Now available @staconsignment 324 Newbury Street Boston — @xobetseyjohnson evening red skirt with black #ribbonandlace overlay and behind it a purple #emanuelungaro #pencilskirt perfect for #holidaydressup #fashion #sumptuous #betseyjohnson #ungaro #betseyjohnsonevening (at Second Time Around)
Now available @staconsignment 324 Newbury Street Boston - #benhazsarapfourfortarget strapless plum dress and #bcbgmaxazria red #asymmetricaldress perfect for #holidaydressup - cuter in person! #nohangerappeal #fashion (at Second Time Around)
Now available with other goods @staconsignment 219 Newbury St. Boston - excellent condition #charlesdavid suede #kittenheel perfect for #holidaydressup #purrrfect #meow #fashion (at Second Time Around)
Now available @staconsignment 324 Newbury Street, Boston #betseyjohnson wallet, #stuartweitzman high heel loafers, and #ballyshoes for men #fashion #fashionatadiscount #blackfriday #smallbusinesssaturday #newburystreetshopping #secondtimearound (at Second Time Around)
- Vintage 1980s Diane von Furstenberg purple silk wrap blouse (thrifted)
- Vintage 1980s Escada pleated gray slacks (thrifted)
- Diane von Furstenberg camel hidden platform loafers
- Vintage 1980s gray leather envelope clutch (thrifted)
Day four of Diane von Furstenberg sinspiration. DvF meets a yarnbombed boudoir.
- Diane von Furstenberg black pleated wrap dress (thrifted)
- Diane von Furstenberg green suede hidden platform heels
- Vintage 1950s black leather handbag (thrifted)
- Diane von Furstenberg blue sheath dress
- Vivienne Westwood Anglomania for Melissa wedge sandals
- Rebecca Minkoff handbag
- Wood bangle
To us, Diane von Furstenberg is as much a designer as a pop culture icon. We didn’t know much about Diane von Furstenberg, in our youth, other than she was the creator of that great wrap-dress that had come back into fashion in the late 1990s, thanks to the return of 1970s retro. We followed her television appearances on America’s Next Top Model, Project Runway, and her unforgettably schmaltzy but beautifully produced television commercial with American Express [click here], which wins the award for best use of a credit card signature. When we read her autobiography (a gift from one of Busco’s friends), our admiration for DvF grew to what it is today.
Diane von FIERCEtenberg, ambassador of accessible glamour.
- Vintage 1980s Diane von Furstenberg silk top (thrifted)
- Diane von Furstenberg naval-style pencil skirt (thrifted)
- Alice + Olivia wedge heels
- Vintage 1970s clutch (thrifted)
- H&M metallic green hoop earrings
My new arrivals @staconsignment 219 Newbury: #burberry #johnvarvatos #cynthiasteffe #nicolemiller #escada jackets and more #cutedresses #karenmillen #sisley available now!! #fallfashion #jacketenvy #fashion #fashionordie (at Second Time Around)
As part of my History of Western Dress course, we were required to find modern designer interpretations of historic elements throughout the years. Looking for Egyptian, Grecian, and Roman influences was a breeze, but the lesser known Minoan, Assyrian, Scythian cultures. (And by lesser known, I mean lesser known to me.) It was harder to find examples, so I turned to Mira’s closet for inspiration of inspiration.
(photo source: Classical Myths in the Arts - Minoan Culture, http://minoanage.blogspot.com/)
As luck would have it, I found a dress that references the tiered layers of ancient Minoan skirts. Since the focus of the look is the dress, I kept the styling simple. As for the fitted bodice with the open bust, I’m not touching that.
- MaxStudio black tiered dress
- MaxStudio mint gladiator heels
- Goldtone cuff and chandelier earrings
A Lesson in Ethnics
One of the great things about a career change is the opportunity to learn. Ethnic (non-Western) Dress class has challenged my preconceived notions of what constitutes “ethnic” dress, and how the cultures of power have helped define how we study historical fashion. It has also challenged my ideas of authenticity, and what are the determining factors. The what, where, when, who, how and why of ethnic textiles is not simple.
Every week the class gets to look at textiles from around the globe and learn about their cultural historic impact. This particular week we looked at fragments from the Americas.
Ancient Peruvian (possibly Inca) fragments. Historic Textile & Costume Collection, URI.
Mola blouse (antique mola recreated as a blouse with vintage (possibly 1970s) fabric. Historic Textile & Costume Collection, URI.
Recently, while clothes shopping at Urban Outfitters, I saw a T-shirt I liked. I looked at the label (as I always do), and found myself exploring the idea about how this garment contributes to history/society/culture. I asked myself: What is it about this shirt that is interesting to me?
(image source: Urban Outfitters)
The shirt was manufactured by an American company (Pendleton) which is best known for its wool garments. But it was made in Mexico, of 100% cotton. With what can be considered a traditional Mexican motif. Using contemporary weaving and printing technology. Sold by a retailer in the US. So is it Mexican? Is it American? Can it be considered a traditional ethnic garment? Is it appropriation, or is it inspired designed based on consumer taste and fashion? How will I or other people look at this shirt twenty years from now?
I may not have answers, but I’ll continue to ask myself these questions, and the more questions a garment provokes, the more interested I will be in it.
I did buy the T-shirt. It was on sale, after all.
Now available! #isabellu jacket with embellishments @staconsignment 219 Newbury Street #consignment #fallfashion #designerfashion #fashion (at Second Time Around)
Embargowatch: Lace it up!
Lace is out there, and will always be. More so for formal occasions, but we’ve been seeing it worn more casually, like back in the 1980s. Here’s another way to get more use of that formal lace dress: Wear sneakers with it.
- 90’s Gap denim jacket
- 90’s lace dress by Ronnie & Irit Studio
- Cynthia Rowley large bag
- Converse Jack Purcell silver sneakers
Side view of #donaldjpliner shoes now available @staconsignment 324 Newbury Street! #designershoes #fashion #forsale #consignment #fallfashion #booties (at Second Time Around)
Laced with Sentiment
Both of us have had our share being part of a formal party, like a wedding, First Communion, or quinceañero. For us, the question was never what do we do with this outfit; it was more like how long can we hold on to this by keeping it looking updated? No matter how much we bargain shopped, formal wear was always more than what we were willing to spend.
Bridesmaids dresses, especially ones from the 70s and 80s, are only as ugly as the sum of its parts. Deconstructed and re-worked, it can be re-contextualized and incorporated into a new, less formal look. We thrifted a bridesmaid’s because we saw something interesting in the pseudo-Victorian-style bodice. So we deconstructed the dress by removing the bodice from the rest of the dress, and styled it with a denim pencil skirt for a “dressy casual” look.
This way, you have the sentimental attachment of keeping a part of the dress without sacrificing too much closet space. Just as long as you save the pictures of the original dress (with you in it).
- Vintage 1970’s lace bodice (from a bridesmaid dress)
- Dolce & Gabbana Jeans dark denim skirt
- Fendi prism baguette
- Nine West hidden platform open-toe heels