Camelot vs. the Counterculture: Fashion and Society in the 1960s

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The 1960s are considered to be one of this country’s most transformative decades, with sweeping cultural and political shifts that clearly influenced American fashion.  I’ve always found this period fascinating interesting, studying it in college at length. The early part of the decade saw the election of President John F. Kennedy and his vision for a “New Frontier” domestic agenda, with his wife Jacqueline quickly becoming a fashion icon. By the middle of the decade, the conflict in Southeast Asia escalated into the Vietnam War, all the while the civil rights movement unfolded at home.

It was a time of political and social revolution which was clearly reflected in the radical fashion frenzy seen throughout those 10 dynamic and uncertain years.

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Newport Restoration Foundation

Next month, the Newport Restoration Foundation will present the lecture: Camelot vs. the Counterculture: Fashion and Society in the 1960s. 

 Jackie Kennedy in the White House and Grace Slick at Woodstock represent the tug-of-war in the 1960s between fashion’s old guard, whose fashionable woman wore couture from the Paris runways, and the youthquake that championed an eclectic exoticism. This illustrated talk explores the tangled web of fashion, culture, and society in the 1960s.

The lecture will be presented by Madelyn Shaw, Curator of Textiles at the National Museum of American History at the Smithsonian Institution. From pillbox hats and pastel shift dresses to Mod looks and miniskirts, this is an era fashion won’t soon forget.

For information and tickets, visit: https://www.eventbrite.com/e/camelot-vs-the-counterculture-fashion-and-society-in-the-1960s-tickets-46764760658

 

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July 21, 2018 at 3:43 pm Leave a comment

“King of Vintage” Cameron Silver Headed to Newport

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If you’ve ever lived in Southern California and had a penchant for vintage clothing, you knew Decades. The Melrose Avenue boutique, a treasure trove of designer duds, was founded in 1997 by Cameron Silver, whose bio barely scrapes the surface of his influence the fashion industry. (More on that later.)

Silver will be in the City by the Sea the last weekend of July for The Newport Show (previously the Newport Antiques Show). He’s carefully selected everything from dresses and handbags to belts and jewelry for Newport and (much to my delight!), will be delivering a lecture on the history of fashion from 1900-2000 with a book signing to follow. The Newport Historical DecadesSociety is currently selling Silver’s book Decades: A Century of Fashion in the Museum of Newport History & Shop.

Silver was an influencer long before the word became inextricably linked to social media darlings. The famed celebrity stylist (he’s dressed Nicole Kidman, Jennifer Lopez, Chloe Sevigny, Julia Roberts Gwyneth Paltrow, Rihanna and Lady Gaga, was introduced to a wider audience when he starred in the Bravo TV docu-series Duke of Melrose, with Decades co-founder Christos Garkinos. Silver has also been a familiar face on E!, the Style Network and “Fashion File,” and is a regular face at the Met Gala. He’s served as an official ambassador and fashion consultant for well known lines and houses including Pringle, Boucheron, Azzaro and Hermès and today, serves as design director for H by Halston and H Halston. Silver curated the MOCA exhibition, The Total Look: The Creative Collaboration between Rudi Gernreich, Peggy Moffitt, and William Claxton and was named one of the “25 Most Influential Names and Faces in Fashion” by Time magazine in 2002. He’s also a familiar byline in fashion pubs, having penned pieces for Harpers Bazaar, Departures, Style.com and others.

Meet and shop with Cameron Silver at The Newport Show on Saturday, July 28 from 10am-6pm and Sunday, July 29 10am-4pm at St. George’s School in Middletown. Purchase tickets at TheNewportShow.com.

 

 

 

July 16, 2018 at 6:39 am Leave a comment

Sea Bags Come to Newport

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Sea Bags have long been commonplace in Newport with their nautically inspired styles all made from upcycled from recycled sails. Handcrafted on the working

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waterfront in Portland, Maine, the Sea Bags line has expanded considerably since first launching and now includes multiple collections. This video basically gives you the whole story in a nutshell. One of my favorites is the custom bag you can have made with a wedding date for guests to sign inside (awesome shower gift and so Newport!). Located on Bowen’s Wharf, check out all the totes, accessories, wristlets, wine bags and more!

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June 25, 2018 at 6:23 pm Leave a comment

Hello, Summer Dresses! Live from The Rhode Show

Summer officially kicks off this week and so comes the season of weddings, showers, cocktail parties and fabulous fêtes. Though there are countless reasons to toast throughout the year, summer celebrations have a special je ne sais quoi. From this weekend’s Newport Flower Show opening night party to Newport Polo to even your weekly Sunday Funday shenanigans, I brought some of my favorite dresses for sum-sum-summertime to The Rhode Show.

