Louis Vuitton Exhibition: Volez,Voguez, Voyagez

Louis Vuitton Exhibition: Volez,Voguez, Voyagez

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Wearing: Zara top & pants | Nasty Gal harness (50% off right now!) | JustFab booties [First pair is $15! Mine are sold out 😦 ] | Ann Taylor bag 

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The Louis Vuitton exhibition in New York City is a must see if you happen to be in the City between now and January 7th 2018! The exhibition is hosted within the American Stock Exchange Building in FIDI (financial district) 86 Trinity Place to be exact and the best part is that it’s free and open to the public!

As told on the House’s website, the exhibition retraces the adventure of the House of Louis Vuitton from 1854 to the present. A story told through the portraits of its founders, as well as those who today are inventing the Louis Vuitton of tomorrow.

This historic journey, designed by Robert Carsen, is divided into ten chapters, one of which is entirely devoted to the United States of America and New York City. The tour opens with the most symbolic object of the House: the trunk, a model fashioned with contemporary flair, embodying the iconic hallmarks and bold spirit of Louis Vuitton. The exhibition features objects and documents from the Louis Vuitton heritage archives, as well as select articles on loan from the Palais Galliera and the Musée de la Mode de la Ville de Paris. The exhibition concludes with a display devoted to the savoir-faire of the artisans in the Louis Vuitton workshops.

A dear friend of mine who works for the exhibition invited me along for a guided tour with an extremely knowledgeable docent. She narrated for us the brand’s 160-year history of trunks and travel items. Many rooms are themed after different modes of transportation. The House of Louis Vuitton innovatively created trunks, hand bags, and luggage for every new travel invention. One of the first rooms displays a soaring sailboat mast and endless ocean backdrops to portray the luggage used when traveling by boat. The room is filled with variations on the steamer bag, which was originally intended for dirty laundry. For any LV lover that knows the steamer bag knows that everything started with this bag. The aviation room is where I learned that the iconic LV logo was not created by Louis Vuitton, but by his grandson Gaston-Louis as an ode to his grandfather in 1896. I was also shocked when I was informed that the checkered, damier print came before the LV logo. Following the aviation room is one that is modeled after the Orient Express. They did an incredible job making any viewer feel like they were a traveler on board. As the masses started to travel across the country by railroad the House began to design bags, trunks of various sizes, and hat boxes that fit perfectly above or below the passengers seat. I also loved the display of stickers from Gaston-Louis’ personal travels around the world.

Another addition to the New York exhibition is the celebrity style room, featuring “the most famous” outfits worn on the red carpet and the runway by celebrities throughout the Marc Jacobs and Nicolas Ghesquière years. Selections include Madonna’s 2009 Met Gala dress, Julianne Moore’s 2014 Cannes Film Festival gown, Nicole Kidman’s 2015 Oscars gown, Alicia Vikander’s 2016 Oscars gown, Taylor Swift’s 2016 Met Gala cocktail dress and Ruth Negga’s 2017 Golden Globes gown. Stephen Sprouse graffiti dominates the walls surrounding a large screen showing the dresses in their runway and red-carpet glory.

I cannot recommend this exhibition enough! It is the perfect place to take in some fashion history all while window shopping to the next level. SO, get there before January 7th!

xo, L

 

 

 

 

 

How to Mix Vintage with Contemporary Fashion

How to Mix Vintage with Contemporary Fashion

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Wearing: Verge Girl cropped tee & skirt | Chess and the Sphinx handbag | Vintage Express belt | Superga Sneakers 

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Mixing vintage with modern is something I do often. Mainly because I have a serious addiction to vintage shopping that I haven’t been able to kick. I’m also a huge lover of anything stylish and affordable. This is where my love for vintage and contemporary fashion meet! Vintage can be tricky to wear and almost harder to pair with modern clothes. So, here are some guidelines for wearing vintage and modern:

  1. Don’t wear anything too dated: Disco looks from the ’70s will always be classics  and come in and out of style, but don’t get too carried away with dancing-queen dresses. Shoulder pads and a plunging sequin necklines? Not cute then, still not cute now.
  2. Vintage Accessories:  Pairing modern clothing with vintage shoes, bags and sunglasses is an easy way of beginning to work vintage into your wardrobe, as well as a simple way of taking a very special, fancier vintage piece and making it more wearable for today. Pops of color, surprising textile combinations, silhouettes and layers of contrasting patterns always make an outfit appear both uniquely modern and totally timeless.
  3. Contemporary Hair and Makeup:  I’ll bet, unless you’re dedicating hours to recreate vintage hairstyles and makeup, your hair and makeup are already going to look comparatively modern. Simplicity in hair and makeup is a tried and true way of grounding a vintage outfit, such as wearing a 1950’s dress with a slicked back ballerina bun or pairing an Edwardian blouse with a subtly smoky eye.

