Friday, February 26, 2010
Channel Christopher Kane's beautifully perverse take on classic embroideries for Fall 2010 with Vnyc's 80's era taupe leather embroidered tube. While it's color way happens to be much more subdued(read wearable), it's unique juxtaposition of leather and delicate florals combined with a lady-like peplum hits all of Kane's notes dead-on.
80's Taupe Leather Peplum Tube w Embroideries-$98
Wednesday, February 24, 2010
Imagine walking about on Spring's breezier days in this early 80's dramatic Yohji Yamamoto bib style tunic with cut-out sides.
With Minimalism back full-force, looking back at Helmut Lang's considerable archives is a safe bet. Take his slick sheath from the mid 90's with it's quiet sequin detailing, perfect for year-round wear.
Koos Van Den Akker's 70's patch skirt with it's fall friendly colorway and deco inspired patchwork is a sharp way to channel your inner boho babe-ness.
Lingerie has been a big trend for the past few season's and this sheer frothy 50's puff skirt is a fantastic piece for an endless amount of layering potential.
Tuesday, February 23, 2010
Saturday, February 20, 2010
In Full Bloom
80's Ungaro Floral Silk Blouse
Party girls the world over turned to Ungaro for his perfect cocktail numbers and ruched pieces, but it's his recognizable floral prints that are often sadly overlooked. Take this back-buttoned green silk blouse with it's bulbous floral & strawberry print, it makes a winning combination with our velvet skirt for cocktail hour, or dress it down with distressed denims for a look that's powerful yet breezily louche.
80's Emanuel Ungaro Floral Printed Silk Blouse-$108
80's Ungaro Brocade Jacket
Leave it to Ungaro to update the classic quilted Chanel style jacket in a luxe metallic blue & green Chinoiserie floral print that's hyper-bourgeois yet quietly ostentatious.
80's Emanuel Ungaro Quilted Brocade Jacket-$228
Pencil Yourself In
80's Ungaro Velvet Pencil Skirt
The high-waist body-con pencil skirt having become a wardrobe essential over the past few years, and with velvet itself making a major comeback, this 80's era Ungaro beauty doesn't disappoint with it's sumptuous textured velvet composition and rich purple tone.
80's Emanuel Ungaro Purple Velvet Body-Con Skirt-$112
At the moment Vnyc has over 300 one-of-a-kind vintage stunners with over 100 under $100. And there's more to come this Monday, keep an eye out for early Yohji, Comme Des Garcons & Katherine Hamnett. Shipping is Free-Worldwide.
Alexander McQueen Logo Soccer Shirt
Wednesday, February 17, 2010
90's Gianni Versace Leather Car Coat-$548
Sunday, February 14, 2010
Friday, February 12, 2010
80's St. John Gold & Pearl Earrings-$148
Thursday, February 11, 2010
Nick Knight's 1997 Collabo w Devon Aoki & McQueen is above
Tuesday, February 9, 2010
This dotted 80's era ivory maxi-dress(above) with it's voluminous a-line shape, intricate Grecian detailed shoulders and back loop that can either be worn as a train or a hood, is destined to get hearts racing with it's irresistible show-stopping appeal.
80's Ivory Dotted Grecian Dress w Hood-$348
For a more demure and utterly femme feeling comes this sweet 50's era a-line dress covered with overblown abstract florals.
50's Blue Abstract Floral Print A-Line Dress-$138
Channel the heady glamor of the haute 80's with these bold ox-blood red stunners.
80's Red Crystal Cross Earrings-$148
Nab this 50's era ice-blue sequined off-the-shoulder dress for a look that's simple yet broad in it's glamorous appeal.
60's Blue Sequined Grecian Dress-$118
Thursday, February 4, 2010
Take Armani's crisp navy wool knit trousers with delicate white Swiss dots, their pleated waist, graphic print and tapered leg happen to smartly channel this season's "It" pant while offering a chic way to beat the cold.
80's Girogio Armani Swiss-Dot Pleated Pants-$98(above)
Channel Hollywood's sartorially minded Rat-Pack with these 80's era Ralph Lauren trousers that have a wide leg and hidden suspender buttons.
80's Ralph Lauren Pleated Wide Leg Flannel Pants-$98
These 80's era Ralph Lauren moss green windowpaine plaid trousers with their high-waist and sumptuous wool composition are a smart way to add subtle color to drab winter blacks.
80's Ralph Lauren Moss Green Pleated Pants-$88
Wednesday, February 3, 2010
Pre-fall collections are often an indicator of what we'll be seeing at the upcoming a/w presentations & for Vnyc, each pre-fall presentation is, to some degree or other, a collection of re-tweaked references which provide focus and inspirational direction for our future buys. There is a heavy early 70's theme to many of the pre-fall shows this time around, the strongest being Chloe, Prada & YSL. The oughties obsession with exaggerated 80's proportions seems to have fallen out of favor, replaced by a softer, slightly nostalgic sort of luxe.
