Tuesday, December 29, 2009

Walking Towards A New Year...ALEXANDER MCQUEEN

If you can't walk in these just put them on your shelf they'll make a great conversation piece...
from the 2010 Collection of Alexander McQueen

Sunday, December 27, 2009

Star Struck...ALAIA

I'm usually not star struck but had to share my latest thrill with you I spotted the King of Cling in Paris last week. What a thrill... he is one of my favorite designers and everyone who has every met him has always said nice things about him.
Hopefully one day I'll have the chance to meet him personally so for now I'll just have to share one of my favorite photos... The first of him and Grace Jones and one of my all time favorite pieces that I sold long ago.
Stay tuned I'll have some nice Alaia pieces on my new shopping site coming in January!

Friday, December 18, 2009

Christmas Couture Vintage Christmas List VERSACE YSL GUCCI

I'm one of those people who is easy to shop for even if I'm always surrounded by beautiful clothing there are always a few things I would love to have in my closets.
My Christmas list includes these three wonderful finds available on 1stdibs.com just a few clicks and they can be delivered with no waiting in lines, fighting crowds or wondering if I'll like them.
Happy Holidays!

Wednesday, December 16, 2009

On the First Day of Christmas My True Love Gave to Me

During the 12 days of Christmas my true love gave to me...

A 1960s Oscar de la Renta Gown from www.ShrimptonCouture.com

A black vintage cardigan with floral beading from Back-in-Style.com

A white nautical sailboat necklace from DebutanteClothing.com

A vintage inspired Coney Island photograph from www.photoshelter.com/user/jfvergel

A daily subscription to Zurburbia the vintage clothing blog and a surprise from their new site

A Whiting & Davis purple mesh scarf from www.MidCenturyChic.com

A 1960s Alice Pollack dress from www.vintagesecret.com

A pair of 1980s 3 buckle suede boots from www.etsy.com/shop/PunkGlamQueen

A patterned party frock featured on www.couturecarrie.blogspot

A brown fishnet Alaia dress from www.frocknyc.com

A Shopping Guide Map of NYC from www.vintageshopping guide.com

A style and wardrobe review from www.cabinetdenvie.com

Wishing everyone a fabulous fashionable healthy and happy holiday!


Thursday, December 10, 2009

A Dream Come True..Hello Hubert Goodbye Audrey

I was thrilled and honored to assist Kerry Taylor in preparing the Audrey Hepburn expo in Paris last week and even had the pleasure and surprise of meeting Monsieur Hubert de Givenchy. Later that week I was off to London to witness just another fascinating moment of fashion history as I watched Kerry auction some of the most lovely pieces from such memorable films as 'How to Steal a Million' and 'Two for the Road'. I felt like I was living the most wonderful dream. Months prior I had been at the Givenchy archives with Kerry helping her prepare all of the cataloging and research. Fast forward a few months later I was able to handle some of the most precious dresses in the world and then watch them be sold to collectors worldwide. I'm sure that Audrey is smiling down from the heavens and so proud of the outcome of this wonderful auction, all of Kerry's hard work, the funds that will be donated to charity, Monsieur Givenchy and of course to her friend Tanya who made a big part of this wonderful moment of history possible.

Wednesday, December 2, 2009

A Bit of a Break....

Off to witness one an event that I'm sure will make will make fashion history
Check back soon....

Tuesday, November 24, 2009

Coco Profile-CHANEL

Must have pieces by collectable pieces by Chanel of course!

For more information on this piece please contact me at jsuica@hotmail.com and include the title above, your full name and country that you are contacting from.

Sunday, November 22, 2009

Stranger than Fiction-National Stiletto Championship

I've only been in Paris for 2 years so I'm still learning my way around but will be giving these french girls a run for the money next year in the National Stiletto Race which took place here on Friday.
The only rule was to wear stilettos (3 inch heels) in this three part relay and the prize of course shoes (3,000) worth to be exact.

Any contributions should be mailed to "moi".
I'll be saving my euros for a new pair of Manolos and a great race ensemble.

Monday, November 16, 2009


I need a vacation maybe I'll take off to Florence and visit the Salvatore Ferragamo museum.
Check out www.museumsinflorence.com to learn more about this fascinating collection.

