I recently finished watching the incredibly original, comedy web television series Girlboss created by Kay Cannon. I instantly fell in love with the feisty, and irresistible Sophia Marlowe, played by Britt Robertson. I burst with jealousy in the first episode when Sophia bought the metallic leather jacket – quite possibly the most perfect item of clothing I have ever seen. Along with her eclectic red velvet trousers, denim vests, and pantsuits, she built the most insane retro wardrobe – a dream for every vintage enthusiast like myself.
Every episode I grew with mesmerisation at her thoughtfully composed outfits. The official launch of her Nastygal online vintage store, marked the epitome of my jealousy. To make a living by sourcing vintage clothes, reworking them, and selling them to a vibrant audience – it all seemed too good to be true. I thought, how hard could it be? And SO, I began my own vintage Instagram. Still to come up with a better name… it is currently called: lp__drobe (@lp__drobe in the instagram search).
There’s something so appealing about entrepreneurship… taking on financial risks can be so rewarding when you reap the profit!!! And so, I made my way to glebe markets and scavenged for the best vintage buys I could find… the hardest thing is parting with the clothes, but I think it’s actually good for me… a bit of shopping resilience! It’s definitely a work in process, but I am happy with the level of success I have achieved so far… I plan to get monthly stock, and the best thing about it is… even if it doesn’t sell – I get to add the funky item to my wardrobe!
I have discovered the most popular clothing items so far: people love CORDUROY. It is one of the best fabrics. Adds the element of cool to every outfit. The 90s retro spray jackets are also a HIT, as well as anything branded with Nike or Ralph Lauren. The things I seek to buy: faux fur jackets, black leather boots, leopard-print and tartan pants, Parisian berets, metallic crop tops, I want to purchase things that are truly unique and one of a kind. Here are some of my recent posts:
I post within Australia and also do worldwide shipping at the buyers cost! For more details, head over to @lp__drobe on Instagram and check it out!!!! Hopefully I will have something to satisfy your procrastination-vintage-shopping-rage… ENJOY 😀
We live in a fast-paced world, constantly on the run – rushing our breakfast cereal in the morning, frantically choosing an outfit to wear, and forget about the one defining element that could change our entire look for the day: our hairdo. I know what you’re thinking… Cool hairdos take time and effort, and are often meticulously planned… but that’s not always the case! The following hairdos are funky, stylish and most importantly, are something you can wip up super fast in the morning!
Gwyneth Paltrow’s incredible topknot is effortlessly wonderful! Pulled back into a messy, high bun, and tied with a silk black ribbon, the key to this hairdo is the way she leaves out two long strands – so it doesn’t come across as her ‘trying to hard’.
Britney Spears epitomises the 90’s rockin’ hairdo of the one and only: crimped hair! A simple task – all you have to do is run the crimper over a couple of strands of hair in the morning, put on a bit of lippy, and you’re ready to go!
The up-do will never not be cool. To achieve the lightly waved look, simply put your hair in two plaits before you go to sleep! Create some volume up the top and do two quick fishtail braids and pin at the middle! Quick, and fashionable.
Take it from the one and only 90’s icon – Hilary Duff! With dead straight bangs, and a hidden hairband, her high pony tail is topped off with the addition of these vibrant blue and pink chopsticks! Don’t be afraid to add accessories into the mix!
Reece is super casual with this outfit; but the thing that makes it, is her awesome hairstyle. With her bob cut, the cute swirled buns on top add extra edge to this style!
Finally, the favourite hairstyle – the ultimate spice girl look. All you have to do to achieve this hectic updo: a middle part, dead-straightened hair, and two awesome high pigtails!
These hairstyles are all do-able, and within the 5-minute radius you have before you need to shoot out the door for work! The most vital thing is to pick the right hairdo for you, whatever makes you feel cool, sophisticated, trendy and yourself!
