Bring Out The Funk With These Pieces From Funky Fanny’s
I love shopping for vintage goods — and not just for high-end designer handbags from a golden era (that's like being a tourist in vintage land). No, I enjoy finding apparel, shoes, and accessories that capture the spirit of a former decade, that celebrate the aesthetic norms that made people swoon in that given point in time — whether it's the flashy, kaleidoscopic-flavored, pop music-inspired prints of the '80s or the billowy silhouettes, embroidered floral details, and earthy accents of '70s Flower Child-ready fashions. There's something so fun about time-traveling via our choice of clothing, traversing through time and space to eras we may know only from books and images. But, of course, it takes good taste, a spirit of adventure, and a flair for mixing and matching pieces to sucessfully rock vintage. And ladies, I believe you've got all those qualities — you just have to tap into them.
If you've frequented enough vintage boutiques, however, then you know some of the things that make the experience so challenging: the dusty rooms (that, my friends, I can do without), the time-consuming task of sifting through racks of unflattering polyester caftans, nightmare-ish royal blue velvet dresses, circle skirts made out of curtain-like fabric, and First Communion-ready white pumps — all in hopes of locating one or two remarkable pieces. It's friggin' exhausting!
Which is why, when it comes to vintage, I suggest finding boutiques and retailers that uphold high standards in terms of the quality of the garments they carry and who carefully select each new garment, ensuring that it fits their boutique's overall vibe. For me, it's all about Funky Fanny's Vintage, since this vintage destination values the same experimental, edgy, urban-inspired, slightly kitschy and always tongue-in-cheek style that makes fashion so fun for me.
For its Spring/Summer 2010 Lookie Loo (a lookbook featuring some key pieces for the season), Funky Fanny's was inspired by the return of Mickey and Minnie Mouse as couture-worthy icons. Designer Diane Von Fursternberg sent models down the runway with oversize, Minnie-inspired hair bows during her Resort 2010 shows. And the Mickey and Minnie references have been popping up in many a fashion editorial, including a Vogue Germany spread with the inimitable Chanel Iman. Not to mention that everyone from Estelle to Luella Bartley and Giles Deacon designed embellished Mickey Mouse ears for the launch of Mickey's Magical Party at the Disneyland Resort Paris last year.
For those who need to stock up on some Mouseketeer-ready goods, Funky Fanny's is offering an array of pieces ranging from a cheeky bowtie (pictured above) to a pale pink sweatshirt emblazoned with an image of Minnie Mouse, a denim jacket featuring an embroidered visual of Mickey, and more. And to give the Mickey and Minnie motifs a contemporary urban twist, the Funky Fanny's crew created a fun and provocative vignette, "Mickey Does Miami," juxtaposing the overt Disneyland references with sexy pieces in electric blue and yellow that speak to the flashiness of Miami. If you want to indulge your inner Mouse Club member, you can cop some of the Mickey or Minnie pieces mentioned or, if you just want some playful pieces to jazz up your ensemble, you can buy such cool finds as the ruched yellow gloves (pictured fourth from top) or the blue lace trim teddy (pictured second from top). One of the most fun summery pieces: a vintage Betsey Johnson jumpsuit (pictured last from to) with comic book-worthy splashes of color. My absolute favorite piece though: the vintage leather starburst pumps (pictured at top). Now, of course, since all these pieces are vintage, there's usually only one of each in stock, so you have to make sure they have the piece you desire in your size. And ladies, you're lucky those pumps aren't a size 6 because I would be all over them like butter on toast!
The pieces pictured here will be available on the Funky Fanny's website shortly, or you can contact them through the site with any requests and orders. Make sure to check out the pricing and sizing info below and see if you can add some Magic Kingdom joy to your wardrobe!
Vintage Leather Starburst Pumps in Size 8.5, $74; Vintage Lace Trim Teddy in S/M, $68; Vintage Mickey Bowtie, $28; Vintage Yellow Ruched Globes in Small, $28; and Vintage Betsey Johnson jumpsuit in Small, $128. Visit FunkyFannys.com