Inspired by Vintage

Vintage is a word that is often thrown around when describing articles of clothing/accessories that are used or old. But many people often fail to make the distinction between something old and valuable and just pre-loved fashion.

Did you know that Vintage comes from the wine-making business and it is meant to describe the process of picking grapes grown and harvested in a single specified year therefore creating the finished product a vintage wine?

So in the fashion world, the word Vintage refers to any clothing item that was produced after 1920 and at least 20 years old from the present day.   Vintage items are those that were produced in 1993 or earlier.

I happen to love when certain vintage fashions come back in style giving us the ability to mix and match the new with the old.  Here are some of my latest loves in vintage.

vintage chanel quilted bag in seafoam perfection copy

Vintage Levi's Denim Cuttoffs

Vintage Levi’s Denim Cuttoffs

Vintage patent leather clutch

Vintage patent leather clutch

Robin Piccone 'Penelope' Crochet Overlay

Robin Piccone ‘Penelope’ Crochet Overlay

vintage sunglasses copy

Vintage leather tote

Vintage leather tote

Vintage eyeglasses copy

How about some vintage Cindy Crawford.....back when models were sexxxy

How about some vintage Cindy Crawford…..back when models were sexxxy

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Voluminous Coats

The statement piece for AW 2012 is the oversized coat which we have seen in the runways of Celine, Jil Sander, YSL, Dior, Burberry Prorsum, Simone Rocha, Acne etc. Although I personally prefer more form fitting lines, I can not help but like the look of these coats if you keep a sense of proportion and strike the right balance with the pairing pieces.

Jil Sander Aw12

Celine AW12

Maison Martin Margiela

Celine AW 12

Chanel

Gabrielle Bonheur “Coco” Chanel is perhaps the most well-known fashion designer of all time. Forty years after her death, her namesake fashion house is still one of the world’s most popular luxury brands, boasting legions of devoted fans worldwide, and continues to grow.

And here at LuxResale, it’s safe to say we’re big, big fans of this woman. We certainly count her among our top favorite designers, and we’re sure many of you agree!

Fun Fact: The very popular fragrance, Chanel No. 5, got its name because the number five was Gabrielle Chanel’s lucky number. This also prompted her to premiere the fragrance in 1921 on the fifth day of the fifth month. Side note and bonus fact: Coincidentally, Marilyn Monroe’s favorite scent was Chanel No 5. which led her to become the official face of the fragrance. This is arguably one of the first records of a celebrity endorsement/spokes model.

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Prada

Fun Fact: Prada first began as an Italian leather bag manufacturer in 1913, created by Mario Prada. But the Prada name is most famous due to the success of his grand-daughter, Miuccia, born 1949. While it was Mario Prada who started creating the magnificent bags we know and love today, it was Miuccia who introduced the men and women’s clothing lines in the early 90s

Prada Evening Purse

Prada Evening Purse. Worn once.

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Wishing for Summer in San Francisco

Summer is just around the corner and although San Francisco is not known for its summer,  my Mediterranean spirit can not help but get excited and start to day dream about how I can wear these amazing bathing suits this beach season.  My mind goes off to St Tropez, Ibiza, Mykonos and of course the beaches of Albania.  Loving these 80s inspired suits that feature cool floral prints and feminine shapes from Zimmerman.  Where are u going this summer?

Zimmerman Collection 2012

Zimmerman Collection 2012

Zimmerman Collection 2012

Zimmerman Collection 2012

Zimmerman Collection 2012

Calzedonia Summer 2012 Swimwear

Dineila Cut Out Halter One Piece

The Local One Piece Swimsuit by Tavik

Nicole Olivier 2012- Amazone Bathing Suit

Mikoh

The Dress of Cannes Film Festival 2012

Out of all the stars that walked the red carpet in the Cannes Film Festival this year, I was only impressed with one dress. That of Diane Kruger which was by Giambattista Valli.  It looked glamorous, elegant and yet very current.  Love the color and the light/flowy fabric that Giambattista used.

Unfortunately I was unimpressed by all the other dresses including the one Eva Longoria wore, Naomi Watts, Freida Pinto, Salma Hayek and Marion Cotillard.  With all the beautiful colors that were available to play with this season every one of these ladies played it safe in terms of colors and design.

Here are a few shots of Diane.

Love of the Week: Milan Fashion Week Edition

In celebration of Milan Fashion Week we decided to showcase our favorite items, looks and videos of the event. There is something great about the fashion in Europe, we love the color and texture combinations!

