February 23, 2009

Vintage Inspired Gowns on the 2009 Academy Award's Red Carpet

Last night the red carpet at the 2009 Academy Awards featured lots of white and cream colored vintage/ vintage inspired gowns.
Here are some of my favorites...


Penelope Cruz in vintage Pierre Balmain


Evan Rachel Wood in Elie Saab


Sarah Jessica Parker in Christian Dior


Anne Hathaway in Armani Prive


Miley Cyrus in Zuhair Murad

*You can check out all the photos posted above, plus lots more red carpet photos over at InStyle

August 14, 2008

Elvis Presley's Peacock Jumpsuit


Elvis Presley's peacock jumpsuit recently sold at auction for $300,000-
Elvis paid $10,000 to have the outfit made for him in the early 1970's by Los Angeles designer Bill Belew.
Peacock motifs were very popular in the 1960's and 1970's when they could be found adorning wall hangings, fabrics and purses.
Check out these fun vintage peacock purses that I found...

Canvas purse with peacock design created out of glass and lucite stones, as well as sequins.
You can purchase this purse for $29.95 over at Pumpkins and Peacock Feathers over on GoAntiques.com

Enid Collins "Pavan" bag featuring peacock designs.
The Starting bid on this purse is $80- and there are 2 days left on it's sale over on eBay

Black cloth purse with jewel and sequin peacock design.
You can "Buy It Now" for $68.50 over at Tea Rose Cottage Shabby to Elegant on eBay.

May 22, 2007

Isabella Blow & Feather Hats


     Isabella Blow- the modern style icon, passed away earlier this month.
    She was best known for the whimsical hats that she sported everywhere.
    The majority of her hats were designed by Philip Treacy.
    In 2002 their relationship was highlighted in an exhibition titled "When Philip met Isabella" which featured sketches and photographs of Isabella wearing Philip's designs.
     A book of the same title was released in March of 2003.


    In honor of Isabella's incredible style I have gathered together 10 vintage feather hats that are reminiscent of the one's she used to  wear...

1912 natural colored chip straw hat.
This hat features a black velvet underside and a large black velvet bow as well as black ostrich plumes and white egret feathers.
You can purchase this hat for $465- over at Vintage Martini

1912 black horsehair and chiffon hat.
This hat features blue ostrich feathers as well as tall black feathers.
You can purchase this hat for $298- over at Vintage Martini

1908 black chip straw hat.
This hat features a yellow silk gauze ribbon and two black ostrich plumes.
You can purchase this hat for $450- over at Vintage Martini

1950's black velvet hat.
This hat features iridescent green feathers highlighted with rhinestones.
You can "Buy It Now" for $40- over at Dorothea's Closet on eBay.

1940's black felt hat.
This hat features a black satin band and curving black feather brim.
You can "Buy It Now" for $50- over at Dorothea's Closet on eBay.

1940's black felt hat.
This hat features iridescent green/black feathers.
You can purchase this hat for $72- over at Woodland Farms Vintage

1940's black wool hat.
This hat features a design of black swirled feathers.
You can purchase this hat for $70- over at Woodland Farms Vintage

1950's black velvet hat.
This hat features a single feather.
You can purchase this hat for $60- over at Lady In Red over on Trocadero.

1950's black fabric hat.
This hat features a cluster of pink feathers on one side and a black veil.
You can "Buy It Now" for $39.99 over at Vintage Millinery And Apparel on eBay.

1930's faux pearl and rhinestone hat.
This hat features white ostrich feathers.
The Sale is Pending on this hat over at retroRoz on Trocadero.

March 15, 2007

Diana Rigg as Emma Peel in the Original Avengers

Diana Rigg's character Emma Peel in The Avengers was a true 1960's style icon.
Her character would always wear incredibly mod black and white outfits.
In the opening and closing credits of the show she is shown clad in black patent leather.
What more could you ask for than a beautiful, stylish, intelligent, kung fu weilding intelligence agent!?!

Check out the Emma Peel worthy black patent leather ensemble posted below...

Vintage Patent Leather Suit

What a sexy and unusual ensemble!
Perfect for adding a heaping dose of 1960's spy girl allure to one's vintage clothing collection!
This two piece suit ensemble is from 1960 and was designed by Azalea.
You can purchase this unique suit for $950- over at Vintage High Fashion.com

*Black patent leather is a big trend for Fall/Winter 2007/2008*

February 26, 2007

Top 10 Oscar 2007 Red Carpet Vintage Inspired Looks

Rachel Weisz in a Vera Wang gown.

Naomi Watts in an Escada gown.

Nicole Kidman in a Balenciaga gown.

Jennifer Lopez in a Marchesa gown.

Anne Hathaway wearing Van Cleef & Arpels jewelry.

Gwyneth Paltrow in a Zac Posen gown.

Kate Winslet in a Valentino gown.

Cate Blanchett in an Armani Prive gown.

Kirsten Dunst in a Chanel Couture gown.

Maggie Gyllenhaal in a Proenza Schouler gown.

*All of these photos were taken from In Style where they have many more pics from last night's festivities*

February 12, 2007

Manly Mondays! William Powell

This is a postcard from the 1980's featuring a picture of Myrna Loy and William Powell from 1936.
You can "Buy It Now" for $20- over at Pack Rabbit Posters on eBay.

An original photograph of William Powell.
You can "Buy It Now" for $44.99 over on eBay

An original autographed photograph of William Powell that he signed "Immortally yours, William Powell"
You can "Buy It Now" for $799- over at History For Sale on eBay.

