Washington’s fashion-forward and art enthusiasts flooded the Corcoran Gallery of Art this past weekend for the 1869 Society’s annual Fall Fete. This year, the theme was Americans in Paris, and ArtReach, the Corcoran’s educational outreach program, was the beneficiary.
ArtReach serves over 200 inner-city youth ranging in ages between six and 18, and provides them with after-school programs, summer art classes, and workshops throughout the year. Artistic expression is a key piece to building a strong community, and this year Society Chair, Carl Bedell and Vice Chair Phil Mone along with the Fall Fete Co-Chairs Jenny Chung and Huong Tran, and Host Committee did an excellent job of bringing Paris to D.C.
Upon entering the gallery, guests enjoyed an animated greeting from Moulin Rouge dancers, a plethora of savory bites, and a photo booth with props! The gallery’s downstairs featured the new installation, American Journeys, which were open to the crowd of Parisians. Upstairs, VIPs were surrounding the Eiffel tower while ordering specialty drinks in the chic salon on the second level, and treated to a candy bar by Sugar & Ice.
Three DJ’s (Ozker, DJ Provoke, and Baronhawk Poitier) alternated beats on the 1’s and 2’s as guests got their dance on. We spotted several socials having a blast on the dance floor including, socialite and philanthropist Katherine Kennedy who we spotted briefly doing the Macarena while fiancé Grant Allen watched in adoration. We also caught up with D.C.’s Creative Contrarian Philippa P.B. Hughes who was rocking a fabulous blue fascinator and updating us on some exciting new projects with The Pink Line Project. We snapped smiles from Lagardare Unlimited’s LaRhonda Burley and The Heritage Foundation’s Kim McIntyre, as well as Heather Freeman PR guru and 1869 Society Steering Committee Member Lindley Thornburg, who was definitely on our best dressed list wearing a cobalt blue laced cocktail dress by Three Floor. For more information on the 1869 Society and upcoming events please click here.