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Happy Birthday to Moi: Here’s my present to you

Hump days are always hard, even when they’re your birthday. I’m celebrating what they call a Milestone (in lieu of saying, “Wow, did you know Edison?”) and feeling a little vintage myself, particularly in rainy weather. For that reason, we’re going All-Vintage this week at Ayyyy, and today we have a truly special post. No ragged, spouse-swapping, morning-after celebrities on this blog! Here’s something to give your eyes and spirit a little lift, coming to you direct from Valentina and the year 1930.

Valentina Dress from OMG that Dress

Valentina Dress from OMG that Dress

I’m not normally all about the sleek for myself, but this is elegance itself. It would look equally good on Carole Lombard and Jean Harlow. This is a dress that lets the woman (and the body) do the talking.

If you prefer something more ornamented, not to worry. We’ve got you covered: in Galliano! The Little Fashion Troll was recently interviewed in Vanity Fair and his mea culpa was actually moving and profound. Clearly it’s in his best business interests to apologize, but it seems to me that he has had an epiphany, an opportunity to examine himself in a way that few men ever do, and that he has not shied away from it but come out a better person. Time will tell if he will be welcomed back, but Anna is a fan, and what Anna wants, Anna gets.

tl;dr, here’s Stella Tennant looking the most feminine she ever did in her life, in Galliano for Christian Dior Haute Couture 2005.

Stella Tennant in Galliano for Christian Dior Haute Couture

Stella Tennant in Galliano for Christian Dior Haute Couture

Fashion in the Future! According to the Past!

This, my friends, is priceless. Via Weird Vintage, one of my favorite Tumblrs, I’ve found this glorious video from 1939 describing what fashion will be like in the Year 2000. Surprisingly, it’s not all that far off: we have silver in our sportswear (to cut the smell), convertible dresses and pants, see-through tops, bizarre ballgowns, and pretty much everything else they showed here except really, really snazzy hats. the shoes, in fact, are pretty much bang-on.

To be honest, I’m kind of glad that it wasn’t as accurate about men’s fashion. That is a Ming the Merciless as Playground Perv costume if ever I saw one.

Tuesday Caption Contest: Ingrid Bergman, Hedda Hopper, Ann Sheridan Edition

You know what to do, do it in the comments section.

a three celebrity sandwich

a three celebrity sandwich

The Not-So-Great Gatsby

The Not So Great Gatsby

The Not So Great Gatsby

Whoopsie, Daisy! Looks like Carey Mulligan’s photoshoot has gone a bit too long and she’s lost the ability to concentrate. Won’t someone give the poor, miserable manniquin a chamberpot?

Marvelous Marcello

Marcello Mastroianni

Marcello Mastroianni

High-waisted, tight pants are exactly why nobody ever uses the phrase “hidden charms” to describe this man.

You’re welcome.

Marilyn Gets Schooled

Marilyn goes to school

Marilyn goes to school

I bet she never had to wait long for a ride.

He-Man and the Masters of Insouciant Style

She Ra Hipster

She Ra Hipster

Actually, although my initial impulse was to mock the He-Man and Masters of the Universe Hipster versions, I have to say, the entire series makes far more sense if you just assume everyone is bisexual, including Battlecat.

True Form

Clara Bow Knows

Clara Bow Knows

And this, ladies and gentlemen, is how a lady accessorizes to read the Racing Form.

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