What to Wear to the 15th Annual Hope for Depression Luncheon

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We are thrilled that the 15th Annual Hope for Depression Luncheon is back live!  This  anticipated annual event highlights current research and protocols associated with the illness of many individuals, families and friends. On Wednesday, November 10th, the Ballroom of The Plaza Hotel will be abuzz with the fascinating and critical discoveries taking place in the treatment of the disease. Audrey Gruss knows well the ripple effect of depression — her mother Hope suffered greatly from this debilitating disease when there was so little known about it.

“Fifteen years ago when I first founded HDRF, depression was rarely talked about and I realized we needed to raise awareness about this medical illness, which is now the #1 reason in the world for disability. Each Hope Luncheon Seminar helped educate our audience about the social and scientific challenges of depression and, in 15 years, I think we have made great strides in bringing mental health to the forefront of our lives, our media and the general public.”

Michael Phelps is the award recipient this year.  His commitment to spreading the word about depression is significant. As Audrey explained, “He was the first of the elite athletes to speak out about depression and we are all eager to hear how he handled depression while winning 28 Olympic medals.” We applaud his courage in sharing his struggle. Other prominent outspoken individuals including Brooke Shields, Terry Bradshaw, Ashley Judd, Anderson Cooper and Mariel Hemingway have all contributed to the important focus of HDRF — to educate the public, correct misinformation, and reduce the stigma associated with illnesses of the mind and brain.

L. to r.: Eli Thompson and Lis Waterman; Ellen and Chuck Scarborough.
Jessica Gruss and Audrey Gruss.
Mary Snow and Eleanora Kennedy.
L. to r.: Kim Heirston, Joanna Goldenstein, and Tinamarie Clark; Teresa Remez and Petra Levin.
Jamee and Peter Gregory.
L. to r.: LeAnn Rimes and Audrey Gruss; Muffie Potter Aston (right).
Maria Oquendo, Louisa Benton, and Margo Langenberg.
Beth Lemek, Trish Glowacki, Pat Figge, Kimberly Bitterman, Michelle Martinides, Mary Power, and Chrissy Mccowey.
Francesca Capetta, Frederick Anderson, Audrey Gruss, and Christopher Ardant.
Margo Langenberg and Annabelle Mariaca.
Marina Pellecchi and Susan Gutfreund.

So for what to wear on such an auspicious occasion, we turned to Audrey for advice. “The Hope color that we consider to be uplifting and positive is bright yellow, because it reminds us of happy, sunny days and positive feelings.” Hilary agrees. “Last year we attended this event by zoom and how fabulous that we will be there in person this year! Yellow is the preferred color of the day and it is so uplifting. I found dresses that I can wear now and into the warmer seasons. Neutral accessories compliment the warm tone as well as feminine floral earrings.”

Dresses: Self- Portrait Satin Midi Dress, $470  /  Racil Cotton -Blend Caftan, $945  /  A.L.C. Ansel Ruched Maxi Dress, $495. Earrings: Asha Daisy Triple Earrings, $350  /  Asha Ivory Flower Hoops, $275. Bags:  Judith Leiber Couture Crocodile Envelope Clutch, $895  /  Marni Crosbody Bag, $890.  Shoes: Valentino Garavani Rockstud Leather Caged Pump, $1070  /  Manolo Blahnik Suede Pumps, $665

Following suit, here are some bright sunny choices from Saks.com. I am obsessed with boots of all kinds but the Jonathan Simkhai vegan leather “tight boots” really steal the show this year, especially when paired with a feminine frock like these.  Soft clutches are all the rage and the two variations add a chic flair.

Dresses: Philip Lim Wool-Blend Flare Shirtdress, $695   /  Cult Gaia Willow Tie -Dye Maxi Dress, $558   /  Proenza  Schouler Crepe Seamed Dress, $1090  /  ML Monique Lhuillier Crinkle Chiffon, $333.  Bags: Chloe Judy Leather Crossbody Bag, $890  /   JW Anderson Clutch On Chain, $890. Shoes: Loeffler Randall Goldy Boots, $695  /   Jonathan Simkhai Vegan Leather Tight Boots, $765

Yellow and black is a perfect pairing, after all bumble bees do it so well. We call these “dinner tops.” Just add a great pair of black pants — Veronica Beard’s fit is sensational — slip on some pumps or high heeled boots and you are ready to go!

Tops: Max Mara Silk Printed Blouse, $795  /  Proenza Schouler Snakeskin Print Puff Sleeve, $350  /  Johnny Was Taly Evette Blouse, $250  / Piazza Sempione Floral Silk Shirt, $695. Jacket: Moschino Faux Fur Trim Jacket, $1685. Pants: Veronica Beard Core Hibiscus Pants, $450

There are startling facts about depression. As Audrey explained, it is the #1 cause of disability in this country; someone dies of suicide every 14 minutes because of depression, and it costs a billion dollars a year to the US economy.

Audrey’s idea was to create a dream team of scientists. “The creation of our Depression Task Force (DTF) ten years ago was like bringing the ‘justice league’ of neuroscience together. I’m proud to say that our DTF consists of our superheroes, who have collaborated to create the most advanced depression research in the country.” 2021 Research Report illuminates the ground breaking and far reaching research on the subject.

Is there anyone whose lives have not been affected personally by some form of depression? Join HDRF in their proactive quest for answers and solutions.

And please take a moment to watch a video on Task Force …

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