Happy Monday, mavens and bargainistas. For the past 20 weeks, we’ve taken along along for the ride in our endeavors to replicate designer looks using items purchased from Newark-area thrift stores. It seems like only yesterday that we were making awkward introductions and brazen advances, and now look at us. We’ve been rocking out for 20 strong!
Because this 20th entry coincides with BCV’s 2 year anniversary and over 125 #VirtualShowroom looks, we find ourselves waxing nostalgic about our greatest hits thus far. So, promenade with us down memory lane as we showcase our top 10 looks of the past 20 weeks. In no particular order, here goes:
#AutumnSophisticate – a fall ensemble that used bold color and bling to balance out the conservatism of a lovely $25 Ralph Lauren blazer. Call it classic American with a twist!
#RappersDelight – A preppy reinterpretation of a pricey Givenchy look worn by Kanye West. Yezzy and BCV share a love for bringing a bit of urban flair to high-end looks.
#VintageVersace – Okay, okay. This printed shift dress is actually from Bloomingdales, but it reminded us so much of the flashy prints Versace churned out in the 90s, we couldn’t resist. And doesn’t Rihanna’s styling make you want to drown in pearls?
#TheNewsie - a nod to news boys whose style constitutes the perfect intersection of youthful resilience and industriousness present in urban America at the turn of the century. The androgyny, the color palette and the tone-on-tone shorts and tights combo made this look an easy choice for the top 10.
#Lavender&Leopard – Of all of BCV’s unorthodox pairings — from stripes and houndstooth to polka dots and paisley — the combination of pastels and animal print might be our proudest moment. Shortly after creating this look, we used the lavender and leopard as inspiration for one of our interior design projects.
#PerfectlyPlaid - With Alicia Silverstone in the role of the the sumptuously spoiled Cher Horrowitz, the 1995 film Clueless became an instant classic amongst our generation. This spread is an homage to the yellow plaid skirt suit that Cher wore to class, but this time – it’s all grown up!
#Pearly&Girly – one of the very first #VirtualShowroom looks. Very beholden to Victorian notions of femininity. A special shout out to Tish Johnson, the BCV intern that was kind enough to serve as a parts model!
#OxbloodAndRain – When Hurricane Sandy’s inconsolable fury made her an overnight celebrity, she became the inspiration for our tribute to Newark’s no-nonsense glamazons. Cited for its boldness, drama, depth and provocative morbidity, oxblood was the obvious color choice for our femme fatale.
#HeavyMetal – This amazing 80s jumpsuit all but jumped into my shopping cart and selected its own accessories and retro styling. It was truly love at first sight and very reminiscent of Kelly Lebrock in the 80s classic “Weird Science.”
#GauchoMarx – an ensemble so BCV, it hurts. Subtle carnation and beige palette. Secretary blouse. Pearls. There’s an understated sensuality that characterizes our approach to womenswear, and this outfit captures it beautifully.
And that concludes our retrospective. As you’ve seen, the BCV brand is full of fruitful contradictions. Bold and conservative. Nostalgic and futuristic. Girly and androgynous. Urban and high-end. Irreverently audacious and uncompromisingly traditional. And now that we’ve got 20 under our belt, we’re eager to chalk up even more jaw-dropping looks and mind-bending contradictions. Stick around. We promise that you’ll see something you like!