Retro Runway: Patterned Hosiery -

60s-era Mod references abounded during the F/W 12 runway season, triggering an exciting revival of one of the genre's signature accessories: patterned hosiery!  From oversized houndstooth patterns to stripes, paisleys, and wallpaper motifs, bold prints added a bright punch to F/W 12 looks, often taken to the extreme à la Rudi Gernreich with head-to-toe (literally) pattern making an impact at ...
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Balenciaga at Paris’ Cité de la Mode et du Design

Exhibit Photo by Pierre Antoine/Le Figaro The Musée Galliera continues its Hors-les-Murs exhibit series with the one-two punch of Balenciaga and Comme des Garçons, open through 7 October 2012 at the *newly-christened* Cité de la Mode et du Design in Paris.  The exhibits explore in tandem the work of two of the most revered designers of the past 100 years through ...
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A peek inside the Beyond Retro Vintage Archive

Stylesight has partnered up with international vintage archive and retailer Beyond Retro to offer clients access to its expansive image library of garments dating from the 1920s-1990s, fully integrated and now peruse-able within Stylesight's renowned search engine. Stylesight CEO Frank Bober says of the collaboration, “Beyond Retro leads the vintage industry with an unparalleled selection of one of a kind ...
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Vintage retailer Decades enters realm of Reality Television

Cameron Silver of Decades; a 60s-era Decades dress by Norman Norell; Interior of Decades Los Angeles  Forget mob wives and jersey hooligans, reality television is finally headed in a direction we can appreciate, with Bravo set to air a series on seminal Los Angeles vintage boutique Decades and its charismatic co-owners (and modern dandies) Cameron Silver and Christos Garkinos, reported WWD ...
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Paco Rabanne to feature at RA Paris

L to R: Peggy Moffitt in Paco Rabanne, circa late 60s; Donyale Luna in Paco Rabanne dress, 1966, shot by Richard Avedon A wild collection of vintage clothing by groundbreaking 60s designer Paco Rabanne will be on view at RA Paris from 17 April - 31 May 2012, with selected designs available for sale in collaboration with Mode Museum Hasselt and ArtCurial ...
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Vintage Lens: Helmut Newton in Paris

The first posthumous exhibition of Helmut Newton's oeuvre in France opened recently at Paris' Grand Palais, offering a comprehensive survey of the photographer's work and, naturally, the subjects which dominate his images: fashion, luxury, money, and power, filtered through his critical, erotically-charged lens. Born in Berlin to a German father and American mother, Newton fled Nazi Germany for Australia in ...
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Marie Antoinette’s Shoes sold at Auction for nearly $60k

Portrait of a young Marie Antoinette at 12 years old, by Stephane of Lorraine, 1767-68, Schönbrunn, Vienna (oil on canvas). Ivory silk mules dating to approximately 1790. Modern-day shoe hounds can probably relate to one-time queen of France Marie Antoinette's purported affinity for fashionable footwear, though perhaps not quite with the fervor of one recent fan, who purchased a pair of ...
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Belle Époque baubles at Christie’s

American copper heiress Huguette M. Clark: with her parents in the early 20s; circa mid-20s; at age 25 in 1930 A selection of jewelry from the late American copper heiress Huguette M. Clark's estate will go on auction at Christie's on April 17th, bringing to light an impeccably kept 17-piece collection that has been stored in a bank vault since the ...
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Color Portraits from the Black & White Era

The early color photography of 30s-40s era Daily News reporter Harry Warnecke is celebrated in a new exhibit at the National Portrait Gallery in Washington, D.C.  'In Vibrant Color: Vintage Celebrity Portraits from the Harry Wernecke Studio' features portraits of people that were more famous in black and white: Lucille Ball, Gene Autry, and more.  For lovers of old hollywood and ...
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A 30s-era Fashion Sketch Archive goes Online

The fruits of a two-year-long collaborative effort between The New York Public Library and Fashion Institute of Technology can now be enjoyed online, as the André Studios collection, fashion sketch drawings intended for manufacturers in the 1930s and early 40s, is now live and browsable by the general public.  As reported by the New York Times On the Runway blog this ...
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Vintage Street Scene: Fur Stoles -

Clockwise L to R: Berenice Bejo in 2011's Oscar-winning The Artist; Ziegfeld Follies dancer circa 1930s; flapper circa late 1920s; Marilyn Monroe in How to Marry a Millionaire, 1953; film still circa 1930s Having shed (temporarily?) their post-millennial PETA stamp of disapproval, fur collars and stoles are out of their politically-incorrect cave and re-emerging on streets around the world, as witnessed ...
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Zandra Rhodes revisits the runway at Paris Fashion Week -

Zandra Rhodes circa 1970s Eclectic clothing and textile designer Zandra Rhodes brought her signature kooky brand of British cool to the runways this season with a retrospective fashion show in Paris last night, entitled 'Looking Back, Looking Forward.' A sort of greatest hits of Rhodes' career, her bright, ethnic-inspired designs evoked the freewheeling 60s and 70s, when her collections seduced la ...
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Rudi Gernreich at Los Angeles’ MOCA

The enduring collaboration between groundbreaking 60s-70s era designer Rudi Gernreich (oh he of topless bathing suit fame), model and muse Peggy Moffitt, and photographer William Claxton (Moffit's husband) is the subject of a unique retrospective at Los Angeles' Museum of Contemporary Art through May 2012.  The exhibition, which features pieces from Moffitt's own collection- never before displayed in public- was ...
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Natalie Portman Chooses Vintage Dior for 2012 Oscars

By now it's no secret that Natalie Portman chose a vintage S/S '54 Christian Dior dress for the 2012 oscars, sourced from the well-stocked racks of New York retailer Rare Vintage.  Typical of the 50s yet timeless, the red strapless number suited her diminutive frame, and the tiny polka dot print added a touch of chaste whimsy.  Full-skirted 50s Dior ...
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Prada F/W 12: A Brash mix of David Hicks & 70s Sartorial Hedonism -

Miuccia Prada may have sidestepped the typical, often superfluous Collection Concept this season, claiming fashion fatigue ('...I'm sick of theory'), but strong references surfaced nonetheless, with her hard-edged, graphic F/W 12 collection evoking at turns the bold interiors of David Hicks, the cult high street label of a bygone era, Biba, and the sharp tailoring of the late 60s and ...
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