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What’s Front & Center For Holiday Fashions With Vintage Style?

By , 29 October, 2009, No Comment

Ladies, if you’re trying to put your best bosom forward in vintage fashions this holiday season, it’s time to order your handcrafted, custom fit bullet bras from Cameo Intimates — like the dreamy Cameo Lace Dream Bullet Bra.

Pink Lace Over White Cameo Intimages Lace Dreams Bullet Bra & Garter Set

Pink Lace Over White Cameo Intimages Lace Dreams Bullet Bra & Garter Set

(Don’t forget to add the padded tips! Perhaps add the matching Cameo Lace Dream Garter too?)

Since each piece of the vintage-styled lingerie is hand made to order, it takes two to four weeks for your order to be made — plus the shipping time to get your order. So now’s the time to order so you can dress (and undress!) to impress this holiday season!

PS If you don’t see your size listed in the bra style you love, or want a different fabric or color — or even if you dream of special things, such as wider shoulder straps and/or special padded cups to even-out mismatched breasts — you can have Cameo make a custom creation for you too.

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

Pencil Skirt Sale

By , 23 October, 2009, 1 Comment

Dolce & Gabbana has a linen blend pencil skirt, on sale at Revolve for $195 (sale discovered via my Sale Mail alert.)

Dolce and Gabbana Linen Blend Pencil Skirt

Dolce and Gabbana Linen Blend Pencil Skirt

At first glance the D&G pencil skirt is not as pointed a message as the vintage pencil skirts you envision — but then we must take into account that the model is likely far less amply proportioned; translation, your own rounded hips probably will provide the prettier contrast.

D&G Black Pencil Skirt, Bottom Hugging Side View

D&G Black Pencil Skirt, Bottom Hugging Side View

Snakeskin Slings Are Back (Who Says They Ever Left?)

By , 22 October, 2009, No Comment

Snakeskin slingbacks are a classic — so much so, Joan Blondell wears them on the beach!

Joan Blondell Wearing Snakeskin Slingbacks

Joan Blondell Wearing Snakeskin Slingbacks

I don’t think snakeskin and sand would be a great combination, let alone high heels, but hey, it’s just a promo photo, right? However, with these faux snakeskin slingbacks by Guess, you certainly could risk it — especially as they are on sale. Originally $98.95, now just $39.58 for this classic fashion look! (And no snakes died for your fashion needs!)

Chandrika 3, Peep Toe Platform Slingback, By Guess

Chandrika 3, Peep Toe Platform Slingback, By Guess

Pant-ing For Katharine Hepburn’s Style?

By , 21 October, 2009, 2 Comments

Katharine Hepburn’s iconic style was defined by tailored and crisp pieces, including high-waisted, wide-legged trousers like those she’s wearing in this 1930’s photograph (Bettmann/CORBIS) for the stage version of The Philadelphia Story.

Katharine Hepburn Wearing High-Waisted Wide-Legged Pants

Katherine Hepburn Wearing High-Waisted Wide-Legged Pants

If you’re looking for pieces to help create Hepburn’s look, you’ll fall in love with Dolce & Gabbana’s High Waist Trouser with tux side panel stripe — now on sale! (Found via Shop It To Me’s Sale Mail.)

Dolce and Gabbana's High Waist Trouser

Dolce and Gabbana's High Waist Trouser

D&G High Waist Trouser With Side Tux Stripe

D&G High Waist Trouser With Side Tux Stripe

Take A Gamble On Cuff Links

By , 20 October, 2009, No Comment

You know I love cuff links, but for those of you who are unsure if such fashion bits and bobs are right for either you or your gent, consider these beauties by Belisi:

Gambling Themed Cufflinks That Actually Work

Gambling Themed Cufflinks That Actually Work

And these casino themed cufflinks actually work! Such novelty may never wear off!

Working slot machine cuff links, now on sale at Belisi.

Look Like Liz In Cat On A Hot Tin Roof!

By , 19 October, 2009, 1 Comment

Want a custom classic vintage style dress for the holidays? PinkPurr Studio, “a small custom design studio specializing in the look and femininity of the forties and fifties when the women were women and men were nervous!”, is again offering their reproduction of Liz Taylor’s Cat on a Hot Tin Roof Dress — including in leopard print!

Custom Reproduction Cat On A Hot Tin Roof Dress

Custom Reproduction Cat On A Hot Tin Roof Dress

This iconic dress requires nine yards of chiffon — not counting lining!

(Another) Return Of The Cuff Bracelet

By , 12 October, 2009, No Comment

Remember when I wrote about big black bracelets? Well, the November issue of Marie Claire magazine has a similar feature on the cuff bracelet as an “instant classic” on page 14.

Instant Classic: The Cuff Bracelet (Marie Claire, November, 2209)

Instant Classic: The Cuff Bracelet (Marie Claire, November, 2209)

The piece includes a brief history of the cuff, crediting Coco Chanel as the one who redefined the jewelry by wearing Maltese Cross cuffs by Duke Fulco di Verdura. Oddly, Marie Claire opted to use a photo of Chanel wearing plenty of bangles — but not the specified Maltese Cross cuffs… Maybe because Coco was puffing off a cig? (You know you simply cannot show people smoking with our current politically correct revisionist history! Bah!)

Coco Chanel Wearing Maltese Cross Cuffs (Photo by Man Ray, 1935)

Coco Chanel Wearing Maltese Cross Cuffs (Photo by Man Ray, 1935)

In 2007, a black jade cuff by Verdura featuring an 18k gold Maltese Cross with cabochon sapphires and rubies, bezel-set diamonds, and cultured pearls fetched $29,800 at Christies.

