In celebration of Lunar New Year, we curated a spectacular collection of vibrant red and gold pieces to help ring in the new season with luck and prosperity. In Chinese culture, red and gold are believed to be extremely lucky colors, so each piece in this collection is symbolic of the good fortune to come.
The Go Around
Kim Kardashian West just traded in her Skims for a vintage Roberto Cavalli tiger-print dress, and let me tell you, Instagram was not ready for the photos. However, she actually wasn’t the first celebrity to model it—and by “model it” we mean really model it. Shortly after the dress made its runway debut, supermodel Cindy Crawford wore the exact same Cavalli number at the Women Under the Stars Spring/Summer 2000 show. There must be some magic sewn into the design…
Originally tucked inside the Noé or the Bucket, the Louis Vuitton Pochette started out as just an appendix for keeping makeup, keys, money, and other small trinkets. It wasn’t until 1992 that the Pochette was sold on its own and marketed as a bag that could be carried casually during the day or dressed up at night. It became a highly coveted piece almost instantly, and to this day it is still one of the brand’s most popular styles. In fact, we recently sold three Pochettes in just a matter of hours after posting about them!
Close your eyes and picture your dream closet. While it might feel like an entirely unattainable dream at first, filling a closet of this caliber doesn’t happen overnight—and we’re here to help. With the expansion of the resale market and sustainable shopping initiatives worldwide, investing in luxury vintage has never been easier. As What Goes Around Comes Around’s Senior VP of Merchandising, I recommend narrowing your selection down to what I believe are the dream closet essentials. Just below, you’ll find the four classic pieces and four fashion pieces I suggest starting with.
New year, same us — only with better outfits. We’re kicking off 2020 with our own style resolutions. Seizing the new decade with the enthusiasm of our childhood selves getting dressed for our first day of school, we’re seeking out the pieces to help us step our look and embrace the dress code we’re all about in 2020—like a fuschia Chanel bag!
Created in 1994 by Gianfranco Ferré, and originally named “Chouchou,” the iconic Lady Dior bag is possibly the most famous handbag model the fashion house has ever designed. Each bag is made of 130 pieces of the finest lambskin leather that are sanded, dyed, hand-stitched, and then hand cut by artisans around wooden molds, taking several skilled craftsmen up to eight hours to construct. It was a favorite of Diana, Princess of Wales—as pictured below—and was renamed in her honor in 1996. While it has remained structurally the same over the years, each season it is made in a wide variety of elegant colors, fabrics, and leather finishes.
Chanel is best known for its timeless designs and superior craftsmanship. Throughout the years Chanel has changed small details to evolve with the times, but for the most part, the brand has stayed consistent in terms of quality and construction of materials. Many of Chanel’s pieces take thousands of hours to create, making sure each bag is perfect from the smallest stitch to the largest piece of leather. This acute attention to detail helps ensure the longevity of each bag. For this reason, vintage Chanel bags are just as popular, if not more popular than the brand’s current season bags—and often why they can be hard to tell apart. Thankfully, dating a Chanel bag is actually quite simple, and a skill that will surely come in handy when hunting for the perfect bag for yourself.
Louis Vuitton was one of the first luxury labels to focus on the use of artistic collaborations to create limited edition collections for their own brand. Starting in 1996 with a “Celebration Monogram” collection contributed to by seven famous fashion designers in honor of the 100th birthday of the brand’s monogram print, and then fully getting in swing under Marc Jacobs creative direction in the early 2000s, collaborations have become part of the DNA of the LV brand. Vuitton has kept this tradition alive by continuing to release collaborations that brand collectors and enthusiasts clamor for as soon as they are released, and for many years after they are discontinued.
Coco began designing clothing with her heritage tweed material in Scotland in 1924, creating tweed skirt suits as a rebuke to restrictive, romantic notions of femininity in fashion. Later, the classic suit was remixed with cropped silhouettes and sexier separates by way of bustiers and corsets—and of course, tweed bags were introduced. The brand continues to design new iterations of their tweed bags today, but there’s something a little extra special about tweed when it’s vintage.