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Hell yeah, it’s a holiday sale!

NOW THROUGH CHRISTMAS, at my Etsy shop!

 

Party on! Right now, everything in my shop is 25% off, which is a great start to a happy holidays for you and the vintage lovers in your life! Better still, all orders of $50 and more get FREE SHIPPING within the US!

Treat yourself to holiday gems, like this early 1960s mink trimmed suit.

Was $145.00, now only $109.00!

Or this warm and stylish velvet and tweed cape from Raymond of London!

Was $70.00, now only $52.50!

Turn up the holiday bling in this Victoria Royal sweater:

Regular price $29.99, now only $22.50

Splurge on yourself with this incredible and rare 1950s/60s Louisa Spagnoli dress:

Regular $175.00, now only $130.00

Or show off a perky pink version of holiday cheer in this Lilli Diamond party dress!

Marked down from $50.00 to only $37.50

There’s no wrong way to save money, and it’s not naughty to be nice to yourself! So give the gift of vintage – scarves and handbags are a great one-size-fits all stocking stuffer, and you can always find something in your size (no matter large or small!) and start dropping links and hints on your Secret Santa!

So get shopping already!

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Guess who’s back!

I’m back, from outer space! (or, from Alabama.)

So, about all that blogging I was planning on doing on the joys of costuming? Didn’t happen. For the last couple months, I’ve been so busy I barely had time to keep up with my email, much less my blog. But, I had a great time in spite of the stress and challenges, and most importantly, the show looked FANTASTIC. I know I am a bit biased, but the costumes were excellent and the cast looked gorgeous.

And now, life is back to normal.

Which means that my Etsy shop is back to normal, too! Most importantly, my shipping schedule is back to normal. I have about a million new things to post, so check back here or at my store for the latest. Expect a major sale in the very near future, as well – it’s a little late for spring cleaning (at least in Florida, anyway), but I’m ready to clean house all the same! I will, of course, post all about it when the time comes.

I feel like I’m slowly reacquainting myself with the internet at large – I’ve had such limited time to keep myself informed about the fashion world and what’s going on in the realm of vintage clothes. Here are a few things that caught my eye of late:

Couture Allure’s 4 part series looking at the designs of Luis Estevez – so gorgeous:

1960 Part 1

1960 Part 2

1961 Part 1

1961 Part 2


The Sartorialist has been running a vintage photo contest, with some really stunning selections. They’re peppered throughout his blog, but check out some of my favorites:

“With the Boys”

“Majorca”

“Eatmore”

“Alejandro & Mom”


Michelle Obama in Peter Soronen, on Mrs. O:

She’s so pretty! Click the picture for the full link, with more shots of this beautiful ensemble.


The FIDM Museum Blog posted a great interview with Deborah Cook, costume designer for the animated film Coraline: read it here.


That’s all for now. I’m glad to be back! Don’t forget to check out my Etsy shop for pretty vintage things!

David Bowie Interviews Alexander McQueen; Dazed Magazine 1996

David Bowie wearing a coat by McQueen for 1997's Earthling

Dazed magazine posted an interview done in 1996 of the late Alexander McQueen by the the Sovereign himself, David Bowie. The two famously collaborated early in McQueen’s career, notably for Bowie’s Earthling tour which featured costumes like the fabulous Union Jack coat pictured above. At the time of the interview, the two had never met in person despite having worked together for over a year. Some highlights…

…on working in the corporate fashion world:

DB: So how are you going to work in these circumstances [at Givenchy]? Do you feel as though you’re going to have rules and parameters placed on you, or what?
AM: Well, yeah, but you know I can only do it the way I do it. That’s why they chose me and if they can’t accept that, they’ll have to get someone else. They’re going to have no choice at the end of the day because I work to my own laws and requirements, not anyone’s else’s. I sound a bit like yourself!

…a wicked ice-burn on Armani:

DB: Armani says, ‘Fashion is dead’.
AM: Oh, so is he… I mean, God…

…the inevitable “isn’t that sad in the wake of his recent suicide” quote:

DB: Do you think of clothes themselves as being a way of torturing society?
AM: I don’t put such an importance on clothes, anyway. I mean at the end of the day they are, after all, just clothes and I can’t cure the world of illness with clothes. I just try to make the person that’s wearing them feel more confident in themselves because I am so unconfident. I’m really insecure in a lot of ways and I suppose my confidence comes out in the clothes I design anyway. I’m very insecure as a person.

I am an embarrassingly big fan of David Bowie, and this blog should leave no question of my devotion and love of all things McQueen, so any conversation between the two is kind of like porn for me. Too bad it was conducted over the phone, and therefore didn’t result in any charming photo ops of the two laughing at each others’ charms over a spot of tea, or whatever British people do when they assemble in groups. Cricket, maybe? Now those would be some cute pictures.

