In Wednesday’s vlog about vintage designer Ossie Clark, I said that I hadn’t bought any new Ossie pieces in a long time. The prices were too high for several years, but, even after they came down a bit, I figured I had such a good Ossie collection that I would have to see a new piece in person — not online — to feel passionate about it.
Naturally, mere hours after I posted the video, I found an Ossie Clark jacket online that I fell madly in love with: a satin bomber jacket with Celia Birtwell fabric. I’ve never seen this style before.
It’s being sold on 1stdibs.com by Steinberg & Tolkien, based in Santa Monica, Calif. If this is related to the brick-and-mortar Steinberg & Tolkien store that I shopped at in London a dozen years ago, it’s a reliable source for good Ossie. Too bad it’s $2,750! I’m already bitterly jealous of whoever eventually buys this. I’ve got premature envy!
You can check out the rest of Steinberg & Tolkien’s vintage pieces here. And don’t forget to watch my Ossie Clark video on YouTube.
Before I stumbled across that Ossie jacket, I was batting my eyelashes at this very different-looking vintage jacket — a sex-ay Thierry Mugler piece with corset lacing. What can I say? I have eclectic taste.
This jacket is also on 1stdibs.com, offered by Vintage de Rosemaine. It’s priced at $492.90. That’s practically pocket change next to the Ossie Clark jacket, but, alas! My heart belongs to the Ossie.
If you want to have a “twins” moment with me, consider buying this Pucci dress for $412.66 from Vintage de Rosemaine.
Doesn’t it look like it’s from the same season as my 2005 Pucci top?
While pretty much no one wants to meet a sartorial twin on the red carpet, I do love a funny, matchy-matchy photo. That opportunity arises most frequently with an old argyle sweater I got from J. Crew. Sometimes that sweater and I pose with strangers …
… other times we pose with MrB.
While I generally enjoy wearing something that stands out in a crowd, I’ve decided that a good sense of humor is the best accessory if you bump into your mirror image at any event. (The first time I wore my leopard-print Patrick Kelly dress, I chased down a woman wearing a different leopard print and begged her to pose for a photo. I’ve got to find that picture!) Go for a photo op with your other (outfit) half, and remember that it takes fewer muscles to smile than it does to frown … or does it?