Showing posts with label David Peck. Show all posts
Showing posts with label David Peck. Show all posts


Supporting The Gordon Parks Foundation

First stop in New York is The Plaza Hotel for The Gordon Parks Foundation Dinner and Auction.  For the event I wore David Peck and an Hermes Clutch.

Vintage Contessa and Rita Shukhman of Dolce & Gabbana

Rita Shukhman of Dolce & Gabbana
And The Vintage Contessa

Peter Beard at Gordon Parks Foundation

Peter Beard, Honoree

Lauren Hutton, Fashion Icon

David Peck skirt and Hermes Clutch

Calvin Klein announcing Donna Karan

Tommy Hilfiger announcing Swizz Beats

The Vintage Contessa and Rita Shukhman

Karlie Kloss and Donna Karan

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Houston Made | Designer Showcase

Last week fashion lovers gathered at David Peck's showroom for Houston Made.  A showcase featuring three of Houston's top designers - David Peck, Jonathan Blake and Amir Taghi Atelier.  The Vintage Contessa was asked to accessorize - so of course we brought some of our best pieces.

Fashion Made Designers - Jonathan Blake, David Peck and Amir Taghi

Just a few of The Vintage Contessa handbags available on our website

Rob Chramosta, Donae "The Vintage Contessa" Chramosta and Jeff Shell

Clifford Pugh, Laura Pennino, Roz Pactor, Jared Lang

Fashion Bloggers - Monica Abney, Mishelle Echeverria and Issa Chou

Chanel Quilted Handbag Earrings 


Favorite Looks for Spring

For the show Mirror Mirror on the Live Well Network, I was asked to pick my favorite looks for spring.  I chose three main looks for this feature - color blocking with brights, how to wear lace and high/low - mixing price points.  
With Rebecca Spera from Mirror Mirror

Wearing a David Peck Top, J.Crew Sequin Skirt and YSL Tributes
( These also happen to be the colors of The Vintage Contessa logo )
This is a wedding dress that I re-fashioned into a skirt, paired with a D&G Tank, Vintage Belt and Cowboy Boots

Here is a peek into my accessories closet. 

For my High End/Low End Look I have on a Les Copains limited edition top and Kirna Zabete for Target faux leather leggings.  I love mixing expensive pieces with basics from Target. 


The Vintage Contessa Takes on NYC Fashion Week- Take 2

First Stop… Up close and Personal with David Peck at The Parlor on Mercer Street

To say I love David Pecks line properly named, “Coming Home” is an understatement.  His pieces are absolutely playful, yet so tasteful with a bit of “thoughtfulness”.  When I heard the inspiration, I fell even more in love.  
David began a journey of his genealogy by posing the question, “Who do you think you are?” He visited and the Tenement Museum on Orchard in NYC lower East side looking for answers.  Dating back to 1863, the Museum tells the story of more than 7000 working class immigrant families who lived within its walls. What Peck found was an inspirational journey leading to what I believe is his best collection yet. 
Creating dresses styled as separates, he created a stunning piece easy to wear, allowing you to feel creative but eliminating the need to spend a lot of time getting dressed. I don’t know if I will be able to resist the Vintage Contessa orange featured in the collection.  It is so hot!

The maxi skirt with a slit, allows you to wear it without showing a lot of leg, yet still allowing you that sexy little uumph to the ensemble.  This perfectly balanced mix of color was inspired by Aspen leaves in Autumn. By pairing it with a t-shirt you can get that casual laid back feel while adding a bright chiffon button down will take it to an all new level.  

The revisit to the wrap dress that Diane Von Furstenburg made popular is styled in with a turtleneck for day or bare for evening.  The skirt, however, is modernized for the busy working woman or mom who wants to show a little leg, however the top stitch at the slit, minimizes exposure and maximizes wear ability.  Peck chose the matte jersey material because it is comfortable yet forgiving and works for all body types.  

For that woman on the go, who doesn’t want to wear a warm up out and about town, Peck designed a pajama pant in deep rich rust tone with orange accents.

I mentioned to David that I feel intimidated when it comes to mixing prints.  A woman wants to look pulled together but not too hoaky.  He took away that intimidation by pairing another fabulous separate combo as a dress with the bodice of the dress shown in a smaller scale than the bottom yet still the same feel.

This amazing fabric was hand batiked in India by women working making a fair wage under Fair Trade.  Not only is the fabric beautiful, you can know that as a consumer you are buying a piece made by a woman across the world who is able to live at home and be a mother while exercising her traditional craft.

This fun dress was inspired by an image of the New York Harbor taken by Peck when he lived and designed in NYC.

And last but not least, my absolute favorite piece in the line is inspired by Sicilian lace that was scanned and duplicated adding brushes of vivid colors with a base of warm Marigold.  The skirt has volume but is approachable.  The styling with the vintage corset underneath the yellow blouse shows you can combine a piece from your mother or grandmother, still making the look fresh.

And the final touch that pulled my heart strings yet another time, is that 10% of all proceeds of David’s sales go to a charity each year.  The charity of choice is Covenant House, which is a national organization with roots in NYC but a Houston presence too.  For 38 year, Covenant House is the largest privately funded agency in the Americas providing food, shelter, immediate crisis care, and essential services to homeless, throwaway and runaway kids.
David Peck, such a treasure, and how extra lucky are we to have him in Houston, TX?  Tootsies showcases his line in H town. 
Lots more shows and fun adventures to come, until then…
The Vintage Contessa