Vintage Trend Unearthed in Dallas

December 1, 2010 by · 4 Comments 

By Grace Roberts
groberts@smu.edu

What could possibly be better than acquiring a brand new Chanel Classic Flap Bag right off the shelf? For many of today’s most avid fashion connoisseurs, the answer is easy: a 1960s Coco Chanel Quilted Flap Bag, of course.

Vintage Chanel bags at What Goes Around Comes Around Trunk Show in Dallas (PHOTO BY GRACE ROBERTS / SMU DAILY MUSTANG)

These days, anyone with the luck of a hefty pocketbook can purchase a Chanel bag, tweed jacket or flats. But only the really lucky obtain one-of-a-kind, decades-old pieces from fashion design icons like Mademoiselle Chanel. And perhaps one in a zillion fashion-obsessed girls are blessed enough to be passed down such a treasure from a mother or grandmother.

Mary Kate and Ashley Olsen, Nicole Richie, Kate Moss and Rachel Zoe are some of today’s most popular style icons because of their alluring taste in fashion—and their love of vintage. These celebrities grace the pages of Teen Vogue, Elle and Tatler magazine monthly, as fashion enthusiasts research their latest apparel choices in hopes of imitating their effortless looks.

Over the last decade, the vintage trend has taken off, especially in cities like Los Angeles, New York and London where retro clothing boutiques occupy almost every street corner. From jewelry to dresses to fur coats, the market for vintage products is booming. However, the typical style in modern cities like Dallas often resembles new and fast-forward trends. So, for the fashion fiends native to Dallas, what hidden boutiques house the best vintage finds?

Kerry Bonnell, who has been a vintage-addict since she was a child, founded Archive Vintage in Uptown Dallas in 2007. “I started to go to the Good Will in my town when I was 14,” said Bonnell. “All we had was a mall and everything was the same.”

Photo courtesy of Archive Vintage, Dallas

Stocked with pieces by Dior, Chanel, Gucci, Halston and Yves Saint Laurent, Archive is the ultimate source for high-end designer items in the area. Several designers and stylists such as Calvin Klein, Marc Jacobs and Rachel Zoe have also been clients of the store.

Although Archive’s clientele is obviously not lacking, Bonnell agrees that the vintage trend has developed slower in Dallas.

“I am from New York, so I can see the difference,” said Bonnell. “Dallas may gravitate toward the new.”

However, the storeowner has a positive outlook for the future, saying that she can see the styles “already changing…[as] vintage has become more acceptable.”

Although designer merchandise will always be highly coveted in the fashion industry, current trends put less focus on the brand of a garment and more focus on its aesthetics.

According to Brittany Edwards, the Dallas editor of DailyCandy, “People are looking for more affordable options with the current state of the economy…[And], Dallas girls are also very into fashion, and vintage shopping gives them a unique edge and offerings the next girl won’t have.”

In a 2009 survey by the National Association of Resale and Thrift Shops, second-hand retail shops experienced an average of 35 percent increase in sales compared to the previous year, according to an article by CNN Money.

Edwards, who caught on to the money-saving trend, is the owner of The Dallas Flea, a market located downtown that sells fashion, artwork and vintage finds from local companies.

“I get a thrill finding something from the past and giving it a new life,” said Edwards. “To me, true style is wearing the perfect mix of eras, styles [and] price points.”

Two other vintage boutiques in Dallas stand out among the rest with both lower price points and fabulous retro finds. Filled with furniture, knick-knacks, clothing and accessories from all decades, Dolly Python was named the “Best Vintage Clothing Store” in D Magazine’s 2010 Best of Everything issue.

Funky clothing is just one aspect of Dolly Python vintage store in Dallas. (PHOTO BY GRACE ROBERTS / SMU DAILY MUSTANG)

Proprietress Gretchen Bell opened the antique mall and clothing store five years ago with an immense passion for “old” things. “No two things in [the store] are alike, and everything has a history to it. That’s what I love,” said Bell. “I’m an old soul and I just gravitate toward older things.”

Dolly Python houses everything from racks of 1970s costume jewelry to rows of biker boots—which are quite a steal compared to Miu Miu’s kicks that currently retail for over $1,000.

