Thursday, September 17, 2020

Fabric of the Season: Herringbone Tweed

Black and white wool herringbone tweed
The herringbone pattern is a distinctive V-shaped design typically found woven in wool fabric.  It is distinguished from a plain chevron by the break at reversal, which makes it resemble a broken zig-zag or the bones of a fish such as a herring.  Herringbone wool tweeds were often used for tailored suits and outerwear during the 1940's.

Gene Marshall
Film star Gene Marshall wears a bold black and white wool herringbone tweed jacket that will stand up to the first chill winds of fall.  Jacket, hat, and brooch are from The Couture Touch.  Skirt is from Sandra Stillwell.  Scarf and gloves are from Ashton Drake.  Handbag from Madame Alexander.  Re-designed earrings from Facets by Marcia.  Miss Marshall appears courtesy of Monolithic Studios and Ashton Drake.

Chicago Mail Order Co., Fall - Winter 1941-42
From the Chicago Mail Order Company Fall-Winter 1941-42, a wool herringbone tweed coat in versatile black and white.



Thursday, September 10, 2020

Between Takes

Best Bet Gene Marshall

Solid black wool together with black and white wool houndstooth was used for this smart suit Gene Marshall wears in a 1940 film noir from Monolithic Studios.  Suit, a black wool jersey dickey, cigarette holder, and earrings are from The Couture Touch.  Shoes from Robert Tonner,  The hat from Ashton Drake's "Doing Her Part" has been restyled by adding a white ribbon band and reshaping the brim.  Best Bet Gene Marshall, enhanced with an Integrity articulated body, is from Ashton Drake.  Her wig is from Monique.


Thursday, September 3, 2020

September Seasonal Accessorizing

Transform a jacket by adding braid or cording trim.  Depending on how it is used, the effect can either be subtle or dramatic.

V for Tea Ivy Jordan
Ivy Jordan
Even a small touch such as black cording shaped into a cluster of medallions to form a pocket motif adds distinction to a tailored jacket.  Suit ensemble is from The Couture Touch.  Gloves are from Integrity.  Handbag from Randall Craig.  "V for Tea" Ivy Jordan is from Integrity.

1941 British Vogue fashion illustration

During WWII unrationed braid was available in a variety of colors and unique designs.  In addition, furniture departments carried fringed sofa edgings that could be creatively utilized as trim for clothing.  Here are two examples from the September 1941 issue of British Vogue magazine.

Spotted in Manhattan Madra Lord
Madra Lord
Black loop braiding adds panache to Integrity's remodeled suit [Sparkling Sepia].  Following the seam line, the braiding was hand tacked to the jacket and the ends were tucked under the hem.  Hat and gloves are from The Couture Touch.  Scarf is from Ashton Drake.  Handbag from an unknown designer.  Spotted in Manhattan Madra Lord is from Jamieshow.

1942 Harper's Bazaar fashion ad

This Harzfeld's department store fashion ad from the September 1942 issue of Harper's Bazaar features a Nettie Rosenstein beige and black wool suit trimmed with black passementerie.

Deep Rose Madra Lord
Madra Lord
From the archives, the white crepe jacket [Par Excellence] from Robert Tonner's Brenda Starr Collection is embellished with black trim giving it that distinctive forties look.  Scarf and matching gloves are from The Couture Touch.  Hat and skirt are from Sandra Stillwell.  Booties and doggies are from Ashton Drake.  Deep Rose Madra Lord is from Integrity.


Thursday, August 27, 2020

"Hollywood Director"

Hollywood Director by Ben Stahl
This 1946 fashion ad for a Rosenblum tailored suit pays homage to lady directors in this illustration titled "Hollywood Director" by artist Ben Stahl.

Lady Director Ivy Jordan
Wearing a casually chic ensemble, Monolithic Studios' actress turned director Miss Ivy Jordan is hard at work on the set of her new film.  Jerkin, belt, and styling are from The Couture Touch.  Shirt is from Robert Tonner's Brenda Starr Collection.  Skirt is from Sandra Stillwell.  Gloves from Ashton Drake.  Cigarette holder is from Mystyna.

Credits:


Harper's Bazaar, October 1946.

Lady Director Ivy Jordan appears courtesy Monolithic Studios and Integrity.


Thursday, August 20, 2020

What Are You Doing This Evening?

