My designing friend Zang Toi had his Fall 2013 show at Lincoln Center last Wednesday. This season, he was inspired by Imperial Russia. Opulence. Zang has it! I was particularly attracted to the pieces in amethyst and emerald. Now that I think of it, maybe I’m looking for something to go with my Marie Antoinette earrings.
But my personal favorite was this luscious velvet trench gown. I get a louche, ’70s vibe from it.
I gave designer/blogger/stylist Stacy Lomman a wardrobe challenge for that evening. To her mild dismay, I’d bought a vintage gold lamé hood by online late last year. She said diplomatically, “It’s very you.”
When I first tried it on, we fell down laughing. It was so high at the crown that it could have been a wardrobe contender for the old Coneheads skit on Saturday Night Live.
I figured that Jean from Ghost Tailor could fix the problem and she did. I told Stacy she’d have to learn to love this thing …
… especially because I already had the matching sunglasses!
I thought Stacy outdid herself with this outfit. It’s not the showiest result of our wardrobe-therapy project (except the hat, of course) but it was something I could never have dreamed up. Who would think to wear a 15-year-old t-shirt dress with tights and a lamé hat in the middle of February?
What Wendy Wore to New York Fashion Week
Jacket: Zang Toi
Dress: James Perse (late ’90s)
Shoes: Prada flower feet (2008)
Purse: Prada (2007)
Jewelry: My own designs
Lip color: Chanel Rouge Double Intensité in Almandine
This photo is washed out but it shows the dress better.
Back in the day, I was so excited by this dress that after I bought one, I ran back to the store and bought another. It might have been from Bendel’s. The one I’m wearing in this photo is the original length. I hemmed the second one to knee-length. I wore one of the dresses to my sister’s gospel-brunch surprise bridal shower at Sylvia’s in June 2002. I can’t find a photo of me from that day, but here’s my sister, Terri Berry, pulling up to her event with one of my co-conspirators, her then-fiancé Tim.
And here’s my mom that day, with her younger sister, Susan, and their mother.
Now I have to prod Terri Berry and BarbaraB (Mom) to leave comments reminding me how we lured Terri to the restaurant. I’ve got a memory like a sieve!
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