Tuesday, August 31, 2010

Weekly eBay Roundup of Vintage Clothing Finds

No time to page through thousands of eBay listings? Then just sneak a peek at my weekly eBay Roundup of Top Vintage Clothing Finds.

This eclectic mix of designer and non-designer vintage clothing and accessories caught my discerning eye for their uniqueness, their contemporary feel and their highly collectible nature.

As always, buyer beware! Be sure to read the listings closely and contact the sellers with any questions.

This week's finds include pieces by Christian Dior, YSL and Oscar de la Renta. Be sure to check out the fab 1960s tote and the dead stock Pucci 2-piece nightwear set.

Which item is your favorite? Leave a comment below and let me know.


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Vintage 1960s Canvas and Leather Tote Bag (cotton-love) | Vintage 1970s Goldworm Knit Secretary Dress (booboopeedoo) | Vintage 1980s Draped Cutout Dress (mokoko) | Vintage Modernist Bracelet (urbantiques) | Vintage Chiffon and Lace Peignoir Robe (helenheven) | Vintage YSL Necklace (joyas78) | Vintage 1980s Red and Khaki Trench Coat (thefamilyvintage) | Vinage 1920s Patterned Sheath Dress with Kimono-esque Sleeves (heartnsoul1) | Vintage 1960s Vera Dress (mintmallstore) | Vintage Oscar de la Renta Velvet Coat (allciaw2688) | Vintage Christian Dior Mink Stole (rodor) | Vintage Pucci Cotton Scarf (sleepysheepshop) | Vintage Gucci Bangle Bezel Watch (av619) | Vintage 1980s Silk Beaded Evening Coat (thefamilyvintage) | Vintage 1970s Judith Leiber Leather Clutch (fabienhoban) | Vintage Dead Stock Emilio Pucci for Formfit Rogers 2-piece Nightwear Set (elrodeo13) | (Disclosure: Editorial selections are made by Zuburbia with no direct promotional consideration from Bay sellers. Zuburbia is a member of the eBay Partner Network).

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Biba is Back


 Vintage Biba

Vintage Halston
Re-vitalizing a defunct fashion house can be a difficult task. Take Halston for example. By the time Roy Halston Frowick died in 1990, he had long since sold the rights to his name and none of the five following designers could carry on and continue the Halston line.With the 7th incarnation of the label under yet another new designer, and Sarah Jessica Parker int he driver's seat, the label is already a huge comeback success.

Can Biba do the same? Ms Barbara Hulanicki founded Biba in 1964 and by 1974 it was attracting 1 million customers a week to it's High Street Kensington store. However, due to bad business decisions and financial troubles, the store closed in 1975 and Barbara sold the trademark name. There was an earlier attempt to revive the label, but this time the House of Fraser seems to be poised to become successful. Biba is an extremely collectible label and vintage garments are highly sought after. Let's hope this new line is as successful as the old one!

New Biba

Vintage Biba

Vintage Biba

Monday, August 30, 2010

Wallflower Vintage Presents: Emmy Worthy

Jayma Mays from (my favorite show) Glee

And the stunning Lea Michelle (coincidentally also from Glee)

Whether you're an aspiring star, or just want to look like one... Wallflower Vintage is the place to look for your award show garb.

Sunday, August 29, 2010

Not All Polyester Is Evil, Part II

Last time your fabric junkie (me) talked about polyester, that much-maligned, often justly, fabric whose use became common about the mid 60s, and really hit stride starting in the early 70s. We showed some classic, upscale examples of designer poly-knit pieces, but today we have some everyday pieces; some designer items that are, shall we say, a bit more “70’s trendy”; and some uses that had been primarily the domain of fabrics such as silk, rayon, acetate, and nylon.

1970’s polyester lent itself incredibly well to the wild prints, bright (some would say “loud”) colors, and outlandish styles of the 70s. The skirts of maxi dresses draped nicely when done in a good poly knit, wide collars laid softly on the bodice, and screen prints took well to poly knits. Polyester can be knitted into textures such as linen, crepe, jacquard, and fine sweater-style weaves; these can add a lot of interest to a piece. Here are some that exemplify the era of 70’s polyester, some for better, and some for worse. And be sure to see our note below about a cool contest!

