A Uniquely Washington Evening

Julie,

What a treat it was to spend the evening with you in Washington last Thursday. For this gal from the Midwest, it was such a uniquely DC night, I won’t soon forget it.

First, we both had the extraordinary pleasure to be invited by the State Department and Peter A. Selfridge, the Chief of Protocol, to a holiday party at the exquisite Blair House.

Blair House is the guest house for visiting foreign leaders and sits on Pennsylvania Avenue, directly across from the White House. It is also the site of many foreign policy meetings, diplomatic receptions and dinners and has played a unique role in the diplomatic affairs of our country.

It is also a stunningly beautiful, and historically rich, home. Although it is quite large, with over 120 rooms and 60,000 square feet, it still feels quite cozy, as it retains much of the original layout of the Blair, and their relatives, the Lee, family homes.

Immediately upon entering the party, we were greeted by a Marine Corps a cappela group singing Christmas carols

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We proceeded through the complex, peeking into several of the dining rooms, parlors and living rooms along the way

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We had to stop for a quick photo op with GW

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What was really cool about this party was that we truly felt like guests in someone’s home (or, in this case, the President’s Guest House), since we were able to wander all around, in these exquisitely preserved rooms, among this living history. To be honest, at one point, I gripped my wine glass a bit more tightly, not wanting to be the guest that spilled on the 2o0-year-old rug.

We made our way from the original Blair House toward the Lee House (Lee was built by Mr. Blair for his daughter, Elizabeth). The Lee House holds a special place in my heart, because Missouri’s-own Harry Truman made it his Executive Residence while the White House underwent major structural renovations from 1948-1952. He held weekly luncheon meetings with his cabinet in the Lee Dining Room. The tradition continues today. Blair House’s highest-ranking official guests often meet in the Lee Dining Room with the President. This is also where our President-Elect lives and dines before moving into the White House.

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But, on this night, you and I were privileged to enjoy some yummy chocolate cookies in the Lee Dining Room!

All of this would have been enough for a perfect DC holiday evening, but then we walked out of Blair House, passed in front of the White House

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through Lafayette Square

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for a smart cocktail at the Hay Adams.

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We finished our evening back on our home turf, Georgetown, at one of our favorite pubs, Martins

photo 1 (6)It was a Merry evening indeed. I love DC.

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 Best wishes to all our friends and family for a peaceful, joyful Holiday Season.

xo,

Ann and Julie

 For all you fellow history buffs, you can read more about Blair House here

 

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The Corcoran and Cosmos Tops and our Essential Skirts

Our specialty tops – the Corcoran and the Cosmos – are what to wear to that special evening out – whether it’s a cocktail party or a quiet dinner with friends.

 The Corcoran Top

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The Corcoran Gallery of Art was founded for the purpose of encouraging American genius and stands as a major center for American art. The enlightened Corcoran top is a tribute to the diverse artists that populate this expansive Beaux-Arts building and mirrors the American ideal of freedom of movement, with just a hint of European sophistication.

 

With its extended graceful bateau neck top and signature butterfly sleeves, this top is ethereal in essence.  The bodice is fitted at the bust and then flows to the top of the hip where it is finished with a two inch fitted band.  The blouse is beauty in motion, with open sleeves that flutter as you move.  Elegant and enlightened in design, the Corcoran top is the perfect piece to wear with cigarette pants or a pencil skirt, taking you to the most inspiring art collection openings, cocktail receptions or dinner with friends.

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Deep Purple

100% Silk.

Dry Clean Only

$258

 

The Cosmos Top

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Founded in 1878, the Cosmos Club is made up of members from virtually every profession that has anything to do with scholarship, creative genius or intellectual distinction. Housed in one of Washington’s most elegant turn-of-the century residences, today the Cosmos Club is a center of good fellowship, where members meet socially to exchange ideas and take part in lectures, concerts and dinners. Our Cosmos Top is the essence of enlightened genius and fashionable distinction.

The Cosmos Blouse is the most stunning and enduring cocktail top you can have in your wardrobe. The beauty of the top lies in the exquisite construction of the pleated structured shoulders that descend into a modified butterfly sleeve to the elbow, the elegant neckline that regally sits upon the neck and then curves down to a very deep vee, and the fitted bodice that begins at the empire waist and falls to the top of the hip.  It is a work of art.  Wear it with a pencil skirt or full or fitted pants every time you have a special reception or dinner.  You will be noticed.

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Black

100% Polyester

Dry Clean Only

$325

As you can see from the photos above, we pair these dressy tops with any one of our essential skirts – the M Street, in an ultra-wearable Ponte, or the Copley – available in chic boucle, timeless velvet or silky, super 120 wool.

The M Street Skirt

M Street is not only a major thoroughfare through the heart of DC, it is also the bustling epicenter of Georgetown, lined with chic boutiques and restaurants. The M Street Skirt is the essential piece for every woman’s wardrobe. Comfortable and easy, it’s a snap to throw on for a day of shopping, but also elegant enough to wear for dinner at a cozy French bistro.

With a two-inch, elastic waistband and straight lines to the knee, the Ponte knit M Street is the skirt you’ll pull from your closet when heading out for a day on the go. Pair back to a bright tee, easy jacket or any easy-breezy sweater and you’ll be set for the day.  We love it with our Potomac Top in black or cream for an enlightened, streamlined look. Or, dress it up in the evening with a specialty top, like our Cosmos Top. The M Street is your consummate travel skirt.

