PaperCity Magazine

December 2018- Houston

Issue link:

Contents of this Issue


Page 55 of 123

46 T he ultimate guest list is the variety compiled for the at-home holiday party. Perish the thought of your invitation arriving via Paperless Post. We prefer heavy cardstock and engraving in silver or gold. A cherished socialite once commented, "I adore finding something chubby in my box." On the stiff card should be the words: "Join us for a night of mischief and merriment. The three essential C's will be awaiting your arrival: Champagne. Caviar. And a Conga line." As for dress code? For ladies, let's make a return to long taffeta skirts (evening separates are so chic especially when worn with a Cucinelli cashmere twin-set and black pearls), and a whimsical Judith Leiber elf bag. It's 1960 meets 2018. For edgier attendees, a vintage Halston turtleneck, Eva Gabor–inspired cigarette pants or vintage terrazzo pants — oops! we've already been imbibing … it's palazzo pants — à la Marella Agnelli. For gentleman, velvet jackets, evening slippers, or a Halston-inspired turtleneck. What accessories must accompany you? For at-home parties, the best accessories have more to do with conversation and less to do with satin pumps or a vintage sable. A studied knowledge of dancing the cha-cha after too many gin gimlets is always a plus. And, finally, master the art of the devilish wink. (Gone are the days of air-kisses.) A wink shows that you know where to find the skeletons in their closet and vice versa. That wink is best delivered while Dean Martin's "Ain't That A Kick In The Head" plays sotto voce in the background. BILLY FONG MUSES ON THE HOLIDAY DRESS CODE FOR INTIME AT-HOME GATHERINGS — FROM DREAMS OF VINTAGE HALSTON TO THE BANISHMENT OF AIR-KISSES. ON YULETIDE DRESSING Loulou and Betty with Yves at his Place Vauban apartment, photographed by Guy Marineau for Women's Wear, 1978. Bianca Jagger and Andy Warhol, 1970's Mary Jane Russell, Vogue, photographed by John Rawlings, December 1953

Articles in this issue

Archives of this issue

view archives of PaperCity Magazine - December 2018- Houston