I’m madly in love with this over-the-top vintage Clovis Ruffin sweater, available for $275 on eBay. This is one of those pieces where I thought, “Oh my God! No!” swiftly followed by “I love it, I need it, I want to marry it!” So Isabella Blow-meets-Minnie Mouse! If you can rock this, you have achieved the highest level of fabulousness. Other people, just look away. Nothing to see here. Move along.
I’d get it but I already have a crazy ruffled gray sweater by Ossie Clark, and I think one crazy ruffled gray sweater is enough. I do have quite a few other pieces by Clovis, though. I wore this metallic knit Clovis dress to my New Year’s party two years ago.
The one I’m wearing is floor-length, but I notice there’s a shorter one on eBay right now! This really was a fabulous dress for New Year’s. Very festive! I recommend it. Just be warned that you need a slip because it is itchy. With the slip, I was totally comfortable.
You didn’t think you were going to get away without a history lesson, did you? No way, my pretties. Clovis started his company in 1972. It has been reported that he was the youngest designer to win a Coty award, which was given to fashion designers (including Halston, Donna Karan and Bill Blass) from 1943 until the program was discontinued in 1985. Clovis died of AIDS in 1992; his informative New York Times obituary can be found here.
One of my favorite vintage sites, Poshvintage.com, had a fabulous Clovis that is, sadly, sold. It has a ruffle, like that sweater, but it is a bit more subtle.
Note that I said “a bit more subtle.” Because whoever bought this will make an unforgettable exit. It is open down to THERE. Sex-ay!
And while I’m on the topic of vintage clothes, check out these extraordinary vintage MC Hammer pants by Moschino, in a very Burberry-esqe plaid. If you dare to wear these, you know you will have a one-of-a-kind look. I acknowledge that when you first wear something like this or the Clovis sweater, rude people may actually point and laugh. Just turn around, laugh with them and say, “Yeah, it’s crazy, isn’t it?” Then you tell them about the designer and by the following week, they’ll be desperately scouring Topshop for something just like it. Trust. WendyB has spoken.