Wendy Brandes started designing jewelry in 2005 and launched her self-named line in 2008. Her pieces are strongly influenced by the stories of fascinating women, whether they lived in the 16th century or the Swinging '60s. Mechanical pieces that open, close, twist and turn are her passion.
This week's video is about my homegrown-vintage Moschino ... and nipple piercings. Enjoy!
Closet Tour: Vintage Moschino - YouTube
You can tell my videos aren't overly scripted because I started out saying that most of my Moschino is pre-2005, and then I realized, "Um, not really." In fact, the safety-pin t-shirt is from 2013, which is practically yesterday when it comes to my closet. So, to be nitpicky, I should reclassify that top as slow fashion rather than homegrown vintage. I define homegrown vintage as something I bought 10 or more years ago. Any clothes/shoes/accessories that I've had at least three years but fewer than 10 are merely slow fashion, meaning they're well past the original season and I'm planning on having a long-term relationship with them, but they haven't graduated to vintage yet. Because homegrown vintage always qualifies as slow fashion -- I mean, it ain't H&M-style fast fashion if it's 10 years old -- I tend to use both terms in blog posts and videos, but a five-year-old t-shirt really isn't vintage. A t-shirt that's more than 30 years old? That's vintage!
[caption id="attachment_39421" width="478"] Thanks to my sister for giving me her homegrown-vintage 1980s Canal Jeans t-shirt. I love it![/caption]
Meanwhile, in the world of vintage-clothing buyers and sellers, "vintage" is technically supposed to refer to clothes that are 20 or more years old, as I explained in this earlier video.
FAQ: Collecting vintage clothes, part 4 - YouTube
That's how I end up with clothes I call "double-vintage": They were more than 20 years old when I got them, and I've owned them for more than 10 years. This feather-trimmed dress that I bought in 1994 is a good example of that.
[caption id="attachment_39422" width="498"] The dress in 2010. Click for original post and to see the dress in 1994 and 1995.[/caption]
As you try to get your head around all those ways of describing what previous generations would have called "used clothes," I'll try to figure out how I forgot to include so many vintage (nearly double-vintage!) Moschino items in my video. Seriously, I love this dress. How could I neglect it?
[caption id="attachment_39425" width="498"] Seen in 2010. Click for original post.[/caption]
I'm always looking for authentically vintage Moschino pieces with lettering on them.
[caption id="attachment_39426" width="498"] This one is Moschino Couture, seen in 2011. Click for original post.[/caption]
This dress cracks me up.
[caption id="attachment_39427" width="498"] Seen in 2015. Click for original post.[/caption]
The Moschino piece I wear the most is the trompe l’oeil leather jacket I got on eBay in 2009.
[caption id="attachment_39429" width="498"] 2009. Click for original post.[/caption]
Ugh. And now I have a bad case of non-buyer's remorse because why didn't I get this Moschino sweater I saw on eBay in 2011? It was $86.40! It would be well on its way to homegrown vintage by now.
[caption id="attachment_39430" width="305"] Click for original post.[/caption]
I also should have taken a current day photo of the 2003 Moschino top I'm wearing and talking about in the video, especially after it got me talking about bralessness and nipples and so on.
[caption id="attachment_39433" width="498"] 2003. Even in the video, you can see I fill out this top a lot more than I used to. Whoa![/caption]
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Last night’s Academy Awards — the 90th such ceremony but the first of the #TimesUp, post-Harvey Weinstein era — had its highs and lows, both off the red carpet and on it. And there’s no getting to the red carpet without dealing with everything else first. On the bright side, Jordan Peele was nominated for...
On several occasions, I've worn a black-tie outfit to the Committee to Protect Journalists' annual dinner in November and then worn the same ensemble to the Vanity Fair Oscar party in February/March. That's what I did in 2015 with my Sex-ay Pilgrim Dress and top hat.
[caption id="attachment_39304" width="498"] Click for original post.[/caption]
This is one of my favorite Oscar looks. First of all, I got the Donald Brooks Couture dress on eBay in 2003/2004 for $60. Second, the dress has pockets. Third, this happened:
For the 2016 party, I entertained myself by wearing the vintage Lillie Rubin dress that I considered wearing -- but didn't -- in 2007.
