Things I Love: Vintage Fashion

Long-time readers well know my love of fashion. Fashion gives me a thrill and inspires my work, and that's why I’ll be watching the fashion sites closely this week as New York’s Fall/Winter 2018 Fashion Week begins. But my real passion for fashion lies in the fantasy looks of yesteryear!

Charles James

Charles James

Like everyone, I love the convenience of jeans - pair them with a cute blouse and heels, and they can take me thru my day, from a job site meeting to lunch with a client to happy hour with my friends. But part of me dreams of the era when dressing was an occasion; when gowns were worn in the evening, and skirt suits by day. I’d love to take a client lunch dressed head to toe in leopard!

Jacques Heim

Jacques Heim

Vintage fashion is as much architecture as it is fashion. So much of today’s fashion relies on prints and gimmicks, but the couturiers of the past relied on seams and under layers and structure to give their creations life. And let’s face it, is there any look more glamorous than a fitted waist and voluminous skirt? I’d take this coat from Christian Dior’s “New Look” collection from 1948 and wear the heck out of it in 2018.

Christian Dior/Vogue

Christian Dior/Vogue

Perhaps the architecture of the shapes is one of the reasons that now as an interior designer I’m so drawn to the fashion styles of the past. I find them to be endlessly inspiring. I want to design a room around the swoop and drape of this look by Balencieaga!

Balenciaga, photographed by Irving Penn, 1950

Balenciaga, photographed by Irving Penn, 1950

Last, there’s no way to discuss vintage fashion without paying homage to fashion’s dream duo, Hubert de Givenchy and Audrey Hepburn. Such an amazing talent, such a beautiful muse, and the gown he is fitting on her in this photo is sheer perfection. 

Givenchy & Hepburn, Vogue.

Givenchy & Hepburn, Vogue.

For more fashionable inspiration, please visit my “Vintage Fashion” Pinterest Board. 

Warmly, 

Beth