Happy Birthday Chanel!

To celebrate today being the birthday of Coco Chanel
Desdemona’s got a Chanel-shaped treat for you.

Our original ’82 Rolling Stones tour t-shirt sold within 5 mins of being listed, but hopefully a few more of you will get a chance at these…. before I show you, I thought maybe you’d like to hear a bit about the creator of the Chanel fashion house, Coco herself….

Born Gabrielle Bonheur Chanel on the 19th August 1883.

She is known as one of the most influential fashion designers of all time

She was raised in an orphanage, where she was taught to sew, Chanel begun her career in fashion as a milliner,

she then went on to create beautiful, less restricting clothing for women during the first world war, the first “Sporty-Chic” if you will.

Her clothing became popular because of the attention to detail in her garments for example the ‘cardigan suit’ where the hem of the cardigan was weighted with chain so it would hang straight, So although I say Sporty-Chic, it was definitely more Posh Spice than Sporty Spice.

Then in 1927 Chanel launched possibly her most notorious item, her Chanel No.5 fragrance, 5 being her lucky number, and has become one of the most iconic scents ever.
Chanel gave out free bottles of Chanel No.5 to the American G.I. troops to take back home to their wives,
and got the ultimate celebrity endorsement when Marilyn Monroe was asked what she wore in bed and she replied with ” Chanel No.5, of course”

Chanels’ style is often depicted as a lot of black and white, it was Chanel who introduced black as a “fashion colour”. Before Chanel, to dress in all black was only for mourning.
Chanel designed her infamous black jersey dress (jersey was a fabric that was previously used for mens underwear) and she would often dress in all black herself, now it is considered chic and often professional to dress in all black.

Chanel was introduced to the Duke of Westminster, Hugh Richmond Arthur Grosvenor and started a ten year affair, which brought her to London, England.
It is rumored that the interlocking C Chanel logo was inspired by the very similar logo on the lampposts of Westminster. (The W is for Westminster and the CC is for City Council)

Chanel westminster post

Some coincidence, right? Who knows

There are a few rumors as to how Chanel got her “Coco” nickname, it is believed that it was taken from one of the songs she would sing back in her cabaret days as a young girl ‘Qui qu’a vu Coco!’

There is another rumor…. that ‘Coco’ threw the most outstanding cocaine parties in the whole of Paris!!
Chanel was a drug user, she injected herself with Morphine daily for about 35 years leading up to her death in 1971 in the Hotel Ritz in Paris.

So what has Desdemona got for you……. Well these are definitely sporty-chic

Vintage 1990’s Chanel flatform tennis shoes / sneakers in black and ivory leather with rubber soles

Vintage-90s-CHANEL-Identification-shoes-sneakers-trainers-genuine-auth-designer

now you can still be stylish while running errands in flats, in fact, flats have been spotted more and more on the catwalk over the last few years, and I’m pretty sure Alexa Chung would want these!!
to take a look at the listing click here  →  Vintage 90s Chanel tennis shoes

right I’m off to have a Cocoffee and start getting things ready for our pop up shop at The Rochester Flea next weekend

speak soon

xx

 

 

 

 

 

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My fashionation with Chris Francis Shoes

*Splashes cold water in your face*

Wake Up! I understand the boots you’ve just seen are absolutely faintworthy but read on….

So, there I was waiting in the Post Office que scrolling through Instagram at fashion/vintage related pics (and the cute dogs, double tap, love them all) when WALLOP! these boots jumped out at me, I’m sure I felt the force of the platform up the back of my head!
I can not believe these platform boots, but they look so much like originals, I thought they had to be vintage Terry de Havillands?!
They wouldn’t look out of place on the feet of Brian Connolly of Sweet stomping around belting out Blockbuster on Top of the Pops in ’73

But no, these feet sculptures are the work of shoe designer & maker Chris Francis, in L.A

He creates one-of-a-kind shoes by appointment only, and custom-sized for every client (lucky b*stards). Including a string of celebrity customers. He finds inspiration in every aspect of his life from his favorite books, to the music he listens to, to a flea market find.  All of his shoes are handmade with no technology involved, just a few pieces of hand-powered old shoemaking equipment. “The only technology I use is my iPhone for music,” he says.

His Instagram has some great pics of the process of the shoes being made step by step in his studio @chrisfrancisshoes

Artist in Action

"Untitled" by Chris Francis. On display at Craft and Folk Art Museum. | Photo: Courtesy of the museum.

Really now?! just stop!
Google him, and if you’re ever in L.A get him to send me over a pair of the Biba-esque black and gold peep toe Mary Janes in the photo above, size U.K 5, right!

The Secret to Wearing High Heels Without Pain

So this a repost from Fashion Stylist Leslie Christen I will definitely be trying this out…
If you’ve ever hobbled home after a long day or night in heels, this is the tip for you!
Tape your third and forth toes (counting from the big toe) together – We recommend nude medical tape for a low-profile look, but Scotch tape works in a pinch- to alleviate pain in the ball of your foot.
Sound crazy?
Here’s the reasoning:
There’s a nerve that splits between those two toes, which causes pain when pressure is put upon it, (a.k.a. when you wear heels). The tape removes the strain on the nerve, allowing you to dance the night away.
You’re Welcome!
Let me know if any of you try this out and if it works for you, or have you already tried this? what do you think?