Great vintage finds for the consumer on a budget can also be found at Zola’s Everyday Vintage located in the Bishop Arts District in Oak Cliff. Owners Annette Norman and Diedra Sutton have a passion for cocktail wear aging from the 1940s to the late 1970s.

As a smaller boutique, Zola’s has a more specific selection—almost all of the products are made in America.

Unique and classic pieces pack the racks at Zola's Everyday Vintage (PHOTO BY GRACE ROBERTS / SMU DAILY MUSTANG)

“We had a thriving garment industry, which we don’t have anymore…The quality has changed,” explained Norman.Tweed jackets, fur coats, delicate lingerie and wedding gowns classify this boutique that looks straight out of AMC’s show “Mad Men.”

Whether you’re looking to score a 1970s Pucci dress or a trendy outfit no one else will have, Dallas’ variety of vintage boutiques offers plenty of options. As many stylists and boutique owners would agree, great style does not have a price tag—even for celebrities like Rachel Zoe.

“As soon as I was old enough to shop I fell in love with vintage. When I was younger…I used to ask myself how I could get this glamour for… not thousands of dollars. Ultimately, that answer kept coming back up as vintage,” said Zoe in an interview with NBC’s “The Today Show.” “For me, it became the way that I could get that unique piece that no one else could have.”

Fall Into The Fur Trend

September 30, 2010 by · 1 Comment 

By Krystal Schlegel
kschlegel@mail.smu.edu

This season fake and real fur has been making a huge come back at fashion week, in stores, on celebrities and on students.

The trend was seen on the runways of Chanel, Tory Burch, Alice + Olivia, and Juicy Couture- at all different price points. Chanel, always a trendsetter, sent models down the runway in head to toe faux fur ensembles at the Fashion Week.

“Fur is such a large trend this season, because we are seeing a huge ‘70s retro comeback,” said Patty Talley, a top sales associate at Neiman Marcus NorthPark, who styles many SMU clients. She said the ‘70s inspired look can be observed in every fashion magazine and is being worn by many celebrities now.

According to Talley, shoppers are spending from $100-$300 on faux fur vests and jackets and $1,200 and up for the real deal. If shoppers are looking for real fur that is less expensive, rabbit fur is the lowest price.

Valerie Elizabeth of SocietyStylist.com tells her clients to buy vintage furs second hand at a cheaper cost.

“You can pick fur up in so many ways,” Talley said. “Not particularly the full coat, but accent pieces at any budget are available.”

Stylish students can transition their wardrobes from summer to fall by adding an accessory. Young customers are incorporating fur any way they can into their wardrobe with vests, shoes, and bags, said Talley. Students are pairing their fur vests for daytime with simple and understated outfits such as jeans and a T-shirt. However, they can also take the trend from day-to-night by styling fur accessories with an evening dress.

As far as color goes, “beige and blush are huge trends for this fall,” Talley said.

Neutral colors are highlighted in top designers such as, Chanel, Chloe, and Theory’s fall 2010 looks in stores now.

The September issue of Vogue also showed the trend in a spread with a wide variety of accessories and clothing with fur embellishments.

The fur trend is somewhat controversial.

“As a vegetarian, I only wear fake fur because I don’t like the idea of killing animals for skin,” said Lauren Taylor, a fashionable student and member of the SMU Retail Club.

Taylor shops at Cusp and plans to wear fur this fall to school and out with friends. Her fashion icon is Rachel Zoe, a celebrity stylist who can almost always be spotted in a fur vest or jacket, even came out with her own line of faux fur for qvc.com. Zoe is well known for her vintage seventies inspired looks.

Sarah Bray is the Style Editor of the Daily Campus and co-founder of SMUstyle.com. The SMU senior said she looked everywhere for a fur vest last year, but was disappointed there were not any options in mainstream retail shops.

“Now faux fur is everywhere,” Bray said. “After Chanel showed fur on the fall runway, everyone got in on the trend.”

Bray is faux fur all the way. “I can’t handle the thought of a dead animal on my body-it really grosses me out. Even if I had the budget, I still would never purchase real
fur.”

Bray has a passion for style.

“Fashion is art and personal expression, an outfit in an unexpected unique way is like looking at an artist’s work,” Bray said. “Having the ability to be different and who you are is the best part of being a human, so why not express your personality and stand out through what you wear.”