The Stuff.....My annual trip to New York is timed to coincide with the Fall Manhattan Vintage Clothing Show and Sale, held at the Metropolitan Pavilion on West 18th Street. This year's show featured 92 vendors, offering the best in vintage clothing, jewellery and accessories for men and women from the last century. For me, the appeal of attending the show is divided equally between the opportunity to see some astonishingly beautiful fashion from past decades, and the chance to converse with other like-minded vintage fans.
The show will often showcase the work of a particular designer, or the styles of a specific decade, and this year's show presented a exhibit of the intricate designs of Mary McFadden in the lobby. The vendors will often tailor their displays to reflect current trends from the runway. This year I saw a lot of fur, leather, sequins, and plaid.
Monkey fur jacket and leather side-tied shorts from Vintage Le Monde
Sequined top from Daybreak Vintage
Jen McCulloch, owner of Olive's Very Vintage, enthusiastically obliged when I asked if she would hold this amazing sequined jacket so I could photograph it.
The ultimate in shine, sparkle, and all out "WOW" was found in this display by Paradox Designs. A number of us who were transfixed by the Spine necklace agreed that it would look amazing hanging down the back of a long black dress.
There is always lots of bling available at the show, as this display of gold-coloured jewellery attests
Daybreak Vintage had a huge showcase filled with eye-candy, including these fun vintage brooches. I was particularly attracted to the crab!
If I could haven taken home one completely extravagant thing from the show, it would have been this Yves St. Laurent ostrich feather collar from the 1950's - 60's that was on display at What Once Was.
There is always an assortment of vintage footwear available. The men's chelsea boots in the top photo are dead stock from a warehouse in Detroit, available at House of Martini. The pink Escada booties are from Rhiannon's Treasures.
I can see Vix, of Vintage Vixen working the fringed and studded clog boots from The Store With No Walls. The thigh-high tiger print lovelies on the right were available from Deco Etc.
The Pierre Cardin dress and Pucci Beach cape are among the items that will be up for bid at a Vintage Fashion Auction on November 13th. I love the colour and shape of the Cardin dress.
If you are in the market for a one-of-a-kind statement coat, the Manhattan Vintage Clothing Show is the place to look. Every year I see at least half a dozen coats that I would love to take home....
The proprietor of Pocketbook Vintage was nice enough to let me try this Gianfranco Ferre metal-embellished leather jacket. I'm wearing a hat I purchased from Debra Rapoport the first night I arrived in New York. Believe it or not, she made it from Viva paper towels.
Lofty Vintage always has spectacular outfit displays at their booth. The rich colours, tribal-inspired patterns and creative accessories were perfect for the cool fall weather. The leather tasseled necklace would look amazing over just about anything.
Another display from Lofty Vintage - great mix of patterns and textures! I would love to spend the winter wearing the orange/red/blue plaid coat with knit trim.
An eye-catching cold-weather themed display at The Archives which carries mens, womens and childrens vintage from the 1800's to the 1960's. In keeping with trends from the runway shows, there was lots of plaid for sale this year.
The show is also the perfect place to find a fabulous dress for a very special event - you can be assured that no one else will be wearing the same thing...
A Stunning dragon embroidered skirt and jacket at Lulu's Vintage Lovelies
This gathered dress from Summer Mizera Vintage would be gorgeous on the right woman
This multi-coloured draped dress and leather cap from Nomad Vintage would make a major style statement at any party
This op-art patterned dress designed by Rudi Gernreich at Marmalade Vintage sold the first day of the show.
I considered trying on this graphic Italian-made cotton dress from Another Man's Treasure, but decided against it because if it fit, I'd have to talk myself out of buying it.
The Manhattan Vintage Clothing Show takes place three times a year, in Fall, Winter and Spring. The next show will be held January 17th and 18th, 2014. For you vintage-wearing guys out there, there is a Gentlemen's Vintage Show and Sale on November 15th. Details about locations and upcoming shows can be found here. Next post - The People!