    William Powell is one of my favorite leading men from the Golden Era of Hollywood.
    In his movies My Man Godfrey and The Thin Man series his characters were witty, debonair and funny.
    A major part of what gave Powell his debonair look was his mustache.
    If you look at the photograph pictured above of Powell without his mustache he doesn't appear so debonair as he does with his mustache.
    It always such an odd thing to see a man that you are used to seeing with a mustache without one.
    Their faces all of the sudden look so naked and alien compared to what you are used to.

    Today I have gathered together some vintage grooming kits and razor blades to share with you.
    Whether you opt for the clean shaven look or the debonair-the choice is yours!

January 16, 2007

Vintage Inspired Gowns at The 2007 Golden Globes

Rene Zellwegger in vintage Christian Dior.

Cate Blanchett in Alexander McQueen

Cameron Diaz in Valentino.

Penelope Cruz in Chanel Couture.

Kyra Sedgwick in J. Mendel.

December 05, 2006

Audrey Hepburn's Breakfast at Tiffany's Dress


    Today the gown that Audrey Hepburn wore in the 1961 film Breakfast at Tiffany's was auctioned off at Christie's auction house in London for $807,000 (that's almost six times the highest sales estimate the dress had before the auction of $98,000 and $138,00).
    The Givenchy black satin evening gown is floor length, has a slit on one side and a unique cut out decollete at the back.
    Besides designing the clothing for Audrey Hepburn in Breakfast at Tiffany's Hubert de Givenchy  also designed her clothes for Funny Face, Charade and continued to dress her for the rest of her life. Givenchy also dressed the likes of Grace Kelly, Jacqueline Kennedy Onassis and the Duchess of Windsor.
    Today I have found some elegant black dresses that are reminiscent of Audrey Hepburn's dress...

Vintage Black Evening Dress


    A chic black evening dress.
    This dress features a silk chiffon ruched chest and a long silk skirt with satin flower design.
    Measurements are: 36" Chest, 26" Waist and 46" Hips
    You can buy this dress over at Vintage-Hollywood for $325-

Lilli Diamond Fringed Dress


    Imagine sashaying around in this beautiful fringed dress!
    This 1960's black crepe evening dress has small tiers of fringe at the chest, a satin bow at the empire waist and a long cascade of fringe over the skirt.
    Measurements are: 36" Chest, 29" Waist and 38" Hips
    You can purchase this Lilli Diamond dress over at Vintageous for $185- (once at the website scroll about a third of the way down the page, the dress is located in the far right column).

October 26, 2006

Win A Pair of Shoes Like Alison Goldfrapps!!!


    Jennifer over at PETA emailed me the other day about a shoe give away she thought my readers would be interested in...
    If you head over to PETA's website and read their interview with Alison Goldfrapp you can enter to win a pair of shoes just like the ones Allison wore on the cover of Goldfrapp's album Black Cherry.
    The shoes are the utmost in glamour and sexiness!
    The shoes are from Beyond Skin whose incredibly cute, stylish and sometimes vintage inspired designs are also favored by Natalie Portman.

June 28, 2006

Nicole Kidman's Wedding Dress


    Nicole Kidman is the epitome of Hollywood glamour.
    When on the red carpet she always wears classic gowns that compliment her fair skin and stunning beauty.
    This weekend, when she walked down the aisle, she wore an ivory, one shouldered, puff sleeved wedding gown designed by Nicolas Ghesquiere.
    Today my posts are inspired by Nicole Kidman's romantic wedding gown.

April 20, 2006

Princess Grace's Wedding Dress


    As a girl I was fascinated with Princess Grace. I thought that she was very beautiful and that she had immaculate style.
    The wedding dress that Grace Kelly wore to marry Monaco's Prince Rainier III is currently on exhibit at the Philadelphia Museum of Art. It will be on display until May 21st.
    The dress was designed by Helen Rose. Helen Rose was one of the top designers at MGM. She designed the costumes for Grace Kelly's last movie, High Society.
    Below I posted a couple of Helen Rose gowns which are for sale on the internet.


February 21, 2006

The Glamourous 30's


    Lately, my fiance and I have been on an old movie kick. About every three days we go to Movie Madness, a store whose selection never ceases to amaze us, and rent a couple of movies.
    We have really been enjoying watching Busby Berkeley movies. The other night we went in and were looking at the covers of some of his movies. We found the cover of Fashions of 1934. We thought that it looked like an entertaining movie. So, we checked it out. Only later to realize that we had watched the movie about a month before! We didn't mind though because it was a fun movie starring William Powell and Bette Davis.
    One of our favorite Busby Berkeley movies is Footlight Parade with James Cagney. The banter between Joan Blondell and Cagney is slick, fast paced and funny. The sets are lavish. And the costumes are amazing, full of classic 30's glamour.
    I don't think that movie sets as elaborate and on such a large scale as these would be produced today. They truly are awe inspiring!

January 30, 2006

No Wire Hangers!



    At TheFROCK.com they offer a wide selection of clothing worn by such classic actresses as Claudette Colbert, Sophia Loren, Gina Lollobrigida and Marlene Dietrich.
    One of my personal favorites is this gold lame gown worn by Joan Crawford. The low cut back and the draped, yet fitted style of the gown is the epitome of 1930's Hollywood glamour.


January 24, 2006

Natalie Portman at the Golden Globes


Natalie Portman looked tastefully chic at the 2006 Golden Globe Awards. She was wearing a vintage black lace Chanel dress.