Celine-(also shown above)
After a decade of over-wrought maximalism and heavy-handed "urban warrior" propositions, Phoebe Philo's clean, cool and confident outings at the once quiet Parisian house Celine are filled with the kind of pragmatic sportswear and luxe-low key essentials that have won her a bevy of fans worldwide. Mariner sweaters, laser-cut leather outerwear, smart uses of fur, who would have ever thought that classic minimalism of this ilk could once again look so fresh? Long story short, Philo is a woman designing very smart, alluring pieces for women, and we want everything.
Taking a smart departure from her arty inclinations, Vera Wang's recent outing was a take on urban-minded gear somewhat borrowed from the boys in moody gray's and standard blacks. From boy blazers to military inspired parkas and plenty of pretty 20's inspired sequined cob-webby evening looks(giving Rodarte a run for the money?), Wang's range was expansive and right-on. One of us has been on the look-out for inventive uses of fur, and Wang's gray fuss-free parka with it's Mongolian fur patched pockets may just be exactly what we were looking for.
After a few hit-or-miss seasons of tweaking her family's legendary heritage, Angela Missoni was back full force with one of the smartest winter oriented collections we have seen in a long while. The house's signature zig-zag prints were used in a variety of head-to-toe looks that looked more calm and collected than the disheveled powder faced Victorian doll of season's past. Each look was layered with multi-tasking softly structured graphic sweater coats, blanket skirts, tweed suiting and scores of layering essentials that came in a soothing color palette of warm corals balanced by various grays.
Yves Saint Laurent-
A glamorous take on 70's France and classic house signatures at YSL.
Trim English inspired suiting with a relaxed slightly 70's loucheness, Hannah MacGibbon keeps getting it right at Chloe.
Nerdy 70's era campus inspired cuties at Prada where the looks where anything but whimsical.
Some of the smartest, coolest winter layering options around, we really dig the vast variety of 70's inspired knit options.
PRADA-(also above)For the first time ever, or at least since V can recall, Muiccia Prada showed her latest menswear collection alongside her women's Pre-Fall for 2010. Like any Prada presentation, the setting here was a statement making collage composed of mixed media from large screen installations to a printed runway illustrated to denote the political, cultural, environmental and economic climates of the decade past. Thankfully though, the nostalgia ended there. The show opened with a natty take on familiar 60's & 70's inspired garb, a beautifully cut camel jacket paired with classic navy trousers, simple yes, yet at the moment it feels fresh. And in Prada's hands, her smart suiting was met with abbreviated and awkwardly geekish sweaters in a myriad of offset dulled gemtones. Leaving much of those arty "Prada-isms" behind, the range moved on to offer a serious assortment of outerwear options that each had their own distinctive flair. They came in lean mod shapes from rubberized black peacoats to double necked toppers and parkas with updated camo prints. Most of all, it was nice to see such a forward thinking directional designer create modern riffs on timeless ideas that felt anything but timely.
Since taking over in 2001, Alber Elbaz has transformed venerable French house Lanvin into one of the most sought after, beautifully executed and delightfully wearable labels around, and that's why we have begun to reconsider it as an institution, fashion doesn't get much higher than this. The Lanvin woman is known for her off -kilter and somewhat disheveled easy take on classic haute Parisian style in couture fabrications and he's brought that relaxed luxe quality to the the house's menswear label alongside Lucas Ossendrijver. Known for sophisticated takes on Parisian streetwear and refined suiting, this fall the Lanvin man walks a fine line between the dualities of rough and refined with a tougher overall edge. Coats and outerwear, the standouts of this collection, came raw edged, some with dropped shoulders, some in dulled black leather, some nipped at the waist with a v shape and many with ingenius contrasting detachable sleeves. Best of all were shots of soothing pale pink, muted mushroom, cinnamon, cranberry, and Atlantic blue.
Dries Van Noten-
Dries Van Noten is a man who knows his fabrications and how to make them achieve an emotional response, after all, he is the prince of prints and a man with an eye for serious color. And this may be off the subject, but in womens wear at the moment Phoebe Philo at Celine is creating great buzz for her clothes that have an easy minimalism and a studied intellectual cool about them, and when we saw Van Noten's fall show, it felt as if he had channeled that same sensibility brilliantly. For fall, Van Noten re-imagined familiar fabrications from collegiate letterman jackets, preppy plaids, sweat fabrics and rugby stripes and collaged them with classic camel, pinstripes and windowpaine plaids with a result that somehow felt sophisticated, upbeat and undeniably contemporary all at once.