Mid-range makers used a lot of poly knits and some woven polys, but often “dressed” them up with an interesting weave and/or design elements or embellishments. These dresses, a knit maxi with corset-vest overlay and pastel green knit dress, with linen texture and lace appliqu├ęs, and are great examples:

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Gay Gibson maxi dress at Alley Cats Vintage and R & K dress from My Vintage Cocktail

And, speaking of wide collars and maxi dresses, here’s a woven-poly maxi dress in an exotic colorway:

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Diolan maxi dress from Love Train Vintage

Not only do these two knit dresses feature big collars, but both have zip fronts and fabulous prints, and are in desirable large sizes:

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(top) Screen-printed dress available from My Vintage Cocktail
(bottom) Atomic-print dress sold recently at Catseye Vintage

It seems that their well-known designers fell into merely following the trends with these dresses (as many designers did). Not that they aren’t nice, but we would expect more drama and originality from these labels! (But these are two opportunities to pick up desirable labels at fantastic prices.)

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(left) Alfred Shaheen maxi dress and jacket from Glamour Girl Vintage
(right) Emilio Borghese maxi dress from Love Train Vintage

The 70’s also ushered in the widespread use of polyester in lingerie, a trend that continues today. Woven poly can mimic rayon or silk satin, as well as different types of silk, and taffeta. It gave a new dimension to traditional lingerie! Here are two lovely examples:

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(left) Barbizon satin nightgown from Vintage Pretties
Bias-cut Vanity Fair satin nightgown from Vintage Pretties

Watch for more fabric discussions from The Fabric Junkie! In the meantime, here our our final poly pieces, epitomizing what most people think of when they think of 60’s and 70’s polyester.

The wide poly ties, well what can we say? They're butt ugly (though we think the one on the right is pretty cool, it’s pretty awful, too), infamously unique to the era. And the dress has it "all": brown and orange colorway; two, not one, crazy prints; tie collar… a quintessential 1970's polyester knit dress.

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Ties coming, eventually, to My Vintage Cocktail
Two-tone brown poly dress now at Alley Cats Vintage

We'll also leave you with this fun tidbit: Singer/musician Jackson Browne and his pal David Lindley, currently on tour, have created a campaign, "Show Me the Polyester," asking fans to submit photos of themselves wearing polyester. The best dressed (or worst, depending on your POV) wins a trip and two front-row seats to see the duo's September 14 concert at New York's Beacon Theatre. Check it out at Show Me the Polyester

New at Couture Allure - Vintage Designer Dresses

I added 20 new pieces at Couture Allure this week, including fabulous party dresses, designer coats and dresses and a few suits. Be sure to check out all the new things under the What's New tab at the website! Here are a few highlights:






Saturday, August 28, 2010

PREVIEW TIME!

Yesterday's shoot could not have been more perfect! NEW MODEL, Serena, was HILARIOUS and sooo sweet, plus, OMG, totally gorgeous, obviously :) Here's a few of our favorite looks from the shoot. They'll be available for sale in the next few weeks.


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Thursday, August 26, 2010

Wallflower Vintage Presents: Street Style





Finding beauty on trash day. A photo shoot turned lucky with the approach of two young men from our armed forces. We couldn't wipe the smile off her face...

1960s Vintage Sewing Patterns Giveaway from Serendipity Vintage!

This month Serendipity Vintage turns a year old. To celebrate I'm giving away two vintage sewing patterns to one lucky winner! Both of these gems hail from 1967:



Just pop over to my blog, Serendipity Handmade for details about how to enter.  Good luck!

Wednesday, August 25, 2010

sneak peek

this + more headed to the store tomorrow! every piece hand selected for awesomeness.....we love them all for one reason or another....hope you do too!

Letting Go....Starting With Emilio Pucci

I have decided that I am going to let go of a few pieces of my "most hoarded" vintage collection. It is making me hyperventilate a little just to think about doing it, let alone actually doing it!

I will start with my matching set of Emilio Pucci for Formfit Rogers lingerie. These carefully hoarded pieces have been in my collection for quite a few years. The set consists of a fabulous slip dress with a built-in underwire bra and a matching pair of panties.

Letting go is good for you, right?

I have just listed both items in my store, ClubVintage over at Etsy.

Vintage 60s Emilio PUCCI Slip Dress

Vintage 60s Emilio PUCCI Bikini Panties Nylon Gusset

Vintage Springolator Shoes by "The First Lady of American Shoe Design" Beth Levine




Springolator Shoes by Shoe Designer Beth Levine ~

As backless high-heel shoes were slowly moving out of the bedroom and the boudoir and onto the street, ladies were complaining that they were difficult to keep on. In response to this problem, shoe designer Beth Levine created and introduced the Springolator in 1956.

