The Twin Dragon Dress

The Twin Dragon dress is one that is inspired by a dress in my personal collection that was from the mid 1940s. This particular dress was emblazoned with a dragon, but not one nearly as fine as the one presented here.  The Twin Dragon dress is made of crepe as shown here (but can also be made in satin, cotton twill or velvet) it is an ideal dress for a cocktail event. It has a button up front with a v neck and 1940s style fabric covered buttons. It comes with either a satin obi style belt or with a fabric covered belt if you prefer.

The appliques are hand sewn and make use a multitude of sequins and beads.

The “Heart-Breaker” Dress

Dress: “Heartbreaker” dress, Nicolettacarlone.com

Bag: Red Epi Leather “Alma” by Louis Vuitton

Black Saucer Hat: 1950s, bought on Etsy.

Shoes ” Anita” by Remix Los Angeles

 

The “Heart-breaker” dress is one that looks surprisingly modern, but the inspiration comes entirely from the 1940s.  The hand beaded applique is done of hundreds of seed and bugle beads.  The dress itself is inspired by a 1942 dress, it is shown in crepe but can also be made in satin, cotton twill and velvet. The dress is shown on me in midi length and with short sleeves with a slight pouf, it can be made in a sleeve length you wish.  The v neck is very flattering and is a dramatic detail that highlights the slight pouf at the shoulders.

This dress is one of my favorites so far, and can be worn just as easily during the day with ballet flats as to a cocktail party or nice dinner with heels and a beautiful bag.

Getting Back To My Roots


The first decade that I came to love when I started collecting vintage was the 1920s. I stopped collecting it for a while, but now I am rediscovering it again. My latest purchase is this satin mid-1920s coat. I paired it with a pair of “Grammercy” shoes by  Remix Los Angeles, a mid-1920s dress, a modern turban and a silver mesh 1920s/1930s bag by Whiting and Davis.

Three Handbags You Can Wear With Both Vintage and Modern Clothes

One drawback to many vintage purses is that they simply not practical for everyday where, nor are modern purses appropriate for vintage outfits, but what if you could buy a purse that works with both? The following purses are classics that were designed many years ago, but are still very fresh today and will likely be in the years to come. Here are some of my top picks:

1.The Alma, by Louis Vuitton.

The Alma is one of my favorite bags of all time. It looks very modern, but it actually dates back to the 1930s. This bag is on the pricey side, but you can score one on Ebay or Etsy for a lot less. I’m not big on logo, so I choose to buy this bag in the more subtle Epi leather.  If you want a bag that can do everything, this is a great option for you.

2. Gucci bamboo bag.

So this style of purse has been on my wishlist for a long time, I have lusting after an original one from the 1950s. Gucci started using bamboo handles because of scarcity during the war. Gucci makes this bag in some variation until this day, but you to save money you would be better getting a vintage one from the 1950s/60s. There was also other made bags made in the style of the Gucci bag around the same era that you could pick if you don’t need the Gucci logo.

3. The Hermes “Kelly” bag.

Pictured here with its most famous owner. The Hermes “Kelly” bag is just as chic today as it was back Grace Kelly carried it. A new Kelly is extremely expensive, as is a vintage one, but many purses in the 1950s were made to emulate the kelly style without the Hermes logo that can be had a much lower price.

 

Pajama Party

So it’s cold and rainy here in Southern California, but that doesn’t mean I can’t pose in a summer favorite among women of the late 1920s and early 1930s.  I am wearing a pair of beach pajamas which was essentially the yoga pants of the late 1920s and 1930s. These pajamas, which would most closely resemble a modern jumpsuit were worn to the beach and other places that would require very casual apparel.

I got my beach pajamas locally at Papermoon Vintage in Los Angeles, CA, my hat is also from a local shop, Playclothes Vintage in Burbank, CA. My shoes are reproductions of 1930s/40s open toed heels by Remix, also a Los Angeles company.

Slip A Sable Under The Tree

So I got something my heart long desired, a sable coat. This particular one is from the 1940s or 50s and it’s as soft and cuddly as a cloud. A very warm one. I could literally sleep in it!

Unfortunately, I was not able to post since December because my blog got attacked by some spam taking down a couple of my posts that I had worked hard to write.

I paired my new coat with a dress from the 1930s. It was one of the first items I bought here in Los Angeles when I came here 10 years ago. I bought it at Wasteland on Melrose. Wasteland is a shop that does not carry much vintage of this age, so I got it at a very good price.

I paired the dress with a pair of silver “Anitas” By Remix.

Summer in December

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It might be warmer in Los Angeles than in many parts of the country, but make no mistake, its cold here too ( that means below 65 degrees). Despite it being the day after Christmas, I felt compelled to grab this very early 1930s yellow feedsack dress out of my closet.  The reason that the fabric is referred to as feedsack has a whole history that dates back to the Great Depression. Companies would place feed in sacks made from color cotton fabrics. Women would then use these fabrics to make dresses and other garments. I paired it with a vintage pair of sunglasses from the 1940s, a cloche from the late 1920s/early 30s and a pair of “Anitas” by Remix which is one of my all time favorite reproduction shoes ( I have pretty much every color!)

Baby, Its Cold Outside

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So a vintage leopard print coat has been on my wishlist for a long time. This particular coat is from the 1940s and is made from what I believe to be Geoffery Cat which is a non-endangered small South American cat popular for coats during the 1940s. The coat has a lamb collar. This is a sort of piece I would only buy vintage since I don’t want to buy any new pieces of fur. The older pieces keep me warm during the (semi) cold months during Los Angeles especially when I go to vintage events, although I love this coat so much I would probably wear it everywhere since it is so warm. I actually got a great bargain on this coat. The seller listed it as rabbit fur and with a price of $22. Rabbit fur this coat is definitely not. Most of these coats in the condition of mine are generally $500+ if not MUCH more.

This is a particular instance when having a wide knowledge of vintage clothing can be a help. I recommend anyone who wants to become a serious collecter to do you reading and homework, because it can really pay off!

I paired it with a vintage style purse that my husband got me for my birthday last year, it is the same style that Grace Kelly once used. The dress is 1950s, as is the hat and the gloves. The peep toe shoes are from the 1940s. I added a picture below to show a picture of the shop in Albany New York where the coat was originally bought from:

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Christmas Dragon

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Creating the Heart And Arrow Dress

The Heart and Arrows Dress that I designed based upon Gingers Roger’s dress in “Carefree” has been exceptionally popular so far, so has the Jezebel design with the dagger and the heart.

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This is another variation I am creating based upon a 1940s sweater worn by Loretta Young. I’m not sure who the designer of the sweater is; It definitely looked like one either designed or influenced by Los Angeles design Suse who created the Jezebel sweater.

Though I am still refining the design of the dress, I am very influenced by these sweet late 1930s frocks:

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I particularly like the unique sleeves, the smocking on the shoulders and the unique sleeves. The empire waist is extremely flattering for women of many different body types. Of course, the dress I make (influenced by the blue and white frock at center) will be sans ribbons and with a more plain bodice to allow room for the heart and arrows.

The heart and arrows themselves will be fully beaded and perhaps a big bigger than the ones worn by Loretta Young. More on this dress to come!