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4 posts tagged "Rare Vintage"

Giovanna Battaglia’s Best-Of-Gala Gown—Revealed!

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At last night’s amfAR gala in Cannes, one partygoer stood out for us among the rest: stylist and W contributor Giovanna Battaglia, who showed up on the arm of boyfriend Vladimir Restoin-Roitfeld in a jaw-dropping, barely-there gown we didn’t recognize. (Internet speculation briefly misidentified it as vintage Versace.)

On a hunch that it was, in fact, vintage, we asked vintage guru Cameron Silver of L.A.’s Decades to weigh in. Silver spotted it straightaway as a Stephen Sprouse. And this afternoon, Battaglia herself wrote in to confirm. The piece, Battaglia says, is a 1992 Sprouse from Rare Vintage, Juliana Cairone’s New York shop. (Longtime readers may remember Cairone from the postcard she sent us from her trip to Hong Kong.) Battaglia paired the gown with Sergio Rossi shoes and clutch and an Emilio Pucci jacket, but the dress itself is clearly the centerpiece. “I was so happy when I found it!” she says. “It’s a true art piece for me.”

Photo: Courtesy of Emilio Pucci

Postcard From Hong Kong: 48 Hours With Rare Vintage’s Juliana Cairone

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Rare Vintage owner Juliana Cairone (pictured) recently jetted off to Hong Kong to curate an exhibition for Lane Crawford’s flagship. Below, she reports on her first visit to the city, the best head massage worldwide, and the pains of wearing a cool few million on your neck.

48 hours in Hong Kong, 32 hours on the plane. But business class on Cathay Pacific eases that pain and gives me a good chance to catch up on films, like The Informant! with Matt Damon (loved his Michael Moore-sounding voiceover) and An Education, which is brilliant! So nice to see a film where the female lead is smart, funny, and engaging. There are too few smart roles for women in Hollywood. And now Carey Mulligan is a multi-nominee!

I wake up in the morning at the “old” Mandarin Oriental Hotel, and I rush for a shampoo and blow-dry at the salon. I could have stayed there all day! It is the best head massage I have ever had, and between that and the jet-lag, I am so relaxed I can’t think how I’m supposed to focus on my interviews at Lane Crawford for The New Vintage exhibit I am curating at their flagship store. But when I arrive, I am really happy to see couture pieces from Rare Vintage mixed with jewelry from Vera Wang, Erickson Beamon, Miriam Haskell, and a new favorite, Shourouk. It made the couture pieces from the 1950′s through the 1990′s look edgy and modern, which is exactly my philosophy on how vintage should be worn.

And what do I learn today at Lane Crawford? That I could never be a celebrity. My lips actually quiver by the end of the day after so many interviews with the Hong Kong press and posing for photographers. I have a newfound respect for and awe of actors on press junkets.

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Couture Club: Style.com And 1stdibs.com Exclusive Haute Couture Preview

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Compared to 1stdibs, eBay is for amateurs. Founded in 2001, the site quickly became the online destination for high-end antiques and twentieth-century design. Last week, 1stdibs announced it was adding vintage couture and designer fashion to its stable. As expected, they have nothing less than a thoroughbred lineup on offer, as fashion expert and independent curator Clair Watson corralled dealers like Resurrection, The Way We Wore, The Paper Bag Princess, Mark Walsh and Leslie Chin, and Rare Vintage to participate. Style.com’s coverage of the Fall 2009 haute couture season starts today—with a special bonus: 1stdibs.com is offering Style.com readers an exclusive preview of specially selected vintage couture items that will be available for purchase starting Wednesday. You can only see these haute little numbers by clicking here.
Vive le couture!

Photo: Courtsy of 1stdibs

Paris 1962 In New York 2009

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At yet another party celebrating his beautiful tome Paris 1962: Yves Saint Laurent and Christian Dior, The Early Collections, photographer Jerry Schatzberg commented on the changing faces of fashion: “It was different. [Models] were women; now they’re young girls trying to be women,” he said, as his elegant black-and-white images flashed against the walls above racks of select fashion finds at Rare Vintage. Presiding over the “salon” was boutique owner Juliana Cairone and the evening’s hostess, reality television starlet Olivia Palermo. The latter was in good spirits, having just returned from Florida, where she scored some vintage man-of-the-moment Christian Lacroix at a charity event. Some girls have all the luck.

Photo: Courtesy of Brand Building Communications