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Lanvin’s Feminist Decade

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Bustown Modern, a constant source of vintage inspiration and great finds, published an astute blog post last year called “Lanvin’s Invisible Decade,” which you can read in its entirety here. While Bustown dismisses the label’s ubiquitous shirt dresses from the 1970s, we here at This Week’s Look take a different view. Those iconic, printed shirt dresses Lanvin churned out during the disco era may not represent the pinnacle of fashion, but those stretchy, often polyester, frocks reflect a rarely seen facet of the ’70s. They offer us a rare look at what every day women were wearing to work, to the grocery store, to pick up the kids, prepare meals, to do basically everything because, while moms were working, dads still felt entitled to do less around the house. As such, fashion had to be comfortable, versatile, easy to launder, and affordable.

So this week, we pay homage to Lanvin’s Feminist Decade, which is certainly not as titillating as the glamorous disco-era fashions of the ’70s, but a fitting tribute to all those women who work hard for the money. So hard for it, honey.

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Vintage 1970s Lanvin iconic logo shirt dress with matching belt from SararaVintage on etsy. $200.

Vintage 1970s Lanvin equestrian-print, shirtdress with matching neck tie and belt, purchased on eBay for $25.

Vintage 1970s Lanvin equestrian-print, shirt dress with matching neck tie and belt, purchased on eBay for $25.

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Vintage 1970s Lanvin op art shirt dress with matching belt from recollectvint on etsy. $170.
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Vintage Lanvin shirt dress with matching belt on eBay. Current bid $100.

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Vintage 1970s feline print Lanvin shirt dress on eBay. Current bid $189 (close up of print below).

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Vintage 1970s silk Lanvin dress with trumpet sleeves and ruffled hem from Revolveexchange on etsy. $156.

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Vintage 1970s Lanvin logo shirt dress from Bustown Modern. $140.

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Vintage 1970s Lanvin creamy shirt dress in a satiny print (see close up of fabric below) from verybestvintage on etsy. $62.

Vintage 1970s Lanvin creamy shirtdress in a satiny print (look closely to see this great pattern and detail) from verybestvintage on etsy. $62.

Close up of the above vintage 1970s Lanvin creamy shirt dress in a satiny print from verybestvintage on etsy. $62.

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Vintage 1970s geometric print Lanvin maxi dress with matching neck tie from BlackPearlVintage on etsy. $125.

Vintage 1970s op art print button down shirt from Threadhunter on etsy. $35

Vintage 1960s-70s op art print button down shirt from Threadhunter on etsy. $35

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Vintage Cuff Links

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I love vintage cuff links, especially when paired with an oversized ruffle-front tuxedo shirt over leggings, so you can imagine my delight as I passed by Dustmuffin today and saw these beauties in the window. Dustmuffin’s proprietors are so friendly and have an infectious enthusiasm that isn’t too sales pushy. They’re also quite knowledgeable. For example, I was told that the 1950s-era tropical cuff links below were hand painted and the iridescent effect inside was created using morpho butterfly wings. If you look closely you can see the veins. Fascinating! This is particularly rare nowadays as ripping the wings off of butterflies to make jewelry is somewhat frowned upon.

I also picked up the vintage aurora borealis cuff links below, which are quite stunning. The giant cocktail stones are perfect for women who love to wear french cuffs. Both of these sets of vintage cuff links were under $20 each. And they have more too. I might go back later for the 1960s-era red enamel cuff links I saw in the window.

Dustmuffin isn’t a vintage store, but they do carry some lovely vintage pieces and handmade jewelry made from re-purposed vintage stones, etc. It’s a great local shop to buy gifts. Definitely stop in if you’re in the neighborhood. Dustmuffin is located at  3517 W. Sunset in Silver Lake, 90026.

In a Mod Mood

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Also in a cheap mood. So here’s a selection of inexpensive, vintage modernist/abstract jewelry I found on etsy this week. Click on each image to see the full listing.

Vintage 1960s seashell modernist pendant on extra-long 24″ chain from atlasfalcon on etsy. $12.95. New old stock/unworn condition. The seller seems to have a few of these so snap one up now.

Vintage 1960s modernist sculptural necklace from VastVessels on etsy. $34.

Vintage signed Trifari abstract enamel pendant from sirensword on etsy. $12.

A little something for the man in your life. Or for the woman who likes to wear cufflinks (I know I do). Vintage 1970s square wood cufflinks from penorus on etsy. $12.

Vintage stacked milk glass earrings from LisaWitmerCollection on etsy. $8.

Vintage Avon Town and Country faux tortoise necklace from vimvigorvintage on etsy. $12.

Orangey red lucite ring from sirensword on etsy. $3.

Vintage 1970s giant space age pendant on double strand chain from joysshop on etsy. $11.95.

Vintage Sarah Coventry space age seagull brooch from flotisserie on etsy. $10.

I own one of these and it is truly spectacular. Vintage Avon mod pendant on 24″ chain from izzysvintagegarden on etsy. $12.

Vintage Avon modernist pendant on 18″ chain from penorus on etsy. $8.

Vintage copper abstract dangle earrings from thecoppercat on etsy. $8.

Vintage 1970s modernist pendant on triple strands from Holliezhobbiez on etsy. $9.99.

Vintage modernist tic-tac-toe brooch from Cucumberologists on etsy. $12.

Giant vintage mod earrings from smallandmousey on etsy. $12.

Egyptian Revival

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Earlier this year, after a violent revolution that lasted 18 days, Egyptian President Hosni Mubarak finally stepped down, ending three decades of mostly unchallenged rule.

To celebrate the tenacity and courage of the citizens of Egypt, we are having an Egyptian revival here on the blog, featuring a collection of vintage (or vintage-y) Egyptian-inspired artifacts our fashion archeologists dug up on etsy and eBay this week. Think of this as ammo for your one-person fashion revolution. Click on each image below to see the full listing.

Vintage 1960s/1970s goddess dress with screen printed hieroglyphs, gorgeous pleats and a matching belt, by Alfred Shaheen. $149 on eBay.

 

Vintage Egyptian revival necklace on eBay. Starting bid $8.99.

 

Vintage geometric Egyptian-inspired top from SpunSugarVintage on etsy. $22.

 

Pharaoh head earrings by sheilabjewels on etsy. $35.

 

Vintage robe with Egyptian motif from FabFoundFrocks on etsy. $64.

 

Vintage 1980s Egyptian print maillot on eBay. $24.99.

 

 

Vintage hieroglyphs dress from AfternoonShowers on etsy. $43.

 

 

Vintage Egyptian revival cufflinks on eBay. Starting bid $4.99.

 

Vintage 1970s disco shirt with camels and pyramids from Flashbax on etsy. $10.

 

Vintage Egyptian twins leather handbag from LuckyRabbitShoppe on etsy. $25.

 

Vintage 1960s maillot from pineapplemint on etsy. $19.20.

 

Egyptian king earrings by irenebreeden on etsy. $8.

 

 

Vintage 1970s Egyptian embroidered tunic from lusciousvintage on etsy. $38.

 

Vintage 1970s Egyptian sphinx top from SallyJaneVintage on etsy. $26.

 

Vintage 1980s Egyptian Queen Nefertiti skirt from streeturchinvintage on etsy. $33.