[caption id="attachment_39308" width="498"] Click for original post.[/caption]
I definitely saved it for the right moment. You can see from the look on my face that I'm totally feeling myself!
Finally, last year I had the urge to wear something a little crazy. I've worn my vintage dollar dress other times, but I wasn't sure if I would have the nerve to wear it to a heavily fashion-police-supervised event. I brought along a backup -- I think it was this vintage gown. But then I decided to go for the monied look.
[caption id="attachment_39309" width="418"] Click for original post.[/caption]
And that's it! I don't know if we'll ever be lucky enough to go a major Oscar event again -- at least not till the movie version of my stepdaughter's book wins for best adapted screenplay -- but we've been 13 times and we can't end on that number, right? Vanity Fair, come through for me in 2019!
Well, enough about me ... what do YOU think about my Oscar outfits? Just kidding! Come back to the blog tomorrow to find out who gets my Best Dressed/Wear What You Want award for the 2018 Oscars!
To celebrate tonight's Academy Awards -- and console myself for not being there this year -- I'm reminiscing about my personal Oscar fashion archive. Picking up where I left off in Part I, Part II begins in 2006. Beauty-wise, I skipped the faux-ny tail again and, thankfully, opted for straight hair.
[caption id="attachment_39258" width="498"] In the limo.[/caption]
I had enough going on with my beaded, peacock feather fan!
I had admired an emerald-green gown by designer Zang Toi that was created for the runway with a extravagant train adorned with peacock feathers and a beaded peacock pattern. I knew I couldn't manage that in real life, so Zang made me the green gown without the wild train, and transferred the train's theme to the fan.
This was one of my favorite Oscar looks ...
... even before the bright green helped me spot myself in the background of George Clooney's red-carpet photos! You can see I was trying to hide my roving eyes behind that fan, but not succeeding too well.
Hey, at least I didn't act like this guy to the right of George.
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The 2007 Oscars were also great for me style-wise. The faux-ny tail was back, along with the pearl earrings you can see me wearing year after year.
I loved my Guy Laroche dress from the vintage store Decades in Los Angeles, even though it wasn't my first choice for the evening.
I had originally planned to wear a vintage Lillie Rubin that I got at Decades in 2006 ...
[caption id="attachment_39265" width="354"] The Lillie Rubin dress.[/caption]
... only to discover that gorgeous actress Gina Gershon had borrowed the dress and worn it to an event in 2005.
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You do not want to get in a "Who Wore It Best" contest with Gina Gershon on a big night -- or probably any night -- so I went with the Laroche instead. It all worked out well because I started my blog in the summer of 2007, and, thanks to the Laroche, if I ever ran out of blogging ideas, I could always fall back on butt bows.
[caption id="attachment_39266" width="498"] Click for my September 2007 butt-bow post.[/caption]
As a bonus, I bumped into Gina Gershon at some point and told her that we shared a dress, and we had a brief but fun chat about that. Like I said in yesterday's post in reference to Renee Zellweger, all of the actresses MrB and I have met at parties -- minus one -- have been very sweet to us, unlike their male counterparts. I've always thought that's because women are raised to be people-pleasers, plus, if a woman dares to be generally unapproachable, she's likely to be labeled a bitch. That said, I still appreciate the little friendly moments.
I was surprised to find no Oscar photos from 2008. Based on that fact and this 2008 Oscar post, it looks like that was one of the years our invitation got lost in the mail. What is more disturbing is that I have relatively few photos from any point in 2008. What's that about? Are they lost somewhere? Did I download them? Or did I really not take very many in this apparently pre-smartphone year? I have to investigate this further.
I was back at the Vanity Fair Oscar party in a big way in 2009. You can see from this photo how thrilled I am with my "ass flowers" dress by Zang Toi. The only way to top a butt bow is with ass flowers!
I do love an extremely backless dress. And a faux-ny tail.
[caption id="attachment_39273" width="498"] Sitting pretty.[/caption]
This was the first Oscars for which I made a big effort to keep track of which celebrities we'd seen for the sake of the blog. Unfortunately those included the now-disgraced Harvey Weinstein and Russell Simmons. It occurs to me that this must have been the night that MrB started hating Simmons after the latter nearly knocked him over when MrB offered a polite handshake. Like I've been saying, I've found quite a number of famous men to be rude in person. Little did we know then how much worse Russell's private behavior was. That makes me wonder about the personal actions of some of the other nasty male celebrities we've met. Hmmm. We have met a few good men from the celeb world. One of the nicest was ... Mick Jagger. A guy who is more famous than most of these other douchebags put together was happy to have a little chat about designer Ossie Clark. Go figure.
