Retrospect Vintage Spring Window, April 2012
Queen of the mod scene in London’s swinging sixties era, Mary Quant set the style with her bold geometric designs heavily influenced by pop art that was popular at that time. She is most famous for being credited with inventing the mini skirt, which she made in an attempt to liberate women because in a skirt so short “it’s easier to run for the bus”. If only a mini skirt were still considered practical! I have yet to come across one of Quant’s pieces as many are in private collections, but it’s okay to dream so here are some of my favorite looks created by this lovely lady:
This post is in celebration of one of my dearest and loveliest friends who earned her wings today! My Amy is officially a flight attendant for Skywest Airlines. Now the girl who was completely amazed and enthralled as we walked past the community gardens on South Street- “Oh…My….Gosh….There are GARDENS in the CITY?!”- will be traveling to major cities across the country everyday! In honor of this occasion, this post of retro flight attendants is dedicated to Amy. Congratulations!
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From the hectic mess of my college graduation to my latest awkward date, what to wear wasn’t a problem thanks to the talented eye and stylish sensibility of Jenn Friberg, buyer and founder of Raw Goods Vintage. Celebrating 700 sales on Etsy, this lady brings vintage lovers pristine pieces from a variety of decades. Raw Goods Vintage offers fun and flirty garments that fall into one’s wardrobe with a wear-ability and pair-ability that always result in compliments and the envy of those who didn’t find it first.
Suzy Perette was a fashion company based in New York City that made affordable dresses in the 1950s inspired by expensive Parisian designs. One of my favorite vintage fashion lines, a Suzy Perette dress is unmistakably special.
Anymore, the word “vintage” is simply thrown around to describe anything and everything, so much so that the clothing I grew up wearing can be called vintage and I’m only twenty-three years old. Suzy Perette, however, is not your typical poly-blend eighties silouhette that if not styled precisely has that sad Mormon-like feel to it. These pieces are beautifully tailored in rich fabrics that maintain their subtle glisten even after sixty years.
Myself in Suzy Perette and a Saks Fifth Avenue wool cape, 1950s along with my sister Genevieve in a handmade early 60s wool dress.
One of my luckiest finds to date, I picked up my Suzy Perette cocktail dress at the Salvation Army in Levittown about three years ago for four dollars. While this type of find is rare, you can find your own Suzy Perette dress on sites such as eBay or Etsy. Even though you will most likely pay above thrift store prices for such an item, the statement you’ll make with every wear makes it well worth buying!
Okay, I get it. Who doesn’t love the antics of degenerate retards making idiots of themselves on national television? After watching Jersey Shore, you feel like the most stylish, socially competent, and intelligent human being on the planet. That’s what shows like this are for. So why, may I ask, is MTV taking it further?!
JWOWW is launching a clothing line. Yes, that’s right. JWOWW. To add to the horror of it all, she describes her line as “Sexy Sophisticated.” In my opinion, the only contribution that this chick should be making to the fashion world, if anything, would be to brand her own line of double stick tape. Period. That’s it.
If this catches on, Chanel’s design house will be looking to The DEB for inspiration, and Fashion Week will make a debut in Newark. Oh and all the magazine editors who were peeved about bloggers snagging seats at Bryant Park, wait til you see who’s in front row this time around. Un-real!
Retro Cheerleaders: Happy Superbowl. Go Saints!