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Hot On The Vintage Roadshow Trail

By , 30 April, 2009, No Comment

Glamoursplash gives a brief history of 1950’s swim cap glamour.

Debutante Clothing features a review and images of the private curator led tour of the Valentina exhibit in NYC.

Couture Allure looks at shoes from 1949 and readers share where to find modern reproductions.

A Slip of a Girl dishes about Vanity Fair lingerie’s 90th anniversary.

And many thanks to Kitsch-Slapped for including me in the premier edition of the New Vintage Reviews Carnival!

Basics Tips For Shopping For Vintage Fashions

By , 27 April, 2009, No Comment

There’s been a lot of press given to shopping for vintage fashions in this economy. Like Twolia’s Deanna, guest blogging at Shop It To Me, I’m not sure that all that many fashionista’s are jumping onto the vintage bandwagon… And if they are, I’m not sure they’re all finding their bliss — shopping for vintage fashions is a lot different than heading to the mall. If you’ve been thinking of giving vintage fashion shopping a try — or if you have tried, and were stymied — read Deanna’s article for some guidance regarding the realities, and then check out some of these basic tips.

1960s Polka-Dot Dress

1960s Polka-Dot Dress

When it comes to shopping for vintage fashion and accessories, we’re basically talking “used clothing.” (“Vintage” or “retro” sounds much better, doesn’t it? *giggle*) No matter what you call it, here are a few tips to help you when shopping for vintage fashions.

Most of these tips boil down to basic wardrobe building, judging quality pieces worthy of buying, and creativity.

Wardrobe Building With Vintage Fashions & Accessories

Like any clothing shopping, you shouldn’t waste your money on anything you won’t really wear. So no matter how fabulous that New Look ball gown is, if you don’t ever go to a place where you can wear it, don’t get it. Even if it’s a fraction of what a new gown would cost. You don’t need a ball gown, remember? (Of course, if it’s for your “collection,” well then, all these wardrobe rules simply don’t apply!)

Look for vintage pieces which will work with what you have. As a general rule, I find it easier to purchase the basics & classic pieces, such as black pencil skirts and ivory ruffled blouses (oh and the ivory camisoles that you must wear beneath them!), from modern makers at modern stores. This makes it easier to ensure you have the basics — and then you can go crazy with colorful vintage suits, wild mod minis, cute retro dresses etc. to build your own unique wardrobe.

Groovy Hanging Poodles

Groovy Hanging Poodles

If you’re just looking to add some oomph and individuality to your wardrobe, try to confine your vintage shopping to accessories. Vintage jewelry, scarves, handbags, belts, hats, and shoes can take “off the rack” to “out of this world” easily and really inexpensively. Other women may have the same YSL suit as you, but who else will have the outrageous retro poodle pins? Or vintage chocolate brown suede & carmel leather striped shoes? Nobody but you, darling!

Finding Quality Vintage Fashions

When you find stunning pieces it’s tempting to overlook flaws; but poor fit, spots, tears and needed repairs will likely mean the purchase will just take up closet or drawer space.

When you spot an appealing vintage item, inspect it all over. You’re looking for spots & stains, holes & tears, signs of alterations & repairs, and working closures (buttons, snaps, zippers, hook and eyes, etc.). Vintage pieces & classic designer clothing were generally made with much higher quality than most of today’s off the rack pieces and have solid construction, but because they’ve typically been warn you need to look for signs of wear that may make wearing the garment improbable if not impossible. There are some cases of NOS, “New Old Stock,” and NOSWT, “New Old Stock With Tags,” but even then you want to see if the old inventory had snags or spots.

To avoid problems with fit use the fitting room whenever possible. And always know your measurements & compare them to the garment’s measurements.

Problem areas often overlooked in proper fit are across the shoulders and sleeve length. (I can’t tell you the number of times that I, as a vintage buying newbie, was so in love with a dress that I ignored the tight shoulders and short sleeves — it was fine for a fitting room experience, but in real life, the range of daily body motion was impossible &/or threatened to bust the seams.)

