Author Archives: Elisa Casas

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-https://www.facebook.com/ChelseaGirlVintage and Instagram-ChelseaGirlVintage

Vintage at the Golden Globes – Go Brits!

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 … Continue reading

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Vintage at the Emmy Awards

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 … Continue reading

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Back To School

My favorite time of year has always been Fall: the crisp, dry air, the bittersweet goodbye to summer, and the promise of wooly knits, leather boots, cashmere and my favorite Fall accessory, big chunky scarves. And yes, the leaves are … Continue reading

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Who Wore Vintage to the Met’s “Punk: Chaos to Couture” Opening Gala?

I look forward to seeing the Met’s “Punk” exhibit, but the excess at the gala seemed positively distasteful. It didn’t help that Beyoncé was the chair of the event. I don’t know what was worse…the celebs that were completely oblivious … Continue reading

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Best and Worst Dressed at the Oscars

Disappointingly, no major celebrities wore vintage at the Oscars Sunday night; it must be too seductive having designers like Valentino and Oscar de la Renta offering you free couture gowns. In lieu of my annual “Vintage at the Oscars” post, … Continue reading

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Sophie of Saks

“A woman and her waistline should never be separated.” – Sophie Gimbel “Sophie of Saks” (Sophie Gimbel) was the head designer for the Salon Moderne for forty years. An incredibly talented designer and astute businesswoman, many thought of her as … Continue reading

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Vintage at the SAG Awards

After two slip-ups (at the Emmys, in poorly-fitting Louis Vuitton, and at the Golden Globes, in gold Alexander Vauthier) Michelle Dockery (“Downton Abbey”) finally got it right in her sleek “vintage” Chado Ralph Rucci gown. The press went crazy over … Continue reading

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Vintage at the Golden Globes

I have such respect for celebrities who are bold enough to wear vintage clothing to awards shows. Not only is it the right thing to do for the environment, but it shows a great sense of confidence, style and individuality. … Continue reading

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Sustainable Practices in the Age of Fast Fashion

Last Wednesday, I had the pleasure of attending a symposium about “fast fashion” and its impact on the environment, the economy and our buying habits. The panel included Elizabeth Cline, author of “Overdressed: The Shockingly High Cost of Cheap Fashion,” … Continue reading

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Ghana is Green

My boyfriend is on the board of Relief International, and I’m in Accra, Ghana with him while he attends RI’s board meeting. Ghana has the fastest growing economy in Africa due to its wealth of natural resources, yet in rural … Continue reading

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