Category Archives: Vintage Advertisements

The Little Old Lady Who Lived in a Shoe

Or was it the Little Old Woman? The Carpetbagger’s finding both to be proven evident, but we’d sleep better at night with a definite answer if anyone wants to weigh in!
















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From the Archives…

Burberry Autumn/Winter 2005 Campaign featuring Kate Moss with a furry friend. Photographed by Mario Testino

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Shall We Picnic?


Texas cowgirls circa 1930s

A couple on motorcycle trip, circa 1930s

Circa 1940’s

Circa 1940’s

1960’s Family Picnic

Sophia Loren Covers Life Magazine

New Yorkers picnic in style, Fire Island circa 1962

Carven                          Stella McCartney                            Kenzo

Oscar de la Renta, Resort 2013

Oscar de la Renta, Resort 2013

Erdem, Resort 2013

Chanel, Resort 2013

Vogue China

Vogue China

Vogue China

Vogue India

Vogue India

Vogue India

CO-OP Barneys NY striped shirt-dress and J-Crew Bucket hat

Steven Alan Gidget Top and Stella McCartney Paisley Shorts

Acne Sigmund sunglasses

J. Crew Globe Trotter Suitcase

A Fashion Rust Dress available @

Simply Marvelous Dress available @

11 Inch In Patent Lilac, The Leather Satchel Co.

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Widen your horizons

Vintage Posh

Princess Diana in Escada

We mustn’t leave out Elisabeth Shue in “Adventures in Babysitting”

Designing Women


Chloe, Pre-fall 2012

No. 21, Pre-fall 2012

Roksanda Ilincic, Pre-fall 2012

Celine, Pre-fall 2012

Nina Ricci, Pre-fall 2012

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Tsumori Chisato, Fall 2012

Clements Ribeiro, Fall 2012

House of Holland, Fall 2012

BCBG Max Azria, Fall 2012

BCBG Max Azria, Fall 2012

Preen, Fall 2012

Rachel Roy, Fall 2012

Balenciaga, Fall 2012

Chalayan, Fall 2012

Celine, Fall 2012

Jean-Charles de Castelbajac, Fall 2012

Geometric Blocking at Proenza Schouler, Hermes, and Marni, Spring 2012

circa 60's

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Lauren Santo Domingo partying it up in Gucci

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Lady Gaga in Chanel cape, Noritaka Tatehana shoes

street blocking

color blocking

Some badass shoes @ Anthro

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Left: Bill Blass, Bottom Middle: YSL sunglasses

The original YSL Block Shift Dress

Vintage Sewing Pattern


Top Left: T by Alex Wang, Rodarte Spring '12, Marc Jacobs Bag, Bottom Left: Knit Blocks by Dwellstudio, Bottom Right: Pierre Hardy Tri-color Wedge

From the sweet Blog P.S. I made this

The How To from P.S. I made this

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No laughing matter…

This one actually hurts a little

This is how I wake up every morning too!

Vomit Much?

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Special Shout Out… Antonio Lopez

Antonio Lopez in Vogue

Antonio Lopez in Vogue

Antonio Lopez in Vogue

Antonio Lopez in Vogue

Sadly, the Puerto Rican artist's life was cut short like many of his peers in the fashion industry do to suffering from AIDS. Though his legacy lives on as one of the 20th century's most influential Fashion Illustrators.

Now for some of my favorite illustrations by Antonio Lopez.

Vogue UK, 1970

Vogue UK, 1970

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French Elle

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psychedelic Antonio Lopez

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Elle, May 1967

These last 3 full page images are my absolute favorite!  Everything from the color, to the nonchalant facial expressions, to the simply portrayed activities of the everyday fashionista- pure brilliance.  I think I may paint the walls of my future house with these ingenious illustrations.

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Well here you have it for the newest Jil Sander ad Spring 2012 ad campaign.


Jil Sander-Spring 2012 Ad Campaign

Jil Sander Spring-2012 Ad Campaign

Jil Sander Spring-2012 Ad Campaign

Huffington Post, among other publications have admitted to be slightly frightened by the new ads, but I’ve never been one to shy away from a little creepy infused fashion.  It stirs more emotions in the viewer, and like they say-no press is bad press.  Photographed by Willy Vanerperre, model Natasha Poly brought on the spook factor to the campaign (same duo worked together for the Proenza Schouler ads).  ALAUU claims it gives her “an eery Hitchcock vibe,” quite a complement in my book!  (I’m a huge Hitchcock fan)  The ads do give off a cinematic vibe that I’m totally digging.  Some critics are saying it seems reminiscent of the Jil Sand ad campaign from 2000…

Jil Sander Ad Campaign Spring 2000

Jil Sander Ad Campaign Spring 2000

In terms of the overall styling I feel more innovation from the decade old campaign. When it comes to the actual clothing itself (most important feature in a campaign?) the current ad absolutely speaks to me more, though that’s most likely do to changes in trends over time.

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Jason Wu Peplum Illustration

I had a feeling they were on their way back, and from the looks of Pre-Fall 2012, I can definitely say (with some enthusiasm!) that peplums are having a moment.

Band Of Outsiders

Alice & Olivia

Alice & Olivia

Alice & Olivia



Rebecca Minkoff

Leather AND Peplum? Yes Please!
The brave Peplum has been around since the Greeks starting dressing themselves instead of running around naked, but mid-century, we saw a sure rebirth of the flounced strip of fabric attached at the waistline which adds a little sass to any outfit.
Here’s a helpful timeline of the peplum’s evolution in the 20th century…

evolution of the Peplum in 20th Century

Thanks to Christian Dior and his support in “The New Deal,” the Peplum found a sure place in American Fashion in 1947.

Dior New Look

Dior's Peplum

Dior's Peplum

Fashion forward ladies as well as some well styled celebrities have been spotted sporting a Peplum, everywhere from the streets to the red carpet.

Especially loving Liv Tyler in Stella Mccartney and Emma Stone in Giambattista Valli!

From Spring 2011, Jill Sander brought us…

Jill Sander dress on the pages of Elle

And American Vogue featured a whole story dedicated entirely to peplum detailed ensembles.  Fabulous Fashion Editor Camilla Nickerson and Photographer Craig McDean brought the trend to life.

Dare To Flare

Vogue's Dare To Flare (click for whole story)

Then just for kicks, here are a few Peplum adorned ensembles from back in the day.

French Magazine Le Follet, 1855

Early 1900's American dresses "Ragtime Era"

Parisian fashions of Paul Poiret and Jeanne Paquin circa 1913

American "Ragtime Era" Dresses

Parisian Femina covers below are from October 1913 and January 1914

Wonder when us Americans began copying the always chic Parisians? Though are we to blame? The French have always seemed to be a step ahead or two.

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