Sunday, April 12, 2009

Atomic Age

I had an inspired shopping experience last weekend (thank you Lawrence) at Atomic on Queen Street West. A curator's dream, this shop full of excellently preserved, cheerful, mid-century modern and pop art pieces was a delight!

In addition to a fantastic selection of housewares (mint-condition, 1960s Swedish plastic carafes, anyone?), there's a beautiful, edited assortment of modernist Norwegian sterling silver jewelry and a capsule vintage clothing collection, mainly from the late 60s and early 70s.

I bought a phenomenal ring that looks strangely like a crown to me (pics to follow).

I also got this top:

Not that I'm any expert, but I suspect this piece is from the 1970s, masquerading as a piece from the 1940s. The fabric and stitching seem more modern than the design. (And the cross-over design has such beautiful drape, it's a joy to wear.)

Whatcha think?


  1. Now that's what I'm talkin' about. I lurve posts where we get lots of photos of you in your cool clothes. Yay!

  2. 40s or 70s, that top is gorgeous! And you're right, it drapes beautifully and looks fabulous on you (like everything, or course!)

    Have I ever mentioned how much I lust after your glasses? I always wanted glasses but my eyesight never warranted it. My hearing however...I wonder if you can get sexy looking ear-horns nowadays. Hmmmmm.

  3. Me too... And I am digging your smirk like smile too.

  4. That top is gorgeous! I love it on you K-Line..;D
    Looking forward on your new post.

  5. You look so great on your outfit.;D
    Hope u have a wonderful day.;D

  6. It looks 40's to me and you look sensational to me!:-)

  7. love that blouse! what a great find!

  8. Monkey: Thanks! I really do love this new top. Truth is, it will be cool (as well as cool) all summer...

    Ms. U: Thanks for your lovely comment. I snorted out loud when I read about the ear-horn. Hilarious! I got the glasses at Spectacle (in TO) but the brand is Face a Face from Paris. You'd probably still be able to get them - you can put them in a drawer and hope for age-related nearsightedness! :-) Of course, I joke. Perfect eyesight is a tremendous gift.

    GJ: I smirked in that ridiculous way in every freakin' photo! These were the least of the smirkies.

    Solo and Summer: Thanks to you both so much!

    Bel: I totally thought it was 40s when I picked it up, but when you give the stitching a good go over, I don't think it's possible. I'll settle for the look. Still vintage, after all! And thank you so much!

    Droll: Thank you. It was an exciting moment. Wait till you see the ring...

  9. That looks really gorgeous on you. The style looks 40's but the fabric looks more 70's take on 40's but who can tell from a picture (not me). Love the smart photos

  10. perfect. love the print. good with a skirt too. are those rabbit ears on your tv? K, you're thoroughly retro.

  11. That is one snazzy beautiful top on you!

  12. You look absolutely fabulous in it!

  13. Nice top but I'm mostly admiring your hair for some reason :-D

  14. OOOOH, it's so fab!!!! the colors are perfect on you!

  15. Mardel: That's just it. The fabric is too modern for the 40s. Thanks for your lovely comment.

    Tessa: They ARE bunny ears. And pretty soon, when TV goes digital, I'm going to have to come up with a new solution.

    Janet, Stacey: Thank you so much!

    Wendy: Thank you - the hair is taking on a life of its own. Actually, day after this photo I had a trim - and I can't wait for it to grow back because I kind of like the mop look. (It does get out of control after a while though...)

    M: Thanks - it's the kind of top I imagine your granny would have worn and then passed along to you.