The LBD's that don't date

The LBD's that don't date

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. 


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  1. Meg

    2007-04-29 at 3:02 PM

    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

    2007-04-29 at 5:33 PM

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

  3. cosmocat

    2007-04-29 at 5:36 PM

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

  4. SwanDiamondRose

    2007-04-29 at 7:37 PM

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

  5. gwen

    2007-04-30 at 11:17 AM

    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

    2007-04-30 at 11:39 AM

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

  7. diana

    2007-04-30 at 1:04 PM

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

  8. Gwendolyn

    2007-04-30 at 8:26 PM

    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. Nathalie Doucet

    2007-05-03 at 4:13 AM

    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

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