Monday, August 29, 2011

The Latest Paris Fashions

Ah, Paris. Bon Paris. The City of Love. Nobody can deny that when it comes to fashion, Paris is second only to Milan. And only barely. My inspiration for this particular post is that I am attending a Paris-themed party this weekend. We are supposed to dress in the height of 1920s Parisian chic. Naturally, I am more than excited. My plans include the yellow/green dress from the "Finds" post, some brown '20s-looking heels with bows, and a hat, which I haven't decided on. What I really need is a brown cloche hat, but I can't find one.
Anyway, let's talk Paris. In researching it, I found that an astounding number of fashion houses are based there. The ones that really jumped out at me from the list I found on Wikipedia are Balenciaga, Chanel, Dior, Choe,  Givenchy, Hermes, Vuitton, and Yves San Laurent. Paris (and really France in general) has been a big part of fashion since the 17th century, though of course at the time that meant Louis XIV started wearing those awful curled wigs. People thought "ugh" about that style after a bit, and Paris was not relied on for fashion ideas for quite some time. Around 1860, they decided to revive. They decided it was time for a bit of Haute Coture, and Vogue was founded in 1892. Now, naturally people were thinking corsets were a good idea during this time. What doesn't make sense about that-- everyone wants a waist "the width of your hand" (Dior said that, by the way, but much later). Who cares if you can't breathe? People were all about Paris during the Civil War, because everything French was terribly fashionable. Well, it still is.
There was a terrible lull during World War II, because of rationing. Then Dior brought fashion back! And I must say, some of these things look fabulous! Paris will always be the home of fashion-lovers.... if only I could go!!!! Au revoir.
Dior's dress on the cover of Vogue, then corsets, then Louis XIV.

Louis XIV

Thursday, August 18, 2011


Okay, so I've taken a summer vacation. So shoot me. The point is, I have a ton a new ideas, and I can't wait to start talking about them (also I'm happy, cause it looks like at least a few people have been on here in my absence) So let's get started!!!!
Let's talk about finds. I love, love, LOVE, special amazing finds. I love perusing stores I've never been in, searching for that one find that will make everything perfect in my life... for a little while, anyway. If you're wondering, a "find" is really any piece of clothing or an accessory. They're the things you "find" in vintage stores. Well, a couple of weekends ago, I went to 12th Avenue South in Nashville, Tennessee and found some really great stores, full of really great stuff. FYI, I love "stuff" too
Okay, so I went to Katie K's Ranch Dressing (yes, it's a clothing store) and there was so much great stuff in there! Particularly in the Closet Case Vintage room. There were some stunning things in there, including a cape, which was great but too wintery for this season, a gypsy dress, a PINK VELVET minidress (I could hardly bear to part with it!!!!) and one dress that, in the words of my mother, made me look like a cupcake. It was pink. It had a '60s silhouette. there was a sweetheart neckline. It also had shoulders that were so ridiculously puffed that it would have been impossible, even for me, to wear in public. The shoulders were truly had about three inches of puffy padding. But ANYWAY, getting away from the "cupcake dress", here are the two items I chose to buy from all those great things I've just told you about, and more:
                             Awesome dropwaist dress in neon yellow/green. It has an uneven hem (intentional), which you can't totally see. Vintage Kay Windsor.
This Jackie O.-inspired tweed dress is going to be amazing this fall! I love it. Everything about this dress is great. Vintage A La Mode. The hat I'm wearing is not from Katie K's, but from the store I'm about to talk about.

Let's talk Savant Vintage Couture. While this place is a little pricey for my budget, it has great finds!! I was heartbroken that I had to leave behind a certain swimsuit. I actually got photographed trying on a plaid-and-white dress that was just a tad small on me, and it's on Savant's Facebook page! There are some really great jumpsuits.... ahh, the '70s. Anyway, I bought two items... no, three. But one was a gift for my dad's birthday. One was the hat, pictured in the above outfit. The other item is pictured in the below outfit!!!
YES! The long sought-after ultra high-waisted shorts. These are truly ridiculous, and really comfortable. New favorite in my everyday wardrobe? I think so. Vintage Kyoto Kasuals. (don't worry, nothing comes up when I Google this brand either.)

Anyway, let's hear it for finds!