Jill Biden’s Tory Burch Night, DiCaprio’s Casting Call for Wilson

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Tory Burch, left, and Evan Ryan, Assistant Secretary for Education and Cultural Affairs.

Designer Tory Burch became a billionaire in 2013, and added a Georgetown shop to her empire this week.

On the night of President Barack Obama’s speech about “an economy that’s profoundly unequal,” Jill Biden, wife of Vice President Joe Biden, stopped by the luxury retailer for its opening reception.

In fairness, 20 percent of the proceeds from the evening were dedicated to Burch’s foundation, which supports female entrepreneurs.

‘‘I have a lot of friends in Washington,’’ she said, counting Biden and Evan Ryan, the assistant secretary of state for educational and cultural affairs, among them.

Between sips of soda, Burch explained that ‘‘music’’ is her favorite gift for friends at the holidays, usually in the form of discs of her favorite tunes. She’s a fan of everything, including Kanye West, and says she’s still mulling this year’s selections.

 

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Rep. Gus Bilirakis, a Florida Republican, joined Greek Ambassador Christos P. Panagopoulos Monday night at the National Gallery of Art for the opening of its new exhibition “Heaven and Earth: Art of Byzantium from Greek Collections.”

A buffet of Greek culinary delights was served, naturally.

Sharon Percy Rockefeller, wife of Democratic Sen. Jay Rockefeller of West Virginia, wore a bright suit of “Christmas red.”

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This year’s official White House Christmas ornament pays homage to  Woodrow Wilson, yet it seems the 28th president was a bit of a Scrooge.

His biographer, A. Scott Berg, whose new book “Wilson” has been acquired by Warner Brothers, was feted with a book signing and reception at the Motion Picture Association of America last night.

“He was a sober presence when he arrived,” Berg said of Wilson, who canned both his inaugural balls and gave few state dinners and parties.
He was, however, “very sexual and passionate” in his letters to his wife, Edith, according to the biographer.

Jane Harman, a former Democratic representative from California who serves as president of the Wilson Center in Washington, was on hand for the celebration, as was  House Judiciary Chairman Bob Goodlatte, a Virginia Republican.

Leonardo DiCaprio, the leading contender to play Wilson, gets the thumbs up from Berg and MPAA chairman Chris Dodd, the former senator from Connecticut who once ran for president.

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