My new YouTube video about my favorite vintage designer, Ossie Clark, is live now!
In the video, I share several pieces from my Ossie Clark collection, including the orange dress from yesterday’s blog post. Another Ossie that appears in the video is one of my most treasured ones: The snakeskin jacket I bought directly from Pat, one of Ossie’s former employees, in 2006.
I didn’t wear the jacket for the first time till 2007. I often wait a long time to wear new purchases because I like to save them for the perfect moment. There’s no one thing that determines the perfect moment; I just know it when I feel it!
My right-hand woman Eryn took a fresh full-length outfit photo to complement the video.
Eryn took some detail shots too. Here’s the back view of the jacket.
My Queen of Scots snake ring was the perfect jewelry to wear for this shoot.
I just realized that I have never done a Jewel of the Month post about this ring, even though I teased the design in January and shared photos of the early versions of the wax model for it last year. Oops! I’m going to blame Trump. His attacks on women’s rights had me focusing on political jewelry for a good chunk of this year. I will make it up to Mary, Queen of Scots, by giving her ring its own feature in June, so stay tuned for that.
As I mentioned in a previous video, I have an enduring love for lace-up boots like the ones I wore for this snakeskin-jacket shoot. I can’t quit this style!
Finally, here’s a shot showing the area on one of the jacket’s sleeves where the snakeskin has peeled away.
I have a video scheduled for a few weeks from now in which I talk about what kind of wear and tear you can expect to see on vintage clothes. Pieces that are 50 years old aren’t necessarily going to be in pristine condition, so if you want to wear something with history, you have to let go of any perfectionist tendencies you may have. Subscribe to my YouTube channel now so that you don’t miss that one.