Barbara Bozzuto, 66, was ablaze -- in both appearance and attitude -- for the Ruby Cabaret and its mission to raise money for Baltimore Choral Arts Society's education and outreach programs. Sure, red was the theme color for the event, but it also provided just the right seasonal kick for the Riderwood community volunteer. "I wanted something red because it's just been such a long, dreary winter," she said. That pop of color also reflected Bozzuto's affection for the event itself. She helmed the first Ruby Cabaret for BCAS seven years ago, naming it after the symbol for a 40th anniversary, which Choral Arts was then celebrating. "[There's] this wonderful hour of jazz and pop music. It's a lot of fun. ... It really is the right thing for this group because classical music can not be seen as boring and stuffy and who-wants-to-go-anyway. [My husband, Tom Bozzuto and I] come every year. We wouldn't miss it." Her style: "I'm really very conservative. I try to wear things that are flattering and yet kind of with-it. I'm too old to be dressing the way all these fabulous young girls do. I try to dress my age." Her ensemble: Belstaff red silk tuxedo shirt dress from Ruth Shaw. Gold and crystal filigree disc earrings from Bijoux Inspired Jewels. Two Alexis Bittar bangles and Jimmy Choo natural python peep-toe platform slingback pumps, both bought in New York City. Gold chain bracelet with gold French franc charm that was her grandmother's. Handmade tortoise shell mosaic evening bag she's had for a while. Quality Lasts: "I buy good clothing that lasts a long time. I have Armani suits that I've been wearing for 14 years." Her cardinal rule: "I really regard red -- in an old-fashioned '70s way -- as a power color, we used to say. I have a red Donna Karan suit. And I have a red Armani sweater. So once in while, I drag these things out when I want to feel cheerful and in charge."
Photo by Karen Jackson, For The Baltimore Sun