For the past couple of years I had been on the hunt for a vintage souvenir jacket, and had even debated splurging on a very cool version by United Bamboo I found while shopping in New York over a year ago. But, I decided to save my dollars and continue my search in vintage stores. A few months ago while I was in San Francisco on a vintage rampage, I spotted one at a favorite store and I knew it was just for me. Even better was that it was deadstock and the owner had been sitting on a few of them; purchases made long ago on a sourcing trip abroad. It is one of my favorite purchases and I wear it often, especially since it’s reversible – one side with an embroidered dragon and the other with an embroidered tiger’s face and Japan. I love it so.
Vintage souvenir jacket, vintage Levi’s, Urban Outfitters tee, and Isabel Marant sneakers
On a recent trip to Big Sur to celebrate my anniversary, I decided it would be a perfect opportunity to do another vintage shoot. Big Sur is my favorite place in the world, and while I haven’t been to every city in this vast world, I’m certain it would still remain at the tip top of my favorites list. The majestic views of the Pacific, the never ending rows of redwoods, the crisp air, the dense fog, the powerful energy – all of it makes for the coziest getaway. Darryl and I rented a cabin that was prefaced with about 10 minutes of a winding road through a magical forest, and it proved to be the perfect background for a 1970’s chiffon dress with a most subtle Indian paisley print that I picked up in San Francisco. I love the bohemian glamour of it, and when I first tried it on I couldn’t help but think how great it would be to wear while hosting a party. Instead, I chose to wear it while frolicking around the woods in Big Sur, but I’m certain a little soiree is in its future.
Vintage 1970’s paisley print dress worn with Chloé shoes
One of my best friends used to own a great store here in LA that carried some of the best designer vintage in the city. She had it for about ten years before deciding to move to Morocco a year ago, and every time I drive by I think about how much fun I had there trying on clothes and oohing and aahing over her vintage finds. I scored many great pieces there, including this vintage Pucci skirt. I never tire of a Pucci print, and to say that Emilio Pucci had an enormous impact on color, print, and pattern would be an understatement. He was a designer who had the ability to create bold, colorful, psychedelic clothing that was also classic. I can’t imagine ever parting ways with this skirt as every time I pull it out of my closet I find something totally unexpected to wear with it. This time I paired it with a vintage blouse that I found at a flea market, Isabel Marant strappy heels, and my new favorite bag from Mexico City.
I’m about to hop on a plane to Mexico City for work and to visit my family with my good friend Heather. I couldn’t be more psyched. Before I leave, I thought it would be appropriate to post Part Two of my Vintage Series that was inspired by the film and book, Play It As It Lays. One of my favorite things about the film is all the crazy amazing caftans Maria Wyeth Lang (played by Tuesday Weld) wore; a total embodiment of ’70s Malibu. This is one of my favorites from my vintage collection, found at a flea market a couple of years ago. It’s from India and made of silk, and has been block printed and hand painted. I really love the geometric print and the ochre color, and I couldn’t help but pair it with a shocking pink necklace by De Petra. I have to give a big thank you to my sweet friend Jennifer for her photography skills. Thanks for reading, and I’ll be back in a few days with some photos from Mexico City! xo Joanna
On a recent night while sitting in bed thinking about where I should shoot my next looks for the Vintage Series, I had the idea of using a movie as my inspiration. Not just any movie, but a Joan Didion movie, Play It As It Lays. I am a devoted fan of Didion and her way with words, and about two years ago I had the pleasure of seeing Play It As It Lays on the big screen at Cinefamily. For those who don’t know, the 1972 film was adapted from her book of the same name and the screenplay was written by Didion and her husband John Gregory Dunne. Both take place in Los Angeles and in Malibu, as Didion and her family lived in California for many years. I was completely blown away by the film, and especially by the actress Tuesday Weld who played the main character, Maria (pronounced Mariah). The subject matter is pretty heavy, but I was so inspired by the story, the way it was shot, the fact that Didion wrote the screenplay with her husband, and THE WARDROBE. Think 1970’s Malibu with beautiful, natural hair; caftans; old jeans; and big black sunglasses. I immediately emailed my idea to my good pal, Jennifer, who shares my love for all things Didion, and asked if she would be willing to shoot the photos. Within a matter of minutes, I got a YES. We decided to go to El Matador beach in Malibu and channel Maria Wyeth Lang, and of course bring a few outfits. This is Part One, and Part Two is coming later this week. In continuation with the Vintage Series, Look No. 3 and Look No. 4 are below, all dedicated to Joan Didion, Tuesday Weld, and the one and only Malibu.
The classic Maria Wyeth Lang look: Vintage Levi’s, vintage Charles David boots, vintage Cacharel sunglasses, vintage Moroccan bag; all worn with Isabel Marant blouse circa 2005 and Gap trench coat
Vintage cotton gauze dress, vintage Moroccan bag, vintage poncho
*Play It As It Lays is out of print, but you can find it at Cinefile (if you live in LA) or any video stores that carry rare and hard to find films. You can also purchase it from here.
Thank you for your lovely comments on my first Vintage Series post. I appreciate them! When I started thinking about doing these vintage posts, this long embroidered peacock robe was one of the first things that I wanted to have photographed. I found it at a vintage show in California and immediately thought, “This is what I want to wear when I’m lounging around on the weekend.” It felt luxurious and exotic and very seventies, so I brought it home with me. The belt is missing, but I love that it just drapes open into a train. My husband Darryl took these photos in his parents’ backyard in San Luis Obispo in what has got to be the coolest guest room ever — a greenhouse.
Vintage Embroidered Peacock Robe, 1970’s, worn with a Marion Vidal necklace and a vintage perfume pendant necklace