Today’s Lady in Lace look on Alyona features a garment that is probably my most prized piece of clothing. It is difficult to fully appreciate the piece through photos because you cannot see how it is constructed from delicately woven iridescent thread. The piece is over 100 years old, from the turn of the century, and yet somehow has barely oxidized. I have bought other pieces from this era that have literally disintegrated on my body the first time I wore them. They are very difficult to purchase anymore because of their fragility. Adding to my love of this piece, is the story of how I became it’s proud owner. I bought this piece from my FAVORITE NYC Stylist, Goldie Rush, who works closely with with the infamous vintage curator, Doris Raymond. You may know Ms. Raymond as the star of the TV Show “L.A. Frock Stars” which chronicles her life as the owner of the MECCA of Vintage Boutiques: The Way We Wore. I have worn this piece numerous times in numerous ways. I included some photos of me out and about in this piece after the photo set of Alyona. (You can also see another way I wore the top in this Past NYFW Feature).
For today’s Ornate Look, I dressed up one of my most gorgeous and stylish best friends in NYC: Alyona. She has been featured many times on GingerSnaps, but I think today’s photos are her favorite. In this outfit, she looks just the way I see her every day: regal and sophisticated.
For this look, Alyona wears the ornate vintage top from The Way We Wore over a form-fitting lace pencil skirt. I chose oversized, gold baroque earrings (from Forever 21) and a lace-covered rendition of the iconic Alexander McQueen Brass Knuckles Clutch. (You can see another way I styled this clutch in this Asian Inspired Post from last summer). Her embellished gloves were a find last year at Zara, believe it or not! I wish I had bought every pair they had, as I am infamous for losing gloves! The final touches are her polka-dotted Givenchy hosiery and sexy, strappy heels.
Top: Vintage from The Way We Wore
Skirt: Unknown (Similar available here.)
Earrings: Forever 21
Gloves: Zara (Similar available here.)
Clutch: Alexander McQueen (Similar available here.)