The Event: Grand Opening and book signing with Jonathan Adler on Wisconsin Avenue
In The House: PR types, press hacks, Adler groupies, interior design insiders, and donors from The Washington Ballet with artistic director Septime Webre (10% of sales this week benefit the organization).
Dress Code: Skinny leg pants, color blocking blouses for the women, warm-weather wraps for all.
Menu: Bite-sized nibbles, wine, delicious brownies
Music: Background chatter
Overheard: "Wow. Color."
The well-coiffed partygoers filled the brand new Jonathan Adler store on Wisconsin (across from Martin's Tavern) to marvel over the hundreds of pieces Adler and a few others designed. All the senses were on high alert. Eyes popped at the bright colors, fingers ran themselves over textured fabrics, tastebuds were tempted with wine and bite-sized bits that fit in with the color scheme (beet slices on cheese bread, bacon wrapped somethings). Ears took in the sound of clinking wine glasses and anyone who stood next to the candle display caught hints of grapefruit, fig, bubblegum, and more as they inhaled. Jonathan Adler was holding court—sans his energetic husband Simon—and mingled for the first half of the two hour extravaganza before settling in to sign books for the long line of devotees who were all getting an early start on the holiday shopping. His book, 100 Ways To Happy Chic Your Life, and all his many other wares are on sale in the finally-open-for-real store right now.
· Jonathan Adler [OfficialSite]
Reporting by A. Dobson and G. Perkins