Tuesday, May 22, 2018

Une Toque

A toque is a round brimless hat made of fabric, folded or twisted over a frame.  A style with decidedly fashion possibilities and perfectly suited for daywear as well as an informal evening on the town.

A taupe and navy knit toque accented with a navy satin ribbon nestled in marabou tops Jazz great Violet Waters' chic suit ensemble.  Hat, gloves, scarf, and jewels are from The Couture Touch.  Suit from Integrity.  Handbag is from Ashton Drake.

From sublime to simply divine....

Spring blossoms juxtaposed against a backdrop of black along with a side drape add a touch of drama to Director Ivy Jordan's fanciful toque.  Dress is from Ashton Drake.  The luxurious fur cape is from Dimitha.  Gloves are from Integrity, necklace from StrayCat, and purse from PD Root.  Hat, belt, and earrings are from The Couture Touch.

Sunset Serenade Violet Waters and V for Tea Ivy Jordan are from Integrity.

Color and Design in Apparel by Bernice G. Chambers, M.A.  Published 1945.

Tuesday, May 8, 2018

Head First for a Stylish Wardrobe

A wardrobe rejuvenation is often most impactful when you start at the top. A new hat can breathe new life to a weary outfit. Whether for a film role or a star's personal wardrobe, the costume designers at Monolithic Studios frequently remodel hats from their massive collection.

For Monolithic Studios' 1930's film Riviera Romp, star Madra Lord wears her own "Golden Riviera" dress and shoes with the sequin jacket borrowed from Zita Charles' "Wrap Party" costume, all Integrity. Handbag and gloves are from Ashton Drake. Jewelry from StrayCat.

Cruella De Vil's hat from the Disney film 101 Dalmations provides the drama achieved by simply re-shaping the brim and applying new trim. A coverlet of black straw hides the original glitter crown.

Cruella De Vil from Mattel's Great Villians Collection.

Madra Lord wears a smart suit ensemble for a 1940's publicity tour. The restyled jacket borrowed from J'Adore Gene Marshall is paired with a black and white pinstriped skirt from The Couture Touch. Fur is from miniature furrier to the stars PD Root. Gloves, handbag, and jewels are from Ashton Drake. The hat from Barbie's "Sunday Best" is transformed into a black and white charmer. The original lilac trim was removed to reveal a classic cartwheel buckram style. The brim was re-shaped and trimmed with black fold-over bias tape accented with buttons and bows for a distinctive look.

Grace Kelly wearing Mattel's "Sunday Best" fashion.
Photo by Jurrie de Vries.

Additional Credits:

Spotted in Manhattan Madra Lord and J'Adore Gene Marshall are from JamieShow.

Thursday, April 26, 2018

Two for the Road

Begin with a classic "winter" white crepe coat dress, a must for south bound wardrobes, and accessorize for maximum mileage.

Actress Gene Marshall shows two more ways to accessorize the versatile coat dress from "White Hyacinth".  First....a touch of pink lends this spring confection a soft yet sophisticated look.  Details include detachable bows that give the illusion of dramatic pockets.  A striking black suede hat completes the ensemble.  Hat, bows, and corsage are from The Couture Touch.  Gloves and jewels are from Ashton Drake.  Hat box is from Robert Tonner.

A fabulous straw tilt anchored with black jersey and a colorful chiffon print sash; add drama to this ultra-chic ensemble.  Hat, handbag, and brooch are from The Couture Touch.  Gloves are from Ashton Drake.  Earrings are from D.A.E. Originals.  Sash is from an OOAK Barbie outfit (designer unknown).  TIP:  An easy way to refresh the look of a ready-made garment is to change the buttons.


Cocoa Crisp Gene Marshall is from Integrity.
White Hyacinth is from Ashton Drake.

Related post:  A Versatile Coat Dress

Tuesday, April 24, 2018

A Versatile Coat Dress

Add some elegance to your Spring wardrobe with "White Hyacinth".  By simply removing the original sash, this smartly tailored coat dress becomes a canvas for a palette of versatile accessorizing.

There is nothing more chic than black paired with white.  Hat and bow are from The Couture Touch.  Gloves and bracelet are from Ashton Drake.  Handbag from Mattel.

A mix of luscious colors, anchored with a touch of black, add sophistication to this distinctive look.  Hat, gloves, scarf, and corsage are from The Couture Touch.  Belt from JamieShow.  Hat box is from Robert Tonner, embellished with trim from the original White Hyacinth hat.

White Hyacinth was designed by Doug James for Ashton Drake's 1997 Gene Marshall Collection.  Circa 1946.  Photo courtesy Gene Marshall Wiki.

The Models:

Ooh La La Gene Marshall (Integrity)

Willow Madra Lord (Integrity)

Tuesday, April 17, 2018

A Deluxe Birthday Celebration

Monolithic Studios' star Gene Marshall wears a chic cocktail ensemble guaranteed to turn heads on her special day. Miss Marshall's "Deluxe" long, evening gown is dramatically transformed with very little sewing. Well, maybe just a smidge. The original pink bow has been replaced with a gold silk sash, fringed to reveal the same color as the dress. The two-tiered peplum becomes single by tucking the lower flounce under the upper tier. The hemline was also just folded under to the desired length.

Accessories include jewels from Michael Scott, dramatic fur from D.A.E. Originals, and gloves from Ashton Drake. The original "Deluxe" fashion, shoes, and the re-coiffed Shadow Song Gene Marshall are all from Integrity.

Happy Birthday
Miss Marshall!

Tuesday, April 10, 2018

A Season For Color

Anticipating warmer days ahead, Monolithic Studios' lady director Miss Ivy Jordan heads to her favorite dress shop to check out the new arrivals for Spring/Summer 1946.

Black and white accent a delightful floral print cotton dress, perfect for a day of shopping or lunch with the girls. Dress and hat are from The Couture Touch. Gloves, corsage, and bracelet are from Ashton Drake. Hatbox, shoes, and earrings are from Robert Tonner. Handbag is from Randall Craig.

Miss Jordan, newly coiffed, is from Integrity.