Saturday, August 20, 2011

Modes of Transportation and Style


When I was a little girl I remember being really taken with the Cartier clock in my father's 1979 Lincoln Continental Mark V. Many years later I realized how common it was for fashion and luxury brands to brush elbows with the car culture. At the turn of the century Alfred Dunhill catapulted his father's saddlery business into the twentieth century by designing for the growing demand for automobiles. "Dunhill's Motorities" were a line of accessories for the car and driver. Picnic sets, gloves, leather overcoats, goggles - all were considered de rigeur for motorists of the era. The cars themselves could be adorned with horns, lamps and "everything but the motor" designed by Dunhill. In the time since, cars have had their status elevated by collaborations with brands such as Guicci, Paul Smith and Eddie Bower to artists like Damien Hirst and Jeff Coons. I myself had some success in the early aughts with a line of vintage handbags emblazoned with hand painted vintage cars. Life in Los Angeles can hardly exist without a car. It is a sprawling city with limited access to public transportation. In this town, your car can not only become your mode of transportation but your accessory, or statement about your aesthetic and status. Considering how much time you spend in your car, and how much it is relied upon, this pursuit is more significant than you'd imagine! The common term "nice car, sh*t house" might give you an idea of what I'm talking about... The idea for this post came to me during a walk in my neighborhood, camera in hand. The three cars I spotted inspired three different looks. You never know when inspiration will take hold, or why, or how - all you can do is hope you will always feel it!

This 1960 Metropolitan was originally created as an economical transportation alternative in the "bigger-is-better" era of the car. It was deemed "sub compact" before the term existed. I was so thrilled to discover it outside my door! Brian, the owner, came to retrieve it just as I was approaching with my camera. He said the gas gauge no longer worked and he ran out of gas! Apparently the hood ornament was not original to the car but was true to the style of the era. (Brian really knows how to accessorize a car, wouldn't you agree?) She's obviously lounging pool-side at the Beverly Hills Hotel!
 Vintage dress from Melrose Trading Post; JCrew socks; shoes sourced on Hollywood Blvd. in a shop where exotic dancers and ladies of the night no doubt shop!
Vintage brooch and buttons
This Westfalia (converted VW camper van) is so perfectly suited for the West Coast! This one didn't conjure images of hippies... I imagined one of those family road trips to Disneyland circa 1971!
 Here's my take: vintage tunic and JBrand coated jeans.
Vintage daisy brooch amidst Murakami Daisies! 

 Kate Spade "Thai Oil" Mary Jane; vintage rattan and celluloid bag.
Not sure of the year of this Benzo but I love the 70's vibe - and this emerald color is such a hot hue this season!
Catherine Malandrino silk blouse; JBrand high rise "Hazel" wide leg jeans

Miu Miu shoes.

Curious to know where you find outfit inspirations - outside of the obvious!

38 comments:

Constance said...

I am so in love with those coral Mary-Jane! You have no idea!

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Jennifer said...

love the idea of translating car stylings to clothing...you definitely did a great job! Especially the VW van and its wild colours

jill said...

oh my gosh YES I would love for you to be my tour guide. I do have a cozy amount of friends in the city, so I won't be totally stranded, but I don't know any bloggers down there (or very many bloggers in general) so you should show me the ropes! I'll let you know when I've touched ground!

x. jill
www.thoseghosts.blogspot.com

Louise, Raspberries In Winter said...

Awesome cars! I love the VW and that gorgeous dress you've got to go with it. Such a cool piece.

Isi, Wake up & smell the azahar said...

As a vintage car/motorcycle/anything with wheels lover, I love the ones you show. That vintage outfits are truly amazing. I'm following you, you've a great style. Ps. Thank you for the sweet comments on my blog ;)

Angela said...

Bonjour!!! Waou!!! Super ces photos!!!
J adore
Biz
Angela Donava
http://www.lookbooks.fr

Clara Turbay said...

I like so much. that green top with those jeans.

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Incognito said...

