Great news kids, your eyes can take a break from my face today to marvel at the beauty that is my guest, Miss Vanessa Dunleavy.
Vanessa and I met a few years ago in a production of Hair and recently worked together in Florida on the musical Descent (more info plus video at the end of the post). Vanessa is a NYC based actress, singer, dancer, and yogi extraordinaire. Here we are doing a little song and dance together:
Last week I forced my way into her apartment, tied her to a chair and raided her wardrobe. (I gave her a glass of wine to sip on, I'm not a barbarian). Amongst the vintage treasures, and believe me - there were many, I discovered this stunning velvet cocktail dress. After I untied her and made her try it on for me, I went about styling the dress three different ways with pieces sourced from her wardrobe. After she saw how fabulous she looked she immediately forgave me for the home invasion, well that or she could have stockholm syndrome, either way the results are gorgeous.
#1 Wear with a vintage hat and killer heels for full on vamp.
#2 Wear a crop top over the dress to take the look out of "1940's glam" and into "1960's Madmen-Chic". A bejeweled headband helps to identify the era and the black and gold accessories complete the look.
#3 Throw over a vintage trench coat and silk scarf. Pick out the green in the scarf with some cute green shoes and a green ring. A kinda french-spy-chic.
Outfit One: Hat: Vintage, Shoes: Gastine Lucioli
Outfit Two: Top and Bag: Vintage, Shoes: Primark, Headband: Miss Selfridge
Outfit Three: Trench: Vintage Gucci, Scarf: Vintage Valentino, Shoes: Vintage Lanvin
Green Ring: Elsa Perreti, Ring and Earrings: David Yurman
Photos by the ever-patient: Denton Taylor
Watch out for Vanessa and her one woman show My Post Traumatic Cruise Ship Cabaret coming to a city near you!
To find out more about Descent watch this sexy video from our Florida performance: