Fall 2017 Fashion Trend Update: Vintage Plaid Is Back!

Well, it’s officially been fall for over a month already and this week it actually feels like it. There’s finally crisp morning air, changing leaves and golden sunsets. And I’m loving it. It’s time to layer up and head outside with a blanket scarf and a statement trench coat. This season’s fashion trends have incorporated several vintage elements that can make any outfit stand out as unique and stylish. The Fall trend we are loving the most right now:

1970s Vintage Plaid

 

 

According to the streets of New York City and our favorite online fashion experts at Elle, Harpers Bazaar, and Cosmopolitan, vintage plaid is a huge fashion trend this season. Not lumberjack flannel plaid, or 90’s grunge plaid, but the plaid of the 70’s. Plaid is showing up everywhere in blazers, coats, pants and evening gowns in muted neutrals to bright and colorful plaids. Here are a couple examples of some true 1970s vintage to inspire you:

 

Vintage 70’s Marimekko Purple And Brown Plaid Maxi Gown

 

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Marimekko designs started to gain popularity in the 1960s and by the 1970s they had made fashion history. This bold 70’s vintage brown, purple and white plaid dress captures their unique style. Have an event that you need a one-of-a-kind gown for? Try plaid!

Vintage 70’s Malcolm Starr Black and Silver Plaid Gown

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This 70’s vintage Malcolm Starr plaid black and silver dress definitely makes a statement and is sure to make anyone’s waist look tiny. I love this 6″ wide black waistband!

Vintage 70’s Marimekko Plaid Jumpsuit

 

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This Marimekko Suomi Finland Pant Suit in brown, rust and tan plaid is anything but boring. Vuokko Nurmesniemi was a principal designer for Marimekko, and is known for bold color and shape combinations creating whimsical looks. How fun (and incredibly comfortable) would this be to work into your wardrobe?

 

Vintage Sybil Connolly Black And White Plaid Coat And Skirt

 

 

 

Sybil Connolly was a fashion icon of the 60’s and 70’s. She was a favorite designer of First Lady Jackie Kennedy  and this wool, black and white plaid suit highlights her amazing style. Don’t you just love these huge pockets and the kick pleat in the skirt?

 

Click photo for more details on this Vintage Weatherbee Linen Plaid Coat

So, what do you think? Do you like the plaid trend this season? Are you considering giving it a try? Or have you been wearing it already? Leave us a comment to let us know. Thanks!

1970s Oscars Style: Everything You Need To Know To Get The Look

I always look forward to the Oscars, not really to find out who won what, but to greedily drink in the fashions! In recent years we’ve seen 1970s styles sneaking back onto the red carpet, with plunging necklines, bell sleeves, ruffles and maxi dresses starting to make regular appearances (just HOW fabulous Julianne Moore looked in that plunging Tom Ford column dress at the 2015 Baftas? Classic 70s style at it’s best).

For people who don’t want to go down the Kardashian route of flashing as much flesh as possible, the 70s provides some fabulous fashion inspiration. It was a decade which thew off the uniformity of formal wear that we saw on Hollywood stars of the 1950s (the classic cinched waist, past-knee-length gown paired with long gloves as seen on Sophia Loren, Grace Kelly, Audrey Hepburn etc). The 70s celebrity embraced a relaxed, more individual look. This was a time when red-carpet events were much rarer than today and celebrity stylists were almost unknown. Celebrities wore whatever they liked, whether it was a maxi dress, a crochet hat, or something they made themselves, and we saw some much-welcome individuality.

Admittedly, not all of these looks were successful, but you could say exactly the same now, and I for one love the 1970s Academy Award photos, with all the bright colors, and a fun causal but glamorous vibe that you rarely see at the Oscars today.

Take a look at our gallery of 70s red carpet style on Pinterest, and you’ll see what I mean. Also I’ve included a few genuine 70s dresses below which encapsulate the award ceremony vibe perfectly from that decade, with their beautiful  billowing fabric by Finish designer Vuokko (one of the principal designers for Marimekko). Which is your favoutie? Personally I adore the sleeves on the dress below.  The design is called “Tyrskyranta”: “tyrsky” is like an old name for storm, or actually the phenomena when water hits the shore or rocks heavily and “ranta” is the shore, and you can totally see how the sleeves evoke this when you move your arms!  Click on the photos below to see more pictures, and you can grab your own slice of amazing 70s glamour!

 

1970s Oscar style dress by Marimekko designer Vuokko

Stunning Vuokko Circle Cape Gown 1960s Taupe Wool Voile Iconic Design Finland One of a Kind 38 /8

Stunning 1970s Vuokko Suomi Finland Black & Blue Velvet Gown 1930s Style S-L

Stunning Vintage 1970s Vuokko Gown Fuchsia Pink Wool Voile Long Voluminous M

See more of our beautiful designer 1970s gowns here. and don’t forget to comment below and let us know which is your favorite!

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Spotlight On: Vintage Marimekko

Spotlight On: Vintage Marimekko Fashions

I have some amazing vintage dresses by Finnish designer Marimekko in my store at the moment, and boy are they something special! Marimekko was founded in 1951 and was hugely popular by the 1960s because of its big bold prints. One of the major designers during this time was Vuokko Nurmesniemi – take a look at some of his bold and beautiful signature styles below:

Dramatic Vintage 1960s Marimekko Graphic Tent Dress
Vintage Marimekko Ivory Wool Maxi Gown Wedding? 1970s
Vintage Marimekko Original Iconic Takki Dress 1960s
Vintage Marimekko Red Print Jumper Tent Dress 1960s

 

 

 

You can see my entire vintage Marimekko collection here. Which piece is your favorite?