April 23, 2009

Thinking Thru Vintage at The Way We Wore

way-we-woreLast night, I attended a charity auction hosted by Dita von Teese and Debi Mazur at The Way We Wore. Doris Raymond, the owner of the fabulous vintage shop, invited fashion designers to repurpose outdated clothing as part of an Earth Pledge initiative. It was best event I went to this year. The concept itself is so current. You don’t need to spend a lot to look good. You just need to be creative. As Debi Mazur said last night, “It’s okay not to have the latest fashions.” Of course, most of us aren’t as talented as Lotta Stensson or Kevan Hall. I’ll admit I can’t even sew a button. But with creativity I can make a dress into a skirt and vice versa. It’s amazing what a cardigan, a belt or even a simple piece of statement jewelry can do to a piece. I’ve been trying to show this through pictures in my blog, but Debi was very blunt about getting the point across. “Embrace your fat ass, your saggy whatever,” she said. “Own your wardrobe.”

So next time you look into your closet and and are bored by everything you own, take a step back and think, how can I rework this piece? What can I do to spice things up a bit? Sure, it will take some brainpower. But it will save you money and let you express your individuality.

To see more of the reworked vintage pieces, and to bid on the one-of-a-kind creations, head over to

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  1. Sal commented:

    I’m astonished by those repurposed dresses – every one of them a masterpiece. And damn, what a cool concept! I really need to get my craft on … and maybe learn how to sew.

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  2. ooh, great images! This event really proves that we need to return to mending things and making what we already own work! Or just buy better stuff that will never go out of style ; ) Love your blog by the way. You have a new fan!

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