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COCO CHANEL: THREE WEEKS
1962 by Douglas Kirkland, To be re-released on August 19th the 125th anniversary of Coco Chanelís birth!
"During his three week stay with Chanel, photographer Douglas Kirkland captured both the public and the intimate moments of her daily life."
"THE EASY GLAM" DRESS: Design History teal jersey v-neck puff sleeve dress
What are We Wearing Now? What Were We Wearing Then?
The Way We Wore: Black Style Then is renowned designer Michael McCollomís personal scrapbook of Black fashion from the 1940ís until present time - where we remember our friends and ourselves. From prim ponytails and pumps to afros and aviator glasses, Black American style from one decade to the next has always been stunning and inventive. Michael McCollom has pulled together an extensive collection of original photographs, all featuring black men and women looking their "best" in wonderfully original clothing, hairstyles and accessories from years gone by. Some of the photographs make us laugh - outrageous hairdos and chunky earrings, while others underscore the timeless elegance of Black style. The photographs in this collection for the most part do not feature models or celebrities these are ordinary people looking fabulous-and chosen by themselves are their signature fashion moments from the past-as they pose for a friend's camera. Some of their outfits are zany, others are elegant; some hip, and others casual. Each photo in an honest snapshot of a particular time, place and personality together, they for an extraordinary tribute to the boldness and ingenuity of black style throughout the decades.
How To PROPERLY Wear Pucci:
No - Not nuts - you definitely need an Afghan Hound and a Maserati to properly wear Emilio Pucci. I have PROOF!
Yoox.com would be this page's soul mate if there were such a thing... They are currently running a collection of vintage party dresses from the 1950s - 1980s - all of the dresses pictured above are in it - I added a few familiar faces for dramatic effect - I think they represent each decade nicely - If you don't recognize them they are: (from left to right) Grace Kelly, Audrey Hepburn, Karen Carpenter and Brigitte Nielsen.
To Do: If I were a rich person I would hop on a plane and go to the Westwood Gallery, in NYC because: "Our gallery has the premiere exhibition of Coco Chanel prints by Douglas Kirkland which correspond with the book. Recently we had the opening reception and book signing at the gallery. We extend an invitation to visit the gallery and to view these extraordinary images of a fashion icon. The photographs by Douglas capture intimate moments in the House of Chanel and Mlle Chanel as she has never before been seen. These photographs have been in the archives of Douglas Kirkland for over 46 years and now released to the public. The exhibition will go through November 29th at Westwood Gallery, 568 Broadway (corner of Prince Street) in SoHo, New York."
FASHION WEEK IN NEW YORK - MICHAEL KORS - 50s MEETS THE 80s
Retro Fashion Events (and some current fashions too!)
DIOR Vintage - 60 Years of Dior Couture exclusively on YOOX.COM
As Seen Ons & Ins!As Seen In Harper's Bazaar May 2008: Serpent Bracelet Lotus Arts de Vivre, Serpent Bracelet, $27,600.
As Seen In Domino - May 2008: Wide Cotton Zebra Cuff by Oscar de la Renta May 2008 p 49 Decorating Inspiration Instead of head-to-toe animal print, opt for one wild accessory – like this ‘zebra’ cuff.
As Seen In Domino - May 2008: Wicker Diamond Bangle May 2008 p 26 Editor's Cravings: Wicker Revival Add texture to a stack of gold bangles with one of these bamboo bracelets.
As Seen In Harper's Bazaar April 2008: Jute and Patent Ebony Closure Clutch Ports 1961, Jute and Patent Ebony Closure Clutch, $475.
As Seen In Harper's Bazaar April 2008: Gold & Crystal Cuff - KMO Jewel, Gold & Crystal Cuff, $995.
As Seen In domino, April 2008: Leather Zip Pouch - Bare, Large Leather Zip Pouch, $125.
As Seen On Lipstick Jungle Episode 3/20: Agate Cabochon Necklace from Vivre.com
Wrapping up Paris: Michael Fink Reports on the Spring Fashion Trends from Paris, France.
