Sunday, October 30, 2011

New at Couture Allure - Little Black Vintage Party Dresses

It's been a week of little black dresses at Couture Allure!  If you've got a party to go to, we have your dress!  Be sure to check our What's New Page for all the latest listings.

Reflections of Vintage - Sweater Girl



Now that Autumn is officially here, it won't be long before it's time to wear warm and cozy sweater knits.

The members of the Reflections of Vintage seller's network have the perfect sweaters - pullover sweaters, cardigan sweaters, a fabulous hat, a cute skirt and sweater set and and a fabulous knit dress for your consideration.

Please visit our shops to see more beautiful vintage clothes and accessories!

Catseye Vintage has been busy listing several vintage cashmere and angora sweaters, including a hand screenprint angora blend cardigan by Darlene, an angora blend cocoa brown pullover sweater with intarsia embellishment and a Dalton cashmere cardigan sweater:

Vintage 50s Darlene Cardigan Sweater - Floral Hand Screenprint - Angora Blend - Blue Roses on Green - Size XS to S from CATSEYE VINTAGE


Photobucket

Vintage 50s Angora Sweater 1950s 3-D Intarsia Knit with Collar - Cocoa Brown and Ecru - Size M to L from CATSEYE VINTAGE

Photobucket

Vintage 50s Cashmere Cardigan Sweater - Dalton 4-Ply - Navy Blue with Red and White - Size XS to S from CATSEYE VINTAGE


Photobucket


Alley Cats Vintage on Ruby Lane has a wonderful knit turban hat, a stunning mod knit dress and a cozy skirt and sweater set:



Vintage 1970s 70s Sweater and Skirt Castleberry Raspberry Knit B38 from ALLEY CATS VINTAGE


Photobucket

Vintage Hat Forest Green Knit Everitt Turban Style from ALLEY CATS VINTAGE


Photobucket


Vintage 60s Capriel Black Red and White Poodle Dropped Waist Dress from ALLEY CATS VINTAGE


Photobucket

My Vintage Cocktail is having a shopwide sale. Among her offerings, is a fabulous sequined open front cardigan, a mohair open front cardigan, and a sleeveless pullover sweater:

Vintage 50s 60s Sequined DuPont Orlon Sweater, Small Med from MY VINTAGE COCKTAIL


Photobucket


Vintage 50s 60s Lightweight Designer Mohair Cardigan Sweater, XS Sm from MY VINTAGE COCKTAIL


Photobucket


Vintage 60s Pin Up Sleeveless Sweater, Designer, Wool Knit, OOAK, XS, Sm from MY VINTAGE COCKTAIL


Photobucket

Wednesday, October 26, 2011

The Couture Allure Halloween Costume Contest!

Want to win a $50.00 Couture Allure Gift Certificate?  
Announcing the Couture Allure Halloween Costume Contest!!!!!

What are you dressing up as for Halloween?  If you are incorporating actual vintage clothing or just dressing up as someone from another era, we want to see your costume!  Send me a photo of you in your Halloween costume and I'll post it here on the Couture Allure blog and Facebook fan page for all to enjoy.  The winner will be chosen by random drawing on Friday, November 4.  The winner will receive a $50.00 gift certificate to use at Couture Allure!

Whether you're dressing up as a flapper....

...a 1950s housewife....

...a 60s modster.....

...or a hippie.

Whether you're dressing up as Scarlett O'Hara....

...Marilyn Monroe...

...Sonny or Cher...

...we want to see your costume!

Contest rules:
1.  Your costume must incorporate actual vintage clothing or it must be inspired by the fashions or a person from the 1980s or earlier.  If you're dressing as a robot, a mummy, or Lady Gaga I know you'll look fabulous, but your costume will not be eligible for this contest.
2.  You must be willing to have your photo published on the Couture Allure blog and on the Couture Allure Facebook page.  
3.  Your photo can be a costume you wore this year or it can be from previous years.  The photo must be of you, not a friend, not some random person you saw at a party or parade.  Photos of children will not be accepted for this contest.  I reserve the right to not publish photos I deem offensive or inappropriate for this blog.
4.  Email your photo to info at coutureallure dot com.  Include the name you want posted with your photo.  If you have a blog, I'm happy to link to you so send that information too. Tell me whether you are wearing actual vintage or were just inspired by another era.  Include an email where I can contact you if you are the winner.  Photos must be received by Wednesday, November 2, 2011.
5.  Winner will be chosen by random drawing on Friday, November 4.  Winner will receive a $50.00 gift certificate to be used toward any purchase at Couture Allure.  Gift certificate cannot be redeemed for cash and must be used by April 1, 2012.  Item(s) purchased with the gift certificate cannot be returned.

