Who doesn’t love a classic look? The Fit and Flare phenomenon that has taken hold of the fashion industry is really no newcomer- the delicate waist and voluminous look was actually popularized by none other than Christian Dior himself. Dior’s New Look skirts were made of yards and yards of fabric, decidedly stamping out the minimalist times of World War II away and ushering in the new era of luxe. Over 60 years later, this style has gone through many changes yet still remains iconic and oh so chic.
Stay ahead of the pack and embrace this “new trend” in glamorous vintage pieces. History buffs (both the art and fashion types) will appreciate your nod to the past. Onlookers will surely envy your timeless grace.
Tina is wearing a classic 1950s black A-line skirt with an added crinoline, Jil Sander white button down blouse (with cuffed sleeves, of course), peep toe Jimmy Choo pumps, and a polka dot silk scarf to keep flyways at bay.
Stop by C.Mad’s to shop this look and check out our vast selection of 1950′s pieces online!
Whether you’re a girly vintage lover or lean towards streamlined simplicity, a shirt dress is the perfect addition to your summer wardrobe. As seen on the likes of Keira Knightly and just about half the style set during Paris Men’s Fashion Week, the warm weather staple is here to stay. Some chose a 50′s style silhouette, complete with detailed short sleeves and a full skirt. Others went for a masculine, “borrowed from the boys” style. Either way, you can’t go wrong in vintage!
Mother’s Day is all about celebrating the amazing women in our lives. The women who helped shape us into the people we are today deserve something just as special as they are. With a plethora of gift ideas and guides floating around, why get Mom something everyone can have, when there’s so much amazing vintage? Collectible, covetable, and supremely personal, vintage is the gift that keeps on giving, only growing better with time.
Here are some of our favorite vintage accessories, all available on Cmadeleines.com! There’s still time to surprise Mom with the perfect gift. Whether she’s a classic beauty, a flower child or anything in between, there’s a vintage style for every mom out there. Show her how much you care this year with a thoughtful, fabulous gift!
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.