Highly-acclaimed American actress Gwenyth Paltrow, whose starring in films Sliding Doors (1998) and Shallow Hall (2001) brought her worldwide fame, is a classic beauty not to be ignored. Her 90’s fashion style is irresistible and inspiring; and her natural flair for glamour and trendiness is levelled with Kate Moss and Winona Ryder’s timeless and effortless charm.
The top-knot will never not be cool. With wispy golden strands, Gwenyth epitomises femininity and subtlety, and her bold red lips are brought to life by her strikingly azure eyes.
Gwenyth’s dead-straight bob is sensational, with its sharp boldness tamed by the peach hair-clip and soft application of rosy lipstick, and thick black eyeliner. Her brown fur coat is extraordinarily fashionable, and the perfect item to top off an already killer outfit.
A stunningly androgynous assemblage, this red velvet suit is unmistakable. Smart and effortless, Gwenyth has a talent for presenting herself in a way that makes others inevitably drawn to her edgy style.
Gwenyth’s blonde waves coincide wonderfully with this pastel pink bodysuit. Owning the turtle neck, this lightly-textured long-sleeve outfit appears both comfortable, and a statement piece.
This absolutely incredible olive two-piece is worn with utmost confidence and pride, and is rather slimming on the body. Matched with simplistic khaki sandals and a turtle-skin-print leather handbag, this silk number is innovative and eye-catching; emblematic of Gwenyth’s fashion in its entirety.
A pure success story, Lisa Stricker’s (also known as Lenni) inextricable strife to promote her own creative brilliance and ultimate passion for original fashion, has definitely paid off. Born out of Lenni’s first project Lenni Vintage – which catered for all aspiring fashion queens who adored one-off pieces of re-crafted denim and eccentric vintage treasures, Lenni The Label, is testament to the possibility of a new, and authentic style in the fashion realm. With the shockingly favourable outcome of this project, Lenni was over-flooded with demands encouraging she expand her collection, with numerous Australian and International publications showcasing her obvious talent.
Determined to make her hobby a living, Lenni, having travelled to Paris to design a collection for a huge French Chain store, dedicated extensive time researching various fabrics, and garment construction, and eventually opened her own business in 2013.
Lenni The Label today symbolises a fashion attitude of wild spirit and rebellion, combined with a level of effortlessness, class and casualty, with many collections being redolent of the 70s style fashion; a dichotomy of comfort and allure. Divine items of the past Lenni The Label collections have included constellation/star-and-moon-print low-back dresses, studded waistcoats, gold embroidered velvet jackets, silk mini dresses and kimonos, lace maxi dresses, and flared bright pants. In addition, the label has incredible leather, suede and snake-print boots and one-off vintage beauties.
A small town girl, raised on the East Coast of Australia, Lenni was an ocean enthusiast as a teenager and constantly deconstructed clothes, tie-died, and made quirky dresses; displaying entrepreneurial qualities from the youthful age of 14. She was at the top of the fashion kingdom in these teen years, selling her hand-crafted clothes to her peers – with her discovery of her utter love for fashion, propelling her to travel all over the world and experience a diverse range of world cultures. Influenced by the traditional fashions of different regions, she developed her vision: to give girls and women the ability to create outfits that would instil in them unfathomable confidence, as well as edginess.
With a vast history of styling experience, Lenni has styled for TV personalities and artists including Jack River and Kita, as well as a myriad of well-known photographers, and she is always the foundational figure behind the Lenni The Label campaigns. An artistically and creatively driven individual, Lenni has attained the title of being a stylist, designer, and blogger (her website includes an extremely alternative and cool blog). Lenni’s wonderful collections never cease to impress her fans, with the distinctively intricate and groovy cuts and prints leading us to re-define the notion of fashion.
Check out the goodies at https://www.lenni-shop.com, follow all the new stock on Lenni The Label Facebook, and marvel at the fashion posts @lenni_thelabel on Instagram.
