Mid-August is upon us and so is the newest era of fashion. As Vogue contested at the end of July, “core” is the new “chic.” I absolutely agree that the newest replacement for “chic” is likely “core,” but stylistic choices, such as “barbie-core” (think pink…or of Elle Woods) and “gorp-core” (aka thru-hiker chic) are almost too niche. Fashion may be the snobbiest discipline out there—bar the art history world—but it should still be rather accessible and any given layman should be able to enter the realm. This week, we are keeping that general nature in our newsletter—our arms are wide open to any newcomer or veteran fashionista.
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Reform Gallery Warehouse Sale Aug 18 – 20, 10 a.m. to 6 p.m.
I may have just mentioned art history as one of the snobbiest realms, alongside fashion, but when the two come together, it can create a beautiful ensemble. In this, Reform Gallery puts an emphasis on mid-century design in thoughtful and functional pieces of furniture. Yes, we realize this doesn’t take place until next weekend, but we just wanted to give a heads up on one of the best warehouse sales to take place this year (so far).
MeMe London Sample Sale Aug 11 – 16, Online event
Jewelry is not a discipline that I’ve dived into for any particular amount of time. But you should know good work when you see it. For example, Vivienne Westwood’s jewelry is incredible on the outside, but a lot of it is silver plated—the brown color underneath doesn’t have the same flash in the sun. Now, MeMe London does not specify whether their silver is plated or not, but for the price reductions on offer, you can’t really go wrong. The sale typically floats around 70-80% off of retail pricing, making it an undeniable bargain. Accessorize, accessorize, accessorize.
FOR ART’S SAKE Sample Sale Aug 11 – 16, Online event
We haven’t yet escaped accessories, as this next induction is focused entirely on eyewear. Sunglasses are obligatory—not only for blocking out sun rays while trapsing around L.A. but also for simply looking chic while doing so. Just like shoes, a good pair of sunglasses can truly bring an outfit together; it’s the cherry on top of a (hopefully) already great composition of garments. The greatest balance to find with eyewear is a product both inexpensive and effective. With FOR ART’S SAKE, the inventory is typically around $200, but this sale has them priced at $30 for many pairs. The best part? They are still 100% UVA & UVB-protected.
Jonathan Simkhai Sample Sale Aug 10 – 14, 10 a.m to 6 p.m.
West Hollywood: home of the best clubs, some of the best fashion, some of the worst petty theft, and Jonathan Simkhai. If you don’t know by now, luxury fashion can be categorized in two ways: ready-to-wear and couture. The former is the pieces you see yourself wearing; the latter is the pieces you see on the runway. This sample sale focuses on ready-to-wear, so there is no need to worry about walking out of the store with Simkhai’s experimentation in the world of the avant-garde. These clothes are perfect for summer and marked up to 80 percent off their original price.
The Coast Vintage Market Aug 14, 8 a.m. to 3 p.m.
This flea market happens to take place on the same date as Rose Bowl Flea, but I will take any chance to promote an event that has a free entry as opposed to a $10 admission. The site for the market doesn’t state how many vendors will be present but it does brag about being the biggest in Orange County, as well as being open “rain or shine.” Go check this one out to fulfill all your vintage needs.
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