As the heat turns up and you look into your closet to see what’s the coolest blouses to wear, it might be time to bring out the vintage designer gear. Some of those old ensembles that your mother or grandmother kept in the back of their closets, might be back in style and cool again.
“Vintage to me is anything old-school or classic,” Madriaga said. “I mean there’s just plain old, which doesn’t look good in my opinion, but then there’s classics that still look aesthetically appealing. Maybe it’s just the identification placed on an item …. the stuff I brought out from my collection is vintage for sure.”
The beauty of certain vintage wear, is that it stands the test of time. Many designers have researched old look-books, magazines and catalogs, and selected era-based characteristics to be melted within their latest brand concepts.
Romanian born twin sisters, Sorana Caldwell and Gilia Melendez have been modeling since 1997. They also work in the brain and research departments of the University of California, San Diego and the Veterans Affairs Hospital at La Jolla Village Drive. Together they set a unique standard for twin modeling in San Diego, as they grace catwalks at fashion shows, and model in studios and on-location photoshoots.
On our first look, Melendez is modeling a pair of 1990s Gucci calfskin pants combined with a metallic-gold two-piece outfit by Adrienne Vittadini.
Vittadini, a Hungarian designer, is said to be “Casual and Timeless style” according to their company motif.
On our second look, Caldwell is wearing a Da Rue ensemble: a 1970s original with a collage of yellows and pinks and random polka-dot patterns. The pants have 12 inch bell-bottoms and a matching belt that can be worn as a headband to change up the look.
In 1930s-1950s box hand bangs were the rave in the fashion-world. The gold-leafed and paisley-patterned handbag seen here was designed by Merle Norman, a popular cosmetic company in the mid-century. Caldwell is also rockin’ a pair of two-tone Salvatore Ferragamo pumps from the 1980s.
Melendez is in a classic Versace top with a design reminiscent of a 1960s psychedelic pattern. She compliments the outfit with the heels from Salvatore Ferragamo. Caldwell is wearing Da Rue. Note the large sized bell-bottoms and non-uniform patterns; popular fashion-characteristics of the 1970s.
Caldwell is wearing Da Rue and Melendez is sporting vintage Versace, as they post up on the corner of Prospect Street and Gerard Avenue. One of a kind vintage pieces as worn in the photos, can be found at boutiques, estate sales, and local auctions.
The third look, Caldwell is showcasing a vintage Andrew Marc jacket made of red snakeskin-patterned leather. She’s accessorized with a Gottfried Honegger tote, which is a museum piece from his MoMa Collection, and a pair of 1990s Stuart Weitzman satin heels accented with Swarovski crystals.
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