12 posts categorized "Photography"

Paul Stuart ~ Houndstooth, Herringbone, Tweed & Twill & A Giveaway (Victoria Magazine November 1996)

1 Victoria Magazine November 1996 featuring Ralph Lauren fabrics (570x800) 

 

Velvet riding jacket, Han Feng; Blue & White Striped Shirt, Cego; Cuff Links, Paul Stuart ; Silk slacks, Nicole Farhi; Brown Hat, Lola Millinery ; Velvet lace-up boots, Emporio Armani.

 

2 Victoria Magazine November 1996 featuring Ralph Lauren fabrics 

 

Tea time at The Lord Thompson Manor, Thompson, CT.

 

3 Victoria Magazine November 1996 featuring Ralph Lauren fabrics (570x800) 

 

All furniture, Marie Albert; desk-chair fabric, Schumacher.

 

4 Victoria Magazine November 1996 featuring Ralph Lauren fabrics (556x800) 

 

Jacket & Yellow Ascot, Paul Stuart; Ivory Blouse with french cuffs, Romeo Gigli ; Pants, Ralph Lauren; Velvet Shoes, Emporio Armani ;  throw, Pendleton.

 

5 Victoria Magazine November 1996 featuring Ralph Lauren fabrics (570x800) 

 

Jacket (which I am coveting), Escada Sport; Skirt (also love), Rodney Vaughn Telford; Hat, Brenda Lynn, Suede lace-up boots, Ralph Lauren; Shirt, Flatiron Workshop

 

6 Victoria Magazine November 1996 featuring Ralph Lauren fabrics (557x800) 

 

Edwardian Sofa; Vintage plaid pillow, English Country Antiques

 

7 Victoria Magazine November 1996 featuring Ralph Lauren fabrics (563x800) 

 

Desk as sideboard & Ottoman, Marie Albert; "Medeival Red" Velvet Paisley Fabric, Ralph Lauren; Camel Shawl, Ballantyne Cashmere

 

8 Victoria Magazine November 1996 featuring Ralph Lauren fabrics (566x800)

 

Coat & bias-cut velvet skirt, Zuzka for Fabricology; Antique Bakelite pin, Rin Tin Pin; Velvet Shoes, Donald J. Pliner; Porcelain Cup & Saucer, "Vulcain" by Bernardaud; "Antique Velvet" on chaise longue, Schumacher;  "Herringbone" crystal stemware, Ralph Lauren

 

9 Victoria Magazine November 1996 featuring Ralph Lauren fabrics (568x800) 

 

Blue shirt, Cego; Pocket Square & Suspenders, Paul Stuart; c1880 Toiletry Set, The Mill at West Hampton

 

10 Victoria Magazine November 1996 featuring Ralph Lauren fabrics (573x800) 

 

Striped shirts in armoire, Flatiron Workshop ; Houndstooth Leather Bag (want!), Ghurka; Shoes (from left): Donald J. Pliner, Emporio Armani, Cole-Haan ; Leather Bag, Coach ; Blankets, Donegal Tweed, Faribault & Pendleton.  All furniture, Marie Albert

 

11 Victoria Magazine November 1996 featuring Ralph Lauren fabrics (563x800)

 

Irish plaid lamb's wool scarves, Foxford ; Paisley silk scarf, olive green hat & wool plaid bag, Paul Stuart.

 

12 Victoria Magazine November 1996 featuring Ralph Lauren fabrics (575x800) 

Brown stripe shirt, Cego ; Red Ascot, walking sticks,striped umbrella & tortoise cuff links, Paul Stuart ; Double breasted jacket & pants, Ralph Lauren ; Vest, Pendleton ; Shoes, Cole Haan ; Ankle Length Coat, Rodney Vaughn Telford; Driving Gloves, Joseph Abboud.

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I've written about my adored collection of (almost vintage) Victoria Magazines a few times over the years here at "Tales".  For all the times I've looked through them, I never tire of them.  (If only people were that way...)  I just brought out my stack of November issues, ranging from 1990-2002, and found that I have some duplicates, November 1996 being one of them.  

It's a gorgeous issue featuring articles such as "A Colette Pilgrim's Progress" by Judith Thurman for all my fellow Francophiles, an article on "Creating A Timeless Toy" featuring English toymaker Tom Cobley, "Come Gather At Our Table" just in time for Thanksgiving, and, my favorite, painstakingly scanned & researched in the above photo collection: "Fabrics We Love for Home & Fashion ~~ Houndstooth, Herringbone, Tweed & Twill".  It features some lovely treasures, many from Paul Stuart, who, "since 1938, has been the leading arbiter of taste, style, and fashion for luxury menswear in the United States".

All photos featured here by Toshi Otsuki. Taken on location at The Lord Thompson Manor in Thompson, CT (my childhood stomping grounds).

 

~~ If you'd like a chance to win a copy of this issue of
Victoria Magazine, 
please leave a comment on this blog post.  
The winner will be announced on
Monday, 18 November ~~

 

 

 

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.

