Analysis: Silda Wall Spitzer’s Triumphant Return to the Spotlight

Silda Wall Spitzer
Photo: Getty Images

So Silda Wall Spitzer made her first red-carpet appearance last night for her Children for Children charity at Christie's. She didn't answer questions from the press, but she did make a sly reference to the hell she's endured ever since it came to light that her husband, former governor Eliot Spitzer, had a prostitution habit. "I would like to thank you all for being here with all my heart," she told the crowd. "I hope that your spring has been less eventful." Eventful, to say the least: Silda, who gave up her high-powered corporate-law career to take care of her children and support her husband, had her world turned upside down when Eliot stepped down from office. But you know what? You wouldn't know it to look at her. "She looks pretty hot, doesn't she?" the evening's MC, Cynthia McFadden, said to the audience, who gave Silda a standing ovation. "She said you are going to make her cry by standing up."

Aww. Cynthia was right — Silda looked amazing. To gauge what her look said about her state of mind, we talked to editorial and celebrity stylist Sam Spector, who walked us through her outfit. "Silda looks radiant with her brilliant smile and her bold red dress," the stylist explained. "The dress sends an interesting mixed message — while it is demure enough to suggest she might be standing by her man, it is playful enough to suggest she may be ready for a fresh start," explains Spector, who has worked with celebs like Ryan Reynolds, Amy Sedaris, and Lake Bell. "She is keeping it simple, with few accessories, and letting the dress make the statement with its prominent bow."

"Not all women can pull off a big bow on their tummy, but Silda does it with grace, like she handled the entire scandal," Spector says. "On a side note, who plans ahead to match the event’s logo? Bravo, lady!"

Sam Spector [Official site]