by laura mullen and leslie quander wooldridge | September 30, 2013 | People
(FROM LEFT) ON CLINTON: Flannel suit, Bottega Veneta ($3,150). Tysons Galleria, 703-442-3138. Shirt ($445) and tie ($205), Ermenegildo Zegna. Tysons Galleria, 571-730-1900. Shoes, Clinton's own. ON MICHAEL: Blazer ($595) and trouser ($175), BOSS. The Fashion Centre at Pentagon City, 1100 S. Hayes St., 703-418-0690. Shirt and shoes, Michael's own. ON ADAM: Shirt ($445) and pants ($695), Ermenegildo Zegna. Tysons Galleria, 571-730-1900. Striped silk tie, Ralph Lauren Black Label ($155). The Collection at Chevy Chase, 301-718-4223. Double C Abby belt ($550) and Ballon Bleu rose-gold watch ($23,700), Cartier. The Collection at Chevy Chase, 301-654-5858. Richelieu shoes, Louis Vuitton ($1130). Tysons Galleria, 703-448-1455.
Occupation: Local columnist, The Washington Post.
Favorite thing about DC: I grew up hereâ€¦ if you know where to look, [you'll find] a lot of fun: music, art, sports.
Best advice received: Mike Wilbon told me: "Don't ever let anybody tell you that your voice doesn't have a place in this landscape."
Proudest career moment: Being able to write about something [the March on Washington] that was my dad's experience.
People would never guess: I speak fluent French.
Biggest industry challenge: Not getting too caught up in what will become of the industry. My job is to do the storytellingâ€”storytelling comes first.
Words to live by: Nobody can do everything, but everyone can do something.
Cause closest to your heart: Hungerâ€¦ Food affects everything: the ability to learn, the ability to function.
Occupation: Producer, MSNBC's Hardball with Chris Matthews.
Favorite thing about DC: History. And it's a partisan town for sure, but politics stops at the water's edge when it comes to friendships and relationships.
Guilty pleasure: My buddies from college say I like "bubble gum" rap and make fun of me for it, but it never gets old to me.
People would never guess: I was a competitive swimmer for about 17 years.
Biggest industry challenge: Presenting the complicated nature of politics and policy to viewersâ€¦ in a simple way that makes them think.
What's next: To help make Hardball the best source for all things politics and lead the way through the 2014 midterms and 2016 elections.
Cause closest to your heart: After experiencing the loss of my longtime coach [and] my first boyfriendâ€”both to suicideâ€”I want to find a way to contribute to those suffering with mental health issues to help show that there is light at the end, even if you can't see it.
Occupation: Transportation reporter, NBC4.
Favorite thing about DC: It's a very international place. You can find people from every walk of life here.
Proudest career moment: When my 3-and-a-half-year-old daughter hears me [reporting] and claps and says, "Yay, Daddy."
Best advice received: "Pick a job you like," my dad said. "If you don't like going to work each day, you're going to be miserable."
Biggest industry challenge: Things are changing so fast that you have to keep up with it. I'm a big fan of Twitter; [it] has become almost a wire service.
Guilty pleasure: A Philly cheesesteak when I go home.
Words to live by: Be a good person. Do the right thing.
Looking forward to: Just getting better. I think you can always learn.
Cause closest to your heart: Equal rights.
(FROM LEFT) ON JOSH: Medium gray suit ($3,500), pocket square ($100), and tie ($270), Zilli. Tysons Galleria, 703-883-1166. Shirt, Gucci ($310). Nordstrom, Tysons Corner, 703-761-1121. ON OTTO: Suit, Otto's own. Silk bow tie ($185) and slim-fit dress shirt ($370), Lanvin. Nordstrom, Tysons Corner, 703-761-1121. Pocket scarf, Ermenegildo Zegna ($100). Tysons Galleria, 571-730-1900. Louis XL white-gold diamond watch, Cartier ($31,900). The Collection at Chevy Chase, 301-654-5858. Double G loafer, Gucci ($590). Nordstrom, SEE ABOVE. ON NICKLAS: Suit and shirt, Nicklas's own. Silk tie, Salvatore Ferragamo ($190). Nordstrom, Tysons Corner, 703-761-1121. Pocket square, Zilli ($100). Tysons Galleria, 703-883-1166. Prichard Derby shoe, Santoni ($495). Nordstrom, SEE ABOVE. ON PIERRE: Super 200's suit ($7,900), shirt ($855) and pocket scarf (price on request), Zilli. Tysons Galleria, 703-883-1166. Silk necktie, Burberry London ($150). Tysons Galleria, 703-288-1700. Rotande Mysterious white-gold watch, Cartier ($63,000). The Collection at Chevy Chase, 301-654-5858. Kir plain-toe oxford shoes, Gucci ($595). Nordstrom, Tysons Corner, 703-761-1121.
Occupation: Wide receiver, Washington Redskins.
Proudest career accomplishments: Draft day 2008. And having the season we had last year.
