Friday, October 23, 2009

Get Down with New Markdowns at VagaBondnyc

As you may have heard, we at have recently added over 100 items for under $100 bucks and now the deals have gotten even sweeter with over 40 items marked down under $60, all with free-shipping worldwide!

Click here to shop's Sale Section

Shown above: 80's Cream Fishnet Gilet-was $164, now $102

Accessory of the Week: 90's Helmut Lang Gilet

Our latest Accessory of the Week comes to you from the genius of Helmut Lang with this mid-90's metallic gold lame layering device that was so far ahead of it's time that even over a decade later its still down-right too-cool. Its basically a cropped tank that gives any look a strong, urban warrior effect that's cool and collected thanks to its minimal appeal yet decadent fabrication.

90's Helmut Lang Metallic Gold Lame Layering Piece-$158

Tuesday, October 20, 2009

ModePass loves VagaBondnyc Vintage

Click here to read VagaBond Nyc's interview with French fashion social networking site

Thursday, October 15, 2009

Follow on Twitter

In case this blog & our Facebook aren't enough to keep you on track with the Vnyc mindset, you can catch us somewhat more up-to-the-minute on Twitter by clicking here and you can also check out our favorite videos on Youtube by clicking here. V Love You!

Smart Buy: 90's Norma Kamali Pearl Blazer

With our incessant ranting on the need for cleaner, more sober palette cleansers, we were more than floored by Phoebe Philo's smart collection for Celine S/S 2010 and equally pleased to see some of our other favorites from Stella McCartney to Chloe also propose practical yet sophisticated offerings that had undertones of one our favorite times, Minimalism. And with that recharged enthusiasm comes our latest Smart Buy, this chic 90's era Norma Kamali blazer that's been given a crisp treatment thanks to Kamali's signature "paper" technique. With its lustrous pearl hue, classic shape, and simple spare composition, we think this is one of the sharpest buys you can make at the moment. Consider it a smart alternative to the classic black blazer for work and think of how smart it will look with everything from nautical navy wide-leg trousers to next season's must-have leather shorts.

90's Norma Kamali Pearl "Paper" Silk Blazer-$188

Sunday, October 11, 2009

Channeling Style: Carolyn Bessette Kennedy

We at Vnyc have been thinking a lot about the future of fashion after the recent shows, and with the economy, the end of the decade approaching and the flamboyance of Balmania and Wassonism moving out of fashion, there's a lot to think about indeed. This week's bad news about Yohji Yamamoto, our recent desire for pared-down elegance and Phoebe Philo's brilliantly clean return at Celine, makes Carolyn Bessette Kennedy, a hardcore purist who also happened to wear lots of Yohji, seem like a smart muse to reflect on, even ten years after her death.

Way before Carrie Bradshaw and Michelle Obama, Carolyn Bessette Kennedy was able to create a strong, singular sense of style so innate and pure, while championing new designers and lesser knowns, that there is still no one quite as severely glamorous as her today. Looking back, her minimalist tendencies are still fail-proof for today. She was tall, sleek, always impeccably groomed with an arsenal of simple black numbers from the likes of Yohji & Prada, preferring maxi's & clean, unadorned shapes. Never one for jewelery and excessive make-up, her austere look was heightened with a sleek chignon and classic red lipstick. Everything was refined, nothing too tight, too short, or sheer. In her understated floor-length Yohji's, Manolo Blahnik stilettos & black leather gloves, C.B.K was and still is the epitome of modern, citified elegance.

We've included some of our own C.B.K minded Vnyc scores but her sense of style was so innate, beautifully executed and well studied that it's a daunting act to follow.

The ultimate thing to remember is that Carolyn Bessette Kennedy's style was genius because she was able to create & maintain a style that was so her own that it placed her outside of fashion.

