Monday, December 28, 2009
Sunday, December 20, 2009
I wonder who originally owned these exquisite vintage shoes from the 20s (recently sold) on the amazing site vintagetextile.com. Oh to be able to have shoes like these.
The following is the description from the site about them: n 1909 André Perugia opened a Paris shop, where he sold ultra-stylish, handmade shoes. His career was launched after WWI, when he designed shoes for famed couturier Paul Poiret. Gazing at these brilliant shoes, I keep thinking they were made for a princess. Such glorious golden shoes are fit for royalty—the Perugia effect!
The two-tone shoes are fashioned from bronze velvet and metallic gold leather. They are totally lined with tan kid leather and have leather soles. The T-strap style closes with charming bronze rosebud buttons—see detail picture below. In the early 1920s, Perugia designed a pair of metallic silver shoes for Paul Poiret with the same rosebud buttons. See page 29 of Heavenly Soles by Mary Trasko.
Perugia was an eccentric genius—he talked to his shoes—who produced custom designs for many of the glamorous actresses of the jazz decade, including Josephine Baker and Gloria Swanson. He said "a pair of shoes must be perfect, like an equation and adjusted to the millimeter like a motor piece." He continued to design collections for major couturiers and ready-to-wear houses through the 1960s.
Saturday, December 19, 2009
Sunday, December 13, 2009
I can just see this divine dress worn for a spring wedding either by the bride or bridesmaid. The blue is such a soft, subtle shade. Oh so feminine and different from all the strapless gowns that are so popular today. I haven't had time to upload it to my site yet but just wanted to give you a sneek peak.
After just having seen the wonderful Pandora and the Flying Dutchman (1951) starring a young Ava Gardner and James Mason I thought I would look up Ava's biography and photos on the net. Apart from this movie being a great love story she wears some of the most beautiful clothes which I discovered were designed by Beatrice Dawson, originally from Britain.
Ava Gardner was an incredibly beautiful and exotic looking woman who was married three times. Her most famous marriage was to Frank Sinatra but sadly it ended in divorce. The only photo not from the movie is the one above of her in a hat. Couldn't resist posting it for its sheer elegance.
Thursday, November 19, 2009
Tuesday, November 17, 2009
On the subject of the stunning New Look created by Christian Dior I have found a couple of interesting video clips on UTube.
I had to upload the one in German below because the dresses featured are simply outstanding.
Monday, November 16, 2009
Wednesday, August 19, 2009
Sunday, August 16, 2009
It was with much anticipation I bought the September edition of Vogue Australia Celebrating 50 Years of Vogue. Sadly it didn't take long to be disappointed. I think they must have completely lost the plot with their leading fashion spread titled Come As You Are. When does a double page spread of a close-up of two topless models constitute fashion and style. Their was a hint at the top of the page of a feathered headpiece by Ann Demeulemeester worn by one of the models. Sorry I will be looking to other mags for my style and fashion inspiration in future. Would love to hear from anyone who has seen the latest mag and what they think.
Sunday, August 2, 2009
Below is an excerpt from http://thecia.com.au/reviews/s/september-issue.shtml
Every August a record-breaking number of people can't wait to get their hands on the September issue of Vogue. The 2007 issue was and remains the biggest ever, weighing over four pounds, selling thirteen million copies, and impacting the $300-billion global fashion industry more than any other single publication. An intimate, funny and surprising look at Anna Wintour and her team of larger-than-life editors as they create this must-have Bible of fashion, Cutler explores the untouchable glamour of Wintour's Vogue to reveal the extraordinarily passionate people at its heart. He takes us behind the scenes at Fashion Week, to Europe, on shoots and re-shoots, and into closed-door staff meetings, bearing witness to an arduous, entertaining, and sometimes emotionally demanding processEvery August a record-breaking number of people can't wait to get their hands on the September issue of Vogue. The 2007 issue was and remains the biggest ever, weighing over four pounds, selling thirteen million copies, and impacting the $300-billion global fashion industry more than any other single publication. An intimate, funny and surprising look at Anna Wintour and her team of larger-than-life editors as they create this must-have Bible of fashion, Cutler explores the untouchable glamour of Wintour's Vogue to reveal the extraordinarily passionate people at its heart. He takes us behind the scenes at Fashion Week, to Europe, on shoots and re-shoots, and into closed-door staff meetings, bearing witness to an arduous, entertaining, and sometimes emotionally demanding process
Sounds fabulous and coming soon to selected Australian cinemas
Tuesday, June 30, 2009
(Photo by Pascal Le Segretain/Getty Images Europe)
If you would like to see more I found these at http://www.tylerlee.net/magcovers/exclusive/magvogue_uk.htm
Monday, June 29, 2009
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Thursday, June 18, 2009
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Saturday, June 6, 2009
Friday, June 5, 2009
Photo Credit: OLYCOM/bauergriffinonline.com
Here is a fabulous original fully-sequinned 80s disco glam little number by Oleg Cassini I have listed on my site www.vintageclothing.com.au
You really have to love these amazing dresses. They seem to be turning up everywhere lately.
Thursday, May 21, 2009
Jackie O epitomised style never more than when she donned her black sunglasses. When you just don't feel it's happening put on your latest pair of sunglasses, and zap, instant style.
Looking for new sunglasses
I highly recommend 2020 Optical Store in James Street, New Farm. They have fabulous, original, cutting-edge brands sourced from Europe. I buy my glasses and sunglasses there and the service is incredible. Kevin, the owner, who is also an optometrist, has astounded me with his care and kindness.
Monday, May 18, 2009
I love this inspiring little book. The subtitle is Simple Ways to Make Peace with Yourself which it does so well. It's just such a relief to read that being perfect is NOT the ideal.
From the inside cover:
'Veronique looks at the art of being wrong, disorganised, silly and neither rich nor famous. She explains how style is having nothing to wear, how chaos can improve your daily life, and why less sexy is more sexy.
Most of all, she helps us find solace in our shortcomings and humour in our blunders and lapses.'
The photography is quite timeless also.
I must try to get a hold of her other book, The Art of Doing Nothing which really appeals to me also.