Ta-Da! Welcome to our Valentine’s Day red display♥ Whether you spend it with your fellow humans, pets or inanimate objects (hey, we don’t judge), we hope you feel the love this coming Tuesday. We ♥ you guys! xox Louise & Arthur.
Ta Da! Here it is, our Christmas window filled with sugar plum sweetness to dance in your head. Arthur & I hope you and yours have a warmly wonderful holiday weekend. May you burn off those bon bons with lots of laughter surrounded by good friends and family. We will be closed this Sunday and Monday.
So our Golden Girls window last week went a little viral over on our Instagram account. Don’t know the ins and outs of why or how but we had over 479 likes on it. That’s huge for us! I’m hoping this Santa red display has the same effect on people. But alas, I have a confession to make… As soon as the Dior on the left got wheeled into place it got snatched up by one of our regulars. If you’re a Dior loving size 2-4, so sorry for the tease.
L~ Dior red day dress with leather belt, size 2-4. Sold
C~1950’s red taffeta dress (crinoline sold separate), size 0-2. 1940’s brass and crystal cross necklace. 1970’s brass chain long necklace with pearls and crystals.
Veering away from our usual frock filled windows, we are focusing this week on outerwear instead. In particular; the Burberry trench. Ever wonder why they are called ‘trench’ coats? Well, it’s because Burberry (or Aquascutum-the jury is still out on this) developed the coat for use by the British and French soldiers fighting in the trenches during WWI. Now you know! Get ready to fight the elements this fall and dodge those drops in a classic piece that is tried and true.
L~1970’s Burberry trench, size M. Dior 1970’s silk scarf.
C~ Contemporary Burberry London quilted trench, size M Sold. 1970’s Pucci silk scarf.
R-Contemporary Burberry London trench with removable wool lining, size M. Hermes silk scarf.
I’m releasing my inner dominatrix this week (not really) by giving you a black leather filled window. Fun fact; I cut my teeth in many a retail shop before opening the Meow Meow and Danier leather (RIP) was one of them. Therefore I may know a thing or two about skins. One things for sure, I can tell you that all three items featured here are made of fine supple lamb leather. Only the best for you kittens!
L~Thierry Mugler 1990’s black leather dress, size 4-6.
C~1980’s black leather pleated and studded skirt, size 0-2. Worn with a Leger top, size XS and a Dior necklace.
R~Contemporary Mikael D leather and lace dress, size 2-4. Worn with a Burberry London quilted leather peplum jacket, size 0-2.
We have rolled out the red carpet, literally, for our big 10th year anniversary window! We are so excited to show you some couture pieces from our personal collection. So if you’re coming this Saturday to our party (from 10-5) you will get an exclusive peek at 2 never before exhibited gowns which showcase fashion’s golden era. And if you can’t make it on Saturday, then please click to view the image below, we promise you won’t regret it! We have entitled this window ‘Possible Conversations’.
The left couture gown is by the “Master”, Cristobal Balenciaga. It is constructed with a cream silk jacquard fabric featuring a chrysanthemum design and long crystal bead fringe sleeves. This piece hails from the winter 1961 collection and is documented in the fashion memoir ‘Balenciaga’ by Marie-Andrée Jouve.
The right gown is a 1952 Christian Dior couture gown. (It has thin straps but is short in the torso so we tucked them in for display) It is made of a cream cotton organza and encrusted with gold beaded ‘bursts’. Tiny cotton flowers and prong set crystals are also hand applied throughout. Truly a dream!
One should always keep people guessing, espescially when it comes to fashion. We love mixing up vintage with new for that unique look. It defines oneself amongst a sea of predictable. So this week, we have all new contemporary luxury designer dresses paired with vintage accessories. The silk Alberta Ferretti on the left is about a size 4 and is shown with a vintage crystal belt and necklace. The wool tweed Dior in the centre (sold)is a size 4-6 and has been decorated with a vintage Chanel camellia brooch. The hand crochet silk Oscar on the right is a size 10-12 and is belted with a deco jet flapper strand (can be used as a necklace as well).
Maison Lesage has been creating dream inducing embroideries, tweeds and beadwork since the 1920’s. Worth, Paquin, Vionnet, Schiaparelli, Chanel, LaCroix, Dior, Valentino and YSL are just a few of the many designers who have gone to Lesage for their magical touch. In 2002 Chanel bought Lesage but supposedly it remains an independent atelier and still produces for other fashion houses (conflict of interest much?). They employ about 100 workers, or ‘petite main’ as they call them, who work arduously to accommodate to the hectic fashion season schedules. Each couture piece can take a petite main up to 100 hours to complete. If you have ever attempted beading or any hand stitch work you can appreciate how much patience and passion these workers have. Not to mention the inevitable back pain, all for the sake of beauty!
(If you can’t see the above video↑, please check it out here)
We were tickled pink when we received in this confection of a Chanel tweed suit by said Lesage. It’s marked a size 42 and is 10 years old (05P), but looks as new as the day she came off the loom. Please contact us for more details. Sold
Need to complete the look? We also have this ssssstunning Dior python clutch with optional chain ssssstrap ↓
Measures 10½” x 2″ x 5″. Sold
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We’ve had quite the injection of new merchandise over the last week and this display is just a sampling of what’s now in store. How chic is that centre gown? We are absolutely in love with it, and this may be because it’s a vintage DIOR from the early 1950’s!!! It’s about a size 2-4 and would be a coveted addition to any collection. The 1960’s ruffled cocktail number to the left is a size 2, as is the dress on the right.
We’ve gotten in some incredible black tie appropriate gowns as of late. These frocks really come alive as soon as they are put on. We love how dark and vampy they are! The left is none other than Dior and is a bias cut silk chiffon so it’s a general size small. The centre trained silk satin gown is a size 4 and is attributed to Vera Wang sold. On the right is silk brocade Nina Ricci and is a size 2.