Thursday, October 20, 2011

Vintage Kitsch Couture Fashion News & Links: October 20, 2011

The Vintage:

TOWIE's Lydia Bright takes her love for vintage too far in garish dress for store launch... as she's upstaged by chic mother Debbie

But The Only Way Is Essex star Lydia Bright today took her love of all things vintage slightly too far as she turned up at her store launch wearing a garish printed dress.
DEAR LORD... Who are these people?  I assume a British movie star or someone with whom I am unfamiliar, but if you like to look at vintage that makes you absolutely cringe... this is the article for you. The article claims that while the girl on the right looks all wrong, the mother (left) looks chic.  I agree.  If she's dressed for Halloween... FAIL.

Levi's launches vintage clothing site
The famed jeans brand is playing up its heritage by dedicating a full website to Levi's Vintage Clothing.
Vintage Handbag Exhibit at Garden City Library Evokes Nostalgia

The collection on exhibit provides a snapshot of fashion trends from the roaring 20s through the 70s.
A vintage shoe steps up and then down
For two decades, Warrior stayed in the doldrums of public neglect, dying a slow death. Thensomething magical happened. Warrior (and its brother brand, Feiyue's) shoes started turningup in Europe - in upscale boutiques and glossy fashion magazines. A pair fetched upwards of50 euros ($69). Orlando Bloom and other cool dudes were spotted wearing them.
The Kitsch:

Kate Moss the opposite of glamour: Calvin Klein

"The reason for Kate [Moss] and this whole group of women I found that someone named 'waifs' was because before that, a lot of women were getting breast implants and doing things to their buttocks. It was getting out of control. I just found something so distasteful about all that," he explained.
Ah yes... presenting an image of women with large breasts and curvy bottoms is distasteful when it convinces young women to go get plastic surgery. What is not distasteful, however is presenting an image that promotes anorexia, bulimia, and drug use.

I did a little research on the above comment, "that someone named 'waifs'".  According to the first known use of the word "waif" is the 14th Century and the probable origin of the term is Scandinavia.  And in quite the paradox, the definition they give includes, "a stray person or animal expecially: a homeless child."

So, basically this "someone" to whom Klein is referring, was basically saying that his models looked like starving homeless children.  Now that's something to brag about.

Portrait motif for vintage and chic look
The latest fad that's taken over city folk is the portrait motif. Be it on clothes, jewellery or bags, this motif is favoured for its simple, vintage and chic look.
This is such a neat little article to read because it gives insight into what is considered "vintage inspired" in India.

The Couture:

Hot designer Alexander Wang makes sexy, attainable fashions for the texting generation
Ralph Lauren, Michael Kors and Marc Jacobs may be the instantly recognizable names in American fashion today. But when it comes to the future establishment, Alexander Wang will surely be on the list
Style Icons Ralph Rucci, Donald Brooks Inducted into Fashion Walk of Fame
Couture king Ralph Rucci and the late Donald Brooks were officially inducted into the Fashion Walk of Fame  Wednesday, joining the likes of Oscar de la Renta, Ralph Lauren and Mainbocher as part of the tribute modeled on the Hollywood Walk of Fame
Vera Wang Surprises With Black Wedding Gowns
These special occasion frocks, cleverly named Witchcraft, are the hottest news coming out of this week's New York Couture Bridal Fashion Week.
These special occasion frocks, cleverly named Witchcraft, are the hottest news coming out of this week's New York Couture Bridal Fashion Week.
I find this to be quite interesting. This made me remember something I read somewhere once about Sarah Jessica Parker saying she regretted her choice to wear a black wedding dress when she married Matthew Broderick...


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