February 28, 2012

Shameless Plug: Bargain Bin

This 1940s men's Hawaiian shirt shipped a few days ago... and its price on our site was only $12.50!

It was originally priced $125.00 at VintageVixen.com. This rare men's shirt is bamboo & floral print rayon, unusual to see with a Mandarin collar. The Aloha look is very evident, though (as you can see by the label) it's a cool California design.

For more bargain bin items, check our sale sections for men's vintage, women's vintage, and children's vintage clothing. We have hundreds of treasures from 30% to 90% off!

February 25, 2012

Lingerie Catwalk Circa 1962

A photo like this is not risque` today, but when you consider the period in which it was taken... ooh la la, that was a brazen lady! She's modeling lingerie, it's strapless and bareback, and she's strutting well above the crowd to do it.

One of the coolest things about fashion history is watching women push the envelope of what's acceptable. This woman was part of a European show for Aubade lingerie circa 1962. She's perky, charming and selling the line beautifully, despite what scandal some might've perceived at the time.

If you like her bustier, check out our collection of authentic vintage bustiers & corsets. There's something for every vixen!

Reference: 1000 Dessous by Gilles Neret, a Taschen publication

Note: The source states that this "catwalk parade" happened in 1952, but the Aubade brand did not exist until 1958. We have taken the liberty to assume the date was meant to be 1962, judging by Aubade's history and the styling of this model & her audience.

February 15, 2012

I Hear Wedding Bells...

A lovely customer called today and her pursuit of just the right wedding dress for a vintage fashion show reminded me of this photo:

I just love the happy charm of these people. And that reminds me of something else - we just posted a new collection of vintage wedding gowns at Vintage Vixen!

Come visit and say "Hi", whether you're looking for a dress for The Big Day or just browsing for something wonderful. We have lots of both those types of things.

February 14, 2012

In Memoriam: Pauline Trigere

Pauline Trigere passed away ten years ago this week. I happen to remember it was just after we'd acquired some exquisite Trigere designs from a Miami entertainer's estate. Although working in vintage clothing is understandably tied to estate work (and thus people's deaths), the emotion of it doesn't diminish, and it was a poignant moment for me. Trigere was (and still is) a favorite.

A 1959 Pauline Trigere suit, includes spiralled S-curve jacket & narrow wool dress, lined in leopard-print Italian lambskin.

When individuals die, there's a household to disassemble. But when a world-renown designer passes on, there's a legacy that remains. Its staggering presence, suddenly made hollow, can be overwhelming. Trigere was one of the most enduringly elegant labels of the 20th century, and one of the best for couture quality and timeless beauty.

February 13, 2012

Little Known Labels: Gino Paoli

Just as vintage clothing fashionistas today look to Italy for posh labels and luxurious materials, so did fashion-savvy women of decades ago. And when you look beyond labels with longevity and household names like Italian companies Gucci or Pucci, there are many more labels that once existed and created a signature style and quality unsurpassed since.

One such label is Gino Paoli, an Italian company that thrived on beautiful knitwear and leather, hand-finished and often in rich jeweltone hues. Classic Gino Paoli clothing includes two-piece knit suits, sweaters, dresses and leather paneled jackets. We usually see the suits with suede panels in a hue perfectly matched to the knit. The jackets are either suede or leather, sometimes two-tone as seen above.
Though they're often seen in neutrals (like bone or camel), some have vibrant colors that grew increasingly trend-focused into the 1960s. Paoli knits exist from the 1950s through the 1970s, with most made in the late 1950s to mid-1960s. They're inevitably wool knit, sometimes suede/leather, but later in the 1960s they diversified to produce less expensive woven A-line casual skirts. By the 1970s Paoli did not seem to be as popular as we see it less often in this era, and its knits were synthetic to follow the polyester trend of its day. Paoli labels do not appear to exist after the mid-1970s.

Gino Paoli is not especially rare, although its expensive price tags in the 1960s indicate it was not a mass-quantity line and it's not often found today in large quantity. Paoli labels, while costing hundreds per ensemble in the 1960s, are also not yet expensive in the collecting world today. This makes it a smart choice for the vintage clothing buyer who's seeking haute style for the price of ready-to-wear.
Paoli garments are readily wearable in most cases, with a few points to consider that are inherent to their design:

  • Knit - We suggest hanging Paoli garments on a thick shoulder-like hanger similar to those you'd use for the best and heaviest overcoats. A knit garment in a medium-thick weight can stretch out of shape over the shoulders if stored on a too-thin hanger. Alternatively you can store knit Paoli items flat, with the fewest folds possible if it has leather/suede panels.
  • Wool - Wool items by Paoli don't need particular attention beyond the average wool garment, except to note that when shopping for wool, notice if there are any holes due to clothes moths. An excellent vintage clothing dealer can repair these holes, often with little sign of its repair.
  • Suede - Suede requires some special care as it will stain if moisture reaches it, and must be cleaned by a leather care expert. That being said, it's an exceptionally soft and beautiful material that many collectors covet for its quality, and of all vintage suedes, Paoli created some of the best.

View our current selection of Gino Paoli vintage clothing to dress well at beautiful prices. Until next time, Ciao!

February 02, 2012

Straight out of the 70's... It's Barbie and Ken!

In choosing what's best to wear, Barbie and Ken Paper Dolls sure have it easy. They're just a fold away from fabulous!

Is Barbie going on a date with Austin Powers? She's going to look groovy baby!

Ken's going to fight for his girl so he's pulling the best out of his closet. He will be sure to catch her eye.

Barbie can't resist Ken when he's wearing his powder blue leisure suit. She's taking her man out dancing.

Ken can once again hold Barbie in his arms and feel like the stud that he is.

To dress like a stud check out our 1970s men's vintage clothing.
To dance like a disco diva browse our 1970s women's clothing.

Have a groovy day! Peace out.