• February 9th, 2015
    Lauren
    Originally published on ModaVive

    If you’re a fan of vintage fashion, you’re going to fall in love with Sasha Maks’ style. Learn what inspires her, and see which pieces she chose to style for Valentine’s Day.

     

    San Francisco's Vintage Style Maven, Sasha of Sasha Maks Vintage

    Keep it classic this Valentine’s Day in an LBD. Sasha in an MV Piazza Sempione coat and Prada dress. She styled the look with a vintage Christian Dior piece.

     

    Lauren from Team MV (LMV): Where are you from?

    Sasha Maks (SM): I’m originally from Sochi, Russia, a small resort on the Black Sea. It’s a very picturesque place, very similar landscape to San Francisco, which has been my home since I left.

    LMV: What’s your favorite part about living in SF?

    SM: I love the weather, it’s never too hot or brutally cold. The amazing food scene, progressive politics, and the serene blue-gray light.

    San Francisco's Vintage Style Maven, Sasha of Sasha Maks Vintage

    Sasha in an MV Piazza Sempione coat and Prada dress. She styled the look with a vintage Christian Dior piece. To purchase this gorgeous necklace, contact Sasha at info@sashamaksvintage.com.

     

    LMV: Where do you find inspiration for styling new looks?

    SM: I’m a vintage fanatic. I have been buying vintage clothes and furniture forever. In 2009 I launched Sasha Maks Vintage, a vintage costume jewelry e-boutique. My fave fashion eras are the ’60s and ’70s. So my styling is always informed by these decades, I look to French New Wave cinema, vintage magazines, and to current fashion, which seems to more often then not, reference these two decades for inspiration.

    (Click here to see Sasha’s styling website)

    LMV: Describe your styling process for an OOTD shoot.

    SM: It’s pretty spontaneous, and depends on my mood. If I have new pieces I try to work them in. And of course I always include pieces from my jewelry collection. If I’m going over the top with the jewelry, I temper that with more casual clothes. I always start with the clothes first, then I can figure out which jewelry will be the perfect counterpoint or compliment to that canvas.

    San Francisco's Vintage Style Maven, Sasha of Sasha Maks Vintage

    Sasha in an MV Piazza Sempione coat and Prada dress. She styled the look with a vintage Christian Dior piece. To purchase this gorgeous necklace, contact Sasha at info@sashamaksvintage.com.

     

    LMV: How did you get into vintage fashion?

    SM: It really stemmed from my interest in movies. Watching women like Catherine Deneuve in Belle de Jour, Anna Karina in Godard films left a lasting impression. And not just the clothes, but the entire image- the hair and makeup were a great inspiration too. Before my introduction to foreign films by avant-garde directors I watched a lot of Hollywood movies of the golden age. Screen sirens like Marlene Dietrich, Lana Turner, Lauren Bacall, I can go and on. The personas of these stars are very seductive and so much of that depended on their image.

    San Francisco's Vintage Style Maven, Sasha of Sasha Maks Vintage

    For a more fashion-forward Valentine’s Day looks, try tucking a collared shirt into a pleated midi skirt. Pictured is Sasha in an MV vintage skirt and a vintage Kenneth Jay Lane rhinestone belt.

     

    LMV: Where do you find your jewelry pieces? Or is it top secret?

    SM: Kind of, they are not really secret, you have to traipse through flea markets, garage sales, and estate sales, but where you get results is doing it consistently. Sometimes you can come away from a long day at the flea with nothing, after spending 5 hours looking. Of course after years of doing this, sources are established and those definitely stay secret.

    LMV: Have you gone to any events recently? What did you wear?

    SM: I just attended the Art Point Gala. I wore a ’60s Chantilly lace dress with satin ribbons going down the front. It has a kittenish appeal, sexy and ladylike at the same time.

    San Francisco's Vintage Style Maven, Sasha of Sasha Maks Vintage

    Sasha in an MV vintage skirt and a vintage Kenneth Jay Lane rhinestone belt.

     

    LMV: What spring trends are most excited about?

    SM: The 70s- bring on the fringe and culottes! But that always seems to be on the menu. I love the military trend, too, and surprisingly I’m drawn to gingham. I will definitely buy a vintage piece. It’s so unpretentious. but on spring runways designers like Altuzarra and Diane von Furstenberg really gave it some sex appeal and edge.

    LMV: Which couture show at PFW was your favorite?

    SM: Christian Dior bar none (pun intended). When I first spied an image on Insta, I thought it was a vintage photograph. Raf Simons had me at vinyl gogo and thigh-high boots. Pairing them with romantic ’50s silhouette dresses is shocking and chic. The collage of the ’50, ’60s and ’70s or maybe the clash is a fantasy come to life!

    San Francisco's Vintage Style Maven, Sasha of Sasha Maks Vintage

    Sasha in an MV vintage skirt and a vintage Kenneth Jay Lane rhinestone belt.

     

    LMV: What’s your spirit animal?

    SM: I’ll say panther. I’m always on the prowl…for stunning vintage jewelry and clothes.

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    Click here to shop Sasha Maks Vintage jewelry, and enjoy an exclusive discount for being an MV Blog reader! Use discount code VINTAGE20 and receive 20% off until Feb. 13th. On top of that, Sasha is donating 10% of proceeds from purchases made with this discount code to MV! If you fell in love with accessories in the above outfits but can’t seem to find the piece on the website, contact Sasha at info@sashamaksvintage.com.

    If you’re in the Bay Area, stop by our Warehouse Sale on March 12th to help raise funds for Dress For Success SF and check out Sasha Maks Vintage jewelry. See you there!

    Outfit 1: Prada dressPiazza Sempione coat

    Outfit 2: Vintage skirt