Slipping On A Diane Von Furstenberg Wrap Dress For Casting Call
Slipping on a Diane von Furstenberg wrap dress for casting call

Crazy New York Life

It's been too long since it's been cool enough to wear this... Diane von Furstenberg super iconic wrap dress (with Rouge Vif Box Kelly)

It’s been too long since it’s been cool enough to wear this out in the city…so I’m wearing it for a casting director.  Diane von Furstenberg super iconic wrap dress (with Rouge Vif Box Kelly)

 

Want to know what happens when the desire to shake up your life meets living in New York?

You start taking acting lessons.

You sign up with casting agencies.

You find yourself on the set of a favorite TV network show—within three days of starting all this.

You start meeting agents and casting directors to talk about your “look” and “brand.”

You submit quick selfies to the latter to ascertain what wardrobe to bring to a set.  Lesson: Buy a mirror that doesn’t bow!

What does this look say? Hopefully "upscale" since that's what was requested. Anne Fontaine cardigan, Issey Miyake trousers, and Hermès accessories

What does this look say? Hopefully “upscale” since that’s what was requested. Anne Fontaine cardigan, Issey Miyake trousers, and George Jensen & Hermès accessories

 

That’s where I’m at right now in the craziness of my single life.  Around the edges of editing work and quotidian errands, I’ve been dipping my toes into this thing called print, commercial, and film/tv work.  I stared into a video camera over the weekend in front of a casting director and delivered a commercial for the first time.  Then over and over while being critiqued.  In front of a group of people.  I call it one-part facing fear, another part enjoying the surreal, and a third part just being yourself.

So why am I doing this?  Partly it’s research for the revision of that novel I wrote in Paris.  Partly it’s to see a whole other side of New York.  And then there’s the fact I get to meet a lot of people I’d never meet otherwise.  I think there’s a danger when we get older of sticking too much to what—and who—we know.  Let’s be curious instead.

It’s a strange world, this one of being called “talent” and getting your first gigs.  If you don’t know it already, a lot of what you see worn in film/tv work is owned by the person wearing it.  Thus, when a casting director got in touch with me yesterday about a scene in an “upscale DC social club,” I was asked to send snapshots of me wearing some wardrobe options.

Since I’ve never been in an “upscale DC social club” (anyone want to invite me), I threw on whatever I had in my closet.  This post’s pics feature some results.

Upscale? DC? Maybe not with the La Perla bustier. (Note to self: tuck in next time for better proportions.)

Upscale? DC? Maybe not with the La Perla bustier. (Note to self: tuck in next time for better proportions.)

I love these Opening Ceremony culottes no matter how much emphasis they put on the hips. With Kenzo top and Hermès Piano bag.

I love these Opening Ceremony culottes no matter how much emphasis they put on the hips. With Kenzo top and Hermès Piano bag.

More La Perla. Issey Miyake is my great love. With Theory blazer and Rouge Vif Kelly.

More La Perla. Issey Miyake is my great love. With Theory blazer and Rouge Vif Kelly.

Anne Fontaine and DvF wrap dresses are BFFs.

Anne Fontaine and DvF wrap dresses are BFFs.

Purchased in Paris in Jan 2012, this wrap dress remains one of my favorite wardrobe pieces.

Purchased in Paris in Jan 2012, this wrap dress remains one of my favorite wardrobe pieces.

 

Some thoughts…

My wardrobe and I are fall weather lovers.  That’s when we bloom.  It was so much fun to play in the closet and pull out tights, long sleeves, and those wrap dresses that would stick like molasses in the heat we’ve been subjected to in NY subways.

Second, I need to wear my wrap dresses more.  Much, much, much more.  They really are me, aren’t they?  I honestly forget that each and every time.  Maybe it’s even time to add a couple more into the closet; it’s been since 2013 that I acquired a new one.

Third, my wardrobe isn’t built for film.  I have too much black, too much white, and too much red—and black and white aren’t beloved by tv/film cameras.  Neither is red.  In fact, black, white, and red are the colors you’re asked not to wear.  Thus the new Theory blazer (eBay bargain!) and those Anne Fontaine cardigans (more eBay bargains!).  But, whatever.  I’ll throw it all out there.  Patterns and textures help, right?

And last…

I’m the sort of person who thrives on new experiences.  I love learning something new.  Once I absorb the anxiety of starting out, of course.  But seriously, I’ve been in a funk since coming back from Paris—which you know—and diving into something new and a little bit scary is just what the doctor orders.  I could do it because I had a guiding hand—a mentor of sorts—in a veteran actress.    I’m not expecting the world, or to become a star.  I’m thrilled by all I’ve gleaned in the past couple weeks that will have fabulous impact on my book.  And it’s a breath of fresh air to experience just how cool people are, all sorts of people.

What new adventures await you?  Anything fun on the calendar for this weekend?

