Category Archives: Fashion

Vintage Goodies at A Current Affair

Last Saturday, pop-up marketplace  A Current Affair brought together over 50 vintage apparel and jewelry dealers under one roof at the Cooper Design Space in Downtown Los Angeles.  It seems as though one has to sift through a lot of trash at the usual vintage/thrift store(which can be fun), but everything for sale was beautiful and in good condition.  I would have liked to have seen more dresses from the 1950s, as I have been looking for an Alfred Shaheen ensemble for quite some time. Nasty Gal Founder and CEO Sophia Amoruso was on hand curating 10 different outfits from the various wares on sale, and it was cool to walk around and get style inspiration from the vendors.

The place was heavy on the sequins, embroidery, and a lot of flowing, boho, Stevie Nicks style tunics and robes. A wide variety of designer items, such as Jean Paul Gaultier bustiers and silk suits by Nicole Miller were also for sale. Rose Bowl Flea Market regular Allyn Scura was also there, and I have been wearing one of their vintage cat eye frames for a few years now.  As for the shoppers, black floppy hats were the accessory of the moment. The next event is December 6, so mark your calendars.

Below are some of the items that caught my eye.

 

One of Sophia Amoruso's looks. I like this jacket. The torso has a leather corset design.

One of Sophia Amoruso’s looks. I like this jacket. The torso has a leather corset design.

 

Those black cowboy boots with the yellow flower design stand out.

Those black cowboy boots with the yellow flower design stand out.

 

There was a lot of denim for sale, like this set. Check out the Indiana Jones style hats in the back.

There was a lot of denim for sale, like this set. Check out the Indiana Jones style hats in the back.

 

Dapper hats and oxfords, silver and sparkly go go boots.

Dapper hats and oxfords, silver and sparkly go go boots.

 

Add some flair to those boring khakis with these orange furry boots.

Add some flair to those boring khakis with these orange furry boots.

 

Another Sophia Amoruso look: Tuxedo jacket with floor-length coattails and a dreamy off-white gown.

Another Sophia Amoruso look: Tuxedo jacket with floor-length coattails and a dreamy off-white gown.

 

A display of chunky belts and leather shoes.

A display of chunky belts and little shoes.

 

And Joan Collins wept: a Bill Blass jacket with sequins and shoulder pads.

And Joan Collins wept: a Bill Blass jacket with shoulder pads and covered in sequins.

 

Close-up of a robe. Shoppers were all about these hippie, floor length pieces, but i prefer something with more shape. Nice embroidery.

Close-up of a robe. Shoppers were all about these hippie, floor length pieces, but I prefer something with more shape.

 

A one-eyed puppy keeping his good eye out for something fabulous.

This puppy keeping his good eye out for something fabulous.

 

 

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Trying to Dress for Success

I am sure when most sane people see my outfits they think “what is this girl doing?” For the most part, I have spent most of my professional (are unpaid internships where you lug huge heavy boxes from the second floor to the dumpster considered professional?) experience has been spent in some form of creative/artsy fartsy field where suits aren’t required, though I do have some trousers and blazers from Banana Republic stored and ready.

Since my last post, I have been working full time in the arts. HA! I am being vague because this is the internet.

Also it’s Summer and owning a few fabulous frocks allows me to stumble out of bed and attempt to look presentable with little effort. A dress is just a onesie you throw on, and because in our patriarchal society, wearing a dress= you totes look like a lady, people really think you went the extra mile to look professional. Just don’t forget to wear boxers.

My favorite dress reserved for days when I must exude my utmost better-than-normal self is this vintage animal print dress which I bought at SquaresVille. I like to wear it with my black Steve Madden ankle booties, and with the swirl of leopard spots and tiger stripes, I bet you don’t notice any coffee stains.

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Surfing at the Outfest opening night gala

This is the only peplum thing I own. No frumpy, slouchy cardigans for this broad!

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Fashion in The Time of Inflation

That sure is a lot of  F’s. And I definitely give a few when it comes to lookin’ good. According to Argentina’s Instituto Nacional de Estadísticas y Censos (INDEC), inflation in the country was rose 0.8% last July. Meanwhile, my health insurance down here rose 30% in the past year, and I am nowhere near a Forever 21 to stock up on shirts that fall apart after one wash. For real, but don’t act like you’re not drinking the Kool Aid either. A few weeks ago, my only pair of skinny jeans (which I’ve been wearing since junior year at SF State) just couldn’t take the strain anymore and ripped a big hole halfway around my thigh. Granted, they also had several holes around the crotch which weren’t noticeable, but then again why would you be looking you perv? I found these boyfriend fit jeans on sale at Complot for 125 ARG.  That store is usually expensive and their sales seem to happen once every million years.

Yet I have been lucky:

Yes it’s genuine leather, no I didn’t pay a peso. One night in Nueva Cordoba while eating an empanada, a pack of drunk university students (and I’m talking flash mob, for real I thought they were going to bust out with an inebriated performance of “Thriller”) were stumbling over themselves holding plastic cups and stumbling over each other. While making my way back home, I discovered this little gem thrown on the corner like a cheap ho. The downside is I found it completely empty, so no cash or credit cards. Darn, almost perfect.  Folks down here like to bag on us ‘Muricans because we are wasteful and throw out our perfectly good couches and what not onto the sidewalk, but I’m not judging, whoever let go of it must have been pretty wasted.

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Clothes of Cordoba

Hi y’all, here’s a look at some of the get ups and styles the gals are using down here in Cordoba. These photos are from the various galerias near the peatonal and Plaza San Martin, where you can find the local chains such as Toda Moda for accessories, Tejano (jeans), as well as shops with folk selling their own designs.

Riding and other styles of knee high boots are the rage all year round, but I don’t dig the white/cream colored affair miss thang is working here. At least they’re not Uggs, however it is unclear which of the two evils is worse.

Bootleg versions of Mickey Mouse and Hello Kitty are quite popular as well.

This zoot suit/tangero version of Mickey is cute

Off the shoulder designs are popular as well.

Minnie!

There’s a few shops who let their mannequins’ weaves get all kinds of tangled and cray cray.

This one doesn't look so bad

DAyuum! Those bangs say BAM!

This whole look screams 80's hair band/Warrant groupie

At a job interview, one of the chicas wore a ruffly blouse similar to this, but it's so froufie froufie it looks inappropriate in an environment where I would want to be taken seriously. Also reminds me of that Seinfeld episode where Jerry declares "But I don't wanna be a pirate!"

I haven’t bought anything from these galerias and I try to stay away from Patio Olmos (the mall) because:

That's right, I'm cheap

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