Read it all on Dazed Digital; link via Fashionista.

Not Fashion, Just Awesome – OK Go’s Rube Goldberg Video

Like it says in the title, it’s not fashion (unless you consider paint splattered jumpsuits the new hotness), but it is really effing cool. OK Go has a reputation for nifty music videos, and this one appeals to the Mousetrap playing kid in me. Watch and marvel.

Via Topless Robot.

Alexander McQueen on Charlie Rose

Boing Boing points out a recent episode of Charlie Rose that features a replay of a 1997 interview with recently deceased Lee McQueen.

The interview with McQueen is heartbreaking, but enlightening. I love what he has to say about his ideal woman as strong and independent, not naive. He says, “I don’t like her to look as though she could be taken advantage of.” He also talks briefly about his much maligned tenure at Givenchy with a charming sort of cheek – “I think it put most people in a coma,” he says in regards to accepting the position of head designer.

But there are moments in the interview that hint, perhaps, at some of the personal struggles that might have led to his recent suicide. When Charlie Rose asks how hard he has worked, McQueen replies, “Too hard,” with no hesitation.

“Sometimes you sit back, and you wonder what you’re doing it for,” he says.

Later, Lee McQueen laughs as he says, “I can never go through this again. Once is enough.”

How sad.

On a less dark note, the round table discussion preceding the McQueen interview is quite interesting – it’s long, but touches on great points regarding fashion as a business versus fashion as a “dream”. Designer Narciso Rodriguez, NYT’s Cathy Horyn, J Crew CEO Millard Drexler, and Elle Magazine’s Roberta Myers all have interesting things to say, and their perspectives from all different points of the industry – design, retail, magazines, and newspapers – provide for a well-rounded discussion. Watch it if you have the time.

See the full clip here, on Hulu. The 1997 interview with McQueen starts at around 45 minutes in.

Original link via Boing Boing.

Cover Girl Tina Fey Talks Fashion for Vogue

Link: Tina Fey Opens Up to Vogue’s Johnathan Van Meter…

The hilarious and lovely Tina Fey has been photographed by Mario Testino for the cover of this month’s Vogue magazine. Johnathan Van Meter talks with the refreshingly normal superstar in a great piece that talks about fashion, feminism, and boob tape.

Some highlights…

…on being normal:

“I don’t fit the mold,” she says. “In this country, success usually happens when you are 22 and six feet tall…I feel like I represent normalcy in some way. What are your choices today in entertainment? People either represent youth, power, or sexuality. And then there’s me, carrying normalcy.”

…on white denim:

One day when Fey was in high school, she went to the Springfield Mall with her friend Sandee and came upon an outfit that spoke to her inner bad girl. “Talk about the power of clothes to make you feel like more than you are,” she says as if she had just tried the outfit on this morning. “It was a white denim suit: a fitted skirt above the knee, and then the top was a jacket with a turned-up collar that you could zip all the way up. It probably had three-quarter sleeves, and it was very fitted through the waist. I remember thinking, I look fantastic in this. I have really come into my own in my white denim suit.”

…on fashion shows:

“I get invited to fashion shows,” says Fey, “but I feel like I’d get busted if I went to them. People would be like, Who you tryin’ to be?”

…on fashion and feminism:

“I spend most of my time in my daily life trying to be like a fashion noncombatant. My hands are up! I’m not even trying! That said, to talk about the impact of fashion is really interesting. I think so much of it is tied into feminism. I am a post-baby boomer who has been handed a sort of Spice Girls’ version of feminism. We’re supposed to be wearing half-shirts and jumping around. And, you know, maybe that’s not panning out. But you can tell different generations of women by whether or not they wear that Hillary Clinton blue power suit or the reappropriated Playboy-symbol necklace worn ironically. I think women dress for other women to let them know what their deal is. Because if women were only dressing for men, there would be nothing but Victoria’s Secret. There would be no Dior.”

Check out the whole article on Vogue.com. Tina Fey’s outlook on femininity, fashion, and body image are so charmingly realistic and straightforward; I know it’s been said a thousand times but she really is a fantastic role model for women of all ages. And she’s pretty damn funny, to boot.

Image via Vogue.com

Donna Karan: "We’re Killing Our Own Industry"

Link: Donna Karan: “We’re Killing Our Own Industry”

Wish I could have been there! Last night, Donna Karan and FIT’s Valerie Steele sat down for a discussion at Parsons about the current state of the fashion industry. Fashionologie reports:

She not only wants to change the clothing delivery schedule, but also the fashion show schedule.

