Monday, July 6, 2009

My Dr Zhivago coat...


Art always serves beauty, and beauty is the joy of possessing form, and form is the key to organic life since no living thing can exist without it.

Doctor Zhivago
Chapter 14, Section 12

This 'fur' coat is undoubtedly my best vintage purchase ever. On my way between courts (in my law clerking days, 8 years ago), I decided (on a whim) to drop into a vintage store I had often seen but had never entered. Whilst scanning the kaleidoscope of colours within it, I found it, a diamond in the rough...I seriously cannot describe my excitement on seeing it, the soft large fur cuffs & collar, the big 'marbley' buttons, the body of the coat (I still don't know what it is, ponyhair?) was so soft, and the coat so heavy, and all in pristine condition. Best of all, I seriously could not believe the price, I think my fingers were shaking when paying for it, worried they would discover it was a mistake and demand more money from me...It was all of $60! I have dubbed it my 'Dr Zhivago coat'.


Vintage coat (shame my pics don't do it justice)
Marlova cashmere tank dress (not pictured)
Metallicus grey marle leggings
Chloe Silverado Wedges



J'adore these Chloe Silverado Wedges, and how delicate the wedge is from behind, beautifully sculpted so it's not too chunky:





How gorgeous is Plum Sykes in her Couture Couture coat? Such a cute outfit!

Chloe Fall Winter 2006

56 comments:

  1. Omg those Chloe wedges, I am swooning!
    That coat also, it looks so glamourous

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  2. what a steal!!!! it was destiny! amazing coat!
    i cant see the last picture though.

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  3. U look so stunning as always. What a great coat (great find. this is a 'jackpot'...$60? oh my God) and I love those Chloe. Are they a new purchase? :)

    Have a lovely week darling
    XoXo

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  4. Thank you for the lovely childhood memory. I can remember my Mom watching Dr. Z countless times. And your coat is fabulous!

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  5. Absolutely gorgeous coat! Love those wedges too!

    xoxox,
    CC

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  6. you look so fab! that coat looks so warm and those shoes - fierce!

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  7. i love those shoes! and the coat! amazing.

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  8. Love your blog, babe! I can't believe I've not bookmarked you on my blog!! I'm gonna link you! You have amazing style as always! I love those Chloe wedges! ;)

    xx Adeliet

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  9. Wow! Amazing coat. I hate people who find great cheap vintage stuff... I can NEVER find a thing!

    I also love those shoes. They're very beautiful.

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  10. Your vintage coat is a serious steal..how beautiful and well contstructed it looks from your pictures! <3
    Congrats on your Chloe wedges!
    I always thought Plum Skyes looks like Mischa Barton, but in that pictures the resemblence is so uncanny!!!

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  11. cashomere tank dress!
    please show it to us .

    nice coat too . maybe ishould started looking for a vintage winter coat

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  12. She does look like Mischa Barton!

    OMG OMG!! That coat is amazing! And that price.. unbelievable. When does it ever get cold enough in Australia though to wear it? lol

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  13. ooh I love Dr Zhivago!! Great coat you found there! And seriously, I really want ALL of your shoes, I have never seen a pair of shoes on your blog I didn't like!

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  14. 60 bucks?!?! seriously? I must go shopping with you next time :-) Great find--it goes perfectly with those chloe wedges!!

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  15. Fabulous coat and blog! Big HELLO from Singapore - am bookmarking you! Which vintage store did you get it from? Will definitely check it out when next in Sydney.

    xx Em

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  16. Thank you so much for your lovely comments everyone! :)

    H - that's weird! I can still see the pic? I once had it saved on my laptop (but the cable's broken) so I had to find it on online, may change it back once the cable's fixed and I can get back onto my own computer.

    janettaylor - Thanks! And hehe, yes, they are. I could not believe my luck when I found them brand new, despite being from the 2006 collection!

    lily - admittedly it is my BEST ever vintage purchase (and last one too!), so I am usually like you, envying others' vintage purchases...

    princessimp. - Thanks! And I have always thought so too! ;)

    damsels - will try to sometime!

    mizzJ - Oh, but it does get cold! I nearly froze my hands off this morning, I think it was less than 3 degrees Celsius! I live in coats in Winter...perhaps not as cold as in Canada, but definitely cold enough! :)

    Stefanie - Aw, thanks! Love Dr Zhivago too! And ever since I posted this, I've had the Dr Zhivago tune playing on repeat in my head, haha!

    tanya - admittedly it was 8 or so years ago, but please do come shopping with me! :)

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  17. shoptoomuch - Thanks! Sadly, that shop is no longer there, plus after this fortuitous purchase, I returned several times to that shop (while it was still running), but never found anything remotely interesting in there, it was truly a 'diamond in the rough', I still cannot believe my luck! Sydney does have great vintage stores though, and my fave is 'The Vintage Clothing Store' on Castlereagh Street - absolutely amazing stuff in there!
    xx

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  18. I love your coat! Very awesome find. Great wedges too. :)

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  19. You are so lucky !!! THis is such a gorgoeus coat and I love your wedges too.

