Thursday, March 22, 2012
Every so often, I check out the vintage fashion listed on 1stdibs.com. This time I felt like I’d gone shopping without spending any money. First, I noticed this tie-dyed, velvet Todd Oldham dress from the 1990s. It’s being sold by my gorgeous friend Cherie of Shrimpton Couture.
After a moment, I realized why I liked this dress so much. I already have the skirt version.
It’s kind of a relief to know my taste hasn’t changed. I felt the same way at a dinner recently when a friend brought up something I said to her about men when we first met 14 years ago. While she told the story in a long and winding way, the suspense was killing me. I was sure I was going to be mortified by whatever I’d blurted out when I was young(er) and dumb(er). When she finally got to the punchline, I said, “Oh, I absolutely stand by that opinion.” I was happy I didn’t have to disown my 1998 self, at least not for that particular incident. (Despite that, I’m not going to tell you what I originally said.)
Anyway, the second item that I noticed on 1stdibs.com was a pinstriped Jean Paul Gaultier pantsuit, which has been sold.
My Gaultier pantsuit is from a later collection.
It’s fun to see what Gaultier has done over the years to liven up suits. I felt quite daring wearing my suit when I worked at Lehman Brothers. Yes, that’s what passed for radical there.