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Disco Diva: My newest vintage purchase! September 30, 2008

By Catwalk Creative

I sell vintage clothing and part of my work is to research and see what’s available on the world-wide web.  It’s a way of keeping abreast of my competitors and gives me the opportunity to get first pickings if I stumble upon a little vintage gem. I really did gasp with delight when I clapped eyes on my latest find! Here’s a photograph of the gorgeous blouse which I’ll be wearing with a pair of black, cropped trousers and black patent boots.  I’m a disco diva!

Through networking and meeting other sellers of vintage, I’ve met some fabulous people; one of those being the lovely Tara of The Dusty Dog Vintage Clothing Boutique. She really is fantastic! I was so delighted to find this fabulous butterfly disco blouse which was being sold by Tara—I’d been looking for one just like it for ages!

What I love about Tara is her attention to detail. Not only are her descriptions and photographs lovely but my blouse arrived beautifully tissue wrapped and tied in a pink organza ribbon with card attached. My whole shopping experience was so delightful. I’ve purchased hundreds of things over the internet and, trust me, not everyone takes such care in posting items.

You can click on the link above which will take you to Tara’s Etsy store, or you can take a look at her blog right here.  There’s some brilliant video clips of the divine Bette Davis along with a clip of some rather outrageous dancing girls from the 1920s.  It’s well worth a look, and if you purchase something from the lovely Tara, do tell her I sent you!

(This blog post excerpted from Catwalk Creative’s wonderful vintage blog. For more great posts by Catwalk, click here.)

 

A Shout-Out to Lone Star Vintage Clothing September 17, 2008

Here’s a shout-out to Heather Lewis and her Lone Star Vintage Clothing site and blog. Heather is the mastermind behind the cool weekly projects here on Athena and the Mattie Reid site, but she hasn’t been able to post lately because she evacuated out of Houston last week and hasn’t been able to get back home yet. Since we can’t have her project this week, I’m offering up a little budget style on her site. Then you can read about her Hurricane Ike adventures. Happy Trails to you, Heather, and get home safely!

 

The Next Big Thing: Luxury Bohemian for Fall ’08/Winter ’09 September 10, 2008

Gucci Style

Gucci Style

As we all know, fashion goes full circle and reinvents

Anna Sui Style

Anna Sui Style

itself in various trends that can be seen right there on the catwalks of London, Paris and Milan and followed vigorously by the fast-fashion boom on our high-streets. This autumn/winter sees a continuation of the Boho look that’s been prevalent for quite a few years now, and made famous by the likes of Sienna Miller and various other celebrities. The “Luxury Bohemian Trend” is a take on this look but with a more ethnic/folksy feel.

Fabrics are luxurious and rich and the colours tend to have a dark base with highlights in red, purple, yellow and pink. Patterns can be found in the shape of hearts, paisley prints, flowers and teardrop shapes. Floaty tunics with bracelet sleeves are teamed with large, statement necklaces, patterned tights, boots and Mary-Jane style shoes which together, makes this a very feminine and easy-to-wear look for all shapes and sizes.

Traditional Sardinian Folk Costume

Traditional Sardinian Folk Costume

Here I’ve shown an example of a folk costume from Sardinia just so you can see how the influence has effected this current trend. There are of course, hundreds and thousands of ethnic costumes to choose from.

Two fashion giants that I think have shown the Luxury Bohemian Trend particularly well are Gucci and Anna Sui. Their runways shows were full of lush fabrics, dropped waists, patterned tights, faux fur gillets and ethnic prints.

Of course, not everyone can afford their designer prices so there’s plenty to choose from on the high street – that’s if you don’t mind wearing clothes that you’ll see on every other girl or women in the land! One of my missions in life (if you didn’t know already!) is to encourage people to look at what’s available in the wonderful world of vintage. Yes of course you can go to any vintage boutique in New York, London or Paris and pay a small fortune for a labelled vintage garment. However, if you’ve got an idea of what you’re looking for, I can think of no better way (well almost none!) of spending your evening or Saturday afternoon, searching for that special item that looks as if it’s been taken straight off the latest runway – and that’s the exciting thing about vintage clothing. You just never know what you’re going to find!

Tribal Drop-Waist Dress from Lionheart Vintage

Tribal Drop-Waist Dress from Lionheart Vintage

A great place to start is Etsy because all your sellers are under one roof, so to speak. The sellers there can only list “genuine” vintage clothing, that being a garment or accessory that’s at least twenty years old. It has been known that some would consider vintage as a garment that’s been worn from just the previous season. However, to anyone connected with Etsy, this is not the case and never will be. True vintage fashion has a history; an essence within it that makes it special – it’s unique and beautiful and you’ll be hard-pushed to find another garment anywhere that’s exactly the same.

The only thing I recommend you have on hand whilst shopping for your vintage clothing are your measurements. So, invest in a tape measure and get your vital statistics written down. Make sure you measure yourself regularly as we can all loose or gain a few pounds without even noticing.

Luxurious Mini Dress from Some Like it Vintage

Luxurious Mini Dress from Some Like it Vintage

Shopping for vintage on-line is one of the easiest and best ways to get hold of your vintage. There’s tons of inspiration to be found on Etsy and I’d like to say a big ‘thank you’ to each seller who has kindly agreed to me using their photographs for this piece. Every item shown here is currently available for sale at the time of writing. You can find the names of each Etsy store or website under pictures and at the bottom of this blog.

