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Gail Carriger at the Alameda Vintage Fashion Fair in Plaid

I had so much fun at the Alameda Vintage fair last time that I went back again last weekend. I was on the hunt for some very specific items: a pair of green and gold earrings and a bangle to match, some emerald green gloves, emerald green shoes, replacement red knit top, black and white gingham petal pushers, cream lace top, cream cardy. I ended up with a little green ring and an embroidered/beaded cashmere cream sweater, both of which you will certainly see me wear at an event soon. I had a wonderful time, went with friends and ran into old friends there.

Gail Carriger at the Alameda Vintage Fashion Fair in Plaid

Part of the fair's theme this time was steampunk. I didn't feel like going the whole hog, because I thought I might want to try stuff on, so instead I just wore my plaid 1940s dress which has some steampunk elements. My dear friend Rach took a similar approach, although don't you just love her jacket?

Gail Carriger at the Alameda Vintage Fashion Fair in Plaid

We encountered various actual old vintage pieces, mostly from close to the turn of the century, more Prudence than Alexia. But fun to see. Nothing that would fit my Rack, of course.

Gail Carriger at the Alameda Vintage Fashion Fair in PlaidGail Carriger at the Alameda Vintage Fashion Fair in Plaid

Mostly we had fun browsing the wares, trying on hats and giggling.

Gail Carriger at the Alameda Vintage Fashion Fair in Plaid
 Wingtip spectator bag!

We developed a plan of attack for next time, gossiped a lot, and generally enjoyed ourselves. This time they had nibbly bits instead of absinthe drinks, a marked improvement if you ask me. I loathe absinthe. Perhaps next time they will have tea!

Gail Carriger at the Alameda Vintage Fashion Fair in Plaid
My bag find a sibling! (Mine is the one with the parasol scarf tied to it (of course).

You may recognize the plaid dress I wore from a few other occasions. I donned it on the first day of the last Nova Albion Steampunk Exhibition.

Gail Carriger at the Alameda Vintage Fashion Fair in Plaid
 Parasol now dead; Newport News leather jacket gone to a good home; tan cloche hat given away on this blog; glasses upgraded; but I still have the dress, jewelry, and belt.

I also wore this plaid dress to RT in LA one year. I like this dress, the fit is good and because it is a modern piece it has a bit of stretch to it, a front pocket (!), and packs well. Yet it still fits over the Rack.

Gail Carriger at the Alameda Vintage Fashion Fair in PlaidGail Carriger at the Alameda Vintage Fashion Fair in Plaid

And it's the one Locus shot me wearing for the Steampunk edition cover and used again for the film announcement recently.

Gail Carriger at the Alameda Vintage Fashion Fair in Plaid

Plaid has been showing up all over the runways for Fall 2012. Plaid alwasy seems to show up in some form or another in the autumn.

Gail Carriger at the Alameda Vintage Fashion Fair in PlaidGail Carriger at the Alameda Vintage Fashion Fair in PlaidGail Carriger at the Alameda Vintage Fashion Fair in Plaid
 Left DSquared; middle & right Ralph Lauren

And how about something in plaid for Alexia to wear?

Gail Carriger at the Alameda Vintage Fashion Fair in Plaid
1880  The Museum at FIT

And just because it's so pretty:

Gail Carriger at the Alameda Vintage Fashion Fair in Plaid
1929 Ensemble  Louiseboulanger  The Museum at FIT

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  • Terra
    on September 19, 2012 | 09:20 Terrasaid :
    "I guess we know what Biffy would be if her were transformed into a bag!"
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