Alice Ritter: French Girl in New York


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“When I arrived in New York 12 years ago, I think there [were] all those signs that pop up when you decide to change something in your life, you know,” said Ritter. “All of a sudden, every magazine I opened was [filled with] stories of people like me who came to New York for vacation and discovered fashion design as their vocation and they stayed and eventually they became successful. I was like: That’s it! That is exactly what I want to do!”

[divider] Alice Ritter settled in Brooklyn and was determined to establish herself as a designer. After spending some time creating pieces for a small boutique in the city, Ritter decided to strike out on her own and design for her own brand of woman.

Remarking on whom she considered to be the perfect candidate for her clothes, Ritter laughed as she mused over her inspiration. “A sort of free spirit, global girl or global woman with a chic look... Or maybe, I’m thinking of the girl I’d like to be.”

Her trademark “French Girl in New York” aesthetic is both feminine and masculine. Inspired by the soft erotic film Emmanuelle, and the work of many classic designers, Ritter’s clothes are undeniably sexy. “[I love] Phoebe Philo, Balenciaga, Yves St. Laurent,” she said, as she rattled off a list of designers with a deep sense of affection and reverie, as though she were naming beloved family members.

Ritter’s collection has an ageless elegance, and is replete with unique and versatile pieces such as a timeless wrap dress and a structured coat that seems to transcend seasons. She creates flowing tops and bohemian print patterns that are infused with masculine sex appeal.

Ritter also pays tribute to those designers who first inspired her. The informed observer can see traces of Philo’s romantic silhouettes, Balenciaga’s play with color, and the structured elegance of YSL dresses that subtly and cleverly play into her designs.

Ritter continually experiments with ideas, as she believes that experimentation, whether with color or shape, is a necessary part of design.

“Right now I’m really into colors,” she croons. “I’m in this mood of mixing up colors that might not match well, but if you do it in the right way or in the right shade, it’s really great. It’s a scary territory.” She added, “In France, we’re really attached to our basics, our classic pieces. I really went back to my roots with this last collection.”

As her brand grows, Ritter thinks about the direction of her business. While most designers may want to design exclusively to high-end consumers, Ritter is more practical. “I don’t want to be cynical about it, but it is a business. You want to reach people, you want to share, and ultimately you want to make money,” she says.

However, she is cautious to maintain a reputation for designing high-quality clothes.

“I’m always glad when people are wearing my stuff, I love interaction with my customers, but you also don’t want to devalue your clothes.”

Although she errs on the side of accessibility, there is one demographic Ritter is not targeting, at least not intentionally—celebrities. “Jennifer Lopez, I wouldn’t consider her my typical customer, [but] at one point she was buying a lot of my stuff. I was really happy about that, but I didn’t advertise it either,” she says. In a world where a designer’s brand can be promoted quickly by celebrities, Ritter shows restraint. “It’s a fine line, you want to sell, you want to be out there, but you don’t want to be obnoxious about it.”

Given the natural charm of her collection, Ritter’s whimsical creations have garnered the praise and adoration of the fashion industry, and have caught the attention of hipster fashion chain, Urban Outfitters. “Right now I’m launching a second collection with [them],” she says proudly. “It will be much more affordable.” Released in July, the line is what Ritter describes as “classic Paris meets Brooklyn.”

For a designer who once played dress-up, Ritter has come a long way.
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For more information about fashion designer Alice Ritter, click here. Contributions to this article were made by Catherine Toor.


Stage in Review: 'Spoiler Alert: Everybody Dies' at Woolly Mammoth in Washington, D.C.

Stage in Review: 'Spoiler Alert: Everybody Dies' at Woolly Mammoth in Washington, D.C.

Stage in Review: 'Spoiler Alert: Everybody Dies' at Woolly Mammoth in Washington, D.C.

We can all use a little funny in our lives. After all, the holidays are upon us, and that pretty much means we’re going home for Christmas—and as the story goes for most of us—it ain’t exactly like the Brady Bunch special.

