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At the past two “Best of the Best” sales I noticed a handful of Gianni Versace vintage pieces and they all bore different tags. Because the Versace Atelier has been around since 1989 there is a noticeable progression in the design of Versace tags which can make it difficult to identify if a piece is genuine or a copy. After this weeks sale at the Venice store I had officially come across at least 4 different kinds of Versace labels so I decided to do some research. Thanks to this post by the Vintage Fashion Guild I became assured that though the labels were varied and confusing the clothes were indeed real.

This investigation got me to thinking about a review  fashion critic Cathy Horyn had written for the New York Times in March. The review described the Fall 13′ collections from Louis Vuitton, Hermès, and Miu Miu while drawing parallels to the recent brand changes made at Yves Saint Laurent (now just Saint Laurent):

One of the first things the new designer, Hedi Slimane, did was to remove “Yves” from the label, thereby severing a symbolic connection to the founder, and everything he stood for, like good taste and feminine power. But it was also a test of the label’s enduring appeal. . .But mainly it was clear to me how strong the name is. In terms of design, the clothes held considerably less value than a box of Saint Laurent labels. Without the label attached to them, Mr. Slimane’s grunge dresses wouldn’t attract interest — because they’re not special. But a box of labels is worth a million.

-Cathy Horyn

The sad truth is that for re-sale or for sale purposes design often comes secondary to a label. Sometimes I find myself looking at a piece of clothing and wondering if I would want it if it wasn’t by (for example) Rachel Comey. The power of labels whether symbolic or not is hard to ignore.

 

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When you think of 90′s fashion what comes to mind? Personally I imagine  flannel and those big white sunglasses Kurt Cobain used to wear. Well in the early 90′s, before grunge became a “thing”, fashion had everything to do with the “club scene”. The look of the time was personified by Lady Miss Kier of the American band Deee-Lite. Look up the video for their famous house track “Groove is in the Heart” and go back to a time of crazy platforms and  loud clothes.

Where am I going with all of this nostalgia? Well the 90′s revival in current fashion has been going on longer than I dreamed or hoped so this week at the Pico sale I finally gave in. The Versace Sport mini dress featured above is my toe into the 90′s pool; it’s floral, the cut is simple, but it is still loud and can be paired with crazy platforms and sunglasses to “complete” the look. My 90′s picks are still on the demure side but they all feature bright colors, loud patterns, and tight fits. While I am still hoping the whole 90′s revival dies down but I am ok waiting it out dancing around to Deee-Lite sporting a Versace mini dress .

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Chain prints are very 80′s/early 90′s. This one is by Celine.

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Printed cropped Chloe sweater (vest)

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Versace cardigan featuring a leopard collar and a crop cut

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Skinny printed vintage trousers to dress up or down

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Mhm classic and seductive Versace leather

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These No. 6 clogs aren’t 90′s they are just really cute

 Musician Grimes in a look inspired by Lady Miss Kier in a recent issue of Vogue.

 


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“MCGINLEY: Those words—reduction and minimalism—mean very different things, but people think they are very similar. But reduction is about reducing, pairing things down, taking away.

COSTA: What bothers me about the term minimalist is that it is so connected with a distinct period. It links me to the past. But I design for today.”
— Francisco Costa interviewed by Ryan McGinley

Clean lines and classic pieces in this last set of images from the previous sale at our Granville location. Though the designers featured are Japanese, Italian, and Austrian respectively, you can see  like-minded thinking in these pieces.  Sometimes even designers are sick of the “now” and want to focus on “today”. The possibility of creating something modern even if it is based on a classical archetype. The first images are of a set of white and off-white blouses by Marni, Kenzo, and Yohji Yamamoto. Don’t you just want to breathe a sigh of relief when looking at them?

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A sculptural vintage belt by Gucci


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Holiday in the Sun

Obviously 4th of July is no where near as important as say Halloween on the costume scale but it still has a certain dress code. Though it is not like St. Patrick’s Day when the wearing of green is violently enforced, it is still likely that you will feel out of place if you are not wearing something navy, red, or white. While all white outfits are easily the chicest (I am still on the hunt for a pair of perfect white jeans) the easiest way to celebrate is in a navy or red striped boatneck.

This year I found myself looking forward to July 4th not just for the endless driving around in search of fireworks but because I also had an outfit picked out several weeks ago. Thanks to the last sale at Veteran I had a dress that was theme appropriate and sure to stand out!

So here I am pictured wearing a Dolce and Gabbana mini dress from the Veteran store with my own Repetto loafers and 3.1 Phillip Lim bag.

All images were shot by Anna M. Chang

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Due to the holiday there was no “Best of the Best” sale this week. Next weekend be sure to check out the sale at our Pico location.


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Play Clothes

Model poses at Disneyland, California, 1963

Photo by Jeanloup Sieff

Lately I have been trying to focus on purchasing professional separates that would be appropriate and comfortable during the summer. Try as I might, the sad truth is I get distracted easily and have a hard time saying no to a (yet another) striped shirt. The photograph above illustrates my ideal outfit. I love clothes that you can throw on and still look “put together”.  Even though “easy” clothes are probably more appropriate for working from home or weekend activities I still find myself buying casual things that make me feel confident on days when I otherwise feel “gross”. Although it is possible for me to overthink even the most minimal outfit I would still like to convey an outward appearance of effortlessness especially on days that I am inwardly frazzled. Every woman has a different go-to outfit. Me? I like a nice thin tee shirt, something that drapes, and dips below my collar bone with some skinny pants and flats. Now if I could just find a fitted silk blazer to wear during work meeting . . .

A tee shirt by Margiela and shorts by Cheap Monday

tops (left to right) by Margiela, vintage, and Comme des Garcons

All clothing from this weeks sale at our Granville location!


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