I'm presenting you today with a various selection of sash style scarves from Vera's designs. These long, skinny scarves are so wearable, either just around the neck or tied in the hair. Enjoy!
Wednesday, April 4, 2018
Wednesday, March 28, 2018
A Vera floral is about as classic "Vera" as you can get. It's strange, but even though her flowers weren't always the same, she has a style that is pretty instantly recognizable, once you've seen her portfolio of prints. At this point, when I'm looking through bins in thrift shops and antique stores, I can pull the Vera out almost blindfolded. That's not to say she doesn't still surprise me! Her florals, though, are so signature for her. And I love every single one of them!
Sunday, March 25, 2018
I'm slowly getting through photographing my collection of Vera scarves. There are two things that hinder me from working through them faster. 1 -- I am working on our business -- photographing all the goodies for our Etsy shop and our website, and 2 -- I keep getting more scarves! The first is unavoidable, and the second is, well, never going to stop! So enjoy these stripes from my last batch photographed.
Tuesday, March 20, 2018
|Alexander McQueen, Fall 2017|
|Marchesa, Spring 2018 RTW|
Friday, July 28, 2017
We at Blackbird World Headquarters are unapologetic bookworms. One of us also happens to collect fairy tales, so when it was time to brainstorm our first photo shoot for the new website, turning to the magical world of literature was an easy step. While we could have run straight for Cinderella or Belle, we instead looked to the nameless, but fearless, heroine of a slightly more obscure story called The Enchanted Pig--or as we like to call it, The Girl in the Iron Shoes.
It isn't exactly a tale of boy meets girl. In this particular story, girl marries based on a prophetic book that she wasn't supposed to read. By night, the princess and her husband are able to...umm...live the married life. By day, he is a bona fide, mud-rolling pig. She happens to prefer the night-time version of her mate, and in an ill-timed attempt to break his porcine curse, the princess is punished with an impossible quest: to search the world for him, on foot, until she has worn through three pairs of iron shoes.
As the story goes: "On and on she wandered over nine seas and across nine continents; through forests with trees whose stems were as thick as beer- barrels; stumbling and knocking herself against the fallen branches, then picking herself up and going on; the boughs of the trees hit her face, and the shrubs tore her hands, but on she went, and never looked back." In addition to the traditional obstacles of a long journey on foot, the girl must visit four dangerous places to seek guidance. The first is the house of the Moon....
And what better outfit for this occasion than a cream 1960s mod mini and cape, paired with groovy 1960s cream Renauld sunglasses and a chunky silver pendant? The combat boots, of course, are her "iron shoes."
Next, she must hike to the house of the Sun. For this look, we put a 1960s gold sweater vest over a printed Carol Craig dress and added a copper turban, 1970s Dior sunglasses, and a groovy handmade copper statement necklace.
The third milestone of her quest is visiting the house of the Wind in a fluttery silk dress, 1970s green-framed Foster Grant sunglasses, faux pearl bracelet, and rhinestone earrings.
From there, she must walk across the vast Milky Way. We chose a sparkly sequined top with just the right amount of slouch, paired with cropped seersucker trousers, 1980s aviator sunglasses, a 1960s MGI studded purse suspended from her belt, a 1950s multi-strand necklace, and a shimmery rhinestone bangle.
At last, our intrepid heroine reaches the end of her quest at a weathered little house in a lush forest. Here, she will prove to her husband that she is no longer the girl that he married, but a better (stronger) version of herself. For the "Honey, I'm home--and we need to talk" reunion, we dressed our model in a 1970s floral chiffon maxi dress under a metallic silver vest, and added black and coral sunglasses and screwback earrings.
The story has a happy ending, in which the pig's enchantment is broken, revealing him to be a prince from another kingdom. He weeps when his bride relates the tale of her harrowing journey, and they kiss. Soon afterward, they travel together to her father's castle, and he asks them to rule in his place. As the story concludes: "And they ruled as only kings rule who have suffered many things."
And although our well-traveled heroine can now prop up her feet and indulge in a well-deserved rest, we're sure that she will continue to be the Queen of Cool, and look incredibly fierce while doing so--in more comfortable footwear, of course.
Our photos look great on our shiny new website with some vintage celestial illustrations, including a couple of our favorite artists: Don Blanding and Dorothy Lathrop. We're keeping the Etsy shop open, but our favorite finds will end up at www.blackbirdgirlsvintage.com. Check us out!
Wednesday, October 5, 2016
The movie, Crossing Delancey, is a movie that has been lodged in my mind since I was a kid. It came out in 1988, when I was 10 and she was 37, and I remember that my mom went to see it in the theater. She adored it. For years afterwards, when it came on television, she would sigh, and say, "I love this movie." She's a romantic, and for better or worse, so am I.
I had seen snippets of the movie, but never watched it from start to finish. I knew two things about it -- that it took place in New York and that it starred Amy Irving, with her lovely pale blue eyes and wild curly hair. When I watched it through, I finally understood why my mother loved it.
It is a deep movie, masquerading as a light romantic comedy. Based on the play by Susan Sandler, who also wrote the screenplay, it has the depth that comes from a work that was originally intended for the stage. I, personally, find that when something moves from the stage to screen, barring any major loss of plot, it holds up better than most screenplays that were written just for the screen. When you write for theater it needs a stronger backbone; it needs to exist in a certain space, within certain limitations. Without strong characters, plot, and storyline, a play would fall flat, whereas so many modern movies cover over these faults with visual noise.
The movie exists within the late 1980s with most of its styling. But, I think the 80s looks stick with the secondary characters. Isabelle (Amy Irving), with some slight tweaking, fits right into today with her style. Izzy favors dusty colors and neutrals, tending towards navy, gray, olive green, brown, caramel, tan, and mushroom tones. She loves plaids and mini prints, but her staples are solids. Texture is key for her, too. Suede boots, braided leather belts, and her all important wool felt oversize fedora finish out her looks. Izzy loves a trench, a scarf, and her caramel leather handbag.
It's a seamless mix of vintage style pieces -- 1940s and 1950s influences with the rayon mini print dresses, emphasis on strong shoulders, and the boxy plaid shirt jackets -- with basic staples that will always be classics -- the trench coat, the fedora, cable knit sweaters, and denim.
If you want to channel your inner Izzy, here are some basic combos that will put you on the right track. These are from all over the place, vintage and new. Check out our Under the Influence Pinterest board (here) for details.
And finally, if you need some more style inspiration, two celebrities that channel Isabelle's style are Katie Holmes and Jessica Alba. Both love layers, textures, and neutral colors. AND they know how to style a fedora!
I highly recommend watching it if you can. It's available to rent from Amazon, and they show it every so often on TCM. If you're a softie like me, you'll love it.
Oh, and P.S., if you just have to have a plaid shirt jacket like Izzy's, we have one VERY similar in brown in our Etsy shop! It's a 1950s wool jacket by Merrill. You can find it here.