Model Caroline Simpson takes a graceful spill while modeling on roller skates at That 70’s (FASHION) Show presented by Simply Noelle & produced by Jess James May 12th at Scooters Roller Rink
Shannon Dunne, Amy Hammond, Jess James, Carly Forman, Kirsten Gravely
It’s exactly one week past the fashion show I’ve been envisioning the past five months – That 70‘s (FASHION) Show inspired by Gucci S/S 2016. I spent the next few days returning clothing from the show, organizing the pre-show choas left in the wake of Shannon and I’s marathon styling session and back-to-back closet consults with new and old clients.
With pent-up anticipation and anxiety, I began packing for New Jersey to meet my mom for a long overdue across the pond visit with Brenda Downie, my host mum from my glory days during my semester abroad in London.
I woke up this morning with visions of Portabello Market, fireside chats with Brenda and the repetitive “Mind the Gap” complete with British accent running through my mind before my body sent me a jarring message: It’s time to BREATHE. Relax. And start taking care of myself again.
After a few paralyzing hours wondering if I would be able to move my back properly again, I am now seated (in far less pain) across the aisle from my mom 35,000 feet in the air en route to my happy place.
To me, London style (think Camden Market) represents some of the same devil may care spirit I instantly had an emotional response to in seeing the new Gucci (spearheaded by Creative Director Alessandro Michele) for the first time.
Legend has it, five days before the FW15 menswear show, Gucci predecessor Frida Giannini suddenly exited the iconic Italian house leaving an unexpected opening for Alessandro, who spent 13 years working behind the scenes. Gucci went from Giannini and Tom Ford’s highly sexualized, decadent ethos to an eclectic, romantic, androgynous and wonderfully surprising transformation – but all while still incorporating Gucci’s history: equestrian horsebit, signature stripes and of course, the interlocking G’s, which may be cooler now than they’ve ever been.
Gucci Creative Director / Designer Alessandro Michele
In the new issue of Porter magazine, writer Kay Barron says, “The new Gucci is warm and nostalgic, feeling both comfortably familiar and at the same time, completely original (with a) 1970’s meets Wes Anderson (vibe).”
No wonder I love it so!
Caroline de Maigret can keep the cooler-than-thou French girl chic. And the reigning refined, minimalist aesthetic ushered in by Phoebe Philo at Celine in 2009? You can have it, along with stark white walls and perfectly curated Instagram photos.
I can appreciate the beautiful simplicity of an incredibly made garment with clean lines and as a style chameleon and vintage collector, I admit I sometimes crave a more modern silhouette.
However, I always seem to feel most at home – most like my true authentic self – in something with a hint of romance, fantasy, whimsy and a touch of the imperfect – much like Alessandro’s new Gucci.
Singer Florence Welch, who has also fallen under Alessandro’s bewitching sartorial spell says, “He is dream weaving, but it works in reality. He knows what we want to wear long before we do.”
In the days following That 70’s (FASHION) Show, I received a Facebook message from Adrienne Carey, who recently moved back to Wilmington from NYC and attended the show.
“I give you a lot of credit for pushing the envelope on trends in town!”
Entrepreneurial artist Amelia Hutchins shared that she was “surprised and impressed” that Shannon and I were able to capture the spirt of the “new” Gucci (via creative styling) featuring current offerings from only local boutiques.
Indeed, there were guests who arrived in 70’s costume party attire, missing the new-ness behind the show’s inspiration. But no matter, for we all connected over a shared enthusiasm for creative expression, romance and fantasy through fashion.
Special thanks to our Presenting Sponsor Simply Noelle, Hannah and her talented hair & makeup team at Beauty Bar, our wonderful local boutiques who embraced and supported this concept-based show, Legare of A Ribbon Runs Through It for creating a stunning Gucci backdrop for our runway, Shannon Dunne for bringing it at our marathon creative styling session, my love Joel for having to put up with hearing the word“Gucci” way more times than he’d like, Tommy Mills of Little Pond Catering for his 70’s inspired cuisine (corn dogs and gummy bears included!), One Hope Wine, Charleston’s craft soda company Cannonborough Beverage Company, Kristen Martinez for her beautiful illustration inspired by our fashion show art work (for sale now via Style Girl Vintage), 70‘s mix tape by DJ Brian Hood, backstage directors Tym and Amy Hammond along with our volunteer angels and Lisa Brown of Bella Rose Photography for such gorgeous images to help remember this special labor-of-love event.
