Truman Capote’s Black and White Ball Inspiration

New York lost a legend last week- forever Mayor in my heart, Ed Koch. It had me thinking a lot (as I often do) about New York nostalgia, particularly one of New York’s most iconic celebrations: Truman Capote’s Black and White Ball at The Plaza Hotel. I am obsessed with this party that happened in way back in 1966, which I distinctly remember reading all about in a Vanity Fair piece by Amy Fine Collins when I was just in college. Planned/designed by socialite and fashionista Babe Paley, It’s the subject of a book (which I am tortured by the fact that I haven’t read), but more than anything, it’s a fabulous source of inspiration! Black and White as a color palette has lost favor in the last few seasons, but here are some thoughts to keep it interesting. Image via Voxsartoria.
Truman Capote's Black and White Ball
First, your gown. Nothing channels 1960’s Glamour quite like this Boatneck Sheath from Pronovias. (via Chic Vintage Brides)
Pronovias Gown with 1960's Glamour
For your bouquet, look to this gorgeous Belle Fleur bouquet done for a black and white shoot for a .
Belle Fleur Bouquet
Now, for the original ball, Capote invited 540 of his “closest friends” and sent them engraved Tiffany & Co. Invitations. Apparently, people who weren’t invited left town for the weekend and one man called Capote and said his wife had threatened to kill herself if she wasn’t invited. Being the nice guy that Capote was he of course invited her and then told everyone why she had been invited. So, back to the stationery. Keep it simple and elegant and true to form with something engraved from Dempsey and Carroll. Hold on to your hats because this is about as trendy as a Chanel suit, but this save the date gushes with simple elegance. (via Martha Stewart) Dempsey & Carroll Classic Save the Date
For your cake, I like this petite, but glamorous black and white beauty (via Pinterest).
Black and White petite cake.
For your decor, don’t be afraid to keep it simple, but elegant. Here a loft we designed back in 2007 gets the Black and White treatment with some added edge via Black taper candles.
Black and White wedding by AaB Creates
Of course, the one thing you shouldn’t be inspired by is Capote’s bitchy little attitude! Apparently he was quite the “Bridezilla”…
Capote at his Ball

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