OPENING CEREMONY, the bicoastal store that brought us the red-hot TopShop and Chloe Sevigny clothing lines, is now dabbling in vintage with a collection of 1930s to 1960s sweater clips and headpieces curated by style arbiter Liz Goldwyn.
After spending five months digging through thrift store bins and flea market tables, Goldwyn amassed 40 items for the New York and L.A. stores. The fashionable L.A. filmmaker has even more hidden away, but parting is such sweet sorrow. "They yelled at me," she said of the sales staff who reminded her that her finds were not for keeps. "It's always hard to give things up."
The clips and headpieces, $150 to $350, nod to ladylike midcentury style, which is on the fashion radar again thanks to TV's "Mad Men." The clips -- designed to hold a cardigan on the shoulders -- are retro prim and whimsical. One set has a cat clip on one side and a mouse clip on the other. And now that hats are having a moment, you might actually be able to get away with wearing one of the slightly dotty-looking velvet flower or pheasant feather creations.
"They're sexy," Goldwyn said of the one-of-a-kind pieces. "But a little disheveled."
Goldwyn's "Springtime Romance" collection for Opening Ceremony, 451 N. La Cienega, West Hollywood. (310) 652-1180.