What’s New in Store- Shuushuu by Lulu

Shuushuu by Lulu on Etsy

Gorgeous rich color with fun red and cream buttons!!! Features two breast pockets and a knit belt with buckle. The original tag is attached to the sweater making this New Old Stock. It’s 100% Acrylic. Size – Small-Medium.
Width: 32”
Length: 21”
Excellent Condition. Labels Attached. Wear how you want and make it your own, that’s what makes vintage fun. Click on the image to take you to the store!!!!

Shuushuu by Lulu on Etsy

Red 1970s Textured Midi Straight Trevira Kick Pleat Skirt Size 38100% Polyester. Size: 38. Features: Red Faux Leather belt with Silver Buckle, Zipper and button
waistband Closure at the back, Hip Pockets.
Waist: 27 1/2″
Hips: 38″
Length: 29 1/2″
Very good condition. Label attached. Click on the image to take you to the store!!!!

I hope you enjoyed this post…Till Next Time!!!!!!!!

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Prom 2012- Ideas for a Fabulously Unique Outfit

When I was a teenager a movie like Pretty in Pink by director John Hughes epitomized what to wear to a 1980s Prom.

Pretty in Pink andy’s designed dress

There were candy colored dresses with loads of ruffles and layered skirts. It was the bigger the better including how you styled your hair. The dresses were expensive by my standards. I made my prom dress. The fabric was a Raspberry satin moiré. It had ruffled straps and a big gathered skirt with a plain fitted bodice. It was quite “Pretty in Pink” but it was a nice dress.

That night in 1986 we listened to Madonna, George Michael, Boy George and Karma Kameleon, Michael Jackson, ect. I cannot remember if the night ended with the Classic Stairway to Heaven, which was played at every high school dance for the four years I attended. But it was probably something slow for a guy to grab a girl and get close for the last chance of the night.

Now that I am out of there and it’s been a long time, in reflection I think I would have gone for something more unique to wear. I always wore vintage clothing throughout my high school years, but chose to wear something I made because I was enrolled in fashion design school.

 How to dress up these dresses to get ready for Prom:

I like to mix colors, metals, in a very non-kitchy way. I think it makes the outfit original and personal. I used to be very conservative and everything had to co-ordinate but I changed my mind ( I am a woman and I am allowed to do that). I have given a few options on dresses I carry in my store. Any items that are not listed in my store are available by contacting me for a reserved listing. ( I do not carry any of the items on the right of the image, these are just suggestions…Thank you)

Sunny Choi Red Silk Skirt Sleeveless Dress

  • Sunny Choi Red Flirty Skirt Dress-Gold Necklace, Thin Gold Leather or chain belt, Fuchsia clutch, Nude stockings with Nude Platform heels or a Red Patent leather Shoes.

    Sunny Choi Black Blue Tank Dress

  • Sunny Choi Black Blue Tank Dress-Blue Stockings with Blue Platform shoes, Silver Clutch and silver jewelry, a beautiful abstract print silk wrap.
  • Wayne Clark Black Shift Dress

    -Silver will raise this dress to the stratosphere, A great pair of strapy high heels, A chunky necklace and studded earrings.

  • Vogue Gold Paisley Lame Shift

    -This dress is so much on it own that it will go well with more subdued accessories, a great sandal in cream tones, and a similar tones clutch. Keep the jewelry either simple or over the top but mediocre just won’t do!!!

  • Mary Korolnek Black Silver Lace Dress

    -This is a spectacular dress, it is old Hollywood glam, it needs to be dresses to the nines. In other words go big or go home. For example big bauble bling earrings, and huge silver heels.

Albert Nipon Silk Organza Plaid Dress

  • Albert Nipon Silk Organza Plaid Dress-This dress is very pretty and has bold color. A thin sparkling gold belt would lift the color of this dress. Fuchsia accessories such as earrings and clutch with dark shoes maybe in a Navy Blue.

( I do not carry any of the items on the right of the image, these are just suggestions…Thank you). Please visit Shuushuu by lulu on Etsy for more!!!!

Till Next Time!!!!

Andre Courreges- Fashion Modernist

1969, Paris, France — Fashion Designer Andre Courreges

Courreges was born March 9, 1923 in Pau, France. He studied and became a civil engineer, he was always interested in architecture and textile design. He worked, designing footwear and men’s clothing for a tailor, while occupying himself with Rugby and Mountain climbing. From 1941-1945 Courreges was a pilot in the Air Force in World War II.
In 1945, He came to Paris and worked briefly for a designer named Jeanne LaFaurie. In 1950 he was apprenticed to the Master, Cristobal Balenciaga, also from the Basque region, although he was from Spain. He had been keen to join him for a long time, but only in 1950 did a position open up. He still considers Balenciaga his mentor. He stayed   for ten years.
Andre Courreges opened his own house, “Maison de Courreges“ at 48 ave Kleber in 1961. He launched his ‘Space Age’ collection in 1964. He built his dresses rather than designed them. The shapes of his clothes were geometric: squares, trapezoids, triangles. The look included boots, goggles, and Dress and Skirt hems three inches above the knee. The main features of his boxy, uncluttered look spread quickly throughout the fashion world, especially the miniskirt, which he introduced to France. The materials included plastic and metal. He used PVC clothing in his collections. Colours were primary: white, red, yellow, pink, ice-blue, pale turquoise, day-glow orange and lime green…The year 1964 was HIS year, the start of his brief reign as King of Paris Fashion. He also created the MOON GIRL look. In 1965 Courreges reorganized his company, and briefly before he changed his salon, banned the press from his collections (as Balenciaga had also done). When he re-opened, he had a carefully planned 3-tier structure:
„Prototypes“, his couture division „Couture future“, his de-luxe ready to wear „hyperbole“, inexpensive ready to wear.
His new store was located at 40 ave Francois premier.