Stay tuned for Part III of my personal Oscar fashion archives! Of course, I'll also be live-tweeting the Academy Awards tonight and choosing the winner of my Best Dressed/Wear What You Want award.
The Academy Awards are tonight ... and I'm not in Los Angeles! It feels strange. Since 2003, MrB and I have gone to the awards ceremony and/or the Vanity Fair Oscar party almost every year. We had a good long run, that's for sure, and I loved every minute of it. You know how sometimes you go to a big event and later realize you had more fun getting dressed? Yeah, that never happened to me with the Oscars. The event was always fucking awesome! Getting dressed, on the other hand, was a bit nerve-wracking.
That first Oscar night on March 23, 2003, was the most nerve-wracking of all. My fashion concerns, however, ranked far below everything else that was happening in the world. On March 20, the U.S. invaded Iraq and everyone was scared (imagine how we would have felt if we knew we'd still have troops in Iraq 15 years later.) People questioned whether the Oscars should proceed as planned, and, if they did, whether there should be a red carpet. MrB and I flew to L.A. not knowing if the event was happening, bringing with us both the vintage Versace dress and secondhand Jimmy Choo shoes that I got at Allan & Suzi a month earlier, and the somber black Dolce & Gabbana tuxedo that I got as backup a day before we left. In the end, the show did go on, though the red carpet was cut short. I decided on the dress at the last minute.
[caption id="attachment_39240" width="498"] Vintage Versace dress and secondhand Choos in 2003.[/caption]
I felt fabulous in my long faux-ny tail. My real hair quite short at the time.
[caption id="attachment_39231" width="498"] This is a borrowed pearl choker, not the one I frequently wear now. You can see this one is too big on me.[/caption]
Th photo below was taken in the limo on the way to the ceremony. Can you see a little something on the back of my left dress strap? That was a metal Medusa ornament. Now scroll back up to the photo above. There's no Medusa on the right strap. That's because that one broke in half after we got to L.A., creating a little extra wardrobe agitation. We were able to find a tailor who cut the strap, slid the broken piece of metal off, and sewed the strap on. I'm a fan of an asymmetrical look anyway.
Here's the dress looking a little the worse for wear after hours of sitting in the theater. (I'm holding our programs from the show.) I believe this was the only year we were invited to the Governors Ball after-party, and we skipped it because we were so nervous about finding our easily confused, pot-smoking limo driver in order to get to the Vanity Fair party.
I don't have that Versace anymore. I kept trying to find a way to keep the straps from falling off my shoulders, and a bad tailoring decision led to it becoming much too tight on top. I had to give it up, but I did manage to wear it one more time before that happened.
In 2004, I again found a dress from Allan & Suzi. I've gotten a lot of use out of this unlabeled piece. The late, great New York Times style photographer Bill Cunningham took its photo in 2008, and I wore it as recently as New Year's Eve 2017 -- and the only reason I've been able to wear it that much was because of the tailor who fixed the Versace dress in 2003. My 2004 dress had no lining when I bought it, making it completely see-through. I needed help and I had yet to discover Jean of Ghost Tailor in New York City, so I looked up the L.A. tailor; mailed the dress to her; and had her create a skin-toned mesh lining for the dress. I had no idea if the dress with lining would fit till I got out there and tried it on a day before the Oscars.
[caption id="attachment_39234" width="498"] This 2004 dress went well with the curtains.[/caption]
My resourcefulness was rewarded when Renee Zellweger complimented the dress at the Vanity Fair party. Actually, she had first complimented the full-skirted vintage dress that I wore to a party the day before the Oscars, and when I shyly said hi to her on Oscar night and congratulated her on her win for Cold Mountain, she looked at my dress and said, "You've done it again!" I'm still blown away by that. She'd just won an Oscar and everyone was desperate to get a piece of her, yet she remembered the fashion choices of a total stranger. In fact, many of the best-known actresses we've met at these events have been very kind like that. The actors? Not so much. (Renee's date that evening was musician Jack White, who was in full sulk mode.)
