Elsa Schiaparelli

When I was in design school in the mid to late 80s, I knew very little about Elsa Schiaparelli. I knew more about Chanel and even gravitated towards her aesthetic, also because I have a French background. And we share the same birth stone and zodiac sign.

In the early 70s Chanel had passed on and Karl Lagerfeld had taken over the house. Chanel and Elsa were rivals throughout Schiaparelli’s professional life. Maybe this rivalry even, pushed them into the history books: the two most well known women European fashion designers of the 20th century.

Chanel surpassed Schiaparelli because Elsa had to close her house down in 1954, whereas Chanel kept working and growing her business. Who knows what would have happened if Elsa’s business had kept going.

This year from May 10 to August 19 2012, The Costume Institute and the Metropolitan Museum in New York City will exhibit a retrospective of Elsa Schiaparelli juxtaposed with Miuccia Prada. On the evening of May 7,  The Costume Institute will host its Gala Benefit, which I’m sure will be visited by many Super Stars both famous and infamous.

I have found some beautiful Men’s neckties from the 1950’s, which will be featured in the store Shuushuu by Lulu during the month of May as the retrospective at the Met in NYC fast approaches. These ties have the signature fuchsia logo lining and the label with Her Signature and the poodle attached.

A Short Bio:

Elsa Schiaparelli was a French- Italian Fashion Designer, born at the Palazzo Corsini in Rome in 1890. Schiaparelli went on to marry one of her lecturers, Count William de Wendt de Kerlor, a Franco-Swiss Theosophist.  In 1921 they moved to New York, where Schiaparelli immediately responded to the modernity of the city. Schiaparelli did not adapt to the changes in fashion following World War II and her business closed in 1954. She died in Rome, Italy Nov. 1973.

Elsa collaborated with Jean Cocteau, Salvidore Dali, Francis Picabia and Alberto Giacometti. The Surrealists and the Dadaists had a huge influence on her designs. They were highly conceptual and creative. And she designed the first of many prototypes, such as brightly colored zippers, appearing first on her sportswear in 1930 and again five years later on her evening dresses. Not only was she the first to use brightly colored zippers, but she was also the first to have them dyed to match the material used in her garments. She was the first to create and use fanciful buttons that looked more like brooches. They came in the shapes of peanuts, bees, and even ram’s heads. In Parisian fashion, she invented culottes, introduced Arab breeches, embroidered shirts, wrapped turbans, pompom-rimmed hats, barbaric belts, the “wedge,” a soled shoe that would trend through the 20th century and into the next, and mix-and-match sportswear, the concept of which would not be fully recognized for another forty to fifty years.

Elsa Schiaparelli pronounced “Skiaparelli”.

Till Next Time!!!!!!!

What’s New – In Store @ Shuushuu by Lulu

Escada Black Wool Pleated Skirt vs Black Pleated Skirt as seen in Vogue 1970s

Escada Black Pleated Wool Skirt from the 1980s. Made in 100% New Wool in West Germany. I paired it with a lovely secretary blouse in Gray and Black Stripes with a touch of silver (also available in the store) and a black leather Belt by Perry Ellis (also available in store). It’s a smart, chic professional look for the office. Just click on the picture and it will take you into the store.

Esprit de Corp aka Esprit Black Polyester Jersey Button Down Dress vs A white Jersey Dress in Vogue 1970.

This is a fine Black Jersey Espirt de Corp. (Esprit before they dropped the de Corp.) Dress. It has great 1970s vintage styling and a whole lot of potential. This can take you from day to night with just a change of Accessories and still be comfortable and sexy. I have shown it with a red Alexon scarf (Also available in store). Just click on the picture and it will take you into the store.

Diane Von Furstenberg Cotton Ramie Long Sleeve Pullover Sweater vs A pink Gap Cotton ramie Sweater as seen in Vogue 1980s.

The pink version of this sweater is by Gap as seen on Catherine Oxenberg in a Vogue magazine issue from the 1980s. It is a lovely color of cotton/ramie blend. I have the Diane Von Furstenberg version selling in the store. It is soft and super comfy. This gorgeous hue is a pale green like a mint julep sherbert. Just click on the picture and it will take you into the store.

I hope you have enjoyed today’s selection. Till Next Time!!!!!!

Honoring Mothers

I remember when I was a child I was very sick with tonsillitis for about 2 weeks. I would lay on the couch in the living room to watch television because I was home from school. I could not go out to play with my sister or brothers or even friends. Despite my sorrowful state of being the one thing I can recall with love is the way my mother took care of me during this time. My disposition was always one of weakness. I had severe allergies as a child, which resulted in chronic illnesses up till today. But my mother, whom was a registered nurse and took care of so many people during her working years, made time to make sure I got all that I needed while laid up in bed.

