Sunday, August 30, 2009
Saturday, August 29, 2009
The dress oozes effortless 1930's gorgeousness and I adore the open keyhole back and the bead work on the bust line. Along with the hair and the gorgeous bouquet, she looks a bit like a fairy princess who has just stepped out of an Edwardian children's book. This is totally not my look (these unforgiving 1930's style dresses don't do much for my figure), but I can appreciate how perfect it is on Milla.
Wednesday, August 26, 2009
On the high fashion runways of the last couple of seasons it has been all about the 1980's. Now the 1940's is being heralded as the decade dujour. Both the 1980's and the 1940's were heavy on dramatic shoulders but where the 80's was often flamboyant, the 1940's was subtly sophisticated.
The September issue of US Vogue has a great shoot, styled by the uber talented Grace Coddington, that celebrates the 1940's and highlights the designs that will no doubt be knocked off and mounted in many a shopping mall window display soon.
Karen Elson looks very Joan Crawford here and utterly gorgeous.
It is quite fitting that model Karen Elson was chosen for this shoot as she is a big vintage fan, often seen out and about in unique pieces. She even co-owns a vintage store in Nashville, Venus & Mars.
Tuesday, August 25, 2009
Queens of Vintage ferrets out some of the best vintage finds on EBay for you, celebrates foxy vintage loving girls of all persuasions from across the globe, and has loads of inspiring pics, instructional videos, great giveaways and much more.
Pic above from one of my recommended stores, Grandma Takes a Trip. The racks at Grandma have provided me with some of my most oft worn pieces. And the Bondi store is only a ten minute walk from my apartment. Very dangerous indeed!
Sunday, August 23, 2009
I won't go into the various trials and tribulations I went through in getting out to Wahroonga today, except to say I left my house at 9.30am this morning and finally walked through the gates at 1pm! I was definitely wishing I still had a car, but my one consolation is that I read three quarters of the first Sookie Stackhouse book Dead Until Dark (what it is about vampires lately?) while I waited for various modes of transport.
This was the queue when I finally made it to the house. As you can see the line was long, but it was breathtaking weather and I was delighted by all the women, men, boys and girls dressed to perfection in their best 50's duds.
The stalls, with everything from dresses, handbags, kooky home wares, records, magazines and more, made my heart smile and there was a camaraderie created by being in a space with so many others with a love for last century's most stylish decade.
I loved these cupcakes with 50's icons Audrey, Elvis and Marilyn on top. They were mighty delicious too.
The end of a long journey deserves a reward and considering there was no champagne on arrival (I believe they'd even run out of water), I decided to purchase these goodies instead.
Cute raffia purse in great condition which I hope to take for a spin with my high-waisted denim shorts or new high-waisted denim skirt, bought from Marnie Skillings yesterday.
Apricot floral party dress with matching three-quarter jacket, which fits me like a glove. This was from the lovely girls at Coco Repose, one of Surry Hill's must see vintage havens. I totally don't need this dress but I also totally wanted it. It might get an outing for a friend's wedding soon (any excuse) and I reckon I can mix and match the lovely jacket with many of my other dresses and jeans too.
The girls said it was their first 50's Fair and trade certainly seemed brisk. Fingers crossed many more of their dresses found their Cinderella's today. Normally you can find them at 82 Fitzroy Street in Surry Hills, Tuesday through Sunday.
Saturday, August 22, 2009
Whenever I spot Leslie out and about she always looks fresh and cute and she is so, so funny. Watching the scene in Knocked Up where she has the fight with the bouncer outside the club, I laughed so hard I almost cracked my face.
The whole Oscar de la Renta resort collection is pretty spectacular. It is a little bit Coco Chanel, has a twist of nautical and is a whole lot of pared back prettiness. You can check it out on his website. It will only knock you back about US$3,000 for a dress ... the cost of getting my laser eye surgery or the catering for my wedding (I'm laughing right now).
Thank goodness for vintage and knock-offs.
Tuesday, August 18, 2009
Saturday, August 15, 2009
The Antonio Beradi dress looks amazing and would look totally rubbish on me. I guess that is why I'm a mere mortal and not Karl Lagerfield's muse.
Oh well; such is life.
Friday, August 14, 2009
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.
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.