A Linen Obsession

Made from Flax plant fibers, linen is one of the oldest textiles around, dating as far back as 8000 BC, where remnants have been unearthed in Swiss lakes. It is one of my absolute favorite fabrics. I love its weaved texture, medium weight body and the fact that it is hailed for its exceptional coolness in hot weather as well as its ability to retain heat in cold weather.

As a vegetable fiber, linen is considered to be in the cottons family, even though it is much stronger than cotton. In its natural state, raw linen is a beautiful oatmeal color. It can also be dyed a variety of colors. Historically, linens have been used for house dressings like table cloths, napkins and aprons as well as more delicate garments like lingerie and nighties.

I am in the process of sewing up some 1970’s inspired linen-lined ponchos for the winter. And linen blazer jackets have a special place with us at Monster Vintage. So, it was with great joy that I peeked at Dolce & Gabbana’s Ready To Wear Spring 2011 line. Those stylish Italian men sewed up amazing linen bubble shorts, culottes, jumpers and blazers. Paired with romantic garden-print prairie dresses and ruffled gingham aprons, the collection is so feminine, flirtatious and practical. I love nothing more than when designers take care to see that the clothes can actually be worn to work in, whether it’s taking the bus to meet friends or dig in the garden.

Below are D&G images, followed by a sampling of what we currently have for sale on the site. Long live linen.

Happy 20th Dolce & Gabbana!

Italian fashion power house Dolce & Gabbana has been making woman look divine since 1982. It wasn’t until 20 years ago however, that the business partners began producing consistent menswear lines. To celebrate the two-decade mark, Man About Town magazine created a stunning black and white spread, with pretty boy French model ClĂ©ment Chabernaud posing in classic D&G garb like exquisitely cut blazers, rolled cuff slacks and the perfect everyday white ribbed cotton tank top. We’re giving you the photos, via The (fabulous) Fashionisto’s blog, followed by Monster Vintage vintage replicas, for your viewing pleasure.

1960’s Ebony Tuxedo Jacket

1970’s White After Six Tuxedo Jacket

1960’s Metallic Textured Slacks

1960’s Ultramarine Slacks

1950’s Black Silk Bowtie