This Post Has 23 Comments

  1. This is a surprising post which I like it and would love to hear more about your experiences. I imagine it difficult to be given a wardrobe goal (here the upscale social club) and compose outfits. Your DvF dresses are beautiful on you and seem simple and easy to style. I also love your Carven skirts – they are so flattering and the Kenzo top and Theory blazer are très chic. Summer is definitely more of a challenge to dress for, it has been so hot here, make up and hair are melting or straw like and clothing is lacking creativity.

    1. My thoughts exactly, Tanja. Summer is so hard to do with any style. Next time, I’ll show my summer uniforms—by now I’m so sick of my beautiful black skirt, no matter how much I adore it.

      I need to pull out the Carven skirts more! Thank you for reminding me as I tend to think of them in spring and fall.

  2. You look fantastic in all of these outfits. Which ballet flats are you wearing? And congratulations on the casting opportunities, you couldn ‘t be more right about how important it is to bring new things into our lives as we get older.

  3. I just love your outfit posts. Love them!! I love seeing your things. My favourites are the DVF dresses. The Paris purchased one with the neck tie is my sooper dooper favourite. Life can be good can’t it. Xx

  4. Ps I ask for a favour.. What size are you in the Anne Fontaine cardigans please C? I am a US 4 or 6 in the DVF wrap dresses. I can wear a size 4 but the size 6 is a little better. Thank you for any advice. Justine

    1. I would be happy to help. We are similar sizing. I wear a 4 in the wraps, though I get away with a 6 even if it’s a bit too loose in the bust. In the Anne Fontaine Parfaite cardigan, I’m a 36 or 38. The 40 can work (the dark gray above is a 40), but it feels less attractive because a bit baggy.

  5. I love your pictures and greatly admire your creativity. Those DVF dresses & Issey Miyake are absolutely perfect on you. and I love the Perla with the blazer oh and that jensen jewelry.

  6. Always in awe for your creativity and strength. So inspiring. There is so much to learn from you. I can’t wait to read your novel. Thank you for sharing. All best, Sandra

  7. I think you look great in your “upscale outfits”. This sounds like a great experience…..plus we get to enjoy seeing all kinds of new fashion photos!

  8. What a fun experience dear Catherine!!!
    Trying new there things is the better way to stay young, you are perfectly right 😉
    Your Blue DvF is my favorite dress on you, I remember an old pic when you lived in Oklahoma, taken just after your stay in Paris, it was so perfect. I am so sad that those dresses are not made for my frame.
    I am waiting for the next outfits posts!!!

    1. Thank you, Charlotte! It’s so wonderful to hear how this dress is a favorite. It was my first DvF wrap dress, so it’s very special—what a stroke of luck in Paris. But yes, I imagine that even the longer styles come up to mid-thigh on you, and even for me they are quite fitted at the shoulders (which is perfect and hard to find for my own frame). Another outfit post coming soon!

      1. Good news for tall gals–the new DVF collwction has a wrap with midi-length skirt. Still an issue with bodice length, perhaps, though, but it is nice to have the longer option.

  9. First of all, you look fabulous and *I* totally expect you to be a star!

    Second, we clearly need to have a Jensen debrief. It seems we’ve both been adding some pieces here and there! Although I will never part with some of my H silver, I’m finding I’m drawn more and more to the Jensen designs, especially the classic pieces. In fact I’ve been trying on that same pendant you’re wearing for a few months now– our mutual friend S (who has taught me so much about Jensen) and I pop in to the London store occasionally to visit the neckring and argue over who looks better in it (each of us asserting it’s the other, of course), although we are both enamored of the v-shaped ring, whereas I think you’re wearing the rounder option, right? Either way, it’s a fabulous piece, and I see it in my future, but I have to pace myself: in the past months my Jensen spree has included incredible enormous cuff earrings that look like the faceplates of a Spartan helmet, a hammered-face Vivianna watch (the only modern watch I’ve found that looks great with my antique ring), and the sycamore pods necklace, a JG grail for me and worth the several years I’ve waited to get my hands on one, as I think it’s one of the most beautifully-designed and striking pieces of jewelry I own.

    1. Georg Jensen makes beautiful silver pieces. I have only the few you know, and they get ample usage. I have a small list of pieces to come…after all the tea ware and cashmere I lust for. Congratulations on the sycamore pod necklace. It’s stupendous! And I’m intrigued by these cuff earrings. The Jensen store on Madison is being renovated, so there’s no store to explore. As soon as they open, I want to see these!

  10. How exciting for you! It sounds like more fun than work., actually. YOLO as my son would say and new experiences keep things fresh and interesting.

    Honestly, you look much too chic for DC. ( From what I’ve heard , anyway!) No offense to those from DC….

  11. I simply love the fabulous black pleats please trousers that you are wearing in some of your photos, you look great in them. I hope you don’t mind me asking, but would you possibly be able to share the name of the style or the label code so that I could check if they are still available anywhere? Many thanks

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