The spectacular Tuesday Vintage is undeniably the fastest growing online fashion platform, where beloved second-hand clothes and accessories are scouted and re-worked by the fashionista Rachel March. Established in 2012, stylist and founder Rachel March exhibits her unfathomable creativity, selling unique vintage pieces from all decades, which have adolescents beaming with excitement.
Tuesday Vintage is quintessential of the ever-growing trend of re-birthing fashion of the past, with its flared paisley pants, long hippy skirts, denim playsuits, shoulder-padded jackets, and aztec halter-necks attracting the eyes of all aspiring fashion queens.
Tuesday Vintage has evolved in the creative realm, with Rachel embarking on various brand collaborations, styling, full directed shoots, lookbooks and design. Rachel’s inner and utter adoration of all things vintage, in conjunction with her relationship with an array of designers, style icons, labels, photographers, bloggers and PR companies, ensures that Tuesday Vintage will provide only eccentric statement items.
The never-dying Levi jeans sold from Tuesday Vintage are super quirky, as Rachel has sewn on patches of various shapes, styles and colours, from the Californian fashion accessory brand Patch Ya Later. Rachel also incorporates a large quantity of one-off leather belts, tanned clog shoes, funky handbags, and intricately-patterned bralettes and matching underwear – allowing her to satisfy and fulfil every woman’s weakness when it comes to vintage fashion.
At 26 years old and a mum, Rachel March (from Newcastle) is emblematic of a woman pursuing her dream in the modern world, maintaining her incredible fashion stylist career, and bringing up her son Phoenix with impeccable taste for all things retro. Recently, Rachel has worked with the highly-acclaimed Harley-Davidson, successfully customising a woman’s vintage leather jacket in celebration of Fashion Week. This gave her complete creative freedom, allowing her to add metal studs, patches and other details to transform the ordinary leather jacket.
With Rachel proclaiming, “I’ve been collecting Vintage Clothes forever… my love and appreciation for vintage definitely came from my mother”, her Tuesday Vintage Instagram account currently has 30,000 followers. Whilst this makes her absolutely chuffed, she affirms that without her business she would have no creative outlet.
Originally, Rachel studied Graphic Design through TAFE and went on to study Fashion Business and Design at FBI Fashion College in Sydney, with her active efforts to gain internships and retail experience only boosting her love of hoarding vintage clothes. Rachel explains the internal struggle parting from her awesome retro findings, “It is literally SO, so hard. I want to keep everything!”, yet acknowledges she has wonderfully enthusiastic and happy customers who embrace their purchased item just as she’d hoped.
Rachel March was asked on her website, “If Tuesday Vintage was a woman, who would she be?”
Her response was, “An old soul who walks to the beat of her own drum. She is somebody who is spontaneous and true to herself. She’s full of freedom and she does what she wants – she is crazy, beautiful and wild”.
Tuesday Vintage is the epitome of cool, eclectic, bizarre, extraordinary, and real fashion – as it allows individuals to purchase one-off pieces, that no one in the world can buy and own. Rachel March’s hard work has evidently paid off, and through her own admirable and quirky style, she is undoubtedly an incredible fashion icon of our time.
Check out the goodies at www.tuesdayvintage.com, follow all the new stock on Tuesday Vintage Facebook, and be blown away by the marvellous fashion posts @TuesdayVintage on Instagram.
American actress Goldie Hawn, most famously recognised for her films Private Benjamin (1980, and of which she was nominated for the Academy Award of Best Actress) Overboard (1987) and Housesitter (1992), is so much more than a star on the screen – she was a quintessential emblem of the evolving 80s and 90s fashion with her unmissable style.
1. Here, Goldie Hawn’s innocent beauty is redolent of Twiggy’s fresh face, with Goldie Hawn’s short, boyish haircut and extensive black lashes adopts Twiggy’s ‘pixie’ look. Love the bright yellow turtle neck and her elaborate adornment of long jewels.
2. Goldie Hawn’s effortlessly drooping blonde curls are complemented by the soft ruffles of this pale green, pleated mini dress.
