Wednesday, June 21, 2017

Say Hello to Summer

For the best dressed gal in town.... A crisp, summer-cool frock to take our favorite miniature star through her busy day.

Gene Marshall
A vibrant print, flirty peplum, and interesting trim detail highlights this circa 1940's two-piece cotton dress. And to top it all off, a black felt hat styled to complement Miss Marshall's pompadour.

Credits:
OOAK dress and hat are from The Couture Touch.
Gloves, jewelry, and chair are from Ashton Drake.
Handbag is from Robert Tonner's Brenda Starr Collection.
Film Fatale Gene Marshall, enhanced with an articulated body from Integrity, is from Ashton Drake. Coif is from the salon at The Couture Touch.


Sunday, June 18, 2017

Thursday, June 15, 2017

Vintage Friedmont Pink Wool Suit


This soft pink circa 1940's wool suit (labeled Friedmont) is complemented with black accessories including a dramatic tilt accented with pink feathers (no label), a black crochet handbag, and black gloves. A vintage tulip brooch and my mom's dragonfly pins complete the look.

Here is a close-up of the beautiful collar detailing.


Suit and accessories are all from my vintage closet.


Thursday, June 8, 2017

Window Shopping at Harry's


So what does a beautiful, young movie star wear for a day of window shopping on New York's Fifth Avenue?

Gene Marshall
Vintage floral appliques highlight this sleek and sophisticated two-piece silk ensemble from The Couture Touch. A delightful Asian conical hat perfectly tops the fresh summer look. Handbag is from D.A.E. Originals.

Miss Marshall graciously poses for a fan in front of the Harry Winston Salon.

Credits:
White Orchid Gene Marshall is from Mel Odom and JamieShow.
Backdrops are from RaiHing.
Old photo effect is from Bakumatsu Koshashin Generator.


Monday, May 29, 2017

Happy Memorial Day!

Miss Gene Marshall

The Couture Touch salutes the brave men and women who proudly serve our country.

WWII pin-up girls photo courtesy imgur.com

Miss Marshall's Costume Credits:
Two-piece outfit borrowed from Heat Wave Violet Waters. Hat from Golden Riviera Madra Lord set. Both from Integrity.
Earrings, flag, and chair are from Ashton Drake. The restyled Film Fatale Gene Marshall, enhanced with an articulated body by Integrity, is from Ashton Drake.


Thursday, May 25, 2017

A Swell Pin-Up

During WWII, many Hollywood leading ladies led recruitment and bond drives, entertained the troops, and even graciously posed for pin-up photos to bolster the morale of our fighting men.

Donna Reed 
Photo courtesy Blu-ray Forum
Donna Reed, best known for It's A Wonderful Life (1946) and The Donna Reed Show (1958-66), was a popular pin-up for many GIs. Her "girl-next-door" good looks and warm onstage personality contributed to her popularity. She took the time to personally answer letters from servicemen stationed overseas.

Photo courtesy The New York Times.
Miss Reed saved hundreds of letters from star-struck WWII servicemen. For nearly 65 years they were kept in a shoe box inside an old trunk long stored in the garage of her home in Beverly Hills. Discovered by her children in 2008, some of the letters were made public by her family in the 2009 New York Times article "Dear Donna: A Pinup So Swell She Kept GI Mail." Click HERE for the fascinating story.
Donna Reed
Photo courtesy Combatsim Forum


Thursday, May 18, 2017

1940's Suits from My Personal Collection



What started as a modest vintage hat collection soon expanded to other accessories, and....of course tailored suits and dresses. Here are three suits from my vintage closet.

Suit labeled Rosenthal, Chicago. A second label, sewn inside the lining of the jacket, reads Tailored by Irving Rosenthal for a specific client, dated 3/23/1946. Turban style hat labeled Lamson's, Toledo Ohio.

Sadly no label in this marvelous jacket. Hat is labeled Lilly Dache along with a Marshall Field's French Room Label.

A late 40's suit with double peplum and banding detail. Paired here with a black skirt. No label.