Shadow Song Gene Marshall
If you're dining in a restaurant where there is dancing, wear a dress with a full skirt for ease of movement.  Cocktail ensemble embellished with "fur" cuffs, and jewels are from Ashton Drake.  Cigarette holder from Mystyna.  Shadow Song Gene Marshall is from Integrity.  Hair styled by The Couture Touch.

Twilight Rumba Gene Marshall
For little dinners at home, wear something easy and effortlessly elegant such as this ruffled skirt from Integrity paired with a knit turtleneck bodysuit from Robert Tonner.  Cuff bracelet is from Integrity.  Cigarette holder from The Couture Touch.  Necklace unknown.  Twilight Rumba Gene Marshall is from Ashton Drake.

Heat Wave Violet Waters
For opening night at the ballet or the theater, choose a stylish satin suit such as this one from Integrity accessorized with a feathered hat and matching gloves from D.A.E. Originals, and sumptuous fur from PD Root.  Necklace and earrings are from Madame Alexander.  Heat Wave Violet Waters is from Integrity.  Hair styled by The Couture Touch.

Sunset Serenade Violet Waters
If you're going nightclubbing, look for an outfit guaranteed to turn heads such as this sequin embellished top from D.A.E. Originals paired with a satin skirt with a dramatic velvet flounce from Ashton Drake.  Fur cape is from Dimitha.  Jewels and shoes are from Integrity.  Gloves from PD Root.  Hat and cigarette holder are from The Couture Touch.  Sunset Serenade Violet Waters is from Integrity.

Queen of Hearts Gene Marshall
If attending a ball, go for all-out glamour with a black velvet gown, "diamond" jewelry, and a luscious fur stole.  Evening ensemble is from Ashton Drake.  Shoes from Integrity.  Queen of Hearts Gene Marshall, enhanced with an Integrity articulated body, is from Ashton Drake.


Credits:


Harper's Bazaar, October 1946.

Styling from The Couture Touch.




Thursday, August 13, 2020

One Sheath Dress...Three Quick Changes

Transform a simple dress with a dash of bold color...a froth of tulle...the luxury of mink.


A classic, black silk sheath from Bogue's Vogues provides the perfect backdrop for accessory changes.  Famous film star Miss Gene Marshall generously agrees to model three different looks for us.

White Orchid Gene Marshall
Costume Credits:  Detachable mink cuffs are from The Couture Touch.  The hat from Ashton Drake's Star Wardrobe Collection begs for embellishment i.e., the floral trim.  Necklace is from PD Root.  Cigarette holder from Mystyna.  Gloves are from Sandra Stillwell.  The belt from Ashton Drake's Little Black Dress is positioned backwards.  The "buckle" is a brooch from Robert Tonner's Tiny Kitty Collection.

White Orchid Gene Marshall
Costume Credits:  Jacket is from Integrity's It's A Wrap costume.  The floral corsage was recycled from Ashton Drake's White Hyacinth.  Hat is from The Couture Touch.  Gloves from Sandra Stillwell.  Cigarette holder is from Ashton Drake.  An Integrity cuff bracelet has been enhanced with jewels.

White Orchid Gene Marshall
Costume Credits:  The tulle overskirt is from El Morocco, and the floral hat is from First Stop Chicago; both Ashton Drake.  Gloves are from PD Root.  Handbag is from The Couture Touch.  Jewels are from D.A.E. Originals.

"That's a wrap Miss Marshall.  Thank you!"



White Orchid Gene Marshall appears courtesy Monolithic Studios and Jamieshow.

Photo shoot styled by The Couture Touch.




Thursday, August 6, 2020

August Seasonal Accessorizing

Pair a dark dress with a hat and matching bag in rich, saturated hues such as jewel-tone colors.


White Orchid Gene Marshall
Monolithic Studios' film star Gene Marshall pairs a burgundy suede pillbox and matching handbag with a black silk cocktail dress from Bogue's Vogues.  Fur shoulder drape is from PD Root.  Gloves from Ashton Drake.  Jewels from an unknown designer.  Cigarette holder is from Mystyna.  Hat, handbag, and styling are from The Couture Touch.  White Orchid Gene Marshall is from Jamieshow.

Cocoa Crisp Gene Marshall
Turquoise provides a pop of color for Miss Marshall's chic black satin dress from Integrity.  Gloves are from Ashton Drake.  Hat, handbag, belt, earrings, and styling are from The Couture Touch.  Cocoa Crisp Gene Marshall is from Integrity.