With their inception coming from sometime around 1800, few articles of clothing have the same staying power as the Oxford shoe. Originally meant to be plain and formal, these shoes gained popularity at Oxford University as students began to rebell against knee-high and ankle-high boots. However, it was Deborah Mitford and her sisters in the 1940s that turned the Oxford into a shoe to be covetted by women everywhere with their laid-back, English country style.
Today, perveyors of “Granny Chic” recreate this look with reinterpretations featuring bright colors, floral and animal prints, and varying heel heights. We love these vintage pink Hermes oxfords that we found in Becky’s Closet.
Wear with a vintage floral print dress or trousers and a pussy bow blouse to complete this comfortable country look.
In the late 1950s, women were seeking to break the tradition of the long, lady-like dresses. Thus, the babydoll was born. Though many iconic models started their careers during this time, few achieved the ubiquitous fame that Lesley Hornby did. Better known as Twiggy, the young Londoner helped to popularize this short playful dress.
Today, fashion forward ladies such as Emma Watson and Agyness Deyn are embracing this leggy style, and you can too. Recreate Twiggy’s look with lovely vintage finds, like this so pretty powder blue dress that we found in Dana’s Closet.
Pair with some solid color tights and flats for a truly 1960s look.
Here at Wiseling, we love anything and everything that has to do with vintage fashion. Sarah Kennedy’s great new book Steal Her Style is one of those things. Just released this summer, this book features profiles of 25 of fashion’s greatest icons from Louise Brooks’ flapper-chic to Cindy Crawford’s glamazon style. Each section contains a detailed break-down of the fashion of each icon’s time as well as the types of vintage clothing and brands to look for, and hair and makeup tips to create modern versions of these lovely ladies’ looks. Kennedy even includes a handy chart at the front of the book, listing all 25 women and the body-types and personal aesthetics best suited to wearing their silhouettes. For instance, she writes that Audrey Hepburn’s style works best on women with pear shaped bodies and feminine or quirky tastes in clothing, while Grace Kelly’s style lends itself towards women with boyish/athletic bodies and classic tastes. Having matched up at least two or more body types and personal styles to each icon, Kennedy makes it easy for readers to find their ideal vintage inspiration. We’ll being reading up on our favorite icons, especially before our next vintage shopping trip.
Chicago-based artist Stephen Eichhorn is a true master of his craft. Wielding an X-Acto knife with the kind of precision that most can only dream of, Stephen creates other-worldly compositions featuring flowers, cacti, and many other leafy greens. Here, he shares his thoughts on process, inspiration, fashion, and more.
When did your interest in creating collages start?
I started making collages about six months after receiving my bfa from SAIC in 2006. It started as a studio experiment and quickly caught on in my day to day studio practice.
Where do you find inspiration?
All over the place. I find a lot of inspiration in music (see playlist below), fashion imagery (the construction, craft & architecture), jewelry and obviously — floral arrangements.
What kind of materials do you use to make your work?
In collage: blade, cutting mat, paper, archival photo mount and either a panel or archival matte board. In sculpture: fake plastic flowers and jewelry components from the 70’s-80’s, wood, tool dip, graphite, and gloss medium varnish.
You often incorporate plants into your work, why is that?
I initially saw the natural components that I use in my collages as more formal architectural components. I used these to build up imagined architecturally diverse spaces through the natural occurring forms in the found imagery. Through the gathering of collage components I’ve been able to hone in on different mythology, rituals and histories surround the types of flora or foliage.
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