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  • Homecoming...Here I Am

    (note: that's not me)

    The year was 2005. I had long hair, an affinity for the color pale pink and George W. was still President. The first month of my senior year was coming to a close, and Homecoming was staring me right in the face; urging me to grab it and shake it.

    Up until this point, my usual routine for each dance had been to show up, dance and be fabulous. My senior year had gotten off to a quiet start, but was slowly coming to a boil. I wanted it to be special, but I couldn’t figure out how to make it differ from my previous experiences. How do you make something that feels stale feel vibrant again?

    Flash forward two weeks. I found myself riding into a football stadium sitting on the back of a vintage convertible Chevrolet. Black rimmed glasses, a 1960’s era tartan bowtie and a skinny suit. I had been chosen as part of the homecoming court, and I was representing all the fabulous gay teenagers who dreamed of the day they would have a reason to use that “British royal” wave they had been working on.

    My goal was never to be popular, nor was it to make high school the highlight of my entire life. But this, like other small moments in high school, was a little piece of myself that was able to shine through some of that adolescent fog.

    High school isn’t forever, but it’s important while it’s here.  I ended up winning Homecoming king. Not because I was popular, but perhaps because I was myself.

    -Stan Salas, UV Customer Service Connoisseur and Contributing Blogger

  • Dainty Dominatrix

    One of my favorite runway shows of Fall 2011 Ready to Wear was exhibited by Marc Jacobs for Louis Vuitton.  Inspired by the 1974 art-house film "The Night Porter" as well as a conversation Mr. Jacobs had with LVMH CEO Bernard Arnault about the obsession women have over their handbags, the collection was an interesting juxtaposition of militant and feminine.  Looks like the ones shown are a great option for those of us who like to retain our edge and our femininity.

    Frilly dresses with wrist-length leather gloves and chunky booties, military hats with masquerade embellishments, frothy evening gowns with tough-looking corsets over the bust and thick wool outerwear were the standout looks of this collection.  Any woman wearing these clothes knows what she wants and isn't afraid to ask for it.
    The "dainty dominatrix" look (as I like to refer to it) is easily attainable, even if your credit card gives you the stink-eye for even thinking about going into Louis Vuitton.  A few new additions to your fall wardrobe from the right source and voila!  You look like you've been styled by Marc himself.  In fact, I found all of the items below right here on Unique Vintage!
    STEP 1: ASSEMBLE YOUR FRAME
     Just like a house (okay well not really JUST like a house but bear with me here), an entire outfit can come crashing down into disaster-ville without a solid and properly constructed frame.  The dress and the shoe are the most important components of any ensemble, don't let anyone tell you otherwise.  To achieve the LV look via UV, go for either a body-conscious dress or a corset-top with a frilly skirt like the ones shown here.  Select your shoe in a sexy high-heeled style that contrasts the dress (for example, the girly corset dress would need a tough boot to balance out the look and add layers to the look).
    STEP 2: ADD EMBELLISHMENTS
    Put together your accessories based on the dress and shoe you've already established.  A sleek dress with a feminine high heeled Mary-Jane would need some more accessories to remind us the wearer is tough: a military-inspired police hat with a beaded mask attached over the front, or seamed stockings.  And maybe some brushed metal jewelry and a boxy purse.  If your look is super-girly already, go with some leather-wrist gloves and a small bejeweled tote.
    STEP 3: PROTECT YOUR CONSTRUCTION

    With the "dainty dominatrix" another layer is just another opportunity to add to the look.  I can't tell you how many times I've been disappointed in what passes for outerwear, but luckily Unique Vintage has an enormous selection of coats and jackets that are both femme and dom.  Remember when choosing the final piece of your ensemble, the favorite word of the "dainty dominatrix": juxtapose!  The jacket should be a stark contrast to your dress, but go well with the rest of your accessories.  That way, when you remove the jacket it will be a truly show-stopping moment (as if it wasn't already).
    Your Golden Girl,
    Olive
    VisforOlive Creative Director and UV Blogger
  • Upper-class Flea Market

    When you think about flea markets, the first thing that may come to mind is getting cool vintage things for cheap. I love flea markets, and that thrill of getting something for a bargain, keeps me coming back for more.

    So what does Bergdorf Goodmans and Flea Markets have in common ? More than you think! Bergdorf's is actually obsessed with flea markets (according to their blog), which is why they are hosting an indoor flea market.  The events theme is "Glam Rock Fest " and will be Sunday, October 2, 1-4 p.m. If you are in New York , this is definitely something you shouldn't miss, especially since admission is FREE!

    Bergdorf's is going to pay homage to vintage styles, bringing back vintage t-shirts, flannel and denim. Don't worry if you can't make it out, you can still purchase items from their website...or better yet...check out Unique Vintage's vintage-inspired styles:

     What's your favorite vintage-style look? 

    xo,
    Amanda Terry, UV Blogger
  • We’re Seeing Spots!

    From runways to the real world, the trend of mixing prints has taken another level. As a lover of all things printed, you can imagine my excitement when it became “on trend” to mix my favorites! The key to a successful print mixture is making sure that the color scheme is cohesive. In other words, both prints should have a common color throughout. This way your outfit doesn't look like you just rolled out of bed and got dressed in the dark. Another way to hit the mark with pattern mixing is keeping your prints super subtle, like a pinstripe or a polka dot. I have always had an obsession with Disney, Minnie Mouse in particular.

    Polka dots, whether they be large or teeny tiny, make a fabulous fashion statement. They are an easy way to bring a feminine touch to even the simplest outfit. During the fall runways of the Gucci, Stella McCartney and Marc Jacobs, these babies were everywhere!

    (Lanvin, Stella McCartney, Gucci, Marc Jacobs, Dolce & Gabbana)

    There are many ways to incorporate this sassy retro print into your everyday wardrobe. Whether it be a fun and flirty dress, a retro-style bathing suit, or even your accessories! Never underestimate the power of a polka dot! Here are some favorites:

     

     

    Now go get spotty!!

    xo, Emily Fogarty, UV blogger

  • The Domestic Fashionistas of the Fifties

    Looking back at American history, the 1950s were a period of domesticity. The man went to work and the wife took care of the household chores; cooking, cleaning, and taking care of the children. This domestic life was often perceived of as "perfect" and actually molded the fashions during this era (the perfectly cinched waists and the appropriate knee-length hems).

    What gave these styles a sense of whimsy were the exuberant excess of florals, crinolines and lady-like qualities that fashions from years past had actually been starving for.

    During this time, women were at their most beautiful and image was everything. The 1950's woman was put together at all hours of the day; from matching accessories to perfectly poised pumps.

    In the '50s, women felt a sense of security within the domestic life they created and their clothes reflected that.

    The 1950's created some of the most iconized silhouettes in fashion history. It's no wonder so many fashion designers today are constantly paying reference to these beautiful, perfectly pulled together, domestic fashions of the past.

    Stan Salas-Unique Vintage Customer Service Connoisseur

  • Fashions from The Help

    When I saw The Help, I figured I would laugh, cry and want to go home and read the book A.S.A.P. What I did not expect was the sudden urge to hit the mall with a new silhouette in mind! This movie is beautifully created, with Emma Stone at the center giving, in my opinion, one of her strongest performances to date. The message is adequately portrayed by this stellar cast of mostly women. But the fashions in this film were an unexpected gift that I just can’t get enough of!

    Every type of womanly shape was shown in this movie, from the classic a-line styles to the slim pencil skirt that keeps everything in just the right place.

    To quench your own retro fashion desires, here are some of our favorite '50s style dresses, that are sure to give you that timeless feel:

    -Emily Fogarty

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