Holiday Shipping Schedule @ Shuushuu by Lulu

I usually put this schedule on the Announcements page of the shop but I wanted to put a comprehensive, hopefully easy to understand guide for the shipping schedule by Canada Post for holiday buying in 2012.

This guide will be a good indicator for when, how long and for us procrastinators, the absolutely last day you can get something shipped to make it in time.






Canada to Canada:

Light Packet: December 12

Regular Parcel: December 10

XpressPost: December 19

Priority Post: December 21

Canada to USA:

Small Packet by Surface: December 6

Small Packet by Air: December 8

Light Packet: December 11

Xpresspost: December 14

Priority Post: December 20

Canada to Everywhere Else: * Some Countries take longer such as Japan, Thailand, Africa, South America, Middle East*

Small Packet by Surface: October 30

Small Packet by Air: November 29

Light Packet: December 2

Xpresspost: December 3

Priority Post: December 14

These suggested times do not include weekends or holidays. This is also a preliminary guide because Canada Post has not released their official guide yet for 2012. And I wanted to give customers a way to plan their holiday shopping. So maybe this year I may be different and start early…maybe!

A few Gift Ideas for that Special Girl:

Courreges Necklace and bracelet Set in Silver and Gold Tone, Interlocking, interchangeable Chunky links!! Click on photo to go to Shop!

Oneda Vintage Cream and Navy Blue Enamel Flower Brooch. Click on photo to go to Shop!

Nina Ricci Vintage Clip On Earrings in Gold Tone and Banana Cream Enamel. Click on Photo to go to Shop!

I did not forget the guys, Some gift ideas for those most Excellent men will follow in another post!



Other Shop:

I hope you found this informative…Till Next Time!!!!

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)



I hope you have enjoyed this blog…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…

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

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!!!!!!!

Vintage Sunglasses

Geoffrey Beene sunglasses ad-Vogue June 1977

The Bigger the Better!!! Sunglasses from the 1970s are large, light and fantastic. Some of these sunglasses do not suit some face shapes, but you can find a pair that does because they came in great shapes and sizes from fabulous designer names such as Yves Saint Laurent and Christian Dior.

The frames have wonderful simulated textures, patterns and gradient lenses as well. These are some advertisements found in Vogue in the 1970’s depicting some hot sunglasses!!!!!


Yves Saint Laurent Sunglasses Ad- Vogue May 1976


Fabulous Christian Dior Sunglasses Advert- Vogue 1970s

You can find some amazing frames on the web including my shop Shuushuu by Lulu and Ebay. Some of the things to look for when considering buying vintage sunglasses are the condition of the lenses. Are they scratched? Do they have any peeling (meaning the film is coming off or has holes)? Are they Arms chewed (it is a bad habit but some people do chew on the arms of their frames)? Do they have any white film on the nose or arms behind the ears (although this can be cleaned with a little elbow grease, it may be a question to ask the seller)? Featured in Shuushuu by Lulu:

Courreges White Pearl 1970s Sunglasses

1960s Vintage Retro Sunglasses Marked "France"


Some collectible names to watch out for are: Ray Ban (especially wayfarers), Ted Lapidus, Emmanuelle Kahn, Oliver Goldsmith, Courreges, Pierre Cardin and Polaroid to name a few.

