our first designer in residence at Babylon Vintage is Annie Madden of Weatherby Denim.
Annie lives and works in Brooklyn, but will be setting up shop in Portland early October with a fall preview of her amazing artisinal re-purposed denim collection.
Stop in Thursday 10/6 – Sunday 10/9 (at 3636 N. Mississippi) to sign up for a custom fitting of Weatherby restyled vintage jeans by the designer.
reception Thursday 10/6 6-9pm
we’re thrilled to announce the opening of a Babylon Vintage, a new collaboration / vintage concept shop at 3636 N. Mississippi. we are sharing space with Beacon Sound, and The Practice Space gallery and partnering with our friend and fellow fashion veteran, Zachary Augustine to add a unique edit of vintage and independent designers to the neighborhood. stay tuned as we evolve and integrate new designer collections, and one of a kind vintage while hosting residencies from inspiring designers and editors in our community…follow along on instagram here!
A week from Sunday we’ll say adios to summertime and enjoy some tacos with Hot Mama Salsa and listen to tunes from JJ and The Needs. BBQ starts at 4:30 show begins at 5:30. All ages. Free.
We are also looking forward to rocking more heavily with an in-store performance by INSIDE INFORMATION on Friday October 16th at 8pm – these guys rule so be sure and save the date!
Hollywood Babylon Party and Show
POSTED BY TOBY ROBBOY ON MON, APR 7, 2014 AT 1:59 PM
On Saturday night a sizable crowd squeezed into Hollywood Babylon‘s relatively close quarters for the vintage store’s three-year anniversary party and live show featuring Ensly Mogul and Mister Saturday (who is co-owner of the store). The nerdcore duo did a set of Star Trek-based songs in a multimedia performance that incorporated video clips from the original show. While it certainly wasn’t the typical choice of entertainment for a retail party, the performance felt like a natural fit with Hollywood Babylon’s particular brand of quirk and kitsch.
The party also provided an opportunity to scope the store’s current stock, which was everything one could hope for from a funky little vintage store that specializes in unpretentious whimsy. Highlights included jewel-tone hippie dresses, an impressive collection of shoes that ranged from slinky Ferragamos to sturdy boots, and every hat one could possibly desire. Hollywood Babylon is not the most flashy or high profile retailer out there, but given their promising range of merchandise, not to mention the strong turnout of loyal customers who showed up, I think it’s safe to say they carved themselves out a very decent space in the crowded local vintage market.
Now for some pics:
if you pop by hollywood babylon in the next month or so you will be in for a treat, as we are currently displaying the awesome art of tim goodyear. (you may have seen it before inside pork magazine) we kicked off the show with a bad movie night in the shop featuring deadbeat at dawn and the uninvited…friend us on Facebook to stay tuned on facebook for future events at hollywood babylon. (always free)
i recently stumbled upon this trailer for upcoming documentary – Diana Vreeland: The Eye Has to Travel
Diana Vreeland (1903-1989) was the 20th Century’s greatest arbiter of style, an exotic and vibrant character who, during her fifty-year reign as the “Empress of Fashion,” dazzled the world with her unique vision of style high and low. She launched Twiggy, advised Jackie O, and coined some of fashion’s most eloquent proverbs such as “the bikini is the biggest thing since the atom bomb.” She lived a vibrant and remarkable life, and as the star performer in her own drama, Diana began writing the script for it at an early age. She was the fashion editor of Harper’s Bazaar where she worked for twenty-five years before becoming editor-in-chief of Vogue, followed by a remarkable stint at the Metropolitan Museum of Art’s Costume Institute, where she helped popularize its historical collections. DIANA VREELAND: THE EYE HAS TO TRAVEL is an intimate portrait and a vibrant celebration of one of the most influential women of the twentieth century, an enduring icon who has had a strong influence on the course of fashion, beauty, publishing and culture.
Along the way, the story of Vreeland illustrates the evolution of women into roles of power and prominence throughout the 20th century, and travels through some of the century’s greatest historical and cultural eras, including Paris’ Belle Epoque, New York in the roaring twenties, and London in the swinging sixties. It also spans such historical events as the great wars, the flights of Lindbergh, the romance of Wallis and Windsor, the Kennedy inauguration, and the freewheeling spirit of the 1960’s youthquake, and the advent of countless fashion revolutions from the bikini to the blue jean. (copied from here)
i read her biography years ago – what a cool intriguing creative life she lived…i haven’t found any showtimes of the movie yet here in portland, oregon….but as soon as i find out when/where it’s playing i will be sure to post…i’m dying to see it myself (it’s now playing – as of 10/20/12)
in the meantime here are a few pic of her legendary style:
she was also known for her one liners. here are a few:
– The only real elegance is in the mind; If you’ve got that, the rest really comes from it.
– What do I think about the way most people dress? Most people are not something one thinks about.
– Pink is the navy blue of India.
– Blue jeans are the most beautiful things since gondola
– I always wear my sweater back to front. It is much more flattering.
– Too much good taste can be boring.
– (Balenciaga) did the most delicious evening clothes. Clothes aren’t delicious anymore.
– People who eat white bread have no dreams.
what’s not to love?
Diana Vreeland: The Eye Has to Travel
now playing at the regal fox tower in down town portland oregon
12:25 – 2:25 – 4:50 – 7:00 – 9:40pm