Tuesday, October 25, 2011

UNDER NEW MANAGEMENT - POSH GIRL VINTAGE

UNDER NEW MANAGEMENT - POSHGIRLVINTAGE.com

We'd like to introduce you to Emma. She's the new manager here at Posh Girl Vintage.

She started out as the talent behind Posh Girls new web site makeover heading up all the art work as well as the website coding and shopping improvements. She has since decided to take over running Posh Girl after falling in love with vintage fashion and of course our great collection we have here. Brigitte had to step down due to health issues so Emma was the perfect fit. So much love and passion for well made vintage clothing has gone into Posh Girl Vintage, we didn't want just anyone taking over. Emma could not be a better choice!

Emma's background is art, mostly graphic design & photography. She hails from Oklahoma where she went to school, but has also lived & studied in New York, San Francisco, and a brief stint in Vegas working as a black jack dealer.

Photography, art museums, and fashion are her main obsessions along with her little weenie dog Mildred.

She'll be handling all the customer service from now on so if you have any questions please feel free to email her.

FREE SHIPPING & NEW VINTAGE CLOTHING!

FREE SHIPPING SALE!
  • FREE SHIPPING on all orders over $99.00
  • Enter code: FREESHIP in the discount coupon box at checkout
  • Sale ends NOV. 8th 2011
  • USA orders only - Foreign orders get a discount!
  • See What's New page for details

Sunday, October 23, 2011

Wonderful Winter (and Summer!) Wool

After a summer hiatus, the "Fabric Junkie" at ROV is back, tackling a timely subject--wool. As in the past, we're looking at both fiber and weave. Last time we mentioned how one weave (jacquard) can be made in a variety of fibers. This time we'll look at how one fiber can be made in a variety of weaves.

Everyone knows wool, right? But does everyone realize the amazing variety of wools and weaves there are out there? Like silk, wool is incredibly versatile. It can be woven, knitted, or felted; finely or coarsely woven; made in winter or summer weights; etc. It can be made from the coats of not only sheep and lambs, but goats, camel, alpaca, llama, and more. Tweeds, worsteds, twills and gabardines, bouclés.... No wonder wool is one of my favorite fibers!

One would have to write a book to cover all the ways wool can be utilized, so I'll hit just a few common ones.

"Nubby" or rough woolens, typically thought of for outerwear, winter suits, and heavier winter dresses. Two specific weaves that come to mind are tweed and bouclé. A tweed weave is a rough-surfaced wool woven in two or more colors, often in a checked or plaid pattern, but can have a flecked or heathered look. You can usually see the warp and weft yarns pretty clearly in a tweed. The Harris tweeds of Scotland are probably the most well-known ones, but they are produced in other countries as well.

Bouclé is a very nubby fabric woven with tightly looped yarns, often found in winter coats and jackets. The loops can be very short or long, so bouclé doesn't always look the same from garment to garment and can be used in formal or casual looks.

"Suiting" wools, which are smoother and sometimes not easy to recognize as wool. Probably the most familiar of these are the twills and gabardines--weaves with easily visible diagonal lines and with a tighter, finer finish than the woolens. These are often found in mid-weight mens' and ladies' suits and overcoats, although they can vary from heavy to light. Worsted wool is probably what most people visualize when they think of suits, even if they don't know the term. This weave is created using a tightly twisted yarn with smooth finish. The short, "hairy" fibers are combed out of, so that it loses its woolen look. It may not "look" like wool, but when you feel it, you can usually tell that it is. Then we have tropical wool, which is a worsted, but is very plainly woven, very lightweight, and airy--excellent for suits and dresses worn in the spring and summer or in, aptly, tropical climates.

The last wool I'll tackle is knitted wool. While everyone is familiar with loosely woven, bulkier sweater knits, many finer knits are used in apparel. Tops, jackets, skirts, and dresses can be made from these knits. These are lighter in weight than a typical sweater knit, more tightly knitted, and with a much smoother finish. They drape nicely and can be lined or unlined, and be found as a single-knit fabric such as jersey, or in double knits.

