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Contemporary Vintage Bridal Looks

By , 4 January, 2014, No Comment

Vintage style has been influencing the design of wedding dresses since, well,forever! In part this is due to a sense of nostalgia and tradition, but it also had to do with the forever-love of old movies. Thankfully, wedding dress designers know that vintage looks will always be coveted by brides and so vintage inspiration can be seen in contemporary wedding dresses. This means that regardless of your favorite era of film or fashion, you can find a modern-made dress for your special day.

There are many benefits to buying a modern-made, yet vintage-inspired, wedding dress. Contemporary dresses solve the usual problem of finding vintage in your size. And, yes, you’ll have less concerns with tailoring too. But one of the largest benefits of buying new rather than old is that you can get the look you want, but in a style that flatters you and your figure. For example, look at these beautiful wedding gowns which capture the look of that famous gown Audrey Hepburn wore in Sabrina:

Two-Tone-Strapless-Appliqued-Mermaid-Gown-with-Chapel-Train-and-Lace-Underlay-wedding dress

Two-Tone-Strapless-Satin-A-Line-Wedding-Dress-with-Embroidery-and-Court-Train

Strapless-Embroidered-Organza-over-Satin-A-Line-Wedding-Dress-with-Flower

Two-Tone-Appliqued-Strapless-Satin-and-Tulle-Gothic-Wedding-Gown

It’s like a new look at the New Look — or a new look in vintage bridal! Most importantly, while each wedding gown is reminiscent of that black and white New Look dress by Givenchy, each has its own unique take on the design — and each has its own way of flattering the bride’s body.

Of course, the way to really make your wedding gown your own and look different from another bride who bought her dress off the same rack (or purchased at the same online shop) is the same way to make any dress or ensemble your own — with accessories! Wedding gloves and wedding veils make a big difference in the total look of the bride. More than jewelry or shoes, gloves, veils, hats, etc. are the accessories which are most visible in your wedding day photos.

Here are some inspirational brides from vintage films, featuring unforgettable veils and gloves:

high society 1956 grace kelly wedding dress

Liz Taylor Father of the Bride

funny face audrey hepburn wedding dress bridal veil

Make A Mata Hari Headdress

By , 14 March, 2012, No Comment

Catherine, founder of Kiss Me Deadly lingerie, shows how to make a Mata Hari Headdress.

Mata Hari Headdress & Lingerie From Kiss Me Deadly

Mata Hari

This glamorous craft idea can be easily modified to make other styles, including one like Lana Turner wore in MGM’s Diane, a period piece made in 1956.

Pearl Headdress Lana Turner Wore In Diane

I found this lovely DIY project idea via this post at A Tad Too Much Tan For Taupe; and the photo of Mata Hari is from Mata-Hari.com.

Wrap Up The Savings: Turbans On Sale

By , 15 December, 2011, 1 Comment

Love turbans? They are great to pull out and wear this holiday season — not only glamorous, but who needs to worry about “hat hair” in cold weather when your turban stays on at the party? Right now, there’s a sale on Norma Kamali turbans: Buy one at $65, or get two for $115.

Of course, I’m partial to the gold lamé? How about you?

Designer Norma Kamali Turbans

Hair Extensions, 1932

By , 29 October, 2011, No Comment

Sheila Terry, with her trademark pre-code bad girl sneer, photographed by Elmer Fryer to promote Scarlet Dawn. Notice her long braided hair that serves as jewelery or an accessory.

Sheila Terry's Braided Hair Extensions

From the back of the photo:

Sheila Terry belies her Irish name by going exotic…She will next be seen with Douglas Fairbanks Jr. in the First National picture, “Scarlet Dawn.”

Photo via.

Ruffled, Almost Elizabethan, Collars

By , 27 September, 2011, No Comment

I don’t normally cover period films or fashions, but when I found this Ralph Lauren Blue Label Ruffled Infinity Scarf in my Shop It To Me Sale Mail Alert, I couldn’t help but think of Ruff Elizabethan collars.

Ralph Lauren Blue Label Ruffled Infinity Scarf

What a wonderful way to add volume and texture to any little white blouse!

Here’s another modern, yet more traditional, take on these large feminine collars — a creamy dreamy one in muslin and pearls by by MaggieGlynn.

