Category — Fashion & Media
I ran across this funny (at least to me) article about vintage images of housewives staying in shape while they do their household chores. Of course my vintage-tracked mind went straight for this skirt.
Now, I consider myself a feminist. I believe that women should be paid equally as men for the same job. I do believe some women are strong enough to do very physically demanding work, and I don’t think women are bad mothers or wives if they choose to work and love their careers. Above all, I am happy that as women we are allowed to make these kinds of choices for ourselves, rather than society dictating what our role should be. I am thrilled that I have the option to stay at home with my kids or have a fabulous career. Having a choice is what our foremothers fought for.
So I look at these smiling women, dusting, mopping and wiping, and think, “Look at them multitask!” They are getting their recommended 30 minutes of exercise while taking care of their casa! Because I tried vacuuming for 30 minutes for my cardio – you KNOW that is not exercise. Stop lying.
Did I just regress 60 years or am a true feminist and look at this as one of the many choices I am now lucky enough to have? And look at that SKIRT!
What do you think? Sexist or Hooray for Choice? Leave a comment!
May 31, 2013 4 Comments
Nicole Richie has become one of my favorite style icons in the last three years. Her choice of gown for the Met Gala now puts her on my top 5 list. I’m not sure who this dress was designed by, it could just another example of anonymous vintage that can upstage any contemporary design.
In true Nicole form, her sexy arm cutouts seem to be studded in either rhinestones or metal studs, can’t tell from this image. Glamour and edge all in one dress. I think she nailed it!
image: Getty Images
May 4, 2011 No Comments
We know her as the dead serious judge on Project Runway. When it come to style and fashion, Nina Garcia is all business. But sometimes life calls for more than business dressing and for us average ladies, the world is not a runway or an editorial spread. In comes Nina Garcia’s new style guide! Nina Garcia’s Look Book: What to Wear for Every Occasion.
Garcia has already written two best selling books – The Little Black Book of Style and The Style Strategy. I own both and they are also really great books.
When I received my review copy, the first thing I looked for was Ruben Toledo’s delightful illustrations. His chic and stylish figures make me giddy.
Part art book, part reference, this plump guide (twice the size of her previous style books) reads like a friend’s advice – a friend that is SERIOUS about fashion and style. The first thing you will see, which I felt was very clever, is the inside cover illustrated with Ruben Toledo’s ladies and the corresponding page numbers where you can find each one.
The table of contents is organized by occasion: work, dating, day, night, holidays, life events, weddings, dream travel. This guide does not skimp. If you think you’re going to get age-old advice like dress sexy but not revealing for a date, guess again. Once section in the dating chapter is all about What to Wear When You Break Up with Your Boyfriend. How is that for specific? Any possible event is covered in this book, big or small. Thinking about that Halloween party? Yes, Nina has advice on that too.
My favorite part was the traveling section. I always struggle with what to wear on the plane. Here’s an excerpt:
Think dark colors and soft, natural, knit fabrics that move with you and feel good against your skin. A pashmina keeps you warm and toasty for napping on the plane and works as chic accessory once you’ve reached your destination.
But Nina Garcia is not all about rules. Each chapter contains anecdotes of famous rule breakers such as Josephine Baker and style quotes from style icons such as Lady Gaga who says “I’m just trying to change the world, one sequin at a time”.
Nina Garcia’s Look Book really reminded me of Edith Head’s How to Dress for Success. In fact, Nina Garcia quotes the famous Hollywood costume designer and style guru. The simple truth is that good style advice never changes. We just keep adding more occasions in which to think about our dress. This book is a modern resource for those of us that don’t have a seriously fashionable friend we can call and ask “What should I wear to the opera?”.
The only con this beautiful and fun book has is that it is a bit heavy, so it made it difficult to carry when I was traveling. But since it does read more like a reference/art book rather than a sit and read cover to cover book, I suppose I can sit on my sofa and look up all the answers to my dressing questions. Or I can just get a bigger bag!
I highly recommend this book to anyone who would like some guidance with appropriate dress for a variety of occasions, or as a gift to anyone who loves fashion or fashion illustration. The book retails for $23.99 and is available now!
August 23, 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
BillionDollarBabes.com always has the best selection of vintage Chanel. Don’t miss this sale! Need an invite? No problem! Tell them Sandra at DebutanteClothing.com sent you!
