Dressed for the Evolving Influence Conference

by jennine on February 19, 2010

vintage dress

It happened again, with all the good intentions of hosting an event and looking great for it, I end up showing up in a dress I only spent one hour looking for. It happened the first Dress Up event, where I showed up in a blue sequin dress that I picked up in a frenzy, the next time, I left it to the last day… and this time with only one day to go before the big show, I end up heading out to a vintage boutique on the  Upper West side called Allan & Suzy. Searching frantically through all the dresses, looking for something that’s ‘not black’  boutique owner Allan picks up this dress and on the rack it looks ridiculously ugly. I almost said no, but figured what the heck, might as well give it a try. Made of silk chiffon, and wow, with this wasp-waist silhouette, this dress has got to be the most perfectly fitted dress I’ve ever worn in my life. I haven’t had a chance to see what was on the runways yet, but to tell the truth, I miss the well-fit dress.

Wendy Brandes lent me the Cleopatra necklace for the big day, I’ve never worn such a gorgeous necklace, it, like the rest of her collection is tactile smooth and has this almost edible quality. One of these days I’ll be able to afford it..

I should be coming out with the recap of the Evolving Influence Conference soon, we’re just waiting on a few more things to show you, so I’ll hold off on that until we can get it all right. Until then… I’ll just give you a sneak peak of what I wore.

Photo by the fantastic Dustin Fenstermacher, who’s been our event photographer all three IFB events…he’s so great.

Dress: Allan & Suzy Vintage • Necklace : Wendy Brandes • Shoes : Jessica Simpson

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nicky February 19, 2010 at 10:33 am

I noticed the dress and the necklace while I was watching the live stream and wow it looks even better than I could see on the screen. The shoes are fab too. I’m off to LFW shortly and I’m going to wear colour, I’m fed up with fashionista black. well done on a super event which the live stream brought to my living room.
.-= nicky´s last blog ..Blog Standard at New York Fashion Week =-.

Ashe Mischief February 19, 2010 at 10:33 am

I saw some photos of you in my Google Readahhh, and I was so, so smitten with your outfit! You look great- it seems like a bit of a detour from your usual wearings, but I think that’s what makes it so spectacular. You look amazing, it fits perfectly… and HOLY SHIT those shoes! It never dawned on me how big they were until they’re on your feet… were they insane to walk in?!
.-= Ashe Mischief´s last blog ..Sneak Peeks at Schemes Ahead…. =-.

Poochie February 19, 2010 at 10:33 am

Great shot! And you looked amazing in person too.
.-= Poochie´s last blog ..Mercedes-Benz Fashion Week: Christian Siriano Fall 2010 =-.

Krista February 19, 2010 at 10:35 am

Pretty colors on you & omg a $6,000 necklace? I love the swing of the photo.

Melanie February 19, 2010 at 10:42 am

The dress fits you so well! I saw the stream of the conference and I was trying to get a better look at the dress, so thanks for posting. The Shoes are great, they add an extra vavoom factor. Melanie @ flauntstyle.blogspot.com

K-Line February 19, 2010 at 11:19 am

You are beautiful in it!
.-= K-Line´s last blog ..Humble Beginnings =-.

Sally February 19, 2010 at 11:30 am

You look stunning, doll! And my gawd, those SHOES!
.-= Sally´s last blog ..Makeup 101: How to Apply Eye Makeup =-.

Alice February 19, 2010 at 12:17 pm

You look amazing! And the way you styled it with the tights and the shoes made it so modern!

Well done with the conference, I am reading about it everywhere!
.-= Alice´s last blog ..Slouchy Pants II =-.

Eli February 19, 2010 at 12:36 pm

Love the dress on you though, its beautiful!

anna February 19, 2010 at 12:49 pm

you look gorgeous! twirly dresses are the best “wake” up call for spring! Here’s to spring coming early!


