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January 8, 2016

Très Chic Fashionistas: Luxe Blog Salutes Dita Von Teese… Again!

My lord! Does this woman ever even have a hair out of place? She’s running errands and looking so fabbo, a second Luxe Blog salute was in order.

Now if only the rest of us could look this perfect when picking up some groceries!!

March 18, 2013

How to Do Retro and Vintage Perfectly: 1940’s-1950’s Era

Filed under: Fashion (Couture, RTW, Trends, Designers),Shoes,Vintage and retro — luxebeaute @ 12:45 am
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I am-and have always been-a sucker for vintage fashions circa 1940’s and 1950’s; I am always on the lookout for great vintage dresses. I have been collecting since 1988 (mainly velvet “coffin” tuck, wriggle and crape swing dresses), these items have been difficult to find in the past

Best vintage clothing reproductions (dresses, tops, skirts and jackets): Hands down, my favorite for dresses is Stop Starring Clothing. This company gets it right each and every time. All of their clothing is immaculately crafted and feminine and it’s difficult for the untrained eye to even notice it’s not actually vintage. These are wonderful WW2 and 1950’s  recreations which are extremely affordable, typically ranging between $90-$130 per dress. For beautiful 1930’s and 40’s reproductions, Trashy Diva is exquisite. While not as much style variation as Stop Staring, the dresses lovely and they offer beautiful tops and skirts as well.  I also am in love with Dixie Fried Clothing and Kiss Me Deadly- both small companies which make extremely sexy wriggle dresses… As for designers both big and small who create clothing with strong influence and elements of vintage, I really like Wheels & Doll Baby and of course frilly retro gowns by Betsey Johnson.

Best vintage Shoe reproductions: Shoes are harder to reproduce. I think if you are into fashion and not dressing for/because you’re a part of a specific revival subculture (rockabilly, etc) an authentic vintage outfit looks its best paired with high end designer heels- In my opinion, nothing can beat Christian louboutin, Yves Saint Lauren and Moschino. While I am a firm believer in every shoe addict investing in at least 1 pair of Loubies or YSL’s, I understand this is not always an option. For those who like the CL style but lack the funds I highly suggest heels from the Pin Up Girl Shoe line (by PinUp Girl Clothing), which offers a beautiful and wide array of high quality retro heels at affordable prices. For extremely unique and well made VR shoes, my two favorite smaller designers are Minna Parikka and Lucky Lou. MP focuses on adding quirky elements to designs reminiscent of the 1920’s-mid 1950’s I would say, and sometimes even earlier. Lucky Lou designs are inspired by the Souvenir’ shoes of WW II; they are hand carved in the Philippines and are absolutely stunning.

Best Vintage Lingerie reproductions: I am amazed at the rise of vintage inspired lingerie and nylons- thank you Dita and pinup revival models for contributing to the revival! My vary favorites are Agent Provacateur, Stocking Girl, Secrets in LaceLucy B and Aloe for 1930’s type lounge wear.

Best vintage Selections: Hard to find and rarely inexpensive, vintage clothing companies and shops can be awfully hit and miss. With the rise of the internet I don’t find myself entering vintage stores in big cities anymore (which seem to cater to 1960’s through 1980’s anyway). When it comes to in person vintage collecting, I go with expos as well as seek out unknown shops far removed away from metropolitan areas. For me, online is the way to go… My 5 personal favorite online vintage dealers that can do absolutely no wrong are  Antique Dress (antique and regency era early 1800’s through the 1930’s; 1930’s and up are vintage designer pieces), Past Perfect (Victorian and Edwardian through the 1970’s), Posh Girl (one of a kind 1920’2-1960’s era), Blue Velvet (Deco to disco) and  Cabaret (high fashion 1950’s & 1960’s). While pricey, these stores are very particular about what they sell; highly collectible, unique and beautiful vintage clothing, shoes and accessories. If you find an expensive piece in which you just can’t live without, note the majority of these stores allow for deposits and/or layaway. And let’s not forget about Ebay! I have been extremely surprised by some of the lovely inexpensive vintage frocks up for grabs here.



