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WHAT I WORE: Yep, I Know

January 19, 2012

In honor of the Jan. 24 opening of LOVE, LOSS AND WHAT I WORE, Blumenthal staff members and others are sharing their memories about a favorite piece of clothing.


My personal fashion memory is as encyclopedic as my musical memory and just as powerful.

I can tell you exactly where I was the first time I heard Nirvana’s “Smells Like Teen Spirit” (Driving my Eagle Summit down Maumee near Harvard in Grosse Pointe Park).

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My recollection of what I wore when is nearly as voluminous. The wave of memories are incredibly jarring and comforting at the same time.

I can tell you what I wore on the first day as an intern at the Detroit News in 1996 (wideleg, high-waisted belted pants, white T-shirt, a thrifted fitted Banana Republic blazer and a cheetah print scarf tied like a choker necklace ).

Given today’s heightened style awareness at increasingly younger ages, I am beyond thankful that when I was in high school, the epitome of style was leggings and oversized oxford shirts or sweatshirts worn with bucks or birks.

That being said, I hope you’ll join me as I host a post-show talk back after the performance of LOVE, LOSS AND WHAT I WORE on Jan. 25* at the McGlohon Theater at Spirit Square.

The touring production of Nora Ephron and Delia Ephron’s intimate collection of vignettes and monologues is based on the best-selling book of the same name by Ilene Beckerman,  uses clothing and accessories and the memories they trigger to tell stories to which all women can relate.

I could go on and on about what the clothes I wore when meant, given the framework of hindsight. I recall thinking my cotton-candy pink junior prom dress (with shoes dyed to match, natch) was the bees knees. Now I see pics and wonder a) what was I smoking and b) why did no one tell me that the pale dress plus my pale skin made me look essentially nude?

It’s not a surprise that for senior prom, I chose a black cocktail dress with a deep back V, an updo and (inexplicably) elbow-length white satin gloves. I was trying to be grown up. For real.

LOVE, LOSS AND WHAT I WORE opens next Tuesday, Jan. 24 and runs through Sunday, Jan. 25, in the McGlohon Theater at Spirit SquareCLICK HERE for more information.

* Side Note:  Post-show discussions are schedule following these four performances:  Tuesday, Jan. 24, at 7:30 PM; Wednesday, Jan. 25, at 7:30 PM; Thursday, Jan. 26, at 7:30 PM; Sunday, Jan. 29, at 1:30 PM.


Rachel Sutherland is a former Style editor of The Charlotte Observer.  This piece originally appeared on her blog on Jan. 17, 2012.

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