Andre Courreges pink coat- Vogue Sept 1968

Andre Courreges Jumper- Vogue March 1972

In 1967 he married his assistant, Coqueline Barriere, who had also been a Balenciaga pupil. Courrèges’ fashion shows were organised by his wife. These were lively presentations featuring athletic, partially nude models. During this year, Courreges began to experiment with tops with sequins and transparency, and designed a see-through mini in sheer organza, appliquéd with his flat round daisies.


In 1968 Courreges hit the headlines with his SPACE AGE collection. His clothes at this time, were functional, uncluttered, futuristic designs. He was fascinated by metal and put his models into metal brassieres and bustiers. Andy Warhol said “Courreges clothes are so beautiful, everyone should look the same, dressed in silver. Silver merges into everything, costumes should be worn during the day with lots of make-up.” Courreges’ clothes were sharp, angular and subject to a highly disciplined design. Simple, stark, trapeze-shape dresses and coats were boldly piped in contrasting colours.
In the early 70’s however, fashion was moving away from the “Space Age” look and there was a passion for romantic clothes, flowery, ethnic peasant looks, etc. Courreges softened the austerity of his clothes by using curves and showing knitted catsuits, and all-white collections.


1971 He introduced the Hyperbole line of sportswear for younger clients.
1972 Courreges was given the honour of designing the garments for 15,000 employees at the 1972 Summer Olympics, in 10 different styles.
1973 He launched his menswear line Courreges Homme.
1979 He diversified into fine leather goods, beauty products and other related products.

Courreges- Vogue March 1970 Page 2

Courreges- Vogue March 1970 Page 1

1982 In the book 2001, he predicted that clothes would go in the direction of tights, stretching in all directions and body stockings, and it does seem that fashion is going in that direction.

1985 The Japanese group Itokin, took a financial interest in the firm, although Andre Courreges is still designing his beautiful clothes.
In the mid-90’s, when Andre Courreges age crossed 70 he brought in Jean Charles de Castelbajac who began designing for the house of Andre Courreges. Courreges himself still keeps an overall eye on the designs made by his house.

Courreges- Vogue 1977

Courreges Sportswear- Vogue March 1978

Where do his tennis dresses, his sailor dresses come from? Where did he find them? On the steps of Delphi. In the wardrobe of Electra. They are modern and they are antique.’
Violette Leduc ‘Is Courrèges Wearable?’ Vogue, 1965.

Courreges in Shuushuu y Lulu :

Courreges Black Teal Wool Acrylic Knit Dress

Click on the image and it will take you to the store…
Resources:

 http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Andr%C3%A9_Courr%C3%A8ges

http://www.vam.ac.uk/content/people-pages/andre-courreges

http://www.fashionmodeldirectory.com/designers/andre-courreges/

I hope you enjoyed this blog about a classic Designer…equally worth collecting!!! Till Next Time!!

George Stavrinos- Graphic Fashion Illustrator

I admit that looking at a George Stavrinos Illustration of a Gianfranco Ferre Design back in the eighties had a huge impact on my own style of Fashion Illustration. I wish I still had those drawings still. His drawings were done in pencil in an architectural constructivist style.

Stavrinos-Vogue March 1978

George Stavrinos was born in 1948, a son of Greek immigrants, who made a home in Somerville. he graduated from the Rhode Island School of Design in 1969. After a year of study abroad he began working for Pushpin Studios. He had a successful career as a fashion illustrator, creating powerful visual identities for Bergdorf Goodman and other retailers. He also art directed Hollywood films, including “Union City” (1980), and illustrated books. While primarily an illustrator, the influenced of his teachers Harry Callahan and Aaron Siskind at Rhode Island can certainly be seen in his photography. Stavrinos’s work is included in many specialty design collections, including the Frances Neady Collection and the Leslie-Lohman Gay Art Foundation. his drawings and illustrations soon began to appear in The New York Times, Gentleman’s Quarterly and Cosmopolitan. He did freelance work for Barney’s Clothes, Bergdorf Goodman and Push Pin Studio.

Stavrinos- Vogue April 1985

In the mid-1980’s he created a series of drawings that were used to promote the repertory of the New York City Opera. His work was exhibited in galleries in Manhattan, Los Angeles, Chicago, San Francisco, Washington, Providence, London, Paris and Tokyo. He was 42 years old and lived in Manhattan. He died of complications of pneumonia at Beth Israel Hospital in Manhattan in 1990. He was a 2007 inductee into the Society of Illustrators Hall of Fame.

Stavrinos- Vogue November 1984

Stavrinos- Vogue September 1983

Vogue April 1983

 

Resources:

http://www.nytimes.com/1990/08/07/obituaries/george-stavrinos-42-artist-and-illustrator.html

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