Thursday, January 28, 2010

Fashion in the Movies...

I thought I would start a new series of blogs on the movies that inspired me to collect and wear Vintage Clothing. I have always been a classic movie fan, and much of that was due to my fascination with the fashions of the past - be it clothing or home fashions.

Movies to me are one of the best ways to familiarize yourself with the true vintage styles of those decades - many times when we see vintage costumes they are the Classic Stereotypes of those decades - disco for 70s, bobbie socks and poodle skirts for 50s, mod and hippie wear for 60s etc - I like to see what real people wore!

So why not start the series with probably my all-time favorite movie The Philadelphia Story - released in 1940, directed by George Cukor, and most notably, Costume Design by Adrian! Now granted this movie does portray high-society so it isn't what mainstream America was probably wearing in 1940 - but how can I resist! I'm not going into plot or story - hopefully this will entice you to see the movie for yourself if you haven't already!

So without getting too wordy - here are some of my favorites!
  • The classic Hepburn, here in "Riding Gear" - mens style shirt and jodhpurs
  • Tracy Lords (Hepburn) attempting to portray an "Over-The-Top" socialite to tabloid journalist Macaulay Conner and photographer Elizabeth Imbrie from Dubuque ("That's west of here isn't it", "Yes, but we occasionally get the breezes")
  • I always loved how the lapel on C.K. Dexter-Haven's (Cary Grant) sportcoat was buttoned-up in this film!
  • Cary Grant is the only man who can pull off the button-up shirt with no tie look - again, check out the lapel!
  • Tracy Lord's sister Dinah with her jewels (a wedding present of her sisters) and HUGE hair bow!
  • Gingham Swimming Suit - ("My she was yar")
  • The knit cap with tassel in the library scene

Saturday, January 23, 2010

More More More Cowboy Boots...

Just in today!
Dozens of better Vintage Cowboy Boots - Eel and Lizard Skins, Leather & Suedes!!
Starting under $50!

Only at Kitsch-y-Cool Vintage in Charlotte!

Thursday, January 21, 2010

These Boots Are Made For Walkin'

Punk's not dead...
Growing up in the DC punk rock scene in the 80's, I still have a soft spot in my heart for old-fashioned punk rock combat boots! Kitsch-y-Cool Vintage is bringing 'em back this week with a new assortment of weather worn and loved boots - sizes ranging from 5 - 10.

For the 80's flashback video, I tried very very hard to find a video of my all time favorite DC punk rock band Government Issue's version of These Boots Are Made for Walking, so if anyone out there has one, send it our way! In the meantime, we found a great video circa. 1984 of the GI's doing "Understand" at the famous 9:30 club (the old one at 930 F St, which to me is the real 9:30!). We spent many a night of our youth here, and in fact we're probably in the crowd at this show - look for us! Enjoy!

Let's Hear It For The Boys...

This week it's all about the guys! We're bringing in tons of vintage sportcoats, disco shirts, Mad Men style dress shirts, & groovy plaid pants!
Check out this stylin' 80's jacket and 60's plum color velvet number!

Groove on these plaid sportcoats and pants...

50's-60's print mens dress shirts, and a hip 70s Hawaiian RTW shirt!

For our 1980's Flashback Video of the week, you might have thought I would pick Denice Williams hit from Footloose, but sticking to our New Wave roots, we're going with the very under appreciated group Book Of Love.
1985 Book Of Love, "Boy"