Mod, Bakelite, & Lamé

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Drop me off at the Fashion Collection at the Victoria & Albert in London or the Museum of Clothing in Madrid and I will be content.  I think it all started when I began watching old Audrey Hepburn movies as a child.  I was mesmerized by the elegance with which she wore Givenchy’s beautiful dresses.  Obviously, with this kind of sophisticated taste in fashion, by the time I got to high school, I wasn’t going to wear some frilly gown to the prom.  Come on, it was the 80s…you know exactly what I mean — ruffles, puff sleeves, and A-lines!!  To counter the hideousness that was prom dresses of the 80s, I went round to the local vintage shop, La Di Da, and bought a gorgeous 1950s silver moiré taffeta tea-length dress. It wasn’t Givenchy, but it was his style and it looked fab.  It even had the original price tag from Furchgott’s on it — $14.95!

So with this in mind, it should come as no surprise that I was quite excited when I happened upon the Museum of Design and Fashion in Lisbon.  Housed in an industrial warehouse with cement floors & walls, this museum is a design lovers delight.  Quirky, funky, & mod, this collection runs the gamut from furniture to shoes to lip-shaped sofas to bookshelves.  Definitely check it out to get your kitsch on!

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Cherry Tomatoes & Cocktail Umbrellas in Lisbon

Pois,Cafe

Walking into the Pois, Café is like walking into someone’s living room.  Crushed velvet sofas and mismatched chairs of wood and rattan surround bright red and turquoise vintage steamer trunks serving as coffee tables. The walls are lined with shelves of books that you are free to read by the light of a 1970s-style lamp complete with a fringed shade. The food is as fabulous as the décor, and some plates really do come with a cherry tomato garnish with a cocktail umbrella!

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