Unless you are an excellent seamstress, or know and can afford an experienced seamstress who specializes in vintage fashions, don’t buy pieces which require anything above button replacement, minimal hem or seam fixes, or other easy sewing fix. (And don’t kid yourself, vintage zipper replacement is not an easy fix for most of us.)

1940s Suede Shoes

1940s Suede Shoes

There are tips on the specific issues of repairs and quality issues with vintage jewelry pieces and vintage shoes (also pretty good advice for purses too) to help you with evaluating those purchases.

When in doubt, consult with store staff (online and in physical stores) and if they can’t provide the information you seek, discount the item to have the price reflect the cost of repair, or otherwise provide a satisfactory solution, I suggest that you walk away — or risk buyer’s remorse.

Dealing With Boo-Boo Buys Creatively

OK, so what happens when you come home with that grand vintage fashion and discover that there’s a boo-boo or two that you missed?

Dealing with small spots holes: Some garments can easily be dyed a darker or deeper shade, hiding the spots. If you’ve got just one spot or small tear to deal with, a quick fix is to apply vintage jewelry to hide it. (Vintage jewelry is quite often substantial enough to hide it completely — an authentically.)

If the spot is on a skirt or someplace you wouldn’t put a pin, or you have multiple places to hide, consider cute appliqués and creative patches. (Even if there’s just one spot, multiple appliqués scattered about help disguise the repair!)

If the piece is a great find but is beyond your skills, consider having it repaired by a seamstress experienced in vintage. Many good seamstresses will give you an accurate appraisal of cost which will help you decide if it’s worth the investment.

Upcycled Slip With Appliques

Upcycled Slip With Appliques

Should you discover that the vintage piece is so riddled with problems that repairs will render it more new than old, don’t be blue! Consider having the skirting of the dress salvaged from the stained top of the dress, or vice versa. Maybe having the sleeves shortened to three-quarter length will save the coat — and send you shopping for opera length gloves. *wink* Removing the sleeves entirely may be the creative solution to badly worn or stained armpits & sleeves. Maybe just the fabric can be recycled (sometimes referred to as “upcycled”) into another garment altogether. It may not be cheap to do, and it might even be outside your abilities — but someone out there probably sees value in your vintage item, so don’t throw it out without consulting someone else about salvaging options. (You might just find that you can trade your “useless” vintage dress for a recycled or upcycled vintage piece!)

PS Don’t forget to enter my The Get Fab-U-Lush Eyelashes Contest!

“Maggie the cat is alive.”

By , 22 April, 2009, No Comment

The Etsy seller, gracevintage, calls this beauty a “Maggie the Cat Sultry Vintage 1960s Slip” after Liz Taylor’s character in Cat on a Hot Tin Roof (1958).

Sultry Vintage Slip

Sultry Vintage Slip

Elizabeth Taylor In Cat On A Hot Tin Roof

Elizabeth Taylor In Cat On A Hot Tin Roof

No wonder vintage slips are still very much alive! So seductive it reminds me of another set of quotes from the film:

Brick Pollitt: What is the victory of a cat on a hot tin roof?
Margaret “Maggie” Pollitt: Just staying on it I guess, long as she can.

I guess that’s the victory of such a pretty vintage slip too, to just stay on, as long as it can. *wink*

PS Don’t forget to enter my The Get Fab-U-Lush Eyelashes Contest!

The Get Fab-U-Lush Eyelashes Contest!

By , 21 April, 2009, 206 Comments
LashFood Eyelash Conditioner

LashFood Eyelash Conditioner

Hey glamour divas, I’ve got a contest for you that you will bat your lashes at — in a good way!

Thanks to the good folks who make LashFood, I’m giving away five full-sized tubes of the amazing LashFood Eyelash Conditioning Stimulant!

LashFood retails for $115, so it’s a fabu-lush prize, plus I tried it myself and loved it — I’m betting you will too.

To enter, just leave me a comment telling me what you hope to see LashFood do for your eyelashes &/or eyebrows.

