The event was last night. Black sparkly cocktail suit worked fine. Black stockings, red suede shoes I got last week at Bloomingdale's outlet--like ballet flats, but with a high back and strap around the ankle. (Nicer looking--and more comfortable--than the black patent flats I thought I'd wear.) Diamond lavaliere, diamond stud earrings. For a purse, a Tibetan embroidered red satin envelope bag on a long braided strap.
My outfit was fancier than some, not as fancy as others. At least I did not stand out. Thanks for your help!