Cole of California Swim Wear-It’s Getting Hot!!!

A sexy post for a hot summer day! It’s 33oC outside and with the humidity rising, it’s getting hotter, and sweatier. Cole of California is an American swim wear company that produces fabulous swim suits for both in and out of the water. Their suits are sexy, functional and may produce strange tan lines.

The Company started out of a knitwear company called West Coast Manchester Knitting Mills by founder Fred Cole back in 1923. Fred Cole was an actor, at the time the family business was making long knit underwear. Fred was not interested in these boring, functional, utilitarian garments. He wanted glamour, the kind he had a taste of in Hollywood. He found Margit Felligi, who was a Costume Designer. And from 1936 to 1972, she designed some of the most creative, provocative and innovative bathing suits during her reign. She was known for her creative use of Latex, Nylon and Spandex. And in 1965 she rocked the swimsuit world with her “Scandal Suit,” a daring one-piece suit with a plunging net front.

Cole of California The Scandal Suit Designed by Margit Felligi in 1965

The Company signed Esther Williams to represent the company, 1950: and in 1951 (before she had her own line) Esther Williams was the spokeswoman for Cole swimsuits. One ad read:

“Here’s the perfect suit for real swimmers… the best I’ve ever worn. It will really do something for your form – in or out of the water.”

Cole of California Produced swim wear for Dior in 1955. They launched the Anne Cole collection in 1982, she is Fred Cole’s daughter. She also introduced the Tankini in 1997. The company is still producing swimwear, with their sister company, Anne Cole, and is designed by Anne.

I pulled some advertisements from Vogue magazines to show a progression of vintage swimwear from a highly collectible name as Cole of California. They are all sexy and cool including the slogan, “Never in the history of Mankind, has so little done so much for so many.”

White Two Piece Swim Suit in Vogue July 1944

                             Black 1 piece Swimsuit Vogue April 1973

 

Cole of California Beach- Leisure Cover Up Vogue Sept 1973-Model looks like Cheryl Tiegs

Cole of California Plunging Neckline Swim Suit- Vogue Nov 1973

Cole of California Vogue Nov 1975

Cole of California Vogue Nov 1976- This suit looks like a second Skin!!!!

Black Micro Polka Dot One Piece Swim Suit in Vogue June 1977

Cole of California Vogue Nov 1977- Love the print on this Swim Suit!!!!

Cole of California Vogue Nov 1981- Great texture and it’s white Ooo La La!!!!

I hope you have enjoyed this post! Till Next Time! Check out my store for other great Swimsuits and for a limited time I have a sale on, look in store announcements for details!!Lulu

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Sandra Leichman- Fashion Illustrator

I could not find very much information on Stephen Keyes, so I tried Sandra Leichman. There wasn’t very much information on the internet about this American fashion illustrator either. Although both artists had features in Vogue magazine presented in different advertisements, there isn’t very much biographical info out there. Sandra Leichman was a staff artist for Fairchild, which also included artists like Antonio Lopez and Steven Meisel among others. There is a book called WWD Illustrated in which Sandra Leichman is featured. As well, a curator named Charles Kleibacker did an exhibition of these works for an Ohio institution back in 2008. The purpose of such an exhibition, featured some 50 garments and more than 100 illustrations, allowed it to expand on the idea of the interplay between garments and their illustrations.

Here are a few examples of Sandra Leichman’s Work as seen in Vogue:

Sandra Leichman- Fashion Illustrator Vogue Nov 1973

Sandra Leichman- Fashion Illustrator Vogue Nov 1975

Sandra Leichman- Fashion Illustrator Vogue Oct 1976

If anyone has information regarding this Fashion Illustrator, I would greatly appreciate it and I will add it to the blog post. Thank you!

I hope you enjoyed this post…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 Evolution of the Bvlgari Ad

This is the evolution of the Bvlgari Advertisements as seen in Vogue magazines from the years of 1970 to 1985. Some of the images depicted will be from Accessory spreads done in the magazines as well.

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About Bulgari:

Italian Jewelers since 1884. The company name was developed on its Greek founders name Sotirio Voulgaris. The store, opened 1905 on the Via dei Condotti,  quickly became a place where the world’s rich and famous came for the unique, high quality jewelry designs combining Greek and Roman art. Today it is a global and diversified luxury brand with a product and services portfolio of jewels, watches, accessories, fragrances, skincare, hotels and resorts featuring exceptional quality, an innovative style and impeccable service.

Each Bulgari jewel is the result of a unique heritage and tradition of excellence. The bold and elegant style that fuses classic and contemporary is the paramount feature of Bulgari’s distinctive jewelry designs. Extraordinary hand-selected stones inspire the design team’s sketches, which are turned into stunning reality in the hands of expert craftsmen.

Bulgari celebrated its 125th Anniversary in 2009. It was acquired by the LVMH Moet Hennesey Louis Vuitton SA Group in 2011. And is now publicly owned by shareholders. (this information was gathered from the Bulgari website ans well as Wikipedia)

There is an amazing selection of vintage jewels in the above slideshow. maybe one day…

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

Who’s been spotted in Vintage-Lily Allen

Lily Allen is an English recording artist, actress and fashion designer. In her teenage years, her musical tastes evolved from glam rock to alternative and later to electropop. Allen abandoned school and concentrated on improving her performing and compositional skills. Afterwards, she created several demo songs and, near the end of 2005, she created a profile on MySpace where she made some of her recordings public.

Her popularity on MySpace led to a recording contract and further release of albums and her rise on the charts, with songs like Smile.

She likes to mix genres in her music and her tastes in clothing are about the same. I found an image of Lily Allen in a 1970s Style Summer Dress with chevron stripes in a rainbow of colors.

Lily Allen in A Summer Rainbow Vintage Dress

Lily has chosen to wear her dress with gold necklaces, rings and bracelets. because this is a fun style and great summer, you can dress this up with big bauble necklaces, and layers of of bangles in bold, fun colors. Pair this dress with a great set of colorful wedges.

Here is a similar dress style from an Etsy Vendor called The Thrifty Kitten:

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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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I am HAPPY its Summer SALE!!! @ Shuushuu by Lulu

Shuushuu by Lulu has been open two years now!!!! I have listed, wrapped and shipped over 200 packages. I am finally having a great Summer sale. Shop till your fingers drop!!!

INEEDIT16: Get 25% OFF any items in the store from Thursday, July 12, 2012 Noon EST till Sunday, Aug 12, 2012 8pm EST. Not Included are already REDUCED, SALE OR FREE SHIPPING ITEMS (There are no free shipping items for International customers in my shop). Just use the coupon code INEEDIT16 in your check out procedure. I will also give free shipping on purchases over $150USD(before taxes, Ect. And only for Canada and Continental US customers). All other Coupon Codes will be suspended during this SALE!

If you are purchasing more than one item and the combined shipping fee is more than what’s invoiced I will contact you for payment!!!!

If you are having problems using the code on more than one item, let me know I can set up a Reserved Listing for you!!!!

I will be going on Vacation as of Monday August 13, 2012. Any times bought on the last day will be shipped in the morning of August 13, 2012 by 10am.

Have a wonderful summer and Happy Shopping!!! Shipping policies still apply!!!

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1960s Pink Peplum Rockabilly Short Sleeve Blouse (click on picture to go to shop)

1960s White Textured Wide Leg Cuffed Pants by Devonette (click on photo to go to shop)

Thank you for stopping in..Till Next Time!!!!!!!!