Contest! Enter for a chance to win a fashion weekend in New York and to meet Diane Von Furstenberg! Entries accepted through 3.9.08. (Sponsored by Saks Fifth Avenue!)
FASHION WEEK IN THE BIG APPLE - for that (almost) "there too" feeling, try these perky fashion dudes covering the scene: Nordstrom's Jeffrey Kalinsky doing a daily video called "TOWN CAR CHRONICLES" - Then we have Michael Fink of the illustrious Saks 5th Ave who is likewise making Fashion Week videos! Nicole Miller called next fall's look "Modern Day Joan of Arc" which is a bit more retro than what is covered here...
Retro Fashion Goes Around The World - Germany In this Video-Advertisement for "Quelle", we learn a bit about Lydia, the frumpy one in beige who is too busy to stay fashionable - kids, job, etc. ... We learn that the 60s look is coming back this spring (The pink jacket with the big buttons), and that Lydia looks better in pink. Oops they switch this out it seems - this week we see Claudia the stewardess getting help with her wardrobe - Claudia likes to hit the bars after work so she needs a good "city look" outfit - German word of the hour: Bleistiftrock = pencil skirt - hey you never know when you may be caught in Germany in desperate need of a pencil skirt!
Stuart Weitzman Spring 2008 Trunk Show happening now at Nordstrom...you can get new Stuart Weitzman styles in made-to-order sizes until December 31, 2007.
What will you find? Retro animal print shoes, positively pink shoes (I approve) and some interesting cork shoes!
Coco Returns - The Sequel - A Tribute to Chanel Vintage Sale on YOOX.COM (Take II) Hurry, only until December 15th)
- Your Personal Guide! For those of you who require a bedtime
dose of fashion to usher you to snoozyland, Project Runway may just do
the trick - (every Wednesday on Bravo at 10:00 PM or 9:00 for those on
Central time). Watch as would-be fashion designers undergo a fashion
face-off - kind of like
for fashion. If you like what you see, you can "Get The Look"
Here: Outfit 1 ** Outfit 2 ** Outfit 3 ** Outfit 4 ** Outfit 5
** Outfit 6 ** Outfit 7 ** Outfit 8 ** Outfit 9 ** Outfit 10
btw - Number 10 aka champagne canvas eyelet 'Gala' peep toe pump are
really nice shoes.
Beyond Time: Future Vintage. Timeless pieces from YOOX.COM's collections. And you have got to take a look at this vintage Coco Chanel collection they have right now (November 27th, 2007). There is only one of each available, so the pieces are selling out quickly, but if you are interested in fashion, then Coco Chanel is your goddess, and this is like a Coco Museum online! Simply Coco Chanel - An exclusive Vintage selection Um...excuse me Ma'am, you're going to have to put that cigarette out... Ma'am? There's no smoking in old black and white photos! MAAAAA'AAM?
Moschino opens the doors to its historical archives in a worldwide exclusive for YOOX. Now online: Moschino Collectibles - the historical archives worldwide exclusive on YOOX.COM.
New! Agatha Ruiz de la Prada for YOOX - Special Pentagrama Kidswear Collection Clothes that will make you wish you were a kid again!
SHOPVOGUE.TV - Entertainment you wear. Premieres August 21st.
From Tuesday, July 24th 2007, the limited edition T-shirt designed by Stella McCartney for the cult music festival Glastonbury will be on sale exclusively on yoox.com. The stylish British designer chose yoox.com to showcase and sell this colorful top with proceeds going to the OXFAM charity whose aim is to end to poverty world-wide. Dedicated to the Glastonbury, the T-shirt is heavily rooted in Stella's musical upbringing. "Glastonbury is one of most iconic music festivals in the world and it never fails to be brilliant," reflects McCartney. "The T-shirt is inspired by all the airbrushing my mum and dad used to get made in the 70's".
Stella added, "It's the ultimate music Festival! This is the ultimate summer tank! yoox.com is the ultimate place to buy it!....cooking with gas!!!" Love, Stella... Stella McCartney's Limited Edition Tank Top - A Worldwide Exclusive only on YOOX (Costs $50)!
