Lauren Dimet & Carol Calacci
From our vintage vantage-point, many fall ’07 fashions are retro inspired so, why not look to the past for your accessories?
Let’s start with hats. They made a big appearance at Fall Fashion week. Marc Jacobs, Giambattista and Roberto Cavalli showed felt fedora and wide brim styles reminiscent of the 40’s. Proenza Schouler and Tempereley London stepped back to the 20’s for their flapper style cloches.
High-heeled oxfords and spectators a la 20’s and 40’s were all the rage on the runway for fall. Yves Saint Laurent, Gucci and Burberry Prorsum showed some amazing versions, but if you can’t or don’t want to spend that much, why not look for a pair in grandma’s closet?
Here is a trend that screams 20’s and 40’s. Yes, there were plenty of bright funky colors and patent leather up to the elbow gloves at Yves Saint Laurent, Gucci and Burberry Prorsum, but why not comb vintage stores and websites for the most unique gloves you can find. Look for snakeskins and suedes. They are not meant to be functional, just decorative.
Clutches are back this season and bigger than ever. By that we mean they are larger. Think 40’s and even 70’s. Louis Vuitton and Fendi each showed large retro-inspired clutches. When it comes to larger shoulder bags and totes go as wild as you dare. Bright colors were shown by Chanel, Dior and Chloe. If bright colors don’t work for you, how about snakeskin, alligator and python? Bottega Veneta and Dolce & Gabbana models sashayed down the runway in bags that should be fun to track down at your favorite vintage stores.
Other accessories to look for:
1. 1940s Brown Felt Hat $90 fashiondig.com
2. 1940s Salute Hat $265 fashiondig.com
3. 1920’s Jewelled Pumps $185 fashiondig.com
4. 1940’s Black Cotton Beaded Elbow Length Evening Gloves $35 davenportandco.com
5. 1940’s Brown Alligator Clutch Bag $125 fashiondig.com
Temperley, Marc Jacobs (shoe and rumway), Costume National images: Style.com
Gold brocade 1920’s Cloche $145 fashiondig.com
Sheared Beaver Hat by Evelyn Raye $125 fashiondig.com
1940’s Womens Shoes $70 rustyzipper.com
1940’s Womens Gloves $40 rustyzipper.com
1950s French Black Genuine Crocodile Alligator KELLY bag debutanteclothing.com