Patrick Kelly

I never knew much about this designer until today, and fell in love with what I saw…I have seen his influence everywhere.  Patrick Kelly, was an American fashion designer, who became successful from the mid to late ’80’s, from selling dresses on the street to having them sell at stores such as Henri Bendel, Bloomingdale’s, and Bergdorf Goodman, and celebrities Cicely Tyson, Bette Davis, Grace Jones, and Isabella Rosellini were among his clients.  His collections were fun and quirky, the style was form fitting and heavily embellished, using buttons, ribbons, or found objects. These collections were only produced from 1985 … Continue reading Patrick Kelly

Is it Vintage?

Mining from the past is never a problem, in fact it’s inspiring, but the term “vintage” now includes almost all second-hand clothing to the ageing processes used to achieve a worn-in look.  Vintage clothing no longer means a rare find from an era gone by. Especially with the mass manufacturing of the ’80’s and ’90’s. Handmade from those eras are a different story, but I digress… Vintage was defined as an item that was at least 25 years old, according to Vintage Textiles, which specializes in vintage and 18th century costume. For the past few years, styles didn’t have to … Continue reading Is it Vintage?

Jane Doe: Indie Retro

Because the music that they constantly play, it says nothing to me about my life – The Smiths (from Panic 1986) Indie is a blanket term, but for lack of a better one I’ll use it to describe the style of the early – mid ’80’s influenced by mostly British bands such as The Smiths, Joy Division, Jesus and Mary Chain (Scottish), Mighty Lemon Drops, Love & Rockets, etc…and fans of this music at that time. This look was its own style, similar to the music, taking elements from 60’s mod and garage, with the ideology of punk. No logos, … Continue reading Jane Doe: Indie Retro