I couldn’t resist but use Nathalie Doucet, my hotel roomie in Hyeres, and organiser of the Arts of Fashion competition, as a prime example of meticulous vintage pickings.  At first glance, one might not immediately point out her two black dresses to be vintage.  The first one is from the 1940’s but with the satin front panels would not look out of line with say a Martin Margiela collection.  The second one from a later period has a curved subtle bubble hem and darts in the dress that is again could be mistaken for Balenciaga (Ghesquiere or Cristobal…).  Nathalie bought them both in San Francisco where they weren’t dear at all.  I think I’ll aspire to be a lot more discerning with the type of vintage I buy if the effects are as contemporary as these dresses.  Not being able to afford high fashion yet being able to emulate it in a smart way is probably something I’ve banged on about enough times so thank you Nathalie for showing me a live example. 

Comments (12)

  1. Meg says:

    The first dress is the kind of dress I’d never find after hours of trawling in vintage halls. They have good proportions too because she appears to be quite short and is wearing calf-length dresses yet they aren’t drowning her.

  2. megan says:

    haha, salut natalie, t’es tr√®s mignonne l√†!

  3. cosmocat says:

    She looks great, I love a black dress for day.

  4. what i am most curious about is what elements exactly make a dress or piece of clothing timeless.

  5. gwen says:

    hi ive been reading ur blog for a while and i just need to tell u i think your site rocks. you have a fabulous sense of style. im from singapore and i wish the people here can all dress more like you! 🙂

  6. cordelia says:

    hey susie, was the cheap date guide to style book any good?
    Im also from Singapore but live in the UK now. 🙂

  7. diana says:

    My take on wearing golden leggings with casual outfits, everyday:
    Thanks, have a great day!

  8. Gwendolyn says:

    Suzie: Lucky you to be roomies with Nathalie Doucette for the Hyeres event. She is so charmingly chic in that inimitable French way. I love your photos of her – particularly the smiling one with the heart shaped neckline. ouuu-la-la!

  9. Susie… I am just back to San Francisco!!! Thanks for the pics with my vintage dresses!!! I really enjoy each piece of time with you at Hyeres! Love! Nathalie

  10. Very good site. Thanks:-)
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