Tuesday, July 22, 2014

GO BRITISH FOR THE QUEEN

  Now you don't have to be in London to get into the festive mood.  Just throw on something Made in the UK and fit for queen, just not for Queen Elizabeth.  This Zandra Rhodes one shoulder azure hand-painted chiffon dress has a bright berry colored silk trapunto trim and a slip of tonal jersey so the chiffon can billow without your knickers being revealed (I dare say the Queen would appreciate that)!  I am such a fan of Zandra Rhodes both as a designer and as a personality.  She's the epitome of a cool eccentric.





Zandra Rhodes silk jersey and chiffon one shoulder gown, c. 1980s.  Modern size 4 to 6.

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Monday, July 21, 2014

PINKY HATTIE

Hattie Carnegie was a Viennese-born fashion entrepreneur who introduced many great Parisian Haute Couture names to her NYC clientele in the 1920s to 1950s, including Chanel and Vionnet.  Her eponymous label offered both made-to-measure as well as high end ready-to-wear, decades before luxury brands offered secondary lines.  This early 1950s dress was sold through Marshall Field & Company.  These dresses were popular with icons like Joan Crawford and the Duchess of Windsor.  Carnegie created quite the lifestyle brand - she offered everything from costume jewelry to chocolate.  Just don't get chocolate on this pink confection please!
 


Hattie Carnegie for Marshall Field & Company pink lavender silk cocktail dress and wrap, c. 1950s.  Modern size 6
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Saturday, July 19, 2014

WHAT TO WEAR TO MEET THE POPE


Who doesn't love a little mystery in their life or closet?  The Chanel Creations label is neither Coco Chanel or Karl Lagerfeld.  It represents a period when Chanel was designed anonymously prior to Karl's triumphant debut in 1983.  The label was considered dead before Kaiser Karl worked his magic, but perfectly classic product was produced and this red coat and gift-with-purchase skirt is unworn. Originally purchased at Bullock's Wilshire, considering inflation, it retailed for nearly $8000 in the late 1970s (we have the original price tag).  Although the Chanel label may have not been reignited at time of design, it still carried a hefty price tag. 

Rumors have swirled about who designed Chanel between Coco and Karl and I don't have an answer.  However, I can confirm for the ultimate in classic, timeless Chanel, this is an ideal investment.  As I often remind my friends, one never knows when an invitation to meet the Pope may be received and a classic Chanel suit the ultimate in classic, timeless and appropriate attire.

-Cameron

Chanel Creations unworn red boucle classic day coat and skirt, c. late 1970s.  Marked size 8,  modern 4

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Thursday, July 10, 2014

IN THE MOOD FOR RED

Bernard Perris was famous for his dramatic creations in fine luxurious fabrics and the high voltage details. Trained in Haute Couture, Perris opened his boutique in 1985. After a break in fashion business in the seventies  especially with the "hippy look" which bothered him, now out and a return to more glamour, Perris continued to create clothes focusing on strong lines, color and continued his devotion to luxury. This silk red dress with an exposed back and asymmetrical exaggerated lapel is as chic as it is sexy. The perfect red dress to make an impression.  
-Eri 



Bernard Perris silk cocktail dress in red c.1980's. Modern size 4. 

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Wednesday, June 18, 2014

BUY LESS, MORE SMART!

When all else is fails, why don't you just get it right...very right and put on some vintage Yves Saint Laurent?  The stores are filled right now with marked down spring inventory.  Frankly, I am amused by things that were deemed so essential several months ago by the big books and bloggers and editorially celebrated now relegated to 65 percent off because let's be real...some of the stuff was just hideous! 
You can scoop up a ton of bargains that may not be bargains when you bring the pieces home and realize "yup, everyone was right...this is butt ugly" OR invest in a piece of Yves Saint Laurent Haute Couture.  This lace and navy crepe gown is a simple strapless silhouette in the perennially chic nautical combo of navy and white.  The belt is intact and you can edge up this gown with a pair of whimsical shoes by Charlotte Olympia.  This is the summer dress you should invest in.  Don't get too seduced by mark-downs.  I have a closet full of them and trust me, they add-up!  Be less, more smart!
 


