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  • LOS ANGELES FASHION WEEK: SUE WONG UPDATES THE FLAPPER FOR FALL 2012

    Pictured: Designer Sue Wong flanked by actress Brook Burns and her models (picture: M. Hall)

    Los Angeles Designer Sue Wong clearly loves vintage fashion.  She has honored Hollywood costume design and bygone elegance with each of her LA Fashion Week collections. Her Fall 2012 collection, entitled Autumn Sonata, offers Ms. Wong's trademark beaded cocktail dresses, coats and full length gowns ready to  walk the Hollywood Red Carpet. There aren't many surprises in this collection, but neither are there any disasters.   What’s the collection all about? “ Sue Wong fashion is  timelessly feminine, gorgeously romantic and it’s all about fantasy, “ says the designer.  When you look at the gowns, you can’t help but think it’s Cinderella time.  The details on Ms. Wong’s dresses are simply perfection. Passing through the work room at her Los Angeles Atelier and seeing the seamstresses and pattern makers, I witnessed firsthand the craftsmanship and artistry that goes into each dress.

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    Ms. Wong admits that she has been inspired by the 1920s and the spirit or the flapper shines through here.   The collection full of the designer’s signature couture embellishments including hand-beadwork, floral embroidery, and seutache vines paired with skirts of taffeta leaves, petals of organza and satin flowers on special occasion dresses in fall hues of rich umber, sienna, deep forest green, and gold. Actress Brook Burns attended wearing a striking blue Sue Wong dress complimented by a white beaded coat.I always enjoy Sue Wong’s Los Angeles Fashion Week presentations at her Atelier, the old Bullock’s Wilshire marketing and advertising department.  Her dresses seem inspired by the luxury and glamour of the old department store once frequented by Marion Davies, Marlene Dietrich and Judy Garland. I look forward to seeing this collection in Nordstrom’s and Bloomingdales, and later on sale at RueLaLa and Ideeli.  Sue Wong gowns are usually priced under $400.00, which is a bargain on any Hollywood Red Carpet.

    To shop Sue Wong at Unique Vintage, click here!

  • Unique Vintage Recommends: Midnight in Paris

    There are few films that can capture the romanticism of Paris in such a modern, yet old world sense. The city of lights is not only the Mecca for fashion lovers, but for lovers in general. In the film "Midnight in Paris", director Woody Allen transports the audience, as well as protagonist Gil Pender, to Paris in its most divine period; the 1920’s. The dimly lit streets are filled with the faint sound of Cole Porter’s  “Let’s Fall In Love.” Nostalgia, in its most fabulous state, is literally around every corner. The protagonist, played masterfully by a bumbling yet thrilled Owen Wilson, comes face to face with his literary hero’s including F. Scott Fitzgerald and Ernest Hemingway. The film goes from being not only a brilliant film, but to a delicious portrait of Paris in the jazz age.

    But what caught our eyes here at Unique Vintage were the costumes, of course. With this film getting Oscar buzz left and right, we expect for the '20s to come roaring back onto the scene for this Holiday season. The carefree era we have come to know for its numerous libations is going to be the central theme for countless events, and Unique Vintage wants you to be the first one in line for the Charleston!

    For your next speakeasy, choose from our extensive collection of flapper dresses. Here are some of our favorites below:


     

     

     

     

     

     

    A bientot!

     

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