Monday, 15 October 2012

Vintage Vogs and Velveteen

Ah, Monday. At least I am so glad for joining up with Visible Monday at the wonderful Patti's Not Dead Yet Style! I will also hold tight to memories of the weekend - Saturday night Beary and I attended our friends' 35th wedding anniversary party; I decided to wear old stuff homegrown vintage (h/t Wendy Brandes). After this latest night out dancing, my poor old shoes are suffering the dreaded brittle-lift, and I've put in lots of extraneous bonus photos of them. 


coat dress: Kathy Jones, Camden Market stall, (London, 1991)
vintage purse: Farnell Paris, a gift from my father
skirt: Urban Behaviour, thrifted
tights: Mary Quant (Toronto, mid-90's)
shoes: Fluevog Swordfish family, model name forgotten (1994)


antique pin: a gift from my father (he has a great eye too!)


Anyone else remember the bump-toe? 







They've got many, many dancing hours under their belts - over the years they became my "lucky wedding shoes." 






watch: a gift from my mother
usual wrist wear: silver OM bracelet (Lollapalooza vendor, early '90's), leather and silver "hands" bracelet (AGO, precious gift, early '90's, replaced 2005), 
rubber O-ring

Beary was clearly as excited as me about the very important job of bringing you the shoe report from the party. 






burnout velvet scarf: a gift from The Divine Aunt M







Sadly, these awesome tights also bit the dust. Luckily they made it through their final outing and only gave way in time for outfit photos the next day. Could it be a break in my usual pattern of highly dramatic - and cringe-ingly public - disintegrations? 




One can only hope!


49 comments:

  1. OMG THOSE SHOOOOOOOEEEEESSSSSS!!!!!!!!!!!! Lucky!!

    They look great with the outfit and those very cool tights. The jacket is gorgeous.

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    1. This response from you-of-the-AMAZING-shoes means a lot - thanks!

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  2. Your style is always so unique. I WANT, WANT, WANT your shoes, ahhhhhhhhhhhhhhh
    Do you want to kill me? ahhhhhhhhhhhhhhhhh
    XXXXXXXXXXXXXXXXXXXXXXXXXXXXXXX

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    1. Oh man, I swear I have no fashion-related homicidal intent - plese don't die! Good thing you are made of much sterner stuff than that, Sacramento! xo

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  3. Amber, you have such wonderfully rich taste. I love the idea of a party shoe report too. I often don't notice a person's shoes unless I'm sitting down but I do love to scan shoes. In fact, I love men's shoes and would make a killer men's shoe salesperson.
    Your coat is amazing!

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    1. Thank you, Joni! It seemed that this party was loaded with particularly outstanding footwear.

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  4. That entire outfit is just divine, but I'm going CRAZY over those tights and shoes!!! Formidable!!!

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  5. When those shoes are finally unwearable, you should put them on a pedestal as a work of art. No, why not do it now and just wear them too. Amazing. Your whole ensemble is so delightful. I love knowing that many of these pieces have been cherished for years. The fact that many are gifts makes them that much better.

    I love everything about your "look", the hair, glasses, outfits etc. You and Beary look great together, too. :-)

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    1. You're so awesome, Jean!

      Now that the lifts are crumbling, I'm reluctant to wear them again unless I can get them repaired. I am incredibly frustrated not to have a good shoe repair person anywhere closer than at least an hour's drive - and I haven't yet found one that I trust even at that distance or further. Getting in touch with Fluevog directly is on my to-do list.

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  6. Hey, what do you mean the stockings bit the dust? I would wear them anyway--I mean it's only now that they finally got their groove on, ya know, what with runs and holes and such. Or maybe that's just me.

    Anyway, you look great in your total ensemble! Those shoe toes are too funny, like a wicked witch of the west thing going on.

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    1. Thanks, Pao! I think because I embraced "deconstructed" nylons and tights for many years, I'm not quite ready to go back there just yet. :)

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  7. Amazing shoes! And tights too! And handbag! Scarf and jacket are beautiful as well - you must have been the best dressed! Although the red heels are lovely they really can't compete with yours, but great selection of party footwear!

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  8. What an amazing outfit. The shoes are a work of art.
    You and Beary make a lovely couple.
    Your Father has excellent taste! The only purse my father ever gave me was an ugly, ugly faux shearing pouch that he was furious with me for years for saying that it was not my style.

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    1. Thanks so much, Debbi! I treasure the purse and pin as the only wearable items my dad has risked, he came across them while antique-browsing with my mom. So sorry that your dad's gesture and your self-statement turned into a lasting sore point.

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  9. Yay, Amber's got her groove and her dancing shoes on!
    Love your outfit, especially those fabulous tights, the glorious velvet collar on that frock coat, and the spectacular brooch. You're right, your dad has a great eye! All the jewellery you list as given by your parents is so beautiful.
    Love to see you and your man together looking so happy. xxxx

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    1. Thanks, Curtise! I brushed the velvet thoroughly but it still looks linty in the close-up, darn it!

      I am incredibly fortunate in the parent-department on so many levels.

      Funny about Beary, when he saw the photos his comment was "I thought I was smiling!"

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  10. Oooh the vintage Vogs are so cool! I love all the different angles. letting me be all nosy, I enjoy seeing the construction and quality of Fluevogs. Sorry about the tights. One of the reasons I started paying through the nose for cotton and wooly tights, I got so tired of nylons busting quickly.

