A few items from the "Spadina Collection"...
Ian Drummond Collection recently had the good fortune to find over 2,000 pieces of 80s and 90s stock from a Spadina Avenue clothing manufacturer who sewed for Toronto designers such as Sunny Choi and Scaasi. Considering fashion's 20 year cycle, these items are right on trend today, with fashion-forward people moving toward wide-legged pants, embracing crop tops along with them, and showing some sternum for evening.
Vintage can be made modern than modern this way - it doesn't always mean cocktail dresses and disco suits! At this point in time, anything over 20 years old is considered "vintage", and those will be the most affordable items around. By taking an 80s double layer silk statement blouse with rhinestones and putting it with knit palazzo pants or a flared skirt in a colour (rather than black)- or putting crayon-coloured polka dot tops with pencil skirts in contrasting colours, you can have fast-fashion style with old school quality. Local Stylist Georgia Groom showed us very quickly how putting a loose floral jacket over high-waisted denim shorts with thick-soled boots was something that the street style accounts with legions of young Instagram followers were doing - and here we have it in great quantity, ready to hit the streets. Pencil skirts for retro pin-up looks just need a halter top or American Apparel tee to bring them up to date; and long vests to be worn over crop tops and short skirts or flared trousers - or as dresses on their own - are a lucky find too. Finding them at the Spring Vintage Clothing shows means those who are early adopters of contemporary styles can stay ahead of the game.
Vintage also affords one the chance to wear history. Finding a 90s jacket by Tous, a label established in the 20s,famous for jewellery and accessories and occasionally dabbling in textiles (their store in Yorkdale Shopping Centre has since closed), is not only a guarantee you'll have something unique, but you'll also have something to talk about - that you can dress up, or wear with your favourite jeans. Victorian Whites are always great for festivals, and 1960s/70s baby doll dresses are popping up on sweet young things everywhere, for weddings and other occasions.
We urge everyone to consider vintage, because it's environmentally-friendly, often incredibly affordable, and infinitely more interesting!