Contest is open to US residents only. Five winners will be drawn (in a random draw) on May 11, 2009, at 5 PM central — so get your entry in before then!

All Sorts Of Goodies — So Here’s Linking To You, Kid!

By , 20 April, 2009, No Comment

This week on the Vintage Roadshow…

Vintage Summer White Fashions

Vintage Summer White Fashions

Couture Allure shows how to wear summer whites with dresses from 1960 as inspiration. (That’s where the image is from!)

Debutante Clothing goes vintage shopping in her own closet.

Glamoursplash looks at swimsuits used for all kinds of advertising.

(And I give you 40 lashes — 1940’s eyelashes, that is!)

Speaking of me…

I recently made an edition of the Carnival of The Vanities..

I was also honored to have three of my posts make the cut for the latest edition of the Fabulous! Festival — including Rolled Stockings, Bees Knees, And All That Jazz being selected as one of the Top Three Posts! Even more remarkable, here’s what host had to say about my post:

One of the best explanations of historical fashion I’ve seen on the internet. A really interesting look at women’s fashion in the early half of the twentieth century. Very impressive!

I won’t need to rouge my knees — or anything else — I’m blushing everywhere as it is! Thanks, Barry!

More about me — and you too!

I’ll be hosting the next edition of The Fabulous! Festival (on May 18th). Please use carnival submission form to submit something you wrote — or read — about fashion that you think should be in next month’s carnival.

(More information, including past carnivals and future carnival hosts can be found on the blog carnival’s index page.)

Free & Fun

Free: Enter A Slip of a Girl’s “Shape You, Shape You Very Much!” Contesttwo lucky winners will each receive a beautiful bustier from ShapeMeBra.com — which Slip of a Girl “lustily reviewed” here.  (I’m in need of a white longline bra because summer is on its way!)

Fun: Just for fun, can you identify the young starlet in this photo? If so, post a comment below!

Guess Who!

Guess Who!

That’s 40’s Lashes For You!

By , 17 April, 2009, 1 Comment

My favorite (and nearly daily) vintage beauty look is giving myself 40 lashes — 1940’s lashes that is!

The 40’s look was one of the most glamorous yet natural looks ever. The face was kept natural looking, and the eyes, while being the focus, were still not outrageous.

The Lovely Lashed Gene Tierney

The Lovely Lashed Gene Tierney

To recreate this vintage look without looking like you’re stuck in a time-warp or possessing an out-dated style sense, here are a few tips:

* Keep the cosmetics as light & natural as you can. Nothing dramatic; just highlight what you have.

* Use light & fresh rosy shades on cheeks and lips.

* Use neutral or natural shades of eye shadow. Soft browns, whispering violets, and light mauves work best on all skin shades.

* You’ll need well manicured eyebrows. And, unless you’re got the darkest of hair, you’ll darken your brows too — not the black brows of the 20’s, but still dark.

* And you’ll need the ultimate lashes — upper lashes, that is. This is the definitive part of the look.

To see the the world through the fringe of 40’s lashes:

Before you reach for your mascara, get out the curler. Never ever use your eyelash curler after you’ve applied mascara; not only does it clump and mash your mascara, but it will pull out and break-off your eyelashes.

For best results, you may warm up your eyelash curler by placing your plastic eyelash curler in front of a blow dryer blowing warm air. (It only takes a few seconds to heat a plastic eyelash curler — don’t use a metal one because they get too hot.) With the now warmed plastic eyelash curler, gently curl your upper lashes with a soft squeeze near the base of the lashes — then again about half-way up. You have just used the same heat setting qualities of your curling iron to give your lashes a more natural upward curl, as opposed to the strange ‘angled’ lash look. Re-heat the plastic eyelash curler and repeat on the on the lashes of the other eye.

Now you can coat your upper lashes with your favorite mascara.

Next, along your upper lash line, glue false strip lashes that are longer than your natural ones — just long enough to make your real eyelashes appear more noticeable and defined.