The Springolator shoe features an elastic insole that is designed to create tension between the shoe and the bottom of the foot to stay on the foot, without slipping off or go clack-clack when you walk.

The Springolator quickly became the must-have shoe of every glamour girl in the country, from Marilyn Monroe to the girl next door.

Beth Levine was an American fashion shoe designer who was most known for her designs from the 1940s through the 1970s, and was referred to as "The First Lady of American Shoe Design".

Beth Levine met Herbert Levine in 1944 and married him within a few months. The founded The Herbert Levine shoe label in 1948, with Beth as designer and Herbert as the head of the firm.

Beth set out to create feminine and delicate shoe designs and changed the silhouette of American women's shoes by cutting away more and more of the leather to expose more and more of the foot, creating shoes that were sexier and more elegant.

Fashion innovations introduced by Beth Levine for the Herbert Levine label include boots as fashion wear and Springolator mules.

Beth Levine was awarded the Coty Award in 1967 for design innovation.

Beth Levine died at age 91 on September 20, 2006 in New York City.



Vintage 1950s Leopard Print Pony Fur Springolator Spring-O-Lator Mules Shoes - Size 6.5 from CATSEYE VINTAGE

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Vintage 1970s Tan Springolators by Footworks - Size 8 M from LOVE TRAIN VINTAGE


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Tuesday, August 24, 2010

Zuburbia's Weekly eBay Roundup of Vintage Clothing Finds

No time to page through thousands of eBay listings? Then just sneak a peek at my weekly eBay Roundup of Top Vintage Clothing Finds.

This eclectic mix of designer and non-designer vintage clothing and accessories caught my discerning eye for their uniqueness, their contemporary feel and their highly collectible nature.

As always, vintage buyers should be sure to read the listings closely and contact the sellers with any questions.

This week's finds include pieces by Ceil Chapman, Pucci and Oscar de la Renta. Be sure to check out the rare Courreges logo jacket and the oh-so-lovely dress by Ossie Clark.

Which item is your favorite? Leave a comment below and let me know.

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Vintage Pucci Velvet Skirt (for_minor_sky28hn) | Vintage 1930s Satin Art Deco Evening Bag (justincase2) | Vintage Ossie Clark Crepe Maxi Dress (jigs84) | Vintage Beaded Cocktail Dress (joanadark) | Vintage 1970s Platform Sandals (ilovetrash) | Vintage Courreges Logo Jacket (highendhooker) | Vintage 1980s Abstract Print Leggings (ndbvintage) | Antique 1890 Wool Jacket (heartnsoul1) | Vintage Oscar de la Renta Floral Ruffle Dress (linda*s***stuff) | Vintage 1960s I. Magnin Mini Dress (eccentricitees) | Vintage 1960s Lanvin 2-piece Striped Set (havom) | Vintage Sequin Top (jana320) | Vintage YSL Necklace (remark16) | Vintage Satin and Lace Cocktail Dress (dani-pulsar) | Vintage Ceil Chapman Lace Cocktail Dress (poiuyt432) | Vintage 1930s Embroidered Clutch Handbag (essentiallychicboutique) | (Disclosure: Editorial selections are made by Zuburbia with no direct promotional consideration from the featured Bay sellers. Credits reflect eBay Seller IDs. Zuburbia is a member of the eBay Partner Network).

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Sweet Georgia Brown




In this clip I'm not sure which is better: Anita O-Day's lovely voice or all the fashionably dressed spectators.

One things that stands out in this video is the wide and varied use of accessories, hats in particular.

O'Day herself dons a wide brimmed black hat with white feathers, reminiscent in style to that famous hat worn by Audry Hepburn in Breakfast At Tiffany's.
Linda Leigh Shoppe

Gabby's Vintage

Basya Berkman Vintage

Dalena Vintage

Monday, August 23, 2010

Classic style with vintage patterns.

I love looking at the artwork of vintage patterns. They looked so elegant in their fashions, and accessories, in print or solids, sleeves shortened or long, lace trim or none.

I started collecting them a few years ago, hoping to maybe make some of the dresses for myself, since finding the real deal has gotten very tight lately. I find maybe a handful of 40s/50s dresses a year now. Before I used to find dozens a week!

But alas, I just know I am never gonna get around to making them, so I am offering them up to someone who does make a ton of stuff. Plus, I know clothing designers and costume makers for studios use them.

Lot of 70+ Vintage Sewing Patterns 1930s 1940s 1950s and some 1960s







Check out more at Wicked Plum Vintage!