From top:
Issey Miyake Brown Tie-Back Blouse-$128
Mid 90's Gucci Ivory Column Dress-$294
90's Gianfranco Ferre Textured Maxi Skirt-$88

Theodora Richards Styled by VagaBondnyc

Here's a peek of our latest work with photographer Toto Cullen for D:Mode magazine featuring Theodora Richards in our accessory of the week 80's cross earrings and our 80's era Oleg Cassini jet-bead bolero. More to come...

Saturday, October 10, 2009

Knit Wit: The Energy of Kansai Yamamoto

Kansai Yamamoto may be one of Japan's less talked about designers to rise to fame in the 70's & 80's, dressing the likes of David Bowie on his Aladdin Sane tour & The Blitz kids, but to us at Vnyc, the bold vision of his label still makes it one of the most collectible today. We adore his energetic, flamboyant knits, military references and bold use of saturated color, and every time we do come across a Kansai score, we are always floored by everything's contemporary appeal. Yamamoto's pieces were all so far ahead of their time & inventive that they not only seem highly inspirational but also totally relevant as they showcase his uncanny wit with western-inspired sportswear and to us, prove that he basically paved the way for contemporary sportswear. He mixed the era's vibrant street culture with his Japanese roots and came up with clothing that was not only functional, but also highly decorative. You can credit Yamamoto for bringing screen printing to the forefront of sportswear by screen printing knit wear, for using appliques, and military patches, pockets and accoutrements for the first time.

In a few weeks we will be debuting one of our favorite Kansai Yamamoto scores on the shop's site, its a fantastic rainbow and tribal print reversible sweater coat that'll cheer you up on even the grayest of days.

From top: 70's era editorial shot(unknown), David Bowie performing in Kansai circa 70's, and our own 80's Kansai Yamamoto Canary Sports Jacket-$338

To shop our Kansai Yamamoto click here.

Label Moment: Giuliano Fujiwara Menswear

Smart menswear can at times be about as rare and momentous as a smartly dressed man is and with one of our favorite mens labels Number (N)ine reportedly closing shop, the going could have gotten just a bit tougher. That was until we caught our latest obsession, Japanese design firm Giuliano Fujiwara. Like Raf Simons & Muiccia Prada, we love the label's fresh approach to tech/sporty gear that's modern, a bit witty and oh so smart.

Giuliano Fujiwara is available stateside in NYC at First Among Equals, to learn more please click here

Model Moment: Alla Kostromicheva

Alla Kostromicheva was one of the top models at Paris's Fall/Winter 2009 fashion week and it came as no surprise to us that her versatile look also made her one of Spring/Summer's top models, scoring every major big-ticket show from Givenchy to Lanvin. We at Vnyc are big fans of her somewhat stern, brooding look.

Alla at some of Spring 2010's best shows, from top: Givenchy, Christopher Kane & Thakoon

Friday, October 9, 2009

Accessory of the Week: 80's Crystal Cross Earrings

Our latest accessory of the week comes to you from the glamorous flamboyance of the 80's with these chic red crystal cross earrings that pack a powerful yet romantic punch. They are a little bit Grace Jones and a little bit Dolly Parton, and equally full of personality.

80's Red Crystal Cross Earrings-$148

Wednesday, October 7, 2009

The Passing of an Icon: Irving Penn at 92

Christy Turlington, Vogue, Irving Penn 1988

Legendary photographer Irving Penn passed at the age of 92 today, the end of Paris Fashion Week. A life long workaholic, the first thing that comes to mind is the incredible body of work Penn has left behind for the world. After all, he started at Vogue in the 40's, contributing some 300 pages annually for decades on end and he can be credited for bringing models into the studio against clean, austere backdrops. He also developed a very stylized yet dignified & crisp way of photographing even the most banal of things from cigarette butts to the highly inventive food photographs that accompanied Jeffrey Steingarten's work in Vogue. We'll miss those bold still lifes that always gave Vogue a much needed, perverse punch.

P.S-who made Christy's jacket above? It's so right for today!

