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10 Dec

One of the things I love-love-love about living in Australia (Perth in particular) is that our upside-down festive season is the complete antithesis of anything traditionally associated with Christmas. I’m not sure why this appeals to me, but it does. Instead of  lolling luxuriously by the fireplace as the snow softly settles outside, we collapse, sweating, at the beach in 40-degree heat, while the Christmas tree quietly withers inside. Instead of chic furs and boots and gloves, we have….well, anything as close to naked as possible. Inside of mulled wine and turkey and being jolly and kissing under the mistletoe, we guzzle icy gin and tonics (necessary to maintain ideal body temperature), eat frozen grapes, and scream at anyone who tries to touch us because it’s too damn HOT. Yes, perhaps I am not really selling it, and it may not be as romantic or decadent or comfortable, but the endless summer hot hot haze does have a certain je ne sais quois about it. One of the obvious perks being that we get to spend the entire season wearing the prettiest, floatiest, light-as-a-feather frocks around town.

Here are a few of my most-coveted – all vintage, and all available online.

Vintage FENDI Rayon Wrap dress from Claire Inc.

Vintage Fendi 1980’s Wrap Dress, from Claire Incorporated, $465.00.


Diane von Furstenberg silk organza beaded tabbard, from Map Vintage, $559.00.

Donna Karan Convertible Silk Dress from Claire Inc.

Vintage Donna Karan Convertible Silk Wrap Tie Dress from Claire Incorporated, $265.00.

Dolce & Gabbana Sheer Fishnet Dress from Map Vintage

Vintage Dolce & Gabbana Sheer Fishnet Dress from Map Vintage, $669.00.

Vintage 1968 Pauline Trigere Kaftan


Vintage 1968 Pauline Trigere Kaftan, from Nelsonbridge on Etsy, $750.00.



11 Nov

Vintage shopping in NYC is one activity that sends me into absolute paroxysms of delight. Such is the lure of vintage clothing, that when in Australia I am often compelled to stay up all night squinting at the computer just so I can spend a squazillion dollars in pre-dawn bidding wars on Ebay, for some random and totally unwearable accoutrement (single Lanvin glove, anyone?), that invariably arrives reeking of mothballs and cigarettes. Thus, NYC shopping is the cake to my fat kid. Vintage is everywhere, it’s (relatively) cheap, no one fights you for it, and best of all you can try before you buy. Yes, you get totally laughed at by the hipster-cool NYC kids, who will tell you that if you really knew what’s what you would be lounging around in a poncho made out of a Mexican horse blanket that you bought for 50 cents at a thrift store. Luckily, it’s unlikely that you will stop squealing over your $35 vintage YSL blouse long enough to care.

Over the next few weeks, I’ll be posting my favourite vintage pieces from my recent NYC trip, including items from Amarcord, Beacon’s Closet, Gypsy Nation Vintage, and some other places I can’t remember the names of.


Artists & Fleas, 70 North 7th Street (between Wythe & Kent), Brooklyn, NY

Artists & Fleas is a weekend market housed in an old warehouse in Brooklyn, filled with eccentric vintage collectors, indie designer chicks, and dudes with tattoos selling their art. I think. My memory is a little sketchy on this one, as I was so dazzled by the outfits at Gypsy Nation Vintage (set conveniently just inside the entrance), that I barely made it past the front door. What I can tell you is this – Gypsy Nation is one holy-freakin-amazeballs gypsy-circus-aladdin’s-cave collection of wonderment. It was a moment of unparalleled restraint that saw me get out of there with only two small purchases. The first – a vintage Leonard Paris floral sweater – caught my eye immediately, primarily for the print, which I think is absolute perfection. No idea how I’m going to wear the 80’s batwing sleeves, but for now I’m happy just to look at it.

Leonard Paris sweater from Gypsy Nation Vintage

The second item was an amazing 70s print dress selected for me by the owner. You know those pieces that get compliments/where-did-you-get-thats/marriage proposals every time you wear them? This is one of those.

i to i dress from Gypsy Nation Vintage

– Z xx