“When I launched my company, the shows were in April and May, now they’re in February. So my question to this industry, and I say it to myself for my own company: Why am I showing clothes in February? I don’t want the consumer to see next week [at New York Fashion Week] what is going to be in stores in Fall, because it’s confusing. In the movie industry, the consumer doesn’t know about the movies until they’re ready to come out. Why do we give the consumer so much information about fashion six or seven months beforehand? It makes no sense to me.”

In regards to the modern iteration of the fashion show, she says:

“We need fashion shows, but that’s industry, it’s not for the general public. All the communication has to stop. It doesn’t go out on the wire, it doesn’t go out on the Internet, it doesn’t get out for the manufacturers to copy the designs. I mean, we’re killing our own industry … There’s too much information going out there. We have to learn the word restriction.”

I know that as a fashion blogger, I should be wildly opposed to the notion that fashion shows shouldn’t be filled with Tavi Gevinsons, Bryan Boys, and a smattering of paid-appearance A-listers. In truth, though, I mostly agree with Donna Karan on this one. The three ring circus that make up any city’s fashion week is great for tabloid fodder and “Tweet as fast as you can” style coverage, but it really breaks down into an overload of information that’s just not that informative. I have as much fun as the next girl reading the Fug Girls’ daily recaps during New York Fashion Week, but their coverage is most definitely celebrity based – who showed up where looking like which character from Dynasty. Good fun, but how relevant can that really be from an industry standpoint?

On the other hand, I think that closing off all media access to fashion shows may be going a bit too far. If they really made them industry exclusive, the whole thing would turn into Cartmanland – and you can’t come! – except I think it would end in stiletto heels being used as weaponry as the gate crashers took gate crashing to violent new heights.


So much to do at Fashion Week, but you can’t come! …especially you Stan and Kyle.

Then again, maybe I’m just jealous that I’m not the one sitting stone faced on the front row, Blackberry waiting like a six shooter to be drawn in an Old West shootout of name-dropping microblogs.

Anyway, read the whole article on Fashionologie. It’s very interesting, and Donna Karan’s ideas are a refreshingly honest and frank. Here’s hoping someone in the sold-out audience was listening!

Jean Paul Gaultier Interview from Telegraph

Link: Jean Paul Gaultier Interview from Telegraph

Monsieur Gaultier’s time is obviously of the essence and yet he is happily chatting away, telling me how he designed a corset for his cat. (It’s always about corsets with him, it seems.) ‘Do you know,’ he says, ‘that cats can’t wear corsets?’ He giggles a little. ‘Do you ’ave a cat?’

I tell him I do.

‘Have you ever tied something round his middle?’

I tell him I haven’t.

‘They can’t stand!’ he says. ‘Not at all! They just fall over.

I know because I tried!’

Corsets on cats? I think we’d get along famously. This is a cute interview; worth a read.

Link Explosion – Dialing it in for the New Year

My natural laziness and the holiday blitz have conspired to keep me away from blogging recently, and in fact are still conspiring to keep me from doing any meaningful blogging now. Instead I’ve compiled a link-tastic link-splosion of deliciously linky links to the fashion-related whatnot that’s caught my eye of late. By badly generalized category, let’s begin with…

SHAMELESS BUDDY PROMOTION:


image from Fucked at the Ballet

Go get Fucked at the Ballet! It’s a smart(ass) blog for smart(ass) dancers, written by my homegirl. Read it if you are a dancer, if you were a dancer, if you are dating a dancer, or if you watched Center Stage and have since been tempted to end all arguments by rudely declaring, “I am the best goddamn dancer at the American Ballet Academy. Who the hell are you? Nobody.”


BLOGGING HYPERBOLE:

The New York Times explains how Prada (and others) don’t know how to use these mysterious inter-nets; and did you know Alexander McQueen did a live broadcast of his most recent runway show? Had you heard that mentioned before? Maybe once, or twice, or all the goddamn time?

The New York Times would also like to know if you have heard of these “fashion bloggers”? The fashion industry has!


image from Gawker

Gawker has, too, in this hilariously spot-on rebuttal to the above NYT article. They say it better than I could, so go read theirs and imagine me saying, “Yeah, uh huh, exactly that!” at the end.


EVERYTHING OLD [IS STILL OLD, BUT THAT’S COOL, TOO]:

Mad Men provides fodder for yet another fashion related article; this time for aspiring Roger Sterlings and the re-emergence of the well dressed young man, specifically in contrast to the particularly unfashionable older generation. My dad’s style icon is Brett Favre, so yeah, this article is pretty spot on.


image from FIDM Museum & Galleries

The FIDM Museum & Galleries blog serves up some tasty 70s Marimekko treats. This blog is always full of both eye and brain candy, and I adore Marimekko anything. Yum yum yum!

