Sunday, October 26, 2014

Manhattan Vintage Show Highlights

On Friday, I headed out to the Manhattan Vintage Show.  I've attended the show two times in the past and it's always worthwhile to go.   Here is what I wore:

This skirt is a joy to wear and is made from the border print of John Wolf fabrics.  I'm also a fan of the pleated full skirt look vs. the gathered.   The fabric has a soft floaty feel to it.  I acquired this skirt in a trade for fabric and so very happy with it.  The blouse is from Ann Taylor and does tell you that there are retro-inspired tops out there.

It was a bit of a chilly day so I also wore a coat.  This coat is masterfully made and is from the late 1940s.   

 I didn't take too many photographs at the show.  Some dealers allow you to take photographs and others are not too keen.  It is always best to ask first.

How amazing is this suit?  The lady at the booth was kind enough to let me photograph this beauty.

Before the crowds rushed in. It was actually quite busy on Friday.

I know from past shows that you do have to dig around to find deal priced vintage.  But, it is there!  
I did come home with less than I expected two hats, a skirt, and a pattern.  But, I was happy with the event.  I look at it as a fun experience to see all this vintage in one spot.  I could see a lot of shoppers leaving with bags of vintage so I speculate that it was a successful show for vendors.   Also, I think fur is becoming more socially acceptable.  I saw quite a few ladies trying on fur trimmed coats and hats.  

The show was more geared towards winter apparel (of course) so some of the things I was looking for were scarce like 50s novelty skirts and 40s/50s sunglasses.  I also kept my eyes open for shoes.  I tried to look for things I have difficulty buying on the internet.  There were tons of purses and hats.  This is a great thing to try on hats.   I thought many of the purses were also decently priced.   I tried on one hat that was so amazing with this large feather accent.  It was a beauty and so difficult to describe but it was out of my price range for what I wanted to spend on a hat. But, you know for certain vintage pieces you pay a premium for the art effect.   There were not many rayon novelty print dresses from the 1940s and the ones I saw were $200-$300.  I guess it goes to show what items have gone up in value.  I think even in just the last few years novelty prints have gone up a lot!

I managed to pick up a Vogue Paris Original Fath pattern for $35.

I thought a bit about this skirt because it wasn't cheap (relatively speaking) but still a deal.  The dealer I bought it from was very friendly and nice.   I like the theme of it and have not seen one for sale and it didn't help that I had seen the vintage ad for this skirt before I set eyes on this one at the MVS.  I tried it on and it fit like a charm.  It's an interesting print because it has kind of a spookiness about it with the color combination of greens and yellows but this is fun.  It's almost like a ghost dog show.   The dogs are very detailed and the people behind them are shadow like.  A very interesting composition.  There is no label and the skirt looks barely worn.  It wouldn't surprise me if this is indeed store made. 

Image via Flicker

I was hoping I'd find the love letters skirt but I knew this would be unlikely:)  I'm looking for it in yellow.  Yes, a needle in a haystack.  Also, I wouldn't mind the lovely flamingo dancer skirt like shown above.  There are so many great novelty prints out there.

My last go around I found two hats from the 1930s that were used on Boardwalk Empire.  They were priced reasonably so I scooped them up.  Would I have bought them if they hadn't been used in Boardwalk Empire?  No, probably not.  I admit I'm a fan.  When I first started watching the show I thought it was extreme but then it kind of grows on you.

 I saw another lady at the booth scooping up dresses and some hats from the show and she indicated she didn't really care that they had been used on the show.  But, I admit I bought my hats for the novelty:).  There were some beautiful 20s dresses and hats from Boardwalk Empire that I didn't really think about because I gravitate more to the 30s and forward.  I like the bias cut in a dress and a great tilt hat.

All in all, a great show to attend and I'd highly recommend it to anyone in the area when it is around.

Friday, October 17, 2014

Lilli Ann Stroll At The Park

Outfit details:

Suit Lilli Ann via ebay 
Gloves:  Dior purchased ebay NOS at a very good price.
1950s Umbrella ebay 
Shoes 1950s:  Rice O'Neill I did some damage to the heels of these shoes so off to the cobbler as they are a rare perfect fit.
Fresh floral accent: Gift from friend
Hat:  Vintage 1950s velvet cap style

I've had to sell a few suits recently that didn't fit well so I was very happy when I received this suit and it is exactly how I like it.   It's interesting how now that I am older and have grown a deep fondness for vintage suits vs. today's style that I prefer for them to hit below the knee.  When I do try on a suit that fits near the knee area it feels a bit awkward.  Not sure if it's age or changing style:)

One of the many things I like about women who wore vintage suits is also when they wore a fresh flower corsage as an accent.  I know this isn't practical all the time but my friend sent me some flowers and this just came in so handy to add this.  Of course, I have reference boards on Pinterest.  Lilli Ann.  Add A Flower To Accessorize. 

