Fashion Flashback in Charleston

Last night I attended the opening of Fashion Flashback, a brand new Exhibit at The Charleston Museum on meeting Street in Downtown Charleston. Full disclosure, I had actually never been to the museum before.  It has been on my cultural checklist for awhile, but while I’ve managed to do all the grand home and plantation tours, I haven’t gotten to this one yet.  So, the opening of this exhibit was the perfect opportunity to check it out, not to mention the dress code : )

I chose late 60’s as my “decade.” Which, aesthetically speaking is probably my favorite. Fashion still had some of the femininity of the 1950’s but the silhouettes became much more bold and streamlined and accessories (in particular jewelry) were bigger, more sculptural and less delicate.  I found my dress at the closing sale of an old costume shop in Charleston last year that used to supply vintage clothes to theater companies, it was a steal.  Late 60’s, silver and floor length, which I paired with a little faux fur jacket and some fun vintage jewelry including a bracelet that belonged to my grandmother and earrings from Lori Wyatt Vintage. (Sorry for the selfies but no one was at home to take a picture for me!)

I bumped into these lovely ladies, Jess and Susannah at the entrance.  Loved Susannah’s sequined 80’s dress had belonged to her mom and Jess’s entire 1930’s ensemble:

Also spotted was this detail on an original poodle skirt!

There were some stunning dresses in the exhibit, and I loved this color combination of these 1950’s party dresses as well as their flared, tulle skirts:

I was mainly taking in the women’s fashion, but this “Repeal 18th Amendment” men’s tie from the Prohibition Era was just too fun (image via @charlestonmuseum):

I was a little dissapointed there was almost no jewelry but the one piece they did have was this fabulous interlocking horseshoe bracelet set with rubies, diamonds and opals.  At first glance I thought it was the CHANEL logo before realizing it was horseshoes, and a gift from a European Royal to a Charleston grand dame in 1926.  I am thinking of redesigning all of my Candy Shop Vintage packaging to look like this : )

The exhibit runs through May 10th  and is really worth a visit.  I have some friends in town for a girl’s weekend next month and it’s the perfect pre-dinner or post brunch activity, easily walkable to or from the heart of downtown Charleston.

 

Happy Monday!

Hope everyone had a great weekend! This happened when my friend Jess James and I showed up at brunch wearing the exact same pants on Saturday. We decided to recreate the little “twinsies” emoticon in the middle of downtown Charleston:

Also, I attended the annual Red Party at The American College of The Building Arts.  This would be my second Gatsby themed event in the last two months, but this one I went for a more of a wintery flapper look, with the fox fur shrug I wore in my wedding, a black wig and a custom headpiece designed by Jan a milliner and owner  of AMuse, a little gem of a shop in Wilmington, NC:

My friend Lindsay lent me one of her fabulous CHANEL cocktail rings for the occasion as seen in this flapper selfie with my friend Stella.  It was my truly my glass slipper, because just before the clock struck midnight, a prince appeared while we were out downtown after the party and even took a photo with Lindsay and I!

Bill Murray was such a gentleman and I was a bit persistent about getting this shot (he looks so thrilled) so THANK YOU BILL!  You made our night : )  The Red Party is an Annual event and a fundraiser for The College, housed in an old jail in downtown Charleston.  It is one of the best events of the year, and always just before Halloween, so keep it on your Charleston radar for Fall 2014!

Get Your Gatsby On

In the spirit of Halloween and getting dressed up I thought I’d share a few photos of The Great Gatsby Gala I attended last month in Wilmington, NC – another charming Southern coastal town where Dawson’s Creek was filmed.  My friend Jess James hosts the fab Gala at Wilmington’s Historic Downtown City Club every September.  This is my second year in attendance and it was even better than the first!  Here’s a shot of myself and the hostess at the entrance hiding behind our 1920’s perfume fans (Image via Style Girl):

I decided to don a black flapper wig for the party for a change and I have to say, I think it totally worked with the lighter outfit and my genuine 1920’s jewelry and black sparkly purse.  Short hair is so liberating – I just wish my curls would tolerate it in real life.  My outfit itself was also vintage – probably 80’s but very 20’s in feel.  I got it at one of my favorite Wilmington vintage spots – A Second Time Around.  Shoes from Zara:

This year, I had a date for the evening, my husband John (last year it was just a girl’s night out).  I helped him pick out his outfit and we had a great dinner and pre-dinner cocktails (& coffee, much needed after a long drive!) at a Wilmington gem Manna – with hands down the BEST mixologist in the area!

It was one of those perfect Southern fall evenings, with just a hint of chill in the air.  The light was beautiful and Jess did a fantastic job bedecking The City Club.  All of the guests really got into the 1920’s spirit and came dressed to the nines.  I love a theme party where people really respect the theme – it makes it so much more fun!

Jess even had some models she styled walking around looking the part, like this perfect Daisy, played by Adrienne who is wearing a handmade headpiece from Amuse Artisanal Finery, another great local Wilmington shop.  (Image via Style Girl):

If you need more inspiration, check out Jess’s full gallery of photos from the Wilmington Gatsby Gala here.  And if you live in the Charleston Area and need to scratch your own Gatsby itch, get tickets to The Annual Red Party at The American College of The Building Arts – a great fundraiser and a fabulous party on Friday, October 25th – guess what this year’s theme is?

#candyncocktails and Photobooth Fun!

To say we had fun at our Candy Shop Collection launch party last night is an understatement!  Our co-hosted party in Charleston with Cin Cin Vintage was a huge success – Thank you to STEMS, ZONIN Prosecco, Bon Vivant, Sugar bakeshop, and The Traveling Photobooth for making the evening so special.  Here are a just a few preview shots from ourselves and  attendees (#candyncocktails on Instagram).  The full gallery of photo booth photos as well as party photos will be posted soon.  xo

Beautiful Ginny & Grace helping peddle the jewels!

Our set up with Cin Cin Vintage!

Pouring The Zonin Prosecco before guests arrive!

A party guest rocking her new bling – A 1950’s Disco Ball Cocktail Ring!

Treats from Sugar bakeshop, a local favorite

JAZ on the turntables

Testing out our photo booth with the ladies of Domicile, Charleston

Even boys can rock The Candy Shop Collection!

Love these girls!

Have a sweet Memorial Day Weekend!