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Black

60% Rayon, 35% Polyester, 5% Spandex

Dry Clean Only

$158

The Copley Skirt

The arched doorways and grey stone of neo-Gothic Copley Hall, a cornerstone building on the Georgetown campus, emulate the iconic Healy Hall. The classic appeal of this collegiate building inspired our design for the enduring style of the Copley skirt.

The Copley skirt is the counterpart to the Healy skirt, each one meticulously tailored for different body types.  A classic pencil skirt, the Copley features a defined waistband that fits at the natural waist, accentuating the feminine form. It is designed for an hour-glass figure, with room at the hips, then curving gently to the knee. Everlasting in design, the Copley skirt is an essential foundation piece for every woman’s wardrobe.

Black

Self: 100% Wool Boucle, Lining: 100% Rayon

Dry Clean Only

$210

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Black

Self: Velvet: 18% Silk, 82% Rayon, Lining: 100% Rayon

Dry Clean Only

$210

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Black

Shell: 100% Italian Super 120 Wool Lining: 100% Rayon

Dry Clean Only

$195

All are available online and in-store at Julia Farr

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The Gaston Jacket

The Gaston Jacket

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Gaston Hall, located in the Healy Building on Georgetown campus, has been host to musicians, artists and national and international dignitaries since the turn of the last century. The Gaston Jacket is an essential piece for all the stately events you attend, whether you are participating in a panel on Middle Eastern politics or listening to an a cappela group.

The feminine elegance of the Gaston Jacket is captured in its soft lines with a self-wrap belt that cinches you in at the natural waist. It has a full, open collar that you can flip up or lay flat, wrist length sleeves and hip length hem. The fabric provides a cozy warmth, the design gives a soft edge. During the work week, throw it on over a sleeveless sheath dress, or wear with a camisole and fitted or full pants. On the weekend, wear with your turtleneck, jeans and boots.

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Color: Espresso Tweed

Self: 100% Wool, Lining: 100% Rayon

$395

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The Kalorama Dress

Your any-and-all special-occasion dress…

The Kalorama Dress

 Kalorama

The Kalorama neighborhood is home to Embassy Row, with over 45 nations represented from Armenia to Zambia. Kalorama means “fine view” in Greek – we think the landscape of our elegant Kalorama dress is quite fine, thank you. It transcends all international boundaries making it the perfect dress for either an intimate dinner or a sparkling soirée.

Harkening back to a 1950’s cocktail dress silhouette, the Kalorama has it all.  Its u-neckline and one-inch shoulder straps set the stage for your signature necklace or finest jewels.  It is fitted at the waist and then runs straight through the hip, with length extending to mid-knee.  Although it boasts a slim silhouette, the Kalorama offers you enough room from hip to knee to move with ease as you run to hail your taxi to make it to the Broadway show on time or sit gracefully on that high bar stool sipping your martini.

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Self: 100% Rayon, Lining: 100% Rayon

Dry Clean Only

$375

Available in-store only at Julia Farr

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The Folger Dress

The perfect Holiday dress – available in Emerald Green or Black Velvet

The Folger Dress

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With its three-tiered wooden balconies, carved oak columns, and half-timbered facade, the Folger Theater evokes the courtyard of an intimate Elizabethan theatre. The Folger Dress is the perfect thing to wear while enjoying an evening with the Bard, or, perhaps, its elegance will awaken your inner poet and you will create some art of your own.

This spectacular dress is all about the rich velvet fabric that makes the design come alive.  The Folger has an open-vee neckline to feature your own sparkly gemstones with graceful bell sleeves for a romantic, bohemian feel.  The dress fits around the curves at bust, waist and hips, flowing to the knee with ease. Wear with your satin sling backs or black suede boots. The Folger will lift your spirits to new heights.

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Emerald or Black

Self: 18% Silk, 82% Rayon, Lining: 100% Rayon

Dry Clean Only

$395

Available at Julia Farr

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Dana Bash

On October 1, CNN Chief Congressional Correspondent Dana Bash engaged Governor Chris Christie in a wide-ranging and insightful discussion of issues facing this country – from the stigma surrounding drug addiction to his own personal battle with obesity. She also made a valiant attempt to get Governor Christie – a likely 2016 GOP contender – to state his intention to run.

You can see the entire interview here

For this important conversation with Governor Christie, Dana chose to wear our Lafayette Sheath dress in Indigo Silk.  She is a wonderful friend and a stalwart supporter of the Julia Farr Collection since our launch two years ago, having worn our designs on many occasions on and off camera. She is the embodiment of the woman for whom we design – intelligent, balanced, sophisticated and successful, in a professional position of daily high impact. We are thrilled and honored every time we see her wearing one of our designs.

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Dana Bash, interviewing Governor Chris Christie, wearing a Julia Farr Collection Lafayette Dress in Indigo Silk

 

 

 

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The Foxhall Dress

The Foxhall Dress

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The established neighborhoods surrounding Foxhall Road are lined with stately homes where families have lived for generations. Due to its proximity to both the French and German embassies, it’s also the provenance of many foreign nationals. The Foxhall Dress perfectly captures the understated, slightly European, elegance of this charming neighborhood.

Essential, yet elegant, the Foxhall Dress looks as good as it feels. The silk jersey fabric drapes your form perfectly without clinging to it. With a moderate vee-neckline, full length sleeves and a mid-knee hemline, the dress is versatility and ease in motion. Just throw it on in the morning for a day of meetings, errands, lunch with a friend or end-of-day glass of wine. Wear it with ballet flats, a kitten heel, pumps or your slingbacks to take you from day to dinner.

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Color: Red Multi

100% Silk Jersey

Dry Clean Only

$295

Available at Julia Farr

 

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