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Tuesday, November 13, 2012

As I’ve mentioned many times, I’ve seen Madonna on every tour she’s done since 1985, when I skipped my high-school prom to see her at Radio City. For quite a while, I’ve seen her twice on each tour. She usually plays a string of dates in New York and I realized that whenever I went to a single show, I would say, “Oh, I wish I were seeing her again!” Now I get tickets to two shows straight off the bat. I already saw her latest tour at Yankee Stadium in September, and I was excited to see her again at Madison Square Garden tonight. I was so excited that I started to get organized last night. At 6 p.m. I decided to print out the concert tickets. Good thing I did because the concert was LAST night. I’m not sure I would have ever recovered if I had printed out the tickets today and realized I missed the concert.

Luckily, gorgeous designer Stacy Lomman responded to my urgent email, rescheduling her dinner plans to come to yet another concert with me. At least this time we didn’t have to fight a nor’easter to get there. Because I have fond 1980s memories of Madonna, I like to get some ’80s fashion into my concert outfits. After an earring tragedy at Yankee Stadium, I wasn’t going to risk any of my old jewelry, so I decided on a neon skirt from Stephen Sprouse’s “Hardcore 1988″ collection. I think I got this skirt on eBay. I’ve had it since at least 2006 and I’ve worn it with various black tops, but never felt that any of them were perfect for the skirt.

The skirt in 2007 with a black tank top. Sorry about the tiny photo!

Last year. I hate everything about this look/photo.

I pointed out the skirt to Stacy during one of my recent Stacy Lomman wardrobe therapy sessions. She decided the problem was that the skirt is such a heavy denim that it needed a more substantial top. Earlier this fall, I purchased a tight, chunky, short-sleeved, black, angora turtleneck by Dsquared at a boutique called Chalk, in Evanston, Ill. Stacy and I met the owners of Chalk at the Gold Coast Fashion Award Show in Chicago in September. When they heard I was visiting Evanston after Chicago, they encouraged me to drop by. I was glad I did. They have such a well-edited selection and the owners — Carrie and Sharon — are charming. If you’re in the area, I definitely recommend checking it out, especially because you can now buy two Stacy Lomman styles there. Both her faux ostrich-feather jacket and her Union Jack-back dress are exclusively available at Chalk.

Faux-ostrich jacket now available at Chalk.

Union Jack dress available at Chalk.

Although I’ve never forgotten a former colleague’s disdain for sleeveless/long-sleeved turtlenecks (“You’re hot AND you’re cold,” she said), I’m enthused about the style lately. I’ve realized that, like short-sleeved jackets and arm warmers, they keep me not TOO hot and not TOO cold. Like Goldilocks, I feel “just right” in some fashions I used to think were kinda crazy. There was one problem with the sweater though. The turtleneck was too high and chunky for me. It looked like a travel pillow around my neck. That was practical, because I do like to take naps, but it was overwhelming aesthetically. I figured Jean from Ghost Tailor could do some surgery so I bought the sweater anyway. Jean turned the turtleneck into a mockneck. I could still take a nap on it, but it’s not as obvious.

What Wendy Wore: Stacy Lomman Wardrobe Therapy Outfit #5
“Pillow sweater”: Dsquared (purchased at Chalk, 2012)
Skirt: Vintage Stephen Sprouse (possibly purchased in 2006)
Boots: Prada (2008)
Lipstick: Funny Face by Nars

I felt very good in this. The weight of the top went with the skirt. The turtleneck and boots balanced out the mini. It was fairly warm last night, but I brought along a jacket in case I got chilly. I never needed to put it on because the chunky short-sleeved sweater was “just right!” That was a good thing, too, because my jacket sleeve got caught in someone’s beer spill and soaked up so much liquid that I was able to wring it out like a sponge. I was briefly annoyed, thinking, “Great, now I have to dry clean this thing.” Then I remembered I’ve had that jacket for years and have only had it cleaned once, so it is probably due. What?! I think the dirt gets bored and walks off eventually. That’s my story and I’m sticking to it.

As for Madonna, her show was epic, as always.

Stacy, who had never seen Madonna before, was impressed by her athleticism and showmanship.

If there’s a contortionist in your life that you haven’t heard from lately, you can stop looking for him under your bed and in your refrigerator. I’m pretty sure that Madonna has scooped up every severely double-jointed guy in the country. She had a lot of shockingly bendy, Cirque du Soleil-type performers in her show (along with shirtless men dancing in high heels).

Don’t worry! I’m sure she’ll return all of the contortionists when her tour is done. Then you can go back to using yours as a coffee table or lawn flamingo, or whatever it is that you do. I don’t judge!

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24 Responses to “What Wendy Wore: Madonna at Madison Square Garden”

  1. Alice Olive says:

    Have to admit that I saw your tweet about going to Madonna and immediately thought, oh, goodie, there’ll be a post about what she wore today. She equals Wendy, not Madonna! Natch.

  2. stacy says:

    You looked great last night — people were staring at you (in a good way) as we walked (really far along that strip) to our seats.

    Thanks for bringing me along! And I’m so glad there was just a tiny beer mishap rather than an earring tragedy!

  3. Faux Fuchsia says:

    luff the outfit, luff it that you luff Madonna x

  4. You look fabulous. I love that sweater and think it’s probably best as a mock-neck.

  5. It’s really not a complete concert experience without a beer accident, so there ya go. You look fab, and Stacy is a remixing artiste!

  6. So glad you didn’t miss the concert. I like the heavier shirt with the skirt.

    Doesn’t beer get stains out? Or is that ginger ale? I pick beer. yeah.

  7. Sheila says:

    That sweater is the perfect weight for the skirt – great outfit, Wendy! I’ve never seen Madonna (she’s never been near my neck of the woods), but it looks like a great concert!

  8. Samar
    Twitter: samarbabarhps
    says:

    Went to my first Madonnna concert over the weekend. You are right about her dancers and her show. Gaaaaaahmazing!

  9. Make Do Style
    Twitter: MakeDoStyle
    says:

    Yah! Great oufit & I noticed the red lipstick got a mention a departure from MAC to Nars hey!
    Madonna needs to buy your jewellery xxx

    • WendyB
      Twitter: WendyBrandes
      says:

      Funny Face is actually pink, but it seems a lot of pink lipsticks photograph red on me. I think it’s because my lips don’t like the idea of a change.

      I’d love to do jewelry for Madonna!

  10. Samantha
    Twitter: bougtalk
    says:

    Fab outfit, you look great and the Madonna concert looked super.

  11. sulky kitten says:

    Love the whole outfit – if you had dragged your sleeve through a cocktail, I would have sucked it dry for you.

  12. SarahMac says:

    Cool! You have so much fun what with all these concerts and all….also terrific outfit. The skirt looks a million bucks with the jumper.

  13. Marla says:

    That skirt and those retro black boots. You look marvelous!

  14. Marti says:

    Stacy knows how to manipulate your clothes that sweater does look great it’s “proportioned” appropriately lol
    BTW i want a body like Madonna
    Marti

  15. There, just needed the RIGHT black top and boots!
    Another amazing concert, awesome to be having so much fun and looking smashing while you’re at it!

  16. Mary Panjari says:

    Am so very jealous, I have never seen Madonna. I wish she would tour Australia soon. OMG she looks fucking fantastic. You look fabulous too and I love that SS skirt, I want it.

  17. Stacy’s right about proportioning the top and skirt. The new look is perfectly balanced. Madonna is an inspiration. She’s my age; I can only dream of her ability to bend down on her knees like that without support. Wow.