When I caught up with Vera Wang last night at the New York City Opera Fall Gala at the David H. Koch Theater, she told me sheâ€™d dress up at Cameron Diaz for Halloween. Learn the impetus behind that and more below:
Given the interest in how fashionistas approach Halloween, we asked her about her own costume idea.
"We havenâ€™t been invited anywhere for Halloween," she lamented. "But if we are, well, I was going to go as Cameron Diaz, but I think Iâ€™m gonna have to grow a few inches and get a face lift. I donâ€™t know if I would have been recognizable as Cameron. But thatâ€™s kind of where I was going. Blonde wig. Big smile. You know, very upbeat, cool, sexy. Thatâ€™s what I thought."
Wang was dressed in a saffron halter couture dress and confessed sheâ€™s forced to wear her own designs when out on the town
"Yea, it's me," she said of the dress. "They make me do that at night. The few times I come out, like Dracula, I have to dress like myself." She wore a gray fox shawl over her gown for the practical purposes of warmth.
Wang, these days, is not so much into designing evening wear and has turned to athletic get-ups. A former competitive figure skater ("I've kind of been a jock all my life," she said), Wang has been inspired by her Olympian friend.
"I'm into very athletic wear," she purred. "You'd never know if you saw me tonight. I had an Olympic year with my friend Evan Lycek, who won the Olympics in figure skating. And you know, I'm been starting now to get a workout myself. And I did Kill Bill for my last show; it was a lot of female assassins, so Iâ€™m kind of in a sportivo, action place."
The bell for the performance rang, and Wang hiked up her gown and athletically dashed off.
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Wednesday, May 22
We sat down with Anne Pasternak for a few questions about Creative Time's past and future, as well as the importance of having an awareness about public art in the city.