August 16, 2012

The Leggings Debate: To do or not to do (that is in Question)

Wow, the legging trend is still going strong close to 3 years in? If not more… We started with bringing on the footless tights under medium length dresses and then moved into a complete and total 80’s revival and lastly into some serious fabric experimentation. Now there is such a huge variety- not all of which work well mind you. I have seen some serious disasters as I am sure you all have too. Here’s my opinion on the legging trend; you may or may not agree but hey, its my blog- so there.

Before I go into this on that let me just say this about that….Do NOT wear leggings as pants! I repeat: Do NOT wear leggings as pants!!!! No one’s ass is nice enough to go here- trust me on this one! Unless you are Pat Benetar circa 1983, the short shirt and legging look is simply unacceptable. Or a jazz dance instructor- that’s the only other exception I can see to the rule here. If you follow the simple golden “tunic” rule (long sweaters, tops and tees) and/or under dresses and skirts this look will work for just about everyone and every size.

Also,  short of a stripper Baryshnikov, I’m sorry but no one can make the Lamé or satin legging trend work (and I don’t even know if he would go there)… Ditto for denim leggings- yuk.  Send this shit back to fashion purgatory please. On the other hand the gloss/high shine/wet look leggings can be fab so long as they are black, your ass is fully covered, the top is a lose long one and not a fitted long one.

And remember its the little details that can make or break this deal too, and I’m not talking about accessories.   stirrups, ripped and patterned=no; ruched bottom=yes. And remember: capris=flats not heels.

Sn my humble opinion, if you stick to the tunic rule anyone can do leggings pretty much any way you want, from casual jcrew types to high fashionistas and all in between. Stay with the program people and you can work a fierce legging look such as any of these:

Get of the mark and you could end up looking like this:

January 19, 2012

Designer Collaborations: Versace for H&M round 2 already Sold Out!

The second Versace for H&M Pre-Spring 2012 Collection launched today in all of its adorable fruit patterned glory… and… sold out by noon.

This collection was basically the polar opposite from the first; this is the virginal sister to round one’s cigarette smoking Warholian leather clad femme fatale.

No cat-fighting or long lines on this one being that it was only available to buy online for those residing in Sweden, the United Kingdom, Germany, Denmark, the Netherlands, and Norway — unfortunately not in the US.  Don’t fret my dear readers: It will all show up on Ebay soon enough, albeit for 5 times the actual original prices.

October 22, 2011

Designer Collaborations: Versace for H&M

Let me tell you my dear readers, I am super EXCITED about this here collaboration!!!

Unlike the Missoni for Target debacle, there are rules set in place to insure civility…

From H&M:The first 280 in line will receive one of 14 different colored bracelets, 20 people for each bracelet color. On the bracelet you will be given a specific time for shopping in their designated area. The bracelets are only needed for the women’s collection. Customers buying the men’s collection will not require a bracelet. When your time slot arrives, you will enter the designated area to shop for 15 minutes. If you are not one of the first 280 in line, you will of course have the opportunity to shop from the men’s collection or within H&M. When the 14 groups have finished shopping, the women’s collection will be open to all customers.

I had to laugh as I noted the control bracelets are only designated for women and not men- I will be doing my time at the Powell SF store where trust me, I expect the men to get a little crazier than the women!

And yes, there is a limit to what one can purchase… while you can buy whatever you want, it is limited to 2 per same piece per customer (probably to control the price gouging on Ebay as well as to keep the items somewhat exclusive).

I cannot wait to jump in line November 19th! There are some gorgeous pieces happening here, just to die. I am madly in love with the jewelry and the animal printed Medusa patterned silk dress.


September 13, 2011

The Missoni for Target line Debacle

Call the glambulances, people are getting hurt over here!!!

As we reported with mixed feelings last month, today marked the debut of Missoni for Target, the high-end fashion house’s more accessible clothing line.

People researched Targets all over various towns near them. Some women camped out overnight. Some awoke hours earlier than usual, just to find by the time they got to Target lines were huge and upon doors opening, women ran like wild animals. Women in the store cursed each other, ripped items from eachothers carts and hands, and ran all over in a manic rush to swoop up whatever was left of the collections.  tons of  fights broke out (which can be seen on youtube) and it was reported that one woman threatened to kill another over a towel. Many Target stores actually had to call in the Police, if you can believe that one.

I have never in my life witnessed grown women acting so aggressive. I saw several women with small babies in their cart full of Missoni product who left their cart (and child) and ran toward a Target employee bringing out more shoes.” Target shopper

Did I mention that the Target online store crashed and everything (both in stores and online inventory) is completely sold out?

