Donna Karan: The Queen Of Seventh Avenue

New York Fashion Week is upon us- embrace Donna Karan’s unflinching ease with vintage pieces from C.Madeleine’s!

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Donna Karan, known as DK to some, has had her hand in womenswear since the 1970s when she worked for (and quickly moved up the ranks to head designer at) Anne Klein. After over 10 years at the helm, Karan started her own namesake line focusing on easy pieces that flow together in multiple ways. A true New Yorker, she understood completely the value of quick paced yet chic dressing in the city that never sleeps and beyond.

Years later in 1988, Karan created DKNY which which she has called the “pizza to Collection’s caviar.” Focusing on lower price points, the DKNY empire grew into denim and menswear lines that are still synonymous with street-chic today.

Tina is styled in two quintessential Donna Karan looks: The Donna Karan mustard yellow wool coat and pencil skirt set is paired perfectly with a mock-turtleneck Kenzo knit top and brown leather booties. A flowy, ruched midnight blue silk dress is belted by a golden DKNY leather belt and Giuseppe Zanotti bronze heels. All pieces are available in store. 

Vera Wang: Classic American Couture

Continuing our American designer series for #NYFW, our next spotlight is on Vera Wang.

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Few designers have been so widely coveted by TV shows, movies, and A-list celebrities as Vera Wang. The Chinese American New York City native has designed countless wedding gowns for everyone from Chelsea Clinton to Jennifer Lopez and managed to stay on the lips of basically every main character on Sex And The City in between it all. Transitioning from figure skating (she started at the tender age of 8) to creating sparkling skating outfits seemed only natural for this highly intelligent designer.

Continuing to elevate her passion for design, she eventually won the CFDA (Council of Fashion Designers of America) Womenswear Designer of the Year in 2005. Vera Wang incorporates pure fantasy into her Bridal collections, as well as her couture and ready to wear, providing each and every woman something truly special. Timeless and classic with a whimsical edge, she has been a pop culture favorite for decades. Her roots firmly planted in fashion (she was the Fashion Editor for Vogue in the 1970s before working with Ralph Lauren), she continues to grow her brand and create pieces for the quintessential American woman. 

Tina wears a black chiffon sleeveless gown adorned with all over beading and a delicate, modest train. This gown is available in store.

Diane Von Furstenberg: A Picture of The American Woman

New York Fashion Week has arrived, and with it a legion of American Designers who are all worth a mention. First on our list is the iconic Diane Von Furstenberg!

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When you talk about American Fashion designers, more so, when you talk about women of this century, you have to mention Diane von Furstenberg. This princess (yes, at one point she donned a crown) turned fashion designer has done as much for the way modern women wear clothing with her liberating jersey wrap dress in 1970 as Coco Chanel did at the turn of the century when she introduced the concept of casual chic to corset-bearing women everywhere.

While her famed dress has a legion of fans around the world (she has stores in 55 countries), the designer often cites her love/hate affair with the hourglass making, toss-it-on style. “She paid for all my bills…” she said to LA Weekly, “but sometimes I ever resented the wrap dress because whenever my name is there, it’s always ‘Diane von Furstenberg, the wrap dress’ and I always say ‘but I do other things too.'” That, she most certainly does. This, the 40th Anniversary of DVF, has been a big one. The designer celebrated with her much buzzed about “Journey of a Dress” exhibit in L.A., continues to lead the CFDA as president and, as of this year, Forbes listed her as the 68th most powerful woman in the world

Tina wears two iconic Americana looks. The 1970s DVF two piece graphic set is paired with nude YSL heels to let the outfit do all the talking. The green DVF horseshoe print dress is styled with black and tan leather cowboy boots. All pieces available in store. 

Happy Bey Day Beyoncé!

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Today we’re wishing the Queen B a very happy 33rd birthday! The ultra talented performer sure knows how to rock vintage style. Check out her video for “Countdown”, inspired by fashion icon Audrey Hepburn, below. Don’t forget to stop by C.Mad’s and shop our fantastic 1960s finds!

