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Friday, April 29, 2011

Vintage Stanley Platos/Martin Ross

On a recent day away from shooting, I visited my beautiful partner's bungalow to work on some upcoming plots, plans, and schemes... (And boy do we have some good ones coming your way)!
We're always challenging ourselves to be creative with fashion and reconstruction, but on the odd day off my uniform, (when not going out or shooting on set) is usually a dark pair of flared jeans and something cottony. Like this simple, black tank top.
But even the humblest tank can rock if it's married to a really good jacket. (And good jewelry never hurt either). In any case, I fell in love with this blazer the moment I laid eyes on it.
I found this vintage Stanley Platos/Martin Ross number on Manhattan's Upper East Side at the Housing Works thrift store on 90th and 2nd Avenue. Always a fan of 80's designers, I was particularly excited to come across this little number. With it's vented sides, detachable lapel, and rounded shoulder pads, it was right up my alley.
For those unfamiliar, a little background:

"Stanley Platos – Martin Ross was a 7th Avenue manufacturer of high-end cocktail and evening dresses. Stanley Platos worked for Givenchy and Valentino before starting his own design house in 1982. Clients included Mary Tylor Moore, Linda Evans, and Ethel Kennedy. The dresses were sold in high-end department stores and specialty boutiques. Platos died in 1991 at age 44."
There's something lovely, and poignant about this simple epitaph. A designer of note on 7th Ave who dressed stars, created lovely items for the public, and then suddenly went out of the world, perhaps a bit too soon. Suddenly this jacket is so much more to me than the sum of its parts.
I love coming across these little gems. The history and stories associated with them remind me of why I went to fashion school in the first place. As I sat down to write our weekly SHS to-do list, I mulled over a life that was, and the one I live now. 
Enjoy every moment to the fullest.

With Love,

Noa B

Blazer: Stanley Platos/Martin Ross, via Housing Works, NYC
Tank top: H&M
Necklace: Israel, silver, ceramic and leather, (a gift from a discerning mother)!
Denim: Earnest Sewn, via Housing Works, NYC


  1. That blazer is ah-mazzzzinggg! I would wear it in a heartbeat!