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52 | | March 2012 porTraiTS pHoToGrapHeD aT FaTHoM CreaTive the RADAR | PeoPle Bohemian Rhapsody | By Sarah Crosland and LaNora Williams-Clark | Photography by Benjamin Tankersley | Gone are the days when DC’s “it” girls were White House staffers or K Streeters. Today’s most stylish locals are creative types bringing innovative concepts to town. From an up-and-coming illustrator to an entrepreneurial foodie to a highly anticipated novelist, these women are the latest in DC’s cache of cool kids. Illustrate Your Point A financial educator with a degree in politics is not who you might imagine behind Lauren Friedman ’s playful fashion illustrations. “Being an artist was something I was meant to be doing my whole life, but I had to try a lot of other things to come to it,” says 24-year-old Friedman, who began drawing full time after being laid off last year. The stylish Shaw resident, whose work is featured in Lucky magazine, browses Eastern Market stalls and U Street vintage shops for inspiration. What she finds often lands on her scrapbook-style blog, My Closet in Sketches. Friedman, who launches a line of greeting cards featuring her quirky designs this month, has discovered an undercurrent of 9-to-5ers with a creative streak. “It feels like everyone here has a side-hustle in addition to their career,” she says. Join the Conversation When Jill Richmond hopped the pond to the District for her World Bank position, she was reticent to leave behind the company she kept. Having launched a series of pop-up dinners hosted by top London chefs, she searched out the same for DC. “Washington is built upon great idea generators and great thinkers. I saw it making a transformation, and I wanted to push the envelope,” says Richmond, who recently co-founded The Coterie, an exclusive dining club modeled after French salons. Members are invited to attend monthly cocktail parties and dinners created by enterprising chefs, and attended by famous scholars, writers and artists. So successful are the soirées, Richmond is working much less at the gig that originally brought her to town. “I’m trying to build the city that I want to live in,” she says. The edgy entrepreneur expects to expand by two cities a year. Chicago and Philly are next. All Booked Up Aimee Agresti spent a decade as a celebrity reporter for mags such as US Weekly interviewing the likes of George Clooney, and, now, with the launch of a much-anticipated young-adult novel, she’s reaching for her own star. “I loved hanging out on the red carpet, but always dreamed of being a novelist,” says the Olney, Md., native, who, as the daughter of a librarian, grew up surrounded by books. “I wanted to write the kind of book I would have loved as a teenager with a strong heroine.” Illuminate — an angelic answer to Twilight —set to hit shelves this month, is just that. The sequel has already been picked up by Houghton Mifflin Harcourt and will be out in 2013, while the full trilogy has been sold in both Italy and Germany. Movie rights, anyone?

The Radar People

Sarah Crosland And Lanora Williams-Clark

Bohemian Rhapsody

Gone are the days when DC’s “it” girls were White House staffers or K Streeters. Today’s most stylish locals are creative types bringing innovative concepts to town. From an up-and-coming illustrator to an entrepreneurial foodie to a highly anticipated novelist, these women are the latest in DC’s cache of cool kids.

Illustrate Your Point

A financial educator with a degree in politics is not who you might imagine behind Lauren Friedman’s playful fashion illustrations. “Being an artist was something I was meant to be doing my whole life, but I had to try a lot of other things to come to it,” says 24-yearold Friedman, who began drawing full time after being laid off last year. The stylish Shaw resident, whose work is featured in Lucky magazine, browses Eastern Market stalls and U Street vintage shops for inspiration. What she finds often lands on her scrapbook-style blog, My Closet in Sketches. Friedman, who launches a line of greeting cards featuring her quirky designs this month, has discovered an undercurrent of 9-to-5ers with a creative streak. “It feels like everyone here has a sidehustle in addition to their career,” she says.

Join the Conversation

When Jill Richmond hopped the pond to the District for her World Bank position, she was reticent to leave behind the company she kept. Having launched a series of pop-up dinners hosted by top London chefs, she searched out the same for DC. “Washington is built upon great idea generators and great thinkers. I saw it making a transformation, and I wanted to push the envelope,” says Richmond, who recently co-founded The Coterie, an exclusive dining club modeled after French salons. Members are invited to attend monthly cocktail parties and dinners created by enterprising chefs, and attended by famous scholars, writers and artists. So successful are the soirées, Richmond is working much less at the gig that originally brought her to town. “I’m trying to build the city that I want to live in,” she says. The edgy entrepreneur expects to expand by two cities a year. Chicago and Philly are next.

All Booked Up

Aimee Agresti spent a decade as a celebrity reporter for mags such as US Weekly interviewing the likes of George Clooney, and, now, with the launch of a muchanticipated youngadult novel, she’s reaching for her own star. “I loved hanging out on the red carpet, but always dreamed of being a novelist,” says the Olney, Md., native, who, as the daughter of a librarian, grew up surrounded by books. “I wanted to write the kind of book I would have loved as a teenager with a strong heroine.” Illuminate— an angelic answer to Twilight—set to hit shelves this month, is just that. The sequel has already been picked up by Houghton Mifflin Harcourt and will be out in 2013, while the full trilogy has been sold in both Italy and Germany. Movie rights, anyone?

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