Yves Sant Laurent Haute Couture dress in blue crepe with white bodice, c. 1980's.  Modern size 2-4. 

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Monday, June 16, 2014

DOES FASHION PUZZLE YOU?

Do you ever watch a fashion show with a look utter bewilderment on your face as if trying to solve the most complicated of puzzles?  Well do I have the dress for you!  Originally owned by a soap star who dated someone very rock 'n roll in her youth, this dress was purchased on a shopping spree to Paris.  The actress can't remember where she bought it and there's no label.  Certainly in the style of Paco Rabanne, the dress is an actual puzzle.  I would discourage from you taking this dress entirely apart unless you have a ton of time on your hand and aren't in a rush to jump onto a red carpet.  Rather, wear this when you really want to celebrate the Art of Fashion.  It's black and white and absolutely fabulous. 
 
 
 



Anonymous French black and white vinyl square panel dress, c.1960's. Modern size 4. 

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Friday, June 13, 2014

HOW TO MESS WITH A CLASSIC: THE POLO DRESS

Polos are back in the runways this season, transformed, twisted, knit, leather, lose or fitted, shirts or dresses,  it's all about polos. From Celine knitted polo dress to Louis Vuitton's gold lame shirt, the polo is definitely back and sexier than ever. This vintage Azzedine Alaïa gold knit dress is the perfect interpretation of sexy and classic. As we are constantly remembered by the cycles of fashion, always invest in a classic sexy Alaïa piece. It will always be on trend and make you look like a golden coin.
-Eri 





Alaïa knit polo dress in gold, c. 1990's.  Will fit modern size 2/4.  SOLD


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Thursday, June 12, 2014

SUMMER TRAVELS MUST-HAVES FROM HERMES

Summer is here and with that come travel plans. Whether a weekend getaway or a month long vacation packing smart and having the right luggage is important. This summer, keep everything simple with a Hermes toolbox handbag and a Hermes alligator wallet. The bag will be enough to fit anything you need for a trip and the wallet will easy fit your credit cards, iphone and passport. The wallet can double as a an evening clutch on a night out in the town and the bag can take you from shopping to the beach. Bon Voyage!! 
- Eri 







Hermes toolbox bag in gold swift leather,  32 cm with palladium hardware, 2014. 

Hermes zip around wallet in rose alligator leather, 20cmX10cm, 2009. SOLD


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Tuesday, June 03, 2014

IT GETS BETTER

Last night at the CFDA Awards, stunning actress and activist Olivia Wilde made her first red carpet appearance since giving birth in a vintage Mollie Parnis dress from Decades.  The dress has amazing provenance. It was worn by Anjelica Huston in 1974 to the Cannes Awards when she attended with Jack Nicholson. This is a reminder that vintage gets better with time. Forty years later, Wilde made this quintessential one shoulder fringed dress look thoroughly modern and made Decades proud.





 
   

Wednesday, May 21, 2014

LITTLE BLACK DRESS: THE UNIFORM OF WOMEN OF TASTE

The story of the little black dress starting form the 20's courtesy of Coco Chanel and remaining a stable uniform of all chic women through Decades, is not going away. These four wonderful dresses remind us that when a black dress is just right there is nothing else to wear in its place. From Christian Dior to Gianni Versace, from Norman Norell to of course Chanel these four options will freshen up your wardrobe and remain classics at the same time. Try wearing these with flats for a more relaxed and updated look. 
-Eri 









Christian Dior wool crepe dress with satin black bow belt, c.1960's. Modern size 4.

Chanel silk pleated dress with black gold logo button, c.1970's. Modern size 6. 

Norman Norell wool dress with side pockets, c. 1960's. Modern size 6. 

Gianni Versace silk jersey dress, c. 1990's. Modern size 6 to 8. 


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GET YOUR ANJELICA HUSTON ON

Enjoy this teaser of some of our favorite Anjelica Huston red carpet moments and BUY the looks here!
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