After talking to Renee, my faux-ny tail and I were on Cloud 9.
[caption id="attachment_39235" width="498"] Happy to have long hair for a change.[/caption]
I left the faux-ny tail behind for the 2005 Oscars, which wound up being a hair disaster for me. That was the year I decided to try wearing my hair naturally wavy. I wound up hating it in photos, and this was the worst of the wavy-hair photos. I can't remember who styled it, but s/he increased my dedication to chemically straightened hair.
[caption id="attachment_39236" width="498"] Ossie Clark dress in 2005. I'm wearing the same earrings I wore in 2004.[/caption]
I had a gown problem in 2005 too. My vintage Ossie Clark gown turned out to be completely transparent on top when exposed to a camera flash ... and this was years before the #FreeTheNipple movement. When I found a trusted tailor in New York, I had her add a black lining to the front of the dress, but that was long after Oscar night. I still have this dress, of course. I don't think I've ever given up an Ossie Clark piece!
I'll resume posting with my 2006 dress in a few hours!
The 2018 Independent Spirit Awards have just begun out in California (you can watch them on IFC and on Facebook Watch), jogging my memory about the one time I attended that event.
It was Feb. 24, 2007, and Sarah Silverman was the host. The awards took place four months before the first iPhone was released and five months before I started my blog, so I had neither a camera phone nor a compelling reason to fuss over outfit pictures. These two photos from our hotel room seem to be all I have. First, the almost-head-to-toe look (minus one toe).
[caption id="attachment_39224" width="498"] Dressed for Independent Spirit Awards 2007.[/caption]
It was a chilly, breezy day -- especially near the beach, where the awards were being held -- hence the black tights, which were/are unusual for me. I still have those silver Prada wedges, which I wore to the Women's Jewelry Association Awards for Excellence last year. They were already a couple of years old in 2007. I'm sure I got that vintage Victor Costa dress from my friend Evan's now-closed New York store, Frock, and it's still in my closet. The choker and ring were pieces I had made for designer Zang Toi's recent runway show. This outfit induces a whole lot of "meh" for me now, though it did look better in real life than it photographed. I known I felt good about it at the time, and that's all that really matters. In fact, that's the only reason I still have that dress. I have thought about sending it off to a new home many times, but have hung onto it for the memory. Sometimes that kind of thinking/behavior pays off, and I realize that an item I planned to banish from my closet is my new favorite thing to wear. Who knows? Maybe you'll see this on me soon. Or you'll find it in a thrift store. Keep your eyes peeled.
Here's the only other picture I've found from that day.
I look happy!
To bring 2017 to a close, I'm taking a look back at 12 "What Wendy Wore" highlights, with an emphasis on slow fashion. Click the photos for the original posts.
January began with all gold everything, as I rang in 2017 in a gold gown first worn in 2004. This time, I added a crown.
[caption id="attachment_38282" width="498"] Jan. 1, 2017. This dress was vintage when I got it 13 years ago.[/caption]
Vintage was my choice for the Vanity Fair Oscar party in February. Vanity Fair's longtime editor and party host extraordinaire, Graydon Carter, stepped down this month, so it was his last party ... and maybe mine too! I'm glad I got to go as many times as I did. It was always like stepping into a fantasy world, where everyone was a celebrity except me. In case this was my grand finale, I'm glad that I dared myself to wear one of my craziest dresses. I'd worn my 1991 Christian Francis Roth dress before, but not to a next-level event like Vanity Fair.
[caption id="attachment_38285" width="418"] Feb. 26, 2017. Hey, remember the "Cash me ousside" girl?[/caption]
I use the term "homegrown vintage" for clothes that I buy new in their original retail season and then keep for 10 years or more. The Dolce & Gabbana sweater I wore for a March pop-up shop is homegrown vintage. I got it between 2000 and 2005.
[caption id="attachment_38288" width="498"] March 2017. I got the leather skirt by YSL at a consignment store.[/caption]
[caption id="attachment_38289" width="498"] 2009 photo by GeorgeB.[/caption]
Once in a while, someone asks me if I ever wear anything but gowns! In reality, I spend most days in jeans and a black t-shirt. If it's hot, I switch the jeans to my Current/Elliott denim shorts, like I did at Coachella in April.
