I have visited this store a couple of times in the past, but today, I saw some great pieces that I wanted to add to my own vintage collection. For me, searching for the most magnificent pieces in a vintage store starts from browsing the "special sections." Vintage stores often have a designated section for quality pieces made out of delicate fabrics (silk, lace, beadwork) and this is where you're guaranteed to find something unique, well-made, and worthy of your time.
Another tip. Most owners notice when you know how to 'read' fabric and design. Once you've become friendly with the owners, they'll invite you to a special section in the store - usually, the backroom.
Love the glittery one-shoulder number displayed next to silk chiffon dress in bright fuscia with beadwork. If you enlarge the photo, you can see seafoam green Manolos with crystals displayed underneath the one-shoulder dress. I ended up getting this fuscia dress, which looked beautiful from the front, but even more amazing from the back. Close-up photos to be added next time.
This is the special section of the store. I found many many things I liked in this small section: a detailed long scoop back black silk dress with exposed linings in peach silk, which split open in the middle on the front (the owner says the piece was used in a film recently), beautiful french lace dresses, a well-cut black velvet dress with lace overlay (very Valentino, I thought) and this thick silk satin dress in pinkish ivory with handsewn pink beads and crystals. This was the piece I had to buy. If you look closely, beads are sewn in fan-shapes!
There are many pieces in the store that reminded me of contemporary and couture design houses. For instance, I can see the leftmost piece being presented on Christian Dior show. The short dress in pink with intricate embroidery work, perhaps Anna Sui (since she's a fan of this store herself) or even the House of Balenciaga. There were couple of pieces that I thought were museum worthy. I nonchalantly asked the owner if she had any Poiret in the store, and in fact, she did!