Category — Runway

Prada Does 1950s Rockabilly Style

There’s a running joke in the Rockabilly scene about flames, dice and cherries being the symbol of the 1950s infatuated followers of this subculture. Cars, tattoos, clothing – you name it. Anything can be made more “Rockabilly” with these calling card symbols.

Prada tapped into the style and marched statuesque models (a very opposite body type for Rockabilly girls) around a vintage gas station in sexy playsuits and glamorous skirts, complete with flamed out stilettos. And you know what? I love it!

I’m not too Rockabilly to love Prada’s whimsical take on the 1950s look of young women who may dress properly for school during the day, but run with bad boys in loud cars at night. And those shoes! I want a pair just to display in my home. Dare I say they are the Cadillac of shoes?

If you would like to see the beautiful video campaign click here: Prada’s 1950s Inspired Spring Collection



February 1, 2012   10 Comments

1960s Vintage Inspiration at Alice + Olivia Spring 2012

Lovely pastels with punchy florals and stripes at Alice + Olivia. I love it when designers put a modern spin on vintage. These pieces are so wearable and fun.

September 12, 2011   4 Comments

Vintage Inspiration | Bonwit Teller vs. Alexander McQueen Fall 2010

I didn’t want to be all tacky and blatantly show off my inventory while still mending a broken heart left by the breathtaking McQueen collection, but…

vintage velvet cape

Isn’t this cape hauntingly similar to the red Alexander McQueen cape? Now I don’t know if I can part with it.

March 10, 2010   3 Comments

Runway | Alexander McQueen’s Final Collection

Alexander McQueen’s last collection was shown this week. As only McQueen could, his final show is rich in opulent fabrics, trim, rooted in history, and yet unlike anything we have seen before. Alexander McQueen was one of the only designers that appealed to my eclectic, and often disjointed style preference. He was the master of edgy couture, luxe punk rock, and yet had the craftsmanship to make clothing that made you think “Yea, I can wear that.”

In his final collection, you see his use of luxury fabrics and trim – satin, gold embroidery  – done in a new an unexpected way, yet obviously influenced by ancient history. How many modern designers can be described that way? I wanted to share a few of my favorite pieces…







You can see the entire collection at or

March 10, 2010   1 Comment

Vintage Inspired | Karl Lagerfeld Inspired by 60s Updo

1960s updo karl lagerfeld

1960s updo karl lagerfeld

1960s updo karl lagerfeld

Photo by Delphine Achard via

March 9, 2010   3 Comments

20th Century Glamour – A Walk Down the Runway in Vintage Couture

decades 1950s pierre cardin ombre dress

Thursday night, I had the great pleasure of attending the Louis Verdad Louver collection preview. As if that weren’t enough fashion pleasure, Cameron Silver of Decades Inc. also showed a collection of twenty-four incredible gowns representing some of the best wearable vintage couture. I was so excited about this event that it wasn’t until I sat down to edit the video footage I took that I realized I was sitting behind Louis Verdad and Cameron Silver! The only stars in my eyes were the vintage kind.

The crowd was an interesting mix of fashionistas, celebrities such
as Rose McGowan dressed by Cameron Silver in a vintage Loris Azzaro,
Nicole Richie in vintage Zandra Rhodes and her new line, House of
Harlow, Nicky Hilton, Dana Delaney in a green vintage wiggle dress, and
Marisa Tomei in a 1958 vintage Christian Dior, with a few drag queens
for good measure. The entire night was a museum worthy installation of
beautiful fashion in every possible medium: 18-foot photos by August
Bradleya, a fashion film by Robertino Fonseca that captured Bradley’s
photo shoot, Louis Verdad’s collection displayed on mannequins, and the
piece de resistance, the Decades fashion show.


