Decorative Bohemian Chic Dazzles at the Manhattan Vintage Show

By Patrick Michael Hughes on October 16, 2012 12:38pm 

CHELSEA — Vendors turned out some stylish eye candy for the fall/winter 2012 Manhattan Vintage Show, held at the Metropolitan Pavilion last week. And the retro styles on display called to mind many of the trends seen on the runways of London and Milan, embracing rich decorative prints, as well as plush textures, brocade and variations of length.

Street Chic noticed that looks worn at the vintage show had a wonderful retro street-fashion vibe from the early 1970s. We spotted production designer Angela Howard in a wonderful raspberry velvet embroidered top-layer jacket, a cross-body leather bag with fringe, and maroon fishnet stockings.

Stu Nizny, owner of Pixel 19 Vintage, also caught our eye in retro-rock chic, boldly draped in silver jewelry, turquoise stones, a vintage rock T-shirt, pale denim jeans and ivory alligator boots.

Stirring leather looks ranging from skinny jeans worn with a fur-trimmed lace-and-tulle-patchwork vest, to a complete band-collar, zip-front vintage biker jumpsuit from the 1960s highlighted this season’s taste for edge.

The drummer of the garage-punk band Twin Guns, Jim Chandler, was spotted wearing a classic caramel-colored leather jacket complete with a rawhide leather satchel, a look he topped off with a leather hat.

Layers of pattern were key, and chambray, denim and an abstract desert camouflage worked well together on designer Jack Gerson of Coach.

A brown sleeveless topcoat paired with amalgamated ivory knits, light brown pants and double-monk strap shoes provided a fashion-forward look on Kate Spade designer Lewis Remele.

Floor-length black and camel layers with a rock-icon vibe also caught our attention on Fillippo Gurrieri of Sunset Blvd Vintage. We also liked the longhaired gilet (a sleeveless jacket) and chambray shirt paired with vivid floral Betsy Johnson bellbottoms and black suede Creepers shoes.

In addition, the deep amethyst spotted in Paris for the fall 2012 season was well represented on Hamish Bowles of Vogue, who paired a jacket-length, double-breasted trench coat with a jaunty plum silk scarf.

Street Chic made note of the fact that this season’s vintage show was far more rooted in clothing than accessories, and that lush textures were a dominant theme.

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