Sitting at the colourists, getting re-reded, I picked up the May Vogue (US edition), and read an item titled "Closet Case: Erin Mathews."
Ms Mathews is a Dallas real estate executive with a big-D dazzling wardrobe (Lanvin, Ralph Lauren Purple Label, Louboutin); a photo shows her resembling Diane Keaton in dark shirt and white pants by YSL.
The quote I had to read three times:
"Dresses I'll do for special occasions, but if I ever wear one twice, it's a miracle. Once a dress makes a statement, I find there's not much to do with it after that. The charming little dress that you wear time after time never really intrigues me."
I pulled this photo from her real estate company's home page; the Vogue shot shows a lithe, smiling woman- maybe size 2 or 4? So I thought, "If I were petite, I'd ask if her worn-once frocks would be interested in a new home."
Maybe she does donate them to charity, but I will now announce the founding of my new benevolent venture, named for the patron saint of seamstresses: Saint Anne's Home for Unintriguing Dresses.
Stay tuned as we develop SAHUD. Board positions are available. I think some Texan input would be essential, Belette.
And speaking of wearing once, what's your take on wedding dresses? I have never understood the urge to spend thousands of dollars on a dress you wear for one day. (OK, maybe two if you take photos another day.)
I've been married three times. (And I know some of you are saying, "I figured.")
The first time, for my hippie wedding at a chapel in the woods, I sewed my own cream-coloured prairie dress, which I wore with lace-up knee-high fine suede boots. After the wedding, I dyed it plum and wore it into the ground- the dress lasted longer than the union.
For the second, at a country club, I chose a vintage amethyst silk crepe gown trimmed with ecru lace, with an orchid in my hair: languid deco glamour. I wore that dress on black tie occasions, and felt like Ava Gardner every time.
The third time, I found an oyster-white Emmanuelle Khanh cocktail dress to wear when married at home- nearly 23 happy years ago. I wore it as a wedding dress twice, for our civil and religious weddings. Come to think of it, the marriages lasted in inverse proportion to the wearing of the dresses.
But if I'd had the urge to wear a bride costume any of those times, I would have borrowed or bought second hand.