By: Emily Y.
You know that game where you dream up your ultimate dinner party composed of celebs alive or no longer with us? Let’s take the game a bit further. I’ll tell you who my five ideal guests would be (including myself, 6 is about the max amount of people I could cook for without starting to freak out a bit) and what I would wear, depending on the type of dinner party we are having.
MY FIVE DREAM GUESTS
1. Janelle Monaé
I can’t even. She’s got, like, a whole universe in her vision. Honestly if I were to meet her I would probably just cry the whole time and she would be like “yes hello why?” If she didn’t feel like attending, I’d be cool if Cindi Mayweather came instead.
2. Anaïs Nin
Her diaries (of which I’ve read about ten volumes) have changed my life.
3. Frida Kahlo
She was an amazing artist, and I love how she didn’t ever apologize for taking up space.
4. Mindy Kaling
I have read Is Everyone Hanging Out Without Me? three times and she is a boss. I also think that of all of us she probably has the best social skills and could run the show while I’m doing shots in the bathroom with Frida Kahlo.
5. Anita Sarkeesian
I still think that Sarkeesian is the most well-spoken woman I have ever had the privilege of meeting. I almost fainted when I met her. I hope the second time around, this dream dinner party, I will be able to keep it together.
MY DREAM OUTFITS
Drinks and appetizers
Above: Tanya Taylor Fall 2014
Why: This looks comfortable, feminine, and fierce. I love that neon touch, it’s perfectly irreverent.
The evening: We play drinking games, Frida Kahlo obviously wins. Anita Sarkeesian is kind enough to hold my hair back when I’ve had too much to drink, Janelle Monaé ignores us all and rifles through my record collection.
The eight-course, gold-plate affair
Above: Stella Jean Fall 2014
Why: When it comes to dressing super fancy, I could totally see myself picking something a little unusual. Or I would just panic and dress down and wear the Emilia Wickstead dress below.
Above: Emilia Wickstead Fall 2014
The evening: I rent out the fanciest penthouse hotel room in the city and we have alarmingly handsome butlers serve us a crazy-fancy meal. We all dine at a luxurious pace because the conversation is so good, and afterwards there are fireworks, Mindy Kaling, Anais Nin, and myself take selfies as the fireworks go off in the background.
Gilmore Girls-esque carb fest
Why: These are the greatest ladylike pajamas ever that I could actually wear to a dinner party. Gotta be comfy if we’re gonna eat like Rory and LG. And yes I would wear that much eyeliner.
The evening: Janelle Monaé and I bond over our love for sci-fi and fantasy as we play with my two cats. Frida Kahlo and Anita Sarkeesian construct elaborate food pyramids and structures out of all the nachos, mozza sticks, popcorn, pizza, and donuts.
Above: Jenny Packham Spring 2015
Why: This dress is salon night. Floaty and chic, but structured enough to accompany an evening of debate, innovation, and general bonding.
The evening: The six of us sit down and hammer out how to actually make the girl gang paradise of our dreams while the champagne flows. Janelle Monaé naturally leads the conversation as she has the Electro Phi Betas up and running. We are interrupted only to stop and enjoy some poetry or whatever, and there is also a string quartet playing lively/appropriate music the whole time.
Above: Vivienne Tam Spring 2015
Why: This dress is beautiful and I kinda love how the amazing embroidery was paired with such a drab grey colour. Plus its formal enough for the occasion.
The evening: We crash a horribly dull wedding or other similarly fancy occasion but the hosts are totally okay with it of course. The six of us take over the head table and someone is inspired to paint us a la The Last Supper but without the ominous circumstances. We turn it into an amazing party–the best music, exotic (and ethically kept) animals, a drumline, dancing ’til dawn, entertainment, acrobats, Gatsby-levels of crazy, and we invite all our favourite friends to join us.