Lizzie at The Vintage Traveler posted
an interview with Theresa LeQuay, a vintage pattern collector and designer. It’s a great piece that combines a few of my favorite things – sewing, designing, and collecting vintage.


OMG SO PRETTY:


image via The Glossy

The Glossy has pictures of Balenciaga’s Spring 06 collection, illuminated over glowing mannequins that highlight their impeccable design and fantastically sculptural shapes. The photos were taken for Pop Magazine, because I apparently needed an excuse to hunt down one more overpriced, picture heavy fashion mag for my ever-expanding stash.


image via sandrabacklund.com

Worn Through looks at some of Sandra Backlund’s mind blowing knit designs. Bonus points for the picture of glamorous alien Tilda Swinton looking like one of the yarn people of Nylar 4 (and double bonus points to you if you catch that reference).

An all-too-quick look into the workshop/laboratory of Maison Martin Margiela. Anybody that’s ever saved an innocuous piece of junk from a trash can, and then fired up the hot glue gun with the intention of gluing that piece of junk to another piece of junk to create a new, larger, more creative piece of junk, wishes that they got these kind of results. It’s really the highest attainable state for every duct-tape-prom-dress-wearing-crafty-so-and-so that ever dreamed the dream of making something from nothing. Myself included, minus the duct tape prom dress.


image via The Pipeline

The Pipeline on Refinery29 shows off hand made papercut origami wig hats. So pretty. I haven’t even gotten into my eternal and abiding love for all things origami on this blog, but suffice to say, origami FTW.


Those links should keep you busy for a while – at least long enough for me to cowboy up and get back on the blogging train. In the meantime, continue to enjoy the last dregs of your holiday season, and enjoy your new year with tidings of comfort, joy, and all the cheap champagne you can get your grubby paws on, you lush.

Sh!t I Apparently Can Afford Sunday – Rodarte for Target

It’s a special edition of “Sh!t I Can’t Afford Sunday” today! For this week only, this feature is going to be more aptly titled “Sh!t I Apparently Can Afford Sunday.” Why the change? Did I finally get around to hocking my kidney on the black market and now find myself slightly lighter and considerably wealthier? Nah, nothing so dramatic. But today is the day the Rodarte collection debuted for sale at Target stores and online, and instead of bitching about things I can’t buy, I decided to go test the limits of my credit card and do a little shopping.

It was fun! Unlike in NYC, nobody in my podunk-ass Target was giving the collection more than a passing glance. Fine for me; I got my absolute pick of the lot. I am normally a bit color shy, but I decided to just go balls-to-the-wall (for me) and get the mustard yellow lace cardigan and skirt, and gosh darn it, I like it!

Rodarte Mustard

And at around $30 bucks a piece, it definitely didn’t break the bank.

I was surprised at how cute this sequinned snow leopard print dress looked on me. So I bought it, too!

Rodarte Leopard

This whole collection is really quite pretty. The flirty, feminine dresses weren’t really my style, but even the girliest of them looked better on than I thought they would. The excesses of tulle evoked classical ballet tutus without making you feel like you’d be coughing up netting after a night out. I’m pleased with the fit and sizing, as well. The dresses and skirts were short enough to be sassy without showing off all your lady parts, and the cardigans and tops hit at a very flattering place on my figure.

The only thing I’m bummed about is that the Target I was shopping at didn’t have any of the accessories. I was really wanting to get the belt in (at least) black, and of course, they’re already sold out online. Wicked bummer! Altogether, though, the collection available in my store was pretty thorough – a couple pieces were not available (notably, the ribcage dress – which I probably wouldn’t have bought, but at least wanted to try on), but they compensated by including pieces I hadn’t seen featured in the pre-release photos.

One of the ones I hadn’t seen was the pretty printed raincoat.

I bought it, because god knows it’s rainy enough in Florida to justify it many times over. It’s super lightweight, so it should be good through the summer (well…most of the summer, anyway). And it comes with its own bag; how cute is that?

Job well done all around, today. Kudos to Rodarte for a nicely designed, very wearable collection, and kudos to Target for doing this whole “designer stuff for cheap” thing. I went to town on the McQ collection last year; and I’ll probably do the same for the Zac Posen line coming up next year. Finally, kudos to me! I think I deserve it, for the blissful buying coma I managed to put myself in for the rest of the day. It’ll be business as usual next week with a showcase of coveted clothing I can’t afford, but for accuracy’s sake, I may have to change the title to “Sh!t I Could Have Afforded If I Hadn’t Blown A Lot Of Money On Rodarte For Target Stuff.”

Images from The Cut.
Shop (what’s left of) the Rodarte for Target collection online here.