Category — Designer
I know Target is the king of collabs, but honestly, the only collection I have been impressed with was the Alexander Mcqueen (doing the sign of the cross like a good Mexican Catholic girl should as a prayer for the passed). But when I read about the Lanvin collection, my couture-taste-on-a-thrift-store-budget heart raced. And the line is gorgeous – from here. There’s already some backlash on the quality and the prices. Dresses are priced at about $200. Definitely on the high side for H&M. I’ll have to wait and see.
If you would rather have the real deal, an authentic Lanvin for Lanvin dress, then you’re in luck. I am listing a vintage Lanvin dress from the 1970s next week! Here’s a preview:
Leave me a comment or email me if you would like to be notified when this dress goes live!
I forgot to post a beautiful video that BarracudaTV.se was kind enough to send me about the Lanvin H&M collaboration. I love Alber Elbaz!
Lanvin for H&M photos via Racked.com
November 4, 2010 6 Comments
When the judges on Project Runway told Mila Hermanovski that her look was too retro and mod, I scoffed. In my world, 1960s geometric prints and patterns will never go out of style. When I got the confirmation to Mila’s Spring ’11 show during LA Fashion Week, I was so excited. I couldn’t wait to see her gorgeous mod inspired designs. I was surprised, but equally impressed, by her softer, earthier collection. Influenced by minerals, Mila combined her signature geometric patterns with earth tones and fabrics with sheen to create a luminous illusion.
There were several pieces I would personally wear – the tan tie dye looking top and the blue striped tunic were two of my favorite pieces. I also really loved the pearly white patent leather crinkled cuff bracelets. But the stand out piece that I am absolutely coveting right now are those amazing leggings.
The smoky gray were my favorite, but there is a black version available on the site. Those leggings are made up of dozens of pieces of complimentary sheer panels. These are no ordinary leggings and I think these could easily go from spring to fall and day to night.
October 26, 2010 2 Comments
Just got the link for the sneak peek preview at the Billion Dollar Babes vintage Chanel jewelry. They always have a great selection of wearable vintage Chanel. This sale is no exception. I’m loving the necklaces. Don’t miss out on this sale starting Monday!
Need an invite? No problem! Be my guest.
October 3, 2010 No Comments
Many of you helped me celebrate five years of being online. Thank you to everyone who tweeted, followed, and entered this giveaway. If it weren’t for readers and patrons like you, I would’ve given up on this crazy business. But alas, there can only be one winner. And the winner is…
Retro Chick will be receiving the lovely Yves Saint Laurent silk wrap/scarf. I can’t wait to see you wear it doll!
Thanks again to everyone who reads and visits my site. You make plugging away worth while. xo.
September 8, 2010 2 Comments
I rarely wear head to toe vintage. I used to all the time. But with my current lifestyle, I choose to mix my vintage with modern pieces. Most of my modern wardrobe is vintage inspired and 90% of my modern wardrobe is discount retail. Yeah, I could probably afford to splurge on full price designer items, but I love to shop too much to shop full retail price. Most of my modern wardrobe comes from Marshalls because I love that I can get current styles for less. So when Marshalls contacted me about their Cozy Up to Off-Price Shopping blogger event, how could I say no?
So I traveled to Boston to check out the TJMaxx/Marshalls Fall Fashion preview. About 25 of us bloggers met with the lovely folks at TJX, Ogilvy and Rocket XL for a whirlwind 24 hours in Massachusetts including a tour of the TJX headquarters, a briefing on what off-price shopping is, an amazing preview of the fall goodies hitting TJ Maxx and Marshalls stores, and a shopping spree!
At the TJX headquarters, bloggers attended a meeting where we were educated on how TJ Maxx and Marshalls manages to get their merchandise and why the prices are so great. One of the reasons they can do this is that they buy all year round. Where Macys, for example, buys for each season, TJX buyers are traveling the world and buying on the spot. A lot of people think the merchandise at TJ Maxx and Marshalls are past season or damaged. Actually, buyers buy current styles from designers. All of their stores get shipments of new merchandise weekly so the treasure hunter in me loves hit Marshalls a few times a month.
I hardly ever shop at TJ Maxx because I have a Marshalls right near my house. But when I realized how great the selection is in the “Runway” section of TJ Maxx, I was floored and realized I need to drive to my nearest TJ Maxx with a “Runway” department more often. Um Prada? Yes please. Moschino? I could use some. Only the TJ Maxxs with a “Runway” section carry these high end designers, but you never know, you might be able to find a coveted purple Runway tag at your local TJ Maxx.
So what do the buyers have in stock for Marshalls and TJ Maxx this Fall? Military, leathers, lace, and amazing structured jackets.
I’ve always loved shopping at Marshalls, and after visiting their headquarters and learning about all of the great things they do, I’m an even bigger fan. They are an amazing company to work for – they offer day care and all kinds of incentives for their employees. They raise money for charitable organizations such as Save the Children. I was so impressed with how socially responsible they are. It made me feel good that I shop with them.
So what did I score on my shopping trip? This adorable Cynthia Rowley dress for $20! I also picked up a bottle of Bvlgari perfume and some cute patent leather mary janes.
an entire room full of BAGS!
an entire room full of SHOES!
It was such a memorable event, and it was so great to meet other bloggers such as Jessica from What I Wore, Jen from Broke and Beautiful, Fashion Indie‘s Daniel Sayant, and
Rosa from Accidental Sexiness.
