One of the most gratifying things for any fashion lover is to score a great vintage find, which is why we invited the co-owner of Decades, Christos Garkinos, over to our studio to chat with Fashion Reporter Allison McNamara about all things vintage. Celebrities like Nicole Kidman, Kate Moss, and Iman have all opted for vintage pieces on the red carpet, so we had to find out the secrets to scouting out the best stores and pieces. Watch on for all of Christos's expert tips, and make sure to check out Decades' new show Dukes of Melrose, premiering on March 6. On Allison McNamara: MinkPink dress.
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- Matthew Williamson has teamed with heritage brand Ballantyne on a knitwear capsule for both men and women. [Vogue UK]
- Angela Missoni left her label's Fall 2013 men's show early to avoid the barrage of reporters waiting to ask about her brother's disappearance. [On the Runway]
- Fred Perry is celebrating its 60th anniversary by inviting 60 personalities — from designers like Raf Simons to publications like i-D Magazine — to create unique takes on Perry's iconic polo shirt. [Style.com]
- Even from an early age, Wren's Melissa Coker found inspiration in '60s style. [Fashionista]
- Speaking of retro fashion, Cameron Silver of Decades believes that buying vintage hones a collector's eye: "I love the idea that someone might be wearing something that is sixty years old and still look totally current," he said. "True vintage fans generally understand this and even learn to buy modern clothing much more intelligently." [AnotherMag]
- Swatch has acquired Harry Winston for $750 million. [WWD]
- Net-a-Porter's sales have risen 55 percent since last year. [Telegraph]
- Alexander Wang is mentioned in Justin Timberlake's new single, "Suit & Tie." [YouTube]
Jessica Alba looked cozy and casual while playing with Honor in LA. Her layered look — loose tank, black Decades jeggings, matching hoodie, and her favorite pashmina — was perfect for a park playdate. Classic Ray-Ban wayfarers, purple Converse, and red nails finished off her laid-back look. Shop now to copy Jessica's monochromatic style.
Saks Fifth Avenue is now letting you live vicariously through your favorite style icons of decades past. If like me, you wish you experienced the roaring '20s, let's stock up on fun flapper items, much like The Great Gatsby characters. Prefer to dress like Audrey Hepburn? Then visit the '60s section. Madonna lovers can revel in acid bright in the '80s department, while Kate Moss wannabes can sift through '90s-inspired clothes. Find your favorite decade and shop accordingly!
Derek Lam is always searching for the feminine ideal, and I think he may have hit the nail on the head with this collection (even if it was a little scatterbrained)! Ever one of my favorites, I have to say, he channeled a little bit of young Oscar de la Renta on this turn...
In fact, things were a little wild! Leopard print was spotted under a sharp 70s-inspired suit, scarfed around necks, covering a mackintosh, and wafting in the wind on a caftan minidress. There was also zebra print - one zebra dress even looked made-for-Posh (the fact that the model had cropped blonde hair and big sunnies on added to that effect).
Pea green, colorblocking, hippie chic florals, demure silk, zigzags...this collection was all over the place. Especially when it got to the glamour girl dresses. I wish you had more coherence on this one, Derek, but don't worry, you'll always be my Lam(b).
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At Badgley Mischka, the 20's was the muse decade. Populating the runway were art deco dresses, dropped waists, and so much black and white Coco Chanel would have been proud.
While they may have been channeling Chanel, the collection remained recognizable as Badgley Mischka. As new cover girl Teri Hatcher sat front row, long blue striped Grecian gowns, ombre cocktail dresses, and plenty of embellished prints strode past.
Between the two influences, 20s on the one hand and the Badgley Mischka aesthetic on the other, the collection lacked a bit of coherence. And I have to say, I'm partial to the Jazz Age-inspired portion rather than the typical Badgley Mischka fare. But overall, between the two, the Badgley Mischka fan gets a little bit of this and a little bit of that.
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Whisking us away to Miami circa 1940, Fab has a new favorite! The Abaete Spring collection was polished, colorful and youthful. A mix of art deco and screen siren style, here is a collection to covet. Silhouettes were form fitting but also flowy in fabrics like stretch silk and cotton. Color blocking added some sportiness, while rhinestone embellishments added sassiness; this is very reminiscent of Coco Chanel's seaside separates. One would wear these wares while playing a game of badminton and then lounge around sipping a Tom Collins. Refreshing and bold, the colors were a cool mix of neutrals, black, white and standouts like teal and cornflower blue. I could do without the rosettes, but the cool plastic shades and sparkling clear bangles added bling.
Oh, and if you noticed the lovely ladylike shoes, they will be available come February at Payless via the Abaete for Payless collection!
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