Ponte Knit Dress – Banana Republic (similar here) Mink Stole purchased at J. Colleen (similar here & here) 24kt Gold Leaf Earrings (similar here) Vintage Brooch & Gloves (similar here & here) Vintage Suede Structured Handbag (Grace Niles) Corso Como Patent Pumps
For a winter ensemble, wrapping oneself in a luxurious mink shawl or wrap complemented by subtle vintage accessories is a timeless choice. Having acquired an exquisite collection, this includes my grandmothers’ vintage mahogany mink coat, a blonde mink shrug and a number of fox fur stoles. Fur fashion is not a trend, it’s a timeless look dating back to the golden era where women dressed to the occasion. A fur coat or shawl can bring controversy regarding morals, finances and esthetic concerns. A fair share will find authentic vintage fur to be a bit expensive, doubtfully moral but yet very gorgeous. From a personal stand point of revisiting the past displaying these treasures, morally suppresses one from purchasing a new reproduction.In my search for vintage rarity, I’ve found myself blessed possessing an array of furs which convey a remembrance of a past once lived. Acquiring a sought after item in the East Bay town of Lafayette, J. Colleen, an adored boutique I find myself frequenting often. There I found a 1960s mink stole with satin lining, monogrammed with the initials J.C. an item which owner Julie Rubio, held dear. J. Colleen houses an array of private brand name labels such as Altana Danzhalova, Manjusha and, Urban Rocks Jewelry which includes a private upscale consignment collection.From an array of lengths, color tones and density, the level of warmth to construction patterns there is sure to be one that gravitates toward your personal asthenic, budget and desire. I find this glamorous mink stole drapes flawlessly over the shoulders, accentuating the closure with a rhinestone brooch. What better way to revive the glamour of an era gone by.
Ann Taylor Feather Hem Dress (similar here) Diamond Accented Onyx Ring – Macy’s Vintage Diamond Tennis Bracelet & Chandelier Earrings (similar here & here) Jeweled Pumps by Carrano (sold at Piperlime, similar here) Vintage Kodak Browine Junior Camera sold here
The simplicity of the 1920’s has appeared in the historical theatrical film depiction of The Great Gatsby, which showcased glam and prevailing glitz. Women of the roaring era displayed such style of wealth out on the town, conversing over dinner a swanky club or taking in a night at the opera. Special occasions were best attended showcasing the extravagant attire accompanied by the shimmer of designer accessories.
Despite the winter months baring arms among legs became a modest persisted. From front rounded necklines that came rather high to the low cut backs which plunged low, some reaching the waist line. Women of this era garnished the finest jewels, beads, crystal headdresses and lavish shawls. In the year of 1925 the debut of fringe and feathers accented the standard form of attire for show girls. I find the movement of fringe and feathers adds a playful youth to the stereotype ‘Flapper Dress’, providing a Chicago chic sense of style.With a decade consumed with all-night celebrations which included song, dancing and an abundance of liquor. The goal of creating simultaneous sophistication with a shimmer of sex appeal depended on the individual, with an outcome that can be lavished during an elegant dinner for two. When choosing a comparable ensemble of the 1920s, modern day designers have produced garments that clone the luxurious velvet, silk, satin and chiffon fabrics. Gold and silver were prime eye catching choices with black being desired for evening wear, thanks to iconic designer Coco Chanel. Live life as they had with opulence, sumptuousness, decadence, and all that jazz.
Gabardine Wool ‘Lady Scott’ Blazer (similar here) White Blouse – Ann Taylor Vintage Wool Plaid Skirt Created by Roberta Alexander (similar here & here) Vintage Earrings (similar here) Gold Halette Pumps – Truth or Dare by Madonna
Over the years, I have continuously admired the women of the 1950’s for their ageless sophistication and graceful appearance, as their style has made a mark within my personal aesthetic. A muse can be seen as one that “Makes the magic happen” as Audrey Hepburn did when she first met Hubert Givenchy, designer of the iconic black sheath dress worn in ‘Breakfast at Tiffany’s’. Another individual whom I hold dear to my heart would be my late aunt, Roberta Alexander, a talented designer of her era, which has inspired my sense of style. Her prevailing fashion and style choices will always live on, through her 1970’s vintage designs.
In her late life, my aunt commissioned her fashion career with passion and creativity. Her designs consisted of traditional red plaid patterns; peter pan collared blouses and elongated polyester embellished maxi dresses. Gifted from her collection, a cross-hatched wool plaid patterned pencil skirt which I’ve come to adorn. A sentimental maverick garment which I have paired with my late grandmother’s nuptial blazer. Standing together once again mother and daughter, their souls joined through the conjunction of fashion.During this particular photo-shoot my mother had the honor to stand by, witnessing the garments of her late mother and sister come home for the holidays. Bring home the past with the adaptation of a fashionable past this holiday season.