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 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


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

This beagle would like a dance Commonwealth Vintage Dancers Newport Polo Grounds

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

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xx ~ Michelle


Vintage Egypt: Cruising The Nile In The Golden Age of Travel

Vintage Egypt

A quick stop at Homegoods last summer brought into my possession this amazing book: 
Vintage Egypt ~ Crusing the Nile in the Golden Age of Travel by Alain Blottiere.

"Men in white suits and Panama hats, women with perfectly set bobs, billboards for Hennessy cognac, palm trees and camels: Egypt in the first half of the 20th century had an allure that felt European but was distinctly exotic. This intriguing book shows what life was like for the privileged classes in Cairo and Alexandria during the British occupation. Blottiere, a Frenchman who has written novels and nonfiction works on Egypt, assembles an amazing array of many previously unpublished photographs of private homes, museums, landscapes and street scenes. Black & white or sepia-toned, the photographs depict such snapshots as a picnic in a palm grove in the early 1900s, a 1920s costume party in Cairo and the crew of the film Fires of Fate standing in the Temple of Luxor in 1923. Blottiere offers varying commentary for each image, sometimes giving background, other times simply stating the subject, photographer and year. Brief essays shed light on the era's conflicting undertones of glamour and political fragility." (borrowed from Amazon Book Review)

xx ~ Michelle


1930s~~MY GLAMOROUS GRANDPARENTS

I've written about my fabulous Aunt before~~she lives many States away and although I don't get to see her very often, she is wonderful about keeping in touch via email and snail mail~~yes, remember that?????  Well, once again, I opened my email yesterday to find this wonderful collection of photographs of my grandparents taken in the late 1930s.  She found the negatives in some of my grandmothers things and had them developed~~what a family treasure!

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Here' my handsome grandfather~~we think this was taken on their way to Lake George, NY to be wed!

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And my beautiful grandmother~~the bride to be!

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We aren't sure if this was the same trip, they were married in October, so this may have been later in the fall.

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Look at this fabulous swimsuit my Grandmother is wearing!  I have one question:

WHERE IS IT NOW??

1936 Gram & Gramp year before wedding

Here they are again, dressed to the nines, in 1936, one year before their wedding...don't they look charming?

Late30s early 40s Look Park, MA Gram & Gramp

And this was taken at Look Park, in Massachusetts, in the late 1930s ~ early 1940s.  My Aunt remembers  day trips here to enjoy a picnic and visit with other relatives who would meet them at the park for the day.
 
 It was so touching to see these wonderful old photographs of my grandparents...to see them so young, so full of life & promise, before children & mortgages & all the trials life would bring to them...what did they dream of?  What did they wish for?  I wish I could ask them now...

Encourage your children to really talk with your parents, if you are fortunate enough to have them still.  They have such a wealth of wisdom & experience to share...and they can develop a friendship that will last forever...

Thank you, Auntie Di, for these wonderful family heirlooms...

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xx ~ Michelle


MY MODEL, MY MOM. . .

 

My parents are invited to a wedding this weekend, so my Mom stopped by for a some last minute dress alterations and some "Accessory Shopping" to complete the outfit.  Well, as is usually the case when anyone pops into "The Shoe", one thing led to another and this was the outcome:

Mom models a gorgeous vintage silk dress made in Singapore

A mini~photo~shoot with my Mom as the model!

'You wear it well. . ."

Call me nepotistic, but I think she looks amazing!

Don't mess with this Femme Fatale!

Believe it or not, neither of the two dresses she is modeling were what she planned to wear to the wedding. . . (they will soon be available in my boutique)

Alas, the lipstick thing appears to be genetic!  

But I think she should reconsider, don't you?

Not much time to decide which dress to wear!

Not much time to decide, so let us know what you think~~which dress should she wear?

Should she go vintage or not?

We'd love to hear your thoughts. . .I think no matter what she wears

she will look smashing!

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(Thanks for a fun day, Mom! xoxo)

 

 

 

 

 

 

xx ~ Michelle


VINTAGE WEDDINGS

As I've stated before, I love weddings. . .and since I won't be attending one until late summer I decided I would share some lovely photos I found of vintage or vintage~inspired weddings. . .can you tell which are which?

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(Photo credit:  Tales of an American Wedding Planner in Paris )

 

 

(Edited on 04 March 2011 when it was discovered the links to the other photos posted were broken.)

 

 

 

  

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

xx ~ Michelle


HOW DO YOU LUNCH?

Ladies_lunching *I truly love this photo. . . the photography is amazing for starters but what is also amazing is the way women dressed for Lunch!

It is rather obvious from the natural window light that these dazzling damsels were out for lunch. . . not a glamorous evening dinner or drinks at the club. . . I mean, really, how amazing does she look? 

Take a few minutes to decide what you will wear today. . .dressing like this for lunch may seem a bit "over the top" nowadays, but I promise you will have a far more fantastic luncheon if you take a few minutes and put together an elegant outfit.  The French do it every day, and who does it better than the French when it comes to Food & Fashion? 

*(Previously posted on September 24,2007. Edited for this post)

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xx ~ Michelle