Wednesday, February 18, 2004

Vintage, 'Shmintage' (?)

Need more proof that top fashion designers are not beneath using the occasional vintage item as direct inspiration?

After thinking about the New York Collections, and all the somewhat novel fullness added to the silhouette via coats and skirts, I began obsessing about a fabulous Lilli Ann coat from the 50's I had seen at a recent vintage show and bypassed. I thought this would make a great addition to my wardrobe.

I emailed the dealer (who happens to be a friend) about the item in question- a thick oatmeal wool beauty with interesting pleated collar, nipped in drawstring waist, and very very full below the knee length skirt- to see if she still had it. She told me that she had sold it to the group from Ralph Lauren at a recent show. As we all know, Ralph's collection was based on a new fuller silhouette, and was dominated by camel and beige.

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