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Another OMG Vintage Fashion Moment

By , 16 December, 2009, 3 Comments

I’m in love, love, LOVE with this elegant black vintage evening sweater! Detachable fox fur collar, plunging open neckline secured with a rhinestone clasp, and a lacy lining too. I’m rendered speechless — dreaming and hoping for such a sweater, but speechless.

Vintage Black Evening Sweater With Fox Collar By City Fur Co.

Vintage Black Evening Sweater With Fox Collar By City Fur Co.

Vintage Black Velvet For Sex Kittens

By , 16 December, 2009, No Comment

If you love black velvet, but you consider yourself more of a sex kitten, a la Pam Grier or Raquel Welch, how about jumpsuits in black velvet?

Pam Grier In Blacula

Pam Grier In Blacula

Foxy mommas, check out this retro black velvet jumpsuit with sexy fishnet insets and a rockin’ mod buckle at the waist.

Sexy Retro Black Velvet Jumpsuit With Illusion Fishnet Insets

Sexy Retro Black Velvet Jumpsuit With Illusion Fishnet Insets

Or play the coquette in this vintage Edith Phillips of Hollywood black velvet jumpsuit with black satin trim.

1940s Edith Phillips of Hollywood Jumpsuit In Black Velvet

1940s Edith Phillips of Hollywood Jumpsuit In Black Velvet

This Swing Is No Miss, Miss!

By , 14 December, 2009, No Comment

They say it don’t mean a thing, if it ain’t got that swing — but how about adding a fur collar and a big bold silver buckle in the back to a red velvet Lilli Diamond swing coat? Well, I’d say that’s a swing that hits a home run!

1950s Lilli Diamond of California Red Velvet Swing Coat

1950s Lilli Diamond of California Red Velvet Swing Coat

PS Don’t forget to enter my home spa and “teddy bare” lingerie contests!

Art Deco-rate Yourself In Black Velvet Dresses For Holiday

By , 13 December, 2009, No Comment

The only thing better than black velvet is vintage black velvet!

Norma Shearer: Black Velvet Glamour

Norma Shearer: Black Velvet Glamour

To be as stunning as Norma Shearer, check out these current auctions on eBay:

This incredible vintage black velvet two-piece walking suit from the 20’s or 30’s is loaded with so many great features I may just pass out! (Click the link or the photos below to see all the glamorous details!)

Vintage Black Velvet Walking Suit

Vintage Black Velvet Walking Suit

Back Of Vintage Velvet Walking Suit With Tasseled Scarf

Back Of Vintage Velvet Walking Suit With Tasseled Scarf

This vintage black velvet bias cut evening gown may seem austere at first glance, but notice the body-hugging silhouette and rich details which make it anything but puritanical — and then there’s the plunging back with T-Strap, loaded with silver and white beading and red rhinestones in a dramatic Art Deco design. Talk about leaving a lasting impression!

Vintage Black Velvet Evening GownWith Exquisite Art Deco T-Strap On The Back

Vintage Black Velvet Evening Gown With Exquisite Art Deco T-Strap On The Back

PS Don’t forget to enter my home spa skin care and “teddy bare” lingerie contests! (I wish I could enter!)

Get Out Of Bed — But Keep The Jacket!

By , 4 December, 2009, 1 Comment

Some of the easiest to find (and least expensive) vintage lingerie pieces are bed jackets. Once worn over a nightie while reading in bed or as part of your hostess attire, bed jackets haven’t been popular in quite some time…

Vintage Knit Bed Jacket, 1940s

Vintage Knit Bed Jacket, 1940s

But it’s a pity, because a pretty bed jacket not only solves the same problem of keeping your bare party frock shoulders warm, but it can take a more casual dress — or a simple slip — and really glam it up!

Vintage 1930's Cropped Trapeze Satin Bed Jacket

Vintage 1930's Cropped Trapeze Satin Bed Jacket

Do you prefer slick n’ chic? Fluffy n’ girlie? Romantic n’ feminine? Why not one of each? *wink*

Vintage Peach Celanese Rayon Bed Jacket

Vintage Peach Celanese Rayon Bed Jacket

Quilted Monotone Peach Vintage Bed Jacket With Stylized Applique

Quilted Monotone Peach Vintage Bed Jacket With Stylized Applique

In fact, whether silk or satin, chiffon or velvet, knit or crochet, vintage bed jackets can often out-do a bolero for style and glamour.

