NYFW Coverage: Rodarte does Little House on the Prairie

I think Laura (of Rodarte’s design sister duo Kate and Laura Mulleavy) must have been dreaming of another very famous Laura when she and Kate were creating their F/W 2011 line. Laura Ingalls Wilder of the beloved Little House on the Prairie television show from the 1980’s would be so proud to see floor length country dresses walking a Manhattan runway.

Inspired by the rolling farm fields of middle America and The Wizard of Oz, the siblings sent a color palette of oatmeal, wheat, cream and earth down the stage. Floor length wind-swept cinched-waist coats and lots of lace dresses were show highlights. Criss-cross, double and triple triangle flanges and keyhole cutouts decorated necklines. Almost the opposite of the high-energy, sharply colored and silhouetted New York designed woman, it’s refreshing to see softer shades, softer style lines and a little country romance.

Stills from Rodarte’s recent line followed by similar vintage wares from us.

Photo credit: honestlywtf.com

Marc Jacobs & Vintage Polka Dots

New York Fashion Week F/W 2011. Can’t get enough of it. Marc Jacobs, still high from the praise of last season’s first womens line seen from Jacobs in years, continues to be the moment’s catwalk darling. He is still living in the 1970’s, although these silhouettes are the dressed-up version of the fluid and loose outlines he gave us previously.

Dipped in fantastic and over-sized polka dots, we saw fitted peplum blazers, curve-hugging hobble skirts, matching dotted hosiery and the sweetest polka-dotted saucer vinyl berets by milliner Stephen Jones I’ve ever seen. Some of the body-con dresses appeared reptilian, in violet, metallic silver and chocolate brown. The whole line elicited a troupe of saucy airline stewardesses, ready to debark their flight and sashay to the nearest dimly lit cocktail bar. I especially love the sense of fun Jacobs can’t seem to help but inject in his designs. Dressing is sexy and seductive, yes, but you also feel like his women have a wicked sense of sarcastic humor and tricks up their fitted, set-in sleeves.

Enjoy Jacobs’ style lines and use of polka dots, both of which are taken quite literally from the glorious 1970’s. Images followed by our original inspiration garments. For sale on the site right now…

NYC Fashion Week Recap: Billy Reid Does Homegrown Vintage

When Americana designer Billy Reid reached national status after scooping up this years Vogue CFDA award, Alabama suddenly seemed like a much cooler place to hail from. Quietly creating sturdy, stud-worthy menswear for gentlemen from the farm and the fortune 500 offices, Reid does a great job at keeping classic vintage cuts and fabrics at hand. Rich golden cotton corduroy, smooth and chunky wool blazers and snappy leather jackets were highlights of Reid’s current Fall 2011 line. The style lines are demure but unabashedly classy, handsome and reminiscent of 1950’s weekend wear. These are not show-off clothes. They are clothes for the man who isn’t afraid to get dirt under his fingernails and mud on his pants.

Enjoy some of Reid’s work and then similar vintage counterparts of ours.

Vintage Cardigans Resurface

The general popularity of menswear cardigans continue to keep them resurfacing on the runways. The latest batch has been blogged about everywhere but I feel a responsibility to include it because of their absolute vintage feel. Even as we begin to tiptoe out of Winter, the chill in the air is strong enough to warrant a cozy knit cardigan, even if it’s only covering a white tee.

Knitwear as a whole it seems, has found a second life in modern fashion. Mills are being refurbished, reconstructed and rerun by other companies eager to put their stamp on the industry. Individual hand-knitting by designers appears strong as well so just because that vintage pullover you found doesn’t have a cool tag, don’t be so quick to dismiss its authenticity.

For diminishing vintage musty smell, try soaking the knit in a bucket of hot water with just a few drops of soap and air-drying. Or spraying with lightly-soaped water and then drying with a few fragrant dryer sheets thrown in – but make sure you’re on an air-drying or delicate setting! Otherwise you may have to pass your knit onto your little sibling.