Volume 92, Issue 6

Friday, September 11, 1998

oshfrosh b'gosh


Dahling, you look mahvellous

Graphic by Brahm Wiseman

By Clare Elias
Arts and Entertainment Editor

Are you tired of your Gianni Versace gowns? Have they become just a little too trendy? Or maybe tuition burnt a hole in your bank account the size of a meteor. Don't worry, you can still dress yourself in style – instead of opting for the nudist colony look, which, when London's winter strikes, could burn your ass more than tuition fees.

Richmond and Talbot Streets offer a wide range of new and used clothing ranging from the 1920s era to modern designs.

Commander Salamander is located at 360 Talbot St. between King and York Streets and it's "nostalgia city" throughout this vintage shop. You can find every style of retro alongside crazy crinoline skirts from the '50s, stylin' psychedelic '60s bold print dresses and authentic '70s polyester turtlenecks. As well, polyester shirts with butterfly collars for all you fly cats!

Frilly Lizard is a woman's boutique right next door to Commander Salamander. "We've got fashion lines by Betsy Johnson, Anne Hung and prints from Demon Girl," says Michelle, a boutique employee. Another popular line is 2 Grey Hairs, a designer label which dyes old slips in interesting colours.

"I know it sounds weird," says Michelle, "but they look fantastic!" The store's accessory department includes an array of funky jewellery and purses which span the years of fashion history.

Basic Blues, located at 349 Talbot Street, is the best place to find jeans and cords. It's mostly a vintage clothing shop carrying bell-bottomed and flared pants from the '60s and '70s, but the modern wear line includes products from Hollywood and Buffalo. For men, the store also carries Point Zero clothing.

Layman House, located at 350 Richmond Street, is a two-storey building packed with clothes dating back almost eight decades. Downstairs is where the '20s to '50s clothing and accessories are gathered, while the upstairs houses the '60s and '70s pieces. Layman House also deals in vintage furniture, folk art, candle holders, incense and essential oils.

Vintage is truly the environmental choice for clothing, so keep recycling those cords and crinolines – and abandon the urge for Tommy.

To Contact The Arts and Entertainment Department: gazette.entertainment@julian.uwo.ca

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