Saturday, June 15, 2013

A skirt suit fit for a Hollywood star!

Alright, so I know I probably shouldn't share this yet...but I just can't contain myself! Here is a sneak peek of my newest addition to my vintage wardrobe....

Isn't it just divine? The soft mink collar in deep chocolate, the crystal buttons, the cocoa creme colored wool, the perfect skirt length, the nipped waist! And it comes with matching gloves! For some reason it reminds me of Marlene Dietrich. I can't wait to get it in the mail and to see what this "New Look" style suit looks like on :) Outfit post coming soon, I promise!

Marlene Dietrich strutting her stuff ;)

Marlene modeling a beautiful structured suit

Marlene Dietrich and Rita Hayworth

I just love this look!

Comrade Von Pussycat

Monday, June 10, 2013

Building a Wardrobe Worthy of a Femme Fatale - the 1940's Peeptoe Platform!

Carmen Miranda and her drool-worthy 1940's platform collection!

In my humble opinion, one of the most beautiful decades in fashion has got to be the 1940's - the vivid flame red lipstick, half moon manicures, immaculately coiffed hair (or when having a bad hair day, a pretty snood), the emphasis on achieving a womanly figure (as opposed to a waifish or girlish figure), backseam silk or nylon stockings held up by a beautiful garter belt or girdle, and some of the most gorgeous footwear in the history of man: the platform peeptoe!

 Whereas the modern day stiletto goes for overt sex appeal and shock value (the higher the better, the shinier the better, the flashier the better), the 1940's platform was a shoe worn by femme fatales, pinups, and Hollywood glamour girls. Whether it was soft chocolate suede, deep cognac croc, midnight blue velvet, or bright cherry red snakeskin, the message was always sultry, seductive, and luxurious with just a touch of vulgarity. The ankle strap gently caressing your naked ankle, a flash of vermillion polish visible on the toes, and just the right amount of height. These were the shoes that legends were made of, shoes that could knock your socks off, and shoes that brought out the wolf in every red-blooded man with a pulse!

I fell in love with the 1940's platform when I was a teenager, and ever since I have been on a quest to collect these styles, even if they are difficult to find in my size and in wearable condition. Luckily, platform peeptoes came back in style around the 1970's (worn by the likes of Bianca Jagger no less!) and there has been a resurgence even today, making these beautiful creations available once again. I will never forgive myself for one thing: one summer when I was vacationing in Ohrid, Macedonia, I came across a small shoe shop down a narrow cobblestone alley in the old town, and as I entered I immediately inhaled the musty, earthy smell of vintage shoes. Almost immediately, the most stunning pair of 1940's platform peeptoes caught my eye. Soft cream leather, 5-inch platform heel, little cream bows on top of the peeptoes, and a worn stamp on the sole where "Made in Italy" was written. How I dreamed of the life they had lived before ending up in that little shop in Macedonia! Maybe they had traveled over the very same cobblestone steps where Sophia, Gina, or Claudia had walked. Oh, how many glamorous nights they must have seen! How many sultry dances with suave Guido, charming Marcello, and benevolent Benito they must have danced! Ah, la dolce vita. They were perfection incarnate. They had a few faint stains on the heel, but nothing worth crying over. Unfortunately, I didn't have enough cash at the time, as it was towards the end of my vacation, so I left them behind. Now that little shop is closed, and I am afraid I will never be able to find a pair quite like them. It nearly drives me to tears to think that they are gone forever (how pathetic and superficial you might think, but you don't understand the obsession!). All I can do now is continue my search...

In the meantime, I can dream and drool over these babies:
(Almost) Every woman's dream - shoe shopping!
Gorgeous green suede shoes with lemon snakeskin accents and matching purse

Stunning bordeaux suede peepetoes with cutouts

Fit for an artist! Look at that detail!

Classic black suede peeptoe platforms with cutouts

Bianca Jagger rocking 1940's style in the 1970's
Glitz and glam: Hollywood starlet style

A little luxury for every day wear: dusty camel suede platforms

A femme fatale day: milk chocolate suede with caramel snakeskin accents

The epitome of luxury: Cream and cognac colored snakeskin

Folk art: hand tooled sand colored platforms that Frida Kahlo would be proud to wear

My dream shoes *le sigh*: Sinful Absinthe colored suede platforms 

Aren't they divine?

How very femme fatale!
I hope you enjoyed this post, it truly comes from the heart and I hope that I can convince a few young ladies out there to give the 1940's glamour girl style a go, these are truly one of the most elegant shoes a girl can own and I have a feeling that you will be more confident than ever once you take a step in these babies!

Comrade Von Pussycat

Friday, June 7, 2013

100 Degree Weather + Soda Pop!

 It isn't the best for you, but darn, isn't it refreshing during the hot summertime months!

And I love this song by Lana Del Rey, in case you haven't heard it yet ;)

"My pussy tastes like Pepsi cola..."