A Day in the Life of a Vintage Freak

The day was perfect for an outing, to check out some vintage stores in Downtown Toronto. The sun was shining and the clouds were fluffy and white confections of sky candy. My friend James came to pick me up at around Noon today. James laughs at me because I spend so much time in second hand, thrift and vintage stores. We drove into Toronto and hit a vintage hot spot called Kensington market. If you have ever heard or seen the show from the 70s called King of Kensington starring Al Waxman this is that same place.

This is one of the places to shop for Vintage in the Toronto area because there are so many good shops within a block. Stores like Courage my Love, Exile, Flashback and Flashback 2.

                           Courage My Love Kensington Market Toronto, ON

We sat at one of my favourite coffee and tea spots called the Moonbean Café on St. Andrew St. I had a cup of Organic Irish Breakfast tea and a delicious apple pastry. It was perfect to sit outside on the small patio on a beautiful day like today.

There are some stores, which carry a variety of vintage classics such as the Plaid western shirt, varsity jackets and black wool Pea coats and so much more. But some stores also crossover into new items, such as one store, which has screen printed bags and t-shirts. Courage my Love has all manner of vintage items including linens, dishes, Cowboy boots, and lots and lots of fantastic beads. I purchased these lovely Midi length gloves in a gorgeous coral color, with little nubs and stitched leaves. See them below:

Vintage 1960s Coral Midi length Gloves…Prefect for Fall!!! Sorry folks, these are not for Sale!!!!!

Vintage 1960s Coral Midi Length Gloves, has curved ebbossed stitching and three point little leaves or flowers!!!!

There were a few times during the day when we talked about what day it was and thought about the lives lost not just on this day in 2001 but throughout history. We were having a Remembrance Day moment.

Whenever I visit this part of the city I feel like I am in another country because it is so multicultural. There are two restaurants beside each other one was Jamaican and the other was Thai. And just around the corner is our famous China Town. There is graffiti on the walls, colourful characters hanging in the streets, burning incense wafting into the street, and music playing to all rhythms of the nation.

Don’t forget it is a market as well! You can purchase Fruit, Bread, Cheese and Meat one store after another and have freshness on your table for the evening meal.

It was a great day to spend with a great person and appreciate the company!

I hope you enjoyed this post…Till Next Time!!! Lulu

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The 1980’s Bold Shoulder

Claude Montana was the king of the big shoulders in the 1980s. His silhouettes were fantastic and futuristic. He made them for women whom exuded the aura of strength and power. They were not in the least romantic and frilly. He brought the waist in tight using darts or belts to create the inverted triangle shape. He added the large rounded shoulder to exaggerate the figure. Claude Montana was a French Fashion designer, whom won many awards for his clothing design. His house went bankrupt in 1997. He favored monochromatic color, worked in leather, and his silhouettes were clean and structured.

Claude Montana Advertisement in Vogue March 1987

Claude Montana Advert in Vogue- model with a Cigarette

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

If I remember correctly the shoulder pads used in jackets like the ones pictured above curved over the shoulder and had a crease/seam down the center to curve over the shoulder and into the top sleeve.

I did not gravitate towards this shape in my younger days. I had large shoulders already because I was a swimmer. I used to have to take the shoulder pads out of clothing to de-emphasize as I was also hour glass shaped. I loved the look created by designers like Claude Montana, Norma Kamali, Geoffrey Beene and Nolan Miller.

I think this was a Norma Kamali Sweater featured in Vogue

Versace featured Vogue July 1984. Bold Coat with even Bolder Shoulders

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Kamali used knit fabrics in cotton and cashmere to hug the figure, than added shoulder pads into the garment. Beene used metallics and quilted them onto jackets and boleros to create this look. Miller was the designer to the stars for the TV show Dynasty. The actresses not only had big shoulders but also big hair. It was in the early nineties this changed so drastically to the long lean silhouette. But these marvelous designs from the 1980s were stand outs and defined that era of dressing, whether you liked the big shoulder or not. Here is a dress from the now defunct high end department store called Lipton’s, featured in my shop, Shuushuu by Lulu:

Lipton’s Electric Blue Wool 1980s Dress with Wide Belt (just click on picture to go to shop)

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I hope you have enjoyed this blog…Till Next Time!!!!!