I’m writing this issue’s letter after a whirlwind week of events. Our Chanel dreams came true as we hosted a lovely garden lunch in the Hirshhorn Sculpture Garden. We managed the launch of the new season, new ownership and new “spirit” of the National Women’s Soccer League Champions, The Washington Spirit. We had the privilege of welcoming Peloton star instructor Tunde Oyeneyin, and we were thrilled she chose Tysons Galleria to have her first book event on her national tour.
It feels amazing to be back at it—full throttle. But tell the truth: This time last year, did you ever think we’d be here again? Attending in-person events, hugging friends we’d gotten used to only seeing on Zoom, having fun?
In this issue, you’ll find an interview with Oyeneyin, (my personal favorite for morning workouts), where she talks about her memoir, Speak, and turning challenges into empowerment.
My friend and creative genius Pum Lefebure gave us some of her time while she was prepping for Cannes Lions next month. Find her recommendations for the chic city in our Passport feature.
We had the honor of sitting down with photographer Dario Calmese for an interview about his groundbreaking work. You know his photos from this year’s Met Ball and Viola Davis’ stunning cover for Vanity Fair, to name just two. Dario has been instrumental in the creative community for years, and he shared with us how he’s ensuring the Black experience is captured through his work.
Finally, it wouldn’t be spring without fresh food trends and perennially trendy flowers. Check out ‘Seeing Green’ to get behind-the-scenes on first-of-the-season produce, and take in the glorious floral arrangements of my girl crush, Schentell Nunn, Hollywood-based floral artist in ‘Best in Bloom.’
Before life gets too crazy, again, I’m holding the words of my dear friend Pum—and fellow mom and business-owner—to my heart. She reminded us, “Tell yourself that you’ll do the best that you can everyday. The way that I balance work and life, it’s not about separating them. For me, it’s about integrating them. It’s just important to find your happiness.”
Here’s to our happiest spring yet.
President, TAA PR
It was an honor to witness the remembrance of my dear friend and fashion industry icon.