So we laugh when our mother-in-law tells us we’re fat, and our recently divorced parents give us their alibis. We’re just grateful for our brother, the black sheep who accidently burned down McDonalds and who provides us with hours of amusement, as well as the boxes of booze that Uncle Jack brought.

Life is fleeting, so we might as well enjoy it, at least, this is according to the theme of the latest Second City production, Spoiler Alert: Everybody Dies.

Improvisational comedy group Second City, that spurred the talented likes of Amy Sedaris, Mike Myers and Tina Fey, returns to Washington, D.C. to bring a little joy and dark merriment for the holidays.

Their formula is pretty simple: Be funny, and develop funny shit. And for the most part, the production accomplishes this task with skits that include a horseman whipping his horse to death, some race humor about why only black people can use the N-word, and (because it’s D.C.) some Obama jokes. Like most Second City productions, audiences also played a role in the fun, as some members of the troop listened in on conversations of those in the audience for a skit about identity profiling and airport TSA agents.

However, the production struggled a bit with enforcing its dark theme, as some of the skits could have been edited out to make a tighter show; and at times, it felt as if some of the skits were not anchored to any theme, and could have been randomly featured on any episode of SNL.

In comparison to its other shows, “Spoiler Alert” isn’t the strongest showing for Second City. However, it is supported by a talented and enthusiastic cast that sings, dances (sort of), and makes good on their promise of making us laugh.

In the meantime, sit tight everyone, the apocalypse is coming and we’re all going to die. (For those of you in cities that can still afford it, trusty 911 is still on standby.)

Merry Christmas!

Spoiler Alert: Everybody Dies is written and produced by The Second City theatre company and will run now through January 8th at the Woolly Mammoth theatre company in Washington, D.C.


See the Results of Our Anna Wintour Hair Makeover

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Anna Wintour hair makeover.

With new years around the bend, we, at Meets Obsession, pride ourselves for being adaptive to change. This means having those pesky new years resolutions like, not eating that second breakfast, or giving up drinking for lunch.

Then we thought to ourselves: Bitch, iz you crazy? What's wrong with having a little wine with lunch?

Four cocktails in, we thought it might be cool to go Felicity on our hairdos for the new year and came across this nifty program (thanks, Taaz) that lets us try on different hair styles. Fortunately, we sobered up and figured it was way more fun to try out hair cuts for Vogue editor, Anna Wintour, who has had her trademark bob since she was sixteen.

We personally favor the two-tone color bob  that makes us want to call her Sheneneh, or the jet black hairstyle that looks a bit unkempt and crazy. (We fondly referred to this one as "Whitney.")  Finally, we also liked the razor edges of this honey-brown haircut that channels a bit of Courtney Love, pre, during, and post drugs.
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What's most surprising is that Wintour carries most of these hair styles pretty well!

Check out the rest of our images below.

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Stage in Review: 'Bust' at The Studio Theatre in Washington, D.C.

Stage in Review: 'Bust' at The Studio Theatre in Washington, D.C.

Stage in Review: 'Bust' at The Studio Theatre in Washington, D.C.

Lauren Weedman knows she’s not perfect—and she wants you to laugh about it.

Her one-woman show, Bust, has all the witty punch lines of one-hour stand-up and the introspection of a woman who suddenly found herself living out an episode of The Twilight Zone.

In a play that is one part autobiographical and three parts comedy, Weedman shows us her life as a Hollywood-based mogul (not really), where she wheels and deals with agents, fashion editors and a best friend with an unholy fixation on rescuing abandoned puppies.

Bust opens with Weedman walking through the halls of the L.A. county prison—one of the most dangerous prisons in the nation—where she’s beginning her first day as a volunteer for Beyond Bars, an organization that pairs volunteers with prison inmates. Weedman is given three woman inmates to talk to, and is instructed that she is there to act only as a sounding board, and not to supply personal information or get involved.