June 27, 2010 No Comments
Last Thursday, I was thrilled to attend the anticipated social media panel put on by Fashion Group International, Los Angeles. The panel consisted of fashion attorney Staci Riordan, Jennine Jacobs of the Coveted and Independent Fashion Bloggers, Macala Wright Lee of FashionablyMarketing.me, and Crosby Noricks of PR Couture.
I’ve been friends with Crosby and Jennine for a long time. It’s sort of odd that I had never met Jennine up until Thursday though. But that’s the magic of social media. You really get to know people, despite the miles and pixels between you. I’ve spent a bit more time with Crosby because she only lives about 2 hours away from me. I love her to death. Macala is a marketing power house and a blast to hang out with as well. I liked Macala as soon as i met her. You can imagine my giddiness when I not only got to spend time with all of these ladies, but I also got to learn from them.
The audience consisted of fashion professionals wanting to add social media to their marketing mix. I felt pretty good about my own understanding and use of social media because i felt that the information shared was pretty much in line with what I already know and use in the world of social media and marketing.
Being in the presence of not just friends, but movers and shakers in the online fashion arena, gave me the focus I needed to think about where I want to take Debutante Clothing, myself, and my business. I was feeling empowered and inspired being amongst my friends and colleagues.
The next morning, I arranged for us all to meet at Down Beat Cafe in Echo Park for some brunch and some girl time. Even though I’ve known Jennine for some time, sitting and talking to someone, live, really fills in the little pieces of the puzzle of that person. Their mannerisms, their voice. Jennine is as much a doll in real life as she is in person.
I’m so glad I got to spend some quality time, professionally and as friends with Jennine, Crosby, and Macala. I’m hoping we can do it again soon!
May 25, 2010 3 Comments
Last night’s episode of Gossip Girl may have been full of sex and betrayal, but what intrigued me the most was the social moires of the debutante ball. My site is called Debutante Clothing, but the name of my store and blog, was never intended to showcase overpriced, society approved fashion. In fact, Debutante Clothing was inspired by the line in Blondie’s song Dreaming…
when you met me in the restaurant, you could tell I was no debutante…
The name is tongue in cheek. It represents the idea that one can wear beautifully made clothing from decades past and look like you just stopped off a runway.
I started wearing vintage as a cheap way to recreate runway and high fashion looks. A way to have unique style. Most people wear vintage for this reason. Debutante Clothing for me was sort of a cheeky mindset of having fabulous style in a completely unexpected way. Much like the blonde in Blondie, Debbie Harry. Debbie Harry was the queen of the high-low mix. Stephen Sprouse mingled with thrift store finds. And she was a style icon.
Now that I am older and my taste has evolved, along with my pocketbook being a little thicker, the debutante wardrobe isn’t so unattainable. But I still can’t bear to look like a high priced clone. To this day I have to give my wardrobe some unexpected edge, some vintage flair, and unique style ala Jenny Humphrey.
November 10, 2009 4 Comments
I loved Anna Sui’s Spring 2010 collection. I especially love her explanation of her influence for her super fun and girlie show. Check out the runway show!
September 18, 2009 No Comments
Betsey Johnson has released a collection of fashion show videos from her archives. They are so much fun to watch and I challenge you to walk away after just one. When you think about how long Betsey Johnson has been in the business, you can bet her energy and stamina have kept the label going strong since the 1970s!
Without sounding all Project Runway on you, you can see Betsey Johnson in her collections year after year. When you see a BJ outfit, you know it’s her. Her designs are always fun, youthful, quirky, romantic but with a bit of edge.
As a fashion collector and vintage dealer, I’m always thrilled to find any form of media that contains a piece I own. It concretely dates the garment. Imagine my surprise when I saw the matching skirt to a vintage Betsey Johnson top I own. I shrieked! At 6:20, we enter the Kibbutz room in the multi-themed room fashion show of Fall 1982. I didn’t see my top but it doesn’t seem like we get to see all the models.
The top may not have a lot of value – I don’t collect Betsey Johnson pieces for that reason. But I am so proud to own a piece of subculture fashion history.
Betsey Johnson and Vivienne Westwood are the doyennes of high end, subculture fashion. They brought street, music -namely punk -influence to the runway. Even BJ’s label is punk rock!
August 25, 2009 No Comments
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August 14, 2009 1 Comment