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May 16th, 2007

Old vintage, new vintage—continued . . .

From the star-studded Golden Globes to the embroidered summer
smocks on the streets, vintage has been, well, making a comeback. That just sounds odd, but it is what it is. 

Whether it’s big sunglasses covering half your face, or
rounded high necklines and A-line skirts, Jacqueline Onassis has an undeniable
presence in today’s trends. Jackie O was
a fashion icon during her time in the white house and political limelight, and
still remains fresh in our minds as a vision of beauty and femininity. This vision has been materialized by many
designers in this year’s spring collections including Fluet, Lanvin
and Stella McCartney. Michael Kors came
out with a chic Jackie Dress complete with enlarged button details and vertical
front pockets. 

Personally, I love pockets in dresses. When you see a woman in a stylish dress with
her hands hidden in the pockets, it only adds to the feminine mystique. Michael Kors can bring you from the day into
the Jackie O-so-sophisticated evening with the high-neck layered halter dress. The halter straps of this graceful dress
continue by draping down the back in a flowing fabric procession making one
look like a goddess of the wind. The
hemline of both dresses hits half way down the thigh giving “mini-me” a whole
new modern meaning. Mike Myers, eat
your heart out.

Most notably, Reese Witherspoon jumped on the vintage
train at this year’s Golden Globes with her Olivier Theyskens 1950s-inspired strapless dress. She paired
this flirty—yet simple—yellow sweetheart dress with eye-popping ruby red
shoes that kept all the witches of the west at bay. However, Reese is not the only celebrity striking a
vintage pose.

Renee Zellweger carried her distinctive style through several
red carpet events by delving into the Lily et Cie boutique in Los Angeles. The owner of this boutique has been collecting vintage haute couture for
over 20 years! When you enter the store
you’re seemingly transported into a couture dream world that you thought was
only attainable in movies. As you
meander through her compilation, your eyes will widen as you waltz through a
lesson in vintage class.

With boutiques like Lily et Cie, designers like Michael
Kors and beauties like Reese and Renee feeding our hungry eyes with styles from the the past, how can we not look to vintage for fashion
guidance? How can we not return to the
ways of fashion past and “follow a revival of a trend” even if we have lived
through it? Humph! Stupid fashion rules . . . I guess I just wanted to prove a point that like history, fashion always repeats itself.

 

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