Weedman, obviously, fails at this within the first ten minutes and accidentally provides her address to one inmate, while promising another that she would “get her out.”

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Lauren Weedman in Bust. Photo: Carol Pratt

Soon after, she gets a call from a Glamour  magazine fashion editor who had learned of a story about Weedman’s time in college when she had lied about being raped to get attention. Weedman begrudgingly agrees to sell her story (for a whole lot of cash), and later finds herself dealing with the harsh aftermath from those who had read it.

There are many laughs to Bust from start to finish, such as the orientation scene for Beyond Bars where Weedman explains that she’s there to “feel better herself,” and her time working as a dancer for a Pepsi commercial for the money. Finally, there’s a great sauna scene that has Weedman trying to talk to her best friend, Rachel about one of the prisoners as Rachel does yoga exercises naked.

Bust intelligently merges the superficial nature of Hollywood with the despairing truth about prison. Together, these superimposed realities serve as terrific fodder for Weedman, as she plays through each scene with the refined sense of a comic who understands the absurdity of her life.

Bust is apologetically funny, even as it weaves in its subtle commentary about prison life; and Weedman shows us that she is not afraid to have us laugh at her expense.

Bust is written by Lauren Weedman and directed by Allison Narver, and is playing at The Studio Theatre in Washington, D.C. from now until December 23.


Thanksgiving Day Dressing

Thanksgiving Day Dressings: Three Turkey Day Outfit Options

Thanksgiving has arrived and the holiday party planning has begun. You've got to get your game face on with all the events you'll be attending, which means, you'll be in need of the perfect Thanksgiving outfit.

So Meets Obsession readers, whether you're pigging out, meeting the potential in-laws, or going to a refined dinner, we've got the best holiday wear for you.

Thanksgiving Day Dressings

Thanksgiving Occasion: Casual, marathon-eating, TV watching holiday

You've been good all year (not really), you run twice a week (when it's sunny) and you quit boozing (except during weekends and holidays).

So hey, you deserve to Kobayashi your way through Thanksgiving and eat that third piece of pumpkin pie.

Thankfully, we've got the look for you! Try these drawstring pants from Phillip Lim for extra stretch; baggy t-shirt from Truly Madly Deeply to hide your bloated stomach; knit scarf from Balenciaga that comes with pockets for hoarding snacks; and some comfy shoes from Matt Bernson.

With all that food, you'll be sleeping before you can say "tryptophan."

{top} Truly Madly Deeply Thai Elephant Oversized Tee

{pants} 3.1 PHILLIP LIM Rib Seamed Lounge Pants

{shoes} Matt Bernson bark suede 'Doe' loafer booties

{scarf} Balenciaga Knit Scarf

Thanksgiving Day Dressings

Thanksgiving Occasion: Meeting your boyfriend's parents for the very first time

So it's finally happened—your first holiday trip to meet your boyfriend's parents and you know you're just two steps away before he puts a ring on it.

You spent the week practicing your best, Emily Post manners and now you just need an impressive outfit to impress your soon-to-be in-laws (hopefully).

We've got the perfect holiday wear for you. A fine mix of casual and dressy, this Marc Jacobs cardigan, Dahko trousers and Come On, Brogue flats give you that refined cool-and-pleasant girlfriend vibe without trying too hard.

Accent the outfit with a clutch from Marc by Marc Jacobs and this gold ring by Michael Kors and you're on your way to making a stellar first impression.

{pants} Dahko Trousers

{top} MARC BY MARC JACOBS Patterned cardigan

{shoes} Come On, Brogue

{clutch} Marc by Marc Jacobs Shadow zip clutch

{ring} Michael Kors Chain Ring Golden

Thanksgiving Day Dressing

Thanksgiving Occasional: Semi-formal sit down dinner party

The boss has invited you to Thanksgiving dinner; and if you play your cards right, you're pretty sure you'll get that promotion next month.

All you need is a stately outfit that tells your boss you're not only responsible and smart, but can wow potential clients with your stylish sensibilities.