Best advice: Work hard every day like you're homeless. You'll never take anything for granted.
Guilty pleasure: Sneakers.
People would never guess: I used to write poetry, and I used to act.
Most focused: On game day.
Cause closest to your heart: Breast cancer awareness, because I've had so many people with it in my life.
Charities supported: Susan G. Komen [for the Cure] and the Washington Redskins Charitable Foundation.
OTTO PORTER JR.
Occupation: Small forward, Washington Wizards; formerly Big East Player of the Year with the Georgetown Hoyas.
Favorite thing about DC: There's a lot of history here.
Most inspired by: My father made me the person I am today.
Best advice: From my grandmother: "Never change who you are."
Rules to live by: Never be late. I always make my bed. And I always say a prayer before I leave the house.
People would never guess: I play alto saxophone.
Looking forward to: Playing with my teammatesâ€¦ and I want to finish my degree from Georgetown.
Charity supported: SOME [So Others Might Eat].
Occupation: Center, Washington Capitals.
Most inspired by: My dad. He took me to the rink when I was young. He's always been there for me.
Best advice: You've got to be humble if you want to succeed.
Guilty pleasure: When I go home to Sweden [I get] a Max Burger. It's really good.
Words to live by: You only live once.
What's next: To bring the Stanley Cup to DC. That's our goal this year.
Cause closest to your heart: I like working with kids. Athletes are very fortunate; it's always nice to give back.
Charity supported: So Kids Can [founded by Capitals player Mike Green and radio host Elliot Segal].
PIERRE ANDRE GARCON
Occupation: Wide receiver, Washington Redskins.
Favorite thing about DC: The excitement. There's a lot of energy.
Biggest career accomplishment: Scoring a touchdown in the Super Bowl [while playing for the Indianapolis Colts].
Most inspired by: My mom most of all. She raised us to work hard.
Guilty pleasure: Sweets.
Most focused when: I'm on the field.
Biggest challenge in your industry: Staying in the industry. Every day they're looking for new talent. You just go hardâ€¦ you give it your all every day.
What's next: I always play for the Super Bowl.
Charities supported: First Haitian Baptist Church in Florida, Boys & Girls Clubs of Greater Washington, and [Pierre GarÇon] Helping Hands Foundation.
(FROM LEFT) ON KATSUYA: Leather jacket ($1,495) and crew-neck sweater ($345), Giorgio Armani. Saks Fifth Avenue, 5300 Wisconsin Ave., 301-657-9000. Jeans, Joe's Jeans ($169). Saks Fifth Avenue, SEE ABOVE. Atlas Chronograph watch ($7,900) and Ziegfeld Daisy ring ($650), Tiffany & Co. The Collection at Chevy Chase, 301-657-8777. Shoes, Brunello Cucinelli ($1,035). Saks Fifth Avenue, SEE ABOVE. ON SEBASTIEN: Brown marled shawl sweater, Isaia ($1,495). Saks Fifth Avenue, 5300 Wisconsin Ave., 301-657-9000. Shirt, Giorgio Armani ($195). Saks Fifth Avenue, SEE ABOVE. Jeans, Joe's Jeans ($169). Saks Fifth Avenue, SEE ABOVE. Tank Anglaise watch, Cartier ($10,900). The Collection at Chevy Chase, 301-654-5858. Shoes, Tod's ($495). Saks Fifth Avenue, SEE ABOVE. ON BRYAN: Wool jacket, Canali (1,095). Nordstrom, 8075 Tysons Corner Center, 703-761-1121. Round-neck sweater shirt, Giorgio Armani ($125). Saks Fifth Avenue, 5300 Wisconsin Ave., 301-657-9000. Jeans, Versace ($395). Saks Fifth Avenue, SEE ABOVE. Calibre steel watch, Cartier ($7,700). The Collection at Chevy Chase, 301-654-5858. Shoes, Salvatore Ferragamo ($860). Saks Fifth Avenue, SEE ABOVE.
Occupation: Chef and partner of Daikaya Restaurant.
Proudest career moment: Besides opening [Daikaya], winning Iron Chef.
Biggest influence: José Andrés, my mentor [and] boss for 15 years.
Best advice: My dad always told me that no matter what, as long as you're happy and healthyâ€¦ everything falls into place.
Guilty pleasure: I hate to say it, but fast food. I really do love hamburgers.
Most creative: When I'm not really thinking about food. [Laughs] When you try to force it, it's too contrived.
Favorite drink: I love Dr. Pepper. And Red Bull. People hate [it], but I love it.
People would never guess: That I'm pretty shy.
What's next: I'm opening Kiji Club, a Japanese [cocktail] bar. Ultimately, I'd like to open up a restaurant in Napaâ€”give French Laundry a run for its money.
Charity supported: Alex's Lemonade Stand [Foundation].
Occupation: Executive chef at Decanter Restaurant, St. Regis Hotel Washington DC.
