September 1, 2012
Kim Gordon, rock goddess extraordinaire, stands in front of me in a stunning party dress. We’re in a quaint vintage boutique on Oakland, California’s Piedmont Avenue. The store, Mercy Vintage Now—just a mere two blocks from my Victorian flat—is selling 146 pieces of her clothing in the store, beginning with this Friday-night preview, and online, starting 8 a.m. PST on Saturday, September 1.
“I was cleaning out my closet, … (continue reading)
July 16, 2012
Dita Von Teese wears her status as “America’s most famous stripper” with pride. But to vintage hounds, the 39-year-old burlesque superstar is not just a pretty lady who takes off her clothes, but the epitome of true Old Hollywood glamour. Credited with pioneering the neo-burlesque revival in the early 1990s, she … (continue reading)
May 7, 2012
Tziporah Salamon is used to being photographed—by everyone from New York City tourists to famous “New York Times” street-fashion photographer Bill Cunningham. She’s impossible for shutterbugs to resist, when they catch her riding around the city on her turquoise Bianchi, often a symphony of lush colors, decked head-to-toe in exquisite, embroidered, antique fabrics. Salamon also caught the eye of 30-year-old photographer Ari Seth Cohen, who made waves … (continue reading)
March 7, 2012
Oh. My. God. I’ve just been given the location of the largest stash of Golden Age Hollywood jewelry in the world. Worn by stars like Marilyn Monroe, Elizabeth Taylor, Grace Kelly, and Greta Garbo, thousands of gems have apparently been gathering dust in an unmarked warehouse, unmolested for half a century. It sounds too good to be true.
What are the chances, I wonder, … (continue reading)
January 17, 2012
The corset has a bad reputation. And unfairly so, according to Valerie Steele, director and chief curator of The Museum at the Fashion Institute of Technology, who says this undergarment of centuries past is not nearly as evil or confining as modern folks have come to believe.
With the Edwardian Balls just around the corner, we started ogling gorgeous antique corsets on Collectors Weekly Hall of Fame … (continue reading)
December 8, 2011
On Tuesday, Heritage Auctions in Dallas, Texas, sold a red Hermes Birkin handbag to an anonymous bidder for $203,150, including the buyer’s premium. This price dwarfs the previous record for most expensive handbag—last year in England, a Birkin went for the equivalent of $77,000. At the auction Tuesday, not one, but four, Birkins busted this record, the cheapest selling for $80,663.
Handmade from start to finish … (continue reading)
December 5, 2011
Every December, people of all stripes make the rounds of their neighborhood Christmas parties decked in their ugliest Christmas sweaters (see our list for 2012 here). Prizes are often offered at these seasonal soirees for the tackiest v-neck or wool knit, sparking fierce competition among family and friends.
If you haven’t snagged your piece of atrocious holiday outerwear yet, we know where you can glory in the gaudy, … (continue reading)
December 1, 2011
Tis the season for buying presents. As you peruse your local mall, you might find yourself drawn to beautiful geometric patterns in vibrant colors, long associated with Navajo rugs, Pendleton “Indian trade” blankets, and Southwest Native American pottery. They’ll be everywhere you look, on sneakers, pricey handbags, home decor, and high-fashion … (continue reading)
October 3, 2011
Keys have always been endowed with a certain sort of magic. They have the power to reveal things that were unknown or obscured before. Even the word “key” means a tool that opens physical, intellectual, or spiritual barriers. A key can give access to riches and treasure, or it might keep safe closely guarded secrets, as in the legend of Pandora’s Box…. (continue reading)
August 15, 2011
Of all the fashion accessories of the 1950s—Ray-Ban sunglasses, Pucci scarves, Eisenberg cocktail rings—none were more dazzling than Lucite handbags. These geometric gems, which in retrospect seem to anticipate the exuberance of the 1960s, were like portable jewel boxes turned inside out, in hues that ranged from basic black to pretty pastels to clear. Some purses were … (continue reading)
August 3, 2011
Costume jewelry is worn to make a statement, a shorthand way to convey both one’s mood and sense of style. Former secretary of state Madeleine Albright famously chose her brooches to send signals to the world’s heads of states. But long before Albright was using costume jewelry to deliver subtle messages to adversaries and allies alike, women in … (continue reading)
June 8, 2011
Good news: The hottest look on the beach this summer is vintage. Retro pin-up style swimsuits that cover more flesh and flatter the figure have been seen on everyone from Megan Fox, Ke$ha, and Taylor Swift to Lindsay Lohan, Meg Ryan, and Marisa Tomei.
At last, we can all breath a sigh of relief after sucking in our … (continue reading)
April 28, 2011
Apparently there’s a small wedding in England this week. While we’re sure that Kate Middleton’s wedding dress will be a fashion tour de force, we’re also sure that it can’t possibly be as romantic as this one, which is from the collection of the Smithsonian. Here’s their description:
“This wedding dress was made from a nylon parachute that saved the groom’s life during World War II. … (continue reading)
April 13, 2011
Toronto blogger Veronica Cizmar runs Some Like It Vintage, an online boutique selling vintage, modern, and reproductions.
Although I was in my tween years when “The Mary Tyler Moore” aired on TV (1970-1977), I could identify with this strong, independent woman, even then. Today, watching it in reruns, the hairstyles and clothing seem outrageous … (continue reading)
March 24, 2011
Today’s guest blogger is Lizzie Bramlett, a.k.a. Fuzzy Lizzie, a self-made clothing historian who has a website, Fuzzy Lizzie, and a blog, The Vintage Traveler.
Today, it’s increasingly cool to be “green.” That’s good, but like every great idea, this one is being claimed by the generation that happens to be embracing it. A quick look at the habits of our grandparents (and great-grandparents to anyone under … (continue reading)