It's an exclusive opportunity to own these amazing buckle boots from the Fall 2009 Chloe Sevigny for Opening Ceremony Collection. Available in both suede and leather the look references everything from English Punk to New England prep. HOTTTTTTT!!!!
Orders must be placed by today, May 20th, and will ship from the end of August through September.
Simone, sunglasses by Courrèges, Paris, February 1965
Retro is the new chic in shades and I'm currently obsessed.
After hearing the Oliver Goldsmith jingle (see below) how could I not be??
And then there are images such as the one by Richard Avedon pictured above from The New Yorker. The image is featured in the "Avedon Fashion 1944-2000" exhibition at the International Center for Photography which runs from May 15th to September 6th. It's important to note: Every unforgettable fashionista has their own iconic pair of shades.
And to get the retro look? Here are the "It" brands in vintage:
"The man behind the eyewear revolution is Oliver Goldsmith. He is to sunglasses what Vidal Sassoon is to hair and Mary Quant to clothes."
- The Times, 1970
The original, with archives spanning 75 years, Oliver Goldsmith makes shades that range from avant garde to classicly chic including those iconic looks for Audrey, Sophia and Diana. Oh, and don't forget Michael Cain's signature black specs. The company has been known to collaborate with fashion houses to create one-off pieces for the runway. And with endorsements by celebrities and the Royals the brand is the ultimate in retro chic. To create the collection approximately 20 designs are selected each year from the vintage archive of 400 classic designs dating from the 1940s to the 1980s. For a bespoke frame buying experience, Oliver Goldsmith offers a "Couture" tailoring service. Customers can select a frame, color and pattern from the archive and have a pair custom made.
This uber-stylish brand has been famed for innovative shades since the 70s.
Linda Farrow earned her reputation by pioneering shapes that became favorites of Londonites and international jet setters alike. Think Yoko Ono's signature wraparounds of the 70s. Today the brand is renowned for its unprecedented range of vintage originals that include over 2000 styles from the 70s and 80s. And then there are the designer collaborations with such names as Rodarte, Matthew Williamson, Raf Simons, Jeremy Scott, Dries van Noten, Bernard Willhelm and Eley Kishimoto to name a few. And it's no wonder frequent celeb sightings include Kate Moss, Kanye and Madonna.
CUTLER AND GROSS VINTAGE:
"It's nice if glasses can be sexy and mysterious. People who need glasses don't have to feel separated from glamour,"
- Tony Gross
Cutler And Gross Vintage includes a mixture of frames from the 1900's to 1980's with such iconic names as Cazal, Oliver Goldsmith, Pucci, Porsche, Silhouette, Persol, Christian Dior and of course the brand's eponymous line. In the company's own words, "Cutler And Gross Vintage has a philosophy to be internationally chic while still being discerningly underground." The collection is exclusive to the brand's boutique in Knightsbridge, but a small selection is available at Dover Street Market.
Katy Rodriguez and Mark Haddaway celebrated the debut of "Venus Revisited: The Photography of Wingate Paine" on May 14 with a fashionable fete at their Melrose Ave. store. The high-end vintage boutique owners presented the exhibition to high-profile guests including Tom Ford, Angelica Huston, Arianne Phillips, Lisa Eisner, Kelly Lynch and husband Mitch Glazer. The exhibition, loaned by Paine collectors Michael and Gabrielle Boyd and Richard Wright, features over 40 iconic vintage prints from Paine's personal archive. It is a rare opportunity to view the sultry photographs by Paine who eventually destroyed all of the negatives. The photographs, drawn mostly from his erotic 1966 book "Mirror of Venus" provided inspiration for a capsule collection of dresses designed by Rodriguez. Paine's on, so chic, smoking print pictured below was transformed into a graphic print applied to flirty skirts and uber-mini party frocks. The designer said she has been successful with limited edition collections in the past and this was the perfect way pay tribute to Paine. The gritty photograph is an unlikely source of inspiration, but fitting for the high-end vintage store owner who draws from conceptual sources. After all, what is more iconic in fashion photography than a cigarette?
"Venus Revisited: The Photograhy of Wingate Paine (1964-1968)"
(Ok, there's also the sleeping bag coat, the 80s fleece collection, the parachute fabrics, and......)
Kamali's designs range from retro to futuristic and yet they always remain timelessly chic.
There's no doubt Kamali is an innovator with countless awards to prove it.
From the red retro one-piece worn by Miranda in the "Sex in the City" movie to the polka dot version that walked the runway during the Barbie Fashion Show at Mercedes-Benz Fashion Week in New York, her designs continue to inspire. And don't forget jaw dropping. Her iconic cutout designs are seriously sexy. The sizzling black and nude number pictured below walked the runway during Miami Swim in 2007 and is so on trend today. As an innovator, Kamali is also known for stepping up in an economic downturn. Remember the fleece collection which sparked the activewear as everyday clothing revolution back in the 80s? The designer is now catering to the masses with an ongoing Wal-Mart collaboration. The NK line kicked off last year with a streamlined version of her OMO collection and a swim collection will launch mid-June. Expect to see more of her amazing jersey pieces, retro swim styles and 80s inspired activewear - at ridiculously affordable prices.
At $20 or less everyone can afford to be chic - an innovative thought indeed.
Celebrities and filmmakers converge on the French Riviera for the prestigious cinematic extravaganza - and then there's the fashion. Of course, photographers will be on hand to capture this year's star studded event which kicked off yesterday, but I am loving these vintage photos from telegraph.co.uk. It's an amazing glimpse into the golden age of the festival with the who's who of the time. The photo gallery pictures everyone from Elizabeth Taylor, Sophia Loren and Jayne Mansfield to Keith Richards, Arnold Schwarzenegger, John Lennon and Yoko Ono.
Aspiring ingenue Brigitte Bardot pictured above was all the rage for her performance in "And God Created Woman" directed by husband Roger Vadim in 1956. And the rest is history.
A windswept beach, high-fashion and a bit of fantasy.
I'm loving the "From Here to Eternity" shoot in the May issue of W Magazine -
especially since it was shot on the Turks and Caicos islands. I'm planning my own scuba adventure there in the near future. But for now, these photos will lend their Brigitte Bardot-inspired escapism to my economy induced STAY-cation.
And in the spirit of vacation, I've decided to devote this week's posts to travel-centric fashion. Look for more throughout the week.
"From Here to Eternity" in W Magazine
Photography: Inez van Lamsweerde and Vinoodh Matadin