November 2011 archive

Fashion or Internet Fantasy?

By Christina Binkley


For the second year in a row, Gucci — the Italian luxury brand known for its “kissing G’s” as well as its life-in-the-fast-lane image — is the most searched fashion brand online.  That’s according to Microsoft’s Bing search engine, whose research, released today, is part of’s annual search-trends list.

In fashion, Chanel fell to fifth position from number two last year – even dropping below the sporty Adidas-owned Y-3 brand.

The research suggests how big a role these luxury brands play in the consciousness of consumers – most of whom are more likely to actually shop at Zara than Louis Vuitton (which ranked fourth in internet searches).  The winners were brands that have managed to burnish an image of extreme luxury while selling masses of products that have been carefully priced to be accessible. Hence the millions of Gucci keychains and wallets in consumers’ pockets.

At number two in the ranking, Ralph Lauren may be the perfect example of this phenomenon: consumers may mostly buy Polo or Ralph Lauren Green Label clothes and accessories, but when they’re on the internet, they’re searching for that Ralph Lauren lifestyle. (Not for nothing is scion David Lauren’s storybook wedding to Lauren Bush documented in a multi-page spread in Vogue this month.)

Currying a high-fashion image can even work for an affordable brand. J. Crew., whose annual sales are dwarfed by Banana Republic, was nonetheless seventh on the top-ten search list – while Banana was nowhere at all.

What else can we learn from these searches? At number nine, John Galliano was assuredly being followed for his inebriated antics – slurring ethnic insults at Paris bar patrons – rather than his small eponymous fashion brand. And as for the late Coco Chanel, well, folks just continue to love her.

Top Searched Fashion Brands On in 2011:

1.       Gucci

2.       Ralph Lauren

3.       Y-3

4.       Louis Vuitton

5.       Chanel

6.       Guess

7.       J. Crew

8.       Coco Chanel

9.       John Galliano

10.    Burberry

Sale Item of the Day: White Bunny Fur Coat

Make this your staple winter coat this year! This fur coat will keep you warm and stylish through out the winter season!So chic! White three quarter length fitted bunny fur coat. Wide collar. Gray & white marbelized buttons down the front. Fitted shape with A line below waist. White leather trim on sleeves cuffs. Lined in black quilted and embroidered material. Slash pockets hidden at hips. White leather trim on pockets.

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Size X-Small-Small
Measurements Length: 45, Sleeve length: 21
Material bunny fur and leather
Condition Great vintage condition
Era 1970s
Original price: $500.00
Price: $250.00(€163.53)

Vintage Fashion on the Auction Block

LONDON — Suppose your mother reached into the depths of her closet, pulled out an old dress, wrapped it in fancy paper and presented it to you for the holidays.

Not much of a gift, huh?

But if your best friend bought the same outfit at an auction as a “vintage” piece, that could be seen as a generous example of gift-giving.

Fashion collectibles are moving fast forward from 20th-century legends like Paul Poiret and Coco Chanel to designers who are still living and working.

If the shoe fits, why not buy a pair of apricot mules on a pimento red platform from Jean Paul Gaultier, boudoir pink shoes by Vivienne Westwood or wildly psychedelic boots by Thierry Mugler?

“Fashion,” the sale of designer clothing and accessories to be held at Christie’s South Kensington on Thursday, is a watershed moment for fashion collectibles, showing that an outfit no longer has to be Art Deco or from the golden era of haute couture to have value.

Patricia Frost, Christie’s director of costumes and textiles, said she believed that museums would bid for most of the iconic pieces, like Yves Saint Laurent’s graphic “Mondrian” dress (which the auction house has estimated at £25,000 to £30,000, or about $39,000 to $46,000).

“A major lot is something that ties the object into popular culture and historical movements,” said Ms. Frost, pointing out that the YSL piece has links to both a modernist fashion movement and to art.

Ms. Frost has also found that, when it comes to vintage buys, the 1980s have become the new 1930s.

Those earlier outfits are still highly desirable, as in the filmy chiffon ’30s dresses worn by the actress Rebecca Hall in the November couture supplement to Vanity Fair magazine.

But more recent collectibles in the sale include a wild orange coat and banana yellow dress from Pierre Cardin in the 1960s; a plastic fantastic poncho from Paco Rabanne in the 1970s; Azzedine Alaïa stretch Lycra knit dresses from the 1980s; and even a Valentino chiffon gown from the 1990s.

While prices for exceptional pieces may soar, many of the estimates are around £1,000, or even lower for costume jewelry and shoes.

Which is not to suggest that accessories are always cheaper. A sale of handbags this month at Christie’s brought in huge sums, including £38,000 apiece for two Hermès crocodile bags.

With so many museums and foundations across the world seeing fashion exhibitions as crowd pleasers, almost anything well designed and typical of its era is likely to be snapped up.

