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Inspired By: Vintage Fashion Ads

26 Jan

If you are like us, there are large piles of old fashion magazines occupying much space in your apartment. One of the reasons that we can’t bear to part with magazines that are (sometimes) decades old is the ads. Beyond being able to see models-of-the-moment in their prime, we love to look back at labels that are no longer on the scene (Claude Montana), or have been taken over by new designers (Thierry Mugler). Here, a few vintage ads that we have come across lately. Our favorites being the DVF ad with both Iman and Gia(!!!) and the CK One image featuring the lovely model-turned designer Lois Samuels (that’s her on the far left).

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The Market: Moschino Cheap and Chic Tuxedo Silk Shirt

26 Jan

Moschino Cheap and Chic Tuxedo Silk Shirt, $768, harrods.com

Franco Moschino holds the softest of places in our hearts. The void that his death left in the fashion industry is still palpable and we have made it a point to keep up with the label that still bears his name. We are on the hunt for cool, cheeky tops for spring and came across this subtly subversive take on a classic tuxedo shirt.  The  piqued collar and the short, pleated sleeves inject just the right amount of femininity.

The Collections: Alexander McQueen Pre-Fall 2012

25 Jan

The lens of the fashion world has shifted to the couture, but we are still gleefully haunted by the Alexander McQueen Pre-Fall 2012 collection.  Most of the time, words are easy to find when reflecting on the impact of a collection, but Sarah Burton has again left us utterly speechless. Insanely gorgeous. For some reason, we have an urge to go belt shopping…

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Inspired By: Antonio Lopez

23 Jan

When we think of 70’s fashion, one of the names that comes to mind is legendary fashion illustrator Antonio Lopez. The Puerto Rico-born artist was an ubiquitous presence on the NYC and Paris scenes and is said to have discovered model Jerry Hall as well as style icon Grace Jones. His illustrations were elegant and lively and often had a moody vibe that was perfect for fashion.

Antonio Lopez in Paris, 1971

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

The Trench Book by Assouline

23 Jan

The Trench Book, Assouline 2007, $35, assouline.com

Few pieces of clothing are more evocative than the classic trench coat. They may have had a humble military pedigree, but they have definitely come into their own as a must-have staple in both women and men’s closets. Just name a Film Noir movie, and you will find that both the male and female characters will be stylishly wrapped in a trench at some point, and, of course, we hardly need to mention the scene from Breakfast at Tiffany’s when Holly is looking for her cat in the rain… (who hasn’t cried at this moment?) Our favorite publishing house, Assouline, gathered all of these classic trench moments in a gorgeous book from 2007 called The Trench Book.  Written by Nick Foulkes, The Trench Book explores all aspects of the iconography of the trench coat, from the no-nonsense uniform of the detective to the more erotic iterations that were the seed of many a fantasy. We seriously love this book and have given it to many a chic friend as a gift. You can purchase it here.

Cool Blog Alert: William Okpo

19 Jan

Darlene and Lizzy Okpo, photo by Jason Eric Hardwick

One of our friends, designer Travis White, recently turned us onto William Okpo, a forward-thinking, NYC-based label run by sisters Lizzie and Darlene Okpo. Named after their father, William, the collection pays tribute to the sister’s Nigerian roots and deftly advances the dialogue on silhouette and proportion. But what we love just as much as the clothes is the sister’s Tumblr. Anything that allows us to get a peek into a designer’s inspiration is a must-see. Here, a few photos from the blog and looks from the William Okpo SS12 collection. See the entire William Okpo SS12 collection and blog here and take a look at Travis’ equally cool blog, Fashion Has Sex with Art here.

 

A look from William Okpo SS12

 

A photo from the William Okpo Tumblr

 

A photo from the William Okpo Tumblr

 

A look from William Okpo SS12

 

A look from William Okpo SS12

The Market: Marni Printed Wedge Sandal

19 Jan

Marni Printed Leather Wedge Sandal, $655, net-a-porter.com

Much to our delight, the SS12 collections are slowly landing in stores and while we may be living in boots at the moment, we are ready to move on to sandals and sky-high wedges. These Marni wedges stopped us in our tracks. The cool graphic and overall design of the shoe is pure 70’s and something that we can imagine being worn at an old-school Tupperware party(complete with the dusty yellow/green kitchen) with a mini A-line shift dress. Spring cannot come fast enough…