Athena Magazine

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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.

 

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.

 

Glam Girl Hair Clips June 15, 2009

retroglamourgirlJust discovered on these adorable pin-up girl hair clips at retroglamourgirl.com, created by a glam girl model (shown modeling her clips here). The clips are big and floral and absolutely adorable. Plus, you can find other glam girl products for your pin-up personna. See it here.

 

Ya gotta love a gal with an accordian June 14, 2009

pezDiscover the amazing music of Milwaukee-based Pezzettino, singer-songwriter, Margaret Stutt.  Trained in classical piano at the local convent and self-taught on her father’s accordion, she began writing her own material in 2008.  That year she self-released her debut album, “Because I Have No Control …” and launched herself into the touring circuit.  Just six months later, Pezzettino released her sophomore album, “Lion.” Listen to Pezzettino’s music here.

 

It’s nineteen74 all over again June 13, 2009

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27WorldTour_AW_01Check out this latest newsletter from nineteen74. It’s chock full of chic folks from all over the globe.

http://www.nineteen74.com/newsletter/27/

 

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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Website:
Office:
St. Louis, MO ~ Funkytown
 

Folk Artist Wendy Presseisen April 26, 2009

dogirlsmFolk Artist Wendy Presseisen has a delightful style and sensibility that extends through her many works. From animals (cats and dogs included) to children to children with animals to landscapes, her prints have a quality of another era while still smacking of today. I met Wendy on Twitter, and she’s one of the most delightful Tweeters around. Visit Wendy’s site here.

 

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.

 

Helsinki’s Minna Parikka’s Glam Shoe Line February 2, 2009

video_jackie_600_bigPin-up-girl and Hollywood-glam wannabes, get back or sit down and hold onto your girly curls, because you are going to flip out at the latest of Minna Parikka retro-moderne shoes. This Helsinki-based line is just so unbelievably distinctive. With touches like ’40s bows and ’20s brogues, she combines retro with now to create show-stopping shoes. And if you’re ever in Helsinki, her boutique is mwah! Visit her web site here and buy Minna Parikka shoes here. See the sexy promo video below.

Many thanks to the ChloeVanParis blog for this hot shoe tip.

 

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