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{OPULENT} BOHO SPRING

Boho gown and Sasha Maks Vintage statement earrings.
My heart skipped a beat when I first saw this dress at Closet 1951! I have a weakness for statement boho dresses, and this one delivered on every count.
It possesses all the typical things this genre of dress has–it’s maxi, flowy, with bishop sleeves, in a delicate, lacy paisley print, but wait, there’s more! This one boasts a open back with an attached shawl cape. And I love the earthy palette! This is a lot of dress and the almond and black tones really ground it.
Fun fashion fact: the dress is by Louis Féraud, who designed for film for such French style icons as Brigitte Bardot and Catherine Deneuve!

I had to go with gold here, and chose oversized drop earrings, with a whirl design that gives them a sense of movement echoing the intricate swirls of the paisley motif. The chunky bracelet, is actually a necklace I wrapped twice. The round profile of the chain really pops.

I chose a minaudiere by R&Y Agousti, a company known for creating accessories and furniture from natural and exotic materials. The rigid clutch counters the drapey lines of the dress, and the inlays of shagreen and ostrich leg framed in bronze add a touch of whimsy.
XO Sasha

Boho gown and Sasha Maks Vintage statement earrings.Boho gown and Sasha Maks Vintage statement earrings.
Boho gown and Sasha Maks Vintage statement earrings.
Boho gown and Sasha Maks Vintage statement earrings.Boho gown and Sasha Maks Vintage statement earrings.Boho gown and Sasha Maks Vintage statement earrings.Boho gown and Sasha Maks Vintage statement earrings.
Boho gown and Sasha Maks Vintage statement earrings.

Dress: Louis Feraud / Bag: R&Y Agousti / Shoes: Dries Van Noten
c/o Closet 1951

Earrings:  Sasha Maks Vintage, here /  Necklace worn as bracelet: Sasha Maks Vintage, here  / Rings: personal collection
Photography by  Jennymay Villarete

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90s FLORAL MEETS 40s DENIM

Vintage denim and 90s floral dress.
Denim never goes out of style. As proven by this pre-WWII French men’s factory uniform jacket. I’ve styled it before with a maxi taffeta skirt here and a slip dress by local designer Evgenia Lingerie here.  Here, I’ve put it together with a new vintage find I’m obsessed with, a 90s grunge floral print dress (picked up at my the very cool Wallflower). I love how long it is, (it has an up to there slit in the back, that I’ll to have to adjust if I want to wear in in the summer).

It’s still very chilly out, so I layered a cropped jacquard sweater that I picked up at COS, last time they had one of their big sales. Thank god for this affordable brand that stocks some the most minimalist, sculptural pieces that make my life so much easier! The cable knit hat is from there too, I get all my beanies there right now, and you’ve heard me rave about their sock selection (alas not yet available online). Do yourself a favor and sign up for their email list to get notified of sales in advance. The belt is from Cos as well, I tied and looped it in to define the waist.

Now for the accessories, I think the silver is ideal for this palette and vibe. I went with a sculptural 60s necklace attributed to Pauline Trigere, and  a statement bypass Mexican sterling cuff. Love how the pop against the blue-grey denim! The combat style boot are de rigueur here.
XO Sasha

Vintage denim and 90s floral dress.Vintage denim and 90s floral dress.Vintage denim and 90s floral dress.
Vintage denim and 90s floral dress.
Vintage denim and 90s floral dress.Vintage denim and 90s floral dress.Vintage denim and 90s floral dress.
Jacket: vintage  / Sweater: COS / Dress: vintage / Boots: Rag & Bone / Hat: COS / Belt: COS
Necklace: contact info@sashamaksvintage.com / Bracelet:  contact info@sashamaksvintage.com /  Rings: personal collection

Photography by Garry Alexander

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HERO PIECES

Hero pieces: trench coat and denim dress

Talk about the hero pieces in your wardrobe, they are all here in one look.  All of these pieces will last for years to come and I will reach for them over and over. The wool trench coat, I picked up at sample sale at Chaiken, a local brand that designs classic clothes that caters to a professional woman’s wardrobe. The military green, the broad collar, the cinched waist all add up to A chic timeless look that I can throw over anything and look put together.

The denim dress is one of my best vintage finds lately, scored it at Wallflower in the Mission. It’s the perfect fit, the streamlined design is punctuated by an emphatic pointed 70s collar and the thicker denim is ideal for low temps. Layering a mock turtleneck under it for extra warmth ( I’ve been wearing a version of this tissue thin sweater practically under everything lately.)

The otk boots from Stuart Weitzman, I will never regret splurging on.  Actually these don’t go over my knee, but end at just about the middle of it. I thought they looked more elegant. I would still rock a boot that went higher, but these are more classic and won’t date as fast. One piece of advice I will give about this very trendy style is to make sure they are right for your proportions.  The boots should not be wearing you, I’ve seen so many examples where the boots are perfectly fine, but the wearer is drowning in them, because they are too big for their frame and height.

