Saturday, August 6, 2011
This fantastic Circa 1956 outfit, designed by George Sarofeen, was released in 2000. I couldn't find the original purse, shoes, or bracelet (and didn't want to go rummaging through all my trunks) so did the best that I could to mix and match.
From the story card:
“WILL-BE-IN-LOS-ANGELES-SHORT-TIME-BETWEEN-FLIGHTS-STOP-ARE-YOU-AVAILABLE-FOR-COCKTAILS-AND-DINNER-STOP-LET-ME-KNOW-END” read the wire that arrived from a dear old friend from Gene's hometown of Cos Cob.
“OF-COURSE-STOP-WE-WILL-HAVE-A-GREAT-TIME-STOP-LEAVE-EVERYTHING-TO-ME-STOP-HUGS-AND-KISSES-GENE-END” Gene wired back.
Then the fun began. Gene always loved planning an event—even a dinner for two. First, Gene called her favorite restaurant and made reservations and ordered dinner, so it would be ready and waiting. Then she called a limousine service and arranged to have her friend picked up at the airport and whisked to the restaurant. Then, finally, shopping for a new dress. She finally settled on a beautiful dark blue taffeta, with a flattering flare. Now, for all the accessories that HAD to go with it: beaded purse, jewelry—and oh, that hat with the feathers!
The evening arrived—and so did Gene's friend.
“As usual, you've outdone yourself,” said her friend.
"I knew you'd be in a hurry, so I wanted everything to be perfect," smiled Gene.
“And it is—but guess what? My flight's been canceled! So now we have all the time we need to catch you up on the latest from home…”
Here, Gene poses in front of a Tucker, the revolutionary automobile of which only 51 were ever produced:
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