July 7th, 2007 - Valentino is celebrating 45 years of design, and will be tossing a couture show and ball, flanked by a retrospective exhibition and a fragrance launch.
July 3rd, 2007 - Christian Lacroix, will be celebrating the 20th anniversary of his house, and will be hosting a party at Georges atop the Pompidou museum. I always have to think of AbFab when I hear Lacroix, Darling.
July 2nd, 2007 - Christian Dior's couture show and will "draw from the legacy of the house" and feature "some of the most iconic supermodels of this generation" should be interesting from a "retro housewife" perspective! I wish I could say I'd be going, but...
June 13th 2007 - I just went to my sons junior high school graduation and noticed that the girls are all wearing 50s and 60s styles, updated of course, but unmistakably retro influenced.
On the cutting edge of the retro hip scene is YOOX - no surprise there...since YOOX is synonymous with avant-garde fashion and design. Don't forget to check out the Tribute to Vintage Gucci - plus many current Gucci pieces which ends June 15, 2007.
Then there is a really spectacular vintage collection themed "The Vintage Factory: A selection of Vintage pieces inspired by Andy Warhol's FACTORY GIRLS." Real items from the 60s and early 70s...
I am searching...scouring...turning over every rock in the fashion world to see if there are any retro-style articles of fabulous fashion fabrications to show here on Retro Housewife, or link to, or maybe even buy up myself!
I must admit that I was never the gal who was in danger of winning any "Best Dressed" awards, although I'd like to think that if need be, I could pull together a knock-em-dead outfit or 2, however my little endeavor is actually quite fun...kind of like shopping with an unlimited budget, really, and I have noticed that the love it - hate it cycle that we women go through with particular articles of clothing has become much shorter; by the time I am actually going to pull out the credit card and make a purchase, some other little hot number has caught my eye and the first one gets dropped cold.
If I find something that I still like in the morning, I will marry..er..buy it. Could it be that we women treat our clothing much in the same manner that we despise so in men! We love our clothes when they are new and fresh and haven't yet started to get on our nerves, or become to restrictive and not let us move about as we would like to. One day however, even though we have sworn our undying love to a certain favorite pair of jeans, a slinky little dress, or a comforting, fuzzy sweater it happens before we even realize what is going on!
We don't mean it to happen, it just does. We go home with a new pair of jeans, a slinkier dress or fuzzier sweater, and before we know it, we encounter our first true loves in the closet and realize the painful truth: we have grown apart and no longer have anything in common. We try to overlook it for awhile, pretend it hasn't happened, maybe even take the old flames out for an evening to see if there is any spark left, but we both know that we would really rather have worn the new jeans.
Before we know it, we are gazing after the tail lights of the Goodwill truck with a certain sense of sadness and excitement, and when it is gone, we turn and go back inside, to start a new life....and lo and behold, the new jeans are now Sprawled on the sofa, smelling a little like beer, and you hope that after all that, they will still fit.
The Retro Wardrobe Must Have:
Calling Agent 99
60s Style Juicy Couture Lantern Sleeve Geometric Peacoat
Is it 60s? Is it 70s? Who can tell? 70s Style Tunics with 60s Style Prints...It's a Mippie! (Mod + Hippie...you heard it here first!)
The Vintage Factory
A selection of Vintage pieces inspired by Andy Warhol's FACTORY GIRLS.
Retro Mini Skirt Look of 1965+
by Diane von Furstenberg - The 'Roberts' Twill Shift Dress - 2007
Athletic Fashion of 1951
"You're rolling in the comfort and style of KTG's new athletic look. From any angle this sporty, ten-pin two tone is graceful, practical. Styled for action in permanent finish, crease-resistant rayon gabardine, and available in a wide choice of color combinations. Also made in solid colors"
Athletic Fashion of 2006
Warm-up zip front stretch jacket and Crisscross Back Crop Top From Carabella.com
Warm-up zip front stretch jacket. Moisture control fabric transports moisture from the skin to the outer layer of the fabric. You will stay dry, cool and comfortable. SWETOUT. Polyamide elastane. Hand wash.