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Vintage Gem: Stella Luna

No Roncey brunch is complete without a shopping cameo at my favourite vintage haunt, Stella Luna.  The store is the kind of secret treasure chest that more fashionistahs should be frequenting.  (Look at me giving away all my secrets)  The perfectly colour blocked rainbow of frocks hang waiting to be scooped up – sequined evening wear to flirty day dresses hang next to vintage Lanvin and Celine.  Many of my highest ROC (return on compliment – See/ Cute Math post) pieces come from the store. 

The owner was a graphic designer by trade but when her craft began to move towards using computers (oh technology!), she began to shift her career towards her passion, vintage clothing.  Eventually she was doing clothing shows on a weekly basis which finally led her to the conclusion that she should open up her own store.  At the time, she decided on the Queen & Roncesvalles intersection because of the traffic generated by the cluster of antique dealers.  These days the clientele has evolved to include women of all ages – Jenny Humphrey types try on polka dot frilly prom dresses beside women looking for delicate sun hats and downtown girls perusing racks in highwaisted shorts and Chanel chainlink purses.

Audrey in her monochromatic white late 60's mod outfit.

Audrey in her monochromatic white late 60's mod outfit.

As she steamed garments to transition her store for Fall, we discussed some of her latest Top Picks.  She held up a cream and brown mod shift dress with faux cinch buckles and gold buttons.  “Couldn’t you imagine Audrey Hepburn wearing this with a little cap?”  I agreed that it was very “Two for the Road” late-Audrey circa 1969.  I pulled out a coral drop waist mini in a similar cut and said, “This is very Avengers, something Emma Peel would wear.”  (because in my mind’s eye there is only Steed and Mrs. Peel.  Sorry Honor Blackman!) 

I attempt hopelessly to behave but a 1960’s woven crop jacket with an interestingly assymetrical wide collar and ivory oversized buttons catches my eye.  I try it on and it’s over!  (As Rachel Zoe would say, “Shut it down!) Argh!  I look too adorable in crop jackets and this one fits so well.  But the prices are so reasonable (generally between $26-$60)  that it’s hard to say no.

I consider Stella Luna a destination for any vintage aficionado.  It is this attention to detail, unadulterated love of fashion and precise curation of pieces that keeps the fashionistahs hungry for more.  Happy 14th anniversary SL!

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