We hope this inspires you for the weekend!

Here is the amazing video of a show in Milan. Obsessing over the colors, music and lighting!
Milan Fashion Week Runway Video

 

Milan Street Fashion: Perfect combination of chic and laid back

Great Color Combination

Accesories Heaven

LOVE of the Week

This week we are starting a new weekly post! We will be posting anything and everything we are in love with for the week from fashion trends to beauty products. We hope this offers our readers a little insight on what the girls at Stylepal are obsessing over.

Pictures below were taken from Elle.com

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Spring Trends: Pastels

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Spring Trends: Pastels

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Purse of the week!

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Since we had some rainy weather- a nice sweater top.

A splendiferous Gala

On January 19th I had the privilege of attending the “secret” soiree that was part of the San Francisco Ballet Opening Night Gala. The venue was the beautifully lit and decorated San Francisco City Hall. As I walked in the front entrance I was greeted by a sea of Tuxedos and colorful evening gowns who were cheerfully chatting, taking pictures, dancing and enjoying a special evening in company of socialites. I have to say that my expectations were very high in terms of fashion and although there were some gorgeous dresses present the majority could have done better given their financial means.

Nonetheless concern for fashion did not stop the crowd from having an amazing time. The high point of the night came when Justin Bieber look alike took over the turntable & spun the best electronic house mixed with Latin beats. Sebastian Vinet was his name and he was from Chile. Not only was this DJ just 20 years old but also part of the SF Ballet and had just performed on stage just a short while before. DJ-ing was so natural for him and he completely stole the show…… and I’m sure many young women’s hearts.

The pictures below are courtesy of Drew Altizer.

Paula Carano

Paula Carano

Marissa Mayer and Zack Bogue

Deepa Pakianathan

Fall White Out

Fall White Out 1

Dress: Nanette Lepore, Clutch: Python leather from Bali, Gold cuff: Nordstrom. Photography Mike Byrne © http://www.faction.co.uk

Fall White Out 2

Top: H&M, Skirt: Cheap Monday, Shoes: Weekdays, Bracelets: Mix from markets in Shanghai. Photography Mike Byrne © http://www.faction.co.uk

Fall White Out 3

Dress: Nanette Lepore, Sunglasses: Oliver Peoples, Shoes: Fendi, Clutch: Python leather from Bali, Gold cuff: Nordstrom. Photography Mike Byrne © http://www.faction.co.uk

Gold Aspirations

Gold: This season’s hottest accessory

With the price of gold at an all time high anything in the color gold or in the material itself screams of luxury. As gold approaches the price of diamonds it takes the starring role as it were the gem rather than the supporting role it has been used to through the decades. Personally I have been more of a white gold kind of person but lately I adore all accessories in gold. It’s nice to see yellow gold as the “it metal” of this season. Daring designers are using modern twists in the details making this metal even more glamorous yet urban chic.
I find it fascinating to witness how fashion and what is in style affect our taste. It seems that every 10 years yellow gold makes a strong comeback. From about 1999 to 2009 white gold was the star of every fashion jewelry line but now we are in the middle of a luscious gold age and I am embracing it!!!

Gold Age


Alexis Bittar crystal bangle
$395 – charmandchain.com

Alexis Bittar gold jewelry
$275 – intermixonline.com

Yves saint laurent ring
$250 – net-a-porter.com

ASOS vintage style jewelry
$26 – asos.com

Brass ring
$422 – farfetch.com

Arielle De Pinto chain necklace
$755 – net-a-porter.com

Long necklace
fantasyjewelrybox.com

Sterling silver jewelry
54 – exoticindiaart.com

Below are catwalk pictures from the collections of Dolce & Gabbana, Vivienne Westwood, Moschino & Bottega Veneta who adorned their winter collections with gold in all shades and shimmers. Pictures courtesy of fashionista.com and style.com

Bottega Veneta

Bottega Veneta

Moschino

Moschino

Dolce & Gabbana

Dolce & Gabbana

Vivienne Westwood

Vivienne Westwood

For the Love of Paris

By Lona

Paris Fashion Week is already in day 4 and I’m really excited to present some of my favorite designers and pieces from their collections.  But first a little note on my love for Paris.

Paris is one of my favorite cities in the world.  I know that is a little bit cliché because EVERYONE is supposed to love Paris but my love relationship with Paris did not start until I lived there.  In fact on my very first visit some 11 years ago I was very unimpressed and could not understand why everyone was so charmed by this city.  Years later, when I was lucky enough to spend 4 summers in a row in the capital of CHIC I finally understood it’s magnetic allure.