Wow, I feel sorry for the poor old lady who has never heard of Missoni and just ran into target that day just for some toilet paper!

And for the record… No, I didn’t go.

August 1, 2011

Designer Collaboration: Missoni for Target

In May it was announced Italian fashion house Missoni would is going to produce a short run line of products for Target, aptly titled Missoni for Target”, which will hit stores in September through October (or until supplies last). The line will include clothing for women and children as well as household items (dishes, bedding, towels, etc). Missoni items at Target will run on average at abt $40.00.This is pretty amazing when you consider that a Missoni dress will run you 1200-2000, cardigans at $500-$600, scarves abt $350 at high end department stores. As of today, the look book was released which shows upward 400 pieces from the collection.

While I will definitely be there and may actually wake up early to do so (a rarety), I am not quite as excited as everyone else is about this… Don’t get me wrong- I do like Missoni in all its mixed matches’ swerlie zigzaggy goodness. I just never liked it so much to justify the high prices; it’s not really my thing. But for $40 bucks, I am definitely all over it. I also fear the quality is going to be pretty bad in its mass produced glory and the last thing I want is to be out and about someplace to find every other person is wearing the same Target Missoni piece (a la LV mono print speedy’s which have lost their flair now). So I think what I will stick to is a couple skirts, maybe a cardigan, and a bunch of candles and throw pillows.


June 5, 2011

The New Hervé Léger Swimsuit Collection: Not water repellant

To get the best from your Herve Leger beachwear we advise you do not wear it in water.”

Holy bourgeoisness batman! Now THAT’S a concept!

While I typically push Max Azria/BCBG swimsuits onto the masses because they are chic and affordable (I heart my Crochet 1 Piece $160), here’s a collection I don’t think I will be kicking around my swimwear drawer. Why not you ask? Well, while beautiful, these bandage & tank swimsuits are not to be worn in water. And they will run you abt $1,000.


April 15, 2011

Someone is Seeing Red: Christian Loubouttin vs YSL

Filed under: Fashion (Couture, RTW, Trends, Designers),Totally Random — luxebeaute @ 1:46 am

Say it ain’t so! One of our favorite Parisian footwear provocateurs Christian Louboutin filed suit this week against another of our favorite footwear masters Yves Saint LaurentCry Cry Le Sigh…  What stemmed the lawsuit you ask? It is a simple case of mistaken identity: YSL’s Palais line of pumps & slingbacks both sport read soles. And not just any shade of red, but that in which is virtually identical to what we have come to coin as loubie red. Being that CL does actually own the trademark in which is described as “lacquered red sole on footwear”, the usage by another couture fashion house was a red light go for Christian the man/the master to call in the legal team .

Ok kids, I am actually quite intrigued… As a small business owner myself, I have a hard time believing it’s all together legally cut and dry to trademark something so common as a color. On the other hand, YSL should have better known better! It is not as if they have never seen a Loubie- sista please!  I love you YSL, but I am almost embarrassed for you in this faux paux. I love love love me some brightly soled YSL heels! The yellow and blue are to die… so really now?  Really??!?

We shall see how this one turns out my fashionista friends.

March 1, 2011

Dior Fires John Galliano…: Il a été viré!

Filed under: Fashion (Couture, RTW, Trends, Designers),Totally Random — luxebeaute @ 3:48 am

Its official! John Galliano has become so controversial he was fired from his own label under the house of Dior, thus from Dior for the second time this month [caveat: yes I realize I just convoluted that entire sentence]. The only statement I have seen so far from Dior is  “the House of Galliano “is not an immediate priority” … Ouchy… But this is Dior being, well, Dior and keeping some class about them. As readers are aware, Galliano was arrested in February for allegedly spewing multiple racist remarks toward patrons in a Paris bar causing quite a bit of controversy and unwanted trashy press all around. While we revel in the fact he is an interesting and quirky individual who divinely carries this over into his design work, we shirk away from said individualistic artistes when they become ignorant racist bafoons who drunkenly praise Hitler. Yes, fashion still holds a smidgen of ethical integrity, even in this day and age.

Dior would pull through the controversy of course–just not with Galliano. We shall see where he goes from here, eh?

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