D.C.'s Most Stylish
Magazines love best-dressed lists. Esquire has one out, and now clothes wearers in Washington are being scrutinized by DC Style. The city's new trend-centric magazine is on a mission to find the town's top fashion icon. The 20 nominees include George Washington University student Lona Aliaj, Cafe Saint-Ex owner Mike Benson and . . . 70-year-old Chuck Brown?!
Articles editor Sarah Schaffer explains, "You don't have to be young to be stylish." (And the Godfather of Go-Go is no spring chicken.) She added: "Our magazine is geared towards young people, but also people who are stylish and enjoy a good life. We thought Chuck fit that criteria."
While he's not record producer Pharrell Williams (Esquire's best-dressed man in the world), can Brown come out on top in Washington? Schaffer's not telling. "I can't say who is winning," she said. "There are a few people who are leading the way."
Voting started online in late July and will end next Friday. The top 10 vote-getters will be featured in the magazine's holiday issue, available in November. Total number of politicians on the magazine's list? Um, that would be zero.
Was Oliver Stoned?
Director (and devil-may-care motorist?) Oliver Stone pleaded no contest Wednesday to a misdemeanor charge of driving while in possession of marijuana. The plea was filed in Beverly Hills Superior Court by a lawyer for the 58-year-old Oscar winner, who was not present, according to a spokeswoman for the Los Angeles County district attorney's office.
This is not his first drug-related offense. Stone, the director of "Platoon" and "J.F.K.," was arrested for drunk driving in May and, according to a court rep, paid a $100 fine (oof!) and court assessments for the offense. In 1999, Stone pleaded guilty to a misdemeanor marijuana possession charge and driving under the influence.
Court Wants Courtney
In other celeb court news, Courtney Love has been ordered to appear in a Los Angeles Superior Court later this month to answer allegations that she violated her probation by being under the influence of drugs. Prosecutors said the alleged violation involved a narcotic but wouldn't be specific. Judge Rand S. Rubin issued a bench warrant for Love's arrest but agreed to hold it pending the hearing, which is set for Aug. 19. During that hearing, a date will be set for another hearing to decide if Love, 41, violated probation. (Courtney, are you hearing all this?)
On a red carpet last week Love said, "I'm clean and sober for over a year and no one seems to care! They're like, 'Oh, her dramatic weight gain.' So stop making fun of me!"
The former Hole frontwoman is in a court-ordered drug treatment program tied to a misdemeanor count of being under the influence of a controlled substance in 2003 when she allegedly tried to break into an ex-boyfriend's home.
Jetrosexuals Get High
And now, the latest in big-budget advertising news. Virgin Atlantic Airways is out to add a new word to the English language: jetrosexual.
They're the next big thing, according to the airline, which is on a mission to find the ultimate jetrosexual in select U.S. cities.
A rep for Virgin defines jetrosexuals as "entrepreneurs, high-fliers, the rock stars of their industries, those people who move business and culture forward every day." The company coined the phrase and even formulated the 11 Commandments for Jetrosexuals. Highlights include, "Thou shalt have thine passport ready to go at a moment's notice" and "Thou shalt travel economy class, on rare occasions, just to keep thineself humble." Get the picture?
And they didn't stop there: Jetrosexual magazine can be found in newsstands, airports and chauffeured cars (natch) and a "Jet Set" comic strip made an appearance in the Wall Street Journal.
Each city will have a Jetrosexual Award winner (announced Oct. 17) who will earn a first-class flight to London. Nominees so far from Washington include GetWellNetwork founder and CEO Mike O'Neil and Warren "Cakelove" Brown.
-- Compiled by Korin Miller
from staff and wire reports