Back to School: What’s New in Store

Labour Day is quickly approaching and back to school merchandise is sold by the crate loads. Books, binders, pens, Oh my!!!! What about what to wear? I remember the first day of school was really important, especially if it was a new school, even high school. Even though, I knew some of the kids moving into grade 9, who had graduated with me, I also knew I would be meeting new kids from other schools as well.

Wearing the new duds made a first impression, that spoke volumes about your personality. After my first year in high school it wasn’t so important to keep up those first impressions but more important to be unique. I see so much conformity among young people today that expressing your individuality seems to lead to separation, rather than integration. But I found friends that were like-minded, we shared the same taste in music, we liked to dress in black and shopped in vintage stores.

We were not the cool kids, but we were cool to each other. We didn’t seek to impress anyone else but each other. We bought ¾ length wool car coats, sailor caps, Parachute jackets, Balloon pants and long, ankle length skirts. We wore black sweaters that were way too big and covered from neck to knees.

We wore different colors in our hair, our earrings were long and dangled down to our clavicles and we listened to INXS, The Cure and Siouxie and the Bandshees.

I have chosen some items, which will be uploaded into my store Shuushuu by Lulu for the Autumn. Whether you wear them for school or a new job or an evening out with friends, I think you will be able to express yourself in style! (Coming Soon!!!!)

1970s White Jersey Dress in Vogue vs Diane Von Furstenberg Black Jersey Maxi Dress

This classic style dress can be worn with a contrasting belt sitting on the hips. Because of its shirt design and its length it can be worn so many different ways.

Black Floral 1970s Jersey Body Suit vs 1970s Body Suit in Vogue Magazine

The Anne Klein Black Wool Pleated Skirt, as shown in Vogue magazine September 1973

These two pieces would be fabulous worn together with a great wide belt. The skirt is a beautiful thick wool crepe designed by Anne Klein and features the Lion Head Trademark on the label.

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

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What’s New in Store @ Shuushuu by Lulu

Gorgeous White Ruffle Blouse.  Similar seen in Vogue March 1 1969 in an advertisement!!!!!!

This Creamy Milk White Ruffle blouse is a great addition to your wardrobe. It is very pretty and feels cool to the touch. It has jacquard Vertical Stripes and lovely ruffles that will frame your neck and face. It is 100% Polyester. Made in Canada. And is by Ship ‘n’ Shore. This company advertised in Vogue magazine throughout the 70s and 80s. Their clothing were the alternative to the more expensive fashions being advertised in that time. This blouse is in great shape. Click on photo to go to shop!!!!!!!!!!1

Fabulous Mister Leonard Purple Culotte, a similar pair seen in Vogue March 1982

Mister Leonard is a great Canadian women’s fashion Company. It was founded in 1965, by Leonard Wasser and Sam Gertner, growing out of their previous company Pantman. These fantastic culottes are a superb color of Amethyst Purple. They are made of a durable wool fabric designed with great details. Features include buttons inside the pleat on the front left leg and a wrap over closure at waist with a zipper and button fly. There are no pockets so these gems sit straight on the hips. Click on photo to go to shop!!!

I hope you enjoyed this blog…Till Next Time!!!!!! Lulu

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The 1980’s Bold Shoulder

Claude Montana was the king of the big shoulders in the 1980s. His silhouettes were fantastic and futuristic. He made them for women whom exuded the aura of strength and power. They were not in the least romantic and frilly. He brought the waist in tight using darts or belts to create the inverted triangle shape. He added the large rounded shoulder to exaggerate the figure. Claude Montana was a French Fashion designer, whom won many awards for his clothing design. His house went bankrupt in 1997. He favored monochromatic color, worked in leather, and his silhouettes were clean and structured.

Claude Montana Advertisement in Vogue March 1987

Claude Montana Advert in Vogue- model with a Cigarette

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

If I remember correctly the shoulder pads used in jackets like the ones pictured above curved over the shoulder and had a crease/seam down the center to curve over the shoulder and into the top sleeve.

I did not gravitate towards this shape in my younger days. I had large shoulders already because I was a swimmer. I used to have to take the shoulder pads out of clothing to de-emphasize as I was also hour glass shaped. I loved the look created by designers like Claude Montana, Norma Kamali, Geoffrey Beene and Nolan Miller.

I think this was a Norma Kamali Sweater featured in Vogue

Versace featured Vogue July 1984. Bold Coat with even Bolder Shoulders

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Kamali used knit fabrics in cotton and cashmere to hug the figure, than added shoulder pads into the garment. Beene used metallics and quilted them onto jackets and boleros to create this look. Miller was the designer to the stars for the TV show Dynasty. The actresses not only had big shoulders but also big hair. It was in the early nineties this changed so drastically to the long lean silhouette. But these marvelous designs from the 1980s were stand outs and defined that era of dressing, whether you liked the big shoulder or not. Here is a dress from the now defunct high end department store called Lipton’s, featured in my shop, Shuushuu by Lulu:

Lipton’s Electric Blue Wool 1980s Dress with Wide Belt (just click on picture to go to shop)

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Who’s Been spotted in Vintage

Mette Lindberg from the band The Asteroids Galaxy Tour. They came up due to a feature in an Heineken Pilsner Commercial.They used the song the Golden Age from their 2009 album called Fruit. The band is from Copenhagen, Denmark. Here the lead singer is wearing a ruffle dress that is reminiscent of the early 1980s frilly girly look. Mette has paired her dress with a glittery and sparkling jersey like cardigan.

