Modern Classics

by jennine on August 18, 2009

Personally, I’m so excited to see Madmen staring up again. Aside from the great stories, the show acts as a beautiful reminder of what I love about vintage dresses… their ‘occasional’ feeling. The idea that we should dress for every occasion. Ok, that’s a TV show, but my grandmother, would attest that it’s how she lived her middle class life. Maybe it runs in the family. Anyway, as much as I like vintage dresses, sometimes I want the modern equivalent, sexy, well presented, yet with immaculate details. Montreal based designer Valerie Dumaine perfectly quenches these cravings, with mid century era silhouettes with shorter hemlines, and contemporary elements. Her new fall collection is available now, and with price points in the $125-$150(US) range, you get both unique dresses with a vintage modern twist.

  • Ines Wool Blend tulip skirt $145 (CAD)
  • Jean Pencil Dress $175 (CAD) reminds me of Ashe’s Joan Holloway dress
  • Cairo tulip dress with open back $175 (CAD)

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1 Karen August 18, 2009 at 11:33 am

Huge fan of Valerie! Thanks for posting!
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2 Looks Good To Me August 18, 2009 at 11:35 am

I also love Mad Men! These pieces are great, very Joan Holloway!
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3 Ashe Mischief August 18, 2009 at 11:45 am

Oh my goodness… these are so stunning and drool worthy. I don’t know which I love more…

Ms. Dumaine really knows how to update those vintage pieces to make them much more modern and still so timeless!
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4 Cammila August 18, 2009 at 12:23 pm

Wow, the word that comes to mind is lush. Just impeccable in every way — the prints, the tailoring, the fabrics. Just the feeling I always get from vintage pieces — which explains a few things.
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5 Tami August 18, 2009 at 12:36 pm

wow, i love the silhouettes of the pencil skirt dress and the tulip skirt. soooo chic!
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6 Icy August 18, 2009 at 4:35 pm

The navy dress is so wearable! And the pricepoint isn’t out of the ballpark for quality peices either. Nice finds.
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7 Denise @ Swelle August 18, 2009 at 8:55 pm

What great dresses! I understand the want for the modern equivalent of 50s/60s era styles, I crave that ‘newness’ as much as I do good vintage. That pencil dress is amazing, especially for the price!
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8 Laurie August 19, 2009 at 4:31 am

who doesnt love a dress with a bow on it? those dresses have fantastic shape.


9 Sal August 19, 2009 at 6:23 am

STUNNING designs, every one of ‘em. And so affordable! Thanks for another great tip, Jennine. I feel that one of these frocks will make its way into my wardrobe for fall.
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10 ClandestineChic August 19, 2009 at 6:57 am

I love it! Classic pieces that are good for any occasion and you don’t have to go for broke for them, either.
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11 rachel c. August 19, 2009 at 8:40 am

i really love the clean lines in these pieces paired with such unique hairstyles.

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12 Chelsea August 25, 2009 at 9:10 am

I want that tulip skirt!!


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