Friday, August 14, 2009

My Own Piece of Vintage Hawaii

Has arrived! Bizarrely enough my Malia dress was quicker to arrive from Florida than some DVD's and books I'm waiting on from Melbourne. Go figure.

The print on the dress is too cute for words and it fits like a glove. The weather forecast for Sunday is an unseasonably warm 28 degrees, so it may get a public outing sooner than expected.

I promised a shout-out to the fabulous vintage vendor I purchased the dress from on E-bay. Denise from Magnificent Vintage has been operating for over thirty years and sells an impressive range of designer and non-designer vintage items in a variety of price ranges, with a particularly great selection of 60's and 70's frocks.

One of the best things about vintage is that because current high fashion is so cyclical -largely interpreting trends from the past - eagle eyed shoppers can dress on trend by buying directly from the past for a fraction of the cost of new designer duds, and at far better quality than the chain store rip-offs too.

In the midst of some truly disturbing 80's retreads, one trend that I'm loving at the moment is prints, from floral to pop-art and all manner of eye-catching loveliness in between. Oscar de la Renta, Stella McCartney, Balenciaga and design house of the moment, Balmain, have all been sending prints down the catwalk of late. Here are a few of the fabulous florals you can pick up at the Magnificent Vintage E-bay store right now.

A wool-blend floral mini-dress with pockets equals so hot right now.

I had to show the back-view of this gorgeous halter-neck which is very reminiscent of Oscar de la Renta's 2009 collection. It would look equally delectable on Joan Hollway of Mad Men or Scarlett Johannson.

The perfect spring party frock which is rocking a very now one-shouldered look.

A Pucci-esque strapless mini, this dress also has an adjustable sash in the back and some stretch, so it will hug your curves in all the right places.

I really like the print on this 70's dress which methinks could work for day or night.

These vintage purses are also super cute and definitely spring worthy.

And okay, okay, I admit that Hawaiiana isn't exactly on trend, but I just had to include this pink and green sarong dress because I love it. I could feel just like Rita Hayworth or Dorothy Lamour.

And the Aussie dollar is at 85c US ... very, very dangerous.

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