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  20. Dios Mio! What a fabulous find. I have been seriously craving a vintage fur or faux coat recently, mostly due to re-watching The Royal Tenenbaums and falling in love with Margot's style all over again. Too bad it is 80 degrees and humid in Philadelphia. I wish it was autumn here - want to trade hemispheres? :)

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  21. You lucky gal! I've been looking for a statement coat for a while now. I figure I'll wait and see what winter brings over state-side.

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  22. That fur coat is just divine on you! I wish I could wear fur coats here...maybe a fur vest! Your shoes are fabulous too! I took your advice and trim my hair so that it'll grow longer :-) xxoxoxoxo

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  23. it's fixed. i can see it now.

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  24. lovely coat! and the shoe is just divine!

    btw just discovered you blog. this is wonderful.

    have a great day!

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  25. luv luv luv the coat and the wedges!

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  26. I love the fur and especially the shoes in the bottom picture
    wonderful taste =]

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  27. what a gorgeous find !!! all the details (cuffs, collar, buttons, pleats) are just amazing.
    it's a perfect outfit with the grey tights and the spectacular wedges.

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  28. You look great! Bravo, girl! :)

    FM~FP~AF

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  29. that coat is STUNNING and the wedges are beautiful of course :)

    xx
    L.

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  30. I absolutely love the coat, even more so since you refer to it as "Dr. Zhivago Coat". I love entire look. Absolutely brilliant!

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  31. love plum sykes, love vintage, love the shoes, and love your coat! my post was very timely, isn't it great how you can time travel through your clothes? this coat is a perfect example. just be looking at it i can see a million potential stories of russian extravagance and winter wonderlands.
    X

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  32. I love it!
    So classic and you really can wear it forever!!!

    Estou super into fur right now!
    Gostaría de usar todos os dias por aqui :))


    LINDA!

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  33. Incredible and wonderful buy. Truly gorgeous coat.

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  34. Wow...such a gorgeous coat! Truly a lucky find. Unfortunately for me, there are no wonderful vintage stores around the courts here; the courts are either surrounded by overpriced parking lots, cheapy stores, or are simply out in the middle of nowhere.

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  35. Love love love the Chloé wedges! The buckle detail is so perfect.

    http://fashionroadkill-halifax.blogspot.com

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  36. What a lovely lovely coat... and, i want to snag those shoes off your feet!:) Love them:) Plum Sykes is amazing. So is her writing! She makes me laugh:) When i need an upper, i pick up her book:)

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  37. what a great buy!!!amazing coat!!!!I love your wedges too.



    xoxo

    Hanh,

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  38. Oh I love that coat! I too adore my Chloe wedges - so delicate even though they are pretty chunky

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  39. I just love your wardrobe. I wish I could raid it, especially your shoe closet ;) Glad to hear you had a good weekend!

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  40. Hi Brigadeiro,

    How are you doing? The coat looking so cozy!!!! I love the contrast of the gray fur and chocolate brown. So yummy... um... make me want some cappuccino now :)... Love the wedge too.
    Have a beautiful day sweetie,
    xoxoxo
    Nini

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  41. wow, you certainly did luck out! you have good shopping karma. ;-)
    xox
    www.froufroufashionista.blogspot.com

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  42. Love the coat brigadeiro - what a bargain at $60. I need some of that fur in Melbourne at the moment it's freezing!
    P.S. loved the whole ensemble

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  43. i agree! that's such a fabulous find! love the wedges too!

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  44. That coat is amazing, but I think I'm even more in awe of your shoes. The whole outfit is just so gorgeous.

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  45. hi brigadeiro,

    its my first time to actually comment on your blog but i ahve been visiting frequently.. i totally admire your sense of style and your impeccable collection of clothes and shoes. you are tremendously stylish and i love it! hope you could drop by my blog soon:)

    much love

    eden

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  46. another lovely outfit {and yes, plum sykes looks adorable} -- always forget you're in fall weather just as it is midsummer here . . .

    xo

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  47. I agree that vintage coat is awesome, lucky you you found it:)

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  48. wow that is a magnificent coat and i adore the wedges..gorgeous look x

    http://www.throughthelookingglass44.blogspot.com/

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  49. I know a thing or two about vintage coats and I can confirm that yours indeed is gorgeous!
    And the way you wear it is spot on...

    Sophie
    http://vintagefashionagogo.com/

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  50. I love it! Very creative!That's actually really cool.
    謝謝你的文章分享,請你有空到我

    參觀,Thanks

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