Today, the sellers of Reflections of Vintage present some of our season-timely wool fashions!

From My Vintage Cocktail comes these listings:

A Vintage 60s Pinup Sweater, Designer, Wool Knit, OOAK, XS, Sm, Med

Image Source,Photobucket Uploader Firefox Extension

And this fluffy Vintage 50s 60s Designer Mohair Sweater Cardigan, Sm Med, MINT NOS Deadstock

Image Source,Photobucket Uploader Firefox Extension

Vintage Baubles Too offers this Vintage 50s 1950s Swing Coat Car Coat Turquoise Boucle Wool Sm Med

Image Source,Photobucket Uploader Firefox Extension


From Alley Cats Vintage, we have a Vintage Hat Gray Wool Stetson Fedora

Image Source,Photobucket Uploader Firefox Extension

This adorable Vintage Handbag Purse Black Wool Small

Image Source,Photobucket Uploader Firefox Extension

And this worsted-wool Vintage Suit 1940s 1950s Glenhaven Blue Tweed Nipped Waist B34 Size Small Military Inspired


Image Source,Photobucket Uploader Firefox Extension


Catseye Vintage presents this Vintage Cardigan Sweater / Angora Blend / 1960s 60s / Hand Beaded / Glass Beads / Peach / Size L

Image Source,Photobucket Uploader Firefox Extension

A Vintage 50s Suit / 1950s / Skirt Suit / Fur Collar / Mink / Wool Gabardine / Navy Blue / Youthcraft / Size XS

Image Source,Photobucket Uploader Firefox Extension

And this sophisticated suit-weight Vintage 60s Dress / Shirtdress / Coat Dress / 1960s / Grey / Gray / I Magnin / Georgette Trilere / Size S / US Shipping Included

Image Source,Photobucket Uploader Firefox Extension

New at Couture Allure - A Little Bit of Everything

New this week at Couture Allure?  A bit of everything from a Christian Dior suit to fabulous silk scarves.  Be sure to check our What's New pages frequently to see all the latest listings!

1960s Christian Dior silk suit

1960s Bernetti beaded dress

1960s Bergdorf Goodman mink coat

1950s cashmere sweater with fox fur collar

1950s jacquard full skirt dress

1960s Valentina silk scarf

Thursday, October 20, 2011

Every once in a great while I find something I love in a most unusual place. Such is the case with this fabulous gown by Luis Estevez for the Eva Gabor Look line.
Vintage 1970s Eva Gabor Look by Estevez Black Gown Size 12 B30 W26 H44
Keep checking back for more fabulous vintage fashion at Born Too Late Vintage!

Wednesday, October 19, 2011

Wallflower Vintage Presents: 40 some Years Later

We have stacks of old magazines tripping me up between racks of vintage garments - and sometimes I actually get around to reading them. Imagine my delight when I stumbled upon the October 1967 issue of Ladies' Home Journal - and this article.

A Miss Kay Bunker asks the LHJ editors how to pack and serve a divine home-cooked meal for a housebound friend. The editors wasted no time finding a deserving shut-in to pamper with Miss Bunker's sweet treats. Oh, and why not dress in a Little Red Riding Hood get-up to get his mind off the "does it hurt" routine. (Seriously, I just quoted that from the article.)

The best part (it gets better than that?) She is invited into his bedroom-office to partake in dinner on his circular bed. I couldn't even make this up.

So, dear readers, sit back and enjoy a bit of 1967.

You're welcome.





So, if you're looking to show up as Clara Barton, wear this.

Or, if you think you'll enjoy a bit of Sherwood in your forest , eh, well um get this.



Monday, October 17, 2011

SHOWstudio: Suzy Menkes, In Fashion

Wallflower Vintage Presents: Jean Patchett



Iconic Vogue Model Jean Patchett.

You may not know her by name, but Jean was (in my mind) the first real super model. In fact, the October 1950 issue of Vogue featured Jean on almost every page of the feature section. In this particular issue she had five full page illustrations, four partial page illustrations and four advertisements!

If you want to know more about Jean Patchett, please go to this amazing website lovingly put together by her daughter and cousin. It is a lovely tribute to Jean. And the photos are simply breathtaking.