The show started with a very somber operetta by two vinyl, corseted
evening gown clad singers. Even the cello player was tightly bound in
black vinyl. Perhaps this was a way to bridge the gothic themed
collection by Louis Verdad and the vintage runway show.  Overall, it
was an interesting performance. Then, a parade of vibrant vintage gowns
marched down the runway.

The show included stunning gowns from the 1930s to the 1980s. Some
of my favorites included a pink 1950s Pierre Cardin ombre ball gown and
a 1930s blue paillette mermaid gown that I never would’ve guessed was
that old. The crowd went wild over a red sequined 1960s Norman Norell
cocktail dress. The colors ranged from fuschia to sea foam – I imagine
Cameron Silver is getting the store ready for spring.

The event was a much needed injection of glamour and high fashion in
a town that is best known for it’s Hollywood starlets and very casual
dress. I was thrilled to see so many attendees in vintage too.  I was
no longer self conscious of my bright pink and red dress amongst the
sea of black – vintage should stand out and be noticed. Isn’t this part
of why we wear it?

I am pleased to show you the latest of what I
hope will be a series of vintage themed videos produced by I hope my little Flip camera does the show
justice. Enjoy!

Decades Downtown LA Fashion Week Show from Sandra Mendoza-Daly on Vimeo.

Photos: / Felix Salzman

March 23, 2009   3 Comments

Glamorous Goth & Vintage Influence at Louis Verdad

louis verdad louver fashion preview

Last night, I attended the premier Downtown LA Fashion Week show titled An Evening of 20th Century Glamour which benefited the Los Angeles Museum of Contemporary Art. Along with an amazing array of vintage gowns from vintage clothing darling Cameron Silver’s, Decades (more on this tomorrow), Louis Verdad showed his newest collection titled Louver. If anyone has ever questioned LA’s fashion scene, last night’s show would have made their jaws drop.

The Decades-Verdad teaming for the event was apropos as there was much vintage influence in Verdad’s collection. A 1920s style, ebony crocheted gown accessorized with patent leather opera gloves, punctuated with a crystal and spiked studs encrusted bracelet mingled with a 1960s looking wool cape and cap ensemble. The entire collection was a tug of war of between goth/fetish chic and vintage glamour. Normally, these aesthetics don’t seem like they go together, but the juxtaposition of patent leather, delicate chiffon, crocheting, and studs was stunning.


The collection really resonated with me because mixing and matching design elements is what real style is all about. Those of us that wear vintage know this. Being a fan of mixing the unexpected, I felt the collection really reflected how LA people dress – we wear old and new, edge with femininity, high and low.

Louis Verdad has always had a feminine edge to his designs and is obviously influenced by great design from the past. He seems to feel comfortable in the world of frills, but just as relaxed in leather. He’s the perfect designer for any rock and roll rooted subculture girl.  I feel lucky to have such a great designer who goes beyond simply wearable, mainstream fashion call Southern California home.

If you want to seem more of the collection, go to my Flickr feed. Stay tuned for the Decades vintage clothing fashion show, in video!

Photos: ©Sandra Mendoza-Daly,

March 20, 2009   2 Comments

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March 4, 2009   No Comments

Independent Fashion Bloggers – Links à la Mode : November 23

This week we’ve got finding the perfect coat on Retro Chick and The Bare Skinny. A Few Goody Gumdrops knocked me out my chair with the most amazing diamond necklace I’ve ever seen. Hello, Lover, Hello Pantone… finally they are getting into shoes. 39thandbroadway explains the mystery that is behind sizes, it’s not your vanity. Debutante Clothing shows us safety pin couture, and The Coveted gives us all the reasons we need not to fake it.

