TGIF: Summer Dreaming

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Spring is in the air and we can’t wait for the temperature to heat up enough to hit the beach! Find your perfect vintage bathing suit, sunglasses and sun hats, and start stocking up on the SPF. Summer is on it’s way, and we’re prepared to have some real fun in the sun.

 

 

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Call of the Wild: Zebra Print

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Whether you’re surveying a real life safari or braving the urban jungle, skip the camouflage because zebra print is the way to go. Why blend into the monotonous city scape when you can stand out in gorgeous black and white stripes? We say, the bolder the better! Take cues from fashion designers like Rodarte and Tom Ford when picking out your next ensemble.

Take the animalistic trend one step further by wearing vintage! With pristine pieces from decades passed, you’ll definitely be the one to watch. No two zebras have the same stripes, so radiate your personal style in amazing zebra print vintage.

Check out our favorite vintage pieces below- each piece is available in store and online. Click the image or email vintage@cmadeleines.com for more info.

*Update- the Roberto Cavalli dress has sold.

 

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Do It With Vintage: Festival Style

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With Festival Season in full force, people all over the country are planning their concert outfits and flocking to their nearest malls and department stores. We say, skip the mass retail chains and look to the past for your style inspiration! Music festivals are all about carefree fun, dancing to amazing music, and looking good while doing it. Originating in the 60s, events  like Woodstock really set the tone for great festivals. Along those trailblazing lines, the attendees were decked out in floral crowns, fringe, and tie-dye long before generation Y-ers were born, providing a sort of sartorial blueprint for us to reference.

And they truly had festival style down to a T! So, take cues from the originators and dress in vintage to your next event (Coachella, anyone?)  Here is a curated selection of some of our favorite vintage pieces that are festival perfection! All pieces are available online and ship worldwide, perfect for the ladies attending this year’s Camden Crawl in London or the Japan Music Festival (and everything in between!)

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Are you the two-piece type? Throw on chunky statement jewelry and an unexpected bag to add intrigue.

 

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Falling for fringe? Layer delicate pieces over a patterned skirt for a fabulously funky style.

 

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For the Sun Goddesses- pair your day dress with a floppy hat in a bright color to keep those UV rays at bay.

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We can’t get enough maxi skirts! The combination of a cropped halter top and a flowing, colorful skirt is just such a perfect pair. Up the artsy feel with interesting ceramic and enamel jewelry.

Do It With Vintage: Valentino Spring 14 Geometric Suede

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No stranger to the fashion cycle of life, Valentino continues to pull inspiration from the past to create killer, jaw-dropping designs. One piece that really caught our eye from a recent Spring 2014 ad campaign (which is captivating,) is this geometric suede set. Gem tones combine with rich earthy tones to create a spectacular, architectural look. We absolutely love showing how you can replicate almost any look with vintage pieces, and this time it comes from the 70s!

Our 1970s De War rectangular patterned suede top & skirt will instantly add exotic luxury to your wardrobe.  Pops of turquoise and rich cobalt play off the deep purple and olive green suede panels giving the two piece ensemble amazing depth and intrigue. 

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Feeling artsy? Pair this bold set with golden cuffs and a pair of sparkly flats for your next gallery walk or dinner with friends. Shop the 1970s geometric suede set here. Show your fashion prowess in this authentic vintage set!

Do It With Vintage: Festival Style

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Festival Season is just around the corner! With amazing, world renowned events such as SXSW, CoachellaWinter Music Conference, and many more festivals coming up (SXSW actually just started!), there’s no shortage of platforms to show off your  style. With so much “trendy” fast fashion watering down designs and trends, we decided to take a look back at the decades passed, to see how the original fashionistas dressed for their very own (and probably the first) music festivals. From the Fantasy Fair and Magic Mountain Music Festival to Woodstock to Live Aid, there were numerous, large scale music festivals throughout the 1960s, 1970s and 1980s that set the sartorial tone for generations to come.

Tie Dye! Fringe! Floppy Hats! Whether you prefer a maxi dress or a matching set, leather and lace or maybe even all black, the only rule of festival dressing is to be yourself!  We adore vintage festival style- it’s so breezy and relaxed, yet each person looks perfectly different from the next. Take a gander at some of our favorite vintage looks, below, and let them inspire your festival style!

