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VFF-Postcard-Fall-2014-front2Get your glam on and ready yourselves for the Alameda Point Vintage Fashion Faire coming up this Friday, November 14th and Saturday November 15th at Michaan’s Annex Auction Showroom, 2701 Monarch Way, in Alameda. The theme this time around is Hollywood Red Carpet.

Alameda Point Vintage Fashion Faire is a vintage happening, including on Friday evening a vintage attire contest (dress in your Hollywood best), music by Sara & Swingtime, a no-host bar, and of course an array of dealers selling vintage treasures of all eras for men, women, and children.  The sale continues on Saturday.

What a great opportunity to do some holiday shopping for your favorite vintage enthusiasts while meeting other like-minded people. Don’t forget yourself! Need a holiday frock? How about a little sparkly something for New Years?  Alameda Point Vintage Fashion Faire has got you covered.

Alameda Point Vintage Fashion Faire ~ Fall/Winter Show

Friday 11/14/14, 6PM-9PM, Saturday, 11/14/14 10AM-5PM

Michaan’s Annex Auction Showroom, 2701 Monarch Way, Alameda, CA 94501

Cost: $5.00 General Admission Saturday, 10 AM-5 PM, (Children 16 and under free with a paid adult on Saturday)

$10.00 Early Buy Admission, Friday Night VIP Party & Sale 6PM-9PM, (with a re-admit to Saturday) FREE PARKING

Click here for the website.

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A JB styled look from the 2011 vintage fashion show at Collector's Choice Antiques.

A JB styled look from the 2011 vintage fashion show at Collector’s Choice Antiques.

I am super excited about the upcoming vintage fashion show – Glamour Fabric, & Glorious – on Saturday, November 2, 2013 at Collector’s Choice Antiques in Lafayette. Stylist JB Kaye has been working hard these past few weeks putting together 25 ensembles with antique and vintage clothing from the early 1900s to the 1980s. JB is a master at mixing eras to create unique looks for modern women.

Tickets are $20 at the door and include afternoon tea.

Glamorous Fabric & Glorious, Saturday November 2, 1-3, Collector’s Choice Antiques, 3574 Diablo Blvd., Lafayette.

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Claire E. (second from the right) and her models.

Claire E. (second from the right) and her models.

Congratulations to Collector’s Choice Antiques in Lafayette on another fabulous fashion show. Styled by Claire E. and Eileen Tong, the show celebrated the Lunar New Year (year of the snake) and featured Chinese style dresses, suits, jackets as well as some beautiful antique Chinese robes.

I tip my hat to Claire on her stylish eye for pairing traditional Asian silhouettes with vintage hats. This combination is a real winner in shifting specific looks to more universal outfits suitable for any dressy occasion.

chineseshow 015Eileen stayed simple styling her robes with long beads in jade or carved ivory and heels or black satin slippers. What struck me is how outstanding these ensembles would be at the opening night of the San Francisco opera or symphony. I say there’s no need for designer duds when one could sport a one-of-a-kind antique Chinese robe.

Collector’s Choice Antiques puts on the most charming fashion shows and lucky for us there’s another in the works scheduled for Sunday, April 14, 2013. The fun starts at 1pm.

Collector’s Choice Antiques is located at 3574 Mt. Diablo Blvd., Lafayette. Questions? Give them a call – 925-299-9400.

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1960s sequin pantsuit with fur cape. Love the butterscotch Lucite handbag and polka dot headscarf.

My mother and I had a great time at the Vintage Fashion Show and Tea on Saturday, November 12th. A fundraiser for the Friends of the Lafayette Library, the show was held at Collector’s Choice Antiques in downtown Lafayette and featured vintage fashions from the store’s collection.

As a fashion writer I have attended many fashion shows and I have to say catwalks are not my cup of tea. I prefer the old-school style with models strolling out into the crowd, allowing for a slower pace and a closer look at the clothes. So, I was thrilled to find someone agrees with me. JB Kaye, who styled the show, had the models descend the store’s staircase one at a time and circulate among us. With ten models in all, there was a constant stream of vintage outfits to admire.

Holly Golightly ... where have you been?

Fashions highlighted were from the 30s to the early 90s and included knit suits, daydresses, evening gowns, and lots of fabulous accessories, particularly Bakelite. Rather than keeping it era specific, JB, who also works in the shop and is an avid vintage collector herself, mixed it up combining pieces from different periods creating unique ensembles suitable for any modern woman.

1930s knit suit.

As I watched the models, looking oh-so-chic, it occurred to me that women back in the day dressed like this all the time. Even a non-fashionista always left the house put together, complete with hat and gloves.  Today such attire is either only for dress-up or a costume. I’m hoping more shows like this will inspire women to put a bit more effort into their daily look.

Most of what was shown was for sale at reasonable prices ($90 to $150) and a lot was snapped up by eager collectors. But not for sale was a simple cap covered in crystal-like drops (pictured right). Originally worn by Elizabeth Taylor, this stunning piece is part of JB’s private collection.

The afternoon flew by (a full two-hour show) as we enjoyed tea sandwiches on vintage plates, sipped wine served in goblets, and tea served in china cups. There wasn’t a paper plate or plastic cup to be found – now that’s doing it in style. Besides viewing all the clothes, the most fun was talking vintage with liked-minded people.

Congratulations to Collector’s Choice Antiques and Friends of the Lafayette Library on a fashion show well done.

PS – Rumor has it that the shop’s owners, Carl Himmelman and Kathy Himmelman are planning a spring 2012 vintage fashion show. Stayed tuned to Over Dressed for Life for details.

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