Amongst all the usual suspects that Paris does best like Macarons , foe gras, fashion, art, joie de vivre what I love most about Paris is the sheer history that spans over 2000 years and encompasses some of my favourite eras.  You can feel and touch the history all around you. Every building you see has a historic moment tied to it whether it was a famous moment in history or .  What I enjoy doing while in Paris it to take a picnic spread and sit  by the fountain in the Jardin de Tuileries  directly across from the Louvre.  On a warm summer day it is such a beautiful sight and feeling to sit there and imagine how the Louvre was 100, 200, 300, 500 years ago and get lost in that world.  Below is a picture of that view.

One of my favourite quotes of all times has to be the quote from MIDNIGHT in Paris “To know that Paris exists and anyone would choose to live anywhere else is a mystery to me”

 

Nina Ricci: Picture coutesy of Fashiongonerogue

Nina Ricci: Picture coutesy of Fashiongonerogue

Nina Ricci: Picture coutesy of Fashiongonerogue

Nina Ricci, Picture coutesy of Fashiongonerogue

Balmain: Picture coutesy of Fashiongonerogue

Balmain: Picture coutesy of Fashiongonerogue

Balmain: Picture coutesy of Fashiongonerogue

Emerging Talent

By Lona

While at fashion week, in between the catwalk shows, I had a chance to visit the exhibits that were set up at Somerset House, home of British Fashion Council and where most of the fashion shows were taking place.  At these exhibit, young designers that either were not ready or did not have the budget to show their collection on the runways, had a chance to obtain a booth and display their work to be seen and touched by hundred of professional buyers that came to LFW to purchase for their stores.  These exhibits help emerging designers develop relationships and build their profile and business.

One of my favorite designers was Sophie Hulme because I love her authentic simplicity yet unexpected twists she adds to her bags, belts and garments.  SOMA magazine describes it as “Utilitarian Chic”. Hulme herself said “I am always attracted by menswear—the utility and the toughness,”

I personally loved her bags and belts and wanted to purchase all of them. Luckily for the bank account the collection was purely for display.

Another fun and innovative designer that stood out from the crowd was CLEO B.   She was adorable.  CLEO was no more than 25, beautiful and super nice.  I loved the retro shoes that she had created in all the various jewel tones.

CLEO B

When it came to clothing and ready to wear collections I fell in love immediately with D.EFECT.  This designer from Latvia captured my attention because of the form fitting clean lines and high quality materials she used for her spring collection.  I tried to find some pictures of the latest collection but all I could get was the autumn 2011 collection which was not my favorite I have to say.

Below are some more interesting new designers:

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George Angelopoulos
Kim Kwang
Kim Kwang

London Street Style

By Lona

Fashion is an expression of one’s self.  While I was tempted to write a blog on what not to wear at fashion week I realized that it would not be fair to judge based on my personal taste and what I think is beautiful.  So here are some images I took while waiting to get into the runway shows.  You can be the judge on whether you think they have great style or not.

Creative Patchwork
Matching screen

Shy Vintage

 

 

The woman and the Bird

London Fashion Week Report: Day 3&4

By Lona

Day 3 & 4 at London Fashion Week was when the big name designers such as Vivienne Westwood, Mulberry, Paul Smith, Tom Ford and Burberry Prorsum showcased their S/S 2012 collections.

But Burberry, with its impressive set up in Hyde Park away from the usual venues of the London Fashion Week pulled in a star studded FROW including Sienna Miller, Andy Rodick, Mario Testino, Kanye West etc.  Unfortunately our bus from the main venue (Somerset House) arrived late to the show due to surprise surprise London traffic so I was not able to see the show first hand however I’m sure that many of you were able to watch it live via Facebook and perhaps via “Tweetwalk” which tweeted pictures of every look before it hit the runway.

The International Herald Tribune wrote that Christopher Bailey took the coat to places it had never been before.  Indeed the S/S 2012 collection was a real departure from the traditional Burberry pieces.   It embodied artisan elegance through the African-Inspired prints.  Backstage Christopher Bailey was quoted as he described the concept behind the collection. “I loved the idea of craftsmanship, and things that were made by hand, as a contradiction to the pace of the digital world. These pieces were slot to make and made to treasure and last.”

