Wednesday, September 28, 2011

Here Comes Fall

There's a cool crispness in the air that signals it's time to pull out those fabulous fall wardrobe must-have pieces, circa 1940's.

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Capes have long been a favorite for style and warmth.  Ashton Drake's "Secret Sleuth" costume, designed by Tim Kennedy, was based on an authentic 1940's design from Valentino's in Hollywood.  The chrome yellow scarf brings a splash of color to this wonderfully delightful black and white ensemble.  I replaced the original yellow gloves with black ones.  Hatbox and shoes are from Tonner.  A restyled "Siren of the Night" Madra Lord is my model/muse.

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An impeccably cut, notched-collar jacket is a fall wardrobe staple in any era.  This versatile plaid jacket from Ashton Drake's Star Wardrobe Collection pant suit ensemble is paired with the blouse from "Hello Hollywood Hello", and a velveteen skirt borrowed from an early convention ensemble.  A change of buttons provide an update to this classic jacket.  OOAK hat from The Couture Touch, fur drape and purse from PD Root, shoes from Parfait Zita Charles, jewelry and gloves from Ashton Drake.  A restyled To Have and To Hold Gene Marshall is my model/muse.

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When the temperatures plunge, what better way to stay warm and cozy is in Robert Tonner's "Cashmere Noir" coat from the Tyler Wentworth Collection.  OOAK hat and pin from The Couture Touch, shoes from D.A.E. Originals, jewelry and gloves from Ashton Drake.  Integrity's "Cocoa Crisp" Gene Marshall is my model/muse.

Saturday, September 24, 2011

After The Rehearsal

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What better way to relax after a hard day of rehearsals?  Why with a cup of tea and the latest fan magazine of course!  Ashton Drake's "Fascination" Violet Waters (with an Integrity articulated body) borrows Deep Rose Madra Lord's delightful 2-piece short set from Integrity's "Stepping High" Collection.  Shoes from Integrity, phone from Ashton Drake's "A Hot Day in Hollywood" Accessory Set.  One of my favorite props is the "glass" top from Gene's Patio Set table (Ashton Drake) placed on top of a candle holder.

Wednesday, September 21, 2011

1950's Balenciaga-Inspired Glamour

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Miss Gene Marshall (Ashton Drake's "USO" Gene) heads to the couture salon for the latest in 1950's cocktail and evening attire inspired by some of the fabulous designs of Balenciaga from Sandra Stillwell's Golden Gate Glamour Event.  Here she models a classic sheath with matching reversible wrap from The Couture Touch.  Accessories include a burgandy Ultrasuede cocktail hat and matching structured handbag (also from The Couture Touch), jewelry from D.A.E. Originals, and gloves from Ashton Drake's "Lotta Moola" convention ensemble. 

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The same burgandy Ultrasuede cocktail hat and handbag accents this dramatic coat from FAO's "Noble Invitation" Gene Marshall ensemble.  Underneath is the burgandy velvet gown from Franklin Mint's Liz Taylor Collection.  OOAK jewelry from The Couture Touch.  Ashton Drake's "Love Paris" Gene Marshall is my model/muse.

Saturday, September 17, 2011

Striped Delight

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Mattel's Reproduction "Friday Night Date" Barbie enjoys a late summer stroll in my take on the vintage classic, "Let's Dance" (Mattel #978, 1960-62).  I love the unexpected color combination of aqua and pumpkin. OOAK dress and jewelry from The Couture Touch.  Straw handbag from Mattel's BFMC.

Thursday, September 15, 2011

Blue Silk Cocktailer

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Muffy Roberts is ready for the cocktail hour in this sensational blue silk dress and matching floral hat from The Couture Touch.  Gloves, bracelet, and shoes are from Mattel.  Purse from Integrity.

Tuesday, September 13, 2011

Tailored Evening Wear, 1940

Supper at La Rue
Jewel tones for late night snacking.  Left:  Silk jersey from Milgrim.  Right:  Prune crepe by Henri Bendel.

Seeing Cole Porter's newest musical hit, "Panama Hattie"
Quiet elegance for the theatre by Henri Bendel.  Coat of Stroock'e camel's-hair lined with cerise and green taffeta, beige crepe dress.

Illustration Credits:  Rene Bouet-Willaumez for Vogue, 1940

Saturday, September 10, 2011

From Cannes to Awards Night in Hollywood

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Postcards from Cannes Madra Lord looking glamorous in Robert Tonner's Awards Night evening ensemble from Sandra Stillwell's Hollywood Ahoy 2009 Convention.  Cigarette holder from Integrity.

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While in Cannes, Miss Lord had her hair restyled in a new French bob.  Viva la difference!

Thursday, September 8, 2011

The Stars at Monolithic Love Adrian

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Moss Rose Ivy Jordan wears an emerald green satin gown inspired by legendary Hollywood Costume Designer, Gilbert Adrian.  This sophisticated 1930's evening ensemble is from "Olympia" Gene Marshall by Integrity.

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Joan Crawford in the original white silk crepe gown with black bugle beads.  From "Letty Lynton" (MGM, 1932). 

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Ivy Jordan, Lady Director, means business in Greene & Lam's "A Woman of Means" suit ensemble from Sandra Stillwell's Hollywood Ahoy 2009 Convention.  It was inspired by a costume from the film "Chained" (MGM, 1934).  The shoes are from Integrity and the cigarette holder from The Couture Touch.

Joan Crawford with Otto Kruger from Chained

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It's a Wrap Zita Charles wears a fabulous Judy Owen's recreation of an Adrian costume from "No More Ladies" (MGM, 1935). 

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Joan Crawford in the stunning wool crepe suit and matching wide brimmed hat from "No More Ladies".

Tuesday, September 6, 2011

Hat and Glove Sets

From French magazine, Plaisir de France, 1930's

Early 1940's knitted topper with coordinating gloves

Fabulous 1940's halo hat with matching gauntlet gloves
from Parisian milliner, Caroline Reboux

In the 1940's, you could make your own matching hat
and gloves from this Hollywood pattern. 
Photo courtesy of So Vintage Patterns

Silver Fox toque & matching gauntlets accent a
Nettie Rosenstein wool dress.  From Vogue, 1943.

Thursday, September 1, 2011

Red Hot, and Fabulous!

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What could be more fabulous than this red hot cocktail sheath from Bogue's Vogues.  Spa Getaway Silkstone Barbie simply adores his classic designs.  The black suede hat with asymmetrical brim is from The Couture Touch.  The structured handbag was a doll show find.