    I esepcially love the crown shape of the shoe against the tight pattern. It's whimsically Alice in wonderland like. I also agree with Jean that when those shoes become 'worn out' they'll make a beautiful artistic piece.

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    1. I have a particular affection for late-'80's-early '90's Fluevog designs, so amazing! I took many pictures of these because I'm not sure I'll be able to get the lifts replaced with such a beautifully-bevelled edge as they came with. :( Plus they are darned photogenic!

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  11. I love your beautiful combination of texture, light, and cool details as always, but oh, those shoes! Thank you for sharing the pics.

    I saw the Fluevog store in NYC this weekend. 'Bout fell out in the sidewalk. Not cool...lol.

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    1. Thanks, Lynne! The magic of Fluevog is such that it eliminates any (thinly-veiled to be sure) pretense of cool I may have as well. :)

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  12. Oh, heavens, what lovely Fluevogs! So wonderful. Bummer about the tights, but after having them so long, that's not too bad. And you have pictures if you miss them. :)

    I like all the shoe pictures at the party.

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    1. Right, these tights certainly don't owe me a thing! Amazing they lasted as well as they did, even with some pulls in them.

      Shoes. :)

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  13. Ah, these shoes should be bronzed!

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    1. Thanks, Terri! Lovely to "see" you - been thinking of you!

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  14. Whaaaaaaaa???? Those shoes!!! Oh my. I have never seen such a shoe! The coat dress, the pin... The outfit looks amazing! Love the shoe report! ;)

    xoxo
    Lynn

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    1. Thanks, Lynn! They are pretty special kicks.

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  15. I hope my first comment went through! I am on a different computer and had to log in, and it felt like my comment was lost. Anyway, I was just sitting here, mouth agape, sighing over those shoes!! And I love the shoe report! ;)

    xoxo
    Lynn

    PS -- The entire outfit is great!

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    1. No worries! I love that you took the time to send another be sure, xo

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  16. Oh no those tights were amazing to bad they did not make it!! the shoes are fantastic love the toe on them ~you look great Love Heather

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  17. I have a vintage dress that likes to disintegrate in public. I only wear it on short outings and always carry a small sewing kit!

    Adore that hand bracelet.

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    1. You are so awesome to be prepared - funny how the risk and fragility become part of wearing the piece.

      I too adore this bracelet - it's been a very, very special constant for me for many years and I grieved when the first one was lost. The same dear person miraculously found me another by going back to the same place, but I seem to have now misplaced the accompanying card which had the artist's information.

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  18. This is a gorgeous outfit, from top to the "bump-toe"! Sorry the tights bit the dust, but there are more awesome tights to be had. The shoes are definitely going to be impossible to replace but it sounds like they have had quite a life. Love the pin your dad gave you; he does have great taste. I always notice people's shoes and am often photographing them, as you've seen on my blog. I saw some pretty fab shoes in NY this past weekend, and pretty fab everything else too!

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    1. Thank you, Shelley! I share a similar perspective on the tights / shoes. Enjoying and anticipating more of your NYC posts!

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  19. Those 'vogs are time capsules- I remember that look- so dramatic, and somehow fitting for this time of year. Part-time pilgrim, witchy poo and full time partygrrl.

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    1. Thank you, dear Bella! Definitely festive / seasonal feeling; a very similar outfit worked well one Christmas.

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  20. I have a particular fondness for velveteen as a fabric. I note you bought the jacket in Camden Markets - I bought a purple velvet cape from one of the stalls in the mid-nineties.
    I LOVE this outfit - especially the crazy tights and wonderful shoes! It reminds me of the paintings and drawings of the harlequin Arlecchinno of Italian Commedia dell'arte in his chequered finery.

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    1. What awesomely cool references evoked - all the wonderful young designers were a favourite part of visiting London, and I have a long-standing harlequin fondness (the non-romance-novel-kind! Thanks ever so much for coming by and leaving this great feedback!

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  21. I adore your dancing shoes and the entire ensemble is perfect for the anniversary party. Dancing is one of my favorite past times, and I expect that to be true until the day that I can no longer move. Beautiful photos of you and Beary!

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    1. Thank you, Judith! Your love of dance is evident in your beautiful posture. It really was a wonderful evening of celebration, and a great treat to be out dancing with my Beary.

      P.S. The wonderfully dramatic cut of your blue suit inspired me to get out my coat dress! Here in case anyone hasn't seen this fabulousness: http://advancedstyle.blogspot.ca/2012/10/the-style-crone-hits-manhattan.html

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  22. I love your antique pin and watch. Lovely that they are from your parents too. Great style is inherited clearly. I found your blog from a link on Advanced Style. I shall be back for a longer look round.

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    1. Hi Lilly - thank you so much for visiting and your kind comment. The Advance Style women are my North Star!

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  23. Love your coat. I think it's definitely a timeless piece that screams style. I'm glad you had a great time dancing the night away.

    Cheers,
    Tammy
    Walking in Pretty Shoes

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  24. Quirky shoes indeed, Makes me wanna kick smeones butt with the pointy toe and all. :) ok Im weird :p

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  25. Omg! I have the exact same om bracelet also from an early '90s Lollapalooza vendor!

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Thank you for your comments!
- Amber