During the course of a year I probably have to go to four drop-dead galas-- and... NOT as a guest but... as a Host. The role is different. My job is to look after the pleasure and the comfort of others, and not to pay too much attention to myself--
EVERY good host understands that role. So.... (Don't Laugh...) I wear the same ONE DRESS every time and have done so for that last 5 years...
What changes? The jewelry-- different every year. How do I get away with it? The guest list is composed of completely different people every single time and I've never met any of them and they've never met me-- so... WHO'S TO KNOW?
My staff doesn't care what I wear because they're working too and, I hope, have come to see the brains of having ONE-WORKHORSE-OF-A-DRESS that is completely changed if it appears draped with pearls (MY FAVES>>>) or... discretely hung with diamonds (Got A FEW of those too...)
Naturally, the dress is BLACK and "shot" with silver thread and.. OVER IT goes a Black Satin Opera Coat-- both THE PERFECT FOILS for JEW-WELS, Girls.
Rule # ONE? DON"T COMPETE WITH YOUR GUESTS-- let their beauty and happiness and success SHINE at your event.
Rule # TWO? STAY in the background yourself and let the others wonder... "Is THAT STUFF she's got on the Real Deal?"
Rule # THREE-- It's All-in-Who's-Wearing-It, My Friends and.... your jewelry will speak volumes without YOU saying a word--
Rule # FOUR-- Start with that gorgeous multi-strand pearl necklace which looks like you paid a pirate's ransom for it... and remember, too, Pearls throw a soft, sweet light onto your beautifully made-up face like nothing else can..... except LOVE.
- an article by Paula Rice