One particular day, I was lying on the sofa with a blanket up to my chin. I could not swallow much of any thing, my throat was burning and tight. My Mom would sit by me on a chair and have me drink juice through a straw. We think this is what mother’s are suppose to do, and I am grateful mine did that and so much more. Happy Mother’s Day!!!!!!

Featured in Shuushuu by Lulu: Vintage Scarves and lots of them just in time for Mother’s Day!!!!! Vera, Echo, Ralph Lauren, Bill Blass, Oscar de la Renta…ecetera..

Oscar de la Renta Blue Wild Flower Oblong Scarf

Ralph Lauren Tweed and Buckle Print Silk Oblong Scarf

Vera Neumann Geographic Multi-Color Print Oblong Scarf

Bill Blass Red Silk Kerchief Square Scarf

Echo Red White Blue Patriotic Oblong Scarf...Perfect for Independence Day!!!!!

These are just a few of the gorgeous examples for purchase in the store…Check out here for more…http://www.etsy.com/shop/ShuuShuubyLulu?section_id=10504412

Delivery varies from place to place but they are usually shipped light packet from Canada.

Till Next Time!!!!! Lulu

The Red Radio

When I think about my summer holidays, away from grade school and my school friends, I recall vivid hues of blue, orange and red. I believe this is the reason red evokes such a visceral response within me. It is the red that bleeds from the left side of my body or the red of ripe cherries. As young things we spent our summer weekends at local conservation beaches or picnicking by the lake. I have a large family of three brothers and one sister. We would spend excessive amounts of time in the water, splashing each other or chasing each other with crayfish we found under rocks.

My parents would lay the table with plastic plates and colorful napkins with fruit on them. My dad was overseer of the grill, barbequing hot dogs and hamburgers and the transistor radio blaring the tunes of the day, such as Billy Joel’s “It’s Still Rock n Roll to Me”. I think my collecting begins with a connection to a happy memory. Sometimes it’s like fishing, in order to find the right thing to add the many other objects.  Flipping through an old magazine, I discovered an image of a Panasonic Bolero Solid State Am Radio, which originally sold for $12.95 each and came in Red, Blue and White. (see feature below):


Panasonic Bolero Solid State Am Radio

I can see thing spectacular radio traveling to all kinds of places: the wind whipping it around in a boat, Hanging from a beach bag sand getting in the grooves or on a floating lounge chair, poolside bobbing along to the gentle undulating water.

It’s the dream made possible, so I bought one and I am looking forward to a great summer of fantastic possibilities. (see photo below):

My New Vintage Panasonic Bolero Solid State Am Radio


I’m on a Mexican radio. I’m on a Mexican – whoah – radio…Wall of VooDoo 1982

Till Next Time!!!

Vintage Clothes- A Song

I was shopping in one of my favorite places to shop, a vintage clothing storing in a neighbouring township. I was skimming through a rack of skirts, when a I heard a song on the stereo system. They were singing about vintage clothes. And I thought it was a Beatles tune, because of the singers voice. It was Paul McCartney. I thought this was a marketing tool put out by the store. He wrote a song about vintage clothing.

Here are the lyrics:

Don’t live in the past
Don’t hold on to something that’s changing fast
What we are, is what we are and what we wear
Is vintage clothes, vintage clothes:

We jump up for joy
Who cares if we look like a girl or boy
What we are, is what we are and what we wear
Is vintage clothes, vintage clothes:

A little more, a little tall
Check the rack
What went out, is coming back

Don’t live in the past
Don’t hold on to something that’s changing fast
What we are, is what we are and what we wear
Is vintage clothes, vintage clothes:

A little more, a little tall
Check the rack
What went out, is coming back

This was one of the songs from the album Memory Almost Full Released in 2007. This sounds like a song that is much older than 5 years old. I guess that’s is just the musical  styling of Paul McCartney. Fashion does have a loop. What was once hot is hot again. The fabric may change but the silhouette is the same. Our bodies don’t change, we still have two arms, two legs, ect. Therefore there is only so much that can be designed to accommodate the figure, whether it is male or female.

Here is an example of Current Style vs. Vintage style:

Jason Wu 2012 vs. Edie Johne (2 piece) 1990s Peplum Dress

The past can be an unlimted and unlimiting source of inspiration for creative people. I have heard that one of my favorite designers Nicholas Ghesquiere has a vast library at his disposal because he is the creative director at Balanciaga. And uses this information to creative modern haute couture for the house, once overseen by its creator Cristobal Balanciaga.

I have uploaded a video of the song Vintage Clothes by Paul McCartney from Youtube:


(You can cut and paste the above URL into a new browser window)

Thank you for stopping by…Till Next Time!!!!!