Adele shopped here: Vintage shop gets TV series
In this photo taken Thursday, Feb. 21, 2013, owner Doris Raymond poses for a photo at her Hollywood high-end vintage store, "The Way We Wore," in the La Brea District of Los Angeles. Raymond's vintage clothing and accessories store is featured in the reality TV series, "L.A. Frock Stars," which debuts March 7, 2013 on the Smithsonian Channel. (AP Photo/Damian Dovarganes)
LOS ANGELES (AP) — When Adele wants to make a vintage fashion statement, stylist Gaelle Paul has a go-to source: the cleverly named The Way We Wore shop.
Now TV viewers can peek inside Los Angeles store owner Doris Raymond's 19th- and 20th-century collection that's lured shoppers Anne Hathaway, Katie Holmes and Angelina Jolie, as well as top designers searching for inspiration from the past.
"L.A. Frock Stars," a Smithsonian Channel series debuting 8 p.m. EST Thursday, is both a fashionista's delight and a chance to see passion at work with Raymond, who's made finding and selling great old duds a quest for more than 30 years.
"The show is about spreading the gospel of vintage," said Raymond — which translates, for example, to a 1940s jacket with tailoring and fabric that would cost $1,500 to replicate today but can be had for less than $200.
Rayond's tidy but chockful shop also has racks of impressive labels including Chanel, Versace, Halston and Gucci, and the stuff of fashion history like the first version of the Diane Von Furstenberg wrap dress that launched the designer's career.
In this photo taken Thursday, Feb. 21, 2013, Anna Ovdienko looks for a vintage Edwardian era dress at "The Way We Wore," a Hollywood high-end vintage store owned by Doris Raymond in the La Brea District of Los Angeles. Raymond's vintage clothing and accessories store is featured in the reality TV series, "L.A. Frock Stars," which debuts March 7, 2013 on the Smithsonian Channel. (AP Photo/Damian Dovarganes)
Those are found above-stairs at the shop, to be surveyed by VIPs and vintage mavens who also can ogle — or shell out for — such rare items as an intricately made 1920s dress priced at $6,000. The ground floor is the "democratic" section, as Raymond puts it, with less-pricey garments and accessories.
But even those are likely to be in the hundreds of dollars: Don't mistake The Way We Wore for something in Macklemore & Ryan Lewis' clever "Thrift Shop" tune, which celebrates Goodwill-style bargains ("Thank your granddad for donating that plaid button-up shirt").
"It's not like going to a thrift shop. This is a high-end, fully curated vintage clothing store. It's really picky," said Raymond, who sees her stylish inventory as both art and a link to social history.
The far-from-ordinary garments are what draw stylist Paul and her client Adele, who came in recently on a scouting expedition.
The shop has "designers that I don't know where else I would find them," Paul said, such as James Galanos. "It's just great you can get those designers and their really strong pieces. It's not the average 1950s dress you find in vintage stores."