This quote rings very true to us that live and work in Silicon Valley; the heart of the digital world.  Where everything is created and resides in digital space.  There is something to be said about creating beautiful tangible things with your hands.   This is why I love fashion especially couture since most pieces are created by hand and are meant to last and be treasured for a lifetime.

Below are some pictures I snapped and those professionally taken by style.com

The crowd outside Burberry Prorsum

Two bloggers having a fashion conversation after taking pictures of each other’s outfits

LFW: Day 3&4 continued

By Lona

In addition to the Burberry show I was able to make it to two other shows.  Mark Fast and Louise Gray.

At Mark Fast the provocative crochets in his spring collection came in all colors.  “We worked with yellow, orange and fuchsia and feathered printed neoprene to compose a tropical exotic surge of color.” Explained the British designer.   One of the models was constantly getting her shoe caught in the long crochet dress and about to fall but she managed to walk the runway despite this difficulty.   I’m guessing there was no practice run 🙂

Louise Gray’s collection was at the Topshop Show Space where many of the attendees were super excited to be there, mingle with each other before the show and show their strong support for this very quirky and exuberant British designer.   Her collection had to be one of the most distinct I have ever seen.  Gray’s signature is her mishmash of color, pattern and texture. “Its how my mother taught me to dress,” she said, “everything matches if you like it.” I think she is extremely creative and original but at the same time I cannot say that I would wear some of the pieces from this collection.  Below are some of the photos I snapped during the shows yesterday.

Mark Fast

Mark Fast

Mark Fast

Gift Bags at Louise Gray

Louise Gray

Louise Gray

London Fashion Week Report: Day 1!

London Fashion Week kicked off this morning and I’m so excited to be here and report back on the latest trends for Spring 2012.  The vibe, the designers, the venue are totally different from New York Fashion week but that is what gives it its charm.  Today’s collections were edgy and dark as you would normally expect from London’s catwalks but I have picked out some colorful favorites as color is what I love.

The Rodnik Band

Sass & Bide

Maria Grachvogel

Maria Grachvogel

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PPQ

Sass & Bide

Jean-Pierre Braganza

Joanne Stoker

Corrie Nielsen

Runway Favorites from NY Fashion Week

By Lona

It’s day 4 of New York Fashion Week and I have picked a few favorites from the shows so far.

Jason Wu

For his Spring 2012 collection he cited KAWS, the graffiti artist who came to fame in the nineties for inking up bus-shelter ads of Kate Moss, as a major source of inspiration, according to style.com. Jason Wu is a usually a favorite of red-carpet starlets and First Lady Michelle Obama.

He pushed the boundaries in the areas of fabric innovation and embellishment.  Wu used a nearly weightless nylon “that moves like chiffon” for his outerwear which I thought was very cool.

Monique Lhulier

“Lhuillier was focused on the body this season—most notably, on the athleticism that makes the body worth focusing on—and she fused elements of sport into her couture aesthetic. Bold color-blocking and sculpted seams lent an aerodynamic edge. The first look out, a strapless, seamed, blue and black corset dress, was as tight as a scuba suit, but much more appealing. Harness detailing appeared throughout; bodices were banded with leather, and sides were slashed open to expose sections of sheer black lace. An off-the-shoulder, cobalt blue cocktail dress wrapped in twisted tulle elicited actual sighs of desire from the front row.” style.com


Mandy Coon

“The DJ-turned-designer rolled out graphic lambskin halter dresses, disco-era jumpsuits, and kilt-like miniskirts patchworked together with pleated chiffon strips, which served to deliver an altogether brighter, more polished mood; albeit with a disheveled edge, in keeping with her youthful vision. What struck most was her playful use of color; a digital, Balenciaga-esque drip print in cobalt, moss, and lemon, promised to lure a more commercially minded customer to her growing band of acolytes.” Vogue.com

Coon’s inspiration? Artist David Altmejd’s towering, figurative sculptures, which incorporate a madcap mix of textures. That, and a nerdy childhood fascination with crystals and rock formations, whose structure played into that inaugural use of pleats. “It’s an indirect translation of those two things,” she says with a shrug. “And an evolution of the discipline I brought into my work last season.” Vogue.com

Ruffian

Inspiration: “Thoroughbred” -Brian Wolk and Claude Morais

Luca Luca

Inspiration: Designer Raul Melgoza said backstage, “I was thinking about sensuality.” This collection is super femme!!!

Yigal Azrouel

This New York-based designer took inspiration from painter Pablo Picasso for his Spring 2012 collection. The collection displays a mix of slim silhouettes, nautical prints and ethnic patterns.