18 February 2008, 22:14
‘Zsa Zsa’ dress from Bowerbird Vintage
Gold belt also from Bowerbird Vintage
Manolo Blahnik heels
Lipstick is Flash ‘N’ Dash with Squeeze It lipglass from the Fafi for MAC collection (more on that later!)
I can’t explain why, but this outfit makes me feel very Rachel from Bladerunner... “Do you mind if I smoke?” I think it’s the neckline.
So, please allow me to talk a little bit about this dress. It’s from a boutique called Bowerbird Vintage, which is owned by a friend of mine named Joanna. When I went to Sydney last year for the fashion blogger’s high tea, I met her & was really struck by how lovely, authentic & gentle she is. Not to mention, she has a passion for fashion that rivals any of us!
Her site is full of beautiful original vintage treats — lots of dresses! — as well as re-worked pieces that needed a little love. She is famous for hacking off pouffy shoulders & bogus 80’s detailing so that when the garment re-emerges, it looks fresh & fabulous. If you’re hankering for a Tuesday afternoon shopping spree, Bowerbird is a very worthy establishment!
The very best thing is that I have wrangled a deal where any nonpareil who spends over $50 gets a 10% discount! All you need to do is flick her an email & she will apply it for you. Très fabuleux, non? Even better, Joanna offers free shipping within Australia & super-reasonable postage anywhere overseas.
Anyway, I hope you’ll take a look. Her prices are brilliant, she selects every piece with care & you’ll be supporting a wonderful woman.