Athena Magazine

Fashion, lifestyle, passions

Quick and Inexpensive Gifts You Can Make December 22, 2009

Out of money and time? Try these budget-friendly DIY gift ideas …

 

Vintage restyling and recycling October 1, 2009

formCheck out my latest column on Stylist.com on restyling and recyling vintage and gently used garments. See it here.

 

Autumn/Winter Trends Forecast 2009/2010 August 3, 2009

fall-fortiesRead about the latest trends from Louise at Catwalk Threads. Louise runs an online vintage boutique from across the Pond and has all the latest threads to bring you up to speed!

OMG!  I’m so in Love!  Having seen some of the beautiful designer wear on the catwalks and runways for 2009/10, I’ve suddenly become all doe-eyed and can feel my heart skipping a beat.  This years autumn/winter trends have got to be some of the most divine creations I’ve seen yet!    My personal trend favourites are:

Read more …

 

In honor of high school reunions everywhere: Romy and Michelle! August 2, 2009

I went to my 30th high school reunion last night, which was touching, delightful and fascinating, since I was reconnecting with grade school and middle school friends I hadn’t seen since I was 14. So it was not at all like Michelle and Romy’s, but I just love this movie. You can actually watch the whole thing in parts on YouTube.

 

The Model as Muse exhibit at the Met July 11, 2009

model_as_muse_bigHurry on over to the Met before this show closes. I went with my FIT gal pals last night, and if you have an interest in either magazine or fashion history, this is a wonderful eye candy walk through the mid-20th century to now. What’s most wonderful about the show is that they have brought in the real designer garments (Balenciaga, Dior and more) that were featured in spreads, along with a pictorial history of fashion shooting through the decades. Plus, you have the music of each era in each section, so it literally is a walk down memory lane. See is through August 9. Learn more …

Cheap tip: Go on Friday night. The museum is open until 9 and it’s perfectly kosher to pay $1 admission, even though the usual fee is $20.

 

Finder’s Flea: Brooklyn Weekend Flea Markets June 18, 2009

Here are two new favorite flea markets that happen in Brooklyn each weekend:

TONY BoothThe Brooklyn Bridge Flea is every Sunday, 11am-6pm.

The Fort Greene Flea is every Saturday, 10am-5pm (this one is really the bomb!)

For more info, click here.

 

Fashion warriors: Funksauce Vintage and Retro June 7, 2009

I’m from St. Louis and I may never have left if Funksauce Vintage and Retro had been around. While St. Louis may not be the easiest place for fashionistas to thrive, it is the bomb when it comes to untapped vintage sources. Fortunately you don’t have to live there to buy from Funksauce. And they also have a new Funksauce blog. Read on to learn more about these brave, adorable lads carrying out a tough fashion mission just west of the Mississippi:
funksaucefunksauce.com is the endeavor of two brothers, David and Chris, whose fashion sense has been living right around the 70’s for the last several years. We grew up in a small town in southern-central Missouri, population 722, a place where fashion as a whole is generally not a huge concern. But we love being different, we love some of the styles from previous decades, and with today’s environmental issues, we’re excited about the fact that we have the opportunity to recycle clothing! We can’t help but try to spread our appreciation for vintage and retro clothing to others. We choose clothing that catches our interest, so you should be able to get a sense of our tastes as you get to know us better. Please let us know if there is anything we can do to make your experiences with us even better.

funksauce.com is a one-stop, virtual shop for all your vintage and retro clothing needs. Every article of clothing offered for sale on our website was personally selected, measured, photographed, and cried on by either Chris or David Thomson…you couldn’t possibly want for more! But there IS more! In addition to the peace of mind you will have knowing that the clothes you are viewing on the site were hand-picked by the Midwest’s finest fashion gurus, we also offer free shipping on all orders within the United States, all the time!

