The Little Black Dress

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Nothing says “classy” quite like “The little black dress” or LBD. Created and popularized by French designer Coco Chanel it is probably the most versatile item of fashion a woman can own. It effortlessly goes from day to date night with some jewelry, or silk scarf and a fine pair of shoes.

French designer and creator of the “little black dress” Gabrielle “Coco” Chanel

Coco Chanel’s first little black dresses 1926

“Luxury must be comfortable, otherwise it is not luxury” said Coco Chanel. Her LBD quickly became so popular that Vogue magazine nicknamed it the “Ford” of fashion. After all it only came in black, like Henry Ford’s Model T. Vogue rightly predicted it would become a classic too.

The first little black dress was straight midi length.  Chanel had created a simple, classy dress that was comfortable, and easy to wear, eliminating the need for restricting corsets. Her designs were welcomed by modern women and her influence is every where. Gabrielle “Coco” Chanel can be thanked for creating pants for women, ropes of pearls, sling-back pumps, bobbed hair and costume jewelry.

Coco Chanel working on a beautiful LBD

And then there is Audrey…..my very favorite actress …she perfectly illustrated what Coco Chanel meant when she said

“A girl should be two things: classy and fabulous,”

Audrey Hepburn in “Breakfast at Tiffany’s”

Just a few of the “Little Black Dresses at http://www.ctmercantile.com

https://www.etsy.com/listing/95134531/little-black-dress-sale-breakfast-at?ga_search_query=audrey

“Fashion is not something that exists in dresses only. Fashion is in the sky, in the street. Fashion has to do with ideas, the way we live, what is happening. Fashion fades only style remains the same” Coco Chanel

Oleg Cassini

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“To be well dressed is a little like being in love”- Oleg Cassini.

Oleg Cassini was a French-born American fashion designer. Cassini dressed numerous stars creating some of the most memorable moments in international fashion and film. Oleg Cassini’s designs for the First Lady, ‘The Jackie Look’ are recognized as being the “single biggest fashion influence in history” by film costume designer, Edith Head. Cassini’s contemporary designs such as the A-lineSheath and the Empire Strapless continue to remain influential and predominant today.[2] from Wikapedia

Hong Kong Tailors

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Vintage wool coat tailored in Hong Konghttps://www.etsy.com/listing/98979599/mod-60s-coat-white-coat-wool-coat?ga_search_query=white%2Bcoat

detailed hand stitching

Some of our vintage finds were tailored in Hong Kong. Beautifully sewn I decided to  see what I could find about these wonderfully made items. A style in the 50s was matching dresses and coats. Apparently you could actually draw out what you wanted and have it created in a a few days!

http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Shopping_in_Hong_Kong

“Custom tailoring is also very popular and affordable in Hong Kong. You can draw out your own design for clothing and have it made in a few days. Although there are many Tailors in Hong Kong it is a profession in relative decline. ”  Here are a some of the interesting articles I found about Hong Kong tailors.

http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Indians_in_Hong_Kong

http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/ANS_Fashions

http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Indians_in_China

http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Raja_Fashions

http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Cheongsam

http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Sam%27s_Tailor

http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Tsim_Sha_Tsui

http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Seam_(sewing)

http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/CHOCHENG

http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Canali

bespoke tailoring

http://www.lnstar.com/mall/literature/tailor4.htm

http://www.travelintelligence.com/travel-writing/tailors-hong-kong

http://articles.submityourarticle.com/Dave-Roberts-6672/hong-kong-tailor-72056.php

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Crazy Weather

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The weather is wild and varied this summer. My friend Margie, working in Oklahoma for 6 months, has been basking in 118 degrees! She says you don’t go out after 10 am or before 8 pm. Hot, hot in much of the U.S. Here in the Pacific Northwest the weather is perfect. After nearly no summer last year, and lots of rain, we are loving it!

They’ve had plenty of rain in the UK though. One of our customers, Anna, wrote in June, with an apology for not writing sooner about the vintage Hawaiian shirt she had purchased for her husband. With good reason! It rained so much in their town of Bogner Regis in West Sussex, UK that she sent me this  link.

They had 2 months worth of rain in 24 hours!

She wrote: “The shirt arrived. The packaging was sopping and disintegrated but you cleverly wrapped the shirt in plastic so it was fine”. I usually wrap orders in plastic in case of a little damp, but Oh my! http://www.google.co.uk/search?q=floods+bognor&hl=en&client=&rls=en&prmd=imvns&source=lnms&tbm=isch&sa=X&ei=zkTfT8L1G8Si8QO-yrS4Cw&ved=0CEUQ_AUoAQ&biw=1249&bih=1241#q=floods+bognor&hl=en&client=safari&sa=X&rls=en&tbm=isch&prmd=imvns&bav=on.2,or.r_gc.r_pw.r_qf.&fp=cde1baa989d171d0&biw=1366&bih=643