And now for the bag, the iconic Pashli I bought it at least a year ago, and it turns out I don’t wear it as much as I expected. I always liked big bags and needed them, but have grown weary of the weight, and now would rather leave a lot of stuff at home rather then lug it all around. But, one does need a good, roomy satchel or tote, and this one is so sturdy I don’t have to be too precious with it.

All the jewelry here is essential as well and can be worn just as easily in the spring and summer. Here they add a much needed dose of  bling to a dark palette. The crescent hoops, in sterling with gold overlay are chunky but not too large. The half-moon necklace and thick hammered cuff don’t get lost in all the layers of the look, dainty pieces are just not my jam. And I love how each piece has a texture to it that add to the visual dimension of the outfit.

What are you hero pieces? Please share in the comments.
XO Sasha

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Coat: Chaiken / Dress: vintage / Top: Cos / Boots: Stuart Weitzman / Bag: 3.1 Phillip Lim / Sunglasses: vintage Gucci

Sterling earring, contact info@sashamaksvintage.com / Cuff: Barrera, contact info@sashamaksvintage.com / Necklace: Trifari, here / Rings: personal collection

Photography by Garry Alexander

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LAYERING UP IN VETEMENTS

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By now you must have heard of Vetements, the cult French design collective that you either love or hate, (see a previous post featuring their deconstructed jeans here). Their influence is seen everywhere–in oversized outerwear and reworked denim.

I am camp Vetements. I’ve always been sucker for the exaggerated shoulder.  The genius of this coat is that it’s cut close to the body through the torso, hence not obscuring the figure, and the extra long sleeves render gloves superfluous.

Living in SF you become very adept at layering, (practically every couple of blocks boast their own micro climate).
I love the trend of layering a slip dress over a thinnish turtleneck. And with chillier weather this is the ideal opportunity to pull out spring pieces to wear now. If your working with a limited palette vary the fabric texture to create an eclectic look. Here I have mingled cotton, silk, and polyester. And with accessories there’s more opportunities to introduce intriguing contrasts. For example, the grainy leather of the satchel stands opposed to the satiny dress and the burnished leather of the boots.

A mismatched pair of titanium earrings, an enamel leopard bracelet (in my opinion this fierce cat goes with everything), and a multi-row link bracelet introduce an understated glam to the monochromatic look.

How do you like the oversized silhouette?
XO Sasha

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Bag: Phillip Lim  c/o of  Closet 1951
Coat: Vetment / Dress: Max Azria Collection /  Turtleneck: Three Dots / Boots: Rag & Bone / Sunglasses:

Jewelry: Sasha Maks Vintage
Link Bracelet: here /  Leopard bracelet: Kenneth Lane : contact info@sashamaksvintage.com / Rings: personal collection

Photography by Jennymay Villarete

 

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BOLD IN BLACK AND WHITE

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Sometimes you just want a clean, crisp palette of black and white. Color just seems too overwhelming, too distracting, it could be the dark skies and the high winds that put me in a monochromatic sartorial mood. To keep things interesting, I rely on classic pieces like a dress in a bold print, in this case a shirt dress, in a whimsical all-over horse print, a classic trench in black, embellished flats, and a boxy quilted bag both by Chanel.

Yes, it doesn’t hurt to have high-end designer pieces, basically ever. But, if budget doesn’t permit, you can find a good basic trench at a various price points, black always looks chic. A bold geometric print is never boring. Smart accessories, like a chunky gold-tone necklace and small, but statement-making domed earrings in black enamel with large rhinestone centers add a sophisticated polish.

After all it was Coco Chanel who said, “Simplicity is the key note of all true elegance”.
XO Sasha

P.S.
If you’re still looking for fabulous gifts and that includes for yourself, I have one more trunk show coming up. Join me, along with, Armadio, Rossi & Rei, Lia Larrea, Celina Martin, and Atelier Emmanuel Tuesday, December 20th, 5:30 pm – 8:30 pm at Caprice – a Holiday Shopping Fair.

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Clothes, sunglasses and accessories c/o Closet 1951
Trench coat: Givenchy/ Dress: Stella McCartney / Sunglasses: Prada / Bag: Chanel / Shoes: Chanel

Jewelry: Sasha Maks Vintage
Necklace: sold / Earrings: Christian Dior, contact info@sashamaksvintage.com / Panther ring, personal collection / Gold-tone and rhinestone ring, contact info@sashamaksvintage.com

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HOW TO WEAR: MOODY WINTER FLORALS

 

Floral dress over pants.

