4 posts tagged "Rare Vintage"
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.”
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!