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Stellaire Launches With ’70s Disco-Inspired Rhinestone Suits, Bodysuits, and Dresses

Last updated: 04-16-2019

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Stellaire Launches With ’70s Disco-Inspired Rhinestone Suits, Bodysuits, and Dresses

Going-out clothes are trending for spring 2018. There were sequined jumpsuits at Halpern, jeweled bodysuits at Gucci, and chain mail minis at Paco Rabanne, where Julien Dossena told Vogue’s Sarah Mower that he’s been dancing more than usual in the wake of the Paris terror attacks. “It’s a way to get your head out of that crap reality,” he said. “We dress up, and we go out.” Chloe Chippendale, formerly the owner of vintage shop Stoned Immaculate, has a similar message with her new label, Stellaire. Where Stoned Immaculate offers everyday pieces from the ’60s and ’70s (think band tees, Lurex knits, and denim), Stellaire has the wild rhinestone-studded suits, turquoise “liquid satin” pants, and plunging gowns a vintage lover would wear after dark—and into the early hours of the morning.

It’s also about as far as you can get from the oversize, curve-concealing silhouettes that have dominated recent runways. “We forget in this day and age that we can pretty much wear whatever we want, date whoever we want, and listen to whatever we want,” Chippendale tells Vogue. “The kids of the ’60s and ’70s grew up in the ’40s and ’50s, which was a really conservative time, and they didn’t have those freedoms. So, when they matured to a point where they could express themselves, they did it in the most unique, beautiful way. Today, we have all of those freedoms, but I think there’s a lack of appreciation for them. We don’t indulge in our ability to have fun with the way we dress. I think that’s why we’re always drawn to those eras [of the ’60s and ’70s]—we’re a little overdue for that headspace.”

Slipping into the label’s rhinestone-studded bodysuit would help you get there pretty quickly. Every piece, from the “glam rock” suits to the plunge-front gowns and high-slit slip dresses, represents the “ultimate scores” Chippendale searched for in vintage shops but could never find. “I basically wear the same jeans and T-shirt every day, but when I go out with my friends on Saturday night, I want to wear some crazy iconic vintage piece,” she says. “When I did find those special pieces, usually they were ill-fitting, or the material wasn’t high quality,” she explains. “So Stellaire was born from my desire to score [those pieces] that could be mistaken as vintage but are actually new.”

You can expect to see a lot of girls wearing Stellaire later this season, especially around the holidays and New Year’s Eve. Prices start at $400, and every piece is available starting today at StellaireCollection.com.


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