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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TGIF! Vintage Weekend Inspiration

 

Fashion in the 1960s

 

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?

Get the look:

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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.

Get the look:

Do It With Vintage: Chanel All Over Prints As Seen In W Magazine

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High fashion editorials are great to look to for inspiration, but sometimes it may seem a bit overwhelming: How could I possibly pull off that look? You might ask yourself how these amazing images can translate into your sartorial life. Well, we here at C.Mad’s are not only passionate about Vintage, but also about implementing it into everyday life. “Step and Repeat”, the GORGEOUS editorial shot by Michael Thompson, is nothing short of a work of art. Secret models were dressed in head to toe florals and prints and wore crystal encrusted masks. This, dear readers, may seem like a bit of a challenge, but these pieces are so very wearable. What’s even better, is that you can work this look with gorgeous vintage! The first page of the editorial showcases a black and white Chanel top and skirt set emblazoned with a floral monogrammed print (third from the left). At first glance it may seem like almost too much, but upon second inspection, this is a totally doable look. Ready to stand out in prints, but want something a little more cheery? Well, look no further than C.Madeleine’s to get the look!

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Our  Chanel Floral Terry Cloth Vest & Skirt Set is right on time for Resort/Spring. Throw on a vintage Chanel Camellia Brooch to get the look! Mask optional.

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Brave The Cold: Vintage Winter Pieces To Try Now

We here at C.Mads may be in Sunny Miami, but a lot of our clients and friends are not so lucky. Snow storm Hercules laid down a thick blanket of white snow all over the North East and even though school might have been canceled, people still have to commute. We know what it’s like to want to go out in the freezing weather and still look chic, even when your toes are frozen. So, we picked out some of our favorite winter essentials, all available online, that are perfect for braving the colder months, all while looking undeniable cool. Adding classic Vintage pieces to your closet is the perfect way to spice up your routine. Well, Vintage and a latté.

First things first: the coat. Every fashionista needs a stylish coat that’s both cozy & appealing. Try this brightly hued Chloe Turquoise Cashmere Coat for a vibrant pop of color against a sea of black and grey. With 60′s style and grace this coat will stay relevant through years to come.

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Shop our amazing vintage coats HERE.

How about a cozy piece to wear all day long? Try out the Moschino Long Black Knit Cardigan for a serious dose of cool in a soft open knit fabric. The floor length sweater is perfect for layering- try it over a knee-length skirt, opaque tights, and boots for a fun yet practical ensemble.

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Browse our collection of vintage sweaters HERE

An A-what-a? These Alaïa Burgundy Leather Gloves are the perfect winter accessory. We all need our hands accessible, even in the bitter cold,  so mittens are out. Wear these gloves this year and for years to come. Just imagine this rich color against that bright Chloe coat!

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Check out our fabulous vintage gloves HERE

Don’t forget your neck! The scarf is a staple that can elevate your winter time style in seconds. The Etro Antique Floral Fleur De Lis Scarf is no exception. The lightweight yet warm wool/silk blend is soft against your skin and a welcomed addition to your routine.

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Shop our vintage scarves HERE

Add some pizzazz to your commute! Cold weather may call for more layers, but we like to add in some Old Hollywood glamour too. This Rocco Barocco Striped Swing Coat goes perfectly over your dressier outfits and adds some serious drama. the bold stripes brighten your day instantly, even when it’s grey out.

 

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Head over to C.Madeleine’s online for even more vintage finds to keep you warm all winter long!

Do It With Vintage: Irina Lakicevic of A Portable Package

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Irina Lakicevic, a fashion blogger of A Portable Package, has caught attention by one of our favorite blogs, WHOWHATWEAR, and has been inspiring readers with her amazing style! Here she is showing us how to layer with her Dries Von Noten fringe skirt and paired her look with a standout clutch. We recreated her ensemble with pieces that you can find on our website. Find these items below:

1.) 1990s Gianni Versace Houndstooth Top -$420
2.) 1950s Ray Ban Wayfarers Sunglasses -$185
3.) 1980s Red Leather Beaded Belt -$265
4.) 1980s Andrea Pfister Royal Blue Suede Clutch -$185
5.) Salvatore Ferragamo Black Jeweled Toe Flats -$160
6.) Dolce & Gabbana Black Fringe Mini Skirt -$685

 

Photo Credit: A Portable Package by Irina Lakicevic

Cozy Sweaters for a Stylish Winter

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Sweaters have made such a comeback in fashion this year and we have to thank our street style inspirations from people like you who influence the world of fashion. Shoppers are becoming more aware of street fashion through various platforms like Pinterest (our favorite inspirations board) or from  favorite blogs like   “the Satorialist” or WHOWHATWEAR.  Sweaters are great layering options in cold conditions and can be paired with a nice overcoat when the weather gets too chilly. Prints & Colorblocking are popular choices this winter if you want to keep with the trends this season!

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We’ve curated a collection of our vintage sweaters that will keep you looking stylishly warm this winter season. Take a look at our collection below:

1. 1990s Versace yellow Sweater Dress
2. 1970s Valentino Black Knit Embellished Sweater
3. 1980s Courreges White & Yellow Sweater
4. Sonia Rykiel Colorful Striped Sweater
5. 1970s Valentino Knit Sweater
6. L’Wren Scott Sequin Cardigan