Becky February 19, 2010 at 1:38 pm

Great photo, you look lovely!
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Jessica February 19, 2010 at 2:49 pm

I just LOVE finding hidden things in vintage shops! Its the best part of shopping!
.-= Jessica´s last blog ..Rock Bottom for a Reason =-.

charles February 19, 2010 at 3:10 pm

that dress is NOTHING SHORT OF STUNNING! that silhouette, my damn, it’s so perfect in every way! You just look amazing, fabulous photo :)
.-= charles´s last blog ..Projekt Little Black Dress =-.

Styleabaad February 19, 2010 at 4:26 pm

Thanks for a great event - I really enjoyed the IFB Conference on Monday! And yes, you looked amazing in this dress! xx
.-= Styleabaad´s last blog ..Gypset Style =-.

Joy D. February 19, 2010 at 4:35 pm

This was a lovely outfit, everyone was talking about those shoes! What a great buy.

hanako66 February 19, 2010 at 5:14 pm

my goodness, this is just stunning!!!
.-= hanako66´s last blog ..scarlet begonias =-.

Nickie Frye February 19, 2010 at 5:16 pm

You look beautiful! The dress is fabulous & the shoes make me want to shout a naughty word b/c I can’t find them in my size. ;)

Have fun!!!
.-= Nickie Frye´s last blog ..Dickies Overalls HUGE =-.

WendyB February 19, 2010 at 5:16 pm

I LOVE this photo! Nice job, Dustin!

eyeliah February 19, 2010 at 5:25 pm

I saw photos of you in that dress around the blogs, it is so fab (and the heels too - oh my adore).
.-= eyeliah´s last blog ..Karina =-.

Teresa February 19, 2010 at 5:35 pm

really just perfect! gorgeous dress :)

Pickles & Coffee February 19, 2010 at 6:10 pm

Love it! that dress , that picture, and your disposition.. all combine to make the sun shine.. if you get a chance we did a small write up on the IFB conference at


Clare February 19, 2010 at 8:46 pm

Jennine, this is so beautiful. The look is fabulous, and perfect for the event. I wish I had been there!
.-= Clare´s last blog ..I Work for a Living =-.

Romany February 19, 2010 at 9:37 pm

Oh I love this! It’s so retro.
I agree, I miss the days of the well-fitted dress. All of the edgy, baggy dresses that are shown these days just look awful on me, I need something that accentuates the waist. Shame…
.-= Romany´s last blog ..A state of pleasure… =-.

sexy legs and body February 19, 2010 at 11:09 pm

Hi, you look very elegant and stylish, great choice!

Have a lovely weekend.
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Make Do Style February 20, 2010 at 1:00 am

Great photo and gorgeous dress and of course the lovely Wendy Brandes’s Cleopatra necklace
.-= Make Do Style´s last blog ..High Street Pick of the Week =-.

Miss Glitzy [from Singapore!] February 20, 2010 at 7:48 am

Jennine, this is a really lovely outfit!!
.-= Miss Glitzy [from Singapore!]´s last blog ..Reinvented Cheongsam inspired by Tong Tong =-.

Chessa! February 20, 2010 at 8:09 am

You looked beautiful! The dress was perfect on you. Thank you for the day. I really enjoyed it!
.-= Chessa!´s last blog ..A Mellow Weekend =-.

Carey February 20, 2010 at 8:21 am

JUST FABULOUS! I knew you’d make them your own in such a lovely way. I’m right behind you with the brown tights pairing! Well done :)

Carey @ Corks + Caftans
.-= Carey´s last blog ..Off like a prom dress. =-.

Citizen Rosebud February 20, 2010 at 8:26 am

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violetville February 20, 2010 at 9:38 am


thanks again for the conference. everyone was so happy to be there!

you looked gorgeous as always!

best quote of the day: “tell me if i look chunky”

Tamia February 20, 2010 at 9:38 am

I’m convinced that the more matronly something looks on the hanger, the better it looks on the body. This is likely a ploy conceived by clothing designers/retailers to ensure that only the most adventurous fashionistas get the best stuff, so kudos for seeing through their ruse!

