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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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:

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

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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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What’s New in Store @ Shuushuu by Lulu

Striped shirt Calvin Klein 1980s Advert vs Ralph Lauren Blue Striped Shirt

Ralph Lauren has been designing women’s clothing since 1968. He knew women’s sport wear very well. His large logos and crests branded the chests of many a polo shirt, button down shirt, ect. This is a striped delight in crisp Blue and white Cotton from American Designer Ralph Lauren!!! His popularity has no bounds!!!
Size: Medium. 3/4 length Sleeve, Sky Blue and white stripes, summer top. made in China.
RLL Anchor crest on Left breast pocket. White Logo buttons. Straight cut, Open Sleeve. Please click on photo to go directly to the store Shuushuu by Lulu!!!!!

Koret Spring Summer Jacket in Hot Pink Vs. a light jacket featured in Vogue 1981

Vintage 1970s Hot Pink Jacket Piccolo Petites by Koret Summer Coat Size Medium vl vintage
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Vintage 1970s Hot Pink Jacket Piccolo Petites by Koret Summer Coat Size Medium vl vintage Vintage 1970s Hot Pink Jacket Piccolo Petites by Koret Summer Coat Size Medium vl vintage Vintage 1970s Hot Pink Jacket Piccolo Petites by Koret Summer Coat Size Medium vl vintage Vintage 1970s Hot Pink Jacket Piccolo Petites by Koret Summer Coat Size Medium vl vintage

Koret was founded in 1938 by Joseph and Stephanie Koret. In a small loft in San Francisco. In 1961, Koret became the first ladies apparel manufacturer to develop garments using a post-cure process resulting in wrinkle free clothing. This light Spring jacket comes in a gorgeous attention grabbing color! Size: Medium. 100% Cotton. 2 front pockets with pleats and button details. Elastic waist and cuffs. Zipper front closure. Unlined and no shoulder pads. Please click on photo to go directly to the store Shuushuuby Lulu!!!!!

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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!!!!!!!

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!!!!!!!!