Check out this dress by ASOS, satin bolero jacket by TAHARI and black pumps from Qupid Drama that shows off your elegance. Wear them with a pair of metallic tights and some cool statement accessories and you'll be ringing in the New Year with a brand new gig!

{dress} ASOS Lace Dress With High Neck

{shoe} Qupid Drama-36 Pump - Black

{bracelet} Hive & Honey Leaf Cutout Bracelet

{tights} ASOS Metallic Tights

{necklace} Fiona Paxton Rose Collar

{jacket} TAHARI Satin Bolero Jacket


Prose over Politics: In the Nation’s Capital, Asian Artists get a Voice

Prose over Politics: In the Nation’s Capital, Asian Artists get a Voice

Prose over Politics: In the Nation’s Capital, Asian Artists get a Voice

Image courtesy of Sulu DC.  Nitt Chuenprateep

If you build it, they will come.

At least, this is the hopes and sentiment of Sulu DC, an underground network for Asian American artists in Washington, D.C.

In a city dominated by politics and policy wonks, artists, musicians and individualists have found it difficult to assemble a voice in the district.

Enter Sulu DC, a subculture within perhaps, an ever-emerging art culture in the district that is giving Asian American artists a platform to showcase their talents. On its second year, Sulu DC celebrated its anniversary last weekend at Artisphere in Arlington, Virginia to an eclectic crowd of painters, filmmakers, performance artists, and yes, even a dominatrix.

Hosted by poet, Regie Cabico (who might have missed his calling as a comedian), the event featured the cool stylings of local beat boxer, Chip Han; the performance art of fetish model, Keva I. Lee; and the short film of deaf filmmaker, Sabina England who caught the attention of movie critic, Roger Ebert with her short film, Allah Save the Punk!

“Sulu DC emerged from a need for visibility and support for Asian American artists... Through [Sulu DC], artists are able to connect with one another and keep each other in mind for future collaborations and performance opportunities,” said executive director, Jenny C. Lares. Lares herself, is a spoken word poet who has amassed a loyal following of artists and art enthusiasts who have appreciated her efforts.

“Sulu is a big reason why we are where we are today, producing videos on a weekly basis and giving voice to the community through the stories we tell,” said co-founder, Eddie Lee of the Jubilee Project, an organization dedicated to producing short films spotlighting social issues. Lares and Lee’s collaboration have raised public awareness to issues such as domestic violence, and the earthquake and tsunami in Japan.

Sulu DC runs entirely on the motivation and work of its volunteers who share the spirit and mission statement of the network.

“It’s been an incredible two years—we continue to be inspired by all of the artists we bring to the stage and are humbled by the love and enthusiasm from our audience,” said Lares.

For a city looking to establish its own art culture, Sulu DC is a welcome addition.


Photo Diary: NAHM Fashion Show with Alexandria Hilfiger at the 2nd Annual Fashion's Fight Against MS

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Meets Obsession attended the 2nd annual Fashion's Fight Against MS, a charity fashion event benefiting the National MS Society in Washington, D.C.

Guests arrived at the red-carpet event at the Liason Capitol Hill Hotel on Monday night, and were treated to a silent auction that included a reprint of Vincent van Gogh’s, Starry Night and an autographed guitar by Lady Gaga.

Runway model, Shannon Rusbuldt hosted the fashion show that showcased the design talents of Alexandria Hilfiger (daughter to Tommy Hilfiger) and Nary Manivong.

Their label, NAHM, recently launched this fall and is focused on reinterpreting the shirtdress by combining masculine and feminine detailing.

True to form, the pair sent down the runway a series of mod inspired shift dresses in chevron prints and pastel hues, accented by men’s tailored collars and designed with light fabrics.

To see more of NAHM’s collection, see below:

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Made for Foodies: Capital Food Fight in Washington, D.C.

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Last week, Meets Obsession attended Washington D.C.'s 7th annual Capital Food Fight, a fundraiser to support DC Central Kitchen, a non profit that feeds the hungry, as well as provides culinary training to adults who were once homeless.

A whopping 1500 people gathered at the sold-out event at the Ronald Reagan Building and International Trade Center to enjoy the amazing cuisine of more than 60 of the district's finest restaurants.

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Anthony Bourdain, Carla Hall and Chef José Andrés

Capital Food Fight continues to draw out the famous who's-who of the culinary world.

Anthony Bourdain, host of Travel Channel's No Reservations returned to host the event with world-renowned chef, José Andrés, who stole the show with his ebullience and humor. Bourdain had profiled DC Central Kitchen for his hit show and has hosted the event for the last five years.

Also spotted at the fundraiser were Bravo's Top Chef contestants that included the district's Carla Hall, Mike Isabella of Graffiato, Spike Mendelsohn of Good Stuff Eatery, and Jennifer Carroll (whom, in our hearts was the deserving winner of Top Chef).

Food Network's Tim Allen and famous chef, Ming Tsai hosted an iron chef competition which, to be honest, we would've paid attention to if it weren't for all the food and drink in front of us!

Occidental Grill & Seafood Cauliflower Soup

Occidental Grill & Seafood's Cauliflower Soup

Among our favorite dishes were the cauliflower soup (which was crazy delicious for a soup) from Occidental Grill & Seafood, and the oysters from local favorite, Hank's Oyster Bar.

We also loved the oysters from Rapphannock River Oysters who had the adorable, Bob Hasting shucking oysters for us.

Fans of pork belly would have been delighted to see it all over the menu, as the growing trend and popularity of it has finally found a home in the district.

Policy offered a great version of the BLT: steamed bun with crispy braised pork belly, spice tomato jam, lemongrass and ginger aioli, and Boston bib lettuce. We also loved the dish from Harry's Smokehouse that offered a smoked pork belly with chipolte aioli.

Unique pairings and honorable mention went to The Light Horse for their house-made duck with prosciutto and blueberry compote.

Capital Food Fight continues to draw in significant revenue for DC Central Kitchen and this year, the non profit has raised $500,000 for the organization, which represents 15 percent of its fundraising goals.

It was an event made for foodies, and Meets Obsession was thrilled to support this worthy cause.

Please click here to donate to DC Central Kitchen.


Stage in Review: 'The Golden Dragon' at Studio Theatre in Washington D.C.

Stage in Review: 'The Golden Dragon' at Studio Theatre in Washington D.C.

Stage in Review: 'The Golden Dragon' at Studio Theatre in Washington D.C.

(left to right)  KK Moggie, Sarah Marshall, and Joseph Anthony Foronda in The Golden Dragon. Photo: Scott Suchman

When I was ten, I used to hang out with my friend Linda after school. She lived in San Francisco's Chinatown, in a cramped one-bedroom apartment that seemed just large enough to house a gold fish. The ceilings were as high as those in an attic and the walls were paper thin. And at night, we could hear the Chinese news station from her neighbor’s television next door—it wasn’t on terribly loud, it was just on.

I never needed to wonder what was happening around us when I was there, because I heard everything. I heard the number 30 bus motoring by, late as usual; the chatter of women bargaining down the price of fish; and the clanging of pots and metal from the Chinese restaurant below us where Linda’s parents worked. These sounds—seemingly white noise—played out like individual stories for me that were held together by… life.

Life—it was sometimes repetitious, occasionally random, and at times, unfair.

Stage in Review: 'The Golden Dragon' at Studio Theatre in Washington D.C.

KK Moggie and Amir Darvish in The Golden Dragon. Photo: Scott Suchman

This is the premise of The Golden Dragon, a play about 15 characters whose lives circulate around the microcosm of a “Thai-Vietnamese-Chinese” restaurant.  The play threads together several unique stories, and is played by five actors who do a pretty good job at jumping in and out of characters.

The play opens in the kitchen of “The Golden Dragon,” where we see a Chinese man (KK Moggie) with a horrible toothache. His co-workers are trying to pry out his tooth because he is an illegal immigrant, and cannot go to a dentist. The story then jumps between a young couple; an eccentric shopkeeper (Sarah Marshall); two flight attendants (Joseph Anthony Foronda and Amir Darvish); a grandfather and granddaughter; a neglectful husband and his distressed wife; and a starving cricket (Chris Myers) and cruel ant.

One of the more interesting and strange stories revolve around the cricket and ant. The cricket is hungry and begs the ant for food. The ant tells the cricket that he would feed the cricket if she prostituted herself to the other ants. The cricket agrees because she is desperate.

In many ways, the cricket and ant story can be viewed as analogous to those of immigrants that arrive in the U.S. and are exploited. Playwright Roland Schimmelpfennig never dives into this issue, but rather, offers subtle commentary shown through some of the characters’ stories.

Stage in Review: 'The Golden Dragon' at Studio Theatre in Washington D.C.

KK Moggie and Amir Darvish in The Golden Dragon. Photo: Scott Suchman

Schimmelpfennig also displays a dry sense of humor when he has the boys being girls, and girls being boys, as they rotate between characters; and the play’s rapid changes between story lines, as well as the witty exchanges from the actors keep it from getting stale.

However, The Golden Dragon suffered from being just a bit too gimmicky. The actors, in changing characters, would begin the scene with a narration before getting into character. And while this served some purpose in staging the story, the characters would weave in and out of this narrative so frequently that at points it distracted from the rhythm of the play.

There are good components to The Golden Dragon, and Schimmelpfennig, in developing his narrative shows that he has something interesting to say as a storyteller and a playwright.

However, the play had, perhaps, too many elements and stories that were distracting to the plot. In the end, I was left wondering what the play was really about—and that was something I never had to think about when I was hanging out in Linda’s apartment.

The Golden Dragon, written by Roland Schimmelpfennig and directed by Serge Seiden, is playing from November 9th - 26th at the Studio Theatre in Washington, D.C.


Photo Diary: Victoria F. Gaitán's Solo Exhibition at the Conner Contemporary Art Gallery in Washington D.C.

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Meets Obsession attended Washington D.C. photographer, Victoria F. Gaitán's solo exhibition at the Conner Contemporary Art gallery.

Gaitán's work focuses on female subjects, and in the past several years, she has created provocative images of women that evoke in us a sense of beauty, chaos and at times, decay.

In person, her look is as compelling as her photographs. With mermaid-like, flaxen blonde hair, and a tattooed body, Gaitán stood tall and striking in her black, feather-trimmed dress and ruby red slippers like those of Dorothy's from the Wizard of Oz.

We are in love with her and her work, and were pleased to see so many of D.C.'s finest art patrons at her showing.

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Kim Kardashian Call Quits on Her Marriage (Shocker).

Kim Kardashian and Kris Humphries Call it Quits

Kim Kardashian Call Quits on Her Marriage After a whopping 72 days, Kim Kardashian calls it quits with her husband, NBA star, Kris Humphries.

For the millions of you who followed Kim and Humphries on The Kardashians, you'd know that the two love birds were destined to last forever. After all, Kim's just that down-home girl who loves diamonds, pearls and famewhoring, while Humphries was that everyday, NBA superstar trying to get into a Kardashian's pants.

We'll never forget the great memories, especially the sponsored $10 million blow-out wedding to show the world that their love could not be bought.

We know, America. We, like you, are surprised that these two crazy kids couldn't make it work.


EVOLUTIONMAN Nail Polish

Beauty Evolution: Nail Polish For Men

EVOLUTIONMAN Nail Polish

Everyone wants to look pretty. Even men.

Male skin care company, EVOLUTIONMAN has launched a new line of nail polish for men. The line features five colors: Pure Bling, Pure Matte, Pavement, Alter Ego, and Stand Out.