Happy Thanksgiving! I’m very thankful to be doing what I love, and this blog is a big part of it. I’m doing a bit of unconventional Thanksgiving this year, heading over to Los Angeles on a quick jewelry buying trip tonight, so no time for a traditional turkey dinner for me. But, I will be enjoying a pizza and rosé for lunch, and I’m not mad at that.

I’m not a girly girl, but I do love a good dark floral print, which reliably shows up every fall and winter. It’s an uplifting print in chillier weather and shorter days. For runway inspiration check out Dolce and Gabanna’s and MSGM’s exuberant and oversized florals for the Fall 2016.
I styled this dress by Givenchy, from my fave designer consignment boutique in SF, Closet 1951 as a duster (note the jumbo zipper that makes my heart melt!) I paired the sophisticated, medium scale pattern of flowers and butterflies with a neutral knit top, understated denim, and minimalist flats.
I’m a huge fan of Bottega Veneta’s intrecciato bags, the woven texture contrasts beautifully with the photorealist print of the dress/duster. A boho necklace, with large cabochon stones in vivid colors stands up to the statement print. And the oversized retro sunglasses where just right for this look with their nod to the 60s and 70s. I could not pass up them up, and will be converting to a prescription pair, (after looking for an insane amount of time for just the right frames).

And I’m teaming up for another trunk show with the fabulous girls at Closet 9151, Wednesday, November 30th, 6-9pm.
Please join us for a holiday glass of champagne, peruse my latest vintage bijoux finds, and discover a wonderful resource to sell or buy luxury designer clothes and accessories.
Please RSVP here.
XO Sasha

Floral dress over pants.

 

Floral dress over pants.Floral dress over pants.Floral dress over pants.Floral dress over pants.

Clothes, sunglasses, and bag c/o of Closet 1951

Dress: Givenchy
Top: VinceJeans
Jeans: Isabel Marant
Shoes: Zara
Sunglasses: Prada
Bag: Bottega Veneta
Necklace: Sash Maks Vintage, here
Rings: personal collection, similar here, here, and here.

Photography by Garry Alexander

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STATEMENT BLAZER AND SLIP DRESS

Negarin London blazer and slip dress.
Last week I wrote about an easy uniform of blazer and tee paired with jeans. Here’s another look I often rely on to make dressing effortless and chic—a statement blazer thrown over a sleek slip dress. I’m seriously obsessed with slip dresses! I have some vintage slips I can’t wait to wear and feature on the blog. The trend is going strong and I’d love to find one in the fabric of the season—velvet.  And as I have mentioned in previous posts, blazers are the hero pieces in your wardrobe and this collarless iteration in a striking teal is from Negarin London (currently popping up on Union Street in SF), and next time you’re in Venice Beach swing by their boutique on Abbot Kinney.

I’m mismatching earring here. These where meant to be worn together! Only slightly different in design, this is an easy way to experiment with the trend. Keep the color, metal, and size similar while playing with variations of the form. The necklace is a new find, and I may end up keeping it. It can be styled numerous ways, even as a bracelet. All the pieces are coming to the website soon.

The last word is on the shoes. I have been hunting for the glove shoes (find out more about the style here), that where first brought out by Martiniano (which run too narrow for me) and closely followed by Celine, They are very simple flats that fit high on the vamp, just a little different from the ballerinas to make them more interesting. Obvi the minimalist style pretty much goes with everything, and of course leave it to Zara to design a pair that fits me perfectly.

What are you hero wardrobe pieces? Please share in the comments.
XO SashaNegarin London blazer and slip dress.

Negarin London blazer and slip dress.Negarin London blazer and slip dress.Negarin London blazer and slip dress.Negarin London blazer and slip dress.

Blazer: Negarin London, similar here and here / Trouve, similar here / Shoes: Zara, here / Monet tassel earring (sold as a pair), contact info@sashamaksvintage.com / Cabochon drop earring (sold as a pair),  contact info@sashamaksvintage.com / Necklace: Sasha Maks Vintage, contact info@sashamaksvintage.com, similar here / Rings: personal collection, similar here, and here.