Modern Elizabethan Collar Muslin and Pearls by MaggieGlynn

Ralph Lauren’s Ruffled Infinity Scarf could also help you achieve Marlene Dietrich’s ruffled look of in Angel (1937).

Marlene Dietrich in Ruffles in Angel

Or this rare ruffled look of Katharine Hepburn’s.

Katharine Hepburn Rare In Ruffles

Of course, if you’re Belgian artist Isabelle de Borchgrave, you could make your own out of paper. *wink* (Link & photo via.)

Isabelle de Borchgrave Cardboard Lace Collars

Don’t You Wish They Were Still Just $7.98

By , 16 January, 2011, 1 Comment

A 1955 newspaper advertisement for Whiting Davis mesh bags.

When You Say, “Drama,” I Say…

By , 13 April, 2010, 2 Comments

When you say, “Drama,” I say, “Evelyn Brent.” Exhibit A, these photos taken by Otto Dyar.

The Stunningly Dramatic Evelyn Brent

The Stunningly Dramatic Evelyn Brent

(I believe these were a series of promotional photos for the actress herself and are not tied to any individual films — but then, with so many lost silent films, it’s difficult to say… Perhaps “Salome” is the title of a film and not just the character she created in the photograph?)

It’s not just the stunning photographs, the bold black and white fashions, or even Brent’s singular beauty…

Evelyn Brent As "Salome" (Photo By Otto Dyar)

Evelyn Brent As "Salome" (Photo By Otto Dyar)

It’s the accessories.

Evelyn Brent: Hair & Accessories

Evelyn Brent: Hair & Accessories

The barrettes or combs in the hair — and the pearls, oh, the pearls!

Intrigued? Check out Evelyn Brent: The Life and Films of Hollywood’s Lady Crook— it’s on my wishlist!

Great Sale Mail News!

By , 7 April, 2010, No Comment

You know I prefer vintage clothing, lingerie, shoes, jewelry, and accessories; but sometimes, when rarity and/or availability prevents me from having my way, I have to count on getting some classic pieces by modern makers. (And, I’ll be honest, sometimes issues of fit and fabric care make contemporary pieces not only a more convenient purchase but a more practical one to live with — and that’s before we even get to the rest of the members of the family!)

For ease in finding my favorite brands — and in the sizes my family needs — I count on Sale Mail from Shop It To Me for alerts to sales and deals online. This probably doesn’t surprise you as I mention many of the fabulous Sale Mail finds here quite often — but I have (even more) good news!

Now there’s Shop It To Me for those in the United Kingdom — which helps not only those in the UK but all members find the deals on the hot Brit styles and British designers!

If you already have a Shop It To Me membership, you can login and select the UK brands and designers you want to receive sale alerts for — and you can upgrade to the new UK service simply by emailing support@shopittome.co.uk.

If you’re not already a member, you can sign up for your free Shop It To Me Sale Mail alerts here. (Click the US or UK flag at the top right side to specify your location.)

Shop It To Me Goes British!

Shop It To Me Goes British!

The Glamour Of Lace Shawls

By , 14 January, 2010, 2 Comments

The elegant and elaborate lace shawl is a glamorous accessory many think of only for holiday dressing — which is probably why Valentino’s Sequin Lace Shawl is on sale at Neiman Marcus (sale found via Shop It To Me Sale Mail).

Sequin Lace Shawl By Valentino

Sequin Lace Shawl By Valentino

But the shawl really knows no season, nor is it limited only to black-tie events. It’s just a bit of glamour you throw on with any old thing, right Myrna Loy?

Myrna Loy & Lace Shawl

Myrna Loy & Lace Shawl

(Myrna Loy autographed photo via MovieTreasures.com.)

Vivien Leigh agrees.

Vivien Leigh Lace Shawl

Vivien Leigh Lace Shawl

Hot-Damn, These Gloves Are Glam!

By , 22 December, 2009, No Comment

Looking for some super glamorous gloves for New Year’s Eve? Burlesque performer and costume designer Catherine D’Lish created these glamorous opera length satin gloves trimmed in ostrich feathers for Faire Frou Frou.

Opera Length Satin Gloves With Ostrich Feather Trim

Opera Length Satin Gloves With Ostrich Feather Trim

The gloves can be made to order in Black, Ivory, Navy, Red, and White. And when you’re done with glamorous dressed-up evenings on the town, consider wearing the gloves to spice up your states of undress at home *wink*