The Most Important Outfit of 2016


There is one event around which I plan a singular costume, and planning for it happens months, sometimes years, in advance. This year’s Boo-jolais Wine Celebration by the Alliance for Positive Health came early, and in the form of a costume party, which upped the ante and gave the event a whole new feel. For this one, I sought inspiration from Marie Antoinette, in somewhat stripped down fashion, with powder blue and silver filamented brocade, lace gloves, frilled bloomers, and free-swinging garters. Strings of pearls and sparkling rings were the only accessories needed, along with a pair of lace bows for my boots. A bottle of white spray hair-color hastened the going-gray process, and the mask from a recent trip to ‘Sleep No More’ completed the look.

Though I have a fondness for all the Beaujolais outfits I’ve worn over the years – from the pink pants and red cape ensemble to the green lucky charms jacket, from the Japanese silk kimono to the red-winged/red-haired devil - this one was definitely one of my favorites. Hey, we all have our preferences. And now we begin brainstorming ideas for next year…

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