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Fashion & Beauty

The Vintage Look

Holiday glamour with a touch of Hollywood style

Suburban Life Magazine

Talk about whip lash!

Vintage fashion is a force majeure boomerang from days of yore. But before you pull out your entire ‘70s and ‘80s wardrobe and strut down Main Street, take a lesson from Josanne Rahning, Regional Beauty Manager for Mario Tricocci who can help to steer your fashion compass:

“… think Hollywood stars! Grace Kelly, Audrey Hepburn, Sophia Loren, to name a few. Fashion icons of the ‘30s, ‘40s, and ‘50s.”

Rahning continues, “With the rerelease of The Great Gatsby there have been many events such as weddings, fashion shows, and parties themed around vintage looks. Everyone is having fun with the look!”

She recommends beginning with a perfect foundation for a blank canvas. Then add long, full lashes paired with dramatic eyeliner.

“Complete the look by finding the perfect deep red lipstick such as Mario Tricocci’s Casablanca,” Rahning suggests.

John Gialluisi, Hair Salons & Day Spas Creative Director for Mario Tricocci, says vintage hair is best for an evening such as a black tie fundraiser or for the red carpet when you want to make a dramatic statement.” However, he has some great tips for more subtle vintage glamour for every day.

“Roll hair away from the face with a barrel curling iron. Curl the hair all in the same direction with a curling iron with a low side part. Then smooth through the top and keep curls at the bottom.”
Gialluisi advised, “Any woman can wear vintage inspired hair. What dictates a vintage look is the dress – you want something throwback and glamorous.”

And speaking of the dress, vintage style always has been a draw for weddings.

“I think the big statement clothing or jewelry is definitely nothing new, says Nicole Kalteux Kurz owner of The Dress, by Nicole in Wheaton.  “Fashion is always about reinventing so that there is always some aspect from the past in today’s fashion but it might have a new twist on it.

“There is definitely a movement in bridal right now that’s kind of shabby chic, vintage mod,” she continues. “I’d also say that vintage inspired accessories are very hot right now,” from headbands with side flourishes, belts and sashes.

“Almost everybody is doing some sort of embellished waist treatment be it an embellished band or a beaded ribbon.” Kurz says, “Gold has been on the back burner to silver but it’s coming back. Also, antique kind of metals like rose gold and copper metals.”

Edward Begeman, owner of Begeman’s Jewelers in Willowbrook knows all about antique metals, and big statement jewelry.

“Making a statement is something bold or loud or big –it’s not subtle,” he says. Maybe if it’s a big piece it will show more. Sure, some clothes or some dresses are more impressive than others, but that has to do with how you’re looking at it and what you’re trying to do.”

“Some people might wear vintage jewelry for every day casual or when they’re going out at night,” Begeman shares. “It depends on their mood or where they’re going. They might not even wear a vintage dress, or whatever. They might have a very up-to-date outfit on but feel like wearing vintage jewelry.”

“Jewelry is emotional sometimes – it makes you feel good.” he continued, “It’s a personal feeling at the time.

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