[caption id="attachment_38290" width="498"] April 2017. Photo by my music-loving friend Jessie.[/caption]
[caption id="attachment_38291" width="498"] 2014. These shorts aren't very old, but they've gotten a lot of wear.[/caption]
MrB received an award from the Reporters Committee for Freedom of the Press at the organization’s annual dinner in May. I wore a vintage Ossie Clark dress.
[caption id="attachment_38292" width="498"] May 2017. The late Ossie Clark is one of my all-time favorite designers.[/caption]
[caption id="attachment_38424" width="498"] May 2006. This style was originally a maxi dress. Click to see how it looked before it was hemmed.[/caption]
This June, I wore a 2015 G-Lish top from Patricia Field with 2013 Castelbajac shorts and 2011 Prada shoes while I was in Paris.
[caption id="attachment_38425" width="480"] June 2017.[/caption]
[caption id="attachment_38426" width="498"] August 2015. Different Prada shoes are from 2010.[/caption]
In July, I attended the Women's Jewelry Association Awards for Excellence gala. I was nominated for the design award, so I wore an old dress to ensure I felt comfortable in case I was called upon to give an acceptance speech. (And I was both called upon and comfortable!)
[caption id="attachment_38293" width="498"] July 2017. What a thrilling night![/caption]
[caption id="attachment_38427" width="240"] In 2009, the late, great Gigi the dog thought I looked delicious![/caption]
[caption id="attachment_38428" width="498"] November 2013. Accessorized with party favors.[/caption]
I find it hard to believe I wore this Stephen Sprouse jacket with jeans and boots in August in New York, but the photo claims that is the correct date, plus we did have some cooler days that month. I also "rapped" for a YouTube video in which I talked about Sprouse so I suppose it was a month full of weird happenings.
[caption id="attachment_38429" width="498"] August 2017? Really? I guess so![/caption]
[caption id="attachment_38430" width="498"] The jacket didn't fade! I've just had some crazy lighting issues.[/caption]
In September, I donned my trusty Patricia Field maxi dress for my right-hand woman Eryn's wedding.
[caption id="attachment_38550" width="445"] September 2017. [/caption]
I got the dress in 2015, when I learned that the iconic Pat Field store was closing. I got several other pieces at the same time, all of which I was more excited for, and wouldn't you know it? I've worn this dress far more than anything else I got that day.
I'm always happy to shop my closet for Halloween, which is how a pre-2005 Alexander McQueen skirt became part of my Nirvana cheerleader outfit this October.
[caption id="attachment_38431" width="498"] October 2017.[/caption]
[caption id="attachment_38534" width="498"] Both photos from 2012. The boots on the left didn't work with the rest of the look![/caption]
MrB was honored at the Poynter Institute’s Bowtie Ball in Tampa, Fla., in November, so I had a chance to wear this Castelbajac dress from 2013.
[caption id="attachment_38548" width="498"] November 2017. I didn't get to wear this dress this summer, so it was nice to have the opportunity.[/caption]
But the zenith of my slow-fashion year fell on December 23, my 50th birthday. First, I had an early, casual dinner suitable for my parents, niece, and nephew. For that, I wore a top that I think is from the late 1990s. I used to wear it under suit jackets during my pre-2005 corporate days, and I haven't worn it much since. In fact, I thought of getting rid of it multiple time, but it suddenly feels brand-new to me.
[caption id="attachment_38555" width="498"] This isn't the kind of thing I would have taken photos of back in the pre-blogging days.[/caption]
After that, I gathered up my late-night peeps and went to Le Poisson Rouge for a midnight show by '80s cover band Jessie's Girl. The Versace dress I wore is double vintage. It is from a 1990s collection, and I bought it in 2007. The motorcycle jacket is homegrown vintage. I got it in the 1980s, while I was in high school.
What Wendy Wore on Dec. 23, 2017Dress: Versace (purchased from Decades in 2007)
Jacket: Original 1980s acquisition from Bloomingdale's, if I remember correctly.
Dancing shoes: Opening Ceremony (2014)
Earrings: From Barney's, pre-2005
Purse:: Prada (from a few years ago)
Blush: '80s strong!