More updates from London Town next week.
And remember – live playfully, authentic and free!
One of our “best dressed” winners Nancy Burns
in a vintage Japanese souvenir jacket + Gucci bag
Another of our “best dressed” winners Oz Nichols in Gucci
Hannah, Beauty Bar owner, beautifying everyone backstage
Colby as Bowie with his sweetheart, Ella
Kathy Rayle’s daughter as a street style snapper
Ella’s barettes & bows by Hannah at Beauty Bar
Lacing up backstage.
Blue electric skates for sale at Style Girl Vintage
Models off Duty:
What I Wore to #that70sfashionshow –
Vintage 1930’s emerald green blouse with gold stripes from Puttin on the Ritz in Eugene, Oregon (sadly heard this beautiful Victorian mansion vintage shop burned down several years after my visit), 1960’s @gucci skirt from @amtvintage + @31philliplim mules with gold chains
The Simply Noelle girl gang! #squadgoals
L: Illustration by Kristen Martinez
R: Charlie’s Angels: Courtney Lee, Carly Forman, Kirsten Gravely
Courtney is wearing her boyfriend’s mother’s jumpsuit from the 70’s
+ Carly, a vintage 70’s lemon yellow jumpsuit from Style Girl Vintage
Karyn Oetting of Second Skin Vintage (left)
This vintage 1970’s dress (and SGV macrame bag) from Style Girl Vintage found a smokin’ hot new owner in Nnenne Terzian. Styled to disco perfection!
Charlie (the hot pink mannequin) representing at the Style Girl Vintage booth
Shannon & Hannah prepping the models before they get into their first runway look.
L: The lovely gals from Aqua Fedora.
R: The beautiful Elena swinging in sequins & brocade.
It’s not a vintage soiree without Josie Evans & Chad Hartwell!
Catherine Yearwood, owner of Hallelu, with Andrea of Wholesome Journey Massage
Lynn Manock, owner of Ziabird with Karyn, owner of Second Skin Vintage
L: Wes Anderson vibes all the way – swoon!
R: Treasures from Urbage of Raleigh
70’s + Gucci-inspired finds from Style Girl Vintage
Handmade gold star lashes by Beauty Bar on Caroline
Wine Bar featuring Sparkling Brut from One Hope Wine w/ craft soda by Cannonborough Beverage Company
Hanging with our handsome doorman Joel Finsel (wearing 70’s garb with a vintage Gucci tie and Playboy brogues) with Illustrator / Graphic Designer Kristen Martinez.
DJ Brian Hood preparing his mix tape featuring tributes to both Prince & Bowie.
Fashion Designer Lesley Tamaev of Rove and Roam with Anna Hogelin shopping vintage treasures from Rummy Vintage
The beautiful Legare or A Ribbon Runs Through It and her incredible Gucci inspired backdrop
Kaye (in Aqua Fedora + Style Girl Vintage),
Ksenia (in Ziabird dress w/ SGV silk head scarf),
Natalyn in a vintage butterfly jumpsuit from Rummy Vintage
Shopping fun with Second Skin Vintage
Tiffany Jackson, owner of Front Street Optometric Care selling Gucci shades & 70’s inspired specs
I mean, does it get any better than these babes?! 70’s style stars Kirsten, Courtney, Carly, Nnenne
It’s show time!
On Logan: Daisy ponytail by Beauty Bar
Ultimate 70’s babe Kelly Musselwhite
announcing the winner of Simply Noelle’s giveaway
Handing out our “Best Dressed” goodie bags courtesy of our friends in Mississippi, Thimblepress
Special thanks to the beautiful & talented Lisa Brown of Bella Rose Photography for capturing the spirit of That 70’s (FASHION) Show with all these wonderful photos! xo
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Front Street Optometric Care
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Style Girl Vintage
Chandler Brooke Russell
Natalyn Wallin Bachek
ART IMITATING LIFE
The crazy talented Kristen Martinez created this gorgeous illustration inspired by the Gucci inspired image we created for #that70sfashionshow
Prints for sale now at Style Girl Vintage!
Illustration / Graphic Art: Kristen Martinez
Inspired by Gucci S/S 2016
Photo: Bella Rose Photography
Styling: Jess James
Wardrobe: Style Girl Vintage
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