*Shout out to mamabear for letting me steal your express belt from the 80s!*

Thanks for reading!

xo, L

Verge Girl X Missguided

Verge Girl X Missguided

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Wearing: Verge Girl tee | Missguided skirt| Ann Taylor clutch | L Train Vintage flats

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I’m wearing one of my favorite outfits that I’ve put together lately. This top sold out super quick from Verge Girl, but I found similar styles on their website both priced under $45! I actually just bought the Gucci Life Tee in an XS! Verge Girl has quickly become my go to online shopping boutique. They have one store location, but its in Australia. I sometimes shy away from buying from Australian brands because if I’m not happy with my purchase the return process is usually a HUGE pain. So far with Verge Girls I haven’t had to return anything and always get my order within 3-5 days. The price points are perfect and they offer free shipping on orders $70 or more. Go check em out!

The Missguided skirt also sold out super quick. I picked out my fav similar styles from VG and Missguided for you guys. I definitely plan on wearing this skirt through the fall transition paired with stockings or knee high boots. I don’t know about you guys, but I’m starting to get very excited for fall fashion and obviously for pumpkin spice everything.

In other news, I’m heading to charming little island covered in seaside cottages, quaint inns, chowder shacks, and tiny boutiques this weekend. Any guesses where?

xo, L

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Top 5 Vintage & Thrift Store Picks

Top 5 Vintage & Thrift Store Picks

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Wearing: Zara top | L train vintage Army jacket + Pants | Chess and the Sphinx vintage bag

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For my loves out there who enjoy the hunt for the perfect garment or accessory, Brooklyn’s many vintage and thrift shops offer plenty of opportunities for adventure. First things first, theirs a significant difference between a thrift and a vintage shop. A vintage clothing item is one that is at least 20 years old. Most clothing considered vintage dates from the 1920s – 1980s. Pre-1920s clothing is considered antique. Thrift stores on the other hand don’t care when the clothes were made. They traditionally sell secondhand clothes and other household items. There you’ll typically find fast fashion pieces and former fads at bargain prices.  

For hipsters and fashionistas alike, collecting and wearing vintage clothing is, ironically, fashion forward. I personally LOVE hunting for unique pieces that set my wardrobe apart. I get such a rush when I find that perfect piece that fits like it was custom made! So, here’s a little break down of my favs:

1: L Train Vintage: NUMBER ONE FOR A REASON! It’s my humble opinion that L Train Vintage is by far the best vintage store in Brooklyn. For starters they have 6 locations! 5 in Brooklyn and 1 in the East Village. They even have an online shop. I frequent the Bushwick location because its SO close to my apartment and it happens to be its largest location. I scored both the Army jacket and the wide leg pants there AND I spent less than $10 on each piece. Need I say more? 

2. Chess and The Sphinx: A close second fav is this tiny, super chic vintage shop. It has more of a boutique feel which means less clothes to search through, but every piece in there truly is a gem. A place where fashion treasures hide just waiting to be found. The prices are also shocking! The entire aesthetic of the place lead me to think that it would be a vintage store out of my price range, but I was so wrong! I have gotten 1940’s leather handbags for under $50 and staple pieces for less than $30! It’s an absolute must if you’re ever hunting in Bushwick. 

3. Worship: Another hidden gem nestled in Bushwick. This unisex boutique has 2 locations Echo Park, LA & Brooklyn, NY. They offer a highly curated collection of vintage clothing and accessories from the 1990s. Some of my favorite pieces in closet I found in Worship, from a Celtic Frost vintage tee to a Marc Jacobs summer dress. The buyers absolutely kill it and the prices are very reasonable. 

4. Beacon’s Closet: Is known by the Village Voice as New York City’s best used clothing store. The Gothamist named them one of the best thrift stores in NYC. And New York Magazine said “These chic little shops are stuffed with stylish, lightly used downtown essentials and groovy vintage pieces . . . There’s a great selection of used Levi’s and hip T-shirts.” With 4 locations 3 in Brooklyn and 1 in Manhattan. Locals confirm that Beacon’s closet is THE place to buy-sell-trade. 

5. Friends: The perfect combination of thrift, vintage, retail, and name brands. Located in the heart of artsy Bushwick. They truly have something for everybody! They carry, women’s and men’s, contemporary and vintage clothing, accessories, and footwear. The prices might not be as low as L Train or Beacon’s closet, but definetly reasonable. 

xo, L