|At Sunset Blvd. Vintage with Teresa, Pervis (left) and store owner Filippo (right). Photo by Denton Taylor.|
Last month I had the opportunity to not only meet for the first time my photographer friend, Denton Taylor, and his wife and model, Teresa, I got to meet them at the Manhattan Vintage Show, which I had never attended before. That’s the kind of multitasking I love.
|Mary McFadden ensembles at the entrance. Mary was there herself, taking pictures! Photo by Denton Taylor.|
The vintage show was a real eye-opener for me. There are gorgeous designer pieces to be had there, in mint condition, at a fraction of the price than a new piece from the same designer. And a new piece of course wouldn’t have my favorite part, the history of the clothes. For instance, I found a Valentino ensemble I’m still thinking about, but did not buy, a black knit short-sleeved sweater with a mid-length pleated black skirt with vertical stripes of bronze sequins. I wish I had a photo to show you but the vendors request that you not take pictures and I refrained accordingly. I’d say the ensemble was from the mid to late 90s, in perfect shape, and very wearable today, either together as a dynamite evening look, or as separates. It was $550. If I walked into Bergdorf today and bought this lovely Valentino tweed bouclé and lace dress it would set me back $3,490, plus tax! Maybe this beauty will show up at a future show for a lot less? I know all you vintage-loving foxes already know this stuff but it was an education for me. I guess you could call it high-end thrifting, to which I say, Yes, please!
|A Fall 2013 tweed bouclé and lace dress from Valentino. Future vintage?|
As for Denton and Teresa, I was a little shy to meet them but they put me at ease instantly and they are really cool and fun. They were received with excitement at several of the vintage booths, by vendors who remembered them (and what they bought!) from the previous show. They are quite a team!
Denton was able to take a few photos, including this one of me talking to Jean Paul Gaultier, which I wrote about in a previous post.
|Talking to Jean Paul Gaultier. What a thrill! Photo by Denton Taylor.|
Have you been to the Manhattan Vintage Show? How do you feel about high-end vintage? Do you own any? Would consider buying some? I’d love to hear your opinions on or experiences with this topic!