3.02.2011

Coat Couture

It's been a LONG cold WINTER here in New York!
A girl has to keep her FASHION SENSE even in the most brutal of conditions.
Having been short on FABULOUS outerwear I took to the THRIFT STORES and my ATTIC to unearth the GEMS
which are photographed below for your perusal.
CLICK ALL PHOTOS TO ENLARGE.
 This is my SENTIMENTAL favorite.  
This coat BELONGED TO MY MOTHER and I'm thrilled that I can once again fit into it. 
The tailoring of the collar is something you just don't see in clothing today.

When worn the collar can be lifted up and draped around the neck and it looks VERY DRAMATIC that way.  I tried to style it that way but just couldn't get it to photograph well on
"AUDREY"
(my dress form)
It is 100% CASHMERE and all black.
The sleeves are quite fitted and have a cuff at the bottom.
What I find truly remarkable about this coat is that the pockets have never been repaired and are in pristine condition.
Nowadays when buying a coat the pockets are the first thing to go!
Below is a black VINTAGE CROPPED JACKET with fur collar.  
I'm not sure of the actual fabric as it's not raised and curly like 
PERSIAN LAMB.
It has plastic buttons and it's double breasted.
I found this one at the SALVATION ARMY and it was 50% off!
As you can see the company is
"WINTER".
How APPROPRIATE!
This one below
IS
PERSIAN LAMB!
It's black with a wide rolled collar, wrist length sleeves with a large cuff at the bottom.
This is a "CAR COAT" as such it has 
no button, snaps or enclosures.  
That being said, it still keeps one warm as this coat is incredibly heavy.
You can see the EMBROIDERED INITIALS of the original owner.
"R.H.S"
This was a Thrift Store find as well!
Next, is another I had unearthed from my attic.
This one has a fur collar and fur trim at the bottom.
It is in LIKE NEW CONDITION!
I honestly had a difficult time believing it was old.  If it weren't for the UNION LABEL
inside the garment I would have thought it was new. 
I found this BEAUTY a few years back with my girlfriend at our local THRIFT STORE. 
CAN YOU BELIEVE THIS?
$9.00
The buttons with their braiding and beading are like the
WHIPPED CREAM
on top!
Union Labels showing it's in fact VINTAGE!
As I understand it this label was used from
1955-1995.
That's a long time span but given the 
STYLE, CUT and QUALITY
I would imagine this is likely 50's - 60's.
What do YOU think?
MOVING AWAY FROM WINTER AND TOWARD SPRING OUTERWEAR
I GIVE YOU:
I LOVE LOVE LOVE THIS COAT!
It's a petite and fits like a glove.  
There is no union label so I doubt it's all that old.  
It's by HARVE BENARD.
It has an EMPIRE waist with a dramatically OVERSIZE COLLAR.
This style reminds me of JULIE CHRISTIE from the 60's -70's.
This coat is a pale GRAY with a tiny hint of PERIWINKLE
The PEACH colored lining brings out the
PERIWINKLE
hue in the fabric!
This CAMEL colored jacket is cut very well.
It it DOUBLE BREASTED and the length is great for wearing with JEANS.
I call this my 
"AGENT 99 JACKET"
as it reminds me of something BARBARA FELDON would have worn in
the TV show
GET SMART.
My favorite aspect of this jacket is this
AWESOME PAISLEY LINING!
I love the combination of the blues and orange.
I researched the label and Murray Neiman designed for
beginning in the mid-60's.
Through my research I learned that
HANNAH TROY invented 
PETITE SIZING.  Thanks Hannah!

Looking ahead.....
I greatly anticipate bringing you some 
SPRING FROCKS.
This WINTER has been WAY too LONG!

4 comments:

Nita {ModVintageLife} said...

What great vintage coats. That's a fantastic collection!

Couture Allure Vintage Fashion said...

Great selection, you lucky gal! Harvey Berin and Hannah Troy are both excellent labels.

20thCgirl said...

I'm a great lover of vintage too :) You're so lucky to have such a fantastic collection! I'm so jealous of that 9 dollar coat - it looks very old Hollywood glamour

DeeAnna said...

I too have a coat weakness! The black coat with the fur trim and whipped cream buttons makes my heart pound! You would have heard me scream if I found that at my local thrift store!!

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