So girls, get ready, now you and your boyfriend can do each others nails on Friday nights.

In the meantime, we'll be busy watching the hot construction men on 5th avenue build stuff.


Photo Diary: BYT's 'A Night at the Newseum' in Washington D.C.

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We all looove a good party.

And if you add booze, a ping pong table and some scary Halloween costumes to the mix, you're guaranteed a great time.

Meets Obsession spent Friday night at Brightest Young Things' sold out Halloween bash at the Newseum (which is a stellar venue that makes us want to be Cokie Roberts when we grow up).

As always, we started at the bar before we pushed through some Ghostbusters and ghouls to check out the dance floor where we boogied the night away (or rather, next five minutes) with some awesome mummies.

We got distracted when we heard there was a ping pong table in the basement and that two dead guys were playing head-to-head in a veritable ping pong showdown.

The great thing about the basement is that you can ride the Charlie and the Chocolate Factory glass elevator all the way up to the top floor! Bonus.

And, there's a bar in the glass elevator. Double bonus.

Oh, BYT, you think of everything!

Here are some of the great costumes that impressed us.

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Exit Clov LIVE at Iota Cafe and Exclusive FREE MP3 Download

Exit Clov LIVE at Iota Cafe and Exclusive FREE MP3 Download

Exit Clov LIVE at Iota Cafe and Exclusive FREE MP3 Download

Celebrating the release of their latest album, Memento Mori, D.C. based band, Exit Clov has been a strong presence in the district's indie rock scene. The band is best known for their subversive tracks that are commonly infused with poppy melodies, and lyrics that are colored with bright, political satire.

Exit Clov, comprised of guitarist, Aaron Leeder; bassist, Brett Niederman; drummer, John Thayer and singer-songwriters, Susan and Emily Hsu whom are twins, have performed mostly in New York City these days. However, the band returned to their hometown last Saturday to rock out Iota, in Arlington, Virginia.

The twin's voices—youthful and pure—provide a unique and, often times, playful contrast to songs like "M.K. Ultra," a popular track that is about government mind control.

While they may look young, Exit Clov's music and exposition over the years have demonstrated a growing maturity that is always nicely balanced with their ability to never take themselves too seriously.

Their latest album, Memento Mori carries their trademark pop and satirical lyrics, but brings with it a new depth and softness unseen in their last albums. In producing memorable tracks like "Ritchie Valenz," about lost love, and "Death is a Song," about the passing of the twin's father, Exit Clov continues to evolve as a solid indie rock band.

Their performance in Iota was mixture of classic singles that included "District Menagerie" and songs from Memento Mori.

However, Exit Clov did unveil some new numbers that included "It's a Cult," that continues their subversive undertone, and "Unset the Sun," (working title) that shows off the violin talents of the girls.

To get a free download of their popular single, "District Menagerie," you can download here.

District Menagerie by Exit Clov

 Download free MP3


Photo Diary: Arts for Autism Gala

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Meets Obsession attended the Arts for Autism Gala, a fundraiser benefiting the Intervention Assistance Fund that provides families with grants to pay for treatments and therapies for their autistic family members.

The night kicked off with a fashion runway show featuring some brave and talented autistic kids who strutted their stuff down the catwalk in outfits from their personal closets.  We were blown away by the vocal pipes of ten-year old, Matthew Cahill, who may have stood three feet tall, but sang “We are the Champions,” by Queen with the same power and resonance of Freddie Mercury.

New York hottie, DJ Kalkutta kept the night young with her fierce beats. And we enjoyed the second runway show that featured the menswear collection of D.C. designer, Andrew Nowell. We can imagine Nowell’s collection of fitted suits in bold plaids and checkers being worn by the likes of Black Eyed Peas artist, will.i.am.

We want to give a special shout out to Gala and Runway Director, Paola M. Quiroz, who put this great event together.

Meets Obsession was pleased to support this worthy cause. To donate to the autism fund, please click here.

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