10 Minutes with:
Liz Goldwyn, Vintage Collector and Filmmaker

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Where in L.A. do you like to shop for vintage clothing?


"As a competitive collector, I can't reveal my top secret spots, but I love, love, love the vintage expo, which is staged at the Santa Monica Civic Auditorium several times a year. You can find all the best dealers in one place. Also I shop online quite a bit. Ebay is still great, but you've got to be specific in your searches (e.g., '40s velvet dress or '80s punk goth). It's fun to see what turns up."
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What do you like to shop for online?


"I buy loads of undergarments, from stockings to garters to bras. Victoriassecret.com has great retro yet inexpensive underwear. I also love a slipper company that's been around since the late 1800s called Daniel Green. Click on the site's Classics section."
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What's your signature lipstick?


"It's never one brand, but usually a red. I like to mix my own and reapply constantly to build up a stain. My staples include Dior Celebrity Red, MAC Russian Red, and Shiseido Red Carmine—which is discontinued, but I have a stash I got them to send me from Japan. I'm a sucker for retro packaging, so I am currently obsessed with Dior's Diorific reds, which come in remodeled '50s-style gold lipstick cases. I love whipping it out at a dinner table."
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What vintage era are you currently channeling?


"Right now I'm really feeling [Warhol muse and '80s nightclub queen] Dianne Brill—not only her persona and exuberant glamour but her lust for life. So that means anything from vintage Versace bondage dresses from the mid-'90s to Azzedine Alaïa to a rubber skirt and a tight sweater set. And I love big eccentric sunglasses from Francis Klein in Paris, but you can also pick them up at L.A. Eyeworks."
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Describe your perfect day in L.A.


"Ballet in the morning with Jennifer Nairn-Smith, who was a principal with Balanchine and Fosse. She teaches classes at her studio. If I am not working, I like to eat breakfast at Hugo's Restaurant. The red hot latte is delicious. A little lingerie shopping is always fun; I pop in everywhere from Faire Frou Frou to Marlies Dekkers, and sometimes I have custom pieces made. I love going to my tailor, Sue at Crown Cleaners, to refit my clothes. I have three climate-controlled storage units in L.A. and I am forever taking things down to Sue and telling her tighter, tighter!"
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And your perfect night?


"The Tower Bar is my canteen. I am there a lot, and the maitre d', Dimitri, is my main man. I also love all the old-school joints—Madeo Ristorante and La Dolce Vita. The best way to cap off the night is by going out dancing at the Friday-night Punky Reggae Party at La Cita Bar."
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What's your favorite new store in L.A.?


"I'm really excited about Babycakes NYC, LA opening up downtown, for their gluten-free baked goods. Yum!"

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