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I love this shot of a chic Italian woman by The Sartorialist. I have included a few versions of the cool lace-up shoes she is wearing in this post  in an effort to recreate this outfit. Unfortunately that amazing jumpsuit looks like it is one of a kind.

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These vintage cross earrings provide the perfect pop of color. If you are a maximalist then you would probably pair them with something like the floral jumpsuit pictured above. Personally I would style these with an understated monochrome look.

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I am still bummed neither pair of  Lanvin sandals came in my size. If I owned the pair on the right I would never take them off.

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Lace-up flats by Helmut Lang! The velvet is a perfect transition into Fall.

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These Robert Clergerie ankle boots are a Fall must have. Picture: white skinny jeans , camel coat, and croc bag. How cool are those contrasting soles? You could probably even get away with wearing them in on a nice summer night . . .


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Jessica Stam in Vogue UK November 2010 by by Lina Scheynius

I love the way photographer Lina Scheynius captures ntimacy and quiet in her work. The two vintage Oscar de la Renta jacket’s I am sharing here have the same romantic vibes as one of her photographs, the feeling that comes with dressing up just to hang out in your bedroom alone and watch the sunrise. Beautiful lace and embroidered suede in the tone of a Lina Scheynius photograph.

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White leather alpacas embroidered into creme suede

Lover campaign by Lina Scheynius

Kinga Rajzak in “The Play’s The Thing” for AnOther Magazine Spring/Summer 2012 photographed by Lina Scheynius


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Designer Knits

“The coldest winter I ever spent was a summer in San Francisco”

This past weekend, after preparing for a sale at our Studio City location, I left for San Francisco. As a notorious over-packer I expected to (once again) be teased about  all the extra clothes I was lugging around. However this trip, as I huddled into my coat and groaned about the cold wind hitting my ears I definitely felt smug about the amount of outer-wear I had packed. I am not sure if what  I experienced was a normal San Francisco summer weekend but I do remember day dreaming about all vintage knits I had come across at the past few Best of the Best Sales. Here are a handful of my favorites:

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Just like with all the vintage Gianni Versace I have seen floating around feel like I have been spotting more and more Courrèges

fancyknits9Mhm cardigans the easiest way to fight office air conditioning

fancyknits10This Escada pullover is vintage but the design is very “modern Seattle luxury”


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The Basket Weave

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When you think luxury does the term “understated” come to mind? The other week I wrote about “clothes worthy of their label” and in the spirit of labels that emphasize design I would like to share these Bottega Veneta accessories from this week’s sale at our Fairfax location. The Bottega Veneta basket weave is a frequently reproduced, popular style and technique associated with the brand’s leather accessories.  The  soft hand-woven leather bags intentionally do not feature any hardware of logos on the outside thus differentiating them from other luxury hand-bags. A 2008 New York Times piece on the brand called their signature style “the standard-bearer for a new kind of luxury: subtle, long-lasting and recession-proof”. The vintage styles featured in this post are a testament to the long lasting durability and timeless style the brand is known for.

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This small gold clutch is my favorite. I love the unexpected charm drawstring closure.

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Do people still match their bags to their shoes? (Shoes are vintage not Bottega)

 

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Two over-sized clutches and a matching basket weave heel.

Other accessories I enjoyed this week:

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Textured leather dr. style vintage handbag from the days of I. Magnin next to some “practical” vintage Gucci loafers

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These vintage velvet Dior slip-ons totally remind me of the puritan shoes at the Marc Jacobs Fall 12′ show


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