Ann of Holier Than Now provided great coverage of the conference for StyleSampleMag.com, and after seeing her photos I’m extra jealous that I wasn’t able to attend. Thank you for putting together what was obviously an amazing event!
.-= Tamia´s last blog ..Deep thought #65 =-.

Eunice February 20, 2010 at 7:16 pm

Love your hair. Love your dress. Love the shot in the middle of the street.

So jealous you got to attend. I had to be stuck in good o’ Seattle that weekend… but living vicariously through everyone who attended. Good posts :)
.-= Eunice´s last blog ..the leprechaun jacket =-.

SarahJayne @ Goldmine Trash February 20, 2010 at 7:29 pm

That dress looked amazing on live stream, lemme tell ya! And I’m not just being biased because 50s dresses are one of my specialties. I really did think it was something. I kept wondering wether it was real vintage, or just a great dress in a 50s style. With the way you styled it, it looked very up to date and not like a costume at all.

So many dresses that look frumpy on the rack end up AMAZING on! But it’s so hard to convince people of that. Kudos to you for taking the chance.

.-= SarahJayne @ Goldmine Trash´s last blog ..THIS HAS NOTHING TO DO WITH FASHION =-.

Queen Marie February 20, 2010 at 10:06 pm

You look like a modern day Mary Tyler Moore! -a stunning vivacious woman with the city at her feet.
You couldn’t look more perfect Jennine
.-= Queen Marie´s last blog ..Sorry! I have the lurghi… =-.

Jenny February 20, 2010 at 10:50 pm

I love how happy this picture is. Everything is just so lovely. Thank you for sharing!
.-= Jenny´s last blog ..I’ve Got More Rhymes Than I’ve Got Grey Hairs =-.

Favourite Vintage Finds February 21, 2010 at 1:43 am

You look stunning! I love the dress especially the wonderfully swishy skirt! :)
.-= Favourite Vintage Finds´s last blog ..Stop Staring! Dress Review and Giveaway! =-.

Kristen February 21, 2010 at 7:56 am

Gorgeous! That is the kind of dress that as a little girl, dreaming of being grown up, imagines themselves in. Or at least i did… love how it is floaty and soft against the gritty street backdrop.

Carla | Green and Chic February 21, 2010 at 12:28 pm

I LOVE those shoes! Great photo!
.-= Carla | Green and Chic´s last blog ..Giveaway: EcoSMART Home Pest Control =-.

Corie February 21, 2010 at 7:37 pm

I love the photo, the dress, the shoes…you look great!
.-= Corie´s last blog ..At 14??? =-.

Wrecked Stellar February 22, 2010 at 4:22 am

This is such an in-the-moment photo that is just very lively. I love the print of your dress and the bright and classy color combination. I ordered the Jessica Simpson Danny shoes in black- they’re backordered til June from Victoria’s Secret, but I can’t wait to get them!

Bonnie February 22, 2010 at 9:28 am

You look amazing in that dress and my gawd the shoes! I just want to snatch them :)
.-= Bonnie´s last blog ..Inspiration Boards =-.

SwanDiamondRose February 22, 2010 at 9:29 am

ah you look so great. so happy! love it.
.-= SwanDiamondRose´s last blog ..SWANclothing sewing hint #3. the iPhone dilemma. [4] =-.

Kristin February 22, 2010 at 1:11 pm

You looked just gorgeous at the conference. And that necklace…Wowza!

rachel c. February 22, 2010 at 1:36 pm

you look absolutely gorgeous! your dress is stunning. xo
.-= rachel c.´s last blog ..MONDAY, MONDAY =-.

Andrea February 22, 2010 at 5:45 pm

Really love that dress! Great photo too - beautiful!!
.-= Andrea´s last blog ..Today’s Don’t Miss Designer Sales - 2/22/10 =-.

Mer March 2, 2010 at 3:25 am

My favourite! I love this pic Jen
.-= Mer´s last blog ..Spinning into-Ana Locking =-.

Beaut Vintage August 9, 2010 at 12:28 am

That look is brillant on you.
You look like a million dollars.
Great photo :)

Beaut xxx
Vintage Clothing Melbourne

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