The Price Is White
Getting hitched costs a mint these days, particularly in spendy D.C. But wedding belles can score big-day dresses on little budgets at Loehmann’s Grab the Gown event next Friday at the discount giant’s Chevy Chase branch (5333 Wisconsin Ave. NW; 202-362-4733). Starting at 7 a.m., more than 600 designer gowns — think names like Casa Mia and Demetrios — will be on sale for $1,000 or less. Many carry original price tags as high as $12,500, which adds up to a lot of potential savings for a honeymoon/NoMa condo.
Design nerds and artsy types will have the hots for Austrian Atelier’s geometric candles in bright colors and shapes like triangles and rectangles ($25, National Gallery of Art Shop, Fourth and Constitution Ave. NW; 202-737-4215). The unscented, drip-resistant beauties seem ideal for illuminating a romantic dinner with a Cubist painter or lovelorn mathematician.
Planters, peelers and toilet plungers can all be, if not beautiful, attractive. That’s the idea behind “The Next Wave: Industrial Design Innovation in the 21st Century” exhibit, just open at Artisphere (1101 Wilson Blvd., Arlington; 703-875-1100). The show’s pop-up gift shop sells items similar to the stuff on view. Think Josh Owen’s chic WC accessories (shown, $40-$55), FoldnFold’s collapsible coffee cup ($10) and the Campana Brothers’ floor cushions made of recycled bike tires.
So many local watering holes serve hand-crafted, artisanal highballs now, you could call this the District of Cocktalia. Victoria Vergason, owner of vintage barware shop the Hour (1015 King St., Alexandria, Va.; 703-224-4687), has captured 62 such concoctions in her “Capitol Cocktails” ($20, her shop) recipe deck. We’re craving the Chambord-infused Dragon Tit (top) from Wisdom or SEI’s Japanese Whiskey Sour.
After 20 years of proving polka dots make everything better, Kate Spade New York has partnered with Keds for a new line of anniversary lace-ups ($75-$85, Keds.com). Eight styles include an orange zigzag, solid pink, nautical stripes and paint-dipped toes. They’re a comfy homage to the cheeky (now sneaky?) design house.