Then, using a black liquid eyeliner, create a very thin, fine & even line over the region where your false lashes meet your lash line. This helps pronounce the shape of the eye as well as disguise the fake lashes from the real lashes.

Now, for a bit of balance, you may apply a light coat of mascara to your bottom lashes. Do not use any eyeliner along the lash line; you may use a very light application of the same eyeshadow used on the lid to gently line the lashes, but that’s it.

If you’re not used to this look, it may seem out of balance, “too light” compared to the heavy fringe above, but that’s the look. Not only that, but heavier top lashes will draw attention up, up and away — even drawing attention away from dark circles!

A very simplified way to do this for really busy days (everyday is a really busy day lol) is to just focus on the eyelashes. One or two coats of mascara on well-curled upper lashes, none on the bottom, and you’ve got a hint of the vintage look without a lot of work, (And less mascara smudges to worry about because most smudges occur from mascara on the bottom lashes.) If you have great skin, skip all other makeup. Easy-peasy!

Since I wear this look a lot, my eyelashes get a real work-out. Even the gentlest curling, kindest mascara, easiest to remove false eyelashes, and the mildest yet most efficient eye makeup remover (used in the most tender, non-skin-pulling fashion) means my eyelashes get quite a work-out. I didn’t think about it much — until the makers of LashFood contacted me and gave me their LashFood Eyelash Conditioning Stimulant to try.

LashFood Eyelash Conditioner

LashFood Eyelash Conditioner

The company says the product takes 2-4 weeks to really see results, and the full results will be seen after 2 or 3 months (don’t worry, one bottle lasts approximately 5 months, if used as directed), but after a few days (and I mean 2-3 days), I noticed that my eyelashes actually had a sheen to them! Like dark shining hair on shampoo commercials even!

I don’t know if my eyelashes have ever had that before (and if they did, I can’t imagine how long ago it was), but I do know that it makes me feel the beauty of an eyelash flutter — even when my lashes are naked.

I guess that’s what stronger, healthier, better conditioned lashes look like *wink* (See, that wink even sexier than before!)

What LashFood is, is a scientific, liquid blend of natural ingredients that you apply like eyeliner. Twice a day, just dip it into the bottle, and use the brush to slowly drag it along at the base of your lashes. It doesn’t sting or anything — not even when you’ve just applied it before you watch your favorite movie & cry like a baby. (I know; I’ve tested it!) If anything, you just feel the cool slip of the brush applicator and that’s that. And it’s perfectly safe to apply makeup over it (and I can honestly say that it doesn’t interfere with the way your makeup looks or lasts).

The liquid formula of biotin and arginie (natural amino acids) and iris extract (natural oriental medicine complex extract) promotes the natural growth of healthy lashes. Darker, fuller, longer, and, at least for me, shinier eyelashes.

LashFood can also be used on eyebrows. Now, I know what all you pluckers think, “Who wants darker, fuller, thicker eyebrows?!” While lots of looks demand the control & shaping of eyebrows (especially vintage beauty looks, like 1940’s eyes), brows should also be strong & vibrant, framing your eyes. Lots of women have eyebrows which are thin and/or weak in spots, either from over-zealous plucking, health reasons, or just the bad luck of the genetic draw. Some women have “yesteryear’s eyebrows”, where plucking was done “so well” for one decade’s style, that the hairs refuse to grow in for fuller brows. Ugh. But the makers of LashFood even go as far as to say that the product has helped some users with sparse, balding areas on their brows begin to grow new hair as well.

So, naturally darker, longer, thicker, healthier eyelashes and eyebrows in just weeks for just $115 — and since the .34 oz tube lasts 5 months, that’s just $23 a month. Totally worth it for my strong & healthy — and shiny — lashes.

Safe In Hell

By , 15 April, 2009, 5 Comments

When I applied to join the Large Association of Movie Blogs (The LAMB) (I am thrilled to now be a member!), I was asked to name no more than three of my favorite films. That’s a tough order for any Gemini, let alone a moody female, but rules are rules. So one of the films I listed, which certainly makes nearly any of my Top 20 Movie lists (no matter the category), was Safe In Hell (1931).