The Misadventures Of Tao & Lola: A Grand Bazaar

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These two have a real eye for exotic fashion! Tao and Lola embarked on a last minute trip far, far away to pick up some goodies for their extensive wardrobe. Immediately they were taken aback by otherworldly designs made of the finest silk and beads. Mysterious potions and spices filled the air as they mulled over their next purchases. Shimmering gold and jewels were tempting, but they were more intrigued by beaded purses tucked into a vintage velvet suitcase (which they also bought.)  Exploring enchanted lands surely paid off as they jetted back to the states with a new assortment of sartorial delights in tow.

This week’s installment of The Misadventures of Tao & Lola was as fun for them as it was for us! Lola is no wallflower when it comes to the camera lens, so she was on her best behavior draped in a vintage indian bib neck piece. Tao has become the breakout star (wrapped in gold and black silk) and is effectively over his photo shoot jitters. We mixed vintage and contemporary- juxtaposing authentic Indian Saris, Middle Eastern trinkets and wooden sculptures with luxurious handbags by John Galliano, Etro, and Christian Louboutin. Snag a great bag at C.Mad’s and book your next flight!

 

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Resort Trend 15: Fit and Flare!

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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!

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Resort 15 Trend: Polka Dots!

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Elegant yet a little cheeky, the polka dot had a major moment during the Resort 15 shows. Shown in a variety of styles- sporty, sleek, classic, ruffled- the fun pattern really stole the ‘spot’-light. Take a cue from the shows and, like we always say, do it with vintage! Step out in style in a vintage piece sure to make you stand out in a crowd.

Insider tip- don’t overdo it. Stick to one polka dot piece and keep the rest of your accessories and styling to a minimum. We love the mixture of an exciting dress with sleek hair and natural makeup. Glam up your date night look in this vintage Bill Blass chiffon halter dress- The flowy, flirty dress is sexy yet demure, and offers a perfectly refined balance to offset the bold print.

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This unlabelled 1970s-1980s dress is available in store. Shop our vintage polka dot collection online for even more eye catching pieces!

We kept the look refined by stylingTina in Giuseppe Zanotti red patent leather & cork wedges to add just the right amount of height to the tea length dress. Stop by the store to shop this look!

 

Resort 15 Trend: Bold Florals

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Summer is heating up across the country, but we just can’t wait for the next Resort season! Glamorous vacations abroad deserve the chicest of ensembles, so we scoured the Resort 15 shows and found the best trends to try!

Bold Florals in all over prints and matching sets dominated the runway. Take it one step further by donning this trend in head to toe vintage! This 1970s cropped top and wide leg pants set, below, is the perfect piece for your island adventures. Transition from day to night by swapping your floppy hat and sunglasses for glam platforms and monochromatic bangles. Up the ante with a polished hairdo to keep your look relaxed yet ultra luxe.

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This vintage set is available in store. Shop our vast 1970s collection online for even more flower power pieces!

We styled Tina in 1970s cream colored bangles, extra long gold and cream beaded necklace, and yellow Roberto Cavalli mules. Stop by the store to shop this look!

Do It With Vintage: Nicole Richie in Menswear

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Stylish socialite and designer Nicole Richie always looks camera ready. This snap taken during her family trip to Sydney, Australia (where it’s currently Winter) proves that wherever you travel,  it’s best to bring a fantastic light coat.  Work Richie’s menswear inspired look on your next trip by pairing a chic jacket with slim fitting pants and classic black boots. Remember to up the glam factor by topping your look off with a bold, eye catching necklace. And, as always, do it with vintage!

 

Shop C.Mad’s vast collection of vintage and menswear inspired pieces. And if you’re feeling really bold, step up the look with actual vintage menswear!

RECAP: 5th Annual Take A Walk In Her Shoes Fashion Show

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This past May, the Fifth Annual Take A Walk In Her Shoes fashion show, created by The Chapman Partnership, was held at the Ritz Carlton Key Biscayne. The high energy show featured one of a kind pieces from decades passed all from C.Madeleine’s and was styled by the famed Danny Santiago. The day went off without a hitch, and each decade proved that vintage is truly breathtaking!

From the 1950’s through the 1980’s and topped off with a tribute dedicated to Coco Chanel, the fashion show took viewers on a fashion history crash course, leaving no chic style untouched.

Head over to The Chapman Partnership’s Facebook page to learn more about the wonderful charity and all it does for the residents Miami and beyond.

See some of our favorite images below and then head over to the official C.Madeleine’s Facebook page to view all of the fabulous photos!

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