When I mentioned last week that I’d been admiring the Egyptian jewelry in the Metropolitan Museum of Art, I held back on what brought me to the museum. This was not your ordinary cultural outing, but the fantastic wedding reception of Ben Cotton and Abigail Fisch, which was held in the museum’s Temple of Dendur.
I love being in a museum after hours. As a kid, I read and reread From the Mixed-Up Files of Mrs. Basil E. Frankweiler by E. L. Konigsburg, in which two runaways hide themselves in the Metropolitan Museum. I wished I could have a similar adventure among the dinosaurs in the American Museum of Natural History, so decades later, when the first Night at the Museum movie came out, I was pretty much its biggest fan. I still laugh out loud just thinking of Robin Williams as Teddy Roosevelt saying, “Good lord, Lawrence! Why are you slapping a monkey?”
Anyway, Ben and Abigail’s whole evening was delightful — from the ceremony at the beautiful B’nai Jeshurun synagogue to the hora danced in the presence of some of my all-time favorite antiquities.
In hindsight, I can’t believe I didn’t hide myself in the museum after the celebration wound down. I would have felt right at home — there was even a cat to keep me company!
At least I wore a museum-worthy outfit, featuring a major vintage piece. You can click the photo to enlarge it; I didn’t want to cut my two friends out of the shot!
What Wendy Wore
Dress: Hand-painted, vintage Zandra Rhodes (acquired circa 2006 at a vintage fair)
Shoes: Prada (2010)
Purse: Louis Vuitton (2016)
So that was the most dressed-up that I got this August. Exactly one week later, I was back to extreme casual for a #StopKavanaugh protest in Foley Square in downtown Manhattan. I actually didn’t plan to do an outfit post but when my designing friend Stacy sent me this picture of the two of us together, I was so amused that I had to share it. WHAT AM I DOING WITH MY LEG? Is it the hokey pokey? An accidental homage to Angelina Jolie’s crazy leg thrust at the 2012 Oscars?
What Wendy Wore
Top: Planned Parenthood t-shirt from Women’s March on D.C. (2017)
Shorts: Current/Elliott (2014)
Shoes: Puma (2016, first seen here)
Hat: Hat: Philip Treacy (2011?)
Fanny pack: Urban Outfitters (2018)
I was down one accessory by the time this photo was taken. I had this much-requested button pinned to the fanny pack (and yes, for everyone who has asked, I’m going to buy a whole bunch and give them away) …
… but I ended up pinning it on activist Patricia Okoumou. Patricia was the woman who climbed the foot of the Statue of Liberty on July 4 to protest the separation of immigrant families. She gave a rousing speech at the event, so when I saw a chance after, I wanted to shake her hand. She said, “Why not a hug instead?” Then I got all choked up and just kind of wanted to give her something, and I thought, “Everyone wants this button! It’s a good gift.”
Patricia’s outfit was much more special than mine. The green was not only a perfect tribute to the Statue of Liberty — it was also the right color for a response to Melania Trump’s notorious Zara jacket.
Now that’s what I call statement dressing!