Safe In Hell, 1931

Safe In Hell, 1931

Safe In Hell is one of my favorite Wellman films and a great example of work prior to full force of The Motion Picture Production Code — so it’s no coincidence that it provides a feast of discourse for females.

A film history tidbit about Safe In Hell, from TCM, explains a lot about the quality of the film too:

An interesting footnote to Safe in Hell is that Wellman cast two popular black actors of the day, Nina Mae McKinney and Clarence Muse, as what are practically the movie’s only positive and reputable characters. And this was a period in which blacks were routinely stereotyped or exploited. Frank T. Thompson, in a biography of Wellman, points out that, while the film’s written script was filled with “a white writer’s idea of ‘Negro dialect,’ no such talk reaches the screen. Either McKinney and Muse had enough clout to demand that they speak in normal language or Wellman just wanted to avoid a convenient cliche.”

Surely the cliched speech would have made the movie more corny & less memorable — or memorable for less-than-good reasons.

The story centers around Gilda (Dorothy Mackaill), a woman who, before we are introduced to her, had been seduced away from pining for a sailor at sea & tricked into dating a married man, Piet Van Saal (Ralf Harolde). Gilda was a good girl caught in a bad situation, only made worse by the married man’s wife who did what she could to ensure that Gilda’s name was “Mud” — or worse. Left both with a ruined reputation and a need to survive, Gilda does what you imagine a woman — especially a “Wild Bill” Wellman woman — would do; she becomes a prostitute.

While all of this has happened before the film begins and told to us through film dialog, it’s an important part of the movie’s story. It not only sets Gilda up as a “good girl at heart,” a victim of circumstance, but provides the cultural context of a woman’s powerlessness. Not only are women secondary to men, but there’s a social order used by women to keep or push other women down the ranks. To some extent this is still done today, with women blaming “the other woman” for their man’s cheating ways; and societal disapproval of “loose women” turning into a very real disowning, as these women are abandon and left to whatever “mercies” they can find & scrounge for in the crumbs of men.

Dorothy Mackaill (Not So) Safe In Hell

Dorothy Mackaill (Not So) Safe In Hell

When Gilda responds to a phone call from her Madam to meet a “John” at a hotel, she’s surprised to discover that her client is none other than the married man who deceived her and put her in this position. She refuses to stay — and when he says she’s in no position to deny him, she declares, “Any man but him.” A struggle ensues, a fire starts, the man is declared dead, and Gilda is suspected of the damages and death.

Warned by the Madam, Gilda prepares to get out of town & live a life on the lam — just as the good sailor, Carl Erickson (Donald Cook), returns from sea.

Carl doesn’t know the whole story, but he’s desperate to help his girl. Being a sailor, he both knows of a place where there’s no extradition laws, (Tortuga, a Caribbean Island) and has the means to smuggle her there.

When they arrive at the only hotel on the island, Gilda quickly discovers she’s not just the only white woman in the hotel but the only white woman on the whole island. The other hotel residents, also criminals hiding out from the law, begin to drool and dream at the site of Gilda. (Their leering lust is so comical that you might be reminded of old cartoon wolf “aaooga”s — which, as a woman, I feel isn’t so far off from male reactions of today lol)

Before Carl’s ship leaves, he & Gilda run off to church where they hold their own marriage ceremony, promising their love & dedication to one another. She is to wait, alone in her room, and be a good girl until he returns.

Gilda does her best. Endless days alone in her room playing solitaire, lounging, and staring out the window to look at the sea for Carl’s ship to return, punctuated by quick trips to the front desk (or dockside) in search of mail from Carl.

She’s lonely.

It’s hot.

She’s bored out of her mind.

Meanwhile, conversation among the lust male criminals, as you might imagine, revolves around two things: competition for Gilda’s attentions and life on the island.

