Archive for November, 2010

Barbara Grigg has the best collection of vintage around. Offering one-of-a-kind designer women’s clothing, she is hot stuff with LA celebrities and stylists. Lucky for us in the Bay Area, Barbara has a shop in Calistoga and she can be found at the San Francisco Vintage Fashion Expo. Read all about Barbara and her shop in my Oakland Fashion Examiner column.

Vintage Vogue with Barbara Grigg

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Kate Middleton shows promising ladylike style.

Ah well, it was bound to come … another royal wedding. Although I am a certified Anglophile, I’m not a royal watcher. Old-school royals, like Victoria and Albert, sure, but the antics of the modern family – no thanks.

However, as a fashion writer I will be closely watching princess-to-be Kate Middleton. I have high hopes that she will bring ladylike manner and fashion back into vogue.

A quick perusal of her style shows promise. She chooses smart tailored pieces topped with chic coats; boots are favored as well as slinky dresses.  The lovely sapphire blue number she wore for her public engagement announcement was a nice choice. The wrap-dress was a striking and flattering color with a hemline that cautiously hit  just above the knee. Simple black pumps rounded out the ensemble. It was flirty yet tasteful.

I surmise that, just like the late Princess Diana, Kate will over time develop her own style and become a fashion icon to millions of women, hopefully making a shift away from the current rather tawdry trend of stripper shoes and tats to a fashion sense of dignity and sophistication. 

We shall see.  In the meantime, congratulations Kate!

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