Fancy Times In A Violet Gown…
At The Fashion 2.0 Awards, I felt like an adult for possibly the first time in my life.
Maybe it’s part of my inner rebel, but when an event is casual, I like to dress up… And when it’s fancy, I like to dress down. Last time I presented at Fashion 2.0, I wore a rose-print Betsey Johnson dress — which was fine — but I threw a slouchy skull-print sweater over the top. I was immediately dressed down… And out of place.
But on Wednesday night, at the awards? I did it right. I squelched my inner rebel. And I felt like an adult.
Of course, the dress helped. It was a long gown by Carlos Miele, in my power colour, made of chiffon and magic. I loved wearing a long dress, it felt really elegant (which is not my normal state!). I have to say thank you again to Rent The Runway for decking me out and helping me have my Cinderella moment.
My outfit in its entirety consisted of a Carlos Miele dress, sparkly earrings from Forever 21, and assorted pink bracelets. I was carrying a vintage lucite clutch which I bought on Etsy years ago, and fits the exact right amount of stuff: my phone, some $20 bills and my credit card, keys, lipstick and blotting papers!
If you’ve never had a play with Rent The Runway, then I suggest you stop everything you are doing and click your way over there right now! Last year, I went into their offices for a fabulous styling sesh, during which I tried on dozens of fantastic frocks, took photos, and started to compile a list of dresses to wear. (I also started to compile a mental list of places to wear them!)
I love their service because you can look like a glamazon babe for next-to-nothing. Events can be really expensive. Getting a blow-out, having your make-up done and buying a gorgeous dress (and often, shoes) adds up quick. On the flip-side, the dress I wore — which cost a whopping $995 retail — was only $165 to rent. Plus, if you bought it, you’d probably only wear it once anyway! Totally worth it, in my book.
(P.S. This is not a plug, I wasn’t paid to say this, I just LOVE ’em!)
Joey Camasta, my make-up artist for the night, rocked it OUT. We decided I was channelling 1970’s Anjelica Huston, who is of course an uberbabe and major style icon. I hope I was able to do her justice!
We went light on the eyes, heavy on the lips. The lipstick is MAC Cosmetics Cremesheen in Lickable. It’s an ass-kicking raspberry colour, and my new obsession. He also used this incredible new foundation on me, Mineralize Moisture SPF15. It gave just the right amount of coverage without looking cakey or heavy, and made my skin glow all night long. Obsessed. I need to go and buy a bottle… Or seven.
Here are a couple of other pictures…
Afterwards, Rabbit and I went to the movies, shared a big tub of popcorn in all our finery, and giggled in the darkness. It was quite marvellous, really.
Alright… Time to put the finishing touches on my suitcase and jet off to Portland! Squeal!