The first time I really took a strong look at fashion was when I was 19 and entered fashion school. Before this, I had always loved fashion, but had always looked at it as a consumer, not so much as of designer. It was in fashion school that I also first really discovered vintage clothing and the history of it. and I first discovered my idol, Coco Chanel. The issue that I had in design class was that I had instead of looking forward, I was always looking back and all my designs looked like they had leapt off the pages of a 1930s or 1940s catalog. At the time, I adored Chanel’s genius. She had revolutionized woman’s wear, making it simple, chic and wearable. She had taken the over the top styles of the Victorian and Edwardian era and toned them down for the new modern woman who eventually became the flapper. Some of the styles she designed back many years ago still look very fresh and wearable.
It was not until my mid twenties that I discovered the woman that is really the inspiration behind my fashion line: Elsa Schiaparelli. Schiaparelli and Chanel lived during the sample time periods, but were really as different as different can be. While Chanel’s styles was chic, reserved and practical, Schiaparelli was wildly creative sometimes even bordering on crazy…but a good kind of crazy. While Chanel was making little black dresses, chic evening gowns and prim suits, Schiaparelli got her start in knitwear and then was busy making evening jackets with beetle buttons, hats in the shapes of shoes, evening gowns with lobsters and everything else in between. Chanel was self taught and started off in millinery. Schiaparelli was a protegee of famed designer Paul Poiret, who’s designs were equally as revolutionary as his protegee.
They two were known to be enemies during their lifetimes perhaps because they had such different ideas about fashion.
Despite Schiaparelli being a huge influence on my personal designs, I also do like to infuse them with a little Chanel practicality to be able to pay homage to these two geniuses who came before me.
A sneak peek at the first late 1930s style dress set I designed. This is burgundy with velvet accents including a removable bow. It can also be ordered without the velvet or with satin. It can be ordered in a variety of colors as well. The set consists of a short sleeve dress and full length princess swing coat. These are very rare to find on the vintage market so I wanted to design one for the vintage reproduction market as no reproduction line are doing them either. This pieces are polished looking while also being very comfortable.
As a designer, my goal with these pieces is to give my buyers mixed and matched vintage style basic but cute pieces that they can interchange to create different outfits. I think the burgundy coat would look smashing with the periwinkle dress I posted a could posts back.
1930s/40s coat: Playclothes, Burbank CA
Shoes: Remix “Anita”
1940s gloves: Etsy
1930s/40s fedora: Playclothes, Burbank. CA
1950s purse: Ebay
Emerald is my absolute favorite color and the 1930s and probably my favorite decade, so this coat and marries those two perfectly. The dress I am wearing is from my fashion line. It was based on a 1940s pattern with princes seams. It started life with 3/4 length sleeves, but I decided on the short sleeves since I think being petite they are more flattering on me. The dress itself is made to measure so customers can order whatever sleeve length they like best.
So, I have been pretty bad about writing in my blog lately. This is mostly due to my concentration on another more pressing writing project which is a script which is currently in pre-production and the book that goes with it. I actually took these photos back in September, but have failed to write about them until now.
One of my new year’s resolutions is to write in my blog as much as I can, so I want to be doing at least one or two blogging articles a week.
In this outfit, I am wearing a dress I designed for my fashion line. It is based on several dresses from the late 1930s/early 1940s. I consolidated some very common elements from dresses of this era which include puffed sleeves, pockets and bows. I have noticed a lack of dresses from this specific era currently on the market and a great demand for these styles, so I decided to fill in the gap!
I paired the dress with a pair of white peep toe shoes from Remix, and a late 1930s/early 1940s hat, a 1950s pair of soft kid skin gloves and a 1950s lucite hand bag by Wilardy.
Dress: 1940s style two dress designed by me, Nicolettacarlone.com
Hat: Little Shop Of Gorgeousness and Fripperies, LSGF.UK
1950s Red Faux Croc Purse: Paper Moon Vintage, Los Angeles (Los Feliz/Hollywood)
1930s/40s Heart and Arrows Brooch: Ebay
1940s/50s Suede/Kidskin gloves: Playclothes, Burbank, CA
1940s Style Peep Toe Sandals: Revamp Los Angeles “Anita”
I have not been able to post much lately since I have been getting over a bad bout of food poisoning and the after effects of it. I have had not had much energy to get out and get dress up in vintage.
Today’s outfit really puts me in mind of the Queen Of Hearts in Alice in Wonderland because of the hearts and red roses and all.
Red and black are one of my favorite combinations because they are so striking. I have designs a couple of these dresses shown above for my line, I keep making them because they are both smart looking and comfortable. They are based dresses from the early 1940s.
1940s style dress: My fashion line, Nicolettacarlone.com
1940s wimple hat: Paper Moon Vintage, Los Angeles
1950s chartreuse gloves
So this is one of my most favorite pieces I have designed yet far. It is based directly on a late 1930s style early 1940s style princess seam dress. It can be either made in cotton twill or rayon crepe. It is fully beaded and perfect for a special occasion where you really want to make a statement.
1930’s Style Dress set: Designed by me based on an original
Vintage style Purse: Hermes
Baby blue gloves: 1950s, Playclothes Vintage.
1940s style peep toes: Remix
This has to be one of my favorite things I have designed so far. It is based very much upon a dress set I saw on Ebay but that I missed because the auction ended at 5 am my time, the vintage dress also had a length of 27″ which is way too short for me.
The original dress was pink and black, I will probably do a version like that in the near future, but with this piece, I was really feeling the powder blue and black combo–this piece is made to measure and totally customizable, so you may so any color combo you like.
Chartreuse Late 1930s dress: Etsy
Orange gloves: Swift, Burbank, Ca.
Orange Rayon Crepe Halo 1940s Halo Hat: Instagram seller
Chartreuse peep toe sandals: “Greta” by Remix
You might recognize this dress. I wore it a couple of months back in another post. I got it as a beautiful gown for a low price on Etsy. It looked great in the photos, but the gown had unrepairable holes and stains on the bottom of the dress, so I decided to give it a new life as a day dress. I paired it with orange accessories because I love the oddly satisfying color combination of orange and chartreuse, done right it can be really stunning.
1940s style dress: my fashion line, Nicolettacarlone.com
Orange 1940s halo hat: Instagram seller
Orange gloves: Swift Vintage, Burbank, Ca
Peep toe pumps: “Boulevard” by Remix
Today, I decided to pair Halloween-esque colors together, and the result wasn’t very Halloweenish which I am happy about. For the last few days, its been cooler here in Los Angeles and quite fall-like.
My outfit included a dress from my fashion line, its made of rayon crepe, the skirt portion is swingy chainette fringe which was so popular in the late 1930s and 40s. I paired it with a 1940s rayon crepe halo hat, a orange rayon crepe clutch from the late 1930s, a pair of orange gloves and a pair of shoes from Remix.
1940s Silk Dress: Etsy
1939 hat from Papermoon Vintage in Los Angeles
Today’s outfit is all purple and cream. The silk crepe dress is from the 1940s and has beautifully printed orchids. I paired this dress with a modern, yet vintage style purse by Prada (I have a couple of these in different colors and I wear them EVERYWHERE), I am blanking on the name right now, but they come on lots of beautiful colors. My hat is from 1939 and I got it from local vintage shop, Paper Moon.