As she bats away invitations & advances in lady like fashion, we learn that this is no island paradise. The law on the island, Mr. Bruno (Morgan Wallace), is happy to not extradite because he prefers to play God, leveraging hanging and prison work camps into prosperity for himself. The prison work camps are so bad that hotel guests debate which is worse, death or the camp — leading them to conclude that they are, as the movie’s title states, safe in hell.

Of course the shady lawman, Bruno “The Hangman,” has eyes for Gilda. But more than eyes, he has the means to maneuver her into his arms.

When his advances are refused, he makes sure that Gilda receives no mail and suggests that Carl’s intentions were if not pure to begin with, that he’s changed his mind… Leaving Gilda to feel abandoned and alone.

Eventually, Gilda gives into the loneliness, fear and boredom of her isolation and accepts one of the endless invites to have dinner with the other hotel residents.

Gilda As Guest Of Honor In Safe In Hell

Gilda As Guest Of Honor In Safe In Hell

After just one night of partying with the men, Gilda, who still desperately hopes for Carl’s return, returns to keeping to her room. She hasn’t done anything unforgivable (i.e. no sex), but decides that she must remain faithful to Carl and her promise.

One afternoon, during yet another hopeful-turned-soul-crushing trip to the docks for mail which isn’t there (because, remember, Bruno is intercepting it), Gilda spots Piet, the married man she (and the law) believe she’s killed is alive!

Piet is alive and hiding out on the island because he used the fire to fake his own death and is now on the run from authorities for the insurance fraud. Both are happy to see each other; she because she’d like to clear her name, but he because he’d like to continue the “romance.” When he refuses to help clear her name & she refuses, again, his advances, Piet begins a smear campaign. He informs the hotel residents and the island law that Gilda is anything but a faithful bride, a dutiful & faithful girlfriend, or a lady — she’s a prostitute. The thin veneer of respect removed, all the men’s lusty leering turns into dirty scheming.

Stripped of whatever dignity & hope she’d had, Gilda finds herself without any defenses — save for the locked door of her small hotel room.

While Gilda’s vulnerability is something most women can identify with (to some extent, anyway), Bruno’s not only furious to discover that it’s a prostitute not a lady who’s been refusing his advances, but, because he has Carl’s letters, he knows that his time is short — Carl’s on his way to bring her back to America with him. Furious and with the circumstances forcing his hand, he has to make his move.

Spoiler Alert! What follows may ruin the film for you; so don’t read if you’d rather watch the film & have it unfold for you as film should.

Using Piet’s arrival as a threat to her own safety, Bruno gives Gilda a gun for her own protection; guns are illegal for anyone but the law on the island, but “she’s his friend, so it will be OK.” Then he arranges it so that Piet, who is still under the all-too male assumption that he has rights to Gilda, can gain access to her room.

When Piet tries to rape Gilda, she defends herself, using Bruno’s gun — killing Piet for real this time.

One of the hotel-hide-out-residents is a lawyer. He defends her and it looks like he will escape The Hangman’s noose — but while she hopefully awaits the jury’s decision, Bruno The Hangman himself comes to visit her and he explains that even should she be found innocent of the murder, there’s still the matter of her illegal possession of a gun…

That’s when it hits her: Bruno has set her up to get her in his prison where she’ll be his.

Gilda runs from the room and throws herself at the judge — for the kind of mercy you can only find in film noir. She confesses that she killed Piet in cold blood; he’d never attacked her, that she shot him in the back. Then she turns to smarmy hangman and says, “The only way you’ll touch me is when you put that rope around my neck!”

She is sentenced to hang, of course, but given a brief escorted visit back to the hotel to pack up her things. Carl, who has impeccable timing regarding Gilda’s packing activities, arrives now. Gilda convinces her guard to give her a few minutes alone with the happy — and oblivious — Carl. (And she convinces her lawyer to go along with the skit to follow.) She then convinces Carl that she’ll follow him back to the states on the next ship; there they will live virtuous lives of happiness and love. As he leaves happy & hopeful, Gilda instructs her lawyer not to inform Carl of the truth ’til after the deed is done and she is gone.

