Tuesday, July 16, 2013


When I was a little boy growing up in Beverly Hills (cue the harp), there was a corner on Rodeo Drive and Little Santa Monica Blvd that always had a certain awe to me.  In the 1980s it was home to the Claude Montana boutique and I actually worked there on occasion since it was owned by legendary retailer Theodore Fink.  The Montana boutique may not be there anymore, but it seems like that Rodeo Drive corner has been terrible luck for almost every retailer since!  The last one to bite the dust was Missoni, but currently it serves as a location for the Saint Laurent temporary store.  I've been thinking a lot about Montana since he more or less disappeared from the fashion landscape UNTIL two weeks ago in Paris when he mysteriously returned to design contributing three Haute Couture looks to Eric Tibusch's runway show.  I wasn't familiar with Tibusch, but the fact he lured Montana out of retirement is no small achievement.  Montana told the press that he would be back!  Well, speaking of back, this Montana chocolate jersey gown has a delicious back that criss-crosses and drapes across the derriere.  It is hardly typical of Montana's notorious epic 80s shoulder pad looks, but all the more reason why I like it:  it's not obvious.  As for brown, frankly, I have had issues about this color in the past, but there was a lot of brown on the Couture runways from Dior and especially Valentino.  The thing with brown is you need to be extra chic and confident.  Attributes which I think a "Decades Girl" understands perfectly well.  Zanotti sandals.  Statement cuff.  Tracy Anderson arms.  Your dress.

Claude Montana brown tank-top jersey gown, c. 1980's. Modern size 4 to 6. SOLD

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