Washington Life Magazine
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Wed to the A-list

You know the feeling - when an A-lister walks in the room and the dynamics shift. People notice; heads turn; and all move to see what the commotion is about. A good example of this took place at Terry McAuliffe's "What a Party" book launch. When Senator Hillary Rodham Clinton entered, the 500 or so people packed into the Park Hyatt Washington's ballroom turned their attention to take note. This is the simple measuring stick for our 2007 A-list - the head-turning factor. Senator Clinton talks about her involvement with the Vital Voices Global Partnership this month and also turns heads in our exclusive coverage of the Vital Voices benefit dinner at the Embassy Residence of the State of Kuwait.

The Park Hyatt Washington was also the scene of our bridal fashion shoot. Showing an uncanny ability to capture both sides of the aisle, fashion stylist Barbara McConaghy produced our groom and bridal shoots this issue - no easy feat. Thank you to newlywed Gary Landsman, The Hay-Adams Hotel and our luxury brand partners for making the groom shoot a handsome black-tie affair. An equally well-deserved nod to Len De Pas, the team at the PHW, Capital Décor and Events (the flowers look amazing!) and our luxury partners for saying "I do" to our bridal shoot. Barbara tells us, "New this season: softer dresses in slip and empire shapes that add airiness, ruching and draping for subtle body consciousness and the continuation of intricately beaded accents, insets and overlays."

Our wedding spectacular is filled with such tips, recommendations and fashionable ideas for your big day, which many of our fellow Washingtonians enjoyed last year. A note of gratitude to Elizabeth Salamone and Anthony Venafro, Nicole Feld and Jonathan Strauss, Fallon Hanin and Matt Zonarich, Karon Cullen and Rick Meyer, and Rima Khalaf and Dr. George Bitar for sharing their wedding with us (and you), and for Jack Valenti, Heinz Kluetmeier, Katie Rost, Jennier Stiebel, Lynn Hooff and Zeina Helou for writing about them.

Park City, Utah would be a great backdrop for a wedding ... or a film festival. In our 2007 Sundance coverage, we detail not just this year's best works, we hear firsthand from local producers Ted Leonsis (Nanking) and Norman Dreyfuss (La Misma Luna) who both had movies screened there. Plus, we interview director Rory Kennedy about her harrowing documentary Ghosts of Abu Ghraib. With all the hype and press surrounding the Oscars and big-budget Hollywood projects and actors, we find the more intellectual bent of Sundance's independent films to be an appropriate fit for our fair city's cerebral nature.

There's nothing really fair about Roland Flamini's musing on what role the First Husband might play if Senator Clinton gets the nod. With Hillary gracing the cover, we thought it would be interesting to ponder the possible role Mr. William Jefferson Clinton would play ... Secretary of State or party planner?

There is no doubt about the role our columnists play at Washington Life. They are our lifeblood, our proverbial ears to the ground, our reliable sources, and most of all, a respected group of writers who know the social, diplomatic, media, arts, political, entertainment and real estate scenes better than anyone. To Donna, Gail, Janet, Mary, Michael, Renee and Vicki we say thank you for your tireless dedication and unparalleled experience (Names are listed alphabetically, ladies. Remember, April deadline is right around the corner!)

On the party front, WL was a proud media sponsor of the Washington National Opera Mid-Winter Gala and the Capitol Movement Project fundraiser. Don't forget to save the date for the WL-sponsored Corcoran Ball on March 2nd, the Vital Voices Leadership Awards on March 14th and the annual Bachelors and Spinsters Ball and Capitol Dance Movement Concert, both on the 31st. We'd also like to thank everyone who attended our annual Substance & Style Awards at Villa Firenze. We are grateful to Ambassador Giovanni Castellaneta and his wife Leila for hosting this event. Keep an eye out in April for coverage of another important annual WL event - The Young & the Guest List party. It was great to see so many of Washington's current and future leaders at Meridian House International ... a good marriage indeed.


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With Miss America Lauren Nelson and Daryl Hannah at the Washington Press Club Foundation Dinne

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