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Friday, July 22, 2011

Just listed: Vintage Designer Malcolm Starr Cocktail Dress, Hot 1950s Shoes & a 70s Navy Blue Clutch

Baby, it is HOT outside and I am not just talking about the Heat!  I finally loaded up my Online Vintage shop Vintage 201 with some very spectacular Finds.....

First up:  Stunning Vintage Designer, Malcolm Starr for B. Altman & Co . Fifth Avenue, NYC - Made in Hong Kong British Crown Colony.

This Cocktail dress has it all! This Dress is Mod, Elegant and made Very Well with it's Rhinestones, Beads, Sequins that are bountiful at the top and wraps around to the back. The dress is made of a silver brocade and has a geometric design of Circles and Squares.
Lined in a linen like material. Hidden pockets at the hip. Constructed very well and is medium weight with Short Sleeves and in excellent condition except for a light stain on the top of the shoulder. Please see last photo.

Next up are these 2 FABulous 1950s maybe early 1960s Stilleto Pumps..Both are size 7 AAA - Check these beauties out!
Studded, these Black Satin Sexy Pumps have a 4 " inch heel to give you a statuesque look ! The Crystals are throughout the shoe in 2 different sizes...they sparkle just a bit to be noticed but very low key glitz... Pointy tipped toe and Sexy...by Mijji Fiddle -Last- perfect for a Casual or Evening out!

These Black Beauties have a 3 3/4 " inch heel, Pony Hair all around except the heel, Sole and insole which is all Leather.....they have been worn but are in Excellent Condition.

The Insole in Gold Leather has some cracks and the leather on the Right Heel, inside has separated but can be touched up with black shoe polish...see the last photo. 

Also a scuff in the back of both heels can use some black shoe polish as well...

Beautiful Navy Blue Envelope Leather Clutch made in Italy for Bloomingdale appears to have never been used. It is Perfecto! Excellent Condition.

The front has a Geometric overlay design in leather including the inside flap but the purse itself inside is a black vinyl material. This purse also has a metal zip pocket inside as well. Snap Goldtone Closure.

 This bag reminds of something Farrah would have owned..

Hope you enjoy these luscious items....have a Super Hot and FAB day....and thanks for reading! Gina

Sunday, July 17, 2011

Disco Dancing Lesson - Baccara: Yes Sir I Can Boogie

I had the pleasure of dinning at Joe's Crab Shack in Clifton, NJ where the food was tasty and the service was Spectacular. We had a very nice and adorable waitress. The staff was an assortment of Artsy types, which we loved. Every half hour or so, the music would get louder and the staff would stop whatever they were doing and break into a synchronized dance routine to the remixed tunes of 70's Dance Hits, The Hustle, by Van McCoy and Staying Alive by the Bee Gees. They were all into it except for one waitress that look like a dead fish just bobbing in the water lifelessly.

It got me thinking how my mother, a divorced single woman of the 70's would get all decked out on Friday or Saturday nights to go Disco Dancing with her gal pals and my aunts. They were divorced and raising their children alone too. We actually loved staying home watching Love Boat, then Fantasy Island and staying up really late and watching Don Kirshner's Rock Concert. They had taught me, my sisters and my cousins how to "Do the Hustle", "The Bump" and the "Bus Stop" which were the dance steps you needed to know on the Floor at that time.

So, I decided to search YouTube.com for some fun Disco videos of these dated dance numbers. During my quest, I found one of my favorite Dance Videos that I came across a few years ago.

This video is of an older couple from Finland that show you how to Disco Dance. It is kind of peak into my head when I would picture my mother and all the other Divorced happy people out dancing the night away. Ok, I was raised in Jersey, not Finland and there was a difference and I must say that they weren't as bad as these people, but this is what I would image their evening would look like.

This Disco Lesson video doesn't even look like anything I would see on Soul Train or even at the Teen Disco sessions we would go to on Saturday Afternoon at real night clubs. The lady instructor seems so rigid and actually when she sort of lets loose, it appears she wants to kick your ass. The dude is a little bit better with his swivel hips, but those dirty sneakers! What is up with that??? Where are his Patent Leather Loafers? The others. oh well, they just seem all up tight to me....

The song they mixed in this video is by Spain's Singing Sensation Baccara. They formed in the late 1970's and this song was a hit in Europe. The 2 girl group split in the early 80's when Punk and New Wave killed disco.

The original Video is narrated in Finish and gives you step by step instructions on how you can Disco Dance and after you watch this video, I bet you can say, "Yes Sir, I can Boogie"!

Have a Fab Disco Day and thank you for reading....Gina