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!


About Elisa Casas

ELISA CASAS (that’s me) was born and raised in New York City. I have a BFA in Photography from NYU and worked as a photojournalist and talent scout for major record labels before opening Chelsea Girl in 1993. I also owned Laurel Canyon Vintage, Clutch! and a popular cafe, City Girl Cafe, and I starred in the groundbreaking Sundance series, “Girls Who Like Boys Who Like Boys” with my best friend, David Munk. I like pomegranates, clouds, “Exile on Main Street,” birthdays, ancient ruins, the beach, abstract art, cypress trees, “Annie Hall,” old diamonds, Almodovar, clam shacks, surprises, Anne Boleyn, popcorn, “Rebecca,” margaritas, pugs, apple pie and castles in Spain. I live in TriBeCa with my fashionable daughter, Ruby. Follow Chelsea Girl on Facebook- and Instagram-ChelseaGirlVintage
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