In New York it is really your choice.  And whilst a handful of people still choose to show up in jeans to special occasions, or in an ultra tight/super short boob-revealing latex dress, there are plenty of people who choose to take advantage of an evening out in Gotham to dress to impress.

Such was the case last night at Le Cirque.  Some jet setters, artists, fashionistas and other young-and-fabulous types got together at Le Cirque for a Haiti benefit co-hosted by The King Collective.  (

Looking around the crowd, I felt some serious clutch envy.  Half the women in the room were flaunting their accessories in really impressive fashion.  I saw some amazing jeweled clutch purses, some were tiny, some were long and thin, and some were just so original.  The same goes for bracelets and necklaces.  It seems as Gothamnites more than ever can turn an LBD into a statement with their accessories.  It made me develop a shopping itch and a sense that I know what is missing in my life:  better accessorizing!  (Certainly not inner peace or yoga)

There were many stunning dresses.  There was the light pink semi sheer slip with a nice belt,  the stunning shiny number the party hostess chose, and many beautiful dresses that almost didn’t get noticed because the person wearing the dress was gorgeous to begin with.

Men’s fashion did not lag behind at this event.  Swedish men in latest designer posh suits and accessories were representing their Nordic flare for fashion.

An evening like this makes you wonder why some people still don’t bother to dress up and/or choose something that is clearly a faux-pas for their type.

So be grateful that evenings like this one exist.  And, as I have to tell myself all the time, be grateful that not every single person walking Gotham has good taste.  If that was the case, no one would appreciate an evening out where almost every single person in the room is worthy of a double take.  It’s a mood lifter, an inspiration, an escape from the mundane parade of visual disasters in the subway or in your office (or my office).

I was definitely inspired last night, and for so long as I live in New York, may these havens of fabulousness remain my playground, and yours.

Posted by Kaz, filed under Uncategorized. Date: February 7, 2010, 3:51 am | No Comments »

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