Fashionistas! A Dash of Vintage Dior Clashed with Upcycled Lu Flux Whimsy
Serious vintage fashion mavens will go anywhere in search of exquisite treasures. I’ve found thirties velvet gowns in boot sales in the middle of a farmer’s field and bought an exquisite, Three Musketeers lace shirt off a boho chick who couldn’t bare the winters in England, and wanted flight money to escape to Ibiza. Then, one dull, rainy Saturday, I found this divinely elegant, pillar box red, Dior jacket in an an Age UK dress agency on the Isle of Wight. I wear it every week and my heart missed a beat the moment I slipped it on, admiring the playful, lipstick print lining and, svelte, immaculate tailoring. I feel like a fashion princess in my Dior jacket and yet it only cost me £30.00.
In fact the lovely ladies in Twice As Nice in Newport kept me it for me, as a thank you for a shopping piece I wrote about the island as best kept secret mecca for fashion aficionados, in Coast Magazine. Who could have known that the Isle of Wight is littered with retired vogue models with cheek bones you could eat dinner off and soignee IT Girls from the fifties who really did have eighteen inch waists, married captains of industry and frequently donate covetable pieces from a golden age of style to their favourite local charity? This is my idea of recycling. Love a fashion heirloom, take care of it, and then pass it on.
My most perfect Saturdays are spent wandering around junk shops, charity shops and antique flea markets in search of fashion works of art from a bygone age of elegance. Nothing quite comes close to the sudden discovery of a wisp of silk, lace or lush shimmer of old velvet , tucked between the one pound bargain rail and garish crimpolene shift dresses from the swinging sixties.
Oh the thrill of the chase and then discovery! Now, I want to challenge you my fellow fashionistas to send me a picture of you in a favourite vintage piece! Send a couple of outfits if you really can’t choose one, together with a paragraph or two on you, why you can’t live without vintage, and where your favourite vintage hunting grounds are. Oh and how much you paid for your magpie fashion masterpiece
Please email your pictures to me at – ethicalhedonistmagazine(at)gmail.com