I found this handy mirror stashed in the vintage purse I was using.  I think mirrors are still better than cell phone cameras.  Cell phone cameras as mirrors are unforgiving.

Thursday, October 16, 2014

Lilli Ann Suit Journey Part I

Since fall is approaching, I've been thinking about vintage suits.   If you scan the pages of any vintage fashion magazine from the 1930s to the 1950s in the fall issues, you are very likely to find a plethora of suit styles.  There is something so special about a well tailored suit that certainly embellishes the word style and vintage glamour.  Of course, with a well tailored suit you need the icing on the cake in the form of the right accessories and hats.  I have such difficulty with hats that it is a very useful resource for me to go back and look through these fashion magazines and see how ladies of the day styled their suit ensembles.

I'm going to share more of my suit and accessories in the next post but I thought it might be fun to share with you a few images that I sought some inspiration from.

Image to right via. MyVintageVogue

Image to right from Harper's Bazaar 1954.  In this image I think the lady curtsying forward ads an element of charm.  I didn't quite capture this but fun try and it's difficult to see that I am actually holding flowers too.  I am not too crazy about how my image came together but thought I'd share the attempts too as it's all a learning process. 

Image to right via MyVintageVogue.  This image is interesting as I think putting the right leg forward ads an element of strength to the composition.  My image is more casual and not as structured.  

It is interesting how a certain position and camera angle can give the impression of strength, confidence, softness, sophistication, etc.

I also have a board on Pinterest devoted to Sensations Suits Vintage Style.

I also scanned some sensational suits from two issues of vintage Vogue, hope they can provide inspiration for you too!

I love the risk of a golden yellow hat with a green suit and red shoes.  Only in vintage color.

I'm going to try this at some point, navy suit with red shoes, why not?

Things I've recently added to my want list as a result of cruising through these magazines:

- A bamboo handled purse
-A purse in a light tan leather combination

I also recently saw an image with black toned bamboo bracelets.  These were certainly grand.  I am thinking I see some bamboo in my future:)

I'm also interested in the turban type of hat look.  I have some of these types of hats and the 50s cap hat look is growing on me.

Tuesday, October 14, 2014

Sisterhood of the Vintage Dress -New York City

The vintage dress has paid a visit to the lovely Paper Mothball Vintage  .  Please go check out her blogpost all about it.  Laura really is vision of timeless glamour and I'm so thrilled she was apart of this journey.  I could quite see her being photographed by John Rawlings.  I love the spirit she captured in her photography of the vintage dress.  Beautiful!

Monday, October 6, 2014

Princess Coats of Vintage Bloggers

I thought it would be a fun idea to put together a look at some other lovely vintage bloggers and their princess coats.  If you also have one, I'd love to hear from you too.

This entry is part of a series I am discussing on princess coats.  If you check out the October Vintage Life Magazine, I have an article in this magazine about princess coats from the 1930s to the 1950s.  It was a great article to put together and provided kind of a source of inspiration to delve into the subject even more.

I also have a Pinterest board on princess coats.   I recently was very thrilled to add a new princess coat to my collection and I hope to get it photographed sometime soon.  It's a beauty.  It's also an off white color so I'm having a bit of a difficulty finding just the right hat.

Below are the lovely ladies and their coats.  Links below are also to their original posts.  Aren't they all so beautiful in their coats?  I've really enjoyed putting these images together.  Thank you ladies for allowing me to use your images for this blog post.  All of these coats are so very special.

Thursday, October 2, 2014

Princess Coat Press Photograph

I thought I might share with you today a press photograph for a princess coat.  I'm not sure the purpose of this photograph as there really isn't any information on the back.  Just an interesting look back at an early 1950s princess coat.  What I also like about this photograph is that the model is very natural looking in appearance not really a "super model" type.  It's like you could picture her walking down a busy street in everyday vintage life. 

Wednesday, October 1, 2014

Winners Digital Giveaway

Via MyVintageVogue

Winners are random numbers:  6,4,9 per random number generator:

Tubby3pug (Katherine)

Please contact me ladies and I will get you set up with the digital October edition of Vintage Life.

Thanks for participating!