I’ve been thinking about re-wearing my gold, one-sleeved, vintage dress since last November. I found the right occasion for it this month at the Catholic Charities Gala Benefit at the Waldorf Astoria hotel.
What Wendy Wore
Dress: From Allan & Suzi’s vintage/consignment store (2004)
Shoes: Prada (2010)
Clutch: Sequoia, from Galeries Lafayette (2011)
Earrings: My own Cleopatra design
Lip color: Guadalupe by LA Splash
Hair: Worn down to please hair guru Keith Carpenter
I don’t know who designed this dress. I bought it as “vintage,” but it might not have been that old. It’s old now, though! I’ve had it 12 years.
Catholic Charities of the Archdiocese of New York helps everyone, not just Catholics. Here’s the description of its mission from the organization’s website:
Catholic Charities, a federation of approximately 90 agencies and programs located throughout the 10 counties of the Archdiocese of New York, helps solve the problems of New Yorkers in need – non-Catholics and Catholics alike– with services that protect and nurture children, resolve family crises, assist the hungry and homeless, support the physically and emotionally challenged, and integrate immigrants and refugees.
MrB and I were invited because our friend Stephen Freidheim was one of the night’s honorees. Through Catholic Charities, Stephen has been a patron of the Incarnation School in the Bronx for the past decade. (His wife Amandine has taught art history at the school as well.) Timothy Cardinal Dolan was there to hand out the honors. I was excited to see a cardinal because it made me think of all the 14th-century religious conniving in my favorite nonfiction book, The Distant Mirror by Barbara Tuchman. I asked MrB, “Am I allowed to take a picture of a cardinal?” He said, “I don’t see why not!” So I took a picture.
I was kind of hoping a stern Church official would run up and yell, “No pictures of the Cardinal!” Just for the excitement, you know? But nothing happened. Apparently, a cat may look at a king and a random person may take a photo of a cardinal. Good to know!
UPDATED TO ADD: Here’s a close-up of my orange-y gold lipstick by LA Splash.
I spent a lot of time considering that color that night and I can’t believe I almost forgot to share it!