Friday, 24 October 2014

Hardy Perennials

Autumn is the perfect time for finely tailored suits, here are three by Hardy Amies to stir your senses.


Autumn 1946


Autumn 1952


Autumn 1952 Scanned from Around Town & Shopping Opportunities

Sunday, 12 October 2014

The Polka Dot Polka from The Gang's All Here 1943



More polka dots - can't keep away from them....

Busby Berkeley's swansong and what a way to go! A feast on the eye from beginning to end with little in the way of plot (a good thing). Alice Faye, Carmen Miranda, Benny Goodman, a hundred chorus girls doing interesting things with bananas and all in stunning technicolor. Classic Berkeley routines, real dancing, fabulous songs, stunning gowns, amazing fantasy sets, jive, Benny Goodman and his orchestra, neon polka dots. FRUIT.
This is a musical film as it should be, 90% of it production numbers, a litttle romance, a little sentiment and a little comedy.

Tuesday, 7 October 2014

Winter Warmer

I've blogged this coat before but it's worth a revisit and I found another picture of it, I feel warm just looking at it.


Harella coat advert,October 1949


Harella coat in the flesh, House & Garden October 1949

Sunday, 28 September 2014

Never out of Fashion No 2

Polka dots - previously there was Lace shoes

Polka dots have been fashionable since the 1840s when the polka craze swept Europe and in the typical way of advertising everything possible was connected to the new fashion.


Worth 1880s


German 1926


French late 1920s


Mainbocher 1932


Katherine Hepburn in Woman of the Year 1942


Lanvin 1949


Gres 1953


Lanvin Castillo 1956


American import 1961


The Who c1965


Biba 1972


Balmain 1987


Yves Saint Laurent 1992


Moschino 1995


Valentino 2001


Monica Belucci in Tatler (Russia) December 2011


Miu Miu 2013

Sunday, 21 September 2014