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Cloverdale Comments - April 2015


Cloverdale Comments - April 2015

by Carol Russell

Mardi Gras Masquerade!

When we met Raquel Moffat and Nikki Bird for coffee at Plank to learn more about what they hope will be the 1st Annual Fundraiser for Jefferson Elementary School PTA, these vivacious co-chairs explained that the goal is to return the “things that have gone away”, including “educational programs, tools, and opportunities”. Each has been involved with the PTA for seven years and in its best tradition gives of themselves to help support Pre-K through 4th grade. 

A Louisiana style dinner catered by Robin at Josie’s Star Restaurant will be part of the New Orleans experience as you eat, dance and bid (winning, of course) at the live and silent auctions. Every class at Jefferson is dreaming up a theme and creating a basket or item for the silent auction. Local businesses and wineries are contributing, too. 

Come, have fun and make a difference! Costumes are optional, but masks will be available for everyone. Saturday, April 25th at the Citrus Fairgrounds 6-11 pm; Tickets at Eagles Nest, Eagle Tech and Ruth McGown’s Brew Pub for $25 before 4/10, $35 after & at the door; Must be 21+; No-host bar thanks to our Lions Club; Music by Cloverdale’s own DJ Dray Lopez. 

The Past Brought Forward 

As we walked up to the entrance of Voss Signature Vintage, a trio of well-dressed manikins welcomed us into a world of fashion history. Once inside, we were greeted by Kelley Voss, the proprietor, who’s a perfect model of the classic look that vintage clothes can bring into your wardrobe today.

As customers explore the racks of dresses, blouses, jackets, suits, shoes and handbags plus a great hat collection, exquisite accessories, and lingerie by Marcy Frank of A la Mode (for those unseen but essential finishing touches), they also explore decades of artistic clothing design. Just as we were, they are reminded of how fashion forward folks lived 30 to 90 years ago while also realizing how, with subtle variations, all the decades repeat themselves as modern designers make old concepts new. 

Kelley sparkles as she presents a range of classic looks that can carry you from the red carpet to the executive suite to a birthday party. Here are styles from times gone by that you could and would wear today. For example, as she held up a 1970s brown polka-dotted silk blouse designed to be worn with a stylish suit Kelley suggested matching it with a pair of jeans or white capris. And suddenly it took on a vibrant new life! 

We marveled at the range of styles, designers and, above all, the affordable prices. There was a $195 Jean-Louis Couture lime green, silk jacket that Jackie Kennedy would have worn which, in 2015, could be matched with a short, straight black skirt or even jeans. Or how about the pleated, circa 1980s, Valentino jacket with its hint of shoulder pads or the $215 white Claude Montana tuxedo jacket with its short front and long “tails” that would look stunning with black slacks or tights and boots? Then, too, you could slither into a floor length, maxi style, gold lame Italian dress and float across any room--all for $145--or show off the fabulously daring neckline (perfect with pearls–real or not!) of a glorious hot pink suit by Oscar de la Renta that’s reminiscent of Sophia Loren.  

Men are not neglected either thanks to a really cool collection of shirts, jackets, shoes, hats and more. We especially loved the “Roy Rogers/Gene Autry” look created by a pair of 1940s/50s embroidered Western shirts.  

Kelley will even help you “find the missing piece of a great outfit.” Is there a favorite piece tucked in the back of your closet that you don’t know what to do with? Bring it in and she’ll show you how to restyle it to create its place among today’s fashions. 

Voss Signature Vintage is located in a vintage building (originally the Cloverdale Public Library) built in 1921 and just 4 years older than the oldest dress in the shop: a sleeveless, beaded, chiffon, flapper era sheath from 1925 that can be yours for $199. Come by or contact Kelley at 119 South Cloverdale Blvd.; 669-5079;; Wed-Sat, 11-5; Sun-Tues., By appt.