Wednesday, November 24, 2010

Icons We Adore

Farrah Fawcett

The decade everybody seems to be drawing inspiration from lately is the seventies. And if there was one 70s icon who knew how to turn heads it was Farrah. With her girl-next-door charm and laid-back style, she won her status as one of America's sweethearts.

Farah was a simple girl, preferring blue jeans and button-downs over glitz and glam. Note the style of her jeans; high waisted bell bottoms. This is a style a lot of designers chose to use in their spring collections. I have a feeling we'll all be getting in touch with our inner Farrah this spring.

Get a jump on the competition and get in touch with your inner Farrah by shopping VPV! Don't forget to check out the ebay store too!

Monday, November 22, 2010


Girls Who Get It

One of the greatest places to get inspired is on other like-minded individuals’ blogs. So we’ve perused the web for gorgeous vintage/vintage-inspired muses who know how to rock it. Here are some of our favorites:

Gemini Tauberge,

Thessy and Yiota,

Saturday, November 20, 2010

VPV Weekly Find

80s Hollywood Nites Bodycon Dress

Why we love it: Not only is it just stunning, but it's also perfectly on trend; lace and mesh bodycon in a gorgeous fire engine red. Want to be the center of attention at those holiday parties coming up? Wear this.

How to wear it: This little number makes quite a statement on its own, so all you really need is basics: shoes, jewelry, maybe some nylons.

What are you waiting for? This one's going to go fast, so hurry up and get it before some other girl does.

Must-Read Blog

Bunny Fufu/Banana

Bunny Fufu is one of two fashion blogs managed by the unbelievably creative and inspiring Brianna, who goes by the pen name, Fashion Monstre. Brianna scours the internet for fashion bloggers whom she finds inspiring, then posts photos of them to Bunny Fufu. And she is so good at what she does. This blog is an absolute hotbed of beauty and inspiration. Featuring bloggers from all over the planet, Brianna’s eclectic style is reflected in each dazzling post.

Her other blog, titled Banana, is more personal, containing her own outfit posts in addition to street style pictures, photos from fashion magazines, video clips, model pictures, and all kinds of other bits and anything else she stumbles across that sparks her interest. This blog is more like a visual diary, and is equally inspiring.

Brianna kindly set aside some time to answer a few of my questions:

  • When did you realize fashion was something you were passionate about?

My mom always wanted to be a fashion designer when she was young, she got accepted into FIT, but unfortunately didn't have the money to pay for it. At the time she told me this I honestly didn't really care about fashion all that much...until I was in 7th grade. I was doing some project in class and needed a magazine, my dad picked up a Teen Vogue for me. Once I flipped through the glorious pages of color I instantly fell in love. I became my "own" person at this point, not following any of those "abercrombie middle schoolers".

  • If you had to pick only one, who is your ultimate fashion icon?

Alright this is upsetting but I really don't have a fashion icon. But I do have a strong love for Emmanuel Alt. Most of the outfits I wear tend to come out similar to hers- black and white and simple yet chic.

  • Where do you draw inspiration from? (ie. The streets, fashion magazines, music videos, old family photos, etc.)

My inspiration comes from almost everything such as music, magazines, my family and friends, celebrities, my mood, and streets. I do have a book though, that I made about 2 years ago that is clippings of my most favorite and inspirational items and people, looking through it always gives me a boost of help for picking out what I'll be wearing.

  • “Six Items or Less” is a global experiment that challenges its participants to wear only six items for an entire month. If you had to participate in this experiment, what would your six items be?
Well if I had to pick 6 of my favorite items to wear for a whole month, it would definitely be a bit difficult. But I would pick out my most favorite BB Dakota O'Sullivan Tweed Blazer (one of my favorite blazers I own), Dolce Vita- Josephine Stacked Leather Wooden Heel, I would have to pick another pair of Dolce Vita's- the Tolden Wedge Ruched Ankle Booties in gray (yes I love DV!), an amazing pair of black plain leggings, J. Crew white button up shirt, and the Aqua Rose One Shoulder Mini Dress from ASOS. Even though you can't exactly wear these things together for a month without repeating I would totally enjoy wearing all of them! But I would definitely have to accessorize tremendously.

Inspiration: Vintage Flicks

Films set in decades past are a great way to get a feel for how people of the time period dressed. They're also a great source of inspiration. Here's a little trip back in time to some films from past decades.



Double Indemnity

Pearl Harbor (okay, so this one wasn't made in the 40s, but it's set in the 40s and it's beautiful)


Rebel Without a Cause

Grease (again, not made in the 50s but it's pretty true to the time it's set in)


The Secret Life of Bees (set in the 60s)

Breakfast at Tiffany's


Starsky and Hutch

Foxy Brown


The Breakfast Club

Do the Right Thing

Pretty Woman


Empire Records

Don't forget to take your inspiration to the VPV Store and the ebay shop!

Tuesday, November 16, 2010

Icons We Adore

Coco Chanel

Perhaps the most iconic figure in fashion, Gabrielle "Coco" Chanel is the founder of Chanel; one of the most notorious houses of fashion. Coco was born into a life of hardship, experiencing the death of her mother and the consequent abandonment of her father at the vulnerable age of twelve.

Before she became Coco Chanel, fashion powerhouse and designer of gorgeous clothes, she had to work her way up. She started as a seamstress, designing hats as a hobby. Then she began making hats for a living. Three years after she opened her hat boutique, she finally entered into the world of clothes, designing and selling her garments to prominent members of society.

There is much debate over personal aspects of her life, especially of her romantic life, but due to her private nature and use of multiple names, it's difficult to decipher truth from rumor.

One thing that is definitely not rumor, however, is that the name Chanel has become synonymous with classic glamor. Coco once said "A girl should be two things: classy and fabulous." And that is exactly what she always was. Tweeds, nautical stripes, black, jackets, hats, and pearls define Coco's infamous style.

Always a portrait of class and elegance, she is still admired by people all over the world today, proving she knew all to well what she was talking about when she said "Fashion fades, only style remains the same".