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The Black & White Of The Feud

By , 1 December, 2008, No Comment

Just so there’s no misunderstanding or underestimating the power of color…

In The Great Movie Stars: The Golden Years, by David Shipman (1970), the author writes of the great feud between Raquel Welch and Mae West which began on the set of Myra Breckenridge:

Raquel Welch had the title role, but Mae West had top billing. Apparently Miss Welch was no more pleased about this than about the clause in Miss West’s contract which gave her the exclusive right to wear black or white. Indeed there seems to have been dissension on all sides.

Raquel Welch and Mae West

Raquel Welch and Mae West

According to Jill Watts in her biography of West (suitably titled Mae West: An Icon in Black and White), this costuming decision was blessed by Edith Head:

At Head’s urging, West’s contract had specified that when she shared scenes with other characters, she was to appear exclusively in black and tgowns. The savvy designer knew that the black-and-white contrast would make West stand out on the screen.

Something to think about with all those holiday photos and videos, hmm?

Stockings 101

By , 18 November, 2008, 1 Comment

Of hosiery The Bombshell Manual Of Style says:

It’s no stockings and a naked leg or a garter belt and stockings. These may be silk or nylon, seamed or not. Climate has nothing to do with the Bombshell’s decision to wear stockings or go without them.

Dream stockings are not made of silk, but of nylon. (True vintage glamour girls know this and it’s a glaring sign of ignorance or down-right posing — but not pin-up posing — when they do not.) Ever since nylon stockings were created, they’ve shown-up silk for many reasons, the best of which is their fit: nylon does not ‘pool’ and bag as easily as silk hosiery.

Lily Damita's Stocking Covered Legs

Lily Damita

The best nylon stockings are fully-fashioned. This is not an arbitrary name like ‘best’ or ‘improved’ to flatter a product; fully-fashioned stockings are knit on 3D machines — shaped to fit a lady’s leg. Unfortunately, fully-fashioned stockings are not made in plus sizes for this reason.

Denier is a term to denote size or number of filaments in hosiery, like thread count for sheets. The higher the denier, the more sturdy & opaque the hose; the smaller denier, the more sheer the hose.

RHT is an abbreviation for reinforced heel and toe. Not only practical, there are sexy styles involved — such as the sexy pointed French heel which sure draws the eye to that sexy back-seam.

The welt of the stocking is the top where the garters are attached. Typically this is where the stocking brand, style, color lot, etc. information is printed. Many stockings, especially vintage stockings, also have welts with exquisite detailing.

Vintage Jacques Fath Ad With Pretty Stocking Welt

Vintage Jacques Fath Ad With Pretty Stocking Welt

Once again, sizing may be an issue when shopping for vintage stockings and it’s advised that you begin by measuring your legs. There’s an excellent guide for both measuring your legs and deciphering stocking sizes at eBay — it’s written by Steve of Stocking Showcase, who is as much a fan as an expert. Follow his advice, and you can’t go wrong.

If you’re not sure how to properly & safely put on stockings, you can — and should — read A Slip of a Girl’s Ultimate Guide To Putting On Hose.

Be A Sex Kitten In Stripes

By , 17 November, 2008, No Comment

Bombshells need to have their casual looks too.  Here Mamie Van Doren purrs in a sweet & simple striped top and matching gloves which is still totally whistle-worthy.

Mamie Van Doren In Stripes

Mamie Van Doren In Stripes

Like most casual, effortless looks, creating it may be anything but sweet and simple. :sigh:

I’ve no luck finding any matching sets like this, so you may have to find yourself a cute striped jersey top and then knit your own striped gloves to match. (An alternate free pattern, with somewhat different stripes is here; maybe it matches a striped top you already have.)

Goldie Hawn’s Black Chiffon Mini Dress

By , 12 November, 2008, 1 Comment

In this classic photo of Goldie Hawn (taken by Bert Stern for Vogue) she wears a fun yet sophisticated black chiffon minidress by Jay Kobrin (for Maisonette).

Goldie Hawn In Black Chiffon By Jay Kobrin For Maisonette.

Goldie Hawn In Black Chiffon By Jay Kobrin For Maisonette.

The flirty skirt and billowing sleeves keep this basic black outfit from looking severe, and the short skirt makes it very mod. Here are a few pieces upon which to build the look:

This leather basque from ASOS has a layered chiffon skirt with delicate pleats.

Leather Basque With Flirty Chiffon Skirt

Leather Basque With Flirty Chiffon Skirt

Pair it with a sheer chiffon nightshirt in black (These sleep shirts are amazingly more practical for me as outer wear — blouses, jackets, etc. — than they are for sleepwear).

Sheer Black Chiffon Sleepshirt

Sheer Black Chiffon Sleepshirt

You may also try the Johnny Martin Ruffle Chiffon Dress paired with another chiffon top or blouse. Then it’s find the black stockings, the perfect fun shoes, tie it all off with a wide satin ribbon in a bow at the front (easy to do with yardage from the fabric shop) and top it off with a large pin or brooch at the neck of the shirt or blouse.

The Fabulous FLABuLESS Giveaway

By , 10 November, 2008, No Comment

Ladies who purchase vintage fashions know that there’s often difficulty fitting in the arm area — we just don’t work as hard cleaning our house as ladies from other eras. But now there’s help.

After talking to countless women who express their frustration with fashions that just don’t fit right in the arms, Lee Ann Stevenson put her passion for fashion and eye for innovative accessories to the problem and invented the FLABuLESS™ — the first ever arm shapewear that slims, conceals and re-shapes the arms.

FLABuLESS Help For Arms

FLABuLESS Help For Arms

“FLABuLESS is shapewear intended to increase confidence in women by making them feel good in their own skin. While surgery and exercise are options for some, many don’t have the time or resources. Whether you are 50 or 15, a business woman or a stay at home mom, we all want to look and feel good in our clothes. FLABuLESS achieves that goal.”

Arm Before FLABuLESS

Arm Before FLABuLESS

Arm After FLABuLESS

Arm After FLABuLESS

FLABuLESS comes in several styles, with short and long sleeve lengths, to work with your wardrobe.

FLABuLESS Help With A Mod Suit Jacket

FLABuLESS Help With A Mod Suit Jacket

To celebrate the launch of FLABuLess — and confident women — the company is holding The FLABuLESS Holiday Spa Giveaway. One lucky winner who best represents the success, ambition and confidence of women will win a $500.00 spa package in her own city. To enter, readers must simply provide reasons why they are the most FABULOUS contestant in this competition via an online submission at www.flabulessu.com. The contest runs from now until December 31, 2008; winner will be announced January 2, 2009.

Additionally, one lucky Here’s Looking Like You, Kid blog reader will be given a FLABuLESS™ too. All you need to do is post in the comments &/or email me, Jaynie Van Roe, at JaynieVanRoe@gmail.com and tell me you want to banish that arm wiggle and have better fitting vintage fashions. Post your comment (or send your email) before November 16th; I’ll announce the winner here on November 17th. (Must have a valid email contact so that I can get your address & product size, US residents only, please.)

When you purchase a FLABuLESS today you’ll get 10% off and automatically be entered to win an additional gift, as well as be entered in the FLABuLESS™ Holiday Spa Giveaway.

So, if you can’t wait to banish the arm wiggle, to instantly fit better in your tees, blouses and dresses, go order one now.