Best of August

A few of our favorite features from the August issues- next up, September!

Marie Claire August 2014

Marie Claire featured WGACA vintage boots in this black and white, Western tale.

Cosmo 2014 August

Cosmopolitan kept it fresh and simple with puppies and a WGACA vintage headscarf.

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And ELLE used the perfect high noon sun to showcase shadows and the perfect vintage Levi’s from WGACA.

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Designer 101: Coco Chanel

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Since the World Wars, Chanel has been synonymous to timeless fashion. Coco Chanel was the women and visionary behind the storied house. Chanel constantly challenged societal dress codes for women; leaving behind the pre-war corseted silhouette and shifting to a more casual, chic relaxed shape that lead to the ultimate classic, the Chanel Jacket.

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“Fashion fades, only style remains the same.”

Born Gabrielle Chanel, her father sent her to a convent called Aubazine at the age of 12 when her mother died. These years would have a lasting effect on Chanel’s designs; later claiming the burgundy inside of the legendary 2.55 was the color of the uniforms at Aubazine and the chains similar to the caretaker’s key chain. Often glamorizing her past, Chanel didn’t look back at her hard times there, instead using it as inspiration to cloth those economically removed from her past.

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“Success is often achieved by those who don’t know that failure is inevitable.”

After a series of lovers, Chanel, who had gotten work as a seamstress, settled down to open up a millenary shop, Chanel Modes, in 1910 at 21 rue Cambon. By 1921, Chanel had opened boutiques in Deauville and Biarritz as well as taking over the entire building at 31 rue Cambon operating as a full fledge boutique offering a full line including hats, clothing and accessories expanding to fragrance and costume jewelry shortly after. It was during this time that Chanel also designed the ‘hands-free’ bag she always desired based on military messenger bags, later to be known as the 2.55.

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Coco Chanel modernized the post war women in the 20s and 30s, introducing the jersey into luxury womenswear for the times need for physical ease and understated elegance. It was during this time that Chanel released the innovative little black dress and the Chanel tweed suit.  Both cut with relaxed shapes, the suit went without darts paired with a loose neck, while the LBD removed all frivolity of the opulent times prior.

Chanel’s business boomed into the late thirties. At the beginning of WWII, the house halted production and took a recess, laying off nearly 3,00 women. Chanel was cited as saying it was not a time for fashion.

“Fashion is not something that exists in dresses only. Fashion is in the sky, in the street, fashion has to do with ideas, the way we live, what is happening.”

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In 1945, at 70 years old and 15 years after closing Chanel’s doors, Coco made her return to fashion. But Europe had taken to Dior’s “New Look” as well as to designers such as Balenciaga and Piguet and rejected Chanel’s return. Chanel’s legacy did not die though as British and American customers championed her designs and became her top clients. It was in 1955 when she officially released the 2.55, named after it’s February 1955 debut.  Chanel designed for the house up until her death in 1971.

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90s guess ads

The 90s aren’t so far away yet, but there are plenty of fashion moments to look back at. One of our favorites is those black and white, bombshell Guess ads!

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You know ones, Claudia Schiffer, Drew Barrymore and even Anna Nicole Smith posed for the jean company in the early nineties. The models were curvy and sultry, the dude muscled and tan, the settings vaguely tropical, or at least pool side, and the photos always oddly intimate in black and white.

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Check out some of our favorite moments, below!


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Remembering Lauren Bacall

Yesterday, the world lost a legend; Lauren Bacall at the age of 89.

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Appearing in 1943 on the cover of Harper’s Bazaar at the age of 17, Diana Vreeland is credited with discovered the young beauty. With Slim Keith’s recommendation to her her husband, Howard Hawks cast her alongside her soon-to-be husband, Humphrey Bogart in To Have and Have Not.

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Her affinity for slouchy shirts that cascade into high waisted pants was only accentuated by her raspy voice and perfectly curls waves. Take a look at some of our favorite photos of the breathtaking starlets after the jump.


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