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!!!!

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!!!!!!

Honoring Mothers

I remember when I was a child I was very sick with tonsillitis for about 2 weeks. I would lay on the couch in the living room to watch television because I was home from school. I could not go out to play with my sister or brothers or even friends. Despite my sorrowful state of being the one thing I can recall with love is the way my mother took care of me during this time. My disposition was always one of weakness. I had severe allergies as a child, which resulted in chronic illnesses up till today. But my mother, whom was a registered nurse and took care of so many people during her working years, made time to make sure I got all that I needed while laid up in bed.

One particular day, I was lying on the sofa with a blanket up to my chin. I could not swallow much of any thing, my throat was burning and tight. My Mom would sit by me on a chair and have me drink juice through a straw. We think this is what mother’s are suppose to do, and I am grateful mine did that and so much more. Happy Mother’s Day!!!!!!

Featured in Shuushuu by Lulu: Vintage Scarves and lots of them just in time for Mother’s Day!!!!! Vera, Echo, Ralph Lauren, Bill Blass, Oscar de la Renta…ecetera..

Oscar de la Renta Blue Wild Flower Oblong Scarf

Ralph Lauren Tweed and Buckle Print Silk Oblong Scarf

Vera Neumann Geographic Multi-Color Print Oblong Scarf

Bill Blass Red Silk Kerchief Square Scarf

Echo Red White Blue Patriotic Oblong Scarf...Perfect for Independence Day!!!!!

These are just a few of the gorgeous examples for purchase in the store…Check out here for more…http://www.etsy.com/shop/ShuuShuubyLulu?section_id=10504412

Delivery varies from place to place but they are usually shipped light packet from Canada.

Till Next Time!!!!! Lulu

Vintage Clothes- A Song

I was shopping in one of my favorite places to shop, a vintage clothing storing in a neighbouring township. I was skimming through a rack of skirts, when a I heard a song on the stereo system. They were singing about vintage clothes. And I thought it was a Beatles tune, because of the singers voice. It was Paul McCartney. I thought this was a marketing tool put out by the store. He wrote a song about vintage clothing.

Here are the lyrics:

Don’t live in the past
Don’t hold on to something that’s changing fast
What we are, is what we are and what we wear
Is vintage clothes, vintage clothes:

We jump up for joy
Who cares if we look like a girl or boy
What we are, is what we are and what we wear
Is vintage clothes, vintage clothes:

A little more, a little tall
Check the rack
What went out, is coming back

Don’t live in the past
Don’t hold on to something that’s changing fast
What we are, is what we are and what we wear
Is vintage clothes, vintage clothes:

A little more, a little tall
Check the rack
What went out, is coming back

This was one of the songs from the album Memory Almost Full Released in 2007. This sounds like a song that is much older than 5 years old. I guess that’s is just the musical  styling of Paul McCartney. Fashion does have a loop. What was once hot is hot again. The fabric may change but the silhouette is the same. Our bodies don’t change, we still have two arms, two legs, ect. Therefore there is only so much that can be designed to accommodate the figure, whether it is male or female.

Here is an example of Current Style vs. Vintage style:

Jason Wu 2012 vs. Edie Johne (2 piece) 1990s Peplum Dress

The past can be an unlimted and unlimiting source of inspiration for creative people. I have heard that one of my favorite designers Nicholas Ghesquiere has a vast library at his disposal because he is the creative director at Balanciaga. And uses this information to creative modern haute couture for the house, once overseen by its creator Cristobal Balanciaga.

I have uploaded a video of the song Vintage Clothes by Paul McCartney from Youtube:

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=yxn-hvj-nKE

(You can cut and paste the above URL into a new browser window)

Thank you for stopping by…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!!!!!

Summer 2012 Trend- Color Blocking

This color-blocking trend is Hot for Spring and Summer 2012. The idea of how to color block is to take a color wheel and put an equilateral triangle on it and the points are the colors you can use together. So three points means three color combinations.

Design Basics- Color Wheel

I have 2 examples of color blocking, which I attempted using vintage clothing in very similar colors. The colors used are pink, yellow and blue in soft hues. Basically I used the Primary colors. You can tell me which works better:

 

1) Electric Blue t-shirt, DKNY Raspberry wool Skirt and Butter Yellow Acrylic Cardigan with a bubblegum pink bauble necklace.

1)      Electric Blue t-shirt, DKNY Raspberry wool Skirt and Butter Yellow Acrylic Cardigan with a bubblegum pink bauble necklace.

Ralph Lauren Pale blue Wool long Skirt, Butter Yellow Acrylic Cardigan over a Dusty Rose mock-neck turtleneck sleeveless top with a bubblegum pink bauble necklace.

 

2)      Ralph Lauren Pale blue Wool long Skirt, Butter Yellow Acrylic Cardigan over a Dusty Rose mock-neck turtleneck sleeveless top with a bubblegum pink bauble necklace.

You can also use complementary colors with a third color as well. For example: Yellow and Purple with Red. I found an example of colors you can use from these Expressionist paintings:

German Expressionism Painting- Red-Yellow-Blue

 

German Expressionism- Green, Purple, Orange

I will attempt to make a few more of these color block examples featuring clothing from my store in the coming weeks.

This example is from Marc Jacobs at New York Fashion Week 2012 for the Spring-Summer Collections:

Marc Jacobs 2012 Color Blocking-Tang Powder, fuchsia and teal

Hope you enjoyed this blog by Vintage North…Till Next Time!!!!!