Last fall, the Georgetown imprint of ultra luxury hotel and resort chain Capella
inaugurated a designer style series by hosting a fashion showcase in conjunction with Saks Fifth Avenue.
And yesterday afternoon, the stylish string of events continued with an exclusive Elie Tahari
trunk show and luncheon presided over by Capella resident stylist April Yvonne
The occasion was made all the more memorable by the fact that it simultaneously paid tribute to the iconic New York-based fashion house, which is currently celebrating its 40th annivery.
Guests to Wednesday's sold-out event were treated to the property's full range of exceptional dining services. In exchange for the $40/person cost of admission, each of the 50 or so ticketholders was greeted upon arrival with a signature spring cocktail (a glass of Taittinger champagne infused with fresh blood orange) as well as a subsequent and sumptuous two-course meal from the hotel's Grill Room restaurant.
No attention was left to chance with Chef Jacob Esko
, Capella D.C. General Manager Alex Obertop
, and Food & Beverage Manager Will Rentschler
personally supervising the afternoon's happenings.
As everyone enthusiastically dove into heaping plates of rainbow trout accompanied by preserved lemon and fennel risotto, Yvonne delivered an informal fashion trend presentation, complete with live models.
Attendees then had the opportunity to purchase a variety of Elie Tahari merchandise on the spot, with some of the brand's top consultants from its 2,500-squarefoot Tysons Galleria
boutique standing at the ready to assist with questions and personal fittings.
Yvonne is actually the driving force behind each of Capella's style series events, with the objective of introducing the hotel's guests to Washington's burgeoning fashion scene. As the founder of MyDCStyle.com
, she has extensive experience in curating private afterhours shopping experiences with some of the city's top brands.
The next style series event, which has yet to be announced, is expected to make use of the hotel's prized rooftop deck to take advantage of the warmer weather.
That experience in itself will be worth the nominal cost of admission, as Capella strictly restricts access to its rooftop, with its sweeping views of the city, to everyone except hotel guests and a handful of lucky VIPs.