Saturday, June 16, 2018
Sustainable editor at large for VOGUE Australia and ethical fashion activist.
It's not easy being green was a phrase I first heard in relation to Kermit the Frog, but it also applies to myself and countless others who are putting forth effort for a sustainable lifestyle. My focus on fashion is 2 fold.
1) I am passionate about fashion and personal style as a form of expression, language and art form.
2) The fashion industry is the second most polluting industry in the world, behind fossil fuels. FACT!
In our fast paced, disposable culture I don't know how much the average person stops to think about their environmental impact as they get dressed in the morning and/or shop for clothes.
Think about the message above today and every day!
This is not about complete anti-consumption but looking at what you have, re-style what you own, be mindful of what you consume and who you consume it from. Look at a supply chain and see if your ethics are in line with how the garments are produced. Also consider the environmental impact of your fashion choices knowing that the fashion industry is the SECOND most polluting industry in the world, behind fossil fuels who is the obvious first.
How can you make a change?
1) Shop and Wear Vintage
2) Shop Contemporary Second Hand (Thrift)
3) Re-Style what you have in your closet (get things tailored, remove sleeves, etc.) and make them "new" to you. Wear what is hanging in your closet with tags still on it.
4) Shop from ethical brands who are environmentally friendly (using sustainable materials) and who have ethical production (fair wages, good working conditions, don't use child labor, etc).
This is a great start to Sustainable Style and moving away from a throw away culture mindset.
Thursday, June 14, 2018
Moire Bubble Dress - 80's Christian Lacroix
The bubble skirt or dress is something many of us associate with the 1980's. The dress was seen over and over in mini and midi lengths as well as skirts of the decade.
The bubble dress, however originated in the late 1950's. This was a popular silhouette in 1957/58.
Many designers in the 1980's drew inspiration from the 1950's with many shapes and details of the time.
It was interesting to compare 2 sewing patters from exactly 30 years apart. The 80's lost their straps but the bubbles were still as beautiful as the 1950's.
As I always say, Fashions past is always present! The bubble is BACK for Spring 2018!
Mary Katrantzou 2018
Which decade do you prefer?
Monday, June 11, 2018
Back in 2014 I met dress collector Paul Brockman in his Gardena warehouse that at the time held approximately 22,000 of his reported 55,000 dress collection. Red my blog HERE from my initial visit. With the passage of time I always wondered what ever happened to Paul and his collection. I reached out to him and his daughter in March of 2017 to check the status of the collection and see if I could help.
I visited with a proposal to help liquidate the dresses and approach this mammoth project in a new way.
Fast forward to last weekend. Myself, Paul's daughter Louise and 2 hired guys moved 495 bags of vintage dresses into a sorting facility. This is the contents of container 1 of 4!! We cannot liquidate what we don't know is there so we are sorting by era/color for now. Everything is for sale!
6am - 495 Bags
Time lapse of unpacking the second truck ..
Of course we unearthed some amazing treasures.
Shop a curated selection from the collection via Evolution Vintage with more to come daily.
Let the DRESScue mission begin ....
Are you a dealer who wants to shop in bulk? or a vintage fan ready to fill bags to the brim for a great price? email me for an appointment.
Wednesday, May 30, 2018
Fashion is all about innovation, changing what has came before and creating what we have never seen. It is almost summer but we are still getting wet, foggy, mornings here on the coast of California.
This dress is perfect for such a morning and all seasons beyond. It is a soft stretch fabric from the 1980's and in a Mock Crop Layered silhouette. I had a hard time describing this piece. The top is over sized and boxy, with a front pocket and long sleeves over a fitted under layer that is attached to the skirt. The dress also has pockets which is a major selling point for me. When I was trying to describe it I recalled the CHANEL 2014 S/S Haute Couture collection showing similar silhouette.
I wonder what Karl called it?
I call it Unique and Fabulous! Don't be afraid to Mock the Crop ladies! You could take a page out of Karl Lagerfeld's book and style the Vintage Grey dress with sneakers.
Get the details on the Evolution Vintage offering HERE.
Friday, May 4, 2018
I love when I spot a reference or nod to fashions past. Let's face it, the industry is a cyclical one. Knowing this I am always baffled when someone would pass over vintage or look at pieces from fashions past as something less than and clamor to grab the newest cheaply made garment from a sweatshop from a foreign land or anything with a designer label on it.
I took my daughter to her first ever concert for her 10th birthday and we saw Katy Perry on her Witness Tour. Check out my gratitude post to her HERE.
My daughter was captivated by the music, lights, props, choreography, dancers and most of all the costumes. This was her absolute favorite
So much so that she chose to sing the same song Katy sang wearing this costume and asked for a replica for her school talent show. Remember me mentioning she is 10? I being the frustrated costumer living in a stylist and writer mom's body I agreed to make her one, in a 10 year old appropriate way. Stay tuned for that DIY tribute look and talent show video coming soon.
After studying the costume elements for my own upcoming creation it struck me that I have seen this before, or the spirit of this before in 1987.
This is an image of supermodel Linda Evangelista wearing CHANEL in 1987 in VOGUE UK (Photographer: Hans Feurer)
The texture of the dress in this photograph, the side sleeve ruffles and cascading leg ruffle made the connection for me. Not a replica obviously but it has the same spirit in my mind. Elements of her Witness tour was VERY 80's and I wouldn't be surprised to know that this image was part of the mood board of Katy's costume designer, Nguyen Cong Tri. This plus two other pieces were custom made in Vietnam in conjunction with the designer and Katy's stylist.
Do you see the reference?
Tuesday, May 1, 2018
All of my DIY parties and events begin with s custom created invitation. This year it was a ticket to board the train.
To me the wardrobe for my themed parties are my first consideration. I design and create my parties around may families wardrobe. This theme was a little more laid back and let's be honest, all "Train Themed" parties call for denim, stripes, bandana's and a fun hat or two.
My husband in pin stripes and a conductors hat and I in my overalls, Rail Road tee and scarf
The man of the hour in full force denim overalls and a white dress shirt. He did have a white/blue train hat on but with his sensory issues hats don't last too long.
Hi sister had her own take on what she would wear on the Rail Road, Pin stripes, pink and a denim overall style romper!
Gluten Free Pizza is always a big hit for Bake!
The food was displayed in train cars, with a train in the front and being pulled down the train track table cloth used on the counter top.
Mini rail road pop corns in themed boxes
"Chugga Chugga" time at the Fueling station for both child and adult - Champagne and fruit infused water! (I created the sign using the Chuggington logo)
His cake was GF chocolate adorned with all edible elements, all except the train. The tracks were made from sour licorice and GF pretzels. The little pond is blue sugar crystals surrounded by chocolate chips.
The outdoor tablescape center piece was colored gumballs and old school hubba bubba in mason jars surrounded by Chuggington train characters and vintage wooded train whistles.
The plates were RXR Railroad signs and each of the guest received a wooden train whistle with their place setting (and Gift Bag).
I used a Railroad crossing decal and added black paper board and gold plates as lights for a themed train crossing wall display.
A total staple at my events is some kind of photo back drop!
I used apple boxes and created single train cars in the colors of the different Chuggington characters. I had set up an outdoor theatre for a film but has to take it into my garage due to wind and lighting issues. The kids used the carts as drive in movie seats!
Then playing in Disney train tents!!
Guests could cruise by the Baggage Claim and grab their gift bags - Themed train cartons that contained: Train Conductor Hats, Bandana, Train shaped crayons, and more ...
Blake had a traintastic day!