Tuesday, April 17, 2012
Purple Queen; two vintage statement pieces
Can you do two vintage statement pieces at once? You bet! This is my absolute fave shawl, both vintage and handmade. The vintage velvet patterned fabric was over-dyed purple on one side, and sewn to a brown velvet fabric on the other side. A vintage fringe was added, which was also dyed purple. It was made by an interior designer in Toronto who does custom drapes and reupholstery for a living. The seller told me Hermes did something like it, la-di-da!!
I'm wearing it with another fave, a vintage 1970s Rafael Alfandary pendant made of brass and a purple "stone", which was given to me (lucky me as these things sell for over $100 in the vintage markets). The purple wool tunic/dress is second-hand, dug up at a Toronto Goodwill, by April Cornell. The booties and leggings are new.
Isn't it just lush? I can wear it like this, long, or wrapped around my neck, tres deshabille chic!
It's a true statement piece and I always get compliments and stares when I wear it. It wasn't cheap, but the money I paid for it was well worth it as I just love it - it was one of those pieces I went home and dreamed of. And I don't think it competes with the necklace, do you?