I was so glad I could still stuff myself into that dress, because I wore it for my last big birthday (which I celebrated on New Year's Eve that year). You know I love to do those "10 years later" outfit posts.
[caption id="attachment_38588" width="498"] Dec. 31, 2007. Accessorized with a faux-ny tail. [/caption]
I also wore the dress for my birthday/New Year's Eve party in 2014.
[caption id="attachment_38589" width="498"] Dec. 31, 2014.[/caption]
This dress is exceptionally well-documented because I have a photo of me trying it on at Decades in Los Angeles in 2007. That's the handsome Cameron Silver of Decades holding onto the dress in the back to show me how it would look once it was taken in!
Believe it or not, I almost didn't buy this dress in 2007 because I thought it was "too young" for me then. If you started reading me in 2007 -- the year I started this blog -- you might remember that my original blog motto was "Wear What You Want." At least I'm still taking my own advice, right?
Whatever you do tonight (and whatever you wear), I wish you all a happy and healthy New Year!
Last night, MrB and I went to the annual International Press Freedom Awards dinner held by the Committee to Protect Journalists. CPJ is a cause near and dear to our hearts -- so dear, in fact, that MrB served as chairman for six years. The organization is an independent nonprofit that promotes press freedom worldwide and defends the right of journalists to report the news without fear of reprisal. I'll write more about what that means in another post because it's serious business and, right now, I need to get my mind off the world's serious business! We're living in crazy times. At least for a couple of minutes, let's look at outfits.
MrB and I have gone to the dinner together since the late 1990s. I started blogging in 2007, so those are the photos close at hand. Here is a decade of CPJ outfits; click the photos to go to the original posts.
I can only find a tiny picture of a chocolate-brown Zang Toi gown I wore in 2007. I used this picture size on the blog back then, and the original file seems to have gone missing. Alas!
[caption id="attachment_38020" width="240"] 2007. Zang Toi.[/caption]
That gown was new in 2007. I wore it again in 2010 to a party in honor of the first lady of Malaysia, so there's a bigger photo, but it's still not full-length. On the plus side, a few months after the Malaysia event, my story of the wild and crazy party was discovered by a Malaysian blogger critical of Malaysia's politicians. I was a tiny bit famous in Malaysia for about a week!
In 2008, I rewore an unlabeled vintage dress that I'd gotten from Allan & Suzi's store for the 2004 Oscars. I was thrilled that this one caught the eye of the late, great, New York Times style photographer Bill Cunningham, who habitually stopped by the CPJ dinners to take a few pictures.
[caption id="attachment_38019" width="498"] 2008. With my friend Melissa[/caption]
Someone call Inside Edition, because I've worn this dress a lot!
I even wore it again this New Year's Eve.
[caption id="attachment_38026" width="498"] New Year's Eve, 2017.[/caption]
See? I've been doing this rewearing thing, and as long as I can fit into that gold dress (which is getting to be a challenge, to be honest), I'm going to keep wearing it. Same with the Zang Toi cityscape dress that was new in 2009 when I wore it to CPJ's awards dinner. That was another one that was photographed by Bill Cunningham.
[caption id="attachment_38018" width="367"] 2009. In Zang Toi, with MrB.[/caption]
As you may recall, Bill died last year, and I still feel the same as I did when the news came out: That there's no one to dress foranymore. Well, I dress for myself, obviously, but it was much more fun dressing for Bill. I miss him.
As far as evening dresses go, the one I've probably worn most often is the infamous leopard-print Patrick Kelly I wore to CPJ in 2010.
[caption id="attachment_38017" width="442"] 2010. I love wearing this Patrick Kelly dress.[/caption]
I first wore the leopard dress in 2008. It looks like I most recently wore it in 2014. That means it is due for another outing!
I made it into Bill Cunningham's CPJ photos one more time in 2011, thanks to another previously worn vintage dress.
[caption id="attachment_38016" width="498"] 2011. Wearing an unlabeled vintage dress that I'd last worn in 2005.[/caption]
At the 2012 dinner, I went wild and wore two new pieces: a hot-pink gown by Zang Toi and a blue ruffled moto jacket by Junya Watanabe.
