Monday, September 1, 2014

Favorite Leather Picks


Fall is about to arrive and I can't help but think about one if my favorite textiles. Leather is just one of those fabrics that will never go out of style and will forever be a classic. I've always had a thing for leather; I admire the thick leather pants and vests from the old West, the black motorcycle jackets that were made famous by tough guys in 1950's films and the maxi leather coats from the 1970's; now back with modern chic twist.

Olivia Palermo 2014 brown leather vintage skirt
Paris Street Fashion
Strong and Fisher leather Bolero Jacket and Skirt featured in Vogue UK August 1968 
Daks Spring/Summer 2014 London Fashion Week
Brigitte Bardot in leather, circa 1960's
Designer Olga Vilshenko’s  leather caped outfits 2012/2013 

Monday, August 25, 2014

Monday, August 18, 2014

New To The Site: 1970’s “Periphery” Patchwork Print Dress


Cute vintage dress from the 1970’s made out of cotton fabric. Great pastel shades in soft blue and 
and pink and white. (Click on image to see more photos)



Wednesday, August 13, 2014

Flea Market Find

Found these vintage Salvatore Ferragamo pumps at the Hell's Kitchen Flea Market in New York City! I couldn't be happier and will treasure forever.


Tuesday, August 12, 2014

Model Moment: Beverly Johnson

It was photographer Francesco Scavullo who immortalized model Beverly Johnson with a history-making Vogue cover in August 1974. It was Johnson’s first for the magazine—and, more to the point, the first time a black woman had ever taken that prized position.

Cosmopolitan March 1981
Photographed by Irving Penn, 1973
Johnson was born and raised in a middle class household in Buffalo, New York. After graduating high school in 1969, she left Buffalo to enroll at Northeastern University in Boston, planning to become a lawyer. With the encouragement of friends she set out for Manhattan to pursue a career in fashion. Soon after a insider got her an interview at Glamour to meet with editors and by the end of the day she had her first assignment. Still, despite having booked a glamorous ten-page spread, Johnson was rejected by every modeling agency she approached. So she opted for plan B: working as a salesgirl by day at a Manhattan store called Jax and taking classes at Brooklyn College at night.


Glamour called back, and Vogue, too. Soon, Beverly Johnson was appearing in fashion portfolios shot by Patrick Demarchelier and Irving Penn. These pages caught the attention of Eileen Ford of Ford Modeling Agency. Johnson quickly became nothing less than a defining face of the seventies, appearing on the front of more than 500 magazines, including Glamour, Cosmopolitan, and French Elle, in addition to Vogue. As one of the highest-paid models in the world, she transcended racial barriers with her work on the runway for Halston, Yves Saint Laurent,Ralph Lauren, Calvin Klein, and Valentino. For more on Beverly Johnson check out http://www.vogue.com/voguepedia/Beverly_Johnson

U. S. Vogue, February 1975
circa 1970's

Monday, August 4, 2014

Designer Moment: Simonetta Colonna de Cesaro

Born in Rome 1922 and the daughter of a duke, who had a flair for design which urged her on to build a dressmaking salon of her own in Rome. Her talent has contributed to the flowering of the Italian couture and its influence on American fashions; her clothes are feminine, elegant, flattering. She showed her first collection in Rome during the sping of 1946 and in 1951 was amongst a small group of Italian designers to be invited by Giovanni Battista Giorginai. In 1947 her first designs produced under the label "Simonetta Visconti" were photographed for the New York Times. In 1949 she was photographed by American Vogue and in 1951 she was invited bye the department store Bergdorf Goodman to design an exclusive collection for Spring/Summer 1952. In the 1960's Simonetta created moden looks of accessories, sunglasses, hats and handbags. Her clients included the Duchess of Windosr, Gogo Schiaparelli, Marisa Berenson and Estee Lauder. (Text taken from Simonetta: The First Lady of The Italian Fashion by Judith Clark)

Simonetta modeling one of her designs, circa 1950's
Simonetta 1950's Fashion Advertisement

Silk Evening Dress by Simonetta, 1958 (metmuseum.org)