Back to the outfit post. I've had this Hattie Carnegie jacket in my wardrobe for quite awhile just waiting to be partnered with the appropriate skirt. I found the perfect skirt over a month ago in the acquisition of a Lilli Ann suit. I'll post more on this Lilli Ann suit in a future post because it is a bit of a thinker as to whether I like it or not.
This Hattie Carnegie jacket is a wonderful peak into great vintage tailoring. I believe this jacket is from the late or mid 40s. I love the play on buttons as well. The last few buttons and buttonholes are purely decorative and lend themselves to the button embellishment trend in suits of this time period. Irene Lentz was another great suit designer that played around a lot with button accents. It was purchased for a mere $44 and very much worth it. This might be a great future blog post searching for vintage gems at bargain prices. Is there anything out there all of you are searching for but can't find at a good price?
This jacket is more of a soft wool and if you have a cat or dog, I'm quite sure you'd be reaching for the lint brush many times. I'm also quite impressed that this jacket survived moths as it looks like something moths would love to nibble on. It's a wonderful addition and was certainly tailored and tapered with style.
I've written a post about Hattie Carnegie here. I believe a lot of her work flies under the radar and she was certainly a big presence is American fashion in the 40s and 50s. Mostly, she is known nowadays for her vintage jewelry, which can command a premium but I have been able to find some wonderful pieces at less than what you'd pay for a cheap made in China necklace.
I paired the jacket with a skirt from a Lilli Ann suit, so this outfit is another one of those looks that echoes high vintage fashion at steal-of-a-deal prices. My favorite combination. I accented the outfit with a sparkly brooch, designed by Lilly Dache who is famous for her hats. The hat is also a Hattie Carnegie. I thought this would be nice to pair the hat and jacket together, being from the same designer.
Jacket -$44 Hattie Carnegie
Hat - $40 Hattie Carnegie blue velvet
Brooch - Lilly Dache Brooch (reasonable price forgot how much)
Skirt - navy Lilli Ann skirt
Shoes - Vintage 40s strappy shoes.
Clip-On Earrings - vintage I forget the brand, the style was very popular. I picked them up because I saw a fashionable spread in a fashion magazine with this style and thought they were rather nice.
Purse - Vintage Lewis
Scarf - Echo (vintage, I do believe but bought for the polka dot pattern:) This is another item in the vintage world that you can buy very cheaply scarfs! There really is no need to buy modern day scarfs when all these vintage gems are out there that are like new and actually cheaper.
Gloves -from a Michigan vintage shop
Check out the tucks that lead to the collar area, a lovely detail
I thought the match with the skirt and jacket was pretty darn close. I wish I could have this luck with a couple of other jackets that still need a partner.
This outfit post also presented the right opportunity to show you my two favorite vintage compacts that I own. I recently was able to find a Schiaparelli telephone compact at the low price of $40. So, I quickly snapped it up. This compact is known as the telephone compact by Schiaparelli designed by Salvordor Dali. I believe this compact is from the 50s. However, this style was also available in the mid-30s too. I've been on the hunt for awhile for this compact so it was finally nice to find it.
This second compact, I've had quite awhile and I bought by trying to find information out on Paul Flato. His compacts are not easy to find and are usually quite expensive. This was a rare beauty that I doubt was ever used. Also, the case for this gem is just grand, it's not shown here but it has a lace effect. This compact set has to be my favorite. It is very artistically done and just beautiful.
How wonderful is this image? Hattie Carnegie checking out one of her suits being tailored. 1951
Three models wear Hattie Carnegie suits. Thinking early 50s.
The lovely Hattie Carnegie herself 1940 Vogue cover.