  • 39thandbroadway – The truth behind your size label and your vanity!
  • A Few Goody GumDrops – A Few Goody Gumdrops is drooling over the all diamond necklace from Mauboussin!
  • Being High Maintenance, not Bitchy – How to capture classic 3.1 Phillip Lim style for less
  • Capitola Girl Jewelry Blog – The Steampunk-stylings of two indie jewelry artists who take wire-wrapped rings to another dimension…
  • Debutante Clothing – Debutante Clothing finds vintage inspiration from couture safety pins
  • Diary of a Style Addict – is coveting Rihanna’s look on her new “Rehab” video
  • Dogmom’s Dish – Tokidoki’s Simone Legno In San Francisco
  • dreamecho – Weapon of Choice: Cultural Commentary, Trivialization and Personal Responsibility in Fashion
  • fashion fille – A realization of the blogosphere’s current sequin obsession.
  • fashion in my eyes – In Maglia E Meglio,Christian Louboutin for Rodarte
  • Fashion Pulse Daily – Fashion Pulse can’t wait to get its hands on the Hayden-Harnett handbag collection for Target in December; get a sneak peak now!
  • Flights of Fab Fashion Fancy – Flights of Fab Fashion Fancy is loving these young, easy, chic looks from Sandro-a trendy-chic Parisian brand!
  • Hello, Lover… Shoe Daydreams – A special limited-edition collaboration between Pantone, the definitive guide to color and SeaVees, the purveyors of California casual
  • In Life and In Fashion – Why I am inspired by the woman who invented the wrap dress.
  • Independent Fashion Bloggers – Geek Chic: Best Tech for Fashion Bloggers
  • Iole in fashion – Sex and The city…again!
  • Little Black Book – Fashion Palette: a must for aspiring designers and persons hoping to make it in the fashion industry.
  • Mademoiselle Robot – With Christmas approaching, it is useful to know how to wear sequins without looking like a Christmas tree!
  • Or False Glitter – – Cherry Lip Lolita: youthful yet provocative beauty
  • PONY RYDER – A story behind Laurel S. sign up with NY model management.
  • Retro Chick – Baby it’s cold outside: A Guide to buying your perfect Winter Coat.
  • Shopping and Info – Shopping and Info found some great clutches that look like Angelina Jolie’s from the Changeling Private Screening in London
  • Some Like It Fashion – Going for Gold: The metallic look has evolved and given birth to a new trend. Some Like It Fashion discusses the merits of metal within clothing.
  • Style Discovery – “Transformation: Fremantle High Street Collective 2008″. Local fashion delight brought to you by Style Discovery from Perth, Western Australia.
  • Style Symmetry – Eyeliah calls cream and yellow a trend to watch!
  • The Bare Skinny – Hitting the Trenches to Find the Perfect Coat
  • THE COVETED – Faking Confessionals…and reasons why not to do it….
  • The Ongoing Project – Developing your personal style, part 3
  • The Subadult Years – A personal look at the effectiveness and limitations of the eco-friendly fashion trend in Toronto.
  • Your Style Star – 5 Simple Tips For Surviving Holiday Parties

November 23, 2008   2 Comments

Vintage Inspired Trend – Couture Safety Pins

vintage ingber safety pin purse

I have been coveting this 1950s Ingber safety pin bag for almost a year now. I love the quirky safety pin handle. Punk rock meets 5th Ave. While this bag is still chic, the audacious pin gives it a sense of humor. Really, the only thing holding me back is the price. And I think many others feel the same way because it’s been sitting there forever! Secretly, I know I’ll be devastated if anyone else buys it. So imagine my glee when I saw this safety pin bag by Bodhi. I declared, “It’s my safety pin bag!”

bodhi safety pin clutch

Their “Safety Clutch” features a leather and fur body, looks like pony hair, topped by an exaggerated safety pin handle. The Bodhi silhouette is a bit more modern, but I can’t help but love its original inspiration more.

Marc Jacobs also featured giant gold tone safety pins as fasteners for wide leather belts at his spring show.

marc jacobs spring belt
Photo: Greg Kessler

My punk rock friends may gag at the idea of couture safety pins, but there is something so tongue in cheek about accenting chic design with shiny, giant, household objects.

November 19, 2008   11 Comments

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