Vintage at the Emmys

Both Taryn Manning (from “Orange is the New Black”) and Katherine Heigl wore old style Hollywood dresses to the Emmys this year. Although the dresses themselves were quite beautiful, they were unfortunately not the best styles for either of them. However, taking chances and being green is always in style!

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Katherine Heigl in what looks to be a a 1930s silk satin gown. The fit was beautiful, but it was slightly matronly, and the color washed her out.

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Taryn Manning, transformed from her “Orange is the New Black” role, in a Loris Azzaro gown. It was unflattering, and had just a bit too much going on.

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Vintage at the VMAs

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Jessie J wore a vintage Halston gown. The lime green color was an interesting choice, but the excess fabric did not flatter her at all. However, it was sexy from the back!

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Olivia Wilde in Vintage at the CFDA Awards

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In an beautiful homage to fashion history, Olivia WIlde wore  Angelica Huston’s Mollie Parnis dress to the CFDAs. Angelica looked radiant in the fringed gown at the 1974 Cannes Film Festival, and so did Olivia. Kudos to Olivia for her bold, original choice!

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Vintage at the Met Gala

The highly anticipated “Charles James: Beyond Fashion” opens at the Met on Thursday, but last night at the Met Gala, no one paid homage to the master of couture by wearing one of his dresses…as a matter of fact, there was very little vintage at all. But we can always count on the Olsen Twins to shake things up in vintage gowns: they always make unusual choices, and always stand out for doing so. That’s Mary-Kate in a striped vintage Chanel gown and Ashley in military-inspired Gianfranco Ferré."Charles James: Beyond Fashion" Costume Institute Gala - Arrivals

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Pharrell Williams in Vintage Vivienne Westwood Hat at the Grammys

Pharrell’s hat at last night’s Grammys got lots of laughs in a parody Twitter account that went viral. But few knew that the hat was designed by Vivienne Westwood in 1982, and has become an iconic piece of fashion history.56th GRAMMY Awards - Red Carpet

The hat was originally made for Westwood’s “Nostalgia of Mud” collection from 1982/ 1983, also called the “Buffalo” collection, and was sold at Westwood and McLaren’s store, World’s End. The hat itself has several names — including the “Buffalo Hat” and the “Mountain Hat.” According to Westwood, Pharrell purchased the hat himself a few years ago from World’s End, where it is still sold, for £95.

The hat famously appeared in Malcolm McLaren and the World’s Famous Supreme Team’s  music video for their 1982 early hip-hop classic “Buffalo Girls.” The traditional American popular song, written in 1844 and called “Buffalo Gals,” was originally performed by blackface minstrel singer John “Cool White” Hodges. McLaren’s version was sampled on Neneh Cherry’s 1988 hit, “Buffalo Stance.”

You can watch the music video here:

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Vintage at the Golden Globes – Go Brits!

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Emma Thompson in vintage Lanvin and her daughter Gaia in vintage Laura Ashley.

Fans of vintage know that across the pond, vintage is hotter than ever, on trend for both its green attributes (Europe is far more concerned about our environment than the US is) as much as for its timeless style. So we’re not surprised that our beloved Brits were flaunting vintage at the Golden Globes. Kudos to Sally and Emma…and how awesome that Emma’s 14-year-old daughter Gaia wore vintage, too!

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The amazing Sally Hawkins in vintage Dior.

Highlighting two vintage looks that have gotten a lot of attention, below, I’d like to offer my quick opinions. I think Zooey Deschanel’s vintage look has trapped her…she doesn’t look “cute” anymore, just stale. And although Joanna Newsom has already landed on all the worst-dressed lists for her frilly, vintage-inspired (is it true vintage?) frock, I thought the dress was a huge risk…that worked!…and she was glowing. Cheers, to taking chances and being different!

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Joanna Newsom and Andy Samberg.

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Zooey Deschanel in (not vintage but may as well have been) Oscar de la Renta.

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Vintage at the Emmy Awards

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Anna Chlumsky in vintage Versace

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Elizabeth Moss in Andrew Gn

With the intense competition amongst designers to dress celebrities for award events, it’s not surprising that the stars, who are given dresses worth thousands of dollars, are wearing vintage gowns far less often than they used to. But with so much buzz about “green” clothing, why aren’t more celebrities taking a stance and wearing vintage, like Anna Chlumsky (who looked glamorous, edgy and unique) did last night? We think it has something to do with the Emmy Awards in particular, which let’s face it, is not the most sophisticated gathering. Regardless, we love that so many celebrities chose vintage jewelry, and many chose vintage “looks,” like Elizabeth Moss, stunning in her Andrew Gn dress.

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