Power Shopping: Debi Mazar's 5 Favorite Places to Score Premium Vintage Threads
The 'Younger' actress reveals where she finds the vintage treasures that turn heads on the red carpet (and beyond).
On her new show Younger, which premieres Tuesday, Debi Mazar rarely gets a chance to flaunt her flair for vintage style. Starring as Sutton Foster's 40-year-old lesbian bestie, Maggie, Mazar is seen in modern casual ensembles with a darker color palette. But offscreen — and on Extra Virgin, her cooking show with husband Gabriele Corcos — she knows how to rock a vintage look.
Mazar's personal collection is flush with vintage treasures: a Pauline Trigere cocktail dress, Claire McCardell gown, gold haircombs crafted in the 1800s and gloves of every length and style — opera, fingerless, driving, cashmere-lined, fur-lined ... you get the idea. Then there are her swanky jewels: gold cuffs, a diamond-studded Tiffany watch, a runneth-over charm bracelet. "My jewels are major. I'm not gonna lie!" Mazar says. Now we know what she did with her Entourage paycheck. But, hey, it's an investment. "I believe that jewelry and real estate — you can always flip it," she says.
Here, Mazar dishes on where to score the best retro threads and accessories.
THE WAY WE WORE
Mazar's trousseau includes a bounty of gems she unearthed at The Way We Wore, a boutique owned by vintage guru Doris Raymond (and the star of L.A. Frock Stars). There are old world pieces, like a 1930s red-and-white polka-dot seersucker dress she wore on Extra Virgin (above); and designer originals, like a Pierre Balmain black sheath with bracelet sleeves. One of Mazar's ultimate finds is a red-and-black Neiman Marcus dress with 3/4 sleeves and a low back (above). She wore it to a Vanity Fair Oscar party, where it garnered lots of love from the press.
If you're on the hunt for rare finds — a turn-of-the-century duster jacket, brocade box purse, 1950s bikini —t his La Brea boutique gets five stars.
334 S. La Brea Ave., Los Angeles, 323-937-0878
LILY ET CIE
For a dazzling array of couture gowns and cocktail dresses, Mazar recommends Lily Et Cie. She lauds owner Rita Watnick's luxury stock, which includes garments from Madame Gres and Luis Estevez. "Her collection is museum-worthy," Mazar says.
If lingerie is your jam, it won't disappoint. Mazar found an assortment of Juel Park negligees and robes there, like a silk-chiffon, cut-on-the-bias nightgown and an emerald green nightgown-and-robe combo that's feathery, fluffy and oozes va-va-voom. "It's so movie star," she says.
9044 Burton Way, Beverly Hills, 310-724-5757
Mazar's heart skips a beat when she thinks of the chic, brown-and-black taffeta grosgrain Claire McCardell dress she found at Resurrection Vintage. "It's very simple, sleek and one of the greatest dresses I've ever bought in my life." Mazar debuted it on the red carpet at the Academy of Motion Picture Arts and Sciences tribute to Sophia Loren, where it made heads spin, including the guest of honor's. "Sophia Loren gave me the once over," Mazar says. "I was like, 'Yes, thank you for appreciating my outfit!' It was a moment."
Resurrection has outposts on both coasts, plus an archive rental studio in New York where stylists, costumers and industry insiders can find rare and historic pieces with an emphasis on avant-garde design. (Think Comme Des Garcons, Martin Margiela and Yohji Yamamoto.)
8006 Melrose Ave, Los Angeles, 323-651-5516 and 217 Mott Street, New York, 212-625-1374
Funky and fabulous, Maison Jadis is the place for all things 1960s and '70s, give or take a few decades. Mazar raves about its well-curated, whimsical inventory, which includes mod dresses, boho prints and art deco handbags. Although Mazar doesn't own much herself ("It's more '70s, which is not my thing because I lived the '70s!"), she gives it a thumbs-up for an eclectic assortment of fun pieces at affordable prices. But there, she says, lower prices don't translate into "shlubby polyester or pilly sweaters."
107 Crosby St., New York, 212-226-5100
"Screaming Mimis has always had amazing stuff," Mazar says. The NoHo landmark has a cornucopia of period pieces from the 1920s to the '90s that are "fun, fun, fun," like flapper dresses, men's suits and pleather-and-cheetah print jeans. They also stock party wear, like feathered turbans, masks, cigarette holders and retro shoes. But, Mazar says, when it comes to shoes, buyers beware. "I don’t wear vintage shoes — ever. They're dry, crunchy and they break."
382 Lafayette Street, New York, 212-677-6464