As we are getting closer to our big move–I’m also doing a personal overhaul and trying to change some of my careless ways. I have so many beautiful vintage dresses that I need to mend and, in general, I really need to take better care of my clothes. I was reminded of this while looking at my reader, Sandra Murphy’s, new collection of vintage-inspired clothes, Recollection.

The Irish-born designer lives in New York and has been working in the industry for a long while now. During the decade Sandra spent designing for large brands like Original Penguin, Gap and Victoria’s Secret, she still had her head in the timeless looks of vintage design and the sewists, like her mother and grandmother, who created well-made tailored looks from their homes in the 1940’s through 1960’s. The women in her family as well as a huge percentage of other talented women from this era showed their personal style through interesting textiles and thoughtful details. Recollection is a tribute to them all.

Not only do I want some of the beautiful pieces in Sandra Murphy’s collection, it also reminds me that I should be taking care of the beautiful garments I already have. I particularly love Sandra’s day dresses and beautiful coats. Also–I think Edwin Tse always (see here) takes such marvelous photographs! You can find a little video too.

My favorites from the Recollection Fall/Winter 2011 lookbook (credits below):

images courtesy of Sandra Murphy (photographer: Edwin Tse)

Photographer: Edwin Tse
Stylist: Celina Murphy
Hair: Samantha Landis
Makeup: Christina Monita
Assistant: Elizabeth Clancy
Model: Valeria Eva

2 Responses to “Recollection”
  1. Caitlin Rose says:

    I couldn’t agree with you more. I believe in having beautiful clothes to keep for always, but I must say I’m not always the best at taking care of them.

  2. Jen McCabe says:

    I swear that I can take a dress that has successfully lasted for 80 years and rip it in less than 2 weeks. I need to be more of a lady? Pffft.