Something’s were just made to stand the test of time. Oscar De La Renta is one of those things for me. Every collector of timeless fashion should at least have one piece by this genius designer. Since the 1960’s his uniquely gorgeous designs have adorned some of the most glamorous people around the globe including style maven Jacqueline Kennedy.
This 1970’s Tweed and Gold Lame Dress Coat with Gold & Rhinestone buttons was the perfect choice for the elegant charity event hosted by Gateway to Cancer Research Foundation in Chicago. This garment can be worn as coat dress or simply as long coat over a dress or romper. On the red carpet or just making my rounds through the crowd, the compliments were plentiful. You know you made the right choice when a fellow blogger names you best dressed… Thank you Duffy Dossier again!
This piece was purchased in Chicago at Designer Chicago Resale. Please check out their amazing collection if your ever in the windy city!
Interview with Kate Aldrich (Patina Décor & Vintage)
How did you decide to open your store?
For 16 years I was a plate designer for a prominent company. My husband Tim Shaffer relocated to Las Vegas to pursue my career in architectures designs. That was 5yrs ago. After just a 1 ½ years we were ready to explore what else to world had to offer. My husband Tim was the one who took up the hunting of collections of vintage. He always had a love for clothing, but it wasn’t his business at the time. Tim is self-educated, and has the ability to see something and he knows what it is. And if he doesn’t know which designer it is, it’s just a matter of time before he figures it out! Tim had the vision to open the store, and he wanted me to run it! We were very successful, and even received national recognition in various magazines.
Where have you found your best pieces?
Most of them come from someone’s personal collection that they decided to give to me. These are people who may not have someone to pass them down to. I also hunt quite a bit in the Northern California Area. I’m not opposed to retail either if I truly love the piece. That makes me feel like a personal shopper.
What are the top 3 things someone looking to purchase vintage should look for?
Unique, Quality, and Fabric Embellishment. Definitely Not Labels! Key is Uniqueness. Seek Pieces that add value to your wardrobe, and collecting those pieces that you love is sooooo important. Better to have 1 thing you love verses 20 things you wish you never spent the money on.
Which period of fashion are we currently being influenced by?
80’s – Padded shoulders. Lots of prints, leather, high wasted pants.
Which period of fashion do you feel like has stood to the test of time?
60’s – It is the most beautiful and timeless period yet.
Who are your two favorite designers?
Alfred Shaheen & Bill Tice
New collectors should preserve their vintage items by?
Storing them properly in a cold storage, and having them cleaned by someone who is versed in caring for vintage fabrics. Hand wash the fabrics like water vs. using chemicals. Fold the heavier beaded items, and place other on hangers in garment bags. Preservation is key!
Huge Thank You To Kate & Tim for supporting Knowstylegia.com!
I wonder if Andrew Saks knew just how deep his business plan would go in treads of fashion history when he founded Saks Fifth Avenue in 1867. Saks unfortunately passed away in 1902, but his dream of creating a shoppers paradise has lived on for over a century. Becoming one of the first department stores to create an in-house label, Saks dominated over their competition for many years. Their designs were full of rich character, and timeless details.
For example this Sakes Fifth Avenue Romper was created in the 1960’s, and was sold out of the San Francisco location. A perfect trio. This romper was constructed using a heavy Gauze fabric, Gold & Silver Lame, with a touch of Velvet stenciling. With cufflink details on the wrist and ankles it’s the perfect pairing to the bell sleeves and legs. This piece embodies versatility, and should be considered a classic piece for any true vintage collector. I had a chance to wear it to a wedding, and to say the least it was a true adornment to beautiful bride and groom and was admired by many.
Today Saks is owned by Hudson’s Bay Company a Canadian based company that has continued to create everlasting fashion. In 2016, the company expanded by opening the first Saks Fifth Avenue in Toronto. I’ll definitely be paying the new location a visit on my next trip to Canada to see what they have in store for the future.
This wonderful piece was purchased at The Way We Wore located in Los Angeles, CA. Contact information below.
The Way We Wore, 334 S. La Brea Ave. Los Angeles, CA 90036 Tel. (323) 937-0878
Knowstylegia at Primary Wave Pre-Grammy Party 2016
Knowstylegia and Ceelo at Primary Wave Pre-Grammy Party 2016
What could possibly be more timeless and beautiful than a Classic Quilted Chanel Clutch…Well folks I found it! May I introduce to you my Vintage Quilted Chanel TRIPLE LONG Clutch (Circa 1990 Runway)? This piece of art is a true show stopper and guaranteed red carpet killer!
I always say when you find a gem like this its destiny. Within seconds of hitting doors of Entre Nous, one of my go to vintage houses in L.A.. I just about hit the floor when my eyes were drawn to the most unique item I’ve collected thus far. Before I could think twice, I yelled out “This is my bag…I’ll take it!” The only question was what special day deserved an adornment so exquisite.
Paired with my vintage 1920’s custom hand beaded gown that once resided in the closet of the one & only Queen Diana Ross, this combo was deadly! (Watch for this gown to be covered soon!) The annual Primary Wave Pre-Grammy Party was the perfect place to unveil this dynamic vintage duo. Needless to say from the moment we stepped on the carpet this clutch made quite the bang. It had all the ladies talking, and even some men…smile.
Remember when they are looking; give them something to talk about! Thank you Chanel!
Long before the “assumingly perfect” acrylic mannequins hit the scene, there were Dress Forms. Created in the 1800’s almost every piece of style history was crafted in the formation of one of these shapely models.
Dress forms are there from the moment the first stick pins hold the fabric in position until a garment is ready to be unveiled in all its splendor in a shop window. There is something timeless and elegant about a dress being presented on a form. The fabrics take shape and have a life of their own.
As a collector and appreciator of vintage fashion I suggest investing in one of these beautiful pieces of art. My favorite and personal choice is the Wolf Form. It has truly stood through the test of time, and continues to be the greatest supporter of vintage fashion.