And now, without further ado, I present this year’s outfit for the Beaujolais Nouveau Wine Festival, to benefit the AIDS Council of Upstate New York. Believe it or not, and those who know me should believe it, this is actually a rather simple ensemble. I think it’s the bold color combination, and the simple fact of a cape, that garnered such notice. (And according to Andy, there was ample notice.) Personally, I didn’t put much effort into it. In previous years I’d spend weeks working on my outfit for this special evening, sewing tulle into coats, gluing sequins and mirrors onto suits, crafting a thousand chiffon rosettes – but this time around I winged it and put it together at the last moment. A necklace of pearls was a birthday gift from Andy many years ago, the shoes were a nod to Pee Wee Herman, the cape was an homage to Little Red Riding Hood, and the juxtaposition of the fuchsia pants against the red was a Pucci-inspired combination that has always thrilled me.
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