Friday, September 9, 2011
I wasn’t planning to go anywhere for Fashion’s Night Out, but then my gorgeous hairstylist friend Julie Matos told me that vintage showroom Post Script Couture had some pieces from Debbie Harry. I had to check that out, so I put on what I hoped was a Debbie Harry-worthy vintage Stephen Sprouse skirt and headed out.
Surprisingly, I didn’t find anything of Debbie’s that I wanted to try on, but there were plenty of other pieces. This stunning pearl-and-rhinestone-covered dress was too bulky on me but someone else needs to get it soon. It’s so old-time movie star.
I barely squeezed myself into this Genny dress with a leather bustier that can be unsnapped and worn separately.
If you think that dress looks like a Versace, you have a good eye. Gianni Versace worked for Genny before starting his namesake label.
Finally I tried on a crazily beaded and fringed dress. A seemingly abstract pattern turned out to read “7th Avenue” — a reference to New York’s Garment District — when viewed in a mirror. See it?
Julie wore some home-grown vintage: a Pucci dress that she bought new but has kept for years. Here she is with Post Script owner Julie Skinner. Two Julies!
You’ll note that Julie Matos is wearing the pink shoes I’m wearing in the photos above. I borrowed them while I was trying on the dresses because my boots weren’t working.
After leaving Post Script, Julie Matos and I went to a late dinner at French-Vietnamese restaurant Indochine, which was as hopping as it was in the ’80s. The first time I ate with chopsticks was at Indochine in 1988. One of the publicists for the movie Mondo New York took me there. I felt very chic and grown-up, though I was neither. The dinner at Indochine was a spontaneous decision, so it was just coincidence that my Stephen Sprouse skirt was from his 1988 collection. The skirt isn’t home-grown vintage. I couldn’t afford Sprouse in the ’80s. I got it within the past 10 years.
What Wendy Wore
Top: Purchased in Paris in 2001
Skirt: Stephen Sprouse, Hardcore Collection, 1988
Boots: Manolo Blahnik
Lip color: Girl About Town by MAC
Earrings: My own Cleopatra design
I definitely recommend a visit to Post Script if you’re in New York. If you’re not, you can find some of the collection on 1stdibs.com. You can also follow Julie Skinner and Post Script on Twitter here. Julie Matos is too shy for social media, but you can make an appointment for a hairdo with her here. If you go to Indochine, order the spicy beef salad, fried spring rolls, Vietnamese ravioli and cucumber martini. Don’t forget to use your chopsticks!