 

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TGIF! Vintage Weekend Inspiration

 

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We here at C.Mad’s always look forward to the weekend, and you should too! Whether it’s snowing or sunny, warm or wintry, there’s always something great to dive into on your days off. And we say, glam it up while you relax. There’s something so great about looking as good as you feel, and the vintage decades were full of stylish revelers.  As the clock ticks on, we can’t help but be inspired by gorgeous photos of vintage weekend life. It seems like everyone was just so glamorous- even riding a bike was met with perfectly coiffed hair and an adorable ensemble.

From soda fountains and picnics to pool parties and cafés, here are some of our favorite images. Take note, get inspired, get out and enjoy your weekend!

 

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Do It With Vintage: Katy Perry’s 1991 Alaia Dress

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Recently CoverGirl unveiled their latest commercial, starring the fabulous and fun Katy Perry. The energetic commercial showed off the many ways you can wear their colorful makeup- all styled with equally fabulous ensembles. We absolutely loved her different outfits, and our favorite was the curve hugging leopard print sweater dress.  In fact, Katy wore a vintage Azzedine Alaia dress, from his Fall 1991 collection!

Normally we’d show you how to wear a current look by styling it with vintage. This time, since Katy wowed in a perfectly vintage dress, we’ll show you how to style a look from the very same collection! And what better a collection than one by Alaia?

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 Seen in the ad below, the dresses are two peas in a pod. Our  Alaia leopard print bondage dress (on the model sitting in the chair all the way to the right) was photographed with the star’s on-screen frock (seen on the model standing with the leopard print hat, right). Knee skimming length and long sleeves add mystery to the curve hugging design. Pair this stunner with a wide black belt and a high ponytail to get Katy’s look. Or, add a beret and lace up booties and be part of Alaia’s early 90s vision!

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Talk about being a part of fashion history!

Iggy Azalea Stops By C.Madeleine’s

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Iggy paired her new Rocco Barocco buckle sunglasses with a sleek hairdo and, of course, more vintage

Australia’s bodacious blonde hyphenate (singer-rapper-model) Iggy Azalea took some time out for Vintage shopping while on a recent trip to  our city of Miami. Her lovely stylist and the girls of C.Mad’s picked out some amazing vintage pieces and bold accessories for the fashionable It-Girl.

Iggy took to her Instagram to share her new finds with her fans. She scored LOTS of classic Versace pieces as well as some decadent  chandelier rhinestone earrings, and 80s outfits (her stylist picked up an amazing Moschino jacket, too!) We’re loving the way she styled the pieces- so chic! Check out her posts below.

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These Gianni Versace belt print pants seem to be made for Iggy

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A swirling multi colored Marcy and Co. outfit, perfect for Miami sun (and perfect with these Paloma Picasso belts.)

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Stylist Alejandra’s very un-basic Moschino jacket

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Versace, Versace, Versace (chain belt)

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Vintage rhinestone earrings add to her Miami glow

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Do It With Vintage: Awards Season!

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Sofia Vergara’s Zac Posen ball gown was to die for. Shop our Oscar De La Renta and blue Thierry Mugler choker for a similar efect

Awards Season is officially upon us, which means we will be seeing A LOT of amazing gowns and -gasp- even some new ideas on the Red Carpet. We can bet there just might be a hint of vintage shown on the crimson carpet. Even in the pieces that are brand spanking new, there’s a lot of vintage inspiration floating around. So, we decided to showcase some fab looks we love and how you can get the look, all with vintage! Whether its recreating a fabulous ball gown look for your very own black tie affair, or channeling red carpet glam into a more wearable style, we’ve got you covered.

Naomi Watts’ ah-mazing Tom Ford chain dress? It was perfectly over the top sheer. Take this idea to your next event in our Roberto Cavalli mini (Grab it here.)

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Kate Beckinsale’s Zuhair Murad metallic fishtail gown was great- shorten the length and keep some volume in our Alexander McQueen cocktail frock.

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Sarah Hyland’s  Georges Hobeika dress was amazing. We say, up the drama with a bare back in our pink Yigal Azrouel confection.

 

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We can’t wait to see what The Oscars have in store!

OUTFIT OF THE WEEK: Missoni Mama

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It may be a cold scene outside but that doesn’t mean you can’t warm up your wardrobe! Resort season is here (right on time to ditch the Polar Vortex sweeping the nation) so look for fab vintage pieces to spice up your vacation. This OUTFIT OF THE WEEK features a classic Missoni long sleeve knit dress, perfect for warm days and slightly cool nights. Add some cool flare with warm toned accessories like the Louis Vuitton Sac Ambre PM Bag  and multi-colored metal jewelry.

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