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Top Up

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Top Up

Top handle bags are seemingly always in style and always being reimagined. Done in metal mesh in the 1920s, fabrics in the 1930s, leathers in the 1940s & 50s, vinyl in the 1960s- the details may change but the basic silhouette remains!  Nettie Rosenstein 1946 Josef, 1946 1964 catalog ad Koret 1937  1960s Bonnie Cashin bags Koret 1953 Danse Lente Mini Johnny Bag (this is sold out, but I love it very much)       Zac Posen studded bag (photo links to rent or buy) Evelyn & Arthur (I'm in love with this, link from photo- it's $118) Steven...

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Architecture

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Architecture

This new Gothic architecture inspired collection by Guo Pei is SO brilliant and gorgeous! I love the idea of using architecture design in fashion. Seems it's not something only recently done...scroll down for some older examples!        Henry Van de Velde was an architect and artist who was not satisfied with what society in the late 19th Century told him to do. He was born in Amberes, Belgium, and his designs helped launch the trend known as Art Nouveau these days. Besides be known for designing cottages and houses following the Art Nouveau modern trends, he also built museums, invented furniture and was one of...

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Sleeve Porn

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Sleeve Porn

  "King Louis XIV would stage elaborate ball after exquisite party after expensive festival and require luxurious attire at each one. The nobility wanted to remain within the higher circles, which were quickly congealing at the court of Versailles, because it was “believed that mere physical proximity to the monarch…would elevate them to a higher social level” and the king spent almost all of his time at court.[4] It was thus necessary to attend all the fashionable balls and festivities and spend outrageous amounts of money on new clothing. Eventually it was almost certain the courtier would fall into debt...

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Sculpt

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Sculpt

It's easy to spot the Cristobel Balenciaga influence on Turkish sisters Ece and Ayce Ege! Their designs, under the moniker "Dice Kayek" started with a collection of crisp, white blouses and grew from there. Now based in Paris and the talk of the fashion industry, the sisters have been designing brilliantly sculpted, feminine and flirty pieces for close to 15 years.    Dice Kayek-       Balenciaga- 1960s

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Prints Quinn

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Prints Quinn

I am utterly smitten with designer Richard Quinn (and clearly I'm in good company- so Queen Elizabeth!). London based, he is known for his innovative use of bold prints. He's also a fan of 1980s Mugler, so he's got great taste in vintage himsef!  In many of his designs I'm immediately reminded of the 1950s-60s coordinating dress and coat ensemble. I adore the ensembles with mis-matched prints as well- and the runway looks are brilliantly innovative!    You can shop floral prints (vintage, of course) on the site here.   Past-   Quinn-

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