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.
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!
Get ready for fall and get your hands on our favorite pics by shopping at C.Madeleine’s. Shop everything from flats, leather skirts, polka dots, velvets and many more. Prepare accordingly for this upcoming Fall! stylish items are just a click away.
While perusing the racks of your favorite department store, you suddenly stumble upon a piece that strikes the cords of your fashion forward heart. Your lust seems somewhat like a deja vu and you swear that your eyes have laid laud upon this item before. This intuition is not far off. Chances are you recognize the design from seeing something similar at your favorite vintage store, deep within your mother’s closet, or even in a time period movie. Favored contemporary designers look to fashion of the past for inspiration in creating today’s most sought after looks. With trends constantly being remixed, C.Madeleine’s is your one stop shop in discovering the memorable pieces that influence today’s most coveted looks.
Jimmy Choo’s gold glitter acrylic clutch mimics the lucite handbags of the 1950s. Like discovering your very own pearl oyster, wear this 1950s iridescent purple, marbelized pearl lucite handbag in awe. Similar to the effect of a plume of swirling smoke, the exterior lucite has a marble finish of light purple and pearl white. The top flap is asymmetrical and is adorned with two gold metallic indented stripes. Transform this elegant clutch into a shoulder bag with the leather strap, made detachable with the gold lobster claw clasps.
As countless A-listers have waltzed down the Red Carpet donning their vintage Norman Norell, this famed visionary has certainly become one of the most sought after designers by both celebrities and avid fashionistas alike. Norell’s uncanny ability to forecast imminent fashion trends have marked him as the “Dean of American Fashion” as his collections epitomize all we imagine when envisioning the glamourous looks associated with 1950s, 1960s, and 1970s.
Born Norman David Levinson in 1900, Norell’s career began in New York City when he produced looks for silent movies and broadway productions, working with such magnanimous stars as Gloria Swanson and Rudolph Valentino. By combining elements from these grandiose sources with his sophisticated hand in tailoring, Norell was able to create the avant-garde collections that revolutionized the face of Ready-To-Wear fashion. Highly respected amongst Parisian designers, Norell spent much time in Europe learning the tricks of the couture trade, hence forth translating American Ready-To-Wear designs into couture worthy works of art.
As the first on many fashion fronts, Norman Norell pioneered his way to the top of the fashion food chain with his innovative designs. Norell introduced leopard print in the 1940s; meticulously tailored suits became his trademark for the ’50s; in the 1960s Norell introduced the elaborate paillette mermaid gowns; and his ’70s dolman sleeve designs opened the door to the boho chic trend.
Norell was most noted for his elegant suits and tailored silhouettes of the 1960s. For all your Norell needs, make your way over to the Norman Norell Online Boutique at C.Madeleine’s to check out the finest designer vintage cyber space has to offer!
New to our online shop this week is this perfect-for-summer lime green Marimekko dress.
In 1951, a brand named Marimekko grew out of a textile company in Finland. Marimekko’s bold and graphic prints on classic silhouettes quickly became a hit. In a relatively short time, fashionable women, including one Jackie Onassis, began buying them in bulk. In the late 50s and 60s the label began to incorporate stripes into its ever-expanding prints.
Marimekko has grown into a lifestyle brand and offers home goods in addition to clothing. The label exists today and operates stores in Finland, Japan and the U.S.
Roger Vivier was one of the most celebrated shoe-makers of the twentieth century. Along with being accredited with the stiletto’s reinvention and creating Queen Elizabeth II’s shoes for her coronation in 1953, Vivier’s designs were often duplicated by others. Notable contributions by Vivier include the thigh-high boot, the comma heel, and famously, the pilgrim buckle heel, as worn by Catherine Denueve in Belle du Jour.
Vivier began his career by designing footwear for Schiaparelli in the 1930s and designed for Christian Dior in the 1950s and 60s.
While he may not be a household name, William Travilla arguably designed the twentieth century’s most famous dress: Marilyn Monroe’s halter dress in The Seven Year Itch.
During Hollywood’s Golden Age, Travilla worked as a costume designer for both Warner Bros & Twentieth-Century Fox, while a budding friendship (and rumored affair) with Monroe led to a fruitful working relationship. Their collaborations include: Monkey Business (1952), Gentlemen Prefer Blondes (1953), How to Marry a Millionaire (1953) & Bus Stop (1956).
In the sixties, Travilla designed the lovely gowns for the cast of Valley of the Dolls (1967). In the following decade, he began to work in television and he created the wardrobes for the series, “Knots Landing” & “Dallas.” Travilla continued to work, dressing the world’s top names in entertainment until his death in 1990.
Travilla fits Monroe for Gentlemen Prefer Blondes.
A Travilla tag and Sharon Tate’s dresses in Valley of the Dolls from the 2008 tour of Travilla’s dresses & designs.
British Vogue blogger Laura Bailey stopped in to shop C. Madeleine’s recently and wrote about her expedition and her vintage find for Vogue.com. See the perfect vintage 1950s party dress Laura writes about, selected right off our mannequin and read on for an excerpt of her memoirs of shopping C. Madeleine’s in Miami.
“I did manage to resist sloping down to the Screening Snug for a screening of Vanessa Paradis’ Heartbreaker (tempting) in favour of a magical mystery shopping quest in search of C.Madeleine’s on Biscayne Boulevard. It didn’t look promising – an unprepossessing concrete bunker of a building with a yellow sign advertising the wonders within. But one glimpse inside and the boyfriend knew his afternoon was in trouble. A time limit was imposed immediately and I had to stop gasping and staring and focus fast – a wall of vintage Chanel, a souk full of Sixties Pucci, groaning shelves laden with shoes and trinkets. I felt like Eliza Doolittle, zipping in and out of corsets and Seventies prints, Chanel knits and timeless little black dresses. All lovingly preserved and in pristine condition. One of those rare shopping moments when everything you try feels like its been made for you – not necessarily a good thing. A restrained edit did at least leave me with the perfect party dress for the evening’s festivities – a little white tiered mini with a pale pink sash, very Miami, despite my English pallor.”