Affairs in order, Gilda now turns to accept the fate of her own construction.

As Pagan Moon plays, we are mesmerized by a moment… The beautiful exposed neck of Gilda, presented with the film lighting version of an aura of goodness… The smarmy tear-covered face of Bruno, who now realizes what he’s done…. And then glorious Gilda, resplendent in the power of good & finally in control, strides off to her execution, leaving the impotent & evil law man trailing behind her.

And that’s why Safe In Hell is a movie that I categorize as film noir — other critics be damned.

Sadly, Safe In Hell is not available in DVD (or even VHS); we must ait for another airing on TCM — and while we do, pressure Warner Brothers to release it:

Warner Bros.
Warner Home Video
4000 Warner Blvd.
Burbank, CA 91522-0001

Phone: 818-954-6000
Fax: 818-954-7305

“Esther Williams: Beauty Brains — and Busy” 1949

By , 9 April, 2009, No Comment

Beautiful scans of a vintage magazine feature on Esther Williams from the November 21, 1949 issue of Quick magazine, sent to me by Deanna (of Kitsch Slapped and Kitschy Kitschy Coo). Click them to see/read the full pages!

Esther Williams in Quick Magazine, 1949

Esther Williams in Quick Magazine, 1949

Vintage Magazine Article on Esther Williams

Vintage Magazine Article on Esther Williams

If you love Esther’s swimsuits, you can shop for authentic Esther William’s swimsuits at the official site. Esther also endorsed a line of swimming pools, and Deanna’s hubby has put the 1958 “consumer presentation” online for all to see. (Yes, Esther’s in it!)

You can find out more about Esther Williams in her autobiography, The Million Dollar Mermaid, the title of which comes from the 1952 film in which Esther Williams played the role of another real-life beautiful swimming champion turned film star, Annette Kellerman.

Paging Pretty Princess Me; Table With Anna Reese

By , 8 April, 2009, No Comment

A lot of what we call “classic” fashions remind me of New Look fashions — with a little less emphasis on floofy skirts. I suppose that’s a pretty obvious statement, but heck, sometimes I’m Captain Obvious.

Anyway, after Slip pointed me to Juxzy, I joined and therefore discovered designs by Anna Reese (featuring Chloe & Reese) and I’m completely struck by the “princess” fashions which must be vintage inspired. Simple classic feminine elegance — with shorter more mod skirt lengths. Yum!

Chloe & Reese Faille Dress in Merlot

Chloe & Reese Faille Dress in Merlot

Chloe & Reese Wool Coat with Gathers in Blue

Chloe & Reese Wool Coat with Gathers in Blue

I can’t even do the math — I’m too excited. But, for example, the Chloe & Reese – Wool Coat with Gathers in Blue was $655, but is just $294.75 at Juxzy!

Can’t get in at Juxzy to see? Use code “6a3407” to get into the private fashion club!

What’s New In Vintage? Vintage Roadshow (And Tell!)

By , 8 April, 2009, No Comment

Another Vintage Roadshow, where you travel to near & far blogs to see what’s new in vintage:

Glamoursplash poses a quiz on starlets from the 1920’s & 1930’s, Who’s That Girl?

Here’s Looking Like You, Kid explains why there is so much peach, pink & ivory lingerie from the 1920’s & 1930’s.

The Vintage Traveler thinks about economizing.

Freudian Slips Vintage shares some sentimental vintage shoe finds.

Glamoursplash looks at the vintage Turban as seen in Vogue 1953.

Also, I’d like to thank Collectors’ Quest columnist Deanna (of Twolia’s own Kitsch Slapped) not only for including a link to me in her post on living with your collectibles, but for pointing me to “Purse Week” at Collectors’ Quest. (“Purse Week” was last week, I guess, but what a wonderful collection of vintage purses!) That’s where I found this lovely pink beaded 1960’s handbag.

Pretty Pink Beaded 1960s Purse

Pretty Pink Beaded 1960s Purse