Tuesday, May 16, 2017

What to Wear Where: It's all about the boys

At BCNY, the news doesn't stop for photos.
by Karen Klopp & Hilary Dick

In 1876, philanthropist and entrepreneur E.H. Harriman founded New York City’s first Boys’ Club to provide inner-city boys with a safe haven. Today in three clubhouses and a camp, BCNY provides high-quality programming to over 4,000 New York City boys.

Over 75 percent of members live in households at or below the poverty level. Fundraising for BCNY is aided by the Women’s Committee, a multi-generational, hands-on group who have a real presence at the clubhouses for homework help, field trips and other specific projects, such as renovating a playroom or creating an in-house library for the boys. But the girls dress up very well, witness the ultra glamourous evening at the DIOR sponsored Fall Dance in October, celebrating the 68th year of the Black Tie event.
Christine Schwarzman and Muffie Potter Aston
Sebastian de la Cruz, Ritchey Howe, and Stephen Tosh
Amy Griffin, Sara Ayres, Renaud de Lesquen, Alexandra Robertson, Shirin von Wulffen, and Lauren Santo Domingo
Ulla Parker and Lauren Remington Platt
Carter Simonds, Travis Acquavella, and Kathy Thomas
For the Annual Awards Dinner held tomorrow (May 17th) at the Mandarin Oriental, the “what to wear” attire is a little more subdued. When the invitation calls for Business Attire, assume that most folks will be coming straight from the office, and that the dress will be a bit understated. So save your low cuts for another event, and arrive on time and dressed for success.
Stephen Tosh and Tom Dixon Sara Ayres, Amy Griffin, and Kitty Sherrill
Andree Carroon, Leslie Stevens, Nathalie Kaplan, and Jennifer Tsou
“The Boys Club of New York Awards Dinner is our largest fundraiser of the year, where we honor those that have made a difference in the lives of thousands of boys and the ripple effect that has on their families and communities," according to Ritchie Howell, the Women’s Committee President. "As this evening is about our mission and soul, it seems fitting to keep it business attire but women might enjoy being slightly more dressed for tradition’s sake."
Ellen Niven and Ritchey Howe
Karyn Ravin and Stephanie Rosenblum
We consulted Dennis Basso, a generous BCNY supporter and an expert par excellence on making women look and feel beautiful. He shared his wisdom on the subject of Business Attire:

“The day you know you have an event in the evening it is very important that what you select in the morning to wear is either a very simple dress or pant suit. Either can be changed by jewelry and a handbag. If you choose a black linen shift for example, you could wear gold earrings, an hermes scarf and an easy shoe ... a walking shoe."
Ashley McDermott, Dennis Basso, and Debbie Bancroft
Betsy and Rob Pitts Alexia Hamm Ryan and Mary Snow
"To change the look to evening, you could bring a tote bag and put in it a pair of sling-backs or pumps and some pearl earrings. When you are going day into a night time business attire event you don’t have to get overdone ... don’t want to be overdone. A dressy shoe and earrings can really transform your look. And you could even throw in a clutch bag or shoulder strap into your tote bag to carry as well. Your dress or pant suit becomes the blank canvas that you can transform. But avoid something that says daytime daytime. Don’t start with a print blouse and trousers which is very difficult to turn into an evening look. If the outfit is basic, accessories can change it completely. The key is to keep the outfit basic and wear accessories."
On May 12th, BCNY held its SUITED UP event, which seeks to provide every BCNY teen with a complimentary suit for prom, graduation, college and job interviews.
Donations are collected throughout the year until the annual event, during which teens have their measurements taken and sort through the racks of suits, ties, shirts, and pants with professional volunteer stylists.
Hilary: I love Dennis’s suggestions and agree completely! I actually was going to choose a print dress to wear but thought better of it after speaking with him. This little black dress by Stella McCartney is super easy to dress up or dress down. It also has a forgiving silhouette which every woman can appreciate. I am drawn to white accessories right now and would wear this white tote during the day with these fun silver flats to run around in. And tucked in my tote will be my transforming pieces for the night to come. High heels, glam jewelry and a simple black clutch will do the trick. And what to do with the tote? Why check it, of course!
1. ​Stella McCartney Stretch-Cady Mini Dress, $960​
2. Melissa Joy Manning Gold Pearl Earrings, $250
3. Le Specs Ottoman Square-Frame Silver-Tone Mirrored Sunglasses, $120
4. Saint Laurent Shopping Large Textured-Leather Tote, $995
5. Jimmy Choo Romy Glittered Canvas Point-Toe Flats, $550
6. Cornelia Webb Gold-Plated Silk And Pearl Choker, $195
7. Oscar De La Renta Sun Star Gold-Plated Faux Pearl Ring, $190
8. Loeffler Randall Glittered Suede Clutch, $250
9. Christian Louboutin Christeriva 100 Bow-Embellished Grosgrain And Suede Sandals, $875
KK: Once again, Hilary and I are on the same page, choosing an LBD, Little Black Dress as the “canvas,” that Dennis suggested. Business Attire does not mean boring, especially when shopping a stunning Michael Kors sheath. Consistently chic, stylish and as generous as they come, Michael was the underwriter of the Central Park Conservancy’s Hat Luncheon a couple of weeks ago where so many of his fashionable looks were on full display. He is also one of the few designers who creates fashion at a remarkably lower price point with the same fabulous results.

The cut of the dress is perfectly simple with a fluid draping on the sleeves, one of the romantic, Victorian trends this season. I also turned to Michael to accessorize. For day, a pair of kitten heels or pumps, and found this snakeskin tote to be a useful size. And when the weather can’t make up it’s mind, you can — by choosing a smart looking trench coat. In the evening, it is time for some ruffled sandals and clutch, complementing the soft folds of this ensemble. Pearl earrings and a stylish wrap are all you need to complete the day to night adventure, and take it all in stride. Let’s see ... 8 a.m. breakfast meeting, 9 a.m. to the office, 1 p.m. lunch at desk, 4 p.m. Randall's Island lacrosse game, 6 p.m. Mandarin Oriental. Did I miss anything?
1. Michael Kors Sateen Trench Coat, $213
2. Michael Kors Adelaide II Sunglasses, $141
3. Vita Fede Moneta Stud Earrings, $295
4. Michael Kors Angelina Snakeskin Tote, $1312
5. Michael Kors Ciara Embellished Leather Pump, $78
6. Michael Kors Flex Patent Kitten-Heel Pump, $74
7. Michael Kors Stretch Mate-Jersey Dress, $995
8. Kenneth Jay Lane Faux Pearl Teardrop Earrings, $150
9. Harrison Morgan Floral Motif Silk-Blend Wrap, $295
10. Michael Kors Miranda Ruffled-Leather Crossbody, $592
11. Michael Kors Priscilla Leather Sandal, $378
Jamee Gregory, an active volunteer and member of the Women’s Committee, highlighted the philanthropic importance of the evening: “This is a wonderful event that honors our community’s heroes who have given generously to this organization. It is because of them that we can help set hundreds of boys a year on a positive path to adulthood.”

For questions or additional information, contact Haley Meyer at haley.meyer@bcny.org or (347) 505-5389.