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The Style Council! Natalie Raymond

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This month's vintage lover is with Natalie Raymond of Portland, Oregon.
Natalie is an actor/fashion blogger/student.

-How long have you been collecting vintage clothing for?

Several years. I started heavily hitting the thrift shops when I was about sixteen.

-What got you into vintage clothing?

When I fist got interested in fashion I was very much a brand name kind of lady. But as I started to come into my own more I developed a taste for pieces which are more unique. Also, I'm totally fascinated bu the concept that my clothes have a story. Sometimes I think their lives have been far more adventurous than my own.

-What are your favorite eras of clothing?

I really deeply enjoy the 50's Marilyn Monroe pinup look. Recently I've been trying to acquire more of that style. I'm a fan of hideous flower prints from the 60's and 70's as well, I love bright somewhat obnoxious colours...which can be very difficult to find in contemporary clothes.

-What do you like about clothing from these eras?

Clothing from the 50's just really makes women look amazing. The shapes accentuate our bodies instead of striving to make us look as much like a prepubescent boy as possible. And call me vain but I really stand out in a crowd, whether that's because I'm wearing a loud print or dressed like a pinup doesn't really matter.

-Who are some of your favorite vintage designers?

I'm not sure I have favourites. I'm so designer illiterate. When I hit the shops I'm there for hours trying things on to find what looks the most intriguing. I rarely pay attention to labels. but I have some things from the 60's Sears catalogue, and they're fairly amazing.

-Who are some of your favorite modern designers?

Vivienne Westwood, Marc Jacobs, Vera Wang. For shoes it's Christian Louboutin all the way for me.

-What would be your ultimate vintage find?

I'd die to find a pair of Louboutin shoes...in my size. I would probably actually faint in the store.

-Where do you do the majority of your vintage shopping- garage, estate and rummage sales, thrift stores, vintage stores, online vintage stores or eBay?

I spend most of my time (and money) in thrift shops. They seem to be the best places to find really weird fashion. I don't think I've ever purchased clothes on eBay...I'm so neurotic- I have to try everything on.

-Is vintage clothing popular in the city that you live in?

In Portland? God yes. It's lucky for me though...lots of places to shop.

-Who are some of your favorite style icons?
I love Shannyn Sossamon's style, she always looks so great and unique. I like Keira Knightley's style also, and Kate Moss. Shannyn's still my favourite though.

-What are your favorite vintage movies, music and television programs?

I'm a fan of old propoganda films, I have "The Weird World of LSD" on DVD and it's pretty amazing. Of course, I love all Marilyn Monroe movies, as well as Laurence Oliver, Vivenne Leigh, and Gregory Peck films.

-Do you collect any other types of collectibles or antiques?

I have a huge movie collection. I'm not sure if that counts. I also acquire weird nick-knacks from wherever I go. I just got back from London where I bought a horrible bust of William Shakespeare. I love it.

Thanks to Natalie for answering our Style Council interview questions!

You too could be featured on Lulu's Vintage Style Council!

Just email me- lulusvintage (at) yahoo.com a photo of yourself wearing vintage (it can be a modern outfit accented with vintage accessories or a complete vintage ensemble) and answer my interview questions

This post was originally published on September 7, 2008.