Street Findings, New York, Irving Penn 1999

Sweetie, Irving Penn 2002

Tom Ford "A Single Man" Trailer

Tom Ford's much talked about and highly anticipated film's trailer has been released, here is some info on it:

"Set in Los Angeles in 1962, A Single Man is the story of George Falconer, a British college professor (Colin Firth) who is struggling to find meaning in his life after the death of his long-time partner, Jim (Matthew Goode). We follow George through a single day, where a series of encounters, ultimately leads him to decide if there is a meaning to life after Jim. George is consoled by his closest friend, Charley (Julianne Moore), a 48-year-old beauty, and is stalked by one of his students, Kenny (Nicholas Hoult)."

Directed by Tom Ford.

Monday, October 5, 2009 Thanks Harper's Bazaar U.K

Vnyc lovers out there, check out Haper's Bazaar U.K, who just featured our shop on their website!

About, Harper's Bazaar says:

"Inspired by catwalk trends Vnyc is ‘relevant retro'. Ideal if you love vintage, but are also a bit of a slave to contemporary style. Using different sources of inspiration from Helmut Lang to 1990's hip-hop, Perini picks items for all tastes. Vnyc's looks section online is fabulous..." click here to read more.

Investment Shopping 101: The Beauty of Pearls

With today's recession and fashion editors continuing to preach about buying "investment" pieces, we at VagaBondnyc find it odd that no one is pointing to the importance of collecting fine jewelery in a time of uncertainty. And while today it is true that houses such as Lanvin have brought the desirability of classic French costume jewelery back to the forefront, creating almost one-of-a-kind modern works of art, it's also true that many of them come with price tags that are close to the real deal. If anything, you should start to look at fine jewelery as a safe investment, even safer than that dream art collection, because you not only get to enjoy the beauty of your investment day in & day out, but when times get tough, the right pieces can also be something you can fall back on, plain & simple, it's money wisely spent. And while a $2,500 blouse is ephemeral in nature, precious jewelery will always be a constant, ready for heirloom destinies.

With pearls on major runways from Phillip Lim 3.1 to Givenchy, and with Yohji Yamamoto's highly successful, achingly simple & beautiful collaboration with Mikimoto and with many designer's mining the 30's & 40's(another time of economic strife), we at Vnyc find the heady MGM starlett with her finger waves, signature pearls and glamour gown to be a more powerful & seductive source of inspiration than today's high-80's flamboyant vamp. Besides being statement making and a smart investment, think of something like a classic strand of lustrous Mikimoto pearls as one of the most versatile accessories you can own. They can go cocktail, downtown, street, and even casual while fitting a myriad of lifestyles, and that's the beauty of them, just look back at who's worn them throughout history. Everyone from Maharaja's to Marie Antoinette and even 80's Like a Virgin era Madonna have all given us their own iconic takes on the allure of pearls. Why buy Chanel's $1,200 faux strand when you can have a genuine, much more subtle pearl necklace for a little bit more?

Above: Yohji Yamamoto's Moon Ring for Mikimoto
Below: Mikimoto South Sea Pearl Studs-$1,200

For more Mikimoto Pearls and other fine jewelery please check our friends out at JR Dunn by clicking here.

Thursday, October 1, 2009

Smart Buy: Rick Owens Loden Sweater Dress

Our latest Smart Buy comes from the genius of RICK OWENS with this smart loden shaggy knit sweater dress that has his signature romantic, brooding, sci-fi appeal. Like all of his designs, it has a dual beauty because on the one hand its a classic, sturdy, get-you-through-the fall & winter stand-by. But when it's on you see Owen's tendencies, the thick almost shaggy like your grandfather's old sweater fabrication, the generous cowl neck that can be worn as a hood, extra long dolman sleeves with uneven edges, almost pre dog-eared, and the romantic side ruching along one side all together make this one quiet, yet strong statement maker.

Rick Owens Loden Shaggy Knit Sci-Fi Sweaterdress:$398