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Irving Penn x Versace

No offense to Donatella but I feel like the Versace brand got a little murky after the untimely death of Gianni Versace. By the time I was getting into fashion, Versace was associated with “bling” and their designs were hard to differentiate from other glamorous Italian brands like Dolce & Gabbana. It has really taken this wave of vintage Versace donations we have gotten in the Ebay office to make me appreciate the work of the brands originator.

There is no other word for it . . .vintage Versace is SICK (in the best way possible). From what I have seen Gianni Versace is not afraid of being more artistic at the expense of being obviously sexy. The hems are longer than what you might expect and drape the body in a way that reminds me forcibly of contemporary Japanese fashion. Below are a few of my favorite items that have come across my desk:

 

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Judith Leiber vs. SATC

There is this famous “Sex and the City” episode where Carrie throws a fit (of epic proportions) because Mr. Big buys her a Judith Leiber bag, which she considers an insult to her individuality. Whenever I catch that episode I almost spasm in irritation because she is being totally INSANE. Even though her accessories are  a little too Baroque for my style I still think Judith Leiber, especially vintage Judith Leiber, is rad.

While Judith Leiber is most synonymous with crystal handbags I think her belts are more collectible. Each one that I have come across feels unique and one of a kind. The ones I have featured below were not part of a single donation but came across my desk over the course of a few months. It seems more people feel the way I do than Carrie because we always manage to sell out of them within days.

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Retro Modernism

“I wanted to create a futuristic heroine who was believable in the future, but with her feet firmly planted in film noir past.”

-Michael Kaplan

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The assorted pieces of vintage Thierry Mugler that we got in last week strongly remind me of the 80′s Sci-Fi classic “Blade Runner”. I love how both the futuristic film and the designer clothing are from the 80′s but are clearly inspired by the sharp tailoring of the 40′s.  The curved seams and strong shoulders are used to give the clothing and costumes a feeling of nostalgia without appearing dated.

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Mugler Front Drape Dress

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Mugler skirt suit jacket

Fortunately “Blade Runner” is set in Los Angeles in 2019 so you still have time to stock up for the noir future via our selection of Thierry Mugler!

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