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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!

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17 Responses to “On the Town: Fashion’s Night Out in New York City”

  1. Susan Tiner says:

    The first dress is not too bulky! The 7th Ave dress rocks and Julie’s Pucci dress and pink shoes are to die for.

    A cucumber martini sounds tempting :-).

  2. Vyque says:

    Looking lovely as always! FNO is Dc was a total flooded fail this year, I demand a do over!!!

  3. Cameron says:

    Is that Mike Tyson on your skirt? And what does it say?

    Oh! Remember the red lips I showed you last night? I posted them on my blog in a post about FNO in Louisville!

    I wonder how much that rhinestone dress weighs; it looks heavy.

  4. Kimberlee says:

    Yowza look at that leather bustier! You looked fabulous at IFB 🙂

  5. Lizzie says:

    I love the phrase, “home-grown vintage.”

  6. brett says:

    omg how much fun did you have trying on those dresses??
    My favs are the pearl beaded one and the 7th ave one
    too much fun

  7. Please tell me you bought the beaded and fringed dress. It looks amazing on you!

  8. Lara says:

    Oh god I remember Genny! So great to see one of their dresses again. I used to drool over the ads when I was little.

  9. Eli says:

    Now this sounds like a fun FNO experience, better than waiting in line to get into a store to meet X person. I actually kind of like the pearly dress, but how do you sit?

  10. Terri says:

    Oh, the first dress is most excellent. And a cucumber martini sounds delicious.

  11. Mary says:

    Just gorgeous everything! I would kill you for that SS skirt! LOVE.

  12. Mary says:

    Just gorgeous everything! I would kill for that SS skirt! LOVE.

  13. Megan Mae says:

    WOWZA! That leather bustier dress – lovin’ it. And that last skirt is so fab. You look like you were having such a blast.

  14. Mardel says:

    You look fabulous in that SS skirt. It really is fabulous. The 7th avenue dress does rock. It looks like you had a great time.

  15. You are ‘beyond stunning’ in every outfit!

  16. Bella Q says:

    Fashion just looks good on you.

    I love your Sprouse skirt, and the term “home-grown vintage.”

    I also love that my anti-spam word for this comment is “loveyou.”

    Which I do.