3. Goldie Hawn here advocates the 90s casual style, a classic bright t-shirt, rolled at the sleeves, and a pair of worn denim jeans. Loving her fringe and wavy hair that appears perfect without being styled.
4. This is a spectacular outfit. Firstly, this mustard yellow top and navy pants go incredibly well together, and the styles of both create a bohemian, careless vibe. The chiffon material, overflowing with ruffles and puffed sleeves and the straight, leg-split skirt are a lot to be envied.
5. Red is bold and empowering. The floral hairpiece is as equally extravagant as her eccentric cold earrings, and with her simplistic red halter-neck one-piece swimsuit, she is a poolside goddess.
6. This outfit is somewhat reminiscent of Michael Jackson’s statement jackets with its shoulder pads and overall quirkiness. I absolutely LOVE the intricate gold sequin-work on this jacket, which highlights and captures the silver sparks of the clip in her high bun.
7. A woman not to be reckoned with, Goldie Hawn’s character in this film appears defiant and self-assured. She’s transformed a casual assemblage of denim jeans, brown belt and red singlet, with a revolutionary leopard-print fur mini-coat.
8. This dress is striking through its luxurious suede material, and its stark contrasting colours of a brown body and yellow sleeves. Casual and stylish, the bright orange sandals and her luscious straightened hair, along with her determined stance, gives the impression of a determined and powerful woman.
Drew Barrymore, besides being a natural-born star from a young age, making her debut in the timeless film ET, is the quintessential 90s fashion icon. She always appears effortless, as evident with her loose French plait, Levi jeans, and faded maroon blazer and her very trendy cat-eye shades.
I’m a massive fan of her ultra-cool blue-tinted John Lennon sunglasses, which are complemented wonderfully by her retro denim jacket – with the white lining revolutionary against the ordinary denim jacket. Her maroon, deep rouge lipstick is in perfect keeping with her pale complexion, and she exhibits the highly fashionable choker of the time – emitting a rock-chic style.
The baggy V-neck white t-shirt tucked into the loose khaki jeans is emblematically casual, giving us the very realisation that SIMPLICITY IS KEY to a successful fashion outfit! Drew is fresh-faced and glowing. She dresses up her casual attire through the addition of her silver hoop earrings and cross-choker necklace, with the unusual hanging of the keys from her pocket adding a street-style, rebellious edge.
Absolutely LOVE this minimalist assemblage – Drew is definitely a casual, jeans and tee kind of girl, and her cute blonde bob is reminiscent of the 90s’ wild hairstyles. What I love most about her red t-shirt is the simple, yet effective white lining around the neck and sleeves – it adds a burst of colour to her baggy boyfriend jeans. From this image, aspiring fashionistas will notice that no one can go wrong with a classic pair of black converse.
What a banging outfit. Drew has nailed it – her inner rock-star is divulged through her studded, oversized leather jacket, which is perfect over a plain white t-shirt. The cross necklace, baggy corduroy black jeans and chunky black belt are a brilliant combination and she somehow manages to never look too overworked – she has a subtle way of looking priceless without much effort.
A very bohemian, hippy look: Drew looks undeniably, and unbearably phenomenal. Her Aztec patterned mini-dress sits wonderfully underneath her divine velvet maroon coat, and she has intelligently colour-coordinated her dress to match her headband, which tames her luscious curls. Her anklet and tattoo make her look 1000x cooler, and her chunky black heels compound her 60s look.
Black converse – always a winner! Red and blue are the two colours that just complement each other so fantastically. Here, Drew’s light-wash Levi jeans and red polka-dot tank top are an extraordinary match, and her silver hoop earrings and red lipstick radiate a Marilyn Monroe look.
Pretty Woman has been one of my all-time favourites for two years now – I have watched it over 20 times yet it never ceases to provide me with absolute satisfaction and it always soothes my emotional radar. I just love the idea of this film – a seemingly worthless, ‘cheap’ prostitute sleeps with a successful although brash businessman, and, rather predictably, they fall in love.