[caption id="attachment_38015" width="497"] Stacy is wearing her own Stacy Lomman design.[/caption]
I liked that look so much that I rewore it within months.
The next year, I did that CPJ-Oscars rewearing pattern in reverse. I first wore a new Zang Toi mullet gown to the Vanity Fair party in 2012, and then wore that same gown to CPJ in 2013.
[caption id="attachment_38034" width="498"] 2013. Zang Toi.[/caption]
For 2014, I took my rewearing game to the next level by rewearing a dress to the exact same event. I had already worn this vintage Donald Brooks gown to the CPJ dinner in 2004. Unusually for me, I added a new accessory: a top hat.
[caption id="attachment_38012" width="498"] 2014. Vintage Donald Brooks.[/caption]
I thought this was one of my best outfits OF ALL TIME, so I wore it again to Vanity Fair's Oscar party in February 2015. I was very happy that I did that.
[caption id="attachment_38031" width="587"] Click for original post.[/caption]
In 2015, we missed the CPJ dinner for the first time in memory! We just couldn't turn down a family trip to Costa Rica. I kept it casual for zip-lining (but check out my shoes).
[caption id="attachment_38033" width="498"] Whee![/caption]
We were back in business in 2016, and my CPJ gown was a vintage Guy Laroche with a butt bow, previously worn to an Oscar party in 2007.
[caption id="attachment_38011" width="498"] 2016. Vintage Guy Laroche.[/caption]
Finally, at this year's dinner, I wore a new-to-me dress that I bought from my old friends, Allan & Suzi, right before their store closed down this May.
What Wendy Wore
Dress: Nina Ricci (bought on resale in 2017)
Purse: Louis Vuitton (2016)
Unseen Gold Shoes: Prada (2010)
Choker and Earrings: Same as in 2007.
I've got to say that this is my least spectacular CPJ dress by a long shot. It looks good in person, but in photos it's a total dud.
A post shared by Wendy Brandes (@wendybrandes) on Nov 15, 2017 at 8:11pm PST
I'm glad I didn't take any outfit pictures until the dinner was over. That would have been a buzzkill. I have no desire to wear this piece again in the near future. Maybe my best bet is to put it in the back of my closet for 10 years and see if I like it any better in 2027!
This week's YouTube video is about one of my favorite New York-based designers of the 1990s: Todd Oldham. It gives you some history about Todd as well as a tour of my little collection of Todd Oldham pieces.
All About Designer: Todd Oldham - YouTube
In the video, I'm wearing a Spring 1996 Todd Oldham dress that I got on eBay. Here's the full-length view, from my gorgeous friend Amanda's wedding in 2015.
[caption id="attachment_37712" width="498"] Click for original post.[/caption]
It just hit me that this video was posted a little over a year after I wrote about Todd for the first time. The post I published on Sept. 22, 2007, mentioned a position that Oldham had gotten at Old Navy, and then mused about runway art versus commerce.
Speaking of commerce, I'm totally serious about the deal I propose in the video. Todd, if you read this and you've got the silver t-shirt of my dreams, I'll trade you my pink jacket with the elbow cutouts!
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What Wendy WoreJacket:Vintage Patrick Kelly (purchased on eBay in 2010)
T-shirt: MaxMara (pre-2005)
Jeans: Madewell (2016)
Shoes: Onex (2015)
Purse: Louis Vuitton (2001)
The jacket is from the Spring 1989 collection of the late, great designer Patrick Kelly. I've worn it plenty of times. Here it is in 2010 ...
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... and in 2012.
[caption id="attachment_37518" width="498"] With rapper Gangsta Boo and designer Stacy Lomman. Click for original post.[/caption]
I'm quite obsessed with Patrick Kelly. He had a distinct design vision and lived an extraordinary, but sadly abbreviated, life. A gay black man from Mississippi without formal training, Kelly moved to Paris and became the first American and first person of color to become a member of the Chambre Syndicale du Prêt-à-Porter (the governing body of the French ready-to-wear industry). His line only existed from 1985 till his death on New Year's Day in 1990. He's one of the designers that I always look for when vintage shopping. You can see other pieces from my Kelly collection in this 2013 blog post. I plan to do a YouTube video on him soon; in the meantime, you can learn more about him through these blog posts.