Thursday, November 12, 2009

How to Steal a Million-AUDREY HEPBURN and GIVENCHY

One of the most exciting auctions of the decade!
I'll be writing more about the expo in Paris and auction in London soon!

Above are just 2 of the historic pieces that will be part of the Audrey Hepburn and Givenchy lots.

A Givenchy domed jade green velvet hat, 1964, labelled and numbered 27305, the nine pom-pom streamers laced with crystal beads, 23cm, 9in tall; together with a photograph of Audrey wearing the hat, (2) Audrey was photographed by Cecil Beaton, US Vogue Aug 15, 1964 p.119. `little Oriental evening fantasies like this - bright jade green velvet with tassels of cut feathers, crystal beads (Miss Hepburn is mad about this one, plans to wear it often for late day and small dinners)'

The Givenchy haute couture black chantilly lace cocktail dress, worn in `How to Steal a Million', Audrey wears this ensemble in the Ritz bar scene of the film, where her character dons a matching lace face mask over glittery eye-makeup in order to disguise herself. Her attempt not to draw attention to herself in this stunning creation spectacularly failed! Hubert de Givenchy created a similar, though not identical, cocktail gown as part of the haute couture collection, Autumn-Winter 1966, model 432.

Kerry Taylor Auctions on Dec. 8
a full catalog can be viewed at www.kerrytaylorauctions.com
see you there!

In a Bad Mood? LANVIN

How can anyone be in a bad mood when they wear this dress?
Lanvin 1970s
Estimate $200-400
Leslie Hindman Auctions
Chicago, IL
Lot 60
For information on the auction visit

Wednesday, November 11, 2009

Wednesday, November 4, 2009

Goddess of Fashion- VALERIE STEELE

I wanted to share Valerie's blog with everyone.
This woman has it all, brains beauty and what most people would consider a dream job. I consider myself so lucky to know her. Now if I could just learn a 1/4 of what she knows I would be happy!
More on her fascinating background and position as Director and Chief Curator of The Museum of Fashion Technology in New York at www.valeriesteelefashion.com

Sunday, November 1, 2009

My Big Mistake...Mondrian YSL inspired

I'm back from London. I attended Kerry Taylor's auction on October 27. As the lots whizzed by I recognized a Simpson of Picadilly YSL inspired Mondrian dress circa 1965. The auction estimate was £150-250. I thought to myself "small world" I had seen that dress a few months ago and thought that it was pretty but the price was somewhere near £200 so I didn't buy it. Big mistake- the dress sold for a hammer price of £3,300!

Saturday, October 24, 2009


Another fabulous auction by Kerry Taylor Auctions in London!

General Fashion and Textiles Auction

Tuesday 27th October 2009

  • First session: Lots 1001-1300 at 10am
  • Second session: Lots 1301-1527 at 2pm
We have prepared a real blockbuster auction for you, with over 500 lots ranging from diaphanous muslin empire gowns and dozens of flapper dresses, through to bold Mugler evening suits with exaggerated shoulders. We cover almost every decade from the 1850s to the 1990s, and the fashion is accompanied by wonderful accessories, including a Jean Paul Gaultier 1986 Russian collection metal cuff, around thirty Chanel handbags, two Hermes Kelly's, lace, fans, magazines and literature including Vogues, and much more!

For a fully illustrated catalog and additional information go to :

Thursday, October 22, 2009


The famous Manhattan Vintage Clothing Show is now making an appearance in Chicago on October 30 and Nov. 1.
For a discount invite and all information go to www.stylechicago.com

Wednesday, October 21, 2009

Museum Treasures CASHIN

Karen Augusta Auctions
next auction on Nov. 4 New York City
Bonnie Cashin Madras Plaid Sundress 1955 is just one of the many items that will be auctioned the auction will include hundreds of pieces from various museums in the US.

Tuesday, October 13, 2009


Some french bling for your wardrobe...signed pieces by Montana, LaRoche and Mugler.

For more information on these pieces please contact me at jsuica@hotmail.com and include the title above, your full name and country that you are contacting from.

Thursday, October 8, 2009


A perfect way to spend a day in Paris. It's been indian summer here so take a walk around the Puces de Design outdoor market this weekend. Packed with retro furniture collectables and of course lots of great vintage clothing!