Favorite thing about DC: I lived in New York for six years and then Puerto Rico for two years, so it's been very extreme. Coming back to DC is actually the perfect balance.
Most inspired by: [Chef] Alain Ducasse. I worked for him for 13 years. Every day when I cook, it's everything I remember from Louis XV.
Best advice: Never give up.
Guilty pleasure: Chocolate.
People would never guess: I was lactose intolerant when I was a kid, and now I drink up to two quarts of milk a day.
Biggest challenge in your industry: Consistency. It's so easy to let it slip away.
Favorite drink: Red wine.
Rules to live by: Your job won't take care of you when you are sick; your friends and family will.
What's next: [To] open a hotel. Where? I don't know yet.
Occupation: Chef and partner at Volt, Range,Lunchbox, and Family Meal.
Favorite thing about DC: I grew up in the area, so DC has always been home.
Proudest career moment: Opening Volt in 2008.
Person you admire most: My wife, Jennifer.
Biggest career surprise: There was a sense of surprise and accomplishment when I went on Top Chef season 6 , and my brother and I went all the way to the end. Probably the biggest surprise is that Michael won. [Laughs]
Guilty pleasure: Popcorn.
Biggest challenge in your industry: Balancing family life and kitchen life.
Most creative: When I'm in front of a stove.
People would never guess: I skateboard.
Favorite drink: Sazerac.
Rules to live by: Be happy and content with whatever you're doing. If you're not, it's not worth doing.
Charity supported: Share Our Strength | No Kid Hungry.
(FROM LEFT) ON ANDILE: Leather ribbed-collar blouson jacket, Burberry London ($4,195). Tysons Galleria, 703-288-1700. Ribbed shawl-neck sweater ($790), stretch cotton riding pant ($680), silk striped tie ($185), and Double G loafer ($595), Gucci. Nordstrom, Tysons Corner, 703-761-1121. Shirt, Ermenegildo Zegna ($445). Tysons Galleria, 571-730-1900. ON THEO: Kid mohair coat ($2,650) and kid mohair pants ($735), Prada. Greystone shirt, Gucci ($310). Nordstrom, Tysons Corner, 703-761-1121. Silk necktie, Burberry ($150). Tysons Galleria, 703-288-1700. Napoli plain-toe derby shoes, Dolce & Gabbana ($595). Nordstrom, SEE ABOVE. ON JAMES: Kid mohair coat with velvet collar ($2,525) and kid mohair pants ($735), Prada. Cashmere sweater, Burberry Prorsum ($895). Tysons Galleria, 703-288-1700. Shirt, Ermenegildo Zegna ($445). Tysons Galleria, 571-730-1900. Tank Anglase large watch, Cartier ($42,900). The Collection at Chevy Chase, 301-654-5858. Faramir loafers, Gucci ($595). Nordstrom, Tysons Corner, 703-761-1121 .
Occupation: Company member of The Washington Ballet.
Proudest career moment: When I collaborated on a project called Icarus with a sculptor. A couple of months later we won an award.
Biggest influence: My mom really taught me how to know the value of what I do and respect itâ€¦ and respect other people's input and what they bring to life, because all of us have a little bit to give.
Best advice: Failure is the university for champions.
Guilty pleasure: Video games.
Best meal ever had: Ben's Chili Bowl.
Most creative: When it's the early hours of the morning.
People would never guess: I can sing.
Rules to live by: Quitting is not an option.
What's next: To create a work of more than 20 minutes with a group of people.
Occupation: Executive director of FotoDC and FotoWeekDC.
Favorite thing about DC: That it has become an exciting city. I've lived here since '82; I've seen a lot of changes.
Biggest influence: For photography, there's a sculptor that was more influential than anyone elseâ€”Robert Smithson. He did these Earthwork sculptures, and my personal photography works were landscapes.
Best advice: To be very generous and flexible in one's relationships, both personal and business.
Most creative: When I'm starting a new concept. I love the beginnings of the creative process, when everything's fresh.
Favorite drink: A Negroni.
Rules to live by: Honesty. Decency. If you promise someone something, you honor that obligation.
Cause closest to your heart: I came to America [from South Africa] on scholarship at Cooper Union, so education has been really important to me.
Occupation: Restaurateur, producer, board president of the nonprofit Transformer.
Favorite thing about DC: I grew up here. I love the dichotomy between politics, the industry, and everyone else. There's a whole hidden side of DC in terms of art and artists.
Best advice received: Think before you speak.
Guilty pleasure: A s a bon vivant, I don't suffer from much guilt. [Laughs]
Most creative: When I'm working with other creative people, building a collaboration.
Biggest challenge in your industry: A real commitment to a philosophy. It's a challenge for some people to hold to a core belief.
Favorite drink: A nice, clean, crisp Chablis.
Rules to live by: Try not to take it too seriously.
What's next: Opening a design gallery, maybe another restaurant, definitely producing a couple films. Thinking about getting another dog.
photography by greg powers