Look of the Week: California Dreaming

I have been in Los Angeles for a little over a week now. I’ve trotted from the Beverly Hills Hotel to a condo in Venice Beach and spending my last week at the Sunset Marquis in West Hollywood. It’s been a very interesting trip with funny encounters, crazy traffic, memorable people, big laughs and LOTS of vintage!

Ms. Vintage‘ on Abbot Kinney in Venice Beach was a happy and unexpected surprise. My travel partner Michelle Harper and I stumbled upon this gem of a store by total accident. The store was closed when we walked by but what we saw in the window had us so enthralled that we called the number to see if they – we saw two women (and a few dogs) inside the store – would let us in for a quick tour. Marsha and Sabrina were delightful hosts. They own an eclectic selection of individual vintage finds from all over the world. From Victorian undergarments to stunning Galanos gowns to Jean-Paul Gaultier flapper dresses, all their pieces are in perfect condition and cover a wide range of eras and styles.

I fell madly in love with an amazing lace and cotton dress. The ladies had bought it somewhere in England and had to soak it for days to get it white again. It resonates with Givenchy Couture. It’s lightweight, romantic and sexy.

And who better to shoot this flirty fanciness than LA-based surfer/photographer, Sasha Eisenman. Sasha has been working on a book called ‘California Girls’ in which he portrays pretty Los Angeles girls dressed in sweet nothings. The tone is a mix of eroticism and girl next door fantasy.

We did our little shoot on a hill close to the reservoir in Silverlake. I paired the dress with my new Karen Walker sunglasses, a black felt cowboy hat – I think it’s time someone brought the cowboys back-, Sasha’s dad’s brown cardigan and my Celine wedges. And the friendship bracelet from Mexico that’s there to stay for as long as it so desires…

August 22, 2011

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