Oct. 8-11
Quai de Loire
Paris 19th
More information at


Wednesday, October 7, 2009

GULP....Tom Sachs Handbag

A future collectable bag by the artist Tom Sachs. Retails for $12,000
available at the Gagosian Gallery in NYC

Thursday, October 1, 2009

Fall De-Cluttering and Cleaning...GAULTIER

I'm finally getting around to organizing some of my paperwork and found this memento in one of my drawers.
This rare beauty from the 1980s Jean Paul Gaultier for Gibo corset dress was sold last year.
If you have any Gaultier that you are interested in selling please contact me.

Wednesday, September 30, 2009

Audrey in London...GIVENCHY

A chance of a lifetime!

Auction: Tuesday, December 8th 2009 at 2pm
Venue: La Galleria, Royal Opera Arcade, Pall Mall, London
Exhibition: Sunday 6th December 12 noon - 5pm
Monday 7th December 9.30am - 5pm
Tuesday 8th December 9.30am- noon

Audrey Hepburn was indisputably one of the most elegant and beautiful women of the 20th century. She shared her love of beautiful clothes with a close family friend to whom over the years, she gave many pieces from her exquisite couture wardrobe. They have remained in her friend’s personal collection until this time. Audrey pieces rarely come onto the market and this is the largest and most important group ever to be offered at auction.
As one might expect the collection includes stunning evening-wear including a plethora of chic little black dresses by Valentino, Elizabeth Arden (she wore this gown when she met her first husband Mel Ferrer in 1953) and of course her favourite designer of all – Hubert de Givenchy. He created a black cloque silk gown for Audrey to wear for the film “Paris When it Sizzles” in 1962 (£10-15,000) a sensational Chantilly lace cocktail gown which she wore in the “How to Steal a Million” in 1966 (£8-12000) which are both included in the auction. There are thirty six items of clothing on offer dating from 1953 to the late 60s as well as hats, belts and a fascinating group of letters from Audrey in which she describes an early film break, her proposed wedding to James Hanson and the time she spent filming “Roman Holiday”.

Tuesday, September 29, 2009

Friday, September 25, 2009

Book Worm... GIVENCHY

I was both thrilled and honored to be able to visit and assist in documenting some clothing of Audrey Hepburn by Givenchy earlier this week at the Givenchy archives in Paris.

More details on this in the near future...

Tuesday, September 22, 2009

Your Favorite Item...

OK enough about me today...
Tell me what your favorite item is in your closet and where you got it.

Monday, September 21, 2009

Three Wishes from ME

From this week on I'll give you three wishes, hey I have to live up to my name even if I don't spell it the same way as a real genie.

If you are looking for any vintage designer items, couture, haute couture or specific designers please email me and I'll let you know if I can find them for you. Please be as specific as possible.

Friday, September 18, 2009

A Bit of Rock and Roll...COMPLICE

I was out late with some friends from New York last night. A wonderful evening that brought back wonderful memories of my rock and roll days in New York. This green leather perfecto style dress will get you more attention than any rock star, hmmm...I may just be tempted to keep it for myself.

For more information on this piece please contact me at jsuica@hotmail.com and include the title above, your full name and country that you are contacting from.

Thursday, September 17, 2009

Save your Money for....Vintage Clothing

For those of you who will be in my favorite city in October I suggest that you attend the Vintage Clothing and Antique Textile Show in New York City.

October 9 and 10th
Metropolitan Pavilion
125 W. 18th St.
(Btwn. 6th & 7th Aves.)
New York, NY 10011

for additonal information on this great show go to www.manhattanvintage.com

Wednesday, September 16, 2009

Invest in...HERMES

An ivestment piece, a crocodile motif embossed leather and gold metal cuff bracelet by Hermes with original box.

For more information on this piece please contact me at jsuica@hotmail.com and include the title above, your full name and country that you are contacting from.

Tuesday, September 15, 2009


Yves Saint Laurent Rive Gauche silk blouses
Which one is your favorite?

For more information on these pieces please contact me at jsuica@hotmail.com and include the title above, your full name and country that you are contacting from.