5 posts categorized "Formal Wear"

The Elegant Way to Keep Warm

1950s Dan Millstein black velvet embroidered evening coat  (2)

Snowflakes fell here yesterday...not much left-over today, but the temperature has taken a big dip and that means time to don a winter coat.

This beautiful 1950s Dan Millstein ~ New York ~ Paris label embroidered black velvet coat is cold weather luxury at it's finest.  Lined in rich champagne satin, it feels like butter against your skin.  The sleeves taper into a snug fit, which not only looks amazing, it keeps those cold winter drafts out.  You can find it in our "Vintage Outerwear Department" in The Shoe.

 

1930s vintage Filene's blue velvet hooded robe dressing gown (4)

You've seen this baby blue before...1930s vintage blue velvet hooded dressing gown/robe/evening coat from Filene's Boston (quite possibly the original store).  Fresh from the drycleaners and now available in our "Vintage Lingerie/Boudoir Department". 
Finally, something warm to wear with a hood that is not fleece or sweatshirt fabric. 

 

 

 

xx ~ Michelle


Newport Vintage Dance Week

It was just about a year ago that I wrote about the Newport Vintage Dance Week, hosted by The Commonwealth Vintage Dancers. (If you missed it you can read about it here.)   Part of the schedule last year was an afternoon at The Newport International Polo Grounds to watch a polo match, enjoy a picnic buffet and dance under the big white tent.  The CVD contacted me to see if I wouldn't mind adding a bit of vintage tailgaiting decor to the event and to observe, interview & capture it through photographs.  I jumped at it, of course.

There was one common thread that ran through the brief conversations I was able to have with some of the guests: a fear that the days were numbered for events such as this and that there was a weakening interest in all that the CVD and it's devotees stand for.  I drove home that night feeling as if I had been transported back in time to old~world Newport, the original resort town by the sea and fearing, too, that this wonderful experience would not be had by many more in todays rapidly & ever-changing world. . .

After much thought, I decided to wait until the spring to write this post, thinking that it could give the event a big shout-out as the season was just about to descend upon us but in plenty of time to book the trip and save the date.

I visited the website this week to confirm the event dates and so forth and lo and behold you won't believe it but:

Newport Dance Week 2012 Completely Booked!

Booked Solid.  The entire week.  A wait list in place.  How is that possible?  I ask myself after so many voiced concern over a lack of interest, not to mention that bad "e" word -- the troubled economy.  Well, maybe it was the wonderful piece Bill Cunningham wrote for the NYT about it or the great narrated video he created.   Perhaps all the attention and excitement about the release of the 2012 version of "The Great Gatsby" directed by Baz Luhrmann?  Who knows?  What I do know is that it doesn't get much better than that for CVD and I am sending my warmest congratulations to them and best wishes for another wonderful week in Newport. 

And now, just about one year later, but all the sweeter for the memory, are my photographs from

The Newport Vintage Dance Week
at
The Newport International Polo Grounds
30 July 2011.

Best hat at Newport Vintage Dance Week 2011 Newport International Polo Grounds


 Commonwealth Vintage Dancers at The Newport International Polo Grounds


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 The Commonwealth Vintage Dancers at twilight at The Newport International Polo Grounds


 Commonwealth Vintage Dancers dance at The Newport International Polo Grounds (6)

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Getting music ready for the Commonwealth Vintage Dancers dance at The Newport International Polo Grounds (4)

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Vintage tailgaiting by The Red Velvet Shoe @ Newport Vintage Dance Week Polo Grounds

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xx ~ Michelle


Nothing Like a Man in an Ascot

Vintage paisley ascot cravat (3)

Four lovely vintage paisley ascots/cravats are on their way into my Etsy Shop.  From left to right:

For the Captain Wentworth in your life...


Captain Frederick Wentworth Persuasion Jane Austen white ascot cravat


xx ~ Michelle


More Velvet Finery

Vintage black dress at The Red Velvet Shoe

Vintage 1960s sultry black velvet halter cocktail dress with elongated keyhole front with  three rhinestone bow clips.  Six corded black straps vertically connect the neck to the rest of the dress. . .

Black dress worn by Demi Moore in Indecent Proposal

it's a little bit this...

Betty Draper Black Dress Italy Mad Men

and a little bit that.

Vintage black dress at The Red Velvet Shoe 2

Vintage 1990s very fitted blue velvet gown with sheer decolletage & button-up deep V back.  Old Hollywood glamour, anyone?

Both debuting at Urban Vintage Bazaar this Saturday at our booth.

xx ~ Michelle


Black Velvet & Roses

Vintage velvet clothing The Red Velvet Shoe (8)

I'm busy as a bee getting ready for Saturday's Urban Vintage Bazaar --ironing, stitching & tagging away.  But after I snapped this photo for the event blog, I had to share it with you.

This stunning gown is by Ben Barrack, NY c1950s.  Mr. Barrack specialized in designing for petites, and this gown is exactly that...I had to pin the back to Coco as the zipper had no intention of heading north even over that tiny frame.  It's a heavy weight rose brocaded velvet with only a tasteful bow at the waist for detail.  It is, I venture to say, something Jacqueline Bouvier Kennedy would fall in love with...much like the other treasures I've found of late.  It weighs a ton and has a sort of suspended taffeta cage that sits at the waist to keep the fabric from being tight against the wearer...I know there is a more proper term for it, but right now my brain is vintage mush.  Please excuse me!

I will be taking it along with me to the show and if it doesn't find a new home there you can look for it in the shop by the end of the month. 
 

xx ~ Michelle