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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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!!

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!!!!!!

What’s New-In Store @ Shuushuu by Lulu

Two very distinctly 1970s vintage clothing pieces are being featured today!! The first is a black shimmering shirt-dress of classic styling by Caron Chicago. This lovely dress is a very light-weight polyester material. It has a great full skirt, cuffed wrists with a slight balloon effect, gathered epaulettes at eh shoulder with slight padding and concealed button down front. Just click on the picture and it will open the store window. The belt is sold separately and available in the store. Please check the Women’s VTG Accessories Section. (Yes…that is a young Rene Russo modelling for Vogue).

1970s Long Sleeve Shirt Dress in Shimmering Black by Caron Vs 1970s Short Sleeve Shirt Dress Featured in Vogue

The second fashion item is a fabulous Striped blouse with a necktie. The blouse features a fantastic necktie and futuristic chevron stripes in black, white and latte colors. It has a great wide buttoned cuff. It is made of a light-weight polyester material. Just click on the picture and it will open the store window. The other items featured in the picture are sold separately!!!

1970s Necktie Blouse vs Emanuel Ungaro Printed Necktie Blouse Featured in Vogue

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