Mette Lindberg- The Asteroids Galaxy Tour in a Vintage Style layered Ruffle Dress

I discovered this photo in an American Vogue magazine from March 1982. I coordinates with the above photo. The dress in the middle look especially like the one Mette lindberg is wearing. These lovely dresses are from Kenzo Takada, a Japanese fashion Designer, who got his start in 1970 but retired in 1999. he returned in 2005.

Kenzo Ruffle Dresses an Advertisement seen in American Vogue March 1982

This lovely confection of a dress is found in an Etsy store called zwzzy. It is pink perfection!! It is a combination of trendy vintage style and country chic.

Ruffled dress featured in Vintage Etsy Shop zwzzy. just click on photo to go to shop!!!

I hope you have enjoyed this blog…Till Next Time!!!

Antonio Lopez- Fashion Illustrator

Norma Kamali Feature in Vogue- November 1984. Illustrations by Antonio Lopez

These gorgeous pages of Illustrations were created by Antonio Lopez for Vogue November 1984. The article was written by Andre Leon Tally, Fashion editor at large for Vogue and seen on last years edition of America’s Next Top Model. This fun piece of work is a feature on Norma Kamali. She is described as Kooky and over the top. She names her clothing, probably best for archiving them. So if you bought a pair of Linen ankle strap wedge shoes, they are called Ra-Ra’s. Now that many designers are going video as a medium to distribute their collections, Norma Kamali was doing this in the early 80s.

Norma Kamali Feature in Vogue- November 1984. Illustrations by Antonio Lopez

She was tuned into Pop Culture and Antonio captured her collection very well amongst this six page spread. Her vibrant colors, her sporty transitions into swim wear, body wear, body suits, ect. She certainly didn’t take herself seriously. Antonio created the above picture on the right on a computer. Must have been among the first to create illustrations with this kind of technology!!! It reminds me of Matisse’s cut outs!!!!

Norma Kamali Feature in Vogue- November 1984. Illustrations by Antonio Lopez

I will be featuring some drawings by Steven Keyes in the next Blog about Fashion Illustration…at first glance there does not seem to be very much information about him. Till Next Time!!!! Lulu

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Fashion Illustrator- Antonio Lopez

There are not too many Fashion Industry companies seemingly interested in using Fashion illustrators these days. When one looks through a current magazine, it is all about the photo. And what that photo captures, which goes way beyond the clothes. I have seen Nordstom’s adverts in Vogue magazines where Ruben Toledo, the husband of Fashion Designer Isabel Toledo is featured in multi-page spreads. I have also seen only his talent being used as backdrops with models featured in the foreground.

Fashion illustrator’s such as Stavrinos, Cellars, ect. Seem to be long gone from the pages of high style. The industry lost Antonio Lopez a number of years ago to Karposi Sarcoma due to AIDS on March 17 1987. But he was very well known and was featured in magazines such as Vogue, Harper’s Bazaar, Elle and Interview (Andy Warhol). He was 44 years of age when he died.

I found an article about Mr. Lopez in an American Vogue magaine from March 1982. Five years before his death. These are some of the highlights:

“Illustrators- as vital to the fashion industry as the designers themsevles. Antonio Lopez is part of this international fashion circle…”

nspiration from a Ralph Lauren Native American Collection-Vogue March 1982

“ From the moment his drawings were published…in the early 60s Antonio has been in demand.”

Antonio Lopez seen in Vogue Sept 1983 in an advertisement for Missoni

“He has designed advertising campaign’s in the Untied States, France, japan and Australia.”

Antonio Lopez seen in Vogue Sept 1983 in an advertisement for Oscar de la Renta

“…has done illustrations for French designers such as Yves Saint Laurent, Chloe…”

A woman’s portrait and an illustration for Gianfranco Ferre Vogue march 1982

“Antonio loves girls, loves night-life, has discovered some of the most beautiful models of our time-including Jerry hall.”

At the time this article was released Antonio Lopez has a book coming out called Antonio’s Girls. Published by Thames and Hudson in 1982.

Antonio’s Girls Book Cover 1982

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Who’s been spotted in Vintage?

Well if you haven’t heard of Florence Welch from the Florence and the Machine and her song the Dog Days are Over, then you will be glad to hear she adores wearing vintage.

I knew from the moment I heard her; I liked her. Then I found out she wears vintage as a major part of her wardrobe. She is heavily criticized for her choices and combinations in the media as well. I think as a person, she is free to express herself any way she wants. There are far too many critics out there anyway.

She certainly has given a boost to Vintage clothing over the past few years. I found this image of her in a forties style, loose flowing dress in a pretty pastel pink.

 

Florence Welch in a Vintage 1940s Style Dress

She has been spotted on the beach when on vacation in her variety of 2 piece vintage bathing suits (you can find these photos elsewhere on the internet).

I hope to bring more photos like this found in various sources in the future and feature a similar item from a fellow Etsy Seller!!!!

This dress is from Gay Retro located in the UK:

 

Vintage 1940s Dress from Gay Retro on Etsy

Just click on the image to buy this Dress!!!

I hope you enjoyed this short but sweet Blog post…Till Next Time!!!!!!!