Thursday, September 10, 2009

The Holy Grail: Vintage Ungaro

So, I have been on a hunt for vintage Ungaro for the longest time. Last year, it was easy to come across on eBay--and at rock-bottom prices too! Nowadays it's in the 3-digit range, so imagine my delight when I found one on for only $65!

Granted, I wish that it was in a more vibrant print, but I'm really happy with this one because (1) it features his signature pleating and (2) the style is very 80's but modern too. I just need to have the bustier and waist taken in and shorten the hemline.

J'adore vintage Ungaro.... And je will continue on the search for more! It's like an addiction. The thrill of the chase!

(Speaking of Ungaro.... I received a press release yesterday that Lindsay Lohan was appointed Artistic Advisor for Emanuel Ungaro. Is anyone else as perplexed as I am?)

Tuesday, September 8, 2009

DreamSequins' Fashion Blogger Meet-Up

Dress - Lauren Kovin (Spring 2009) Tights - Wolford Shoes - YSL Tribute Too

Last night I trekked down to Nolita for Dream Sequins' ( Fashion Bloggers Meet-Up at Debut New York, a chic boutique that features emerging independent designers.

Dream Sequins writes about the most obscure and coolest indie talent, so I decided to wear a dress by one of my favorite independent designers, my dear friend Lauren Kovin (

I wore the Box Dress from her Spring 2009 collection in the black version. It looks different than what's shown in her lookbook because she decided to shorten the style so that it could also be worn as a tunic. (Honestly, I was afraid that it would look like I forgot to wear pants--and it could very well look like I did haha--but I decided to just go with it!) One of my favorite parts about this dress is the back:

It was great to meet Dream Sequins in person and mingle with other fashion bloggers, including 39th and Broadway ( and Musie ( It made me realize how fashion blogging really adds new dialogue to the fashion landscape--and made me want to update this blog more often!


On a side note, I've been obsessed about getting a haircut for the past two weeks, which only happens when I know "it's time"! My dilemma is that I'm trying to grow it longer so I'm holding out... But it desperately needs to be re-shaped. I haven't had a proper haircut in four months and I think I messed up the layers by trimming the ends with cuticle scissors over the bathroom sink.

(I really shouldn't be smiling so big with lopsided layers.)

BaskInStyle ( booked an appointment for us both at Cutting Edge Salon in Little Italy/Chinatown. Her hair always looks good and her haircut only costs $26. My guy Dean at Cutler Salon in SoHo is $110 and I don't know if I'm willing to shell that out right now. What to do, what to do...

Wednesday, September 2, 2009

Dot, Dot, Dot...

Dotted stockings is a huge trend this fall. It adds a dose of 80's French chic to any ensemble and was featured in the Balenciaga Fall 2009 runway collection. I've been coming across many editorials that have used dotted stockings and credited a French hoisery company (which I haven't heard of) called Gerbe--surprised that Wolford and Fogal haven't been used.

Here's a link to the dotted style on Gerbe's website:

Here's how the dotted tights looked on Balenciaga's runway with 80's-inspired ruched silk dresses:

I've been combing eBay for some vintage dresses like that, but I haven't had much luck! I love how the dresses were styled with black lace bandeaus. Any recommendations on where to find black lace bandeaus?

Grace Coddington, Creative Director at Vogue, used those dresses in a 1940's context in an editorial entitled "In the Mood," found in this month's issue:

Vogue - September 2009 - "In the Mood"