Friday, July 31, 2009


Many of you will recognize the lovely and charming Amanda from past posts. Amanda is more than a part time Decades super model! For the past few years, Amanda has been the amazing Manager of our sister store, DECADESTWO, which famously sells designer contemporary (21st Century) clothing. Alas, today is her last day :( and this may be her last time gracing us with her beauty on the Decades blog, so we thought we needed to make sure she retired with a bang in vintage Emanuel Ungaro. "What?" say many of our Balmain-addicted clients when they look at the moire taffeta ruched gown below and compare it to the Balmain runway shot further down the page. Yes, Balmain for fall owes a lot of inspiration to the early 1980s work of Monsieur Ungaro. We only wish the much-maligned House of Ungaro would have embraced its own codes over the last few years and did Ungaro for the 21st Century, because Balmain sure knows how to rock the Ungaro look. (Is it interesting how many great brands refuse to celebrate their DNA when they relaunch...Fashion Investor Advice...if you have a brand with a great identity, USE it or LOSE it!).

Back to Amanda, she's a perfect size two and although this Ungaro is marked size four, it is closer to a zero. Amanda may be smiling in these pics, but she could barely breath! So if you are a size zero and want a va-va-voom evening gown that out Balmains a new Balmain, will give you lovely lady lumps, and fit an elite petite body, this one is as good as it gets. As for Amanda, no one does it better and we wish her amazing success in her future endeavors and hope we may entice her with a few Decades blog modeling cameos in the very near future.

Emanuel Ungaro Parallele blue moire silk/acetate taffeta ruched strapless gown, c. early 1980s. Marked size 4, modern 0
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