Vintage at the 2017 Oscars

Vintage is ALWAYS green…and more and more celebrities are embracing environmentally friendly fashions in their daily lives AND on the red carpet. But at last night’s Oscar ceremony, it was Emma Roberts who was most passionate about bringing attention to sustainable fashion in her “vintage” Armani gown. We enjoyed watching her use her celebrity in the most brilliant way: to generate change.

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Emma Roberts in a 2005 (not quite vintage, but green!) Armani Privé gown. By recycling this dress, she saved more than 10,000 gallons of water, 1/2 pound of fertilizers, 4 ounces of pesticides and 6 pounds of carbon emissions. And she looked great!

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Halle Berry, always gorgeous, In Versace. BEST.


Taraji P. Henson’s Alberta Ferretti gown was simple and stunning. BEST.


Felicity Jones in pale, bland, ill-fitting Dior made her look like a music box ballerina. WORST.


This Elie Saab just had too much going on for Janelle Monae. WORST.


Classy minimalist couple Trudie Styler and Sting.  BEST.


Another classy pair, Leslie Mann (in Zak Posen) and Judd Apatow. BEST.


The worst trend at the Oscars was the skinny suit. I was thrilled that Casey Affleck won, but sad that he could not move his arms. He wasn’t the only one.


Viggo Mortensen’s straightjacket I mean suit was by Dior.

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Vintage at the SAG Awards

Most of the ladies played it safe at the 2016 SAG Awards in Los Angeles last night, but one stood out for her unusual choice: Demi Moore looked stunning in a 2003 Zac Posen gown. Although 2003 is not technically vintage, kudos to her for forsaking the overused Hollywood stylists and shopping in her own closet…and being green! No reason to let this flattering dress languish on a hanger just because it was worn once, long ago.zacposen2003January Jones wore Schiaparelli….new, not vintage…and it was a failure. It also made me wonder why Diego Della Valle wanted to reboot this fashion house 60 years after it closed. Elsa Schiaparelli was one of a kind, and unsurprisingly, the recent couture collections, which try to embody her unique spirit and charm, fail miserably. Note to January’s stylist…why wear this when you can afford a one-of-a-kind vintage Schiap?

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Vintage at the Met Gala

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The Olsen twins in vintage Galliano.

J.W.Anderson custom contrast tie knot bustier top and front split skirt in vintage silk crepe de Chine

Chloe Sevigny in J.W. Anderson.

The annual Met gala (“Fashion Prom,” as it’s been called) is not my favorite event. Those that attend are just there to preen for the cameras, showing off expensive outfits. Oh yes, it’s a grand fundraiser for the exceptional Costume Institute, but let’s be clear: if you want to support a good cause, write a check. I looked at about a hundred of the attendees: EVERYONE LOOKED BAD. When clueless celebrities are expected to wear something truly outrageous and fashion-y…and add the difficult-to-pull-off  “Chinese” theme to those expectations…they are bound to fail. And boy, did they.

However, as always, the Olsen twins looked to the past (which makes perfect sense at an event that raises money for vintage fashions) in vintage Galliano. Chloe Sevigny wore a J.W. Anderson dress that was made from vintage Chinese silk…very clever, and very green! A clueless Sarah Jessica Parker bragged that her outfit was “green” as well, but when you’re wearing and supporting irresponsible fast-fashion conglomerate H&M (and sporting that hideous Philip Treacy hat) that is a very hard notion to justify.

Note: all you Hollywood starlets who complain of not being taken seriously, of not earning what a man earns, of feeling objectified…stop dressing “naked.” Yes, that was an actual theme at this event: who could be more naked. This is a sad, tacky trend that I wish would go away.

Click here to see all the misguided fashion choices that were made last night.

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Kim…naked with sleeves.

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Doing Vintage Right at the SAG Awards

Screen Shot 2015-01-25 at 11.07.23 PMVintage glamor returned to Hollywood at the 2015 Screen Actors Guild Awards. Jennifer Aniston made it look effortless in a vintage Galliano gown that plunged and stunned. Kelly MacDonald chose vintage Moschino: a short black satin dress with a flirty structured skirt. Both looked unique and elegant, and reminded us that vintage can encompass many different looks.


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Golden Globes Fashion Review – And An Open Letter to Lana del Rey


Lana del Rey in vintage Travilla.

Dear Lana, I applaud your decision to wear vintage, to look unique, to shake things up at a staid ceremony like the Golden Globes. But you’re doing more harm than good to the “vintage is green” cause. You obviously have a thing for 60s era Priscilla Presley, but it needs to stop.  A vintage dress should never be worn as a costume: it needs to be combined with modern accessories to update it, and hair and makeup of the same era should never be considered.

One of my favorite fashion quotes is: “Know first who you are, and then adorn yourself accordingly” (Euripides.) You’re young, and still learning who you are, so maybe in time you will figure it all out. But for now, please be more careful. Get a stylist. Or fire your current stylist. Because when people think of old Hollywood glamour, I do not want them to think of this.

Moving on, there were many women bejeweled with vintage diamonds at the Golden Globes, but no one else was wearing a vintage gown. So here are my picks for best and worst dressed, all (coincidentally?) exhibiting vintage influence and flair:


Late 70s (disco-era) look: I just love Emma Stone. Although 3 years younger than Lana del Rey, she seems to have a sure sense of who she is and always dresses age-appropriately. She’s also a great talent and has a casual, confident air that I admire. I absolutely loved her Lanvin jumpsuit. Best dressed!


Early 70s (peasant look): Keira Knightly’s Chanel dress is a mess. It’s not formal enough, has zero elegance, is too frilly, fits poorly, and sports an absurd, childish butterfly print. Worst dressed!


Late 40s Hollywood: While everyone was oohing and aahing over Amal Clooney’s elegance, I was wondering why the hell she ruined her glamorous Dior gown with those dowdy, out of style white satin gloves. And although she is quite beautiful, I disliked her messy hair and severe makeup. She needs a trim!


Early 70s (hippie chic): Kristen Wiig is a customer of mine who loves vintage and often wears it to events, so I always look forward to seeing her fashion choices. At first I thought her vintage-inspired Delphine Manivet dress looked too peasant-y, but now I kinda like it. I do think that white wasn’t the best choice…if it were a dark color or a subtle print it would be less retro…but the style is flattering and she certainly stood out. I always love the girls who take chances!


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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!


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


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


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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