicquot provided plenty of its tasty champagne. Amaryllis Floral and Event Design provided stunning floral decorations in primary colors, which matched the fashion styled on the 14 Juicy Couture mannequins interspersed throughout the gallery.
SugarPlum Tents built the Juicy Couture fashion lounge in the alley behind the gallery and a red carpet walkway to Rogue 24. While Chef RJ Copper was busy cooking with liquid nitrogen in the gallery, his team served up decadent chocolate dessert nibbles in the soon-to-open restaurant. Frost Lighting designed the lighting which bathed the three distinct venues in warm and creative primary colors, keep with the evenings creative and colorful theme. The biggest hit of the night, besides the amazing fashion that our Washington super-stars showcased, was the live band Elan Artist’s Rhythm Collective. AV/Sound: VSG Solutions handled all the sound, which was no easy task given the three separate venues. DJs i;Wah, DJ Cassidy, and DJ Pitch One spun tunes and keep the party going in the Juicy Couture fashion lounge. And they say first impressions are lasting, which is why we were excited when The Dandelion Patch came on board to design the specialty hard copy invite for those YGL members on the list.
The night concluded with an exclusive after-party at the Grey Goose Mansion – a stunning modern home in the Embassy District of Washington DC, where guest enjoyed flowing specialty cocktails and the VIP atmosphere.