Vintage Street Scene: The Fur Comeback -

If a must-have item- on the streets, not the runway- of the F/W 12 fashion week season must be named, it is without a doubt the vintage-inspired fur coat. From Copenhagen to Paris, all manner of styles adorned the shoulders of the international fashion pack, from grandma-inspired 40s fox furs to long-haired monkey furs, 60s leopard and fake tufted styles ...
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New York Fashion Week: a 40s Affair

The F/W 12 collections were rife with 40s inspiration, with strong-shouldered tailoring, movie-star-worthy furs (and fur stoles), and more than a few references to Marlene Dietrich. Unsurprisingly, Miu Miu's F/W 11 collection was the catalyst for this lingering (40s) fixation, though designers ranging from Donna Karan to Zac Posen and Michael Kors looked to the more sophisticated, adult style of ...
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Video Vintage at the Centre Pompidou

'Video Vintage,' a new exhibit at Paris' Centre Pompidou, traces the history and development of video in the context of contemporary art through fundamental archival pieces in the museum's collection from 1963 - 1983.  Since its origins in the early 60s, video has touched upon all modern aesthetic movements, ranging from the performance group Fluxus to minimalism to its current ...
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Historic Fashion Periodicals at Les Arts Décoratifs

The Musée des Arts Décoratifs' library is home to many a fashion magazine, a fact currently honored via an exhibition on new acquisitions and old favorites at their imposing space in the Louvre.  Fashion publications for mass consumption first appeared in the 18th century; Les Arts Décoratifs' collection is focused primarily on the 19th - 21st century with issues by ...
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Vintage Fashion Expo: Santa Monica

California's Vintage Fashion Expo bowed in Santa Monica this weekend, welcoming 85 vendors of vintage clothing, textiles, and accessories spanning 1850 - 1980. Stylesight's West Coast Correspondent Amanda Gilbert was on hand to survey the merchandise (lots of 20s clothing in particular, thanks to HBO's ever-popular Boardwalk Empire series) and capture the anachronistic street fashion.  Below, a series of our ...
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Ernst Haas: Color Correction

Austrian-born photographer Ernst Haas, an early master of color photography, is the subject of an exhibition in Zurich celebrating the recently-published Color Correction (Steidl, 2011), a series of heretofore unseen works that were hidden in plain view amongst his vast archives.  Celebrated in his time for more commercial & journalistic photography, Haas' photo essays on New York, Paris, and more ...
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Vintage Shopping in Copenhagen, Pt. 2

Décor Vintage, Copenhagen Our seasonal trip up north for Copenhagen Fashion Week yielded more exciting vintage discoveries, namely long-time retailer and Scandinavian fashion-scene-fixture boutique Décor: an excellent gem-filled shop located a short walk from the Norreport metro station in the city center.  A selection of vintage clothing, accessories, objets d'art, antique textiles and assorted bibs&bobs from the late 19th century through ...
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100 Years of East London Style

The Vault recently came across this stylish feat of a short film, created for the opening of a shopping center in London in Fall 2011.  100 Years of East London Style features fashion trends throughout the ages from September 1911 to September 2011, capturing the rising and falling hemlines and dramatic shifts in popular dance in an upbeat montage that ...
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Chanel Avant Karl: Coco’s Costume Jewels

Sale header and post images courtesy of 1stDibs.com Vintage Luxury is hosting a sale of important Chanel costume jewelry via 1stDibs.com, with a selection of covetable brooches, necklaces, cuffs, and earrings proving for the umpteenth time the enduring appeal of the shrewdly elegant and visionary designer's wares.  Dating mostly to the 1950s and 60s (or the period from the house's relaunch ...
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Berenice Abbott at Paris’ Jeu de Paume

Berenice Abbott, L to R: Portrait by Lotte Jacobi, 1943; Portrait by unknown; Portrait by Man Ray, 1920s American photographer Berenice Abbott's (1898-1991) oeuvre will feature in an upcoming retrospective at Paris' Jeu de Paume, the first-ever posthumous exhibit dedicated to this 20th century artist in France...though this is hardly the photographer's first 'trip' to Paris.  Abbott arrived on French shores ...
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Blitz London F/W 11 Final Sale

London's Blitz Vintage Department Store is holding a Last! Blast! final sale on all F/W 11 merchandise this thursday, February 2nd from 5 - 9pm.  All sales merchandise currently at 50 - 70% off will be marked down a further 20%, meaning half the stuff will be virtually FREE, making room for the new S/S 12 collection and vintage wares.  ...
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V&A Museum to bring Hollywood costume to London

London's Victoria & Albert Museum will host an exhibition on Hollywood Costume in Fall 2012, examining the design process and the integral role of clothing in bringing characters and stories to life. Spanning the past century, the exhibit will cover the most iconic characters in Hollywood film history from 1912 - 2012 with 100+ costumes, many of which have never ...
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Édith Piaf & Miles Davis at a Post Office near you

In an ever-rarer display of transatlantic solidarity, both the American and French postal services announced the selection of Édith Piaf and Miles Davis as subjects for 2012 stamps this week, with each country to release their own incarnations for posterity. As icons of style, the two performers left an indelible mark on the 20th century-- perhaps more for their storied ...
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Life & Work in 19th Century Paris

John James Chalon, Les Tondeuses de Chiens, 1820 A new exhibit at Paris' Musée Carnavalet focuses on society and everyday life during a century that witnessed prodigious change in the city of lights and the emergence of a new social class.  'Le Peuple de Paris au XIXème Siècle' (or The People of Paris in the 19th Century) charts this development from ...
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La Cinémathèque Française honors Robert Altman

The late American filmmaker Robert Altman is the subject of a cinematic retrospective at Paris' La Cinémathèque Française through March 12, 2012.  45+ films and several  television shows directed by Altman over the span of 6 decades will screen at this right-bank enclave for cinephiles, creating a holistic vision of the 'naturalist' director's oeuvre from his beginnings as a director ...
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