For last week’s video on the late designer Patrick Kelly, I wore a Kelly dress that I’ve never worn out in the real world. Can you guess why this one stays in the closet?
What Wendy Didn’t Wear
Dress: Vintage Patrick Kelly (probably from eBay, maybe purchased around 2008?)
Boots: Prada (2012-ish)
If you truly can’t guess, I explain it in the video — which you should watch anyway, because Patrick Kelly was an important designer of the 1980s. Seriously though. Even my right-hand woman Eryn, who enjoys a good street-style photography session, didn’t relish the idea of going out in broad daylight to shoot this one.
The video also shows a number of my Patrick Kelly pieces that I do wear a lot, but a few weren’t pictured, including this denim coat. The lining is printed with images of dice and the buttons are real dice.
Another Kelly pieces is this short-sleeved jacket printed with musical notes to an Elton John concert a couple of weeks ago.
Kelly’s mullet-hemmed halter dress needed major alterations, but the effort was worth it.
I also have a few odds and ends, like this big Kelly button brooch. It appears in the video worn by my designing friend Stacy Lomman on a wrist band, but here’s a better look.
I still actively hunt for other Kelly pieces online — but I avoid anything that’s cut-out, short, AND tight. It’s like the bandage dresses I wrote about in 2012. You gotta draw the line somewhere!