LILY et Cie
This weekend’s Academy Awards are set to bring the cream of the Tinseltown crop to the City of Angels, all kitted to kill in top-to-toe couture for what is certainly the most glamorous red carpet on the planet. Whether you’ve secured an invitation to the ceremony or will be toasting the night elsewhere, there’s really no excuse not to dress the part of an award-winning A-lister yourself, and nowhere better to find the perfect, Oscar-worthy vintage gown than LILY et Cie.
The first port of call for celebrities, stylists, and savvy locals looking for that once-in-a-lifetime find, LC occupies a 5,000 sq ft space and boasts a highly curated collection of spectacularly rare, museum-quality vintage gowns and couture. And while many have spoken fighting words against owner Rita Watnick (who is notorious for her distaste of the bargain-hunting masses), LC is not the place for casual rack browsing; rather, it takes a gallery-like approach to showcasing its prized pieces.
And what treasures they are – the current collection of vintage ‘It’ accessories includes a Chanel quilted egg clutch and 1991 Azzedine Alaia belts, and a just-arrived 1995 Christian Lacroix Haute Couture duchesse satin dress, named one of the 100 most important dresses of the C.20th by Vogue. Leave yourself in Rita’s capable hands – she will tailor to fit, and you’ll strut out the door ready to walk the carpet yourself.