Original Verdura Maltese Cross Cuff Sold At Christie's

Original Verdura Maltese Cross Cuff Sold At Christie's

That price may seem ridiculous to some, but then the cuffs shown in the Marie Claire piece range from $100 to $1620 — and beyond (that’s the translation of the “price upon request” BS used by designers and retailers who want to intimidate you into sales with the “If you have to ask, you can’t afford it” challenge). Included in the “price upon request” items shown in Marie Claire, the latest Vendura Maltese Cross cuff — limited-edition reissue of peridot, blue topaz, diamonds, enamel and gold, celebrating the both the 70th anniversary and return of the Maltese Cross cuff.

70th Anniversary Vendura Maltese Cross Cuff

70th Anniversary Vendura Maltese Cross Cuff

As for price, rumor has it that it’s $16,500.

Suddenly, the prices of vintage jewelry don’t seem so ridiculous, do they?

John Galliano Claims Film Noir As Inspiration For Dior, Spring 2010

By , 6 October, 2009, No Comment

John Galliano continued his “tailoring-with-underwear” theme with Christian Dior’ Spring 2010 couture collection. According to Sarah Mower, this collection is based on a forties film noir theme:

Galliano said he found the cinematic cue while thinking about Lauren Bacall. “She was a great Dior client; there are amazing photos of her in the salon with Bogart. It was that and Arletty in Hôtel du Nord,” he said. That central character—a provocative, smoldering femme fatale with a side-parted, over-one-eye hairdo and red lips—gave him free reign to script a wardrobe narrative. It started with abbreviated wartime trenchcoats, flipped through silver lamé dresses, arrived at a sequence in which the heroine is seen in her scanties, and then followed her out to make a drop-dead entrance in some nightclub or other.

Christian Dior, Photo by Monica Feudi

Christian Dior, Photo by Monica Feudi

Dior Runway, Spring 2010, Photo by Monica Feudi

Dior Runway, Spring 2010, Photo by Monica Feudi

But when I look at the photographs of what walked down the runway, what I saw was fashion stories depicting wealthy women deemed homeless, each doomed to wear whatever she had on her back that night her house burst into flames. That may sound like “film noir” to some, but to me, it was far more 1980’s Madonna than 1940’s Bacall; right down to the ZZ Top Legs video girl ankle socks.

Pink Pumps and White Ankle Socks in ZZ Top's Legs Video

Pink Pumps and White Ankle Socks in ZZ Top's Legs Video

Of the 47 looks shown, only two seemed to have the elegance of Bacall and real film noir style in mind. The first, a bustier bodice with skirt, seems to have forsaken the less-is-more mantra with a bulky necklace.

Glamorous Bustier Skirt Dior Combo SS2010

Glamorous Bustier Skirt Dior Combo SS2010

This red ensemble is fabulous though — had Bacall dared to bare her bra, this one seems most likely to be chosen.

Elegant Vintage Style in Red, Dior 2010

Elegant Vintage Style in Red, Dior 2010

All Christian Dior photos by Monica Feudi.

Vintage Wardrobe Must Haves: The Little White Blouse

By , 30 September, 2009, 2 Comments

The Little Black Dress always makes the list of fashion staples to have in your closet. Like high heels, I think little black dresses are easy to find and even easier to splurge on — but what one really needs to be mindful of are the more elusive basics, like The Little White Blouse.

Without little white blouses, what will you wear with your vintage suits and separates? It can be terribly difficult to match or coordinate with vintage fashions because their shades are from yesteryear’s color palettes. Plus, as these vintage photographs show, little white blouses with ruffles, pintucks, lace, and other details are the little touches which make an outfit an ensemble.

Dietrich With Dramatic White Ruffles

Dietrich With Dramatic White Ruffles

This retro Saks 5th Ave. lace blouse has a gorgeous accordion pleats!

Retro Saks Lace Bloue With Accordion Pleats

Retro Saks Lace Bloue With Accordion Pleats

This vintage lace blouse may lack ruffles, but those 3 inch medallions of lace certainly will get attention!

Sheer Vintage Pin-Up Blouse With Loads Of Lace

Sheer Vintage Pin-Up Blouse With Loads Of Lace

Ralph Lauren’s sleeveless Forster Ruffle Blouse is less than $30 (sale found via Shop It To Me) and it will work past summer under suit jackets.

Sleeveless WhiteForster Ruffle Blouse

Sleeveless WhiteForster Ruffle Blouse

And the Venessa Ruffle-Front Blouse, also by Ralph Lauren, is also a good Little White Blouse choice.

Ralph Lauren Venessa Ruffle-Front Blouse

Ralph Lauren Venessa Ruffle-Front Blouse

Katharine Hepburn With Wisps Of White Ruffles

Katharine Hepburn With Wisps Of White Ruffles

If you’re looking for a ruffle to rise above the call of “just plain white,” the Ruffled Racerback Top adds interest as it adds a soft feminine contrast to more severe suiting.

White Ruffled Racerback Blouse

White Ruffled Racerback Blouse

The Escada Long-Sleeve Ruffle Blouse has an incredible ruffle collar that stands up in back!

Escada Ruffled White Blouse With High Collar

Escada Ruffled White Blouse With High Collar

And this retro white blouse has a ruffle that will be visible above most suit jacket necklines as well as a ruffled front and ruffled cuffs.

80's Ruffled White Blouse

80's Ruffled White Blouse

Hedy Lamarr With Bits Of Ruffles

Hedy Lamarr With Bits Of Ruffles