Label Love: Carlette

Carlette label

Carlette label

When I found this super cute vintage dress, I immediately had to start looking up the label. Most of the time I don’t come up with much on these general kind of name labels. There’s so many of them and most have long lost the history of their origins. Every so often I’ll read a blog post out there that unearths some great grandchild of the legacy of a lable and I always find it fascinating. Check out my friend Lizzie’s blog The Vintage Traveler if you’re fond of historical stories about vintage. Especially her interview with Vera Neumann’s nephew and Enid Collin’s son. Both excellent reads!

Sadly, I don’t have the killer detective skills of Lizzie, but I do love vintage labels and researching them a little for my own curiosity. This time around I took a gander around for Carlette. Turns out Emmanuelle Khanh was one of the lines contributing designers. I’ve had another Khanh piece in my possession some years ago. That one was for Youthquake and included her name on the label, so we know it was her design.

Emmanuelle Khanh

Emmanuelle Khanh

Emmanuelle Khanh was born in Paris in 1937 and started in the fashion industry as a model for Balenciaga and Givenchy in the 50’s. She started designing ready-to-wear in the 60’s and collaborated with another ex-Balenciaga model, Christiane Bailly, to design their own groundbreaking Emmachristie collection in 1962. And Missoni in 1965 when she met Rosita on a trip to New York.

Sometime in the 60s she also did work for Youthquake, Cacharel, Krizia and our own little Carlette! I bet she even designed one or more of these great examples.

vintage 60s mod mad men blue linen and lace dress m by vintspiration

vintage 60s mod mad men blue linen and lace dress m by vintspiration

1960's Carlette "Mary Jane" Knit Vintage Wedding Dress

1960’s Carlette “Mary Jane” Knit Vintage Wedding Dress

CARLETTE // Rayon Linen Dress // Drop Waist // Large Plaid by lindaowen

CARLETTE // Rayon Linen Dress // Drop Waist // Large Plaid by lindaowen

vintage 1960s to 1970s dress / carlette yellow drop waist mod shift horizontal layers pleated skirt by SHESABETTIE

vintage 1960s to 1970s dress / carlette yellow drop waist mod shift horizontal layers pleated skirt by SHESABETTIE

Lovely Lilly

Designer Lilly Pulitzer passed away yesterday at the age of 81.

Lilly Pulitzer was one of those labels that early on in my vintage hunting career was one of those top labels you knew were a real score when you snagged one. Lilly’s fun prints and great preppy vibes were always a hit on the online action circuit. It’s been quite a few years since I’ve picked up a vintage Lilly in a thrift shop so it goes to show that the masses were totally picking up on the labels value.

Lilly Pulitzer, the fashion designer known for her tropical print dresses, in Palm Beach, Fla., circa 1955.

Lilly Pulitzer, the fashion designer known for her tropical print dresses, in Palm Beach, Fla., circa 1955.

Reading Lilly’s New York Times obituary, there’s one line that just crushed my soul as a vintage lover – “Although Ms. Pulitzer occasionally consulted with the company in recent years, once she retired, she threw out most of her archives and went on with her life, quite privately, in Palm Beach.” Ahhhh, that’s heartbreaking.

Vintage 80’s Dress, LILLY PULITZER Novelty Print Mini Dress by luvofvintage

 

1970s Floral Maxi Skirt / Lilly Pulitzer Inspired by DollyMaeVintage

1970s Floral Maxi Skirt / Lilly Pulitzer Inspired by DollyMaeVintage

Vintage LIZA by LILLY PULITZER Wrap Skirt by GreenandGroovy

Vintage LIZA by LILLY PULITZER Wrap Skirt by GreenandGroovy

Vintage Lilly Pulitzer Dress / 1960s Ruffled Sundress Pale Yellow Pink Peach Sherbet by zestvintage

Vintage Lilly Pulitzer Dress / 1960s Ruffled Sundress Pale Yellow Pink Peach Sherbet by zestvintage

Label Love: Pucci, Please

To honor the prince of print, Emilio Pucci, on what would have been his 98th birthday, here are some amazing Pucci pieces I spotted on Etsy.

Vintage 1960s Emilio Pucci Babydoll Nightgown Slip Dress $220.00 by boobooretro

vintage 1960s AUTHENTIC emilio pucci blue / silver / and white mod dress $142.00 by mondayschildvintage

960s Emilo Pucci Velvet & Leather Pipping Clutch Handbag $355.00 by EstateJewelsByGR

RARE 70s Emilio Pucci Velvet Coat $295.00 by ChelseaGirlNYC

Vintage Birthday: Travis Banton

Vintage Birthday: Travis Banton – August 18, 1894 (d. February 2, 1958)

Travis Banton

1936 Travis Banton Couture Dress Made for French-born Hollywood Actress Claudette Colbert’s Private Wardrobe

Marlene Dietrich in Shanghai Express, 1932 by Travis Banton

Carole Lombard in Sinners in the Sun, designed by Travis Banton

Anna May Wong in Travis Banton from Limehouse Blues, circa 1934

Vintage Birthday: Betsey Johnson

Vintage Birthday: Betsey Johnson – August 10, 1942

Betsey Johnson in 1968, wearing a jumpsuit made from the football jerseys of then-husband John Cale.

Betsy Johnson, 1979, Photograph © Dustin Pittman

Betsey Johnson and John Cale on their wedding day in 1968.

Betsey Johnson

Betsey Johnson circa 2010

Vintage Birthday: Rudi Gernreich

Vintage Birthday: Rudi Gernreich – August 8, 1922 (d. April 21, 1985)

Rudi Gernreich

Rudi Gernreich model and muse Peggy Moffitt

Rudi Gernreich model and muse Peggy Moffitt

Rudi Gernreich

Vintage Birthday: Yves Saint Laurent

Vintage Birthday: Yves Saint Laurent – August 1, 1936 (d. June 1, 2008)

Yves Saint Laurent

Yves Saint Laurent Mondrian inspired dress circa 1965

Yves Saint Laurent

Yves Saint Laurent circa 1967