Vintage New York
A few weeks ago, I was invited to an emerging designer fashion show in New York. As excited as I was to attend the show, I was even more excited to shop in the heart of New York City.
Before shopping, I decided to go out for a walk in Times Square. We all know Times Square can be touristy and busy, but every time I visit I get a feeling I don’t get anywhere else – the feeling of excitement. There is something so beautiful about all of the brands, commercials, and advertisements plastered all around me. The beauty of the designs and clarity of messages inspire me in my own style choices; which is exactly why I chose to wear what I did in this post.
If you haven’t noticed yet, the dress I am wearing is a special collection item – the love-child of a joint collaboration between Coca Cola and Pinko.
The low neckline and slip-on vintage feel gave me all the feels when I saw it hanging in the Pinko Display back when I was in the UK for London Fashion Week.
This dress had everything I like – simplicity, timelessness, and branding deliciousness!
Choosing the rest of the look to compliment this designer Pinko piece was a fun challenge. I didn’t want to wear the obvious leather jacket and black leather boots, but tried to wear lighter pieces to highlight the beauty of the dress. I chose my Chinese designer jean jacket which had some beautiful white lace at the neckline to match the black lace on the bottom of the dress. Additionally, I wore my brand new Italian shoes to tie the whole look together.
This outfit, accompanied by all the lights in Time Square and my photographer photographing my every movement made me feel like an old Hollywood star. I felt glamorous sitting on the side of the road with the wind blowing in my hair and dress while all eyes were on me. It also helped getting dozens of complements on my outfit 😉 All of this fame caused for some needed grubbing. My photographer suggested McDonalds. Though McDonalds wouldn’t be my first choice, I was so hungry I felt like I could eat anything that was in my line of sight.
As I was eating my McChicken and large fries, I couldn’t help but day-dream about old Hollywood and the old times when things were much simpler; back in the day when time wasn’t a factor and my biggest worry was what color lipstick I wanted to wear for the day. Those were the best days.
Though sitting in a McDonalds holding a french fry as a make-shift cigarette with my retro hair and pensive look seem silly to you, I felt nostalgic and transported in time as I admired the brand-hungry people walking past me from behind the window. I couldn’t help but think about the future of our populations and generations to come, what clothing brands people will obsess over, what trends might come back in style, and what new fashions might come to revolutionize the way we dress our day-to-day selves. As my photographer, Bassel, and I were boarding the plane back to Portland, he excitedly said to me, “The future is a vague and hopefully surprising fashion event I can’t wait to attend.” I couldn’t have agreed more.