A huge chunk of high street stores have bastardized the term ‘vintage‘. In the eye of the PRs, it seems like vintage can be a design that has been produced a week ago as long as it’s in a grandma-esque floral print.
As far as professionals are concerned, anything designed within the past 15 years is considered contemporary. I believe this should be stretched to at least 20 years considering MC Hammer pants do not come close to my idea of vintage.
Vintage clothing also falls into a seperate group than clothes that are just plain old. While a fifty-year-old dress is absolutely not contemporary fashion, a vintage collector would never yearn for it if it was worn beyond wear and a mass-produced mistake. Thrift and vintage are not one in the same. True vintage has value and generally does not have room for short-lived trends ie. zoot suits, though the longer an item is kept in great condition and the more unique or couture the item is, the more it is worth.
As clothes reach their 100th birthday, they are labelled antique. These pieces tend to be of museum quality as most mass retail pieces will end up looking like old socks by this time.
Vintage couture can be some of the most beautiful works of art and definitely worth searching for – just don’t do so in your local Oxfam.
Patricia van der Vliet for Vogue Nippon August 2010
Candid Patricia van der Vliet
Poor Patricia lost an arm to Photoshop.
‘Reality’ star-slash-designer Whitney Port recently joined up with Vogue eyewear to show the world a sneak peak into her closet. While she gets a lot of flac for her lead role in the not-so-reality-tv show The City, I happen to find her extremely endearing. When you take the MTV exploitation for what it is, you’re left with a sweet, savvy and talented young woman with great individual style.
In the clip, one of the pieces you’ll see is virtually one of my favourite Kate Spades pieces to ever be created. It doesn’t quite make up for the uncoordinated mess that is her closet, but the voyeur in us all can enjoy this nonetheless.
At times (frequent, frequent times) nothing can drive me crazier than London transport. While it will never be fault free, hopefully a little assistance from yours truly will be able to keep you from wanting to become Jubilee line track-kill.
The three heavy-hitters on the transport scene are the Overground, Underground and system. The UK equivalent to the Subway or Metro, the Underground seems to be the majority favourite and has a stop virtually adjacent to every tourist attraction you can shake a stick at. As a city native and avoider of having my face smooshed into peoples armpits, I try to avoid the Underground at all costs.
While the accesibility is astounding, busses are my preference. Why?
– The stops. They are much more conveniently located for the cool places London offers that aren’t swamped by tourists.
– The atmosphere. As the name suggests, the Underground typically offers stunning views of tunnels and sometimes metal frameworks in uglier back-areas from the city.
– The people. Please note I in no way think the types of people on either service vary in any way. What is beneficial, however, is the ability to walk up a flight of stairs or stare out of a window convincingly after your mandatory crazy-person giggle fest.
– The cost. The journeys are no shorter, and you can often get away with spending half what you would on another service, as you always pay a flat rate.
– The schedule. For some insane reason, the Underground has no schedule that helps the nightcrawlers get home and taxis will take advantage of your wallet with no remorse. Busses run tons of night routes and keep you in safely lit areas.
As far as longer journeys go, you can’t go very wrong with the Overground. While it’s slightly pricier, you end up often travelling with business people and those much more respectful of your private space and surroundings. The biggest pro? Air conditioning and heat. Everyone who has suffered train delays in a British summer – can I get a Hallelujah?
Basically, the best idea is to remain as patient as possible and abuse the Journey Planner at tfl.gov.uk. By using post codes you will beat delays, closures, and get everywhere faster than you could plan alone. Saviour.