I got scolded at last Sunday’s Easter On Parade for not sending a red alert via GAYRVA.COM that the gays would be wearing shorts (sorry Paul).
I’m making up for my omission in anticipation of this weekend’s Equality Virginia Commonwealth Dinner – one of my favorite social events of the year.
Richmond’s LGBT community doesn’t get many fancy occasions to go all out, but when they do – whoa.
Yes – this event about the supporting an important organization, but it’s about the fashion too. I secretly want Kathy Griffin to be there and want to work a red carpet with her.
The official dress code is “black tie or cocktail attire” which leaves much space for interpretation. Let’s embrace.
I love a lesbian in a classic tux or a gay man in a bedazzled vest. You don’t see these expressive statements everyday, so celebrate it. My Commonwealth Dinner experience would not be complete without experiencing a velour blazer and accompanying broach.
But while festive, Hawaiian shirts do not constitute cocktail attire (yes – you’ve seen this).
Let’s be clear. Money is tight – and this event is about supporting EV, so in our downward economy, there is no need to spend a lot to impress. A suit and tie is fully appropriate alternative to a full tuxedo for men. That was my personal choice my first year in attendance.
During year number two and the first with my handsome fellow on arm, we rented matching tuxes and we shared classic white-rose boutonnières.
“Are you two going to prom?” — I guess we opened ourselves up to our own faux pas.
Last year, I went back to a basic gray suit and this year, I’m leaning towards a festive bow tie for the event.
And while I am not personally bold enough for sequins – mad props to you whoever rocks a sparkly jacket!
See you Saturday.
Equality Virginia’s Commonwealth Dinner is Saturday, April 14 at 6:30 p.m. at the Greater Richmond Convention Center. For more information on Equality Virginia, visit http://equalityvirginia.org.
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