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NOTES OF RELEVANCE: Vintage fashion inspiring contemporary fashion came to a head last night at the annual Costume Institute Ball at the Metropolitan Museum of Art, the exhibition for which aligns the design work of Elsa Schiaparelli (20s to 50s) with Miuccia Prada (80s to present) in Impossible Conversations… This season designers are inspired by fashions from the 50s, 60s, and 80s… Often in stores designer looks from today are styled with items from decades past – think Ralph Lauren’s windows that feature old fisherman garments and tools, Brooks Brothers with hunting items… We’ve noticed recently that baristas from independently-owned coffee shops across the country are wearing turn of the century items to spice up their daily ‘uniforms’, just one more ‘hip’ factor to add to gourmet coffee… If you prefer comfort over high fashion, remember that you can tailor all of your vintage pieces (note: waists were smaller and cinched in back then, but yours doesn’t have to be!)… We’d love to know some of your favorite vintage stores in cities visited, post comments here!
VINTAGE CLOTHING CITY BY CITY:
LA: Decades on Melrose Ave; Lux De Ville on Sunset Boulevard; reVamp on South Broadway; Wasteland, with an LA location on Melrose Ave; The Way We Wore on La Brea Ave.
OAKLAND: MERCY Vintage Now on Piedmont Ave.
NYC: INA with locations in NoHo, SoHo, NoLita, Chelsea, and Uptown; Tokio 7 on East 7th St; Amarcord on Lafayette St; What Goes Around Comes Around on West Broadway; Beacon’s Closet on 5th Avenue; No. 6 at 6 Centre Marketplace; Mafalda on Atlantic Ave in Brooklyn; Vice Versa on West 51st St; Screaming Mimis on Lafayette St; Shareen Vintage on West 17th Street; Fox & Fawn Vintage on Manhattan Ave in Brooklyn.
MILAN: Elizabeth the First on Alzaia Naviglio Grande; Vintage Delirium di Franco Jacassi on Via Sacchi; L’Armadio di Laura on Via Voghera.
PARIS: Didier Ludot with two locations, one on Rue Valois and the other at Galerie Montpensier; Vintage 77 on Rue de Ménilmontant.
LONDON: Blackout II on Endell Street; Darkroom on Lamb’s Conduit Street; Absolute Vintage with two locations, one on Hanbury Street and the other on Berwick Street.
DC: Annie Creamcheese on M Street NW; Secondi on Connecticut Ave; Meeps on 18th Street NW.
RESOURCES FOR VINTAGE-INSPIRED FINDINGS:
LA: French General on Riverside Drive sells vintage clothing materials and teaches workshops.
NYC: Tinsel Trading on West 37th Street features shelves of ‘vintage’ ribbons and trimmings; Hyman Hendler & Sons on West 38th Street also has a fantastic ribbon collection; Tender Buttons on East 62nd Street is a goldmine for tiny embellishments.
PARIS: La Droguerie on Rue du Jour is a yarn and ribbon store.
LONDON: get the look of vintage with Liberty prints from the flagship on Great Marlborough Street.