On Thursday night, Pierre Garcon hosted a white party to benefit the Boys & Girls Club of Greater Washington. The semi-formal party’s theme required guests to wear all white, which posed a problem for some of Garcon’s teammates who didn’t have appropriate clothing to wear. So the Redskins receiver set them up with rented suits.
“Guys were having a hard time getting all white,” explained Garcon. “Not too many guys have a lot of white in their wardrobe, so to get them here, I had to help them out.”
Kirk Cousins and Alfred Morris were the first to arrive, both in rented tuxes. Cousins went with a white bowtie, while Morris opted to add some color with a burgundy tie. Teammate after teammate showed up in matching white suits, some even in rented white patent-leather shoes.
“This was definitely not in my closet,” laughed Robert Griffin III, who added some color to his borrowed tux with a patterned shirt and shoes, and explained he was saving his all-white look for his wedding.
A few of the players, like Santana Moss, were able to pull their look from their own closet. Stephen Bowen told me he bought the white linen suit he was wearing just a few minutes before arriving at the party, and Erik Kettani, newly pinned as a naval lieutenant, was sporting his dress whites.
It wasn’t just Redskins players who walked the blue carpet. D.C. Mayor Vincent Gray and NFLPA Director DeMaurice Smith made appearances, but both chose to shun the theme in favor of darker suits. Rapper Lil Jon, in town to host and DJ a live house music party Friday night at The Huxley, was also floating around the party. But it was the strong showing by his Redskins teammates that touched Garcon.
“It’s amazing, especially on a rainy night like this,” he said. “Ashburn is an hour away from here, guys had to get dressed up. It’s great to see them all come out.”