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MELLOW YELLOW 80s

Vintage maxi dress and mismatched Sasha Maks Vintage earrings.
This dress is another choice find from the Artists and Fleas market in Venice, LA, and ideal for SF’s fall. If you missed my last post, it was a fruitful trip where I scored this diaphanous beauty.  I was immediately drawn to everything about this dress–the sunny color, the nubby texture of the raw silk, the silhouette reminiscent of the ’40s.
Since this dress is such a great, almost blank canvas, I styled it with mismatched earrings (my fave way to rock earrings right now, borrowed from the runways), an oversized rope link bracelet, and statement cheetah print oxfords.
Once the temps drop, I can wear this effortless piece, layered over a turtleneck, or with an oversized sweater layered over it. And it will contrast beautifully with a black leather moto,  paired with suede or even better velvet ankle boots (all those textures will mingle together perfectly).
XO Sasha

Vintage maxi dress and mismatched Sasha Maks Vintage earrings.
Vintage maxi dress and mismatched Sasha Maks Vintage earrings.Vintage maxi dress and mismatched Sasha Maks Vintage earrings.Vintage maxi dress and mismatched Sasha Maks Vintage earrings.Vintage maxi dress and mismatched Sasha Maks Vintage earrings.Vintage maxi dress and mismatched Sasha Maks Vintage earrings.
Dress: Vintage, similar here / Shoes: Rebecca Minkoff, similar here and here / Bag: Rebecca Minkoff, similar here / Earrings,  YSL,  here / Earrings, contact info@sashamaksvintage.com / Bracelet: Sasha Maks Vintage, here / Ivory ring: personal collection, similar here / Brass rings: personal collection, similar here and here and here.

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INTO THE {SHEER} BLUE

Sheer dress and moto jacket.
This summer while on a quick trip to Los Angeles, I was anticipating amazing shopping and I was not disappointed!
One of my fave places to visit is Venice and checking out the chic boutiques on Abbot Kinney. And on Saturdays they have the charming Artist’s and Fleas  market for independent designers and vintage. From one of the vendors, (check out their website for a version of this dress in denim) I bought this diaphanous dress that reminded me of many vintage dresses I have owned from the 1920′s and 1930′s, that were breathtaking, but also incredibly fragile. This dress may look fragile, but it will last a long time.
I contrasted the silk chiffon with a khaki moto jacket and complimented the delicate lines of the dress with my go-to shoes of the moment, the lace-up ballerinas.
I have been playing with mismatched earrings trends lately, and here I paired a rhinestone and glass drop earring with a double rhinestone stud, finishing off the look with mix of rhinestone rings.
What are you favorite places to shop while traveling?
XO Sasha

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Jacket: Helmut, Helmut Lang, similar here / Dress: A.Bohemia and the Wolves,  similar here / Slip: Josie, similar here / Shoes: Zara, similar here / Bag: See by Chloe, similar here, and here / Earrings,  Sasha Maks Vintage, here / Earrings, Weiss, contact info@sashamaksvintage.com / Panther ring: personal collection, similar here / Flower motif ring: Sasha Maks Vintage, Hollycraft, Sasha Maks Vintage, here / Rhinestone ring:  contact info@sashamaksvintage.com

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DENIM MAXI AND BALLERINAS

Maxi dres and ballet slippers.
It’s the end of August and the weather in San Francisco has been predictably, shall I say weird! That’s why it pays to have pieces that transcend seasons. This lightweight maxi denim dress is from Equipment, if you’re on the look out for simple silhouettes and luxe fabrics, you can always rely on this French brand famed for their chic and utilitarian washed silk shirts (and the Kate Moss for Equipment collab is pretty irresistible). And their dresses should not be overlooked! I have always been a fan of shirt dresses and this one offers myriad of sartorial possibilities. I can see wearing it as a duster (with jeans, or a slinky slip dress), with a turtleneck and otk boots when it gets chillier (which could be later in the week).

Here, I layered it with my recent vintage find, a Courrèges duster, can’t express how much I love this A-line, super lightweight coat! And of course the fact that’s its from the legendary space age French design house (both Andrè Courrèges and Mary Quant claimed to have invented the mini skirt) makes it so much more special. It’s wonderful to see Courrèges as a relevant brand again headed by Sébastien Meyer and Arnaud Vaillan since 2015!

I have been obsessed with Miu Miu’s lace up ballerinas, but not crazy about the price tag.  And of course, the always reliable Zara, has a few iterations on offer. I think the updated version of the ubiquitous ballet flats give any outfit a whimsical air. For jewelry, I went with something as feminine as the shoes, white glass sculptural cabachon earrings by YSL. I’ll be listing them soon, but you can always email me if interested in these classic with a twist button earrings. And I think the Kenneth Lane cuff with a triangular faux jade cabachon stone compliments the earrings nicely.

How do you layers for SF “summers”? Please share in the comments.
XO Sasha

Maxi dres and ballet slippers.
Maxi dres and ballet slippers.
Maxi dres and ballet slippers.
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Maxi dres and ballet slippers.
Maxi dres and ballet slippers.
Duster: vintage Courreges, similar here / Dress: Equipment, similar here / Belt: Maje, similar here / Shoes: Zara, here /Bag: vintage, similar here, and here / Earrings, YSL, contact info@sashamaksvintage.com, similar here / Bracelet, Kenneth Lane, contact info@sashamaksvintage.com /  Rings: personal collection.

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