1970s Sunglasses Advert from Vogue

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

Pierre Cardin

About Pierre Cardin

Pierre Cardin is actually Italian Born with the name Pietro Cardin and born to French parentage. He was born on July 7 1922 in San Biagio di Callalta, Venice. When I first got interested in Fashion Design and Clothing Design, it was Pierre Cardin and Courreges that piqued my curiosity. Those wonderful, glorious vibrant colors enticed. The science fiction type architectural elements were new and innovative. He was 14 years old and already a clothier’s apprentice, learning the basics of fashion design and construction. He was 17 when he left home to work for a tailor in Vichy, where he began making suits for women. He moved to Paris in 1945. He apprenticed with masters of clothing construction such as Jeanne Paquin, Schiaparelli and Christian Dior. I have always believed having a creative environment is very important for the encouragement and exchange of ideas. Being around your peers and like-minded artistic types can only serve to make innovative ideas flourish. Cardin then branched out on his own just five years after his apprenticeship and founded his own house in 1950. Then three short years after designing costumes and masks for theatre companies, he showed his first line of a ladies collection. When researching artists and designers, I have realized that so many have taken employment in other areas, in order to “make a living”. For instance, Salvatore Dali used to design neckties. Juan Miro used to design theatre costumes. And Henri Matisse designed Church stain glass windows.
Then in 1960 he introduced the first designer ready-to-wear collection for men.
As an artist, designer and entrepreneur, I understand the need to find your niche. We work in so many areas of creativity, to give our talent an outlet.
Since a designer incorporates elements from things he has learned Pierre Cardin is no exception. His designs had the element of the theatrical, the flare, the flamboyant and the eccentric. He is tireless and prolific in what he presents to the world.
He is well known all over the world, so are his collections. They are Iconic and to collect his work is a wonderful coup. The best pieces are of course the pieces from the 1950s, 1960s and early 70s. In the later years, he began licensing his name. Unfortunately this eclipsed his more innovative work. And Cardin has approximately 400 licensee companies that sell anything from clothing to crockery and supplies for every room in a home, which of course lessens the quality of new designs.
In 1980, Cardin celebrated 30 years in the industry at the Metropolitan Museum of Art in New York City.
On February October 28 2010, Pierre Cardin received in New York city by the Fashion Group a “legend award” for his whole career.
He is 89 today. And continues to be active in the arts. He has influenced many designers, including Americans such as Bill Blass and Alexander Wang.
Cardin lives and works in Paris, constantly designing and innovating his many lines of clothing, footwear, perfume and hats with his avant-garde sensibilities. Cardin is unwilling to retire. Even if someone buys his company, he wants to stay in a creative capacity.

A quote taken from the website:
Pierre Cardin claims his style: modern, innovative and breath taking.
He introduces a colorful and floating collection inspired by freedom, meant for all four seasons. Hats, futuristic sunglasses, jewels are the seal of the creator’s signature.

If you fancy a visit to their Paris location the address is: 59 Faubourg Saint-Honore, Paris France.

Sources for this blog:,

Pierre Cardin Items Featured in shUUshUU by lulu:

Collecting Pierre Cardin: Getting to know a designer like Pierre Cardin is extensive. You can dedicate a lifetime to his work and acquiring knowledge of his collections. Since his first collection in 1953 and up till 2011, and showing collections at least twice a year…that’s a heck of a lot of clothing.
If you are a collector or interested in collecting Pierre Cardin, you can start on something small, such as a necktie, a scarf, a belt, a piece of jewelry and/or a pair of sunglasses. A collector can find some wonderful articles on auction sites that sell vintage and they can still be affordable. You can also check with other sites for information about vintage articles, such as:
The Vintage Fashion Guild site provides short biography information about designer labels, but also provides images of vintage labels. This allows the collector to compare when shopping for authentication purposes. It is very handy and you can save it in your favorites.
One tip I have before buying anything collectible is to ask questions of the seller. They may or may not be knowledgeable about their merchandise, but you may also get some great deals if you do your research before buying.
Some questions to consider: Condition is very important. If the seller has not gone into detail, you may ask them about tears, pulled threads, holes, scratches, ect. Depending on what item you are considering. For instance if you are looking at a pair of sunglasses: ask the seller if the arms have chew marks, because there are people who like to chew on their glasses? (I don’t know why? I have worn glasses since I was 10 and that was not one of my habits, but it could be someone’s habit). Or if you are considering a scarf: you can ask if there are any snags, pulls or holes in the fabric?
My motto about vintage is: Owning something Vintage means owning a piece of history and creating a new history with it.
Happy Shopping

Next: On Jan. 15 2012- Vera Scarves (Vera Neumann)