I was also thrilled to finally meet Abby Khan from Fusion Mag – I had worked with Abby years ago at FashionTribes so it was a neat coincidence to meet her in person.
It was a great event and I hope I get to work with TJX again because it is so easy to sing the praises of a brand that you shop anyway. Now, get yourself to a TJ Maxx or Marshalls and get some of these great Fall pieces.
September 2, 2010 No Comments
Can you believe it? Five years ago today, I reluctantly started a blog for my vintage e-shop Debutante Clothing. My dear friend, and moblogging maven Jen Hanen, encouraged me to blog as a way to release some of my pent up creative energy and to market my vintage wares.
After about six months, I was hooked! I loved writing about my passion, I made friends all over the world. It was much more quiet in the blogosphere back then. Now, there are a ton of bloggers, vintage and otherwise, and I couldn’t be happier, but I know I have to work it to keep with you youngins.I swear internet years are like dog years. Which would make Debutante Clothing 35 years old! Gulp. We’re the same age!
I’m so honored and grateful that some of you have stuck by me for this long. And even if you are a new reader or customer, thank you so much for taking the time to read my ramblings and browsing my shop.
For this golden anniversary (since these are internet years, I don’t think I need to follow the traditional anniversary guide) YOU, dear readers, get the presents!
I am giving away one of the following three items to one of you. Here’s what you have to do:
- follow on Twitter & tweet this post
- “like” Debutante Clothing on Facebook
- tell me what you want to win in the comments
You have to enter by Tuesday Aug. 31 at 12am PST
Good luck! And thanks for your love, friendship and loyalty! Here’s to 5 more years.
vintage Christian Dior flat clutch
image via Chronically Vintage
August 24, 2010 44 Comments
If you grew up in the 80s like I did, then you worshiped Madonna, to some degree, especially in your early teens. I recall going to the swap meet to buy neon colored studded belts that wrapped around twice, neon ankle socks, rubber bracelets and Wayfarer knock offs. The pièce de résistance? My lace communion gloves of which I promptly cut off the fingers – yes I was grounded for that.
For most of us, we still think about those early forays into fashion and pop culture with warm nostalgia. So when I heard of the Material Girl line for Macy’s, I was thrilled to see Madonna and child bring back some of the fun pieces that made the 80s such a great time in fashion.
Madonna’s beautiful daughter, Lourdes, is getting a first rate education in entrepreneurship and style. Of course I was concerned with the decency level of the collection. I mean, do you really want your 13-year-old wearing a belt that says “Boy Toy”? But it seems Madonna, at least in promos, is a normal mom. She gives Lourdes a bit of room to express herself through her clothing, but does set some limits. Reminds me of my mom. Minus the empire.
I was quite pleased to see the pieces in the collection. I don’t have a daughter, but I do have a niece and I’d love to buy her some of items in the collection such as the plaid shirts and jackets. She’s a bit young for the skirts and shorts, but I’m sure she’s going to try her luck.
The Material Girl collection is available now at Macy’s. How about you? Would you let your teen girl wear Material Girl?
P.S. I had no idea that the photograph in the background, one of the images from the Like a Virgin album, was photographed by Steven Meisel!
August 6, 2010 1 Comment
There is one style of sunglasses that I feel is universally flattering. Whether you have chipmunk cheeks like me (yeah I know wrinkles are less evident with chubby cheeks) or a perfectly heart shaped face, cat eyes are the slightly flared jean of the eye wear world. While its hey day was in the 1950s, the cat eye has been reinterpreted every single decade since then.
In the 1960s, we saw tortoise shell cat eyes. in the 1970s, we saw a larger, more exaggerated upsweep such as my fave YSL sunglasses purchased from Market Publique.They were a hit at the TwoPointOhLA picnic, where this picture was taken.
The 1980s saw a resurgence of Rockabilly and with it, colorful cat eyes in wild patterns.
With the 1950s style making a come back, as seen on the Louis Vuitton runway for Fall 2010, the classic feline shape is the eye wear du jour.
I’m really loving the Sonia Rykiel sunglasses. The rhinestone pair are such a fun exaggeration of 1950s rhinestone cat eyes and the bottom black rimmed ones are classic and cool.
What about you? Are you sporting vintage or vintage inspired cat eyes this summer? Show us!
P.S. If you’re looking for some professional advice on how to shop for vintage eyewear or quality manufacturers of reproduction vintage glasses, check out my article with optometrist & vintage dealer, Robert Alvarez.
July 22, 2010 6 Comments
If you love vintage jewelry, especially costume and huge cocktail ready pieces, then you probably already worship Elva Fields. Inspired and made with vintage pieces, her stunning statement necklaces are both glamorous and whimsical.
There is a brand new summer collection available on the web. Alas, the top three pieces I immediately plopped my credit card down to purchase were already sold out! You’ve got to move fast for these babies. Check out the new collection at ElvaFields.com.
June 30, 2010 1 Comment
I’m so excited to share with you my latest article for Today’s Vintage magazine. I interviewed one of my all time favorite designers, Trina Turk. We focused on her new jewelry line which, no surprise, is heavily influenced by vintage costume jewelry from her very own, personal collection. The gives me the inside scoop on what the next collection will look like. I can’t wait to see it in her stores. I’m thinking a road trip to Palm Springs to see it is in order! Who’s with me?!
Read the full article on Today’sVintage.com, or you can pick up a copy of the magazine at your local antique store or mall.
Update: Elena of Fabulous Finds has also been bitten by the Trina Turk jewelry bug. She found an amazing necklace you have to see!
June 30, 2010 No Comments