On Saturday night, I was a guest at the Homewood Museum’s Harvest Frolick, an elegant dinner at a historic house museum on the campus of the Johns Hopkins University. The invitation said “black tie or period costume” and since I wasn’t about to get dressed in period costume, I decided to do a twist on black tie. My starting point was an old grosgrain top hat that my CEO had found stuck in the back of a cupboard at our offices. I whipped up a skirt of deep burgundy taffeta and a similar tulle strewn with sparkly bits and added a black cashmere sweater. I had some extra tulle, so I wrapped it around the hat to make it a little more festive!
I thought it was going to be chilly, so was going to add some motorcycle boots and jacket, but it was actually rather pleasant, so I just wore flats and took a burgundy cashmere shawl. We’d had nearly five inches of rain in the three previous days, and the event was being held in a tent, so heels were out of the question.
What you can barely see on my Bosom Buddy bag is the great skull and crossbones!It couldn’t have been more perfect for the evening and the event! And the grosgrain on the bag went perfectly with my topper!
One of the highlights of the evening was the presentation given to Museum Trustee, Aurelia Garland Bolton who has worked tirelessly on the boards of both the Museum and the University for many years. I’ve admired her grace and charm since I first met her when best friends, my brother and her son, were about 12 years old. She’s got such a terrific sense of style and she always looks effortlessly elegant and chic!She was shocked by this honour, and by the time they finished announcing it, we all had tears in our eyes and and an incredible sense of pride in what she’s done for these two institutions.
But she’s not the only stylish one in the family! Her husband, Perry, pulled together an ensemble in which all the pieces dated from 1909 – they were his uncle’s and he found them in a trunk in the attic of the house where they’d both lived. The most beautiful silk-satin breeches with buckles, black stockings, opera shoes, white tie and tails! He was moving so fast that I only caught one shoe standing still! Very elegant!