Vintage Knit & Crochet Bed Jacket Pattern

Vintage Knit & Crochet Bed Jacket Pattern

High Fives For Vintage Lovers

By , 4 December, 2009, No Comment

I’m giving High-Fives this Friday to:

1. Dealers Are Your Friends (Or, Why You Should Shop At The Antique Shops): Good reminders of all that sellers of fine vintage fashions go through and why you should be willing to pay their prices.

2. Dreaming of holiday dresses from 1957 with Couture Allure.

3. Authentic Audrey Hepburn fashions up for action at Kerry Taylor Auctions (December 8th).

4. B. Vikki Vintage reminds us why fools fall in love.

5. Wallflower Vintage shows us how vintage keeps creepin’ up on the small screen — this time it’s Ms. Emma Pillsbury on Glee.

Gifts For Vintage Film & Fashion Fans

By , 2 December, 2009, No Comment

Remembering The 1980s Fashions In Valley Girl

By , 19 November, 2009, No Comment

I had spotted this fashion shopping spread in that Elle‘s Women In Hollywood Issue, and the minute I saw it I was confused.

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“Break out the jelly platforms, biker shorts, neon bouclé and juicy bangles for a totally rad ensemble,” it says — for Valley Girl?! That’s not the way I remembered the fashions in the film. So, jumping the que in our NetFlix account, I got Valley Girl (1983) to refresh my memory.

Valley Girl stars Nicolas Cage and Deborah Foreman in the ultimate 80’s Romeo and Juliet story — with a much better ending, as no one dies. *wink* It has sat in my memory all these years as a great film in terms of capturing and expressing the look and feel of the times presented — not just the decade, but those teen years — projecting it all onto a screen then, and preserving it for us now. (I’m not the only one who feels this way either.)

To be honest, Kleph has an excellent review of the film; I found it while Googling for photos and insist that you read it because I probably couldn’t say it better or add anything, really. Plus, this post is about other things about the film: the fashions in the film. So let’s get to it.

Like I said, I could have been wrong recalling the fashions in the film, so I watched it again to be sure… But I wasn’t wrong. Valley Girl is not full of jelly & neon.

Valley Girls Mall Shopping

Valley Girls Mall Shopping

This was a period of bright colors, but not neon; think hot pink, turquoise, and yellow, not day-glo colors. The 80’s also had a strong punk influence — black, red, and more black.

Teen House Party In Valley Girl

Teen House Party In Valley Girl

Overall, bright solids, stripes and blocks of color were predominant. Collars were ‘up’. Patterns and stripes were bold, clear & crisp, not the colorful cluttered-on-black zippered things Elle shows.

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Julie and Randy in the Mall Food Court

And Julie also wore quite a bit of the that romantic lacy look that I can best describe as Gunne Sax — not just in her prom dress (or the prom dresses of others), but lacy tops with long sleeves with plenty of buttons.

Lace Blouse In Valley Girl

Lace Blouse In Valley Girl

Julie doesn’t just wear these clothes for the cinematic conveyance of her difference, her ties to her hippie parents, her romantic side, or her nervousness dressing for a party (when her friend has to help her button those buttons on her sleeves); these fashions were strong in the 80’s. I owned and wore several of these sorts of blouses — and my prom dresses were all Gunne Sax.

Posing For Prom Pictures In Valley Girl

Posing For Prom Pictures In Valley Girl

I didn’t live in Southern California, but my friends and I dressed a lot like this (the ‘trickle to the heartland’ theory of fashion); one of the reasons that this movie spoke to us all then — and is fondly remembered now.

That Elle might get the fashions wrong is sad… It’s not just that I want the staff to be old enough to remember Valley Girl (though that would be nice!), fashion was a huge part of the film. As Kleph wrote:

That’s partly because Coolidge understood the distinction was a fallacy to begin with. The valley kids define themselves through what they buy while the Hollywood kids do it by what they don’t – but they still show their allegiances via what they wear. And it’s important that, in Valley Girl, when Julie and Randy first see each other – first become interested in each other – it’s at the beach when they are not in the usual garb of their tribes. It’s also no accident the film starts inside a mall but ends outside it.

