Where New York’s Most In-Demand Consultant Gets Her Pre-Met Gala Party Dress

Sanchez doesn’t need an intro to vintage, but this understated Williamsburg wardrobe centerpiece is perfect for her pre-Met gala party options. Recently, she was inspired by the 1975 film Mahogany, with Diana Ross. Set in South Chicago, the film centers on Ross’ character, Tracy, who works at a glitzy department store and attends fashion design school at night. Throughout the film, we see plenty of glitzy nightlife, but also more subdued looks for daytime scenes. “She has big dreams,” Sanchez says. “We have respect for our daughter who works with her American bustle from day to night. She has her jeans on and glamour. Sanchez also referenced ’70s New York street portraits by Bruce Gilden and Jamal Shabazz, as well as photos of his own mother from the ’80s, to inform his outfit. “Tight jeans with big hair, a low v-neck and lots of jewelry,” she says.

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Sorbara takes all that into account with her sweaters for Sanchez. For one look, Sanchez tries on a pair of dark wash denim jeans and a Chanel v-neck vest. In it, she looks like a fast-talking 70s New York girl. While we all love this outfit, we crave some glamour. Next, Sanchez tries on a set of black dresses. There is a long black Halston dress that opens in the front. (“Maybe I’d wear this with some kind of pants?” Sanchez wonders.) But the real show-stopper is a body-hugging black dress from Calvin Klein Collection that covers the whole body. “It’s a bit Bianca Jagger,” Sanchez says. It has that megawatt appeal while being understated. The quality is impeccable and no tailoring is necessary. The dress also allows Sanchez to appreciate the evolution of her style. “I spent much of my 20s in bedrooms with all the men. I didn’t wear the tightest or the lowest of anything. It was about competing in those spaces,” she says. Now I feel safe and I want to look amazing and glamorous.” That’s the power of a good dress.

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