Wednesday, October 1, 2014

Style & Design: Valentino

For his Fall 2014 Collection, designer Valentino went back to the swinging 60's and the Pop Art movement; adding lots graphic patterns and bright oranges and pinks.




Monday, September 29, 2014

Shimmering Shift

Beautiful white chiffon dress with bands of scattering pink trimming and arms covered by beaded cobwebs narrow transparent sleeves by Leslie Morris featured in U.S. Vogue October 1, 1965 issue.




Thursday, September 25, 2014

New To Website: Vintage "Carlye" Black Ruffle Cocktail Dress

Stunning and cute little black cocktail dress by "Carlye" from the 1950's with a fantastic ruffle at the hemline available on Miss Sixties Vintage Fashion.


Monday, September 22, 2014

Model Profile: Karen Alexander

While going through some old magazines doing some of my regular inspirational research, I came across one of my favorite fashion models of the 1980's and 1990's and just had to look back at some of her most beautiful photos. African American and New Jersey born Karen Alexander started knocking down model agencies doors at age 16 and continued for two decades. Her exquisite and exotic looks were sought after by leading designers and photographers, landing her in the pages and on the covers of  Vogue, Harper's Bazaar, ELLE, Mademoiselle, Glamour, and Mirabella - and also appeared in the Sports Illustrated Swimsuit issue twice.

U. S. ELLE Magazine, December 1985

U.K. Vogue, July 1991
ELLE Magazine, 1987
ELLE Magazine, January 1987
ELLE Magazine, May 1989

Friday, September 19, 2014

Fashion Update: Oscar de La Renta

I personally love the collection Osca de La Renta has created for his 2015 Spring/Summer collection shown at New York Fashion Week. The classic shapes beautiful colors, the embroidery, fine fabrics are stunning. Check out his collection at https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=VbfgROrXkMs.







Monday, September 15, 2014

Designer Moment: George Stavropoulos

George Stavropoulos was born in Tripolis, Greece, in 1920 and studied design in Paris. In 1949, he opened a salon, Nikis B, in Athens. He initially became recognized for his custom-tailored suits and coats – although his most popular designs proved to be those based on the classic draped Greek silhouette.

In 1961, he emigrated to the United States and opened a wholesale and retail operation at a salon on 57th Street in New York. He became known for his evening wear that included details such as draping, asymmetrical folds, wrapped coats, kimono sleeves, floating panels, capes, and bias cuts – primarily made of colored silks and chiffons. By the mid-sixties, Stavropoulos’s flowing chiffon evening gowns and coat and dress ensembles were popular and worn by celebrities such as Lady Bird Johnson, Elizabeth Taylor and Maria Callas to name a few. Text taken from http://vintagefashionguild.org/label-resource/stavropoulos/


How adorable is this George Stavropoulos Spanish-style skirt featured in the February 15, 1971 issue of U.S. Vogue. The flowers are in beautiful shades of red, green, yellow and blue edged in ivory fringe.