Now this is just a small example of what’s available in “vintage land”. I think you’ll agree that these pieces really do well in showing how a new look can be achieved quite easily using vintage clothing. After all, it’s not really “new” at all—it’s just fashion that’s gone full circle and reinvented itself with a modern twist.

What’s to look out for

Anything with a folksy/ethnic feel such as: tassels, fringes, feathers, dropped waists, patterned tights, boots, Mary-Jane’s, large statement necklaces, faux fur gillets, Boho coats with embroidery detail, floaty smock tops; luxurious fabrics: velvet, satin, silk; printed fabrics: paisley, tear drop, hearts, flowers, embroidery, braid, embellished belts.

Here’s some more vintage goodies which fit in perfectly with the luxury Bohemian trend. WARNING: Drooling could occur!

Read more by Louise Sleigh, owner of a vintage clothing site at her blog: Catwalk Creative Weblog .

Peasant Blouse with Tassels from Decades Vintage

Peasant Blouse with Tassels from Decades Vintage

Ethnic Kaftan from La Dolce Vita

Ethnic Kaftan from La Dolce VitaEthnic Kaftan from La Dolce Vita

60s Tan Embroidered Coat from What Would Marilyn Wear?
60s Tan Embroidered Coat from What Would Marilyn Wear?
Rose Cropped Jacket from The Spectrum Vintage

Rose Cropped Jacket from The Spectrum Vintage

Vintage Crochet Cape from La Dolce Vita

Vintage Crochet Cape from La Dolce Vita

Folksy Embroidered Dress from Kitsch-y-Cool-Vintage

Folksy Embroidered Dress from Kitsch-y-Cool-Vintage

60s Coat with Faux Fur Trim from Some Like it Vintage

60s Coat with Faux Fur Trim from Some Like it Vintage

Divine Vintage 30s Shoes from Planet Claire Vintage

Divine Vintage 30s Shoes from Planet Claire Vintage

Credits: Decades Vintage, Lionheart Vintage, Some Like it Vintage, The Spectrum Vintage, Planet Claire Vintage, What Would Marilyn Wear? La Dolce Vita Clothing, Kirtsch-y-Cool Vintage (eBay). Folk costume photograph from www.costumepage.org.

 

More Vintage Than You Can Shake a Stick At September 6, 2008

I’ve recently come across a new favorite vintage clothing and designer resale vendor. Her name is Nelda and she has THREE stores and a blog. Nelda has truly embraced the virtual shopkeeping life and has the stock to back it up, plus LIVE customer help. If you been craving a ’70s caftan, a ’60s cocktail dress or a ’50s New Look frock, start clicking: Etsy shop; Storesecured shop; ebay store, and Blogspot.

 

Gotta Love Designer Resale August 23, 2008

One day I will own a Chanel jacket. As you may or may not know, this runs the pocketbook about $7k , but if you’ve ever held a Chanel jacket in your hands, you’ll know why it takes 100 couture hours to make. Enter Tatiana Resale Boutique, one of the best connected NYC resale boutiques on the planet (self-described as: “high fashion at low cost.”) Sounds promising, right? And the good news is that you don’t have to live in NYC to take advantage of Tatiana’s stock. You can find it at my favorite designer den, e-bay: http://stores.ebay.com/Tatiana-Designer-Resale. If you see a Chanel jacket, I’m size 4.

 

Make a little keepsake box from vintage trims

By Heather Lewis

This project is super easy and only takes about one hour to an hour-and-a-half. You will need the following supplies:

• Acrylic paint
• Paint brush
• Rhinestones, tear drop shaped glass beads and some type of plastic beads. Vintage beads work best however, if you can’t find those, any beads from the craft store will work (they need to be round like a doughnut).
• Little wooden box (I found mine at the dollar store). They have these at any craft store. It does not matter what size. Mine measures 4” x 4”.
• Hot glue gun and hot glue sticks.
• Water
• Paper towels
• Felt
• Scissors
• Seam binding

First: You have to paint your little box. Choose whatever color you like best. I painted my box a darker blue color and went over it with a lighter blue. Once the lighter blue was painted on, I took a paper towel and blotted the paint. This gives the box a bit of a weathered look. It turned out really nicely.

Second: You will take your little plastic doughnut beads and space them out on the top of the box before gluing them down. This will give you an idea of how many beads you will need for your box. Then you will glue those on with the hot glue gun one by one. This is a very tedious process however it’s the only way to do it. You will want to repeat this step on the top of each side as well. Once the doughnut beads have been added, you will glue on your rhinestones one by one. Again, this is a very tedious process but it’s the only way to do it.

This is what the box will look like once you have glued on the rhinestones and beads:

Third: You will take your rhinestones and teardrop shaped glass beads (can be plastic as well) and glue those onto the sides in the shape of a flower. My box only allowed for three on each side:

Fourth: You will cut your felt to the size of the bottom of your box. You will also need to cut two pieces for the inside top and bottom. Glue those on with the hot glue once you have determined what size the pieces need to be. Here’s a pic of the bottom of the box once the felt has been added:

Fifth: You need to add binding to all inside corners. I suggest taking the binding and gluing down each side you are working with until you have covered all sides. Once you’ve finished the binding, you will make four additional flowers on the inside top of the box. You will also add a teardrop bead to each inside corner:

WaLa! You have a lovely keepsake box:

You can find this box and many other handcrafted items at www.mattiereidchicago.com or http://mattiereidchicago.etsy.com. You can also click on the banner below.