Young Vivienne’s immaturity at the beginning of the film is overthrown and her fashion transition is quite incredible – she is forced to chuck her skimpy tights and revealing tops to conform to the wealth and gracefulness that radiates from Edward – her client. She learns the values of self-respect and dignity, and becomes the face of an empowered woman – one who is prepared to move forward and determine her own future, without being dependent on men. She decides her future consists of her Prince, who ‘rescues her’ from her tower, climbing up the fire escape with his umbrella sword, and she finally has a man who will treat her right. A place that I one day yearn to go- Rodeo Drive, – solely for the shopping!
Vivienne is shopping for a conservative outfit to wear that evening and the best line from the movie is spoken; she says, “Big Mistake. Big. HUGE!” to the shop assistants as they had preconceived she was incapable of affording such clothing items. Goes to show appearance isn’t always a testament to social status and class.
When we first see her, about to begin work for the night, we immediately gain an insight into her reckless, street-chic vibe, with her wild brown curls and big hoop earrings and diamond cuff bracelet a strong statement. This is enhanced by her exhibition of a seductive two-part white and blue shimmery leotard, made casual by her maroon fur-sleeved coat. Edward was inevitably attracted to her sexy composition, with her thigh-high black leather boots intimidating and striking.
On the second day of her week with Edward, he takes her on a shopping retreat to assist in her change of wardrobe, yet there is a level of sophistication here marking her definitive change to a polite and graceful woman. The wearing of complementary colours is rewarding, with the cobalt tight mini-skirt flattering against her baggy, rolled up white shirt. This is an essential item to have in the wardrobe, and one in which she has perfectly mastered, tying it up in the centre and unbuttoning it to reveal a white singlet underneath. Her hair truly makes this outfit, its craziness is in keeping with the bagginess of the shirt and makes her look effortless.
KIT DE LUCA’S FABULOUS WARDROBE
Her look is ultra-90s. Baggy denim jacket, with various badges and patches sewn on, cropped mustard leotard, black tight jeans, silver hooped earrings, a diagonal Aztec handbag. She’s a fashion legend. And always seen with chewing gum as she speaks, enhancing her savage and cheeky attitude.
Their dinner-date and opera outing marks the prime of Vivienne’s fashion phenomenon. Her rouge gown is incredible, with her elbow-length white gloves reminiscent of the numerous past Cinderellas seen in children’s books and films. Her hair neatly tied back into a bun adds a level of utter elegance, with the divine red/white diamond jewelled necklace, bought by Edward, the final touch to her stunning composure. The red lipstick tops it off, as her smile is undeniably the most wonderful feature of her delicate face and ultimately her beauty.
THE END SHOT
The end scene marks her final maturity and collectiveness and self-assuredness. She wears a classic cotton t-shirt, adorned by a navy blazer – very smart-looking. Her makeup is naturally refined, and her voluminous low-ponytail together with her straight-leg jeans and white pearl earrings, emits a very Parisian Vogue look. Very street-style. She is effortlessly beautiful, admirable and subtle in beauty.
Mandatory Credit: Photo By SNAP / Rex Features
FILM STILLS OF ‘PRETTY WOMAN’ WITH 1990, GARRY MARSHALL, JULIA ROBERTS IN 1990
1990, GARRY MARSHALL, JULIA ROBERTS
Since I was very young, I have always been absolutely enthralled and mesmerised by trends, fashion evolution, jewellery, shoes, and have been inspired by numerous fashion icons.
Around the ages of 6-10, I fell completely in love with Lindsay Lohan’s cheeky personality, and her awesome style in my all-time favourite childhood film The Parent Trap. I was equally intrigued by both twins in the film – Annie’s corporate, posh-girl attire that consisted of checked suits and slick headbands, and Hallie’s casual double-denim numbers. I was so obsessed with this movie, that I learnt the handshake Annie and Martin do, and in the fourth grade I cut my own side-fringe – resulting in a trip to the hairdresser to fix the disgraceful job I’d done. Along with this killer movie, I loved Freaky Friday, and Lindsay Lohan’s rebellious, punk-rock style – with her leather jackets and heavy eyeliner propelling my entrance into a severe gothic phase- I wanted every item I owned to be black, studded and intimidating.
