Thursday, February 26, 2009

Girls, dresses and subway grates

Saw this vintage photo and couldn't resist it!

Where would we be without subway grates?

Tuesday, February 24, 2009

It's time for your every-so-often reminder that Vintage is good for the planet

Vintage IS recycling, and to emphasize that point, I have some green items (so they're green in both ways) for your consideration.

50s frothy formal in Wedgwood green with black velvet trim:

a 60s vintage pear green raincoat by Misty Harbor:

a 1960s pale turquoise green wool jacket, carefully homemade:

and a 1950s dress made from a striking print from Associated American Artists:

These are available on eBay right now.

Green is the Vintage Fashion Guild's Fashion Parade theme of the week, and you will find more vintage green to love at the VFG.

Wednesday, February 18, 2009

Where in the www is denisebrain?

Please visit:
  • Denisebrain on Twitter If you really want to see if I can be brief in my utterances (God help me, I love Thomas Mann and Marcel Proust)

Tuesday, February 17, 2009

Fred Astaire solo dance from Easter Parade

Just a happy vintage diversion, from Easter Parade (1948) starring Fred Astaire, Judy Garland and Ann Miller. Gene Kelly had originally been scheduled to play Fred's character, but I can't imagine anyone but Fred doing this scene with such panache! Drum Crazy from Easter Parade.

Saturday, February 14, 2009

Won't you be my Vintage Valentine?

40s Doris Dodson dress

1950s Navy Sweetheart apron

50s instrument print shirtwaist dress (and my horn!)

50s lavender silk Suzy Perette

60s soft cream wool cardigan with bright flowers

70s wood-soled platforms handmade by Fox & Fluevog

50s veiled hat

Detail of Peg Thomas handkerchief

50s rose print taffeta skirt
xoxo, denisebrain

Tuesday, February 10, 2009

Vintage for Mrs. Obama

Since I first saw Michelle Obama, she and her style have given me her own brand of hope. Here is an extremely intelligent, capable, articulate and interesting woman in her 40s, and she has undeniable style too!

In my mind, I always dress people in vintage clothing, and the more I like the person's style, the more I play this game.

Well my game is being taken up by members of the Vintage Fashion Guild this week, where we are featuring Dress the First Lady on our Fashion Parade, with items from our currently available vintage inventories.

Here are some things I chose for Michelle from my racks. Her inimitable style can carry so many looks and colors, and I know she looks stunning in blues and purples. One of my dresses for her is 1950s vintage by R & K, with a little bow tie at the neck and a flaring skirt.

I know she knows how to wear a full-skirt dress, so I found a cool 50s dress I think would look very sophisticated on Mrs. Obama.

I don't think anyone handles shades of yellow better than Michelle, and I have a 50s dress and coat set that would definitely light up a room, along with a silk blouse by Bernhard Altmann:

I love, and am inspired by Michelle's accessories, from a big patent handbag to a (gasp!) vintage brooch she wore for the inauguration.

I have a scarf for Mrs. Obama, in a veritable U.N. of colors in silk:

Finally, I know she loves cardigans and I have a 50s beaded beauty in pink, along with one that would be so right for Michelle!

All these items are in my eBay store, except the yellow blouse and silk scarf, which are in my Etsy store.

I follow Mrs. Obama's style on Mrs. O* and you might like to too!

*All the photos of Michelle are from the Mrs. O blog.

Wednesday, February 4, 2009

Vintage to raise your pulse rate

My February theme is up!

Vintage to love

Please watch, then find something to love at denisebrain!