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Monday, May 21, 2007

Buttons Buttons Buttons

In clothing and fashion design, a button is a small disc- or knob-shaped, typically round, object usually attached to an article of clothing in order to secure an opening, or for ornamentation. Functional buttons work by slipping the button through a fabric or thread loop, or by sliding the button through a slit called a buttonhole. Buttons may be manufactured from an extremely broad variety of materials, including natural materials such as antler, bone, horn, ivory, shell, vegetable ivory, and wood; or synthetics such as celluloid, glass, metal, and plastic.Hard plastic is by far the most common material for newly manufactured buttons; the other materials tend to occur only in premium apparel.

Buttonarium is an on-line button museum.

Haute couture button photos from L'Officiel March 1969 issue.

Thursday, May 3, 2007

Vintage Sunglasses

This ad is of a 1977 Geoffrey Beene sunglasses. Reminds me of Robert Palmer's "Addicted to Love" era. from Berlin provides individual service: If you are seeking for a nostalgic pair of sunglasses that you have worn in the past or that you have seen adorned on a favourite actor then write them an email. They will try their very best to procure your desired glasses.

Other on-line stores are Klasik Twentieth Century Eyewear and the Sunglasses Man On-line.

1979 Christian Dior Ads with Gia Carangi

Found some beautiful 1979 Gia Carangi Christian Dior ads. Gia was a supermodel in the late 70s and early 80s. After becoming addicted to drugs, Carangi's modeling career rapidly declined. She later became infected with HIV and died in Philadelphia. Carangi is thought to be one of the first famous women to die of AIDS.

Wednesday, May 2, 2007

1966 Step-by-Step with Estee Lauder

The Estee Lauder look on the cover of Harper's Bazaar British Edition, September 1966. A how-to achieve this look is included.

"Here in London, faces have fun, reflected by their patronage of Estee Lauder's constant fun policy make-up, launching majestically just now her European collection of Re-Nutriv lipsticks, all containing the almost sacrosanet cream, Re-Nutriv. Lido Sand, Mayfair Pink, French Coral, Parisian Peach, Pompeii Red, Swedish Brush--all achieve a rare sort of radiance for the no-longer-to-be-overlooked mouth."

Tuesday, May 1, 2007

Vogue May 2007 Cover & Gap Shirts

From Design Editions, a limited edition collection inspired by the classic white shirt. Gap shirts featured on the cover of Vogue May 2007. In Gap stores for 2 weeks only. Models on Vogue cover: Doutzen Kroes, Lily Donaldson, Hilary Rhoda, Sasha Pivovarova, Caroline Trentini, Chanel Iman, Raquel Zimmermann, Jessica Stam, Coco Rocha, and Agyness Deyn.

No7 Cosmetics

Found an 2005 advertisement from No7 Cosmetics that looks very similar to the American Harper's Bazaar August 1940 issue. Both are very beautiful!

Valentino Limited Edition #368 of 6000

Just in our on-line store, we received an extremely rare 1982 Publication of the book "Valentino", by Andre Leon Talley and edited by Franco Maria Ricci 20 September, Valentino presents his Autumn/Winter collection at the Metropolitan Museum in New York.

Limited edition #368 of 6000 copies. Folio. Black silk, lettered in gilt, with design in color on cover. With complete chronology of Valentino’s achievements in the fashion industry. Text in English and Italian, interleaved with fine reproductions of Valentino’s designs and tipped-in photos of his finished creations. Best known as Jackie Kennedy’s designer, Valentino has come to represent the tasteful as well as the elegant in high fashion. The book is illustrated in colour throughout with full page tipped in plates of costume and fashion designs, photographs and Valentino drawings. The book is printed on grey hand-made paper by the Pietro Miliani Mills at Fabriano. A lavish homage to Valentino.

More about the book here: