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In With The Old

Vintage-inspired looks from the runway to the Web

By Tykia Murray |

Fashion is cyclical. For better or worse, we can always count on the old being new again. It is no surprise, then, that the fall 2010 runways reflected a sort of nostalgia. The catwalk was awash in re-imagined classics and pieces that nod to a bygone era of modest hemlines, lush textures, and feminine silhouettes.

As fall 2010 clothing lines are rolled out, it is clear that retro is, indeed, the way to go this season. It’s easier than ever to get the look — no digging through musty bins  or rummaging in your great aunt’s closet required. The savvy shopper knows that fall’s must-haves  are available at the click of a mouse.  Here are a few “e-tailers” (online retailers) that carry runway looks from well-known designers and a sampling of their vintage-inspired offerings.

Saks Fifth Avenue

Launched in 2000, saks.com offers “an enhanced, personalized, online shopping experience.” Shop at saks.com in many ways: by a distinct look, a specific designer, or an individual item.

Saks.com is committed to providing the same legendary service and style found in all Saks Fifth Avenue stores.

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Additional details: Saks accepts Visa, MasterCard, American Express, Discover, and Saks’ “Little Black Card.” Packages ship via FedEx.

Anthropologie

Anthropologie.com offers “a one-of-a-kind and compelling shopping experience that makes women feel beautiful, hopeful and connected.”

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Additional details: Anthropologie accepts Visa, MasterCard, American Express, Discover and Anthropologie gift cards.

Net-A-Porter

Since 2000, Net-A-Porter.com, a play on the French phrase meaning “ready to wear,” has sold current-season high fashion. The e-tailer’s site is styled as a fashion magazine and stocks such brands as Christian Louboutin, Marc Jacobs, Miu Miu, and Anna Sui.

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Additional details: Net-a-Porter accepts Visa, MasterCard, American Express, Visa Debit, Visa Delta, Electron and JCB cards. All orders require signature on receipt and each order is insured during the time it is in transit until it is delivered to you.

House of Lavande

This vintage couture jewelry collection spans the 20th century from “1920s Machine Age Bakelite, atomic glam 1950s, to Studio 54-era Lucite and gold.” Designs range from the surreal to the simply elegant.

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Additional details: House of Lavande accepts Visa, MasterCard, American Express, and Discover cards. You may also pay using a PayPal account. All packages ship as registered mail with insurance.

Chie Mihara

This footwear is designed by a woman for women, with a priority placed on design and comfort. Mihara draws on “vintage influences ranging from 1930s femininity to 1980s humor” and takes details from the past and reworks them to reflect contemporary aesthetics and modern fashion. The Spain-based designer’s entire Fall/Winter 2010-11 collection is heavily inspired by the 1940s.

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Additional details: Chie Mihara accepts Visa, Mastercard, and Discover.

C. Madeleine”s

A collection of truly vintage treasures, C. Madeleine’s showcases mint designer duds from the last century. Each piece is handpicked by owner Madeleine Kirsh and is of the highest quality. Once called “Miami’s best kept secret” by Vogue, the site now serves a worldwide customer base.

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Additional details: Checkout is done via Google Checkout. C. Madeleine’s accepts Visa, Mastercard, American Express, and Discover; wire transfer and checks are also accepted.

Remember, when it comes to vintage, less is more. You don’t want to look like a time traveler or an extra for Mad Men. Keep it simple — mix classics and moderns with one vintage-y piece or accessory. Good luck and happy shopping!