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Last night, hundreds of stylish Washingtonians joined celebrity make up artist Erwin Gomez for the launch of his newest beauty lounge, Karma by Erwin Gomez, located in the West End at 1104 24th Street NW. Popular for providing DC with a cosmetic hotspot for A-listers and prominent figures, Gomez has styled celebrities such as Eva Longoria, Jennifer Garner, Stevie Wonder, Barbara Streisand, Garth Brooks, Keyshia Cole and Maria Shriver among others. He also did a lot of the makeup for a certain reality show I was in, once upon a time...
The space was designed by designer Brook Rose. It feels like a cocktail lounge because it is so glamorous and sparkly with mirrors at every turn, but done tastefully with muted neutral tones and blacks. Guests sipped and mingled till 11pm, making a toast to the beauty guru with Belvedere Lemon Tea cocktails and Terrazas wine, while listening to music by DJ Biks, and noshing on passed hors d'oeuvres from RSVP Catering. Guests left with swag bags were filled with cosmetic products from brands such as Sanitas, Unite, Moroccan Oil, Keratin Complex and Schwarzkopf.
Guests, including Top Chef's Spike Mendelsohn, Ambassador of Sri Lanka Jaliya Wickramasuriya, Paul Wharton, Angie Goff, Richard Jordan, Pamela Brown, Natasha Barrett, Scott Thuman, Jummy Olabanji, Washingtonian's Kate Bennett, WPGC's Sunni and The City, Sunni Bajaj, Mark & Elise Lefkowitz, Lani Hay, David von Storch, Dr. Ayman Hakki, Michael Pelissier, David Kim, Tabandeh Sahba, Cheryl Romero, Allison Priebe Brooks, Dannia Hakki, Kareem Kerdasa, Jacqueline Lagoy, Kate Michael and others joined Gomez and his Karma partners Vinoda Basnayake, Brook Rose, Kunal Shah and Charles Paret to commemorate their new beauty locale.
[Kunal Shah, Charlie Paret, Erwin Gomez, Brook Rose, Vinoda Basnayake by Joe Kast]
[Spike Mendelsohn, Vinoda Basnayake by Joe Kast]
[Jummy Olabanji, Angie Goff, Richard Jordan by Joe Kast]
Thursday, May 23
We sat down with Anne Pasternak for a few questions about Creative Time's past and future, as well as the importance of having an awareness about public art in the city.