It’s officially the end of the world as we know it! According to Fashionista.com, Fashion’s Night Out will not be returning to NYC this year. No more free cupcakes, champagne, and gift bags on the eve of Fashion Week. I’m absolutely devastated seeing that this was favorite night of year.
If the awful news about Fashion’s Night Out wasn’t enough, according to Refinery29, some crazy televangelist claims that our vintage clothes may be possessed by demons. Personally, I think he just doesn’t want 90s grunge and goth fashions to come back, but they totally are.
In happier news that doesn’t make you feel like you just fell face first on the runway at Fashion Week, Derek Lam is doing a spring collaboration with Kohl’s and this is my favorite piece! See the entire collection on The Budget Babe.
Dolce & Gabbana showed their Fall 2013 collection inspired by an ancient church at Milan Fashion Week. Like everyone else, I’m absolutely obsessed and secretly hoping the medieval style gold crowns catch on. See all the looks on Style.com.
Over the weekend, I spent my Saturday afternoon volunteering at The Meatloaf Kitchen, a soup kitchen that serves fresh wholesome meals restaurant style to New Yorkers down on their luck. It’s truly an amazing program and a much-needed addition to this city. When I tweeted that I was spending the morning volunteering, I was very touched to see my Twitter blowing up with messages of how giving back made me a true socialite. However, I think that I may have gotten more out of it than the people I helped while handing out clothes in the Meatloaf Boutique.
In the process of being one of the Meatloaf Kitchen’s resident stylists for the day, I came across these vintage Alexander McQueen flats and couldn’t help, but snap a picture. I wonder if they were designed by McQueen himself when he was still alive. Having been incredibly touched by my experience volunteering, I plan on going back once a month.
Lately, I’ve been on a huge vintage kick. I just love how everything seems to tell the story of a unique era. A few months ago, I came across one of the most unique vintage stores in the Williamsburg neighborhood of Brooklyn.
The store was founded by Lexi (pictured left) and named Antoinette after her mother who worked in the fashion industry in the late 1950′s for the NYC based French milliner, Lilly Dache. She proceeded to collect a warehouse full of vintage items up through the 1990′s. Since her mother always encouraged her to open a vintage shop, Lexi has done so with all the treasures her mother collected over the years. I love stopping in and chatting with Lexi about all the pieces each of which is truly unique and filled with a story of its own. I’m so buying my Mother’s Day gift this year here.
So many eras, so little time
Ever since the premiere of the show, Pan Am bags are turning up in vintage stores everywhere.
Feeling the Fendi
Inspiring message a few blocks away from Antoinette
Living the socialite simple life means doing your share of consignment shopping. Since I’ve been so addicted to vintage lately, I’m so glad I discovered I-ELLA, a fun consignment start-up where you can shop the closets socialites, celebrities, fashion editors, and other stylish New Yorkers. Buying something vintage means owning a piece that tells a story. I-ELLA does a great job revealing the story behind each item by profiling the previous owner. I often find myself shopping by pervious own rather than by designer. Once you find someone with similar taste, it’s a easy to buy up everything in their closet.
I love that I can now shop the closets of equally stylish people who may have a slightly larger shopping budget than I do.
Who knew going green by buying vintage could be so stylish?
Shelves and shelves of pretty things!
Searching for the perfect Mother’s Day gift? Look no further than Mother Earth. Nancy’s Gone Green, founded by a mother-daughter team, is by far my favorite online eco boutique. Founders, Nancy and Mary, took their passion for nature and beauty to the next level by providing the world with affordable luxurious earth-friendly fashions. The website provides both new and vintage clothing, bags, shoes, jewelry, and accessories made with fair labor and eco-friendly practices. The colorful unique designs from all over the world are spring must-haves for mothers, daughters, and kids. I personally have a soft spot in my heart for the Jonano Chloe Tunic Dress and Hannah Naomi’s line of handmade jewelry made with recycled wire and handblown glass.
Aside from showing an everlasting support for my dream of living like a socialite, my mother has always appreciated my sense of style. Therefore, on Mother’s Day, I always give her the gift of fashion by personally picking out clothes for her. Somehow, whatever I pick out seems to look perfect on her. Happy Mother’s Day to my Mom and to mothers everywhere!