I absolutely love how you matched each car with an outfit of yours. Very interesting.

Indeed, cars highly influenced fashion like in France during the roaring 20's, the golden age of creators. Since more people would have cars, designers would create accessories gloves, scarves, aviator glasses but also be inspired for clothes.

This a great post, very interesting to read. I would LOVE to take a road trip on the west Coast in a VW Camper !! That's actually what most of the younf people on France dream of travelling in Cali.

xx Absolute B. from Incognito

Diane said...

cute post!!! i adore your style!!

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x

Shybiker said...

I love your style! So colorful and full of history.

I admire vintage everything. That Metropolitan is a beauty. And my parents drove my brother and me on camping trips forty years ago in a VW van. Your blog is so full of fun stuff!

Lady and Olga said...

Niiiiice ! I love old cars...

Love your shoes also ;)

Olga
http://ladyandolga.blogspot.com/

Samantha said...

LOVE the coral Mary-Janes!!!

Samantha
http://petitefemmejolie.blogspot.com

akiko hiramatsu said...

Thank you for commenting on my blog!

So cool car!
It is very shiny!^^

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tessa said...

love these little retro cars!

couturelust

Lucinda said...

ahhh, love your vintage photos and outfits!!!

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xoxo, dania said...

i love vintage things! youve managed to pull of a perfect outfit with every mode of transportation!!! i love this!

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agnes szucs said...

nice matches! my definite fave is that bag!
On outfit ispirations: i think i find it anywhere and everywhere... anything that hits my retina is stored... and i guess i recall some of those images when i get dressed or when i shop for stuff.

xo
agnes / iiiinspired

Andrea said...

i looove the vw van!! awesome pics dear :)

JazzyO said...

Truly genius! Love it.

stylecomb said...

Geez, you are so inspiring and awesome all of the time! I love your outfits inspired by cars. For me, outside of the obvious of course, I like to come up with an outfit inspired by a room or space.

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pinkmate said...

definitely loving the different era you're showing. Love the dress with peter pan collar and with a touch of vintage brooch!

vanessa

http://thepinkmateproject.blogspot.com/

Neris / Fashion Fractions said...

WOW, this is such a fun post! I love all of your outfits, but I adore Miu Mius the most :)

xxx,

Fashion Fractions

Andreea said...

I love the first outfit!

♥ Kisses ♥

Thrill of the heel

Nothing Lasts Forever said...

Amazing cars ! Miu Miu makes the best shoes ! Check out : http://nothinlasts.blogspot.com/

mestizay said...

I love your versatile style!
Perfect colorful vintage dress!:)

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WanderLust said...

such a creative idea for a post!! Love it :) Great blog- following you!!

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look-scout said...

What a wonderful post! So inspiring! Thanks for sharing with us, really wonderful! You got a new fan:) Greetings

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Karin said...

that vintage brooch and buttons are divine

Shervin Nassi said...

vintage and super amazing!

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Hillary said...

This was such a cute idea for a post! Looking great in all the outfits!

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Alinka said...

Ohh you live in LA, I've been there one year ago and I love this city so much!
By the way, I love your style and what you're wearing, crush on your Miu Miu shoes ... :)
Following you now!
Kisses
Alinka

Ana Paula said...

Love the wide leg jeans!!!

Ana
www.ffash.com.br

Layered Black said...

BRILLIANT! Matching style to the car is just way to adorbs! love the VW VAN so freaking rad!

absolutelyfaaabulous said...

Nice ideas!!

Anne Chic and Geek said...

Tout est bon dans ton article...
Mais ce dernier look, coiffure comprise et sandales seventies de rêve, frôle la perfection : que tu es jolie !!!
Tu rayonnes littéralement.
Des bisous
Anne
PS : If you want, I can comment in my poor english... just tell me and I will try.

Layered Black said...

Thank you for stopping by our blog and for your comments! I am loving scrolling through your blog - it is so fun.

Elizabeth
layeredblack.com

vintage brooches said...

cute post!!! i adore your style!!

suan zhang said...

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