I'm in desperate need of your help O Friends of the Blogging World.
Next month I am going to a Class Four event. You've heard of the meteorological scale for tornadoes and hurricanes to rate power and destructive capabilities? Well the same scale works for social events where they can be ranked according to their importance, frequency and potential for Extreme Fashion Faux Pas. Observe:
Class I--family picnics, ball games and shoe shopping
Class II--girlfriend lunches and nights at the symphony
Class III--high school reunions, office parties and proms
Class IV-- television interviews, meeting old boyfriends that dumped you 20 years before and vice presidential nominations
Class V--Carnegie Hall debuts, Academy Awards, a Knighthood and moon landings
Right now I'm facing a Class IV because next month I've been invited to attend the 2008 Glamour Reel Moments film festival sponsored by Suave. You can click on the link for pictures and more details from last year's event but the whole thing in a nutshell is this: Glamour Magazine has for three years hosted a contest where their readers can submit story ideas then famous actresses each pick their favorite idea to be made into a short film.
The actresses like it because it gives them a step into the world of directing, the readers love it because it gives them a shot at fame and fortune and the magazine loves it because it's been so darn successful, a win-win-win situation. Kristen Dunst, Jennifer Aniston, Kate Hudson, Rita Wilson, Gwyneth Paltrow--they've all made their directorial debuts through the event and everyone's happy because it promotes women in film.
This year Demi Moore and Courtney Cox join the fun and Suave, the sponsor, is bringing a small group of bloggers down to attend the film festival and party then to write about the experience. Not only am I looking forward to California sun, a great hotel, star gazing and four days of fun but I finally get to meet Amy Clark of MomAdvice.com and Liz Thompson from This Full House--two bloggers I've admired since I began Scribbit.
So the point is I'm going to this red carpet event and while Sarah Palin has made it hip to know how to dress your own moose carcass I'm guessing I'm going to need to something more than Carharts for the occasion. As it happens, my favorite online boutique, Shabby Apple, is sending me their beautiful 24K dress (my brother-in-law suggested they call it Golden Delicious--now THAT'S a man with a future in fashion, no?) that you see pictured above which ought to be perfect for the occasion but it leaves me with the glaring question: "SO WHAT ABOUT THE SHOES?"
Now a decision like this can't be handled lightly. I could tell right away that I didn't want shoes with an ankle strap because with the hem hitting below the knee the strap shortens the line of your leg too much, you need the lengthening design of a pump. But that was as far as I got. Should I go with gold? Maybe . . . but that seems rather typical and I thought this event could handle more of a "WOW!" than just matching my shoes to my dress. What about drama? What about contrast?
So I talked with my good friend Trachelle at High Heels and a Sippy Cup (who is a fashion master I tell you, I think she has a M.A. in Accessorization or something) and she confirmed that indeed, red shoes would be the atomic punch an outfit like this could handle. But she also suggested red patent leather peep toe platform pumps which I hadn't considered but which I quickly recognized as Truth.
The thing is, she said the dress needed towering high heels--"the taller the better"--which instantly terrified me. I can see that yes, four-inchers would be fabulous but let's be realistic, I'm six feet tall. And while I would like to stand out a little at an event like this I don't know that I want to go for the Andre the Giant look.
Should I care about being so tall? Andrew won't be there so it's not as if I have to worry about dwarfing my date but surely there's a limit to how tall a female should be? But Trachelle is right about the look of high heels--legs always look better in high heels--and I just love the platform peep toe silhouette that's so mod right now.
I consulted with my sister Melissa at Motherhood for Dummies--another whose fashion opinion I often seek. She understood my concerns about being launched into the atmosphere (nosebleeds anyone?) and while she thought the red or burgundy patent leather look was fine (I like burgundy slightly better than red) her vote went for something in gold--like the D'Orsay pump Guess by Marciano.
This didn't help at all. Gold is okay but the dress has a bit of bronze to it, not quite the Solid Gold tone the shoes are sporting. I went back and looked at leopard print pumps which Melissa also liked and while I can see how a gold dress with leopard print shoes would be hot hot hot I don't want to run the risk of having the whole thing look trashy. Do the leopard skin pumps look skanky or sophisticated?
Should I care about the price? My favorite pair is this burgundy patent leather pair from Via Spiga that costs more than the rest of the shoes combined (but check out the iridescence--does it get any funkier than that? With a gold dress that would be PERFECT). But $211 (sale price) for a pair of shoes that I'll most likely never wear again? Sounds rather obscene.
So I turn to you all in my hour of need. Damselfly? Anyone? Help!
I need your fashion expertise to guide me in my selection because obviously I'm incapable of making the decision on my own. Vote below and check all the boxes you think apply. If you can come up with something that combines the beauty of the Via Spigas with the price tag of the RSVP pumps then by all means, leave me a comment and a link to the Perfect Pair. I'd even let you wear them after I was done.
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