The Joy of Resee

The Joy of Resee

Resee is a word that is part of the working vocabulary of fashion weeks, referring to the less glamorous portion in-between shows, when you go and literally “resee” a collection in a showroom. If you were late for the show or couldn’t make it for some reason, then it’s often a see-see rather a resee. The word is therefore automatically associated with work.

During Paris Fashion Week though, I discovered a different side to the word through a new-ish vintage site  Do we need another you might ask?  On their About page, describes itself as a “new concept website that fuses rare vintage and the best in second-hand clothing with unparalleled, high fashion editorial style.” is a collaborative effort founded by Sofia Bernardin and Sabrina Marshall, who previously worked at Vogue and Self Service and are able to amass a selection of designer pieces that pick up on key moments of fashion post 1960 from their network of industry “sources”.

For better or for worse, it’s “curated” designer vintage, which has become something of a weak spot for me over the years.  It’s an obsession that has progressed from trawling eBay, to scouring vintage and consignment stores all over the world (with particular attention to Tokyo) and now to persistently browsing sites like sites like TheRealReal, Vestiaire Collective (and a whole host of others).  Or if I’m really looking for something special, Kerry Taylor Auctions and 1st Dibs comes calling too (although I do think the prices for the latter are grossly exorbitant).  It’s the process of the unpredictable hunt in this kind of shopping, that I find the most rewarding, when you emerge with a garment that feels significant and doesn’t necessarily run concurrently with what’s on-trend and in-stores at the moment.

_u6a9428_jpg_7598_north_626x_whiteWearing Chloe S/S 14 dress with vintage Chanel tights (both from and Maison Margiela boots at the Chanel x AnOther 15th Anniversary Birthday party follows the curated/edited path that many of the boutique vintage stores have gone online with editorial contextualisation, curated picks from industry folk and themed selections.




Their strength though is really in the selection and presentation of their pieces.  Where possible, everything is dated by season, accompanied by a runway or editorial image and they come with descriptions that also place the pieces in a fashion historical context.   You’re not just buying a Yves Saint Laurent piece but one that’s from the iconic Russian collection of 1976.  The selection pre 2000 is tight, mainly focusing on Yves Saint Laurent, with some stand out pieces by Paco Rabanne and some hard-to-find Gucci by Tom Ford pieces.

resee_pacorabannePaco Rabanne haute couture hat

resee_ysllesmokingSaint Laurent early 80s smoking jacket

resee_ysl1974Saint Laurent 1976 peasant ensemble

resee_ysltfTom Ford for YSL A/W 04 jacket 

resee_guccitfTom Ford for Gucci A/W 96 suit

resee_christianlacroixChristian Lacroix 1989 choker

resee_commeComme des Garçons 80s embroidered shirt is not by any means comprehensive in its overview of fashion history of the latter half of the 20th century but it comes into its own post 2000.  This is the period when my own interest in fashion, fuelled by obsessive message threads on The Fashion Spot and the rise of, really ramped up.  In the early period of my blogging days when I wasn’t able to physically go to shows, obsessing about the images that emerged on the internet was something of a pastime.  Its selection of Balenciaga by Nicolas Ghesquiére pieces is particularly broad, with pieces spanning from the beginning of his tenure to his last few collections for the house.  Scrolling through’s selection makes me think about the days when I used to click refresh on my browser button on Style.come, waiting for the catwalk images to come through (normally about a 24-36 hour post-show turnaround).

resee_helmutlangHelmut Lang S/S 04 top

resee_rochasotRochas by Olivier Theyskens A/W 04 suit

resee_balenciagang1Balenciaga by Nicolas Ghesquière A/W 02 trousers

resee_balenciagang2Balenciaga by Nicolas Ghesquière A/W 07 collegiate jacket

resee_balenciagang3Balenciaga by Nicolas Ghesquière A/W 10 jumper

Ditto goes for Prada and Miu Miu…

resee_prada1Prada S/S 08 dress

resee_prada2Prada S/S 10 photo suit

resee_miumiu1Miu Miu A/W 02 jacket

resee_miumiu2Miu Miu S/S 09 top also seems to also give you a refresher course on certain epochs that have emerged in the last fifteen years of fashion.  Remember when Stella McCartney, Hannah McGibbon and Phoebe Philo were grouped up as arbiters of female-architected British minimalism?

resee_stellaStella McCartney S/S 12 jumpsuit

resee_chloehmChloe by Hannah MacGibbon A/W 09 boots

resee_celineCéline by Phoebe Philo A/W 11 jumper

The theatrical moments of Marc Jacobs, buttressing a season with both his own shows in New York and his collections for Louis Vuitton in Paris, also live on.

resee_lvmjLouis Vuitton by Marc Jacobs A/W 11 jodhpurs

resee_mjMarc Jacobs A/W 12 skirt

So often when hunting out vintage Chanel, you find a repetition of classic suits and non-descript blouses so it’s nice to see some of the more key catwalk moments on

resee_chanelChanel A/W 12 crystal-heeled shoes’s selection of Alexander Wang and Rodarte for instance buck the trend for proliferation of commercial pieces flooding online consignment stores.  Together, these pieces crystallise that moment in time when Wang made his “downtown cool” stamp and when Rodarte became left-of-field fashion visionaries.

resee_awangAlexander Wang A/W 10 corseted sweatshirt

resee_rodarteRodarte A/W 09 patchwork dress

The most recent pieces on are also future collectibles in their own right as seen in this Simone Rocha dress and Loewe t-shirt from Jonathan Anderson’s debut collection for the Spanish house.  They’re moments that are still fresh on my memory having been to the show but look to stand the test of time further down the line.

resee_simonerochaSimone Rocha S/S 12 floral dress

resee_loeweLoewe by Jonathan Anderson S/S 15 t-shirt


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  1. sasa

    2016-04-28 at 3:31 PM


    Shall We Sasa

  2. Ev

    2016-04-28 at 3:54 PM

    Great post!


  3. Eva

    2016-05-01 at 8:55 AM

    Amazing inspiration tray! That vintage site resee is an interesting concept.

    xoxo Eva |

  4. Bertil Ekman

    2016-05-01 at 10:06 PM

    Very nice indeed, good job!

  5. The Deco Haus

    2016-05-02 at 11:24 AM

    Love those shoes! They are totally dazzling!


    2016-05-05 at 4:57 AM

    I love this outfit so much! Is magical!

  7. Jen Mitchell

    2016-05-11 at 10:59 AM

    I didnt appreciate Resee went as far back to the 60s till I read your article Susie – your are bang on picking up on the movement toward vintage stores presenting their online stores with editiorial content I love the fashion of the now and choose my vintage to reflect this and not the past – its so easy to get the vintage bug as they are just great clothes that are break from the norm that one else has and the hunt can be just as fun!

    PS loved the tights!!!!


  8. Cachi

    2016-05-11 at 6:55 PM

    Very Nice !
    Kisses from France

  9. susan

    2016-05-16 at 12:39 PM

    Thx for making this blog

  10. Cecilia

    2016-05-16 at 6:05 PM

    I actually find resee outlandish and vintage all mixed up.
    My first interaction with it was in Dublin, where a wonderful lady called Elizabeth Wuitello was showcasing a private Spring Collection last year.
    Quite edgy, bold, ‘spacish’ with lots of see-through floral designs and knee-length boots.
    It’s quite fascinating to see this in Paris as well.

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