Valley Girl is an iconic film which preserves fashions of the time as much as it uses them for a point, yet in pushing the return of such retro 80s fashions, Elle gets it all wrong. For the fashion mag to get the fashions so wrong isn’t ironic; it’s a tragedy.

Josie Cotton Performing In Valley Girl

Josie Cotton Performing In Valley Girl

Elle’s “Women In Hollywood Issue” (Vintage Film Fashions!)

By , 9 November, 2009, No Comment

The November issue of Elle magazine (along with it’s ever-increasing holiday push) is focused on women in Hollywood, including a list of “the 63 most loved and feared in the biz.”

Elle's The Women In Hollywood Issue, November 2009

Elle's The Women In Hollywood Issue, November 2009

If you’re a modern movie maven, you’ll love this issue (even if you take issue with some of the selections — I know I always do with lists, as you’ll soon see!).

And if you’re a classic film fan or a vintage glamour fashionista, you’re sure to love this issue’s Elle Shops, a Fashion In Film Countdown of “monochromatic stunners inspired by our favorite black-and-white films.” Even if only giving it an ‘A’ for effort.

(Remember, you can click the images to see much larger scans!)

In at #10, From Here To Eternity, focused on vintage-styled beach & resort wear.

Elle: From Here To Eternity

Elle: From Here To Eternity

Number 9 is Paper Moon; I’m not much of a ‘tomboy,’ but I’m completely smitten with the sweet Chloé by Hannah MacGibbon silk linen jacket.

Elle: Paper Moon

Elle: Paper Moon

At #8, Swing Time, featuring a few little white ruffled blouses in the tuxedo-inspired pieces.

Elle: Swing Time

Elle: Swing Time

Raging Bull is in at #7. Again, it’s not my style — and I haven’t seen the film.

Elle: Raging Bull

Elle: Raging Bull

At # 6, Shanghai Express; the Dolce & Gabbana goat-fur coat is just one of those pieces I’d have to try on to see if it would be fab or fug… Plus, I’m more than a bit ambivalent about fur; I only own vintage fur pieces.

Elle: Shanghai Express

Elle: Shanghai Express

Some Like It Hot is in at #5. I hate-hate-hate it when folks say you get the look of a film by wearing clothing with the star’s image printed onto the fabric of a dress or t-shirt or whatever. That’s not the look or style of the film; it’s crass celebrity commercialism. And the white cotton Phillip Lim dress covered in golden sequins is so not that film.

Elle: Some Like It Hot

Elle: Some Like It Hot

For Philadelphia Story (number 4 on the list), the Elle staff seems to have missed the entire fashion story here… Katharine Hepburn’s look wasn’t, as they say, about “demure dresses and menswear-inspired shapes.” It was about refined femininity and very fine tailoring. I don’t think a single piece shown here (save for, perhaps, the Paule Ka dress) would please either actress Hepburn or costumer Adrian.

Elle: Philadelphia Story

Elle: Philadelphia Story

In at #3, is A Hard Day’s Night. I would have thought there’s be more truly mod looks here, but…

Elle: A Hard Day's Night

Elle: A Hard Day's Night

Casablanca is in at #2, and I am under-whelmed.

Elle: Casablanca

Elle: Casablanca

Elle Shops #1 fashion film story is The Wizard Of Oz. I don’t know where to begin here… I think they’ve taken great liberties with the look & feel of the film. And what on earth is up with all the unappealing tie-dye-esque stuff on the far right?

Elle: The Wizard Of Oz

Elle: The Wizard Of Oz

Now it’s your turn — do you agree with me, or with Elle?

There Are Pencil Skirts & Then There Are Pencil Skirts That Get To The Point!

By , 27 October, 2009, No Comment

Women with curves will often find their hips and bottoms more exaggerated by the narrow lines and confine of pencil skirts — butt but this more hourglass image is exactly what many dreamily envision when the phrase “pencil skirt” comes to mind.

While many of the original pencil skirts were more tubular, modern makers of vintage inspired fashions have sharpened the pencil skirt (turning the point of such feminine fashions into an exclamation point!) by narrowing along the way to the hemline. Beautiful examples of this are the Retro Pencil Skirts, in Basic Black, by Pinup Girl Clothing. Bonus, ladies, this sexy fashion staple is also available in plus sizes!

Retro Pencil Skirt by Pinup Girl Clothing

Retro Pencil Skirt by Pinup Girl Clothing