From Wrentham Village Premium Outlets

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Karl Lagerfeld floral maxi

Bloom rose bodcon dress by Carlisle Collection

Bell sleeve lace trim dress by Few Moda from Off Saks

Floral maxi dress by Karl Lagerfeld (at right)

Medallion print stretch belted dress by Nautica

Love these looks and other pieces by retailers like Kate Spade, Tory Burch,  Theory, Lululemon, Nike and more? Mark your calendar for the upcoming July 4th Super Sale + Sidewalk Sale, Wed., July 4 – Sun., July 8. Also, the center will offer the Parking Made Easy Program to increase accessibility during the holiday weekend, which

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means more time for shopping, less time for parking! And don’t forget to join the VIP Shopper Club for special deals and exclusive offers!  

From Eliza J. available at Nordstrom

Gathered lace midi dress in cobalt (at left)

One shoulder sheath dress in hot pink with dramatic detail (FYI: this is an OMG dress on – total showstopper!)

 

From J. McLaughlin in Newport

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Swing Cap Sleeve silk dress in Julep Gate

From Groove Newport

Tassel dress in turquoise for mom and in yellow for the little lady. Both by Masala Baby.

Groove Newport, the tween and adult partner boutique to The Groovy Gator, is located at 474 Thames Street in Newport.  

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by Few Moda from Off Saks at Wrentham

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Medallion print dress by Nautica at Wrentham

 

June 19, 2018 at 9:49 pm Leave a comment

All That Glitters! Head-Turning NYE Looks

Whether your holiday party season is still full steam ahead or you’re already thinking of your New Year’s Eve threads, I brought options, options, options to The Rhode Show recently that promise shimmer and shine.
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CLICK HERE to watch the clip!

Vintage sequin top by Stenay
Vintage sheer and sparkle dress by Claudine for Alyce Paris
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Vintage Whiting & Davis gold mesh bag with acrylic handle
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From Eliza J (Anthopologie, Nordstrom):
Sequin-embellished velvet dress
Sequin Fit n’ Flare Dress
 
From J. McLaughlin (Newport and nationwide):
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Cap sleeve James dress

 

 

 

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For these looks and more, follow me on Instagram at @newportstyle

December 26, 2017 at 6:38 pm Leave a comment

Haute Holiday Party Style

Holiday party season is in full swing! I shared some fabulous festive frocks and happening hostess gifts that will have you looking, and the hostess feeling, merry & bright on The Rhode Show (and I’m wearing J. McLaughlin’s Keaton Bell Sleeve Dress!):

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CLICK HERE to watch the clip!

You can find J. McLaughlin boutiques in Newport, Watch Hill, Providence and more than a dozen in Massachusetts, all 13_Jane_013-alt_3stocked with stunning holiday look ranging from simple to stunning. Here today:

The Felix Skirt featuring, a head-turning fringed pencil skirt.

The Joie Pant, super slim and stretchy metallic ankle length pants

The Keaton Bell Sleeve Dress, striking sheath dress featuring beautiful bell sleeves and figure framing princess seaming

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J. McLaughlin’s Felix Skirt

A metallic jacquard dress with bolero jacket from Sara Campbell, Newport 

From The Sail Loft, Newport: The Rocket Girl Dress by Gretchen Scott (now 50% off!)

From Sole Desire, Newport: The Riot bootie by Freebird by Steven

From Eliza J.: an off the shoulder knit dress, available at Nordstrom

From Talbots in Newport: The Tartan Terrier Sweater, as seen in InStyle Magazine

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The Tartan Terrier Sweater by Talbots

 

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Rocket Girl dress by Gretchen Scott from The Sail Loft

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Pattern Off the Shoulder A-Line Knit Dress by Eliza J.

For the hostess:

From Soap & Water, Newport: Nest Holiday Diffuser, Two’s Company Holiday Glow Candle, Archipelago Winter Frost Candle. From Athalia of Newport, Half-n-the Bag insulated wine totes:

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For these looks and more, follow me on Instagram at @newportstyle

 

December 26, 2017 at 3:57 pm Leave a comment

On The Rhode Show: Fall Fashion – Splurge vs. Save

Knowing when to save and when to splurge is all about identifying styles that speak to you and your lifestyle. I brought some of my favorite finds to THE RHODE SHOW this week to show some stylish examples.

Continue Reading October 23, 2017 at 2:23 pm Leave a comment

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