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Vintage Inspired Window Shopping

Posted by Sheffield on Oct 21st 2015

Last weekend the vintage fashionistas decided to get our exercise by walking around Bal Harbour Shops and doing a little window shopping.  We figured if there was any place that knew what was in style, it was the windows at Bal Harbour.  The mall does, after all, have some of the most cutting edge designers like Charlotte Olympia, Dolce & Gabbana, Etro, and Versace as well as luxury boutiques like Chanel, Bottega Veneta, Prada and Saint Laurent.

The end result: I was surprised to see how many high end designer store windows had a retro flair, and styles borrowed from other eras.  They were clearly vintage inspired!

No one era really stood out or dominated.  There was no single overused look.  Instead each design house borrowed a style element reminiscent of a specific period.  All in all it was a voyage through fashion history.  A little bit of this and a little bit of that, and a lot of vintage inspiration.

At Dolce & Gabbana the windows were 1950s inspired with rounded Peter Pan collars, lace dresses, and embellished cardigan sweaters.

Vintage inspired 1950s style Dolce and Gabbana window

1950s style Dolce and Gabbana lace dress

At Fendi the mannequins were dressed in 1960s mod jumpers in A line shapes with big pockets that reminded us of vintage Courreges.

Vintage inspired 1960s Courreges style Fendi window

At Chloe the windows were more 1970s with bell bottom pants, and wingtip lapels, and dresses with rows of small buttons reminiscent of a Geoffrey Beene dress we have.Vintage inspired 1970s inspired Chloe window

And of course, lest we forget to mention Chanel, with the 1920s inspired mannequins dressed in drop waist dresses, feathered skirts, and flapper style hair accessories.   1920s inspired Chanel windowP.S Children’s Activity while at Bal Harbour?  Look for the turtles in the fish pond!


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