Alameda Vintage Fashion Faire / by Maya Alexis

"So what exactly is 'modern vintage'?" 

"Well, the definition of vintage is twenty years or older, which is the common, in-the-industry idea of vintage. There are a lot of younger girls who do vintage now, and they think that H&M from a couple of seasons ago is vintage, and it’s not. Anything from 20+ years ago is vintage, 100+ years ago is antique (So, 90s is officially vintage). So, when you’re my age and you’re looking at things you wore in high school…now it’s vintage, and you’re like, 'Really??”

-Honey Moon 

Though its early 1900s pieces were more like Antiques, the Fashion Faire featured the key elements (a hot dj, six dollar lemonade, and fedoras) of the trendy fashion affairs I had seen in LA. Unique to this fair were the stories and care that accompanied each garment. Every! merchant had spent decades collecting stories, history, and sparkly (a little smelly) garments.

Alameda Point Vintage Fashion Faire - June 14, 2014

Alameda Point Vintage Fashion Faire - June 14, 2014

I was stuck in traffic and by the time I arrived there was only an hour and a half left of the fair. When I walked in I was overwhelmed by the colors and never ending racks of clothes. I knew I wouldn't have time to find something good. 

These Glasses! I wore one of my favorite Outfits. This one is from American Vintage in Los Angeles. Bag: Peru Socks: j Crew

These Glasses!

I wore one of my favorite Outfits. This one is from American Vintage in Los Angeles. Bag: Peru Socks: j Crew

My two favorite views: Interior and Exterior 

My two favorite views: Interior and Exterior 

Only fifteen dollars later I had two giant bags. One with a gigantic purple robe sweater thing (you’ll see it later this week) squeezed in to it and the other held an oversized denim shirt. The store owner explained that his whole store, different sizes, styles and all were purchased at an estate sale a few decades back. 

American Beauties Paper Dolls

American Beauties Paper Dolls

Read about more vintage finds at http://www.clothingcoven.com/1-find/