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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