Christie’s has some beautiful works from the legendary couture collector BillyBoy* (the asterisk is legally a part of his name). The sale from his collection includes some early Christian Dior dresses, so evocative of postwar movie stars; and outfits from the days when a young Yves Saint Laurent took over at Dior — and then developed into a modernizing force.

There are also historic treasures, such as a classic Mariano Fortuny “Delphos” dress from around 1900, modestly estimated at £1,000 to £2,000.

The 18th-century gowns and numerous corsets are destined for museums, and Ms. Frost does not expect many of the older pieces to be bought to wear. (Although a Hermès bathing suit with a Zodiac pattern from the 1930s might tempt a daring Christmas shopper.)

Costume jewelry, from designers including Chanel, Schiaparelli and Yves Saint Laurent, could also make a stylish gift — not to mention cutie-pie children’s party dresses from the Shirley Temple brand.

The wily present giver could rifle through personal drawers and closets for forgotten pieces that have grown into collectible items. Or perhaps wait for Christie’s sale of Elizabeth Taylor’s wardrobe and jewels in New York in December for the ultimate vintage gifts.

Sale Item of the Day: Marina Spadafora Black and Cream Striped Knit Vest

This woven vest is a great layering piece which is very useful for the winter season! Stretchy tightly woven knit in cream with black pin stripes and black piping. Deep V neckline. Short length. A great layering piece. Very sophisticated. Made in Italy.

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Size Small
Measurements Bust: 31-36, Length: 16.5
Material 90% cotton, 7% nylon, 3% other fibers
Condition Excellent!
Era Current
Label Marina Spadafora
Original price: $45.00
Price: $10.00 (€6.54)

Gillian Anderson in vintage Christian Dior

Gillian Anderson In Vintage Christian Dior Couture – InStyle Magazine’s 10th Anniversary Party

November 24th, 2011

Gillian Anderson isn’t usually one to catch my eye, but she did at InStyle Magazine’s 10th Anniversary Party in London on Tuesday night.

The actress looked ethereally beautiful wearing a Christian Dior 1970s Couture dress.

Her simple cap sleeve belted dress had a wrap skirt that split to reveal her silver pumps.

What blows my mind are her emerald Adler earrings and her flawless makeup.

Gillian wore her hair straight, pulled back and side parted, which allowed her earrings to sparkle to their fullest.

I think this is the best she’s ever looked, even though I would’ve preferred silver sandals.

Sale Item of the Day: 1980′s Navy, White & Yellow Sequined Jacket

Add some sparkle to your holiday season with this sequined jacket! Intended to be a evening jacket, but this 80s piece would look great over skinny jeans and a t shirt. White sequined jacket with but shoulders, long sleeves, and navy & yellow floral hem. Rounded edges, hidden snap closure. Fully lined.

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Size 10
Measurements Shoulders: 17, Bust: 39, Length: 20, Sleeve length: 23
Condition Excellent vintage condition.
Era 1980s
Occassion Casual
Occassion Party
Color Blue
Color White
Color Yellow
Original price: $65.00
Price: $25.00 (€16.35)

Celebrity Style: Giovanna Battalia in Vintage YSL

Giovanna Battaglia ❘ Vintage YSL

I remember seeing Giovanna after she nabbed this iconic vintage YSL tunic. She was so happy that she had found it. Me too, she looks stunning in it. Love how she styles it over a pencil skirt and pairs it with gorgeous black and white strappy pumps. Très Chic!It’s always amazing when you find gems like Giovanna’s. Let me know if you find something special today at the markets or in the shops. Have fun!


Sale Item of the Day: Francais Black Ruched Cocktail Dress with Tulip Skirt

Trying to looking for a special LBD for the holiday season? Well look no further this dress is it! Bold and sexy, this black cocktail dress will turn heads. Tight fitted bodice with drop waist and puffy tulip skirt. Bodice has V neckline and is ruched into stripe like pleats. Spaghetti straps. Skirt is puffy full tulip skirt that rolls under, with a ruffle below. Short sassy length.

Tila Tequila wore this dress for the July 08 cover of Supermodels Unlimited Magazine.Save 50%, Now Only $100.00!

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Size 0/2
Measurements Bust: 32, Waist: 25, Hips: 34, Length from shoulder to hem: 33
Material 100% polyester Georgette
Condition Excellent vintage condition
Era 1980s
Occassion Cocktail
Label Francais by Huey Waltzer
Color Black
Original price: $200.00
Price: $100.00 (€65.41)

Sale Item of the Day: Vintage Retro Print Organizer Book

Keep track of it all in retro style with this vintage notebook. Great floral print in green, pink, orange, tan and red. The fabric covered book opens to reveal four indvidual pads: Market List, Jot it Down, Things to Do and My Day. Even includes a thin gold pencil that fits into the pencil holder. A truly unique accessory!

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Size One Size
Measurements Closed: 3″ W x 8″ T, Each pad measures: 2 1/2″ x 3 1.2″
Material Fabric
Condition Excellent Vintage Condition
Era 1960s
Original price: $25.00
Price: $10.00 (€6.54)

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