Twenty-four of our closest friends joined me and MrB for my traditional New Year’s Eve/belated birthday celebration on Thursday night. We had dinner at Balthazar, which has also become a tradition.
I already gave you a glimpse of the Zang Toi gown I wore. Here’s the whole look.
My gorgeous friend Stacy — who, as you can see above, looked amazing in her strapless tuxedo dress and over-the-knee boots — has started a blog of her own. Click here to read her post about the party and don’t forget to add taffetadarlings to your Google Reader.
Zang was there to see his gown in action. You can tell from the menfolk that the dress code was not black tie. I just felt like wearing an evening gown. As I always say: Wear What You Want! Another tip I often give women who try on an exceptional dress (or shoe or necklace or whatever) and then say, “But where would I wear it?”: Throw your own party.
Gorgeous out-of-town blogger Princess Poochie was able to join us, thanks to her thoughtful husband who surprised her with a trip to New York after conspiring with me on NYE plans. I loved her Sonia Rykiel dress — accessorized with her Wendy Brandes swear rings — and I loved it even more when I noticed that another guest, Janet, was Poochie’s sartorial twin.
After this, I realized there were “twins” everywhere. It reminded me of my close personal friend Lorraine Bracco‘s lines in Goodfellas:
And almost all of them were named Peter or Paul. It was unbelievable. There must have been two dozen Peters and Pauls at the wedding. Plus, they were all married to girls named Marie. And they named all their daughters Marie. By the time I finished meeting everybody, I thought I was drunk.
Well, Lorraine’s character’s experience was a little extreme, but I did have two Tinas in attendance. Here’s a picture Tina Anderson took of Tina Tang taking a picture.
Meanwhile, Bryan, Tina Tang‘s husband, had a twins moment with MrB, thanks to some flashy party favors.
Tina Anderson and I were sitting in the exact same seats we were in last year but forgot to take a picture of ourselves striking last year’s pose for the full twins effect. We did manage to pose with pretty balloons.
I also had two Steves and two Elizabeths in attendance. Here’s one of the Elizabeths … gorgeous Prozac Nation author Elizabeth Wurtzel. I’ve loaned Elizabeth my Gloriana necklace in the past and as I took this photo of her cleavage, I deeply regretted not loaning her the Gloriana again for the evening. It would have looked good there!
While Gloriana the necklace wasn’t there, my amethyst and tsavorite Marie Antoinette ring was. I wore it along with my Boleyn necklace. The ring recently returned from a long stay with the costume department of Sex and the City 2. Wouldn’t it be great if it made it into the movie? Here is Marie Antoinette modeled by Alyssa, who was also wearing an onyx ring she got from me a few years ago and a fabulous gray manicure.
Speaking of Alyssa, there was only one of her, but…
… Melissa is pretty close, right?
The Pestas are siblings but not twins. I’ve known Jesse since my days at the Wall Street Journal, back in the early ’90s. Abby works at Marie Claire and was the editor of the essay I wrote for the magazine in 2008.
Abby and I were amazed to realize that we’d had similar professional drama in the recent past. Twins! We’re going to set a long-overdue date for French fries at Odeon so we can have a more in-depth discussion.
Other guests not yet mentioned were Jim, Karen, Andrea, Jen, Amanda and Adam. After midnight, some of us took to the dance floor, including Kevin — not guest Kevin, but Balthazar maitre d’ Kevin who helps us have a great event every year.
On the way out, Stacy and I gathered up two bunches of balloons and managed to stuff nearly all of them in the trunk of the car — all but two.
One of those didn’t make it home, but the other survived to join me in a final full-length pose outside.
Back inside, we took a picture of the gold Louis Vuitton shoes that are my go-to party shoes. Gigi the dog decided to get in on the action.
She must have known I needed one final pairing for this post. Or maybe a post-midnight Gigi photo is now a tradition. Anyway, here we are on January 1, 2006.
I hope you all had a great New Year’s Eve. Best wishes for 2010!
Foxylady is my word…perfect description!
Ya’ll look like you had a wonderful time! NYE is my favorite holiday…you rocked it!
Kevin is hot!! I love to see men lost in the moment!
you look SUPER FABULOUS… happy 2010 to you!!
you look stunning!!
you two sure know how to throw a party!!!
I have to make another comment: that gown is so beautiful! I love the proportions, the color, and the shape. I love it on you!
Suzanne aka Punk Glam Queen says
You look so gorgeous, that gown is beautiful and really suits you! Happy 2010!
PS ironic that my anti-spam word is “london” as I’m not sure about the trip now ):
miss cavendish says
At first I was in rapture over your dress and then I saw your shoes! They are perfection!!!
What a lovely party. I used to buy croissants from B’s bakery and would sometimes run into a charming French bulldog there.
Gem Fatale says
You look absolutely a-ma-zing!
Happy new year
Market Publique says
You look gorgeous, as always! Love the bustier top!
Wendy you look amazing, head to toe! So glad you had a wonderful time. Also I love the twin theme of this post..fun fun!
I can see why those Louis shoes are your go to’s..awesome!
Head to toe fabulous!
Holy hotness, you look amazing!
wow what a dress! the cut, the colour….everything is just divine.
Wendy, you truly look beautiful!
you look so pretty. such an amazingly beautiful face!
stunning! Love the gold heels but LOVE your Boleyn necklace more! Someday I will have one too! 🙂
super late comment on this…of course I agree with everyone who LOVED your dress, hair, jewelry, shoes etc…but I have to also say that your complexion is Amazing! This stands out especially when you are around other people in photos! Post to share your secrets? ; )
Years of sun avoidance! That’s it!
ooh good to hear! I get mocked quite a bit for doing that! Hopefully it will pay off for me too! : )
marty brandes says
saw an article in NY Enterprise Report…Brandes is not a common name…could we be related somewhere along the line????
I’m sure it’s possible!