Fashion's Night Out: A vintage marketplace
Bright light streams in through over-sized windows at the 11th-floor penthouse at the Cooper Design Space in downtown L.A. Friday afternoon. "It's beautiful now," says Richard Wainwright,"but at night when it gets dark, the place looks magical." Wainwright is the co-creator of "A Current Affair,” a temporary marketplace set up for Fashion's Night Out that features clothes and accessories from more than 20 vintage boutiques and private dealers.
With offerings that span multiple eras and price levels, it doesn't take the right mood lighting to create a fashion fantasy land.
One table displays a five-foot high platform shoe striped in shades of green. Opposite, a mannequin models a gold lame dress from the early '60s. Down the row, a rack holds magenta pink and fuscia coats lined with fur. At a different booth, a single red feather flutters on the waist of a navy blue flapper-style dress. Nestled inside a glass case, cuff bracelets made with beads from vintage handbags gleam in the sun.
Wainwright wants the event to be like a party, so in addition to feasting on sights of feathers and sequins, shoppers can enjoy an open bar and tunes from a DJ.
He hopes that hundreds, including celebrity guests, will visit the marketplace event, which runs 6 p.m. to 10 p.m. Friday and picks up Saturday from 10 a.m. to 5 p.m.
"There are other places to be for Fashion's Night Out, but we have really unique stuff," Wainwright says. "And the only way you can get it is if you're here tonight."
--Daina Beth Solomon
Photos: Vintage dresses from "A Current Affair." Credit: Daina Beth Solomon.