Smashing: Vintage — and the thrill of the hunt for it — is key to her fashion sense

Herald-Leader fashion writerJuly 25, 2014 

Part of the thrill for Maggie Lanham was in the hunt for the prized designer jacket she wore at Street Scene on Wednesday.

"This is one of my greatest finds ever. It's Helmut Lang," said the Lexington stylist and blogger, who first spotted the piece on a fashion blog about five years ago. The original price by the Austrian fashion designer: an out-of-reach $600.

"So I have been searching and searching and I found this designer consignment website called The Real Real," she said. The jacket "was priced $75 but they always have 20 percent off so I got it for like $50, $60. I was freaking out. ... I screamed when I saw it on the screen."

A shopper's fairy tale come true.

Besides knowing how to snag a deal, Lanham, 26, is a whiz at pulling together a look.

In February, she launched a style blog called Face With a View Fashion (Facewithaviewfashion.com).

"It's small still, but I'm very proud of it, very excited about it." Photos are by Kate Sands, a Frankfort-based photographer.

Lanham works at West Sixth Brewery and Street Scene, the Lexington vintage clothing and accessories store, where she has styled fashion shoots.

Vintage is an integral part of her look, mixed with modern, wearable pieces.

"Fashion is so cyclical. It's just impossible to ignore that vintage can be relevant today," Lanham said. "You can make vintage so modern and so chic, or so funky and cool and you can mix it with new items. And I just think that's kind of what I search for: finding vintage pieces that are versatile that I can use in a modern wardrobe."

Lanham hopes to expand her business as a stylist and personal shopper. Her idea of a perfect look includes comfort and style, something she keeps in mind when putting together outfits for friends and clients.

"Whenever I take them shopping, no matter what I put them in, I think the most important thing is that you feel comfortable in whatever it is," said Lanham, who just wrapped up a shoot with Fox House Vintage, a Lexington boutique on West Sixth Street.

"You have to love it. When you have a good outfit on, it just becomes kind of like a second skin and you're just comfortable and more confident."

What she wore

Jacket: Helmut Lang, found for about $60 at Therealreal.com.

Shorts: Featuring an asymmetrical drape, from ASOS.com.

Blouse: A classic wardrobe basic. Thrifted from the Salvation Army.

Shoes: Shellys London flats, bought on sale at Urban Outfitters.

Rings: An assortment of styles worn on both hands, including a copper band found at Goodwill and a knuckle ring from Street Scene.

Necklaces: Lanham layers two delicate chains. One, featuring a copper bar, was bought from an artist at a Louisville flea market.

Favorite products: The one thing I don't leave the house without is just a swipe of eyeliner. And I just use Cover Girl.

And a Maybelline eyebrow pencil. "I already have thick eyebrows, but it just makes them pop even more."

Harriett Hendren: (859) 231-3175. Email: hhendren@herald-leader.com. Twitter: @harrietthendren.

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