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Couture on a Poet's Budget?
By now, everyone knows that while I love giving gifts, I don't like shopping in stores (didn't want to use the H word). My friends are aware that I don't even mind receiving nice, lightly worn clothes of theirs as long as they're not trying to show off how skinny they are.
So what better than to assemble a collection of vintage, designer, even couture, clothing and accessories on auction? That way, I can build my own collection of "Must Haves" as they say in the fashion world. If you should happen to fall in love with one of my wish list pieces, I won't be at all upset; I'll just admire your wonderful fashion sense.
Once upon a time, I had a much vaster showing on this page, but now it's a much more pared down collection. Nonetheless, once inside the auction house (aka eBay), it's worth treating yourself to an exploration of memories of couture designs past.... but still present in vintage. Balenciaga, Blass, Cardin, Chanel, Chloe, De la Renta, Givenchy, Halston, Jacobs, Klein, Lacroix, Marni, McQueen, Miu Miu, Prada, Quant, St. Laurent, Ungaro, Von Furstenburg, Vuitton, Wang... Enjoy sharing my runway fantasies and travels back in time. Enjoy 70's Hip, 60's Mod, 50's Cool, 40's Elegant, 30's Pretty, 20's Swingin', even Edwardian Pomp. As for the 80's, we're sure you understand.
While fashion itself sometimes evokes the word "frivolity", we have to dress nevertheless. Not just to cover ourselves from the sun and rain, but to express ourselves, define how we feel, soothe our self image.
The thing about vintage, some people may think it's a way to dress when times are tough. But watch "The Rachel Zoe Project" and you'll see that vintage is the essence of chic. The philosopher of things creative, Violette le Duc, once stated, "Originality is a return to the origin." Vintange. To that effect, á la vintage.
Balenciaga Fashions of the 50's and 60's
A la Recherche de Le Clergerie
I bought my first pair of Le Clergerie shoes before I knew their worth. In the 1970's and 80's, New York I could always find something to wear at The Emotional Outlet, plus a glass of chablis and a comfy chair to wait out the shopping phobia. One of my finds was a chamois soft pair of slightly serious, strapped tawny not too pointy slip on shoes that went with everything and so, I wore them like a uniform. I had no idea how well-shod I really was. One day at the office, my friend Judith gasped, "Where did you get those gorgeous Le Clergerie's?" We have the kind of relationship where it's not necessary to look away and lie, "Bloomingdales." Instead, I brandished my naiveté, "Le who?" And that's when I learned that good taste comes from within.