Where to Shop Locally for Hollywood-themed PPS Winter Bash
Providence's vintage stores are hotbeds for old Hollywood glam gowns, jewelry, purses and more, plus looks from the '80s and '90s to match stars from iconic films.
The red carpet will be rolled out on Saturday, February 23 for the Providence Preservation Society’s Winter Bash starting at 8 p.m. at the recently renovated Bomes Theater at 1017 Broad St. in Providence. This year’s theme is Hollywood and all the procrastinators among us are still hunting down last-minute costume ideas. Contenders could be anyone from movie stars to style icons and Grammy Award winners to old Hollywood actors and actresses.
I’d love to see guests dolled up like J.Lo or Lady Gaga (meat dress anyone?), or even go audacious like Cardi B. I am veering toward an old Hollywood star, perhaps Marilyn Monroe. No, that’s way too easy. I am sure there will be quite a few Audrey Hepburn’s already… Maybe a little “Stranger Things” would work with a pale pink ‘80s dress and a box of Eggo waffles, or a string of Christmas lights hanging around my neck? Or me and my husband could dip into the ‘80s and ‘90s film genres with some Sixteen Candles love or a tribute to Scream. Or wait, Julia Roberts from Pretty Woman! I dunno…Oh, I got it! The pinks from “Mean Girls.” But wait, I need two friends as sidekicks. That won’t work.
And what about the guys? Because I have to plan for my husband, too. Johnny Depp would be a softball, easy to pull off with a long black wig, lots of eyeliner and mascara, and a pirate hat from Pirates of the Caribbean. Or maybe Titanic’s Leonardo DiCaprio in a white shirt, soaking wet, and holding onto a piece of wood (“I’ll never let go, Jack!”)? Who am I kidding, he’ll probably wear the same striped suit and fedora and he can say he’s anyone from a Godfather cast member to Gene Kelly….
Even though I don’t have a costume yet, the party is all coming together this week with entertainment provided by WRIK with a deejay and photobooth, Uniquely Chic Vintage rentals will be curating the VIP Lounge and there will be special performances by Chifferobe. Restaurants will offer tastings on site, including Kleos, Rosalina, Fireworks, Bites by Bre, Dine with Skyline, Tom’s Bao Bao, the Rosendale, Providence Bagel, PVDonuts, Knead Doughnuts and more.
Advance tickets are $55 each for general admission ($45 in advance for PPS members and $65 at the door) $110 each for VIP ($100 each in advance for PPS Members). VIP tickets include free valet. Otherwise it is $10 onsite. Ticket prices include music, entertainment and complimentary bites, but it is a cash bar. VIP ticketholders also have access to the exclusive VIP lounge with bottomless bubbles and gourmet treats from Rhode Island’s most popular restaurants. A special sponsor preview hour will take place from 6:30–7:30 p.m. General admission begins at 8 p.m.
Whatever costume idea you choose, there are plenty of local spots to go hunting for that perfect getup. So avoid ordering on Amazon and check out one of these fun local vintage shops to score old Hollywood or ‘80s or ’90s tribute pieces. You might just see me there, frantically searching the racks…
65 Weybosset St., Providence, 401-274-1700, carmenandginger.com
This vintage shop is located in the oldest shopping mall in America, the Providence Arcade, and it stocks real vintage items from all the decades. The shop especially has some beautiful vintage jewelry that would look amazing with an awards show-worthy gown or 1950’s-inspired frock.
145 Broadway, Providence, 401-272-0000, etsy.com/shop/hallsonbroadway
Hall’s on Broadway on the West Side brings out all the stops when it comes to beautiful and elaborate vintage dresses, jewelry, handbags, furs, shoes and more. You can check out its Etsy page to get an idea on what might be available, but we also have the luxury of being so close, you can walk right into the shop.
235 Westminster St., Providence, 401-250-2587, thevaultcollective.com
The Vault Collective is a multi-dealer vintage clothing shop located in DownCity with men’s and women’s wearables from the 1880’s to 1990’s. Dealers include Archetype Vintage for vintage dresses, and Gold Dust Vintage for vintage tees.
Editor’s note: Jamie Coelho is a committee member of this event.