I picked up a Versace book at a used book shop in Mile End in Montreal. They had so, so many books I wanted and I could have easily spent a few hundred dollars! I narrowed it down to a few and this was one. I have retrospective books on Alexander Mcqueen and Roberto Cappucci, and I really enjoy the way they are put together. No models, just focusing on the clothing.
I scanned in some of my favorites, they all have that wonderful 80’s and 90’s wildness!
I didn’t realize until I read through this book that the Versace for H&M collection from last fall was pulled right from the archives. I guess that’s why some of the advertisements say ‘The very best of Versace‘.
(Personal scans from Gianni Versace by Richard Martin for the Metropolitan Museum of Art, 1997)
Whenever I travel, I always scope out the vintage shopping. Not every city has a great amount of boutiques, and not every boutique has a great selection.
I didn’t know much about Montreal’s shopping scene before I visited, but as soon as we reached the Mile End neighborhood, I was immediately overwhelmed by the amount of cute clothing shops and bookstores!
If you’re in the neighborhood, check out the shops off of Avenue du Parc on Rue Bernard and Saint Viateur. All the way up to the Boulevard Saint-Laurent, these streets are lined with vintage shops, an antique store, several book stores and plenty of cafes for resting after your shopping binge!
While the stores in that area are great, just a little further south down Saint-Laurent is a whole strip of vintage shops that are absolutely incredible! I rarely find a store that is just brimming with amazing pieces, but Friperie St-Laurent was truly a rare gem!
All their stock was from the 50’s and 60’s, quality cocktail dresses, and no awkward large sizes. I was in heaven! Unfortunately I wasn’t in the market to buy anything, but I’ll have to come back when I have a bit more money! There are three more shops next door, and I bought a pair of fantastic sunglasses at Rokokonuts. They have a lot of kitschy 60’s items and great house stuff!
Further down into the center of the city in the gay neighborhood is a row of antique stores carrying modern furniture. On Rue Amherst, around Rue Robin, there are about five shops all in a row carrying ultra mod 50’s and 60’s furniture. They were definitely out of my price range, but it was great to see all the amazing pieces and daydream!
All in all, Montreal is really a great city for vintage and antique shopping! It’s a lot pricier then Philadelphia, but the quality of what you’ll find is definitely worth it!
I had a lovely vacation this past week in Montreal! The weather was perfect, at least 15 degrees cooler than here in the States. We did a lot of shopping, especially in the Mile End area, where there was a trove of vintage shops and used books stores. As I said before, I left my camera back home so I only got to shoot two outfits…
This has been one of my favorite dresses for years! When packing for this trip I did things a little differently… Instead of packing a lot of separates, I packed just enough dresses for the time I was going to be there. I brought flats for the day and one pair of heels, and a dressy shirt with two different skirts.
I usually dress pretty bland when I travel, but this time I wanted to keep it classier, all in one suitcase! I wore this skirt in a previous post, and it’s one of my favorites. I packed several maxi skirts to save myself some sunscreen; I went through almost a whole bottle in a week!
Although I didn’t have my camera this time, I think this new way of packing will definitely lead to packing how-to posts in the future! I’m going to London and possibly Berlin in the Fall, so I will be packing again then!
I often wonder where the source of my aesthetic taste comes from, namely my love of urban decay and its beauty.
I went home for a visit the other day, and one of the answers became strikingly obvious. The city where I grew up, Bethlehem, is home to one of the grandest examples of urban decay- Bethlehem Steel.
The sprawling complex was home to America’s second largest steel producer, and has a fascinating history. They even discuss Bethlehem Steel in an episode of Mad Men! The land is now home to many revitalized areas, while some of the blighted buildings still remain. The steel stacks are an iconic part of the Southside’s history, and the point on Sand Island where the creek meets the river, giving you a perfect view is my favorite vantage point, well, ever.
Since most of the photos people usually take are of the overall landscape, I decided to show a few close-ups. I have plenty more for another time!
Bethlehem Steel Complex
Some more images from the book The New Eighteenth-Century Style. These first few are from a house along the border between Normandy and Brittany, built in 1726.
These are from a home in Angers which used to be a shoe factory and was across the street from a Benedictine convent. It is interesting to me that there are really no traces of a factory ‘look’ to this living space.
I just finished reading a book on city planning in Paris, and it’s filled with great quotes reminding me of how wonderful the city is. There is definitely something different about European cities compared to say, New York. They evoke a feeling and a history, and I thought this quote was very lovely:
“Paris has become a myth; it is perceived not merely as a place, but as a living presence. To be part of this presence, to graft one’s individual life to this collective life, may be a form of immortality.”
The New Eighteenth-Century Style by Michele Lalande
Right across the way from the Hagia Sophia is the Sultanahmet Camii, or the Blue Mosque. We made sure to visit here during our trip to Istanbul and it is absolutely breathtaking! The scale of the mosque is overwhelming, you feel so tiny under the immense domes.
The name of the mosque comes from its tiles, which are Iznik blue. The patterns and decoration are incredible!
We were there while the sun was setting, the sunlight making the interior all the more dramatic. It’s such a beautiful place!