Another major fashion inspiration was the one and only, Hilary Duff – whose bright crop tops, ripped jeans, flower chokers and crazy clips and hairstyles, seen on the set of Lizzie McGuire, left me utterly gobsmacked. I thought she was incredible.
I then became infatuated with Amanda Bynes in the film What A Girl Wants… She was so naturally beautiful with her straightened brown locks, singlet tops and bootleg flared jeans, orange sarongs, silver bangles, and the way in which she re-crafted a seemingly hideous dress, to reveal a pale blue silk gown in the end scene of the film. This also provoked me to consider the notion that, essentially, it does not matter where a particular item of clothing comes from – it’s all about how you style it, wear it, and stride about in it with confidence and fearlessness of what others think.
Since these early days, I now have developed my own unique, ‘out there’ fashion style, which consists of bright oranges, yellows, Dr Martins, chunky heels, metallic bodysuits, hippy dresses, denim overalls, and transparent materials. I know what I love and I never hesitate to buy it. I love my oversized baggy t-shirts, high-waisted Levi jeans, and have an increasing obsession with cat-eye sunglasses, shoes, and belts. I’m often found rummaging through the second-hand yet wonderful treasures at the Salvos or Vinnies, and every outfit I wear contains at least one item from Glebe Markets – the best markets to grace the city of Sydney, and cheap as chips!
I am an extravagant jewellery enthusiast – wearing a ring on every finger, and owning an abundance of necklaces – including my Turkish Eye necklace, beaded choker and many more. At 18 years of age, today I can happily say my major fashion influences have been Julia Roberts in her many films, Drew Barrymore, Goldie Hawn with her 60s fashion, Rachel Green from the television series Friends and the one and only…. DAVID BOWIE! My single favourite human being to have ever existed.
What I want in the future is purely to listen to his music, along with my favourite band The Beatles, travel extensively all around the world and meet diverse people with accents and different cultures, and to write and write and write. I live for art- I want to step foot in the Museum of Modern Art in New York, the Tate Modern in London, The Gugenheim Museum, I want to revisit the Musee’ D’Orsay and The Luvre in Paris. I want to buy antiques from the Florence and Notting Hill markets, and lay on beaches in Spain and Greece. I believe music has the ability to unite individuals regardless of status, age, gender or ethnicity, and like art, it can powerfully manipulate our emotions. I frequently attend concerts, and am a MASSIVE David Bowie fan – I find his music completely liberating, and his lyrics “We Can Be Heroes” actually became a major influencing stimulus for my art major work. In addition to The Beatles and Bowie, The Bee Gees, Coldplay, Police, and any music of the 80s/90s is wonderful – my favourite song in the entire world is ‘Come on Eileen’.
The two simple things that make me so happy: The Tv Show Friends, and the movie Love Actually. I can’t explain my inexplicable connection I have to this show and film. I constantly feel like I should’ve lived in the 80s or 60s, as I love everything vintage, retro, all the music of the past, the fashion of the past, and ultimately I feel like connections with people and relationships would’ve been more genuine and real back then – without the overpowering reign of internet which enforces artificiality in the way we communicate online. I love painting. And I love the artists Salvador Dali and his surrealistic brilliance. I love Van Gogh and Monet and the work of the Pointillists. I also appreciate so much the work of the Old Masters, and the contribution they made to humanity today, with their anatomically correct depictions of the human form and ideals of beauty shaping the endless boundaries of art today. I have always been captivated, enthralled and completely moved by art – it testifies the extent and wondrous capabilities of the individual’s imagination, talent and creativity.
My bountiful appreciation and love of art, fashion, music and travel has led me to express my thoughts through my blog, and serves as an outlet for my fertile mind.