We would greatly appreciate it if you’d peruse our website, offer suggestions/feedback on what you see (clothing and/or website design), place an order if anything strikes your fancy, or even just submit your email address at the bottom of the homepage to receive emails. Also, we would be extremely grateful if you could help us spread the word by forwarding our website and facebook page to your friends, family and acquaintances. What else could you do to help us get the word out? We thought you’d never ask. Here are a few ideas:

· Bring up funksauce.com at the water cooler with co-workers
· Buy a funksauce.com t-shirt on our website and make that your “casual Friday” wear—every Friday
· If you see someone wearing a cool outfit, tell them that their clothes are “totally funksauce”
· Stand on street corners and hand out flyers and tootsie rolls after work and on weekends
· Have the funksauce logo painted on the side of your car or tattooed on your shoulder or neck.

Your support in this business venture will be a key ingredient to our success … so let’s work together to put the FUNK back into fashion! Fine fashions of decades past are simply one click away:

*Please visit our website and sign up to become a member!

http://www.funksauce.com

Sincerely yours,

Chris Thomson & David Thomson

Funkmasters

Contact Info

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Office:
St. Louis, MO ~ Funkytown
 

Melbourne crafter/author Pip Lincolne: Meet Me at Mike’s May 23, 2009

mikesAustralian crafter and author Pip Lincolne has a great little shop in Melbourne and the blog and web site to prove it. It’s all called “Meet Me at Mike’s,” even the book. If Athena lived in Melbourne, she’d definitely want a friend like Pip. See more.

 

Sheffield Spring Vintage Fair February 20, 2009

sheffieldFrom our friends at the Sheffield Vintage Fair in rocking’ Sheffield, U.K.:

The Sheffield Vintage Fair returns for a fab Spring special! SHEFFIELD VINTAGE SPRING FAIR SATURDAY MARCH 7TH, 12PM – 5PM @ THE BASEMENT WEST STREET The vintage fair returns for another splendid day of shopping at a brand spanking new location, the newly opened Basement bar on West Street. We’ll have 30 stalls of lovely vintage wears, jewellery, handmade and reworked clothing, crafts, cards, plus much much more! We’ll also be holding a vintage tea party on the day with fine china and beautiful cakes and cupcakes hosted by who else but Fancie Cupcakes! Some of your favourite local shops will be there holding sale price stalls, including Freshmans, Syd and Mallory and Bang Bang. We cant wait, see you there x x

Contact Info
Phone:
01142724842
Email:

Visit their FB page here.

 

The Next Big Fashion Trend: Depression Chic Spring/Summer ’09 January 25, 2009

depressionchic4This post was originally written and published by Louise Sleigh of Catwalk Creative. Her boho chic Fall ’08 story continues to be in Athena’s top 10 hits, since Louise has a psychic prescience about what’s hot and the stock in her fab vintage/resale shop to allows you to get style on a budget. Can we say it enough: We love this practical fashionista from across the Pond! Read her Catwalk Threads blog here. Buy from Catwalk Creative here.

The Next Big Fashion Trend: Depression Chic Spring/Summer 09

There is no doubt that fashion trends are dictated by many influences, from world events and the economy to what teenagers are wearing on the street and even the latest block-buster movie. It appears that our economists failed to see what was coming and yet top designers were already working both sides of the US stock market crash of 1929 to come up with one of my favourite trends of summer 2009.  Yes, you guessed it – the next big thing is depression chic!

The Spring/Summer runways were awash with the most amazing trends ranging from goddess dressing to 80’s trash and vaudeville.  An eclectic mix that will soon be heading to boutiques and high-streets the world over.

As mentioned, one of my personal favourites is the ‘depression chic’ trend (shown above) with insightful designers appearing to be one step ahead of the economists. Now how exactly do they do that? There were lots of sparkly flapper frocks from Alberta Ferretti and Aquilano Rimondi and sack dresses from Burberry and Bottega Veneta (more photos below).

If there’s one thing that every girl should be partying in during Spring/Summer 2009, it’s that perfect fringed dress or the style of clothing with that’s evocotive of the 1920’s and 1930’s. Here’s a couple of my own pieces which are currently for sale in my eBay store: http://stores.ebay.co.uk/Catwalk-Creative.

Some other trends to look out for this coming season are:

Geometric construction
Goddess dressing
Fairytale romance
Laddered stockings/tights
Cutaway clothing
Bondage/fetish clothing
Oversized bows
Marrakech
Sport

80’s trash and vaudeville

Here are some of my favourties:

Aquilano.Rimondi

Bottega Veneta

Charles Anastase

Givenchy