30 May Event Recap: BYT & La Maison Française Present “Zou Bisou Bisou”
by ATFDC Contributor Susan Stipanovich
A shocking number of people attended Saturday night’s Zou Bisou Bisou event at the French Embassy, hosted by D.C.’s own Brightest Young Things. So many attended that it was even a bit difficult to maneuver the outdoor terrace as hundreds milled about the large complex listening to DJs, taking full advantage of the photo booth, and lounging around the impressive fountain on the front lawn. Despite having to purchase tickets at kiosks in order to get drinks at the bar, it wasn’t long until a few overzealous ladies were splayed out on the lawn, declaring their love for one another and shouting enthusiastically at every passersby.
A variety show was on the agenda twice throughout the evening, hosted by a very tardy and very grumpy drag queen dressed in a bright pink sequin dress with matching feather trim- one of the best dressed of the evening. Whenever asked to actually read the artists introductions, she would simply arch an impeccably groomed eyebrow and declare, “I ain’t the help, honey.” The line-up of performers was eclectic to say the least and not quite French themed, though a few performers made the attempt to speak French to the audience. 19-year-old comedian Brandon amused the few gentlemen in the crowd who were seeking some low-brow humor, and musician Margot chose to entertain the audience with her loop pedal, though we would have much preferred to hear her lovely voice with a guitar accompaniment.
The evening was well underway by the end of the first variety show, with an immense crowd dispersed among the impressive backdrop of the French Embassy, moving to the thud of the DJs on one of two dance floors, lounging in the romantic teepees with their St Germain cocktails, and producing some photographic marvels in the photo booth that were then projected onto a large wall nearby. Guests smiled and chatted enthusiastically, moving throughout the vast space in small groups, eagerly looking for the next bit of entertainment. In all, the spirit of the evening embraced the French ‘joie de vivre’ as guests enjoyed themselves by escaping into the world created for the evening by Brightest Young Things.
All Images by Ana Spevak for All Things Fashion DC.
Susan Stipanovich is a stylist and writer who lives and works in Washington D.C. She researches counter terrorism methods and international security sector reform in Africa and the Middle East by day as a Department of Defense associate and spends her free time curating a fashionable lifestyle through her blog Hepburn Loves Givenchy.