It’s a classic and been copied over thousands of times. Coco Chanel created her signature jacket in the 1950s, as part of the reopening of her maison in Paris, and it has been part of the Chanel collections ever since.
Fabric, colour, trim, shape, length have all been revisited many times by Coco and Karl. This jacket is an investment piece and will never go out of style because it is style. Paired with jeans, skirts, wide trousers, narrow trousers or over a dress – the possibilities are endless.
A brief online shopping search turned up several versions of the jacket inspired by the original. My favourite is the down filled version from Uniqlo. So want this!
I created this jacket using japanese papers and found an origami way to twist narrow strips of paper to create the strands of pearls.
After visiting the Toronto Vintage Clothing Show and seeing the selection of vintage bags available I thought I would blog about them. A vintage bag adds originality to any outfit. If you’re dressing on trend or classic, carrying a vintage bag will set you apart.
Here are some examples of vintage bags and styling ideas for them.
When Miuccia Prada took over Fratelli Prada she began its’ transformation into a global brand by designing a line of nylon handbags, briefcases and backpacks. She decided to work with Procone nylon which Prada used to line their luggage. The fabric was difficult to work with but worth it in the end as the line took off and demonstrated Miuccia Prada’s talent for merging the industrial with high fashion. These sporty, casual bags elevate everyday looks.
Up your interview or work style with a vintage portfolio. This example by Fendi holds a tablet to review your resume or presentation, as well as, a pochette with all your personal items. Think of it as a sleek and sophisticated carry-all.
This Fendi round bag compliments both casual and work wear. It holds a lot and has a great strap feature along the inside edge to keep small items from swimming around.
A great modern version of this design is by 3 Lily pads. Fiorella Di Lorenzo creates functional yet stylish bags. This line is a modacarta favourite!
Here are 2 vintage options for evening. I use this Gucci bag for most events because it holds everything I need without restriction. For a more formal occasion I have this lovely 1920s version of a wristlet. It has elegant beadwork and is held by delicate strap on the back.
All by Lori Tonizzo except
Prada Bag – from The Little Book of Prada by Laia Farran Graves
Canteen Bag – from 3 Lily Pads website
I hope you enjoyed this exploration of vintage handbags and styling. As always, I’d love to hear from you!