untitledHow people look is crucial to how they are perceived.

- Nina McLemore, CEO and designer at Nina McLemore women’s apparel.

This quote is so true! And yet, no one seems to get it anymore.

Ms. McLemore designs for professional corporate women. Her client list includes Hillary Clinton and Elizabeth Warren.


tot15I actually love the idea that this dress has lived more of a life than I have.

- Dawn O’Porter, British television presenter and host of the new show This Old Thing.

Vintage fashion is a huge trend in the UK. There are vintage fairs all around the country, a vintage lifestyle magazine called Vintage Life and now a television show. This Old Thing is a how-to in the world of vintage – how to choose, how to repair, and how to wear. There’s also a lot of talk about sewing.

What I have been able to see of This Old Thing looks entertaining and informative. Unfortunately it’s not distributed in the US, but you can find a few segments on YouTube.


untitledChic is when you see a woman walking in the street who looks fabulous and you do not know why.

Valentina Ilardi Martin, editor of Grey magazine.

imagesYankee Doodle went to town a-riding on a pony. He stuck a feather in his cap and called it macaroni. Yankee Doodle keep it up, Yankee Doodle Dandy …

- British nursery rhyme, circa 1750.

Actually, it’s a lot more than that. This is part of a little ditty the Brits sung around the American colonials to insult them. There’s a lot of history to this song and many different versions but the use of the word “macaroni” is specific.




A Macaroni.

In England during the mid-1700s there was a certain type of gentleman commonly and disdainfully referred to as a Macaroni. These young fellas were influenced by their European travels, particularly Italy, and they were known for overdoing the fop look – super high wigs, face makeup, tightly cut trousers and jackets, bows on their garters, etc.

So, singing the Yankee Doodle song was a double dis – the Yanks were Macaronies and they didn’t even do that right. Ha!

Happy Fourth of July, dear readers.

Keep it fashionable in your red, white, and blue … and keep it safe, too.

People will stare. Make it worth their while.

- Harry Winston, American jeweler (1896-1978)

I would add – make it worth their while but always in good taste. (You don’t want people to stare for the wrong reasons.)


untitledIt’s time to burn the beret and bury the blue dress.

- Monica Lewinsky, Former Clinton White House intern.

When the Clinton/Lewinsky sex scandal caught our attention in 1998 and photos of Ms. Lewinsky sporting a black beret were plastered just about everywhere, I thought: “Well, that’s it for the beret. No one is ever going to want to be seen in one of those again.” But not so.

After maybe a year, the simple chapeau returned completely unscathed. I’m impressed with its resilience and I’m also thoroughly convinced it’s here to stay. I know I love mine for its chic factor and versatility. Milliner Stephen Jones once said, “The beret is the t-shirt of hats.”

Ms. Lewinsky you go ahead and burn that beret, who can blame you? But the rest of us will continue to don ours, thank you.

POINT-APRIL-2014-VFF-adComing up this weekend is the Alameda Point Vintage Fashion Faire, Friday and Saturday, June 13th and 14th at Michaan’s Annex Auction Showroom, 2701 Monarch Way, Alameda, CA.

Produced twice a year by Sandra Gordon Michaan, who also co-founded and runs the popular Alameda Point Antique Faire, this is more than just selling vintage fashion treasures, it’s a happening.

“This event is the fastest growing vintage clothing event on the West Coast,” says Ms. Michaan. “We provide our customers and the fashion industry with high-quality, rare vintage clothing and celebrate vintage with a different theme party every 6 months.”

The theme this time around is 1940s/WWII/USO and on Friday evening, 6pm to 9pm there will be a vintage fashion contest. First prize is a $100 voucher to shop the show. Plus enjoy food and a no-host bar, and live entertainment by Tin Cup Serenade featuring singer Emily Ann Reed.  Fifty dealers will be selling items from the Victorian era right up to the 1990s (I guess that’s vintage now). Please note that Friday evening is 21 and over only.

Saturday is the big shopping day but the theme continues for anyone wanting to dress in their 40s best. Or any era or even better, get creative and mix it up. Dealers include my pals Barbara Grigg from Vintage Vogue and Jula and Roberto from City Vintage.

The Alameda Point Fashion Faire - Friday, June 13, 6pm-9pm and Saturday, June 14th 11am-5am. Ten dollars on Friday, which includes reentry on Saturday. Five dollars on Saturday. Michaan’s Annex Auction Showroom, 2701 Monarch Way, Alameda, CA.

Be there or be square.








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