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Wednesday, April 16, 2014

Tweet I braved yesterday’s late spring chill in an age-inappropriate Stephen Sprouse mini. This is what happens when one hasn’t done the laundry OR the dry cleaning in a very long time. What Wendy Wore “Pillow sweater”: Dsquared (purchased at Chalk, 2012) Skirt: Vintage Stephen Sprouse (possibly purchased in 2006) Boots: Prada (2008) Lipstick: Pleasure […]

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Monday, February 24, 2014

Tweet As I’ve mentioned before, I’m the chairman of the board of alumni trustees of the Columbia Daily Spectator, Columbia University’s student newspaper. Every February, the Spectator has a big awards dinner. We always have high-profile keynote speakers. Recent ones have included Arianna Huffington (Joan Didion presented an award at that dinner as well); Julius […]

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Tuesday, January 28, 2014

Tweet The real winner of the Grammys was Pharrell’s hat, and now designer Vivienne Westwood is winning too. After the hat was identified as a style introduced by Westwood in 1982 and featured in the video for Malcolm McLaren’s early hip-hop classic “Buffalo Gals,” the website for Westwood’s online World’s End shop crashed because of […]

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Tuesday, November 26, 2013

Tweet Katy Perry wore a polka-dot-and-floral strapless gown on the red carpet at the American Music Awards. I got all excited, hoping she was wearing a 1980s Patrick Kelly … perhaps a ballgown version of the vintage dress currently available at Shrimpton Couture. Nope! Katy’s gown is actually from Oscar de la Renta’s Spring 2014 […]

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Tuesday, October 22, 2013

Tweet Next May, the Philadelphia Museum of Art is going to present a retrospective of one of my favorite ’80s fashion designers: Patrick Kelly. I have a nice little Patrick Kelly collection: The notorious and frequently worn leopard gown (seen in 2008, 2009, 2010, and 2011). Bow dress (seen in 2009 and 2011). Black mullet […]

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Thursday, September 19, 2013

Tweet With ’80s designer clothing on my mind after yesterday’s post, I figured this was a good day to share a photo from the July 4th holiday in 1986, during which the 100th anniversary of the Statue of Liberty was celebrated. As I recall, my family’s initial reaction to the plans for the huge celebration […]

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Wednesday, September 18, 2013

Tweet If I had a zillion dollars, I’d add these two pieces to my Stephen Sprouse collection. I love neon, leopard and Sprouse, so a neon leopard coat by Sprouse blows my mind. And I’ve always pined for the original Keith Haring skirt that Madonna wore in her “Borderline” video, but I guess I would […]

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Saturday, January 19, 2013

Tweet In fashion, what comes around goes around …. and around and around and around. On Thursday, I read a Wall Street Journal story called “Transparent Style That’s Sheer Daring” by the lovely Christina Binkley, which was about see-through clothing being big for spring. That trend has been bubbling up for a while — I […]

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Tuesday, January 1, 2013

Tweet A “hostess gown” is described by the website Vintage Fashion Guild as “a dressy full length garment for [home] entertaining, but not as formal as evening wear. Other than the full length, the lines followed current fashion.” The style was most popular from the 1930s to the 1970s, according to the site. In a […]

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Monday, August 20, 2012

Tweet I’ve always been fond of 1990s fashion designer Todd Oldham, and I’ve acquired a number of his pieces, including this tie-dyed velvet skirt